Air Canada to launch non-stop Fort McMurray-Vancouver flights, continues non-stop Kelowna-Toronto seasonal service

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today that
beginning January 5, 2009, it will offer the only daily non-stop service
linking Vancouver and Fort McMurray. In addition, Air Canada will restart its
popular non-stop weekend flights between Kelowna and Toronto during the
upcoming winter ski season, onboard Air Canada's new 93-seat Embraer 190
    "With the introduction of the only non-stop flights between Fort McMurray
and Vancouver, Air Canada is responding to strategic opportunities in this
growing market," said Daniel Shurz, Vice President, Network Planning. "This
new non-stop service between Vancouver and Fort McMurray will complement our
flights from the energy centre of Alberta to Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary. We
are also pleased to continue our popular weekend non-stop service between our
main Toronto hub and Kelowna this winter season, linking the BC interior to
our worldwide network."

    Fort McMurray-Vancouver - flights depart Fort McMurray at 15:25, arriving
Vancouver at 16:25. Flights depart Vancouver at 12:00, arriving Fort McMurray
at 14:55. Flights have been timed to ensure convenient connections to and from
points across British Columbia and the US west coast. Flights will be operated
by Air Canada Jazz with 50-seat Bombardier regional jet aircraft. With this
newest flight, Air Canada will offer a total of 14 daily flights from Fort
McMurray to Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto.

    Kelowna-Toronto - beginning December, flights operate on Saturdays and
Sundays, and will depart Kelowna at 11:55, arriving Toronto at 19:05. Flights
depart Toronto at 09:15, arriving Kelowna at 11:04. Flights have been timed to
ensure convenient connections to and from Eastern and Atlantic Canada, as well
as a number of destinations in the US east coast, including Boston and New

    With 335 non-stop flights each week from Alberta and British Columbia to
Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, Air Canada offers the most non-stop
flights connecting Western and Eastern Canada.

    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 more than 33 million customers annually with a fleet
consisting of more than 340 aircraft. Air Canada is a founding member of
Star Alliance, providing the world's most comprehensive air transportation

For further information:

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

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