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Air Canada Provides Humanitarian Relief of Essential Supplies to Regions Affected by Hurricane Irma

Air Canada Foundation employee and family members (CNW Group/Air Canada)

MONTREALSept. 18, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada continues to support relief efforts in areas affected by the passage of Hurricane Irma by dispatching a humanitarian flight with relief supplies on Saturday September 16, 2017. Since September 5, Air Canada has operated a total of 30 additional flights, as well as larger aircraft with more seats, to bring over 7,000 customers home early from the affected areas including AntiguaCuba, Turks and Caicos, HaitiDominican Republic and Florida.
Flight AC7060 departed Toronto without passengers for Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Saturday with 5,000 Kg of humanitarian aid in its cargo hold.    The freight included tarps for the Red Cross, infrastructure equipment such as wiring, ropes and power tools from Canadian Niagara Power as well as water purification kits to provide families with fresh drinking water for GlobalMedic.    The cabin had over 180 liters of water secured in seats with netting. The return flight evacuated 61 Canadians from the island on the last regular flight as the airline is temporary suspending service.
This past weekend, Air Canada’s regularly scheduled flight to Antigua carried a full load of 400 kg of cargo including 360 liters of water as well as GlobalMedic humanitarian aid including much needed plywood.   Also on Saturday, 40 Air Canada Foundation employee ambassadors and family members rallied with GlobalMedic volunteers to package emergency kits for families in areas affected by Hurricane Irma.    Air Canada employees packed 1,000 kits containing hygiene supplies and water purification systems that will be transported using cargo space donated by the airline to help more than 3,000 people.    Employees hand wrote on every box a message of hope.    Approximately 110 kits were sent on Monday, September 18 to Grenada.    The rest of the supplies will be sent on other flights to the Caribbean including St. LuciaAntiguaCuba and will also be distributed to neighbouring islands such as Tortola, Sint Maarten and Anguilla.
“On behalf of the more than 30,000 employees of Air Canada, I want to extend our thoughts and condolences to those affected by this terrible catastrophe,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada.    “Throughout our history, it has been important for Air Canada to offer support and be an active participant in international humanitarian relief activities.    Since the tragic hurricane last week, we have worked hard with our relief partners to ensure that all supplies transported were successfully delivered to areas ravaged by Hurricane Irma.”
In addition, The Air Canada Foundation donated tickets to GlobalMedic’s RescUAV program.    This program sends drones and their pilot to provide aerial imagery of disaster affected buildings, detect signs of human life beneath the rubble, and relay information in real-time to responders on the ground to identify hazards, damaged infrastructure, and access issues to reaching communities in need.    This response allows rescue teams to work faster and more effectively to save lives.

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Air Canada and AAR Conclude $500M CAD Agreement for Airframe Maintenance in Québec, Canada

 

  • Work on 125 Airbus and Embraer aircraft to be performed in Trois-Rivières, Québec
  • Further strengthens airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul expertise in Canada

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC, Sept. 19, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Global aviation services leader AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR) and Air Canada (TSX: AC) today announced they have signed a 10-year agreement to provide airframe maintenance for the airline’s Airbus narrow-body fleet of A319, A320 and A321 aircraft, as well as a new five-year agreement for Air Canada’s Embraer E190 fleet.   AAR will perform the work at its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility at Trois-Rivières Airport in Québec, previously known as Premier Aviation.
The work to be performed on Air Canada’s fleet of 125 narrow bodies will require approximately 350 aircraft mechanics at AAR’s Trois-Rivières facility.    The total value of the contract over its term is estimated to be approximately $500 millionCAD.
“We have been very pleased with the quality and turnaround time of AAR and the Trois-Rivières facility for the work performed on our narrow-body fleet over the past five years and are especially delighted that additional work can now be performed in Trois-Rivières Québec,” said Richard Steer, Senior Vice President, Operations at Air Canada. “This contract further supports the development of Québec’s aviation sector by encouraging industry expertise and job growth in the coming years, and Air Canada is proud to be a significant contributor to the economy of the region.”
“We are honored by Air Canada’s confidence in AAR’s airframe heavy maintenance expertise, and look forward to continuing our long-term relationship,” said Chris Jessup, Chief Commercial Officer, AAR.

