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Lufthansa’s Canadian ties strengthened through collaboration with the trade

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Friday, June 14, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group

TORONTO — Lufthansa has been upgrading its Canadian routes with A350s now flying from Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Lufthansa’s Hans deHaan, Senior Director, Canada, says the aircraft is a step forward with its passenger comfort and optimized cabin pressurization: “You can really notice when you step off the plane.”

DeHaan joined Lufthansa Group’s Tal Muscal, Director of Group Communications, The Americas and Frank Naeve, newly appointed (as of May 1) Vice President of Sales, The Americas for a round table discussion yesterday to discuss The Lufthansa Group’s (LHG) presence in the Canadian market and what to expect for the future.

In 2018 Lufthansa flew 142 million passengers, marking a record number for the Skytrax-rated 5-star airline. DeHaan says what makes Lufthansa unique from other airlines is its “extremely wide offering to areas around the world, the high standard of reliability, a great partnership with Air Canada, our product being up to where it should be. And we are a 5-star airline.”

Naeve said Lufthansa Group has 221 new planes on order scheduled to enter the fleet by 2027, at a price of approximately $43 billion. Lufthansa has plans to bring down the average age of its fleet, bring in 787 Dreamliners, new Boeing 777 planes and Airbus A-350s, which will replace the 747s.

LHG’s summer schedule involves 62 frequencies out of Canada into five European hubs: Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Vienna and Zurich.

Lufthansa’s 20+ year partnership with Air Canada continues and gives travellers a high level of flexibility.

Lufthansa’s connection to Canada is strengthened through collaboration with the travel trade. A sales force of 20 reps is in touch with corporate accounts and holds seminars for agents with updates on the operations within Lufthansa.

For over 20 years Lufthansa has also worked to improve its position in terms of environmental issues and social responsibility. Purchasing 40 new long-haul aircraft of the newest generation of 20 A350s and 20 B787s, Lufthansa Group aims to modernize its fleet. These plans are part of a “comprehensive program we are putting in place where we quite clearly want to make a contribution to reducing out CO2 emissions and having a positive impact,” says Naeve.

Lufthansa also wants to be a 2.9 L engine carrier, down from 4L, and in the next decade plans to eliminate the use of regular fuel consumption vehicles on the ground, transitioning to electric vehicles in airports and making its facilities greener.

And in May 2019 the Lufthansa Group officially launched ‘help alliance Americas’ as a sub-organization of its long-standing aid organization, ‘help alliance worldwide’, focused on social commitment projects and charitable outreach. Says Naeve: “We see it as our responsibility not just to do business, but to be part of society and make a contribution wherever we can.” In 2018, Lufthansa covered all the costs of administration, project assistance, fundraising and communication at help alliance gGmbH to ensure 100% of all other donations go to fund aid projects.

Meanwhile with its Lufthansa Innovation Hub in Berlin, Lufthansa is using data to improve the passenger experience. “What is important to us is that we deliver these ideas to add value for the customer effectively,” says Naeve.

DeHaan touched on Lufthansa’s onboard experience. With an upgraded selection of movie choices, those who fly Lufthansa will notice that “the food is fantastic, the service is very personalized, and it’s a very nice experience”.

Touching on the diversity of each airline within Lufthansa Group – including Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines – Naeve said: “Part of what we do as the Lufthansa Group is provide a high level of service and comfort, but each airline retains the positives that they bring from their own cultural background, which is appreciated by our passengers.”

Naeve has 30 years of experience at Lufthansa Group, working in Germany, China and Singapore. Talking about his goals for his new role, he says he hopes to work on “increasing a footprint in the Americas by growing the network and linking new cities and increasing frequencies by meeting customers, teams, partners and stakeholders. Also important is working to further improve the offer to the customers through Lufthansa’s joint venture with Air Canada.”

Air Transat A321neo LR Winter 2019 Montreal sun destinations as of 10 June 2019

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By Jim Liu – Posted 12 June 2019 (based on information provided as of 10 June 2019)

Air Transat in the last few days adjusted Airbus A321neo LR operation from Montreal, for Sun Destinations during winter 2019/20 season. Updated changes include the following.

