Air Canada increases service on key Western Canada routes; boosts Edmonton-London Heathrow service to daily year-round; adds new seasonal sun destinations from Vancouver

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today that it is
increasing frequencies on key Western Canada routes this winter including
offering the only daily, non-stop flights from Edmonton to London Heathrow,
and daily, non-stop flights from Calgary to Halifax. Air Canada will also
introduce new, non-stop seasonal services from Vancouver to Ixtapa and Los
Cabos in Mexico. Previously announced new routes beginning this winter include
the only daily, non-stop flights from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia featuring
the carrier's new flagship Boeing 777 aircraft, and the only daily, non-stop
flights from Vancouver to Yellowknife.
    "Air Canada is the first airline to offer year-round, daily international
scheduled flights from Edmonton with its non-stop flights to London Heathrow,
reflecting global travel demand to and from the robust energy region of
Northern Alberta," said Daniel Shurz, Vice President, Network Planning. "We
look forward to offering our customers new travel opportunities with the only
non-stop flights from Vancouver to Sydney and from Vancouver to Yellowknife.
We are further strengthening our network in Western Canada by strategically
adding new seasonal winter sun vacation destinations from Vancouver, as well
as additional frequencies on key routes from Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary."

    Vancouver highlights:

    On December 1st, Air Canada Jazz will launch seasonal flights to
Yellowknife with 50-seat CRJ aircraft, complementing daily flights from Air
Canada's most northern Canadian destination to Edmonton and Calgary. Flights
have been timed to offer convenient connections to and from Japan, and points
within British Columbia.
    On December 14th, Air Canada will launch the only daily, non-stop flights
to Sydney, Australia with Boeing 777 aircraft. Air Canada's Boeing 777
aircraft features the carrier's new in-flight product, as well as the only
truly lie-flat beds offered by a North American airline in business class.
    The new seasonal Vancouver to Los Cabos and Ixtapa flights will be
offered weekly starting December 21st and 22nd respectively onboard 120-seat
Airbus A319 aircraft, offering a choice of Executive and Economy class
service. Air Canada customers may purchase Air Canada Vacations' all-inclusive
holiday packages directly through or by contacting
travel agents in Canada.
    This winter, Air Canada will continue its daily non-stop service to
Sacramento launched this past summer. Service to Tokyo/Narita, Japan will
increase to a total of nine flights each week. Also, the carrier will add
additional daily flights from Vancouver to: Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary,
Edmonton, Prince George, Kamloops, Kelowna, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    Edmonton highlights:

    From Edmonton, Air Canada continues to offer the only daily, non-stop
flights to London Heathrow, the world's busiest international gateway, up from
three times weekly when the carrier launched the route last December.
    This winter, Air Canada will increase daily flights from Edmonton to:
Ottawa, Winnipeg, Fort McMurray and Vancouver.

    Calgary highlights:

    From Calgary, Air Canada will continue offering daily non-stop flights to
Halifax and Prince George launched earlier this year, linking Canada's energy
centre to two key domestic cities. Twice daily non-stop flights launched this
past summer to Seattle will also continue this winter. Air Canada is also
adding additional frequencies from Calgary to: Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and

    About Air Canada:

    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. In addition, Air
Canada was named favourite carrier by Canadian travel agents in a survey of
travel agents conducted by Baxter Travel Media.
    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)
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