Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations bring more holiday sun to Canadians this winter; over 560 flights each week from Canada to more destinations



    MONTREAL, Aug. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - This winter, Air Canada and Air Canada
Vacations will boost capacity with more seats each week to an expanded choice
of 49 popular holiday sun destinations. New destinations to choose from this
coming winter include Fort de France, Martinique and La Romana, Dominican
Republic. Air Canada is also launching the only non-stop flights from Calgary
to Honolulu and Maui, and adding 20 more non-stop flights each week to holiday
sun destinations including nine additional flights to the Caribbean and
Mexico. All-inclusive holiday packages are also available for purchase,
directly from Air Canada Vacations at aircanadavacations.com or by contacting
travel agents in Canada.
    "Our upcoming winter sun schedule offers Canadians a wide choice of
popular holiday destinations to escape the winter cold," said Ben Smith,
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "Air Canada continues
to offer the largest choice of non-stop flights of any carrier between Canada
and 49 holiday sun destinations, with up to 157 flights from Canada to
Florida, 56 flights to Mexico, 125 flights to the Caribbean, and 169 flights
to California and Hawaii each week. With our 2009-2010 schedule, we are
continuing to strategically deploy capacity to meet seasonal demand."
    Highlights of new and expanded Air Canada services to holiday sun
destinations this coming winter include:

    Calgary-Hawaii - The only non-stop flights begin weekly to both Honolulu
and Maui on December 5, with flights increasing to twice weekly to Honolulu,
and three times weekly to Maui in mid-December until the end of April. All
flights are operated onboard Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.

    Toronto-La Romana, Dominican Republic - New destination with Air Canada
flights departing every Saturday beginning December 19 onboard 120-seat Airbus
A319 aircraft.

    Toronto-Varadero, Cuba - Increase to five times weekly, departing
Mondays, Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays onboard 120-seat Airbus A319
aircraft.

    Montreal-Fort de France, Martinique - New Air Canada flights launched in
July will continue year-round, departing every Sunday onboard 120-seat Airbus
A319 aircraft.

    Montreal-Fort Myers, Florida - New Air Canada flights will depart Sundays
beginning December 6 onboard 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

    Montreal-Samana/El Catey, Dominican Republic - New Air Canada flights
will depart Saturdays beginning December 19 onboard 120-seat Airbus A319
aircraft.

    Montreal-Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - New Air Canada flights will depart
Fridays beginning December 25 onboard 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

    Montreal-Tampa, Florida - Weekly flights doubled with flights departing
Thursdays and Saturdays beginning November 7 onboard 120-seat Airbus A319
aircraft.

    Montreal-Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Increase to four times weekly,
departing Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays onboard 140-seat Airbus A320
aircraft.

    Ottawa-Turks & Caicos - New Air Canada flights will depart Mondays
beginning December 21 onboard 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

    Ottawa-Fort Lauderdale - Increase to daily flights beginning December 19
onboard 93-seat Embraer E-190 aircraft.

    Halifax-Samana/El Catey, Dominican Republic - New Air Canada flights will
depart Thursdays beginning February 11 onboard 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

    Halifax-Tampa, Florida - New Air Canada flights will depart Mondays
beginning February 8 onboard 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

    Vancouver-Varadero, Cuba - New Air Canada flights will depart Fridays
beginning December 25 onboard Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.

    Air Canada operates the most flights of any carrier between Canada and
sun destinations with up to 564 scheduled non-stop flights per week from
Canada serving 49 destinations in Florida, Hawaii, California, Nevada,
Arizona, the Caribbean, Mexico, Venezuela and Costa Rica including: Fort
Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, West Palm Beach;
Honolulu, Kona, Maui; San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego; Las Vegas,
Phoenix; Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Guadeloupe,
Haiti, Kingston, Montego Bay, Nassau, La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana,
Samana, St-Maarten, San Juan, St-Lucia, Turks & Caicos; Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo,
Havana, Holguin, Santa Clara, Varadero; Mexico City, Cancun, Cozumel, Ixtapa,
Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos; Caracas; San José and Fort de France. In addition,
Air Canada Vacations, one of Canada's leading tour operators, offers vacation
packages including air transportation, hotel accommodation, car rentals and
cruises, to more than 100 destinations.

    Montréal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air
transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 170 destinations on five
continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 13th largest commercial airline in
the world and serves 33 million customers annually. Air Canada is a founding
member of Star Alliance, providing the world's most comprehensive air
transportation network for Canadian domestic, transborder and international
travel. As well, customers can collect Aeroplan miles for future rewards
through Canada's leading loyalty program.

    Air Canada Vacations is a leading holiday provider with over 25 years
experience delivering leisure and cruise packages as well as excursions and
tours to more and more Canadians every year. Packages include a combination of
roundtrip airfare aboard Air Canada, quality hotel accommodations, Aeroplan
Miles and more.




For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Arthur, Montréal, (514) 422-5788;
Angela Mah, Vancouver, (604) 270-5741; Peter Fitzpatrick, Toronto, (416)
263-5576; aircanada.com


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