Montreal – Cancun 02FEB20 – 29MAR20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 21FEB20; Previous plan: 1 weekly from 05JAN20)
Montreal – Cartagena 15FEB20 – 28MAR20 2 weekly
Montreal – Cayo Largo 16FEB20 – 29MAR20 1 weekly
Montreal – Cozumel 07FEB20 – 03APR20 1 weekly
Montreal – Fort Lauderdale 03FEB20 – 27APR20 1 weekly (Previous plan: eff 06JAN20)
Montreal – Holguin 10APR20 – 24APR20 1 weekly (Previous plan: eff 10JAN20)
Montreal – Montego Bay 06FEB20 – 09APR20 1 weekly (Previous plan: eff 07NOV19)
Montreal – Pointe-a-Pitre 19FEB20 – 25MAR20 1 weekly
Montreal – Punta Cana 01FEB20 – 28MAR20 1 weekly (Previous plan: eff 11JAN20)
Montreal – Roatan 17FEB20 – 30MAR20 2 weekly
Montreal – Santa Clara 21FEB20 – 27MAR20 1 weekly 

Air Canada rouge Winter 2019 A320 operations as of 31 May 2019

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By Jim Liu Posted 6 June 2019 03:30

Air Canada rouge in recent schedule update filed Airbus A320 operation for winter 2019/20 season, mainly operating to/from Montreal and Toronto. Planned operation as follows.

Montreal – Varadero eff 18DEC19 1 daily
Toronto – Cancun 27OCT19 – 18DEC19 4 weekly (7 weekly from 02DEC19)
Toronto – Ft. Myers eff 19DEC19 1 daily (Except 06JAN20 – 19FEB20)
Toronto – Miami eff 19DEC19 1 daily
Toronto – Orlando 27OCT19 – 19FEB20 1 daily (Except 18DEC19 – 05JAN20)
Toronto – Varadero eff 27OCT19 4 weekly (7 weekly from 18DEC19)

Air Transat announces the new features of its winter 2019-2020 flight program

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The carrier will add New Orleans, Louisiana, to its list of destinations and will serve Madrid and Malaga, Spain, year round

MONTREAL, June 6, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat today announced the new features of its flight program for winter 2019–2020, effective November 1, and is continuing to develop its service to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, Florida and Louisiana, offering over 30 Sun destinations as well as several European regions. In addition, the carrier will add new Airbus A321neoLR aircraft to its operations this winter.

“Bringing our Airbus A321neoLRs into our fleet in winter 2019–2020 will give us greater flexibility, which will help us reinforce our leadership in Quebec, strengthen our presence in Ontario and return in force in the Canadian West,” says Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer, Transat. “We will therefore be adding new destinations out of Vancouver, including Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as well as Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica,” she adds.

Even more new routes and destinations 
This winter, the airline will introduce new destinations and routes out of several regions of the country. Air Transat will now be the only airline to offer a direct flight from Montreal to New Orleans, Louisiana, with two direct flights per week beginning in November.

In the West, Air Transat will refocus a significant portion of its operations on Vancouver, becoming the only carrier to serve Fort Lauderdale, Florida (two direct flights a week). In addition, the airline will offer new flights to San José and Liberia, Costa Rica (two flights a week), and reintroduce a direct flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

In Ontario, the carrier will increase its presence, including a new direct flight to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, from London. A new direct flight to Santa Clara, Cuba, from Hamilton will also be added, as well as an additional direct flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for a total of two direct flights a week.

More flights to Florida and sustained frequency to the Dominican Republic and Mexico
Air Transat will be investing in Florida, with a focus on Fort Lauderdale. Daily direct flights will now be offered from Montreal during peak season as well as an increased frequency from Quebec City (five direct flights a week).

Air Transat will enhance its program with an additional direct flight to Puerto Plata out of Montreal (five direct flights weekly). Punta Cana will also benefit from an additional direct flight out of Hamilton (two direct flights a week), in addition to existing daily direct flights out of Montreal and Toronto.

To Mexico, Air Transat will be offering an additional direct flight to Puerto Vallarta out of Calgary, for a total of four direct flights a week, in addition to its daily direct flights to Cancun/Riviera Maya from Montreal and Toronto.

Winter in Europe
Beginning in winter 2019–2020, Air Transat will fly year-round to Madrid and Malaga, Spain, out of Montreal (two direct flights a week, respectively) as well as out of Toronto and Vancouver through connecting flights in addition to its daily direct flight from Montreal to Paris, France.

