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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 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 moves Toronto – US aircraft changes to Sep 2019

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By Jim Liu, Posted 5 June 2019 08:00

Air Canada in April 2019 adjusted planned operational aircraft changes on various Transborder routes from Toronto, previously scheduled from May and June 2019. Planned aircraft changes is now scheduled from 03SEP19, this includes selected frequency increase to Minneapolis/St. Paul and Philadelphia.

Toronto – Charlotte eff 03SEP19 Embraer E175 replaces CRJ200, 2 daily (Previous plan: eff 01MAY19) 
Toronto – Memphis eff 03SEP19 Embraer E175 replaces CRJ200, 1 daily (Previous plan: eff 01MAY19) 
Toronto – Minneapolis/St. Paul eff 03SEP19 Increase from 3 to 4 daily, Embraer E175 operating (Previous plan: eff 03JUN19)
Toronto – Nashville 
eff 03SEP19 CRJ900 replaces CRJ200, 2 daily (Previous plan: eff 01JUN19)
Toronto – Philadelphia eff 03SEP19 Increase from 4 to 5 daily, Embraer E175 operating (Previous plan: eff 03JUN19)
Toronto – Raleigh/Durham eff 03SEP19 Embraer E175 replaces CRJ200, 3 daily (Previous plan: eff 01MAY19)
Toronto – Washington Dulles eff 03SEP19 Embraer E175 replaces CRJ200, 3 daily (Previous plan: eff 01MAY19)


WestJet W19 Alberta – Hawaii aircraft changes as of 28MAY19

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By Jim Liu Posted 29 May 2019 04:00

WestJet during the weekend of 19MAY19’s schedule update filed service changes to Hawaii, from Calgary and Edmonton. The airline currently plans to operate Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, replacing 767. 

Calgary – Honolulu eff 08DEC19 737 MAX 8 operates 3 weekly. This replaces 2 weekly 767 service in W18
08DEC19 – 15DEC19 Day 57
16DEC19 – 24APR20 Day 157

WS1860 YYC 1615 – 2039 HNL 738 157
WS1861 HNL 2140 – 0705+1YYC 7M8 157

Calgary – Kahului eff 15DEC19 737 MAX 8 operates from this date, instead of 28OCT19. The 737 MAX 8 operates 4 times a week, 787-9 operates twice a week (787-9 operation was highlighted last week on Airlineroute). This replaces mix of 737 MAX 8 and 767 in W18
WS1858 YYC 1100 – 1513 OGG 7M8 123
WS1858 YYC 1100 – 1427 OGG 789 46
WS1858 YYC 1330 – 1743 OGG 7M8 7

WS1857 OGG 2130 – 0703+1 YYC 7M8 x456
WS1857 OGG 2230 – 0714+1 YYC 789 46

Edmonton – Kahului eff 08DEC19 737 MAX 8 operates 2 weekly, replacing 767
WS1884 YEG 1635 – 2106 OGG 7M8 57
WS1885 OGG 2215 – 0750+1 YEG 7M8 57

Separately, preliminary schedule for summer 2020 also sees 737 MAX 8 assigned on additional routes, also appeared during the weekend of 19MAY19’s schedule update:
Calgary – New York JFK One flight scheduled on 03JUN20
Toronto – Grand Cayman 30APR20 – 28MAY20 1 weekly

Planned Boeing 737 MAX 8 operation remains pending.

Air Canada closes Toronto – Delhi reservations to late-August 2019

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By Jim Liu Posted 29 May 2019 10:30

Air Canada in the last few days filed inventory changes, which sees the closure of reservation on Toronto – Delhi route, from 01AUG19 to 29AUG19 (YYZ departure). Reported last week on Airlineroute, the Star Alliance carrier is temporary suspending this route from 15JUN19 to 31JUL19.