Irma evacuations the most complicated aviation operation since 9/11, Air Canada says

 

Evacuating customers from areas in the path of the deadly Hurricane Irma has frustrated some passengers but Air Canada says it was perhaps the most complex manoeuvre since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The country’s largest airline has had to respond to natural disasters like the Japanese tsunami, Haiti earthquake, Iceland volcano and several terrorist attacks.    But the breadth of the storm and time spent dealing with it made it the most complicated in 16 years, says Kevin O’Connor, managing director of systems operations control.
“This is leading it up there and we’re not out of it yet,” he said.   O’Connor acknowledged that there have been some complaints, but he said responding to the storm isn’t as simple as just adding a few flights.   “These are not global hubs that can handle dozens and dozens of aircraft on the ground at a single time.”
An Air Canada passenger plane, for example, wasn’t allowed to leave the Turks and Caicos with evacuees for several days.   Local authorities had safety concerns as the airport was badly damaged by Irma, but the plane was scheduled to leave late Monday after Canadian officials negotiated its departure, said Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
“I certainly understand how (the Canadians still in the region) are feeling stressed and I can understand how their relatives are feeling stressed,” Garneau said.  “But quite often there is a logical explanation.”
The federal government said it had received requests for assistance from 368 Canadians, though they acknowledged there may have been others who hadn’t yet been able to get in contact with Global Affairs.   A storm of criticism erupted over the weekend from family and friends of Canadians trapped by the hurricanes, who questioned why more wasn’t done sooner.   Many noted that the U.S. and several other countries had deployed their militaries to evacuate citizens and wondered why Canada hadn’t done the same and was instead relying on commercial airlines.
One of the Canadian Armed Forces’ massive C-17 transport planes is scheduled to ferry humanitarian supplies to the region later this week and will be available to evacuate any stragglers.   In all, Air Canada say it has operated 24 special flights over three days and transported nearly 7,000 passengers.   It’s not alone in making the last-minute adjustments. WestJet, Air Transat, Sunwing and U.S. carriers also went into action.

Air Canada Provides Further Details on Amendments to Long-Term Collective Agreement with Pilots

MONTREALSept. 13, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Further to the announcement of a successful conclusion of amendments to Air Canada’s existing long-term labour agreement with its 3,500 pilots represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA), the airline provides the following additional information.
The amendments to the current ten-year agreement reached in October 2014 provide added commercial and operational flexibility as well as improved cost competitiveness while also providing attractive career growth opportunities and other advantages for its pilots.
The amendments support Air Canada’s strategic business plan for profitable growth network wide, for both mainline and Rouge in a proportionate manner based on overall growth.    Specifically, the amendments provide Air Canada with the ability to expand the North American narrowbody fleet operated by Rouge according to an agreed-upon formula by Air Canada’s pilots that enables the airline to expand its presence in certain regional markets and to compete effectively with emerging North American Ultra Low Cost Carriers (ULCCs).
Also provided in the amendments are a number of improvements for Air Canada’s pilots, notably around terms to defined-contribution plans and sick leave, and greater transferability between Air Canada and Rouge.
“These amendments voted on and ratified by our pilots further emphasize our pilots’ alignment with Air Canada’s successful business strategy to compete effectively in the highly competitive airline industry, and make adjustments of mutual benefit as the competitive environment evolves,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.    “Their successful conclusion also underscores the transformative change in culture that is on-gong at Air Canada and building the airline into a Global Champion.”
These amendments are the result of provisions for periodic re-openers that were made when the ten-year agreement was concluded in October 2014.    Due to the long-term nature of the historic 10-year agreement, these prescribed reopeners allow for adjustments to ensure the agreement remains effective in supporting Air Canada’s strategic plan for profitable growth.    That includes being able to make a limited number of adjustments to address market opportunities that may arise in the highly competitive airline industry.
The ten-year agreement in place provides for labour stability over the long term.     In the event any issues raised in the limited number of items that may be subject to re-openers, they would be referred to a mediator, with no risk of strike or lock-out.
Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents.    Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2016 served close to 45 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 57 in the United States and 95 in Europe, the Middle EastAfricaAsiaAustralia, the CaribbeanMexicoCentral America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,300 airports in 191 countries.     Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2017 Best Airline in North America.