Out of Toronto, the airline will offer its two weekly direct flights to Glasgow and Manchester, United Kingdom, year-round and will extend the flight season until mid-January for Barcelona, Spain (two flights a week), and Rome, Italy (two direct flights a week), in addition to offering daily flights to London, United Kingdom.

Domestic and connecting flights for more options
Air Transat’s domestic flights program, which connects several of Canada’s major cities, will offer a wider choice of transatlantic destinations through connecting flights and will also give Canadians a chance to discover their own vast country. The carrier will continue its daily flights between Montreal and Toronto, in addition to its seven direct flights a week between Vancouver and Toronto and its three weekly direct flights between Montreal and Vancouver.

Air Canada Inaugurates Daily Montreal-Raleigh Flights

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MONTREAL, June 3, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today inaugurated a new, non-stop service between Montreal and Raleigh, North Carolina. This morning’s departure of Air Canada flight AC8178 marks the beginning of daily flights from Montreal to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which will operate with a 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ). Flights are timed to optimize connectivity from across Air Canada’s network through Air Canada’s hub in Montreal.

Air Canada Inaugurates Daily Montreal-Raleigh Flights (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“Air Canada’s strategic global expansion continues with the launch of Montreal-Raleigh, the 25th transborder route from our Montreal hub, connecting the southern charm of North Carolina and French flavor of Quebec. This new route complements our existing year-round service to North Carolina consisting of flights from Toronto to Raleigh and Charlotte, which also benefits from increased capacity in 2019,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning, at Air Canada. “With expansion into 29 new markets since the beginning of 2016, our Montreal hub offers convenient non-stop connections to than 98 destinations in our global network. Customers returning to Raleigh from an international destination through Canada pre-clear U.S. customs without even picking up their baggage if they are connecting, saving significant time on their journey. For eligible premium customers flying onward internationally from Montreal in Air Canada Signature Class, we offer an exclusive Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge to relax in and enjoy before continuing onwards internationally.”

“RDU is excited for Air Canada to introduce the region’s first nonstop service to Montreal, one of the airport’s most popular international destinations,” said Michael Landguth, president & CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. “We are pleased to introduce a new international destination and celebrate what we know will be a popular route for our customers.”

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC8178Montreal 13:35Raleigh 15:45Daily
AC8179Raleigh 16:15Montreal 18:21Daily

All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at the Montreal hub, priority boarding and other benefits.

The new Montreal-Raleigh service is the only non-stop flight between these cities. While always a popular leisure destination, North Carolina is also experiencing strong economic growth and Air Canada is making it more convenient and comfortable for customers to travel between Canada and the state.

KLM Marks 70 Years in Montreal

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Posted on May 31, 2019 at TravelPress.com


Seventy years ago yesterday on May 29, 1949, members of the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines crew boarded a Lockheed Constellation 749 to welcome passengers on the first ever Amsterdam-Montreal flight.

The “Batavia” touched down at Dorval airport on May 30, after two stopovers.

The Batavia passenger list included Prince Bernhard of Holland, the husband of Queen Juliana, and Albert Plesman, president of KLM. Two of the three pilots on the inaugural flight were Canadian as, at the time, 50 of KLM’s 400 pilots were from Canada. As the flight approached, it was preceded by three Vampire jet fighters from the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The distinguished visitors were welcomed at Dorval airport with a 21-gun royal salute and a 100-man royal guard from the Royal 22nd Regiment, whose marching band performed the Dutch national anthem. Formal receptions were held at the Ritz Carlton and the Windsor hotel.

Prince Bernhard’s speech underlined the bond that existed between the two countries since 1945. On a more personal note, he confided his family had a special attachment to Canada, which hosted the Royal Family for a few years during World War II and was paramount in the liberation of the Netherlands.

“This inaugural flight marked the beginning of regular service between Montreal and Amsterdam twice weekly, with stops in Gander, Nfld. and Prestwick, Scotland, and opened the way for KLM in Canada,” said Vincent Etchebehere, vice-president and general manager, Air France KLM Canada. “Since then, KLM has launched routes to Toronto (1974), Vancouver (1986), Calgary (2009) and Edmonton (2015).”

