Air Canada Rouge Celebrates its Fifth Birthday

Rouge-Boeing-767-300-Coastal-5MONTREAL, June 29, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada Rouge is celebrating its birthday, marking five years of providing customers with memorable beginnings and endings to their holidays. From its first flight on Canada Day 2013, Air Canada’s leisure carrier has grown to more than 50 aircraft from four, expanded to over 100 routes on five continents from an initial 14 routes, flown more than 25 million customers, and directly created 2,000 high-quality jobs for Canadians.

Fast Facts about Air Canada Rouge

  • Over 25 million customers carried since launch\Service to more than 70 destinations on five continents
  • Over 2,000 high-quality incremental jobs created, including almost 600 pilots and over 1400 Rouge Crew
  • Fleet of 53 aircraft (22 Airbus A319s, 6 Airbus A321s and 25 Boeing 767s).
  • High-speed satellite internet being implemented across entire fleet

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New international ownership rules for airlines come into force

OTTAWA, June 27, 2018 /CNW/ – Canadians, travellers and businesses all benefit when a competitive airline industry supports economic growth and job creation for the middle class. From travel for leisure, business, personal appointments and medical treatments, or getting goods to market, we rely on our airline industry to help support our communities.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced that, following the Royal Assent of the Transportation Modernization Act, new rules for airline ownership have officially come into force. These changes increase international ownership limits from 25 to 49 per cent of voting interests for Canadian air carriers, while retaining a 25 per cent limit for specialty air services.

Raising international ownership limits means that Canadian air carriers, including all-cargo services, have access to more investment capital. The Government of Canada expects this to bring more competition into the Canadian air sector, more choice for Canadians, greater connectivity in underserved regions, and benefits for airports and suppliers, including the creation of new jobs.

A single international investor (individually or in affiliation) cannot hold more than 25 per cent of the voting interests of a Canadian air carrier, and no combination of international air carriers can own more than 25 per cent of a Canadian carrier (individually or in affiliation).


“Our government recognizes the key role Canada’s airline industry plays in supporting daily life, jobs, and tourism, while encouraging the continued growth of local, regional and national economies. I am pleased to see the new international ownership rules come into effect, and look forward to delivering additional measures to create a more modern and competitive Canadian air industry.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Changes to Air Transat’s fleet – Carrier signs agreement to lease seven new Airbus A321neos

livree2012_2MONTREAL, June 27, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat, wholly-owned business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., has signed an agreement with AerCap for the long-term lease of seven new Airbus aircraft: two A321neos and five A321neo LRs (long-range). These next-generation, single-aisle jets, which will be delivered gradually between 2020 and 2022, will notably replace wide-body A330s whose leases will expire during this period.

“We are continuing our fleet transformation in order to achieve greater efficiency and versatility,” said Jean-François Lemay, President of Air Transat. “With their smaller size, the A321neos will enable us to implement our air strategy, which involves increasing our flight frequencies, expanding our network and strengthening our position in several markets. The goal: continue to provide our customers with comfortable service at the best possible price.”

With 199 seats in a two-class configuration, the A321neo will be used for feeder flights and service to the South (short- and medium-haul) while the long-range version (A321neo LR) will be deployed for Sun and transatlantic destinations (medium- and long-haul). These aircraft will be added to the 10 new A321neo LRs, on lease from AerCap, announced in July 2017, which will gradually be introduced to Air Transat’s fleet starting in spring 2019.

While this type of aircraft has been selected to optimize the fleet, its fuel efficiency will also keep cost per seat as low as possible, while reducing its carbon footprint. Additionally, because of the cockpit commonality of the A330 and A320 (including the A321), Air Transat’s pilots will be able to fly both types of aircraft, which will result in greater operating flexibility and savings, including on training costs.

Air Transat’s fleet currently consists of 33 permanent aircraft in a unique flexible-fleet model that allows it to deploy more wide-body aircraft in summer for the high transatlantic season, and narrow-body aircraft in winter for the high Sun destinations season. By 2024, it will have an all-Airbus fleet.

Toronto Pearson prepares to welcome 10.4M passengers this summer

The largest airport in Canada expects to serve an average of 155,000 passengers per day

TORONTO, June 26, 2018 /CNW/ – Canada’s largest airport is preparing to welcome over ten million passengers between Canada Day and Labour Day, an increase of more than 30% compared to the same period five years ago. The summer rush is predicted to bring with it an average of 155,000 passengers per day, climbing even further skyward on high-volume days. Toronto Pearson and its partners—air carriers, Canadian customs, CATSA and more—have taken steps to prepare for this massive influx of passengers and offer tips to help make travel easier.

“This summer, Toronto Pearson is once again preparing to welcome a growing number of travellers from around the world to Toronto and the region, reflecting the desirability of Canada as a tourism destination for millions of annual visitors,” said Hillary Marshall, Vice President Stakeholder Relations and Communications, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “We understand how important it is to work with our carriers and government partners to ensure that we have the appropriate resources in place to help more than 10 million travellers flow efficiently through our airport, providing more visitors to local attractions, customers to local businesses and jobs for area residents.”

