Air Canada leisure airline startup expands more destinations

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Air Canada leisure airline startup expands more destinations

Unread post by bimjim » Fri Jun 28, 2013

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Air Canada leisure airline startup expands to more holiday destinations
June 27, 2013

Canada´s flag carrier Air Canada said that growth of its Air Canada rouge leisure carrier subsidiary is on track to expand to a total of 23 holiday destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida and Las Vegas for its 2013-2014 winter season.

Air Canada said it will take delivery of five new Boeing (NYSE: BA) 777-300ER aircraft for its mainline fleet between June 2013 and February 2014, and the first three of 37 Boeing 787 aircraft by the summer of 2014. Air Canada is scheduled to take delivery of seven 787 aircraft in 2014 and the remaining 30 between 2015 and 2019.

The carrier´s rouge unit´s July 1 start-up fleet consisting of two Airbus A319 aircraft and two Boeing 767-300ER aircraft will grow to ten aircraft by the end of 2013 with the addition of six Airbus A319 aircraft by December 2013, and an additional four Airbus A319 aircraft by March 2014, for a total of 14 aircraft by the end of the 2013-2014 winter season.

A number of popular holiday destinations currently served by Air Canada´s mainline carrier will be converted to Air Canada rouge service on a phased-in basis beginning October 2013 through March 2014 as additional aircraft are released by the mainline airline for operation by its leisure carrier.

All flights will be operated using Airbus A319 aircraft, with the exception of Toronto-Las Vegas and Toronto-Montego Bay flights that will be operated with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.

Air Canada rouge´s Boeing 767-300ER aircraft feature a two-cabin configuration with three customer comfort options including rouge, rouge Plus with preferred seating with additional legroom, and, beginning in winter 2013, Premium rouge offering both additional room and enhanced service. The airline´s Airbus A319 aircraft are configured with rouge and rouge Plus preferred seating.

Initially flights will operate from Toronto and Montreal to vacation spots in Europe and the Caribbean.

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