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SAF+ CONSORTIUM Finalist of the Sky’s the Limit Challenge

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Its clean fuel production technology will revolutionize the aviation industry

MONTREAL, May 29, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – SAF+ CONSORTIUM is proud to have been selected as a finalist in Impact Canada’s / Natural Resources Canada’s Challenge. The technology and the highly innovative approach on which the Consortium’s clean fuel is developed, convinced the jury of the huge potential for the aviation industry. Using an innovative circular economy solution, SAF+ CONSORTIUM transforms CO2 emitted by industries into an alternative fuel that has the same chemical properties as kerosene, while reducing carbon footprint by 80% over its life cycle.

« We would like to thank Natural Resources Canada for implementing this Challenge. This is an exceptional opportunity to value the efforts being made to find sustainable approaches, both economically and environmentally, to the challenges facing the aviation industry. », says Jean Paquin, President and CEO, SAF + CONSORTIUM.

The civil aviation sector needs to find sustainable and cost-effective alternatives to meet the obligations set forth by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This new clean fuel will lead to a revolution in the aviation industry while contributing to the achievement of GHG reduction targets in Quebec and Canada and promoting their respective economic development.

« The $2 million prize we receive today will allow us to complete our first demonstration plant that will showcase our technology. », adds Mr. Paquin.

To carry out this major project, SAF+ CONSORTIUM can rely on several renowned partners who will ensure, among other things, the integration of sustainable fuel into the aviation value chain. Among them, Carbon Consult Group, expert in carbon footprint management, CO2 Solutions, with its CO2 capture technology, the airline company Air Transat, which will test the sustainable fuel on its fleet of aircraft and ADM Aéroports de Montréal, which will provide fuel delivery logistics support at the YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport.

« It is crucial for Air Transat to work on finding a sustainable aviation fuel solution that can meet the needs of airline operations such as ours, but also meet the industry’s goals for carbon-neutral growth. », says Jean-François Lemay, President and CEO, Air Transat. « The solution that SAF+ CONSORTIUM is working on is a perfect fit with our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint. We are committed to putting our expertise to work in this great project of interest. »

« ADM is committed to working actively with its partners to support initiatives and pilot projects that help reduce the environmental impact of aviation activities. We are proud to be supporting the development of this innovative CO2-based fuel technology by SAF+ CONSORTIUM. », noted Martin Massé, Vice President, Public Affairs, ADM.

« Capturing and recovering CO2 to produce a low-GHG aviation fuel is a highly promising approach to addressing climate change while creating a new economic sector. », says Evan Price, President and CEO, CO2 Solutions.

« There is currently an undeniable momentum around climate issues, reflecting the need and urgency to take actions. As a result, the technology developed by SAF + CONSORTIUM is a significant step forward in supplying low-carbon fuel for the aviation industry. », concludes Mr. Paquin.

Air Canada Summer 2019 Bordeaux service update as of 20 May 2019

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By Jim Liu, Posted 21 May 2019

Air Canada last week filed additional schedule changes for Montreal – Bordeaux service. For summer 2019 season, this route will be operated by Air Canada rouge Boeing 767, replacing planned 737 MAX 8. Prior to this adjustment last week, the Star Alliance carrier planned 737 MAX 8 service from 01AUG19.

This route in summer season operates from 03 Jul 2019 to 14 Sep 2019 (YUL departure).

AC1908 YUL 2000 – 0850+1 BOD 763 Wed, Thu & Sat
AC1909 BOD 1030 – 1222 YUL 763 Thu, Sat & Sun

ADM awards construction management contract to Pomerleau, SNC-Lavalin and Kiewit

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MONTRÉAL, May 15, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – ADM Aéroports de Montréal has awarded the construction management contract for the completion of its major cityside development program to a consortium consisting of Pomerleau, SNC-Lavalin and Construction Kiewit Cie (PSK).

Under this initial five-year contract, PSK will act as a partner and key collaborator throughout the execution of the work. The consortium’s mandate includes managing the program’s design, assessing constructability, and identifying opportunities to optimize the schedule and phasing of construction.

“By using this innovative contract model of risk-based construction management, ADM will benefit from additional significant expertise for the implementation of this program, which will definitely change the face of YUL Montréal-Trudeau International airport,” said Philippe Rainville, President and Chief Executive Officer of ADM. “We are pleased to be working with companies that have solid expertise in carrying out projects of a similar scope.”

