Air Canada is undertaking a major expansion of international service to Europe from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary in 2014.
Highlights of the Summer 2012 schedule include:
- introduction of year-round non-stop service from Toronto to Milan, Italy with up to five weekly flights (the only non-stop service between Canada and Milan)
- increase in year-round Toronto-Istanbul non-stop service from three times weekly to daily flights
- launch of seasonal non-stop flights between Toronto-Lisbon, Toronto-Manchester, Montreal-Barcelona and Montreal-Nice on Air Canada rouge
“The expansion of Air Canada’s global network to include four new European destinations is a significant turning point in Air Canada’s international growth strategy. With the addition of Air Canada mainline service to Milan, a key business centre, and Air Canada rouge service to popular holiday destinations such as Lisbon, Nice and Manchester, we are offering customers great new options when making their travel plans beginning next summer,” said Ben Smith, executive vice-president and Chief Commercial Officer. “Since the launch of our Toronto-Istanbul non-stop service in June 2013, customer response has been very positive and we look forward to increasing daily flights with convenient connections throughout the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.”
Air Canada will take delivery of five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for the mainline fleet between June 2013 and February 2014, and the first three of 37 Boeing 787 aircraft by the summer of 2014. It is scheduled to take delivery of six 787-8 aircraft in 2014 and the remaining 31 787-8 and -9 aircraft between 2015 and 2019.