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Toronto Pearson announces new carriers, routes for summer 2018

 

More choice for travellers on international and domestic routes

TORONTODec. 7, 2017 /CNW/ – With demand for air travel in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) continuing to grow, Toronto Pearson announces additional new airline services from Canada’s busiest airport, serving the region for the Summer 2018 travel season.
The airport, which is forecast to welcome nearly 48 million passengers in 2017, will see several new airlines enter the local market, as well as expanded service from existing carriers and more frequent flights on some high demand routes.    As a critical economic engine for Ontario and Canada, additional connectivity from Toronto Pearson opens key development opportunities for local industry and facilitates growth for area businesses.
Domestic and international travellers will have new options from Toronto Pearson.    For the summer 2018 season, Air Canada will offer new direct service to Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as new routes from Toronto to Providence, RIOmaha, NB, Nanaimo, BC, and Kamloops, BC.
New Canadian carrier Flair Air will operate for its first summer out of Toronto Pearson after starting service to Edmonton, AB and Kelowna, BC this month.
For international travel, current carriers already operating from Toronto Pearson will add new options for travel in Europe, including Air Canada’s new routes to Bucharest, RomaniaZagreb, CroatiaPorto, Portugal; and Shannon, Ireland. Also, British Airways, who will add capacity to the UK, will now be offering three times weekly service to London Gatwick.
The United Kingdom and Europe are experiencing notably strong demand from Toronto region travelers and new carriers serving this area in Summer 2018 will include Primera Air, offering service three times weekly to Birminghamand London Stansted, UK and four times weekly service to Paris, France.    Eastern Europe will also see new choice and connectivity Ukraine International Airlines, flying three times weekly to Kiev.
“Toronto Pearson is well on its way to becoming a mega hub airport, as evidenced by the addition of these new routes and partnerships on the back of strong passenger traffic growth,” said Kim Stangeby, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.    “All of this activity confers greater benefits on the region, Ontario and Canada in the form of enhanced trade and connectivity, making this a shared journey of growth for Toronto Pearson and the country at large.”

Delta and WestJet agree to form joint venture

 

U.S./Canada joint venture to offer more choices for transborder flying

ATLANTA and CALGARYDec. 6, 2017 /CNW/ – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and WestJet (TSX: WJA) have agreed to deepen their existing partnership by entering into a comprehensive transborder joint venture that will increase travel choices between the U.S. and Canada.
The airlines have entered into a preliminary memorandum of understanding regarding their intention to deepen their existing partnership to form an commercial joint venture arrangement, which will offer customers access to an extensive transborder route network, world-class airline products, enhanced frequent flyer benefits, shared airport facilities and amenities, and a more seamless travel experience.
Highlights of the planned joint venture arrangement, subject to board approvals, execution of definitive agreements and applicable regulatory approvals, in the United States and Canada, include:

  • Coordinated flight schedules for new nonstop flights to new destinations, expanded codesharing and seamless and convenient connections on the airlines’ extensive networks in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Enhanced frequent flyer benefits including reciprocal benefits for top tier members of both airlines.

“With its strong brand and employee- and customer- centric culture, WestJet is the perfect partner for us in the U.S./Canada transborder segment and together we will produce great results for our respective employees, customers and investors” said Steve Sear, Delta’s President – International and Executive Vice President – Global Sales.     “We look forward to applying Delta’s experience building successful joint venture partnerships to this important segment of transborder travel, the second largest international segment for U.S. travel.”
“This agreement will bring heightened competition and an enriched product offering to the transborder segment, both of which will benefit our guests,” said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial.    “This is an important step in WestJet’s mission to become a global airline.    We are delighted to be working with the premier U.S. carrier, Delta Air Lines, in this joint venture.”
Delta has a 25-year track record of partnering closely with airlines around the globe, beginning with the first successful transatlantic partnership, when Northwest and KLM launched their joint venture in 1993. With this agreement, Delta will have eight partnerships with leading carriers in the world’s biggest aviation segments spanning EuropeLatin AmericaAsiaAustralia and Canada. Through deep relationships and immunized joint ventures, Delta has successfully achieved many benefits of cross-border co-operation for its customers.
WestJet, Canada’s second-largest airline currently has 45 airline partners providing access to more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries.     WestJet has also entered into a definitive purchase agreement for 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with the first aircraft expected to be delivered in January 2019.    With one of the youngest fleets in the airline industry, WestJet continues its global growth while controlling operating costs and providing an award-winning guest experience.

Bombardier to make thrust reverser for Airbus family of aircraft

 

Unions still concerned at US threat to Belfast job from possible import duties

 

Bombardier’s Northern Ireland operation has won a significant project from Airbus to develop and manufacture a new thrust reverser for one of its single-aisle jetliners.
Bombardier is set to become a key supplier on a new engine nacelle programme for the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft which is powered by the Pratt & Whitney’s Pure Power PW1100G next generation engine.
The project will not create any immediate jobs or boost current staffing requirements at Bombardier’s Belfast operations because the thrust reverser is not scheduled for delivery for several years.    However, a team of Bombardier engineers in Northern Ireland will begin work shortly on the research and development phase of the programme.
Bombardier, whose C Series family of aircraft also feature Pratt & Whitney’s PW1500 G engines, is an established supplier to Airbus, but its decision to award the thrust reverser project to Bombardier’s Northern Ireland operations helps underline the importance of a ground-breaking trade deal signed between Bombardier and Airbus just over two months ago.   The trade deal brought Bombardier and Airbus together as partners on the C Series aircraft programme, but Michael Ryan, president of Bombardier’s aerostructures and engineering services and in charge of its Northern Ireland operations, said at the time that the deal also represented an “opportunity” for Belfast to build on is existing supplier relationship with Airbus.   In Belfast on Monday, Stephen Addis, vice-president, customer services and programmes, Bombardier Aerostructures, highlighted how this was unfolding.   “This work package reinforces our long-term strategy to grow our capabilities in the nacelles market, and to focus on delivering innovative, higher-value products and services in an extremely competitive global environment.”