ADM is planning to invest $2.5 billion to facilitate inter-modality and access to the airport site. The project includes the construction work and development of an underground station for the REM. It also involves the rebuilding of two major infrastructures: the multi-level parking complex and the drop-off/pick-up zones. In addition, the YUL Transit space will give users access to the airport terminal, the parking lots, the REM station, the bus terminal and various forms of public transportation.

“Whether for a long trip overseas or for a few hours of transit, airports still play a key role in a travel experience,” said Pierre Pomerleau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pomerleau. “As part of this historic construction project, Pomerleau’s mission is to carry out work that will help raise the international profile of one of Canada’s most important showcases, YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. Together with our partners, we will implement cutting-edge designs, leverage the interdisciplinary capabilities of our teams, and benefit from innovative technologies.”

“Like major international airports, YUL Montreal-Trudeau International Airport will benefit from frequent and reliable access at all times; REM and the new access network will ease transit,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, President, Infrastructure, SNC-Lavalin. “We are proud to bring our airport infrastructure expertise and experience to a project of this quality. We look forward to working collaboratively and in synergy with our partners in PSK Construction, to develop innovative solutions to enhance the customer experience and prepare the airport for the future.”

“YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport plays a crucial role in our economy and contributes to our quality of life,” added Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Vice President of Construction at Kiewit. “We are proud to be part of this important project that will help increase and enhance the way we welcome residents, visitors and business people.”

Growth continues at YUL in the first quarter of 2019

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MONTRÉAL, May 9, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – ADM Aéroports de Montréal announced its operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019 during its annual public meeting. Passenger traffic at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport climbed by 6.5% over with the same period last year while EBITDA increased by 36.6%.

Highlights – passengers

  • YUL continues to welcome more and more passengers, with 4.7 million passengers in the first quarter of 2019 (+6.5%).
  • All three activity sectors contributed to the growth. International traffic increased by 11.5%, the transborder (United States) sector grew by 3.6%, and the domestic sector climbed by 2.3% compared with the first quarter of 2018.
  • With an expanding number of destinations, YUL remains Canada’s most international airport as a proportion of its total passenger traffic.

Financial results at a glance: 

  • EBITDA, indicator used by management to evaluate operational performance, totalled $89.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, up $24.0 million compared with 2018 (+36.6%).
  • Consolidated revenues increased by 22.3% to $178.0 million in the first quarter. This increase is mainly attributable to growth in passenger traffic, increased revenues from commercial activities, and higher AIF rates.
  • Operating expenses for the quarter were $59.2 million, an increase of $5.7 million over the corresponding quarter of 2018 (+10.7%). This variance is namely attributable to investments to maintain a high level of service for travelers as well as to implementation costs related to initiatives to enhance competitiveness.
  • Capital investments totalled $39.3 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared with $24.3 million in the same period of 2018. Investments in YUL and the YMX Aerocity of Mirabel were financed by cash flows from operating activities, including airport improvement fees.

“The growth in passenger traffic seen at the beginning of the year is an indication of what is in store for us in 2019.The summer season promises to be busy, with as much if not more traffic than last year. YUL is proud to help showcase Montréal and contribute to making it an international destination of choice while participating in its long-term prosperity,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal.

All information about these financial results is available online.

In recent months, several initiatives have been deployed to enhance the passenger experience:

  • Austrian Airlines began service to and from Montréal-Trudeau on April 29, officially making its first flight to Vienna. The Austrian carrier will offer flights all year long, with seven flights per week during the summer season.
  • The cities of Vienna in Austria, Raleigh in the United States and Sydney in Nova Scotia are joining the new routes available from Montréal during the 2019 summer season. YUL currently offers a total of 151 destinations.
  • On April 7, Aéroports de Montréal held the 7th edition of its Premium Kids event. This day allowed about 100 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or functional limitations to become familiar with the airport process so as to reduce their anxiety about flying.
  • For the first time, YUL was awarded a prestigious 4-Star rating under the Skytrax World Airport Star Rating program following an independent audit. This fourth star recognizes the major investments made in recent years to modernize the airport’s infrastructure and achieve the highest industry standards, as well as employee efforts to enhance the passenger experience day after day.