AC042 YYZ 2210 – 2135+1 DEL 789 D
AC043 DEL 0010 – 0505 YYZ 789 D

WestJet guests now boarding for beautiful Barcelona

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Airline expands European network with first flight to BCN from
Toronto Pearson

CALGARY, May 24, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today opened greater access to both Europe and Canada with its inaugural flight between Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) and Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ). The airline’s new route is its first to Spain and gives European business and leisure travellers access to the greater WestJet network through the airline’s Toronto hub.

“This flight between Barcelona and Toronto complements our existing Toronto-London (Gatwick) service in providing our guests with another non-stop flight to a popular European tourism and financial centre,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “In addition, Europeans looking to travel to Canada this summer now have even greater access to the greater WestJet network through our Toronto hub. We look forward to welcoming our guests on board today and providing them with a truly caring Canadian experience throughout their journey.”

“We are thrilled to celebrate the launch of another great option for travellers to Europe with WestJet’s new service to Barcelona,” said Hillary Marshall, Vice-President Stakeholder Relations and Communications, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “More choices for international routes are some of the ways Toronto passengers can count on Pearson to provide connectivity to global destinations that meet their business and leisure travel needs.”

The three-times weekly service is operated on WestJet’s Boeing 767 that includes the airline’s updated Premium and Economy cabin service. This summer, with the addition of Barcelona, WestJet will operate to five European cities including London, Gatwick, Paris, Dublin and Glasgow.

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Toronto-BarcelonaThree-times weekly10:05 p.m.11:50 a.m. +1May 24, 2019
Barcelona-TorontoThree-times weekly1:20 p.m.4:15 p.m.May 25, 2019

Toronto gets on board the WestJet Dreamliner to London this winter

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Booking the 787-9 to Europe now available  

CALGARY, May 21, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today revealed its winter 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announcing the state-of-the-art aircraft will be operating its Toronto-London (Gatwick) route. The addition of the WestJet Dreamliner to this route gives Eastern Canada the opportunity to experience a new Business and Premium service between two large financial and tourism centres.

WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

This daily Dreamliner service, starting October 23, 2019, upgrades WestJet’s existing Toronto-London service operated on the 767. As part of the schedule update, WestJet also announced the 787-9 Dreamliner will be used to operate flights between Calgary and Maui up to four-times weekly starting October 31, 2019 and between Calgary and London four-times weekly starting October 27, 2019.

“Flying on the WestJet Dreamliner is a game changer in travel; guest feedback on the experience has been phenomenal,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning and Alliances. “The Dreamliner was built for transoceanic routes with technology that reduces jetlag and leaves travellers feeling more refreshed upon arrival. With our custom cabins and award-winning service, guests are going to love the journey as much as the destination.”

“We congratulate Westjet on the expansion of their Dreamliner service from Toronto Pearson to London Gatwick, starting later this year,” said Scott Collier, Vice-President Customer and Terminal Services, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) “Toronto Pearson is proud to be part of WestJet’s continued growth and is glad to see this enhanced experience offered to passengers making business or leisure trips between Toronto and the UK.”

The WestJet Dreamliner features 320 seats in three cabins: Business, Premium and Economy, all of which contain a high-level of comfort and WestJet’s award-winning guest service. The Dreamliner’s Business cabin features all-aisle-access, lie-flat seats with on-demand dining and entertainment. The upscale Premium cabin is the ideal combination of comfort, value and guest service including a separate cabin, elevated meal service and signature welcome perks featuring champagne and an amenity case. WestJet’s improved Economy cabin features on-demand inflight entertainment, blankets and pillows and complimentary food and beverages with a select number of extra legroom seats available for purchase.

 RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Toronto – London 
(Gatwick)
Daily8:50 p.m.9:10 a.m.+1October 23, 
2019
London (Gatwick) -TorontoDaily11:10 a.m.1:57 p.m.October 24,
2019
Calgary – KahuluiUp to six-
times
weekly
11 a.m.2:27 p.m.October 31,
2019
Kahului – CalgaryUp to six
-times
weekly
10:30 p.m.7:14 a.m.+1October 31,
2019
Calgary – London
(Gatwick)
Four-times
weekly
7:45 p.m.11:20 a.m.+1October 27,
2019
London (Gatwick)
– Calgary
Four-times
weekly
1:20 p.m.3:25 p.m.October 28,
2019

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet’s 787-9 winter schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new.

Gamsahabnida! Air Canada Marks 25 Years of Service to Seoul, South Korea

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  • Inaugurated three times weekly flights in 1994 onboard Boeing 747 Combi aircraft
  • Flights today are daily onboard Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliners from both YVR and Toronto Pearson

MONTREAL, May 17, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada is excited to mark 25 years of non-stop service between Canada and Seoul, South Korea. To celebrate this milestone, Air Canada has a special promotion featuring fares from Vancouver to Seoul return, from as low as $1,325 CDN all in, and from Toronto to Seoul return, from as low as $1,525 CDN all in. These celebratory fares are available until May 20, 2019 and are available for purchase now on aircanada.com and via travel agents.

Air Canada launched service to Seoul in 1994 with the Boeing 747-Combi (top), a route that continues today with Boeing 777s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners (bottom). (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada launched service to Seoul in 1994 with the Boeing 747-Combi (top), a route that continues today with Boeing 777s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners (bottom). (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Prior to the departure of today’s flight AC63 from YVR to Seoul, a celebration was held at YVR where customers also enjoyed traditional cultural performances and activities prior to boarding.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 25 years of proud service between Canada and South Korea. Since 1994, millions of customers have travelled on our airline between our two countries to conduct business, visit friends and family, study, learn more about each country’s wonderful heritage, and to visit UNESCO and cultural attractions. Both countries have introduced a diverse range of delicious, culinary traditions to each other with Korean BBQ and other specialties now enjoyed by more and more Canadians. We are very pleased to be an important link between our two countries, and to help sustain the positive relationship our nations enjoy,” said John MacLeod, Vice President, Global Sales and Alliances, at Air Canada.

“On behalf of YVR, I would like to congratulate Air Canada on a successful 25 years of serving Vancouver and Seoul,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Air Canada’s Vancouver to Seoul service is key to our vision of creating a world-class hub. It connects Canada to an incredible country, with a deep history and unique culture, and one of the world’s most thriving and innovative economies. We are excited for the future, as we work with Air Canada to build their trans-Pacific hub at YVR, and the ongoing success of the Seoul service.”

Twenty-five years ago in May 1994, Air Canada inaugurated three times weekly flights to Seoul, the first Asia-Pacificdestination to be served by Canada’s flag carrier.  At that time, the routing was Toronto-Vancouver-Seoul and flights were operated with Boeing 747-400 Combi aircraft.  Air Canada’s flights originally operated to and from Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport (GMP), later moving to Incheon International Airport (ICN) when it opened in 2001, and where Air Canada’s flights continue to operate from today.

Today, Air Canada operates daily flights year-round between Vancouver and Seoul with Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and up to daily flights year-round between Toronto and Seoul with both Boeing 777s and 787 Dreamliners.

Air Canada’s flights to and from Seoul are scheduled to connect easily and conveniently to and from a multitude of destinations at both its YVR trans-pacific hub and at its Toronto Pearson global hub.  Customers can collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyal program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers also enjoy priority check-in, priority boarding, Maple Leaf Lounges, and other benefits.

TSB deploys a team of investigators following an accident at Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Ontario

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RICHMOND HILL, ON, May 10, 2019 /CNW/ – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Ontario, where a DHC-8-300 aircraft, operated by Jazz (flight 8615), was taxiing to a gate when it was struck by a fuel tanker. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

The TSB is online at www.tsb.gc.ca. Keep up to date through RSSTwitter (@TSBCanada), YouTubeFlickr and our blog.

SOURCE Transportation Safety Board of Canada