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  • WestJet drives increased domestic tourism with new flight bridging Charlottetown and Calgary

    Press Release: Airline announces a 35 percent increase in flights to YYG with new non-stop service connecting Prince Edward Island to Western Canada WestJet today is bridging new domestic connections between the east and the west with the introduction of new non-stop seasonal service between Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Calgary beginning June 25, 2020. “As the official airline of Destination Canada’s domestic tourism campaign, we are proud to invest in this historic new connection,” said Charles Duncan, WestJet Chief Strategy Officer. “Our partners in both P.E.I and Alberta are…

  • Air Canada Celebrates the Arrival of its First Airbus A220, Continuing its Fleet Modernization Program

    Press Release: Canadian-built aircraft unveiled at the airline’s Montreal headquarters The first commercial flight departs Montreal for Calgary January 16, offering customers a modern, spacious new cabin interior A220 technology reduces fuel consumption by 20 percent per seat MONTREAL, Jan. 15, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today unveiled the newest member of its fleet, the Airbus A220-300, before employees and special guests at the airline’s Montreal headquarters. Built-in Mirabel, Quebec, the Bombardier-designed aircraft continues Air Canada’s fleet modernization. The A220’s state-of-the-art design and the cabin is destined to be…

  • WestJet adding Halifax-Manchester service

    Press Release: WestJet is adding a new connection across the Atlantic into the United Kingdom with non-stop service between Halifax, NS, and Manchester, UK, beginning June 5, 2020. In terms of its Atlantic gateway services, the airline will also operate more than 300 seasonal departures from Halifax to London (Gatwick) and Glasgow, Scotland. “WestJet is continuing to invest in our Atlantic gateway, connecting Nova Scotia to the world and the world to Nova Scotia in new ways,” said Charles Duncan,…

  • Chorus adds 34 aircraft on-lease in a record 2019

    Press Release: Chorus Aviation Inc. announced today that Chorus Aviation Capital added a total of 34 aircraft on-lease in 2019. This brings Chorus Aviation Capital’s (CAC) third-party lease portfolio to 64 aircraft. Year-end, and previously unannounced transactions, include the acquisition of two mid-life Dash 8-400 aircraft on lease to Croatia Airlines, and an additional sale leaseback of two new ATR 72-600 aircraft (MSNs 1545 and 1552) with IndiGo. Additionally, CAC has extended its lease agreements with Aerolitoral S.A. de C.V.…

  • Air Canada Adds Extra Bag Fees for Basic Economy on Atlantic Flights

    Press Release: It will now cost $140 (roundtrip) to check one bag when travelling in Basic Economy Class on Air Canada to destinations over the Atlantic and $200 for your second bag. The airline has revised its checked baggage policy for customers who purchase a Basic Economy Class ticket as of January 7, 2020. Here’s what the Air Canada website has to say: When you purchase a Basic Economy fare for travel between Canada and destinations over the Atlantic, or…

  • An unforgettable year for Canada’s airlines: A look back at 2019

    Press Release TORONTO — It was a whirlwind 12 months for airline acquisition news. And it all started with one particularly surprising week in May. On May 13 WestJet announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement for its acquisition by Onex Corporation for an all-cash deal worth $5 billion. On May 16, three days later, Air Canada and Transat said they were in negotiations, with the upshot that Air Canada was looking to buy Transat for some $520…

  • Baggage Liability Limits Increase for Air Travellers

    Press Release GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 27, 2019 /CNW/ – Starting December 28, 2019, limits of liability of the Montreal Convention will increase. Based on this rise, air passengers who travel internationally will now have the right to compensation for damages for lost or damaged baggage of up to 1,288 Special Drawing Rights (the International Monetary Fund’s unit of accounting) or approximately CAN $2,300. Airline international obligations for lost, damaged or delayed baggage are set out in Montreal Convention, a treaty that has the force of law for most…

  • Porter Escapes Packages Now Available on FlyPorter.com

    Press Release Porter Escapes vacation packages are now available on the Porter Airlines website, flyporter.com. This new integration provides a seamless approach to combining Porter flights with hotels and local attractions. A carefully-curated list of partners makes it easy for travellers to save when building custom getaways. “Porter Escapes has always offered a unique range of travel options, including sophisticated urban getaways, seasonal ski trips and golf vacations,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “Integrating…

  • Air Canada, WestJet push back return of Boeing 737 Max until early spring

    Press Release TORONTO — Canada’s two biggest airlines are keeping the grounded Boeing 737 Max off their flight schedules for at least the next two months in a move that could impact passengers already slated for spring getaways and cut down on flight options for travellers looking to book. Air Canada said it recently opted to push back the return of the Boeing jet through March 31. WestJet said it has pulled its 13 Max planes from the schedule until…

  • WestJet most punctual airline in Canada, report says

    Press Release Air Canada placed 20th behind big U.S. carriers, British Airways and Air China WestJet Airlines Ltd. ranks as the most punctual airline in Canada, according to a travel data provider. And the Calgary-based carrier placed sixth among airlines in North America last year, OAG said in its annual report examining on-time performance. The report also lists WestJet at No. 15 among low-cost carriers worldwide, with 79 percent of its flights on-time. Air Canada squeaked into the punctuality league, placing 20th…

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