Fridays are typically the busiest travel days of the summer and Toronto Pearson projects that the four Fridays in the month of August will bring the highest daily passenger volumes:

August 24 166,900
August 17 166,800
August 10 166,500
August 3 166,000

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Swoop launches service on sold-out flight from Edmonton

Airline announces Edmonton as second operational base

Logo_Swoop_4CCALGARY, June 25, 2018 /CNW/ – Swoop today celebrated its inaugural flight from Edmonton International Airport (YEG) to John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM). The sold-out flight is scheduled to depart at 10:25 AM MDT. In addition to the first flight, Swoop announced Edmonton as its second operational base.

“Edmonton is a market keen to enjoy the ultra-low-cost fares Swoop provides,” said Steven Greenway, Swoop President and Chief Executive Officer. “This, along with Edmonton International Airport Authority’s support, has meant that we’ve chosen Edmonton as our second operational base. Swoop, as an Alberta-born organization is thrilled to be in Edmonton as a second home and looks forward to providing more flight choices as well as the economic benefits that air service provides in the form of jobs, tourism and connecting economies.”

As of October, Swoop will base two of its Boeing 737-800 aircraft in Edmonton resulting in the creation of almost 90 jobs in the region.

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Air Canada’s New Uniforms Recognized Internationally for Best Corporate Design

  • Airline is first North American company to receive the award from Europe’s Professional Clothing Awards
  • Third award for Air Canada’s new uniforms

MONTREAL, June 22, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada’s newly launched uniforms have been recognized for Best Corporate Design by the UK’s Professional Clothing Awards. It is the first time a North American company has been recognized in these highly regarded awards and it follows on two Image of the Year Awards received in March from the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors. Air Canada’s new uniforms were launched earlier this year.

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Air Canada Inaugurates Three New Non-Stop Domestic Routes

Rouge-Boeing-767-300-Coastal-5Air Canada today inaugurated the first of three new, non-stop domestic services from BC communities with the departure of AC1976 from Kamloops to Toronto. Tomorrow, Air Canada will inaugurate new non-stop seasonal services from Victoria to Montreal, and from Nanaimo to Toronto. These newest domestic long-haul services are operated onboard the airline’s leisure carrier Air Canada Rouge, which will be celebrating its fifth birthday on July 1.

“We are very pleased to launch the only non-stop services from Nanaimo and Kamloops to Toronto, and from Victoria to Montreal in time for the busy summer travel period. The convenience of these new services makes it easier than ever for customers from other parts of our network to travel to beautiful British Columbia’s Vancouver Island and Thompson Okanagan areas. Customers from Nanaimo, Victoria and Kamloops now have the convenience of non-stop flights to Toronto and Montreal, where unparalleled connecting options are also available throughout our far-reaching North American and global network,” said Benjamin Smith, President,  Airlines and Chief Operating Officer at Air Canada.

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Norwegian continues expansion in Ireland with first route to Canada

boeing-737-max-norweigan-2Norwegian has announced it is continuing its Irish expansion with the launch of the carrier’s first route to Canada. Commencing on March 31, 2019, the new daily service between Dublin and Hamilton (near Toronto) will mark the first direct flight between the two cities, providing passengers with greater choice and flexibility at an affordable price.

Norwegian’s daily nonstop flights from Dublin to Hamilton will be operated using brand new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft offering 189 seats in a high quality, modern single class cabin.

Norwegian will continue its growth at Dublin by continuing its summer 2018 schedule into the winter. Irish customers will continue to benefit from a double daily service to Stewart, New York and daily flights to Providence, which offers passengers more affordable access to the tourist centers of New York City, Boston and the New England area.

Flight schedule – all times local

Dublin Airport to John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport

  • Daily – Flight D81840 Departs 14.40 Arrives 17.25

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport to Dublin Airport

  • Daily – Flight D81841 Departs 19.45 Arrives 07.30 (+1)

Swoop’s inaugural flight departs Hamilton


Swoop on June 20, 2018 celebrated the debut of its ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) services in Canada with its inaugural flight between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) and Abbotsford International Airport (YXX), and precedes Swoop’s second inaugural flight pairing of the day, from Hamilton to Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), Atlantic Canada’s gateway.

“Our dedicated team of Swoopsters have worked tremendously hard to deliver exactly what we set out to. Today marks an important milestone for Swoop, and is equally as meaningful for Canadian travellers,” said Steven Greenway, President and Chief Executive Officer of Swoop. “Our inaugural journey on #Abbotsford is just beginning. We’ll be progressively rolling out new routes and destinations in the coming months and years to come.”

Departing Arriving Frequency
Hamilton Edmonton 7 X Weekly
Abbotsford 6 X Weekly
Winnipeg 5 X Weekly
Halifax 6 X Weekly
Edmonton Hamilton 6 X Weekly
Abbotsford 21 X Weekly
Abbotsford Hamilton 6 X Weekly
Edmonton 21 X Weekly
Halifax Hamilton 6 X Weekly
Winnipeg Hamilton 6 X Weekly

† Service begins July 25, 2018.
Service between Winnipeg and Abbotsford begins August 16, 2018.