Air Canada introduces new services to the U.S. and northern B.C. from Calgary and Vancouver; increases frequencies on key routes in western Canada this summer
    