AIR CANADA WILL INCREASE EUROPE SERVICE
Air Canada is undertaking a major expansion of international services to Europe from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, with its summer 2014 Europe schedule including the introduction of year-round non-stop service from Toronto to Milan, Italy, with up to five weekly flights, offering the only non-stop service between Canada and Milan. Flights to the Italian business destination will feature Air Canada\’s Executive First cabin of service. In addition, Air Canada will increase its year-round Toronto-Istanbul non-stop service to daily flights from three times weekly. The airline will expand the availability of its new international Premium Economy cabin with its introduction on Vancouver-London Heathrow flights year-round, as well as Montreal-London Heathrow flights during the peak summer travel season. Air Canada will also deploy larger aircraft from its international widebody fleet on flights from Calgary to London Heathrow and Frankfurt, as well as from Montreal to Brussels and Geneva in order to meet demand during the peak summer season. As part of the summer 2014 schedule, Air Canada\’s leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, will launch seasonal non-stop flights between Toronto-Lisbon, Toronto-Manchester, Montreal-Barcelona and Montreal-Nice. The new routes supplement the leisure carrier\’s other vacation destinations, including previously announced Toronto-Dublin year-round service, as well as holiday and cruise package options offered in conjunction with Air Canada Vacations. Seats on these new Air Canada and Air Canada rouge flights are now available for purchase. As new Boeing 777-300ER and 787 aircraft enter the Air Canada mainline fleet, Air Canada will continue growing Air Canada rouge to reach up to 50 aircraft, as demand warrants.Â The growth of its leisure carrier, in tandem with the mainline fleet renewal and international network expansion, is a key element of Air Canada\’s overall strategy for sustainable, profitable growth, both at the mainline and leisure carrier. Air Canada will have taken delivery of five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for the mainline fleet between June 2013 and February 2014, and the first three of 37 Boeing 787 aircraft by the summer of 2014. Air Canada is scheduled to take delivery of six 787-8 aircraft in 2014 and the remaining 31 787-8 and -9 aircraft between 2015 and 2019.