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  • Joe Breitfeller

Air Canada Announces New Summer Service From Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver to U.S.

Air Canada announced Tuesday that they will be launching new service from Montreal to Nashville and from Calgary to Boston starting June 2020. Additionally, the airline will add a second daily flight between Vancouver and Newark.

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Tail - Courtesy Air Canada

Today, Air Canada announced the addition of new trans-border U.S. service from Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver for the summer 2020 season. The new routes will include the only direct daily flights between Montreal and Nashville as well as Calgary and Boston. Air Canada will also add a second daily flight between Vancouver and Newark Liberty International Airport in the greater New York area. The new and expanded services will give Air Canada’s customers more flexibility and choices when traveling trans-border during the summer 2020 season. In Tuesday’s announcement, Air Canada’s Vice President of Network Planning, Mark Galardo said,

“These new routes to Nashville and Boston, the only non-stop services available, are in line with our strategic long-term plans for global expansion. As the largest foreign carrier in the U.S., these destinations were chosen based on the strength of Air Canada’s North American network, allowing for quicker travel times between Canada and two of the fastest-growing economies in the U.S. Customers will be able to take advantage of plentiful connecting opportunities between our extensive domestic and global markets.”

Nashville, Tenessee - Photo Credit: CNW Group/Air Canada

The new daily Montreal-Nashville service (AC7714) will depart Montreal 6:05PM and arrive Nashville at 7:48PM and the return flight (AC7713) departs Nashville at 8:25AM, arriving Montreal at 11:51AM. The route will be operated between June 1st and October 25, 2020 and serviced by an Air Canada Express Embraer E175 configured in a two-class 76 seat configuration. The new flight complements Air Canada’s existing year-round Toronto-Nashville service. Commenting on the Nashville route, Mr. Galardo added,

“This route strengthens our position in Nashville, one of the fastest growing markets in the U.S. It will appeal to Canadian customers who want to experience the music scene in Tennessee and also allow Nashville residents to experience the vibrant summer season in Montreal, while also allowing onward travel through our growing Montreal hub.”

Boston, Massachusetts Waterfront - Photo Credit: CNW/Air Canada

Daily Calgary-Boston service will be available between June 22 and September 7, 2020 and will be operated by an Air Canada mainline Airbus A319 in a two-class cabin configuration (Business Class and Economy Class). The departing flight (AC580) will takeoff from Calgary at 4:15PM, arriving Boston at 10:46PM. The return flight (AC581) departs Boston at 6:30AM and arrives in Calgary at 9:32AM. This seasonal flight is in addition to Air Canada’s service to Boston from Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. Discussing the new Boston route, Mr. Galardo further commented,

“This flight is meant to connect Western Canada to Boston through Calgary, allowing for non-stop travel to Boston where visitors can enjoy the charm of Massachusetts’ capital and largest city, while visitors to Calgary can take in the city’s culture and make a quick trip to the Rocky Mountains.”

The additional daily flight between Vancouver and Newark will be available between June 15th and October 12, 2020 and have been timed for connectivity to Air Canada’s Western Canada networks and Asia. Passengers traveling trans-border on Air Canada to Nashville, Boston or Newark from an international destination through Canada are “pre-cleared” through U.S. customs and do not need to collect their bags if they are making a connection. Likewise, Canadian customers returning from the U.S. can clear customs in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary, without collecting their bags until they reach their destination.

Air Canada serves nearly 220 airports on six continents and is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline. The airline serves 62 airports in Canada, 53 in the U.S. and 101 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and Central & South America. In 2018, Air Canada served nearly 51 million customers.

Source: Air Canada

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