Category: Air Canada Rouge

Air Canada Rouge to offer St. Vincent connection year-round from October

Breaking Travel News | 10 September 2018

Rouge-Boeing-767-300-Coastal-5The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority has welcomed Air Canada’s decision to increase service and offer year-round Air Canada Rouge non-stop flights from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to the Argyle International Airport.

Weekly Thursday flights resume on October 25th and will continue on a year-round basis.

A second weekly flight will be operating on Sundays during the peak winter travel season, between December 16th and April 28th next year.

”Air Canada is pleased to offer increased frequency and year-round service to St. Vincent and the Grenadines beginning this winter.

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“Our decision is based on the strong performance of this route when we launched it last year and we are proud to be the first North American carrier to serve the islands,” said Mark Galardo, vice president, network planning, Air Canada.

This is the second year the airline has offered non-stop flights since the opening of the Argyle International Airport on February 2017, and the first-time offering year-round to Canadian travellers.

“We are very excited to have such a recognized partner in Air Canada Rouge for the year-round non-stop flights,” said Glen Beache, chief executive of SVGTA.

“In opening Argyle International Airport last year, and now offering year-round flights out of Toronto for the first time, we look forward to welcoming even more Canadians travellers to St. Vincent and The Grenadines.”

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Typhoon forces Japan-bound flight back to Vancouver

CBC News · Posted: Sep 04, 2018 10:33 AM PT

Air Canada flight had been in the air for several hours when it turned back.

An Air Canada flight bound for Osaka from Vancouver was turned back while flying over the Pacific Ocean due to a deadly typhoon that hit western Japan on Tuesday.

The Osaka Kansai Airport was forced to shut down after high seas flooded one of its two runways, according to Japanese officials.

According to flight trackers on Twitter, Air Canada Rouge Flight 1951 was in the air for several hours before it turned back to Vancouver early Tuesday.

Air Canada said in a statement that the Osaka airport was still open when the flight left Vancouver.

Japanese media estimated that more than 700 flights were cancelled due to Typhoon Jebi, which has killed at least two people and injured more than 100.

Jebi is the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993, according to Japan’s Kyodo News service.

Air Canada prepares rouge subsidiary for ULCC competition

From Air Transport World – 9 August 2018 – 

Rouge-Boeing-767-300-Coastal-5As the Canadian ULCC market heats up, Air Canada said it is prepared to leverage the significant flexibility of its rouge subsidiary to ward off competition, from adding flights in major domestic markets to re-configuring aircraft to match rivals’ all-economy offerings.

“We have been preparing to ensure that we have all the tools necessary to offset [low-cost competition] and ensure that we are not negatively impacted,” Air Canada passenger airlines president Ben Smith said.

Set up five years ago as a leisure-destination operation, rouge’s network is heavily transborder and international, with only a handful of year-round and seasonal routes within Canada. None of them link any of the country’s six largest metropolitan areas—Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Edmonton—part of the carrier’s strategy to preserve mainline margins.

Calgary-based WestJet and its ULCC subsidiary Swoop are following a similar network strategy, but unlike rouge’s two-class aircraft, Swoop operates 189-seat all-economy Boeing 737-800s.

Fast-growing ULCC Flair Airlines is taking the strategy a step further, operating single-class, 158-seat 737-400s on popular domestic routes such as Toronto-Calgary and Vancouver-Calgary. The Edmonton-based carrier’s recent announcement to move its Hamilton services to Toronto will make it even more prominent, and it plans to follow rouge and Swoop into transborder services.

While Montreal-based Air Canada set up rouge as a hybrid low-cost leisure carrier, the company has flexibility to transform its subsidiary to meet market needs, thanks in part to a 2017 amendment to its pilot agreement. The deal lifted Rouge’s fleet-size cap of 50—25 widebodies and 25 narrowbodies—by permitting more narrowbodies based on Air Canada’s mainline operation and permits rouge aircraft to replace regional feeder flying.

Air Canada is already taking advantage of the narrowbody cap’s removal. Its 53-aircraft fleet includes 22 Airbus A319s and six A321s, and it plans to add three A320s next year. It also is evaluating its rouge deployment strategy in light of shifting market dynamics.

“We have not deployed one of our options, which is rouge on any of the major markets. We can do that,” Smith said. “We can also modify the rouge model …. We can densify the rouge aircraft to bring down the CASM. So, a lot of flexibility.”

Usage of the A320s will be determined by the best opportunities. While the strategy could change, Smith said three options are being considered: adding domestic capacity, flying attractive “southern” routes to Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean, or replacing regional-feeder flying.

“We’re quite pleased with the position we’re in,” he said.

, sean.broderick@aviationweek.com

Air Canada Completes Inauguration of 25 New Non-Stop International, Transborder and Domestic Routes This Summer

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  • Five regional services launch today: Montreal to Windsor and London ON; Edmonton to Kelowna and Victoria; Calgary to Comox

MONTREAL, July 2, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today inaugurates five new non-stop regional services from Montreal to Windsor, Montreal to London ON, Edmonton to Kelowna, Edmonton and Victoria, Calgary and Comox, completing the successful launch of 25 new year-round and seasonal routes this summer.

“We are very pleased to launch our newest domestic regional services today to offer customers more choice and convenience when travelling. The 25 international, transborder and domestic routes that we have strategically added this summer broaden and deepen our already expansive global network by adding new destinations and city pairings, and are consistent with company growth plans,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Airlines and Chief Operating Officer at Air Canada.

The 25 new routes were inaugurated between May 1 and July 2, 2018 and include a combination of Air Canada mainline, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express services:

Departure City Destination Service
Toronto Buenos Aires Mainline
Toronto Shannon* Mainline
Toronto Zagreb* Rouge
Toronto Porto* Rouge
Toronto Bucharest* Rouge
Toronto Omaha Express
Toronto Providence* Express
Toronto Nanaimo* Rouge
Toronto Kamloops* Rouge
Montreal Tokyo Narita Mainline
Montreal Dublin* Mainline
Montreal Bucharest* Rouge
Montreal Lisbon* Rouge
Montreal Baltimore Express
Montreal Pittsburgh Express
Montreal Victoria* Rouge
Montreal Windsor Express
Montreal London, ON Express
Vancouver Zurich* Mainline
Vancouver Paris* Mainline
Vancouver Sacramento Express
Edmonton San Francisco Express
Edmonton Kelowna Express
Edmonton Victoria* Express
Calgary Comox* Express

*Indicates summer seasonal route
Flights are timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s global network at major hubs, provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access where available, priority boarding and other benefits.

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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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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Air Canada Rouge Inaugurates Montreal-Bucharest Flights

rouge-boeing-767-300-coastal-5.jpgOnly North American Airline to Operate flights to Romania

MONTREAL, June 8, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – The arrival of Air Canada flight 1928 at Bucharest’s Henri Coandă International Airport marks the launch of twice weekly Air Canada Rouge seasonal service to Bucharest, Romania. Flights will be operated with Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring Premium Rouge and Economy class service and are timed to optimize connectivity from across Air Canada’s network through Air Canada’s Montreal hub.

“As the only North American airline flying to Romania, the largest European market without trans-Atlantic flights, we are extremely proud to launch our first Montreal-Bucharest flight, strengthening even further Air Canada’s presence in Southeastern Europe,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “Air Canada’s on-going commitment to grow Montreal as an important hub in our global network provides customers greater choice, as well as the ability to conveniently connect onward through our extensive North American and International network.”

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