/R E P E A T -- Air Canada Inaugurates 787 Dreamliner Service to Delhi/

New 787-9 service is the only non-stop flight between Canada and India

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - With the departure of AC070, Air Canada today inaugurated new service between Toronto and Delhi. The new route offers the only non-stop flight between Canada and the Indian subcontinent and is the first to be dedicated for Air Canada's Boeing 787-9 series aircraft, the most modern aircraft in its fleet.

"Air Canada is offering customers the convenience of the only non-stop flight between Canada and India and we are doing so using our newest Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which are revolutionizing long-haul air travel in terms of passenger comfort. This new service will appeal to travelers both doing business in Delhi, the capital region of India and the fourth most populous urban area in the world, and to those who are visiting friends and relatives or exploring India. The new service also allows convenient onward connections within India and throughout Southeast Asia on our Star Alliance partner, Air India, and other interline partners," said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. "This route is an important addition to our ongoing international expansion. India is the largest market that until today was not served by Air Canada so the start of service to Delhi strategically enhances our international network, anchored at our Toronto-Pearson global hub."

"The Canada-India Business Council is very pleased to see the introduction of a non-stop air service between Toronto and Delhi. It is our expectation that the Canada-India corridor, over the next few years, will become increasingly more important to Canadian businesses wanting to capitalize on the opportunities emerging in India. Air Canada's ability to provide non-stop service will be welcomed warmly by the business community," said Gary Comerford, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada-India Business Council.

The service will operate four-times-weekly, going to daily in 2016, using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring Air Canada's award-winning, three-cabin service, including the next generation lie-flat seat in International Business Class, a Premium Economy cabin, and enhanced seatback In-Flight Entertainment system available at every seat throughout the aircraft. Flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access in Toronto, priority boarding and other benefits.

Since December 2014, Air Canada and Air Canada rouge have also announced new international service to such places as Dubai, Seoul, Brisbane, Lyon, London-Gatwick, Casablanca, Prague, Budapest, Glasgow and Warsaw. As a result of its ongoing expansion, Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 63 airports in Canada, 52 in the United States and 86 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Flight*

From

To

Depart

Arrive

Days of the week

AC070

Toronto

Delhi

20:35

20:55 (+ 1 day)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

AC071

Delhi

Toronto

00:45

05:00

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

*Certain flights operated with Boeing 787-8 until February 2016, when all flights operate with the 787-9

About Air Canada 

Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents.  Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2014 served more than 38 million customers.  Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,321 airports in 193 countries.  Air Canada rewards its most loyal customers through its top tier recognition program, Altitude, that offers frequent flyers a range of priority travel services, lounge access and upgrades to Executive Class, complementing their membership in Aeroplan, Canada's premier loyalty program, which provides numerous ways to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles with over 150 travel and retail partners.

Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax.  According to the 2015 Canadian Business Travel Survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, Air Canada was the preferred airline for more than 80 percent of frequent business travellers in Canada.  In 2014, readers of Global Traveler magazine again voted Air Canada "Best Airline in North America," the readers of Business Traveler voted Air Canada "Best North American Airline for International Travel" and "Best North America Airline Inflight Experience," and the readers of Premier Traveler voted Air Canada "Best Flight Attendants in North America."  For more information on Air Canada visit aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.

 

SOURCE Air Canada

For further information: Isabelle Arthur (Montréal), 514 422-5788, isabelle.arthur@aircanada.ca; Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto), 416 263-5576, peter.fitzpatrick@aircanada.ca; Angela Mah (Vancouver), 604 270-5741, angela.mah@aircanada.ca; Internet: aircanada.com

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