Import duties
Meanwhile trade unions are continuing to highlight the threat to Bombardier workers in the North from the US department of commerce and its plans to impose import duties of 300 per cent on each C Series aircraft sold in the US. More than 1,000 people are employed specifically on the C Series programme in the North.

Bombardier’s Northern Ireland operation has won a significant project from Airbus to develop and manufacture a new thrust reverser for one of its single-aisle jetliners.   Bombardier is set to become a key supplier on a new engine nacelle programme for the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft which is powered by the Pratt & Whitney’s Pure Power PW1100G next generation engine.
The project will not create any immediate jobs or boost current staffing requirements at Bombardier’s Belfast operations because the thrust reverser is not scheduled for delivery for several years.   However, a team of Bombardier engineers in Northern Ireland will begin work shortly on the research and development phase of the programme.
Bombardier, whose C Series family of aircraft also feature Pratt & Whitney’s PW1500 G engines, is an established supplier to Airbus, but its decision to award the thrust reverser project to Bombardier’s Northern Ireland operations helps underline the importance of a ground-breaking trade deal signed between Bombardier and Airbus just over two months ago.     The trade deal brought Bombardier and Airbus together as partners on the C Series aircraft programme, but Michael Ryan, president of Bombardier’s aerostructures and engineering services and in charge of its Northern Ireland operations, said at the time that the deal also represented an “opportunity” for Belfast to build on is existing supplier relationship with Airbus.      In Belfast on Monday, Stephen Addis, vice-president, customer services and programmes, Bombardier Aerostructures, highlighted how this was unfolding.
“This work package reinforces our long-term strategy to grow our capabilities in the nacelles market, and to focus on delivering innovative, higher-value products and services in an extremely competitive global environment.”
Import duties

Meanwhile trade unions are continuing to highlight the threat to Bombardier workers in the North from the US department of commerce and its plans to impose import duties of 300 per cent on each C Series aircraft sold in the US. More than 1,000 people are employed specifically on the C Series programme in the North.
Workers and union leaders from Bombardier’s five production sites in Northern Ireland will gather at Belfast City Hall to ask councillors to back their campaign to safeguard local jobs.
The US department of commerce is expected to publish its final decision on the proposed tariffs on December 19th.

Chorus Aviation announces leasing transaction with Ethiopian Airlines

Delivering regional aviation to the world  

HALIFAXNov. 29, 2017 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘Chorus’) (TSX: CHR) announced today agreements to purchase two new Bombardier Q400 aircraft and lease them to Ethiopian Airlines Group (‘Ethiopian Airlines’).  The aircraft will be purchased new from Bombardier by a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Capital and are expected to be delivered and placed on lease to Ethiopian Airlines in December 2017.
“Ethiopian Airlines is a premier, award-winning international airline with a terrific history of innovation, growth and economic success.    We are absolutely delighted to welcome them as a customer of Chorus Aviation Capital and look forward to building this important relationship,” commented Steve Ridolfi, President Chorus Aviation Capital. “Ethiopian is one of the largest and most profitable airlines in Africa, a member of the Star Alliance airline network, and the winner of numerous awards for airline management and customer service.   We are honoured to add them to our growing portfolio of regional aircraft lessees and very pleased to extend our global reach to our sixth continent: Africa,” he added.
“I am very pleased with the progress we have made in growing Chorus Aviation Capital’s market position in regional aircraft leasing,” stated Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chorus.    “Upon completion of previously announced transactions, we’ll have a leased aircraft fleet of 62 aircraft worth approximately CDN $1.2 Billion.   We are building significant momentum in this business and look forward to additional future growth.”

Air Canada Expands its North American Network with New Transborder Routes starting Spring 2018

 

  • Toronto to Omaha and Providence
  • Montreal to Baltimore and Pittsburgh
  • Vancouver to Sacramento
  • Edmonton to San Francisco

MONTREALNov. 29, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced several new non-stop year-round transborder routes will begin Spring 2018 from TorontoMontrealEdmonton and Vancouver.  All new flights are now available for purchase.

“We continue to strategically expand our already extensive North American transborder network to offer the only services from Canada to SacramentoOmahaProvidence, and flights from additional Canadian airports to BaltimorePittsburgh and San Francisco,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “As the largest foreign carrier serving the USA, we are pleased to offer customers even more non-stop travel choices between Canada and the US, as well as the ability to conveniently connect onward through our extensive global network at our Canadian hubs on North America’s Best Airline as rated by Skytrax.”

All flights are timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s global schedule, and provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at mainline Canadian airports, priority boarding and other benefits.

Vancouver-Sacramento

Daily

May 17, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 76
seat CRJ-705/900

Edmonton-San Francisco

Daily

May 1, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 76
seat CRJ-705/900

Toronto-Omaha

Daily

May 1, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Toronto-Providence

Daily

May 17, 2018

Summer seasonal

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Montreal-Baltimore

Daily

May 17, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Montreal-Pittsburgh

Daily

May 17, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Today’s new routes complement Air Canada’s previously announced new non-stop international services beginning 2018: VancouverParisVancouverZurichVancouverMelbourne, originally planned as winter seasonal now operating year-round starting June; Toronto-Shannon, TorontoZagrebTorontoPortoTorontoBucharestTorontoBuenos AiresMontrealTokyoNaritaMontrealDublinMontrealBucharest; and MontrealLisbon.