Air Canada Deepens Embrace of the Emerald Isle with Expanded Non-Stop Services to Ireland from Toronto and Montreal

 

First routes for Air Canada’s new Boeing 737-Max include ShannonDublin

  • Non-stop, seasonal TorontoShannonMontrealDublin routes begin June 2018
  • The existing TorontoDublin service will transfer to Air Canada mainline from Air Canada Rouge beginning October 29, 2017, with increased frequencies this winter, daily next summer
  • Seasonal VancouverDublin service resumes next summer with an increase in weekly frequencies to five from three

MONTREALSept. 13, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced expanded seasonal services to Ireland with new non-stop flights from Toronto to Shannon and between Montreal and Dublin.    The flights will be operated using Air Canada’s newest single-aisle aircraft, the Boeing 737 Max 8 featuring a Business and Economy cabin configuration.
“With the right aircraft for the right market, Air Canada appears to have the luck of the Irish and we want to share it with our customers.    Beginning summer 2018, we will capitalize on the growing traffic between Canada and Ireland  and launch two new routes to IrelandToronto to Shannon and Montreal to Dublin,” said Benjamin Smith, President Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
“Along with these new services, Air Canada is also enhancing its non-stop TorontoDublin service by increasing weekly frequencies to four from three, including daily service next summer, and transitioning it to Air Canada mainline from Air Canada Rouge.    It will offer customers amenities such as fully lie flat suites in International Business Class, a Premium Economy cabin and seatback in-flight entertainment throughout the Airbus A330 aircraft that will fly this route.    As well, we are also resuming our seasonal VancouverDublin non-stop service next summer on an expanded basis, with up to five flights weekly between the two cities.   Taken together, Air Canada will offer the best market coverage of any carrier between Canada and Ireland, with service between three hubs in Canada and two destinations in Ireland,” said Mr. Smith
“Today’s announcement is crucial in continuing and growing our political and economic partnership with Ireland. These new routes and the expansion of existing routes will help our Canadian businesses take advantage of the opportunity that CETA will bring on the 21st of September.    Expanding Air Canada’s networks abroad will foster the relationships needed for trade between Canada and Ireland, as well as the creation of good middle class jobs.    We commend Air Canada for their leadership on the matter,” said François-Philippe ChampagneCanada’s Federal Minister of International Trade.
Jim KellyIreland’s Ambassador to Canada, said: “I warmly welcome today’s announcement by Air Canada of new routes to Ireland and expansion of capacity on existing routes.    Air connectivity is the lifeblood of tourism and trade between our two countries.    This major expansion will further boost the strong growth in business and leisure tourism between Ireland and Canada.”
Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, said: “We are excited about the new routes and expansion of existing Air Canada service.    The increase provides a major boost for both leisure and business tourism from Canada to the island of Ireland.    Tourism Ireland looks forward to working closely with Air Canada and the Shannon and Dublin airports to drive demand for the new flights.    As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”
The new services announced today will be on sale from 19th September and commence operation in June 2018.‎
The new services announced today include:

 

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

AC820

Toronto 22:00

Shannon 9:30 + 1 day

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

AC821

Shannon 10:30

Toronto 12:45

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

AC818

Montreal 21:15

Dublin 8:25 + 1 day

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

AC819

Dublin 10:20

Montreal 12:00

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Air Canada Concludes “Win-Win” Amendments to Long-Term Collective Agreement with Pilots

 

MONTREALSept. 12, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada said today it has successfully concluded amendments to its existing long-term labour agreement with its 3,500 pilots represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA).  The amendments to the ten-year agreement reached in October 2014 provide added commercial and operational flexibility as well as improved cost competitiveness while also providing attractive career growth opportunities and other advantages for its pilots.
“These amendments recognize the valuable contribution of our pilots and provide additional flexibility and cost competitiveness that further strengthen Air Canada’s ability to compete effectively in today’s global competitive environment,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.    “I thank our respective teams for their insights and productive discussions enabling us to ‘Win as One Air Canada’.”
Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents.   Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2016 served close to 45 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 57 in the United States and 95 in Europe, the Middle EastAfricaAsiaAustralia, the CaribbeanMexicoCentral America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,300 airports in 191 countries.     Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2017 Best Airline in North America.

Air Canada summer 2018 changes for Montreal and Vancouver hubs

 

Air Canada S18 Montreal International service changes

Posted 7 September 2017 03:30

Air Canada in recent schedule update adjusted selected long-haul service from Montreal, mainly to the Middle East and Europe.   Planned changes for summer 2018 season as follow.

Montreal – London Heathrow eff 01MAY18 Boeing 787-9 replaces A330-300/777-300ER (Previous plan: A330 in May, 777 from June).    This reflected in yesterday’s schedule update
AC864 YUL2000 – 0725+1LHR 789 D
AC865 LHR1410 – 1610YUL 789 D

Montreal – Tel Aviv Reflected in previous schedule update, seasonal 2 weekly service operates with 787-8 instead of A330 in S17
AC082 YUL1810 – 1125+1TLV 788 37
AC083 TLV1255 – 1710YUL 788 14

Previously reported, Air Canada is introducing daily Montreal – Tokyo Narita service with 787-8, from 01JUN18.

Air Canada S18 Vancouver International service changes

Posted 7 September 2017 03:00

Air Canada yesterday (06SEP17) adjusted planned operation for Vancouver in summer 2018 season, reflecting last week’s announcement of international service expansion.    Planned changes as follow.

Vancouver – London Heathrow eff 01JUN18 Resumption of seasonal 2nd daily service, suspended in 2017. Service changes from 1 daily 777-300ER to 2 daily 787-9 (1 daily each on 01JUN18 from YVR only)
AC854 YVR1840 – 1150+1LHR 789 D
AC896 YVR2110 – 1420+1LHR 789 D

AC855 LHR1005 – 1135YVR 789 D
AC897 LHR1545 – 1715YVR 789 D

Vancouver – Melbourne eff 01JUN18 Service resumes as year-round flight, 3 weekly 787-9 service
AC037 YVR2245 – 0755+2MEL 789 357
AC038 MEL0940 – 0735YVR 789 257

Vancouver – Paris CDG 08JUN18 – 15OCT18 Service resumption, 4 weekly 787-8 service
AC806 YVR1330 – 0815+1CDG 788 x246
AC807 CDG0955 – 1050YVR 788 x357
Air Canada previously served this route with Boeing 767 during summer season from 1994 to 1997, 3 weekly

Vancouver – Zurich 07JUN18 – 14OCT18  Service resumption, 3 weekly 787-8 service
AC802 YVR1255 – 0750+1ZRH 788 246
AC803 ZRH0930 – 1050YVR 788 357
Air Canada previously served this route with Boeing 767 during summer season in 1997 and 1998, 2 and 1 weekly each, respectively.

Air Canada To Launch New International Boeing 787 Dreamliner Routes from Vancouver

  • New non-stop flights from YVR to Paris and to Zurich for Summer 2018
  • Melbourne flights become year-round starting June 2018 following Dec-Feb seasonal service
  • Increased service from YVR to Delhi and twice-daily London Heathrow flights

VANCOUVERAug. 31, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada announced today the strategic expansion of its international network from Vancouver with new services launching June 2018 to Paris and Zurich, and the start of year-round flights to Melbourne.    All flights will be available for purchase starting September 6 at aircanada.com or through travel agents.
In addition, Air Canada is increasing its non-stop Delhi flights from Vancouver that resume October 14, with up to five times weekly service for the 2017/2018 season, and increasing its LondonHeathrow service with twice-daily flights for summer 2018.
“We continue to strategically broaden our international network from our Vancouver hub with the addition of two new, non-stop international services to Europe in 2018, more year-round flights to Australia, and additional flights to Delhi and London Heathrow.    With the launch of flights to Paris and Zurich, Air Canada will fly non-stop from YVR to five European destinations next summer, offering excellent options for travellers from BC and the North American west coast to Europe, and as well as for European visitors and beyond to western Canada and the Pacific Northwest,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
“Following our upcoming launch of seasonal service to Melbourne this winter, we are delighted to serve Australia’s second largest city year-round starting in June.    Melbourne is our third Australian destination, and our flights provide convenience to both business and leisure travellers between North America and Australia with competitive elapsed travel times and seamless connections offered by the in-transit preclearance facilities at our YVR hub.    All new flights from YVR to ParisZurich and Melbourne will be operated with our state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners.    The operating economics of the Dreamliners together with the Vancouver Airport Authority’s efforts to maintain airport operating costs among the lowest in Canada have enabled us to expand our network here to connect our already extensive B.C., Western Canada and U.S. routes to even more international destinations, and position YVR as a preferred option to travel through,” concluded Mr. Smith.
“Just one of these new connections would have been big news, but to be able to announce three major new services in one day is really exciting, and a true testament to the work Air Canada is doing to grow their transpacific hub here at YVR,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority.    “These new flights will open up exciting opportunities for travellers to connect to and from EuropeAustralia and beyond.    I would like to thank our long-standing partner Air Canada for continuing to bring these exciting new services to YVR.”
“International travellers are drawn to British Columbia’s vibrant cities that offer an endless supply of unique travel experiences.    With demand for travel to YVR increasing, these additional flights provided by Air Canada will ensure that travellers have more options to experience our beautiful province,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Connectivity:
All new routes are timed to optimize connectivity at Air Canada’s Vancouver hub to and from the airline’s extensive network across North America.    The new VancouverZurich flights will connect to and from destinations in EuropeAfrica and India with Star Alliance partner Swiss International Air Lines.    All Australia flights are timed to connect to and from AdelaideCanberraPerth and to Tasmania with codeshare partner Virgin Australia.

Other benefits:
Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners feature three cabins of service with enhanced definition individual on-demand personal entertainment offering a wide range of movies, short films, TV programs and audio selections at every seat throughout the aircraft.
All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, access to Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.

Schedule details:

Route

Frequency

Operating

Depart YVR

Arrive Destination

Depart Destination

Arrive YVR

YVR-Melbourne (MEL)

3 times weekly

Begins Jun 1, 2018 year-round

AC037 @ 22:45 Wed/Fri/Sun

MEL @ 07:55 (+2 days)

AC038 @ 09:40 Tue/Fri/Sun (begins Jun 3)

07:35

YVR-Paris (CDG)

4 times weekly

Jun 8-Oct 15, 2018

AC806 @ 13:30 Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun

CDG @ 08:15 (+1 day)

AC807 @ 09:55 Mon/Tue/Thu/Sat

10:50

YVR-Zurich (ZRH)

3 times weekly

Jun 7-Oct 14, 2018

AC802 @ 12:55 Tue/Thu/Sat

ZRH @ 07:50 (+1 day)

AC803 @ 09:30 Wed/Fri/Sun

10:50

Vancouver expansion in 2017:
So far in 2017, Air Canada has launched new services from its Vancouver hub to: Taipei (yearound), Frankfurt (seasonal), Nagoya (seasonal), LondonGatwick (seasonal), Dallas-Fort Worth (year-round), Denver (year-round) and Boston (seasonal).    Delhi seasonal service resumes on Oct. 14 and will increase up to five times weekly for the 2017/2018 season.    Still to launch are: Melbourne seasonal flights beginning Dec. 1Yellowknife seasonal flights beginning Dec. 15, and Orlando seasonal flights beginning Dec. 20.