AC Expands International, Domestic Networks


Celebrations were held at four airports across Canada Friday (May 1) as Air Canada inaugurated new services between Vancouver-Osaka, Vancouver-Comox, Calgary-Nanaimo and Calgary-Halifax.

“We have strategically added new leisure services to our international and domestic Canada route network with our leisure carrier Air Canada rouge, and we continue to increase our Air Canada Express services to communities in Western Canada to meet demand. We are very pleased to inaugurate four new routes including the only non-stop flights from Canada to Osaka which we expect to be particularly popular with Japanese visitors to Canada,” said Benjamin Smith, president, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

Up to five times weekly Vancouver-Osaka flights are operated by Air Canada rouge this summer with 280-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft offering a choice of premium and economy cabins. Up to 10 weekly, seasonal Halifax-Calgary flights are operated by Air Canada rouge with 136-seat Airbus A319 offering a choice of premium and economy cabins.

Daily Nanaimo-Calgary and twice daily Comox-Vancouver flights are operated by Jazz Aviation LP under the Air Canada Express brand with 74-seat Bombardier Q400 and 50-seat Bombardier Dash 8-300 aircraft respectively.

Upcoming new routes which will be launching by this summer’s peak include Toronto-Amsterdam, Toronto-Austin, Toronto-Atlantic City, Toronto-Abbotsford, Montreal-Venice, Montreal-Mexico City and Calgary-Terrace.