Air Canada increases Ottawa service on Canadian and seasonal sun routes as part of Eastern Canadian expansion this winter



    MONTREAL, Aug. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today that it is
offering Ottawa and Eastern Canadian residents more choice this winter,
including non-stop service to six new Canadian and leisure sun destinations
from Canada's capital.
    "Air Canada is responding to market demand with the addition of non-stop
service to six new destinations for Ottawa, plus 36 additional weekly
frequencies on existing routes to and from the nation's capital this winter.
We are increasing our departing capacity from Ottawa by ten per cent above
last year's level, which translates into more than 3,500 additional seats per
week during the winter season. Moreover, we are improving service to and from
Eastern Canada and throughout our network to ensure Air Canada remains the
preferred carrier of Canadians," said Daniel Shurz, Vice President, Network
Planning. "The increase in trans-continental, transborder and sun destination
flying will further enhance our already extensive Eastern Canadian network and
provide convenience, choice and better connections for residents of Eastern
Canada."

    
    Ottawa Highlights:
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    - Effective October 28, Air Canada will add new, year-round, non-stop
      service to Fredericton using a 37-seat Dash 8-100 aircraft. Flights
      will operate every business day, departing Ottawa at 18:45, arriving in
      Fredericton at 21:42. Return flights from Fredericton will depart at
      06:40, arriving in Ottawa at 07:55.
    - Starting October 28, new daily non-stop services to Moncton with
      50-seat CRJ aircraft, departing Ottawa at 19:25, arriving Moncton
      22:05. Return flights will depart Moncton at 07:00, arriving in Ottawa
      at 07:55
    - Also starting October 28, Air Canada will introduce daily 93-seat,
      Embraer E190 non-stop service between Ottawa and St. John's,
      Newfoundland. Flights will depart Ottawa at 18:55 arriving St. John's
      at 23:10, and return flights will leave St. John's at 06:00 arriving in
      Ottawa at 07:45. These new flights will provide same plane,
      through-service between St. John's and Calgary.
    - Two new winter non-stop sun flights from Ottawa have been added to
      Cancun and Montego Bay through Air Canada Vacations, each with Saturday
      service aboard Embraer E190 aircraft starting December 22.
    - Twice weekly Ottawa to Las Vegas service launched this summer will be
      continued through the winter, and frequencies will be added between
      Ottawa and Vancouver (3 daily non-stop flights), Calgary (3 daily
      non-stop flights), Edmonton (2 daily non-stop flights), London, Ontario
      (2 daily non-stop flights) and Boston (4 daily non-stop flights) for
      the winter period.
    

    Montreal Highlights:
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    Air Canada will add two new sun destinations from Montreal through Air
Canada Vacations this winter, with Thursday non-stop service to the Turks and
Caicos beginning December 20 and Sunday non-stops to Santa Clara, Cuba,
starting December 23. In addition, Air Canada will continue daily Boeing 777
service to Paris, featuring our new Executive First product with the only
truly lie-flat beds offered by a North American carrier in business class and
personal video systems throughout the aircraft. Finally, Air Canada will also
increase frequencies at peak periods between Montreal and Montego Bay (two
non-stop, weekly flights), Orlando (10 non-stop, weekly flights), and Quebec
City (17 daily flights).

    Maritime Highlights:
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    In the Maritimes, Air Canada will commence daily non-stop services from
St. John's, Newfoundland, and Moncton to Ottawa, and new non-stop service
every business day from Fredericton to Ottawa. There will also be one-stop
daily single plane service from St. John's, Newfoundland, to each of Calgary,
Edmonton and Fort McMurray. Service between Halifax and Gander will be
upgraded to operate twice daily using 50-seat, CRJ aircraft. Summer services
that will continue through the winter include Toronto to Deer Lake and
Charlottetown, Halifax to New York/La Guardia, and St. John's to Deer Lake.
Air Canada will also continue to evaluate opportunities for future expansion
in Saint John, N.B.

    About Air Canada:
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    Air Canada was recognized in 2007 by the editors of Air Transport World
as the airline industry leader in market innovation, specifically Air Canada's
success in implementing an innovative and transparent pricing structure, its
effectiveness in using online technology to meet consumers' needs and its
fleet-wide renewal with a consistent, market-leading onboard product among
North American airlines. In 2007, Air Canada was also ranked "Best Airline in
North America" for the second time in three years in an independent passenger
survey of 14 million air travellers conducted by Skytrax.
    Montreal-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 14th largest commercial airline in
the world and serves 32 million customers annually with a fleet consisting of
335 aircraft. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, providing the
world's most comprehensive air transportation network.




For further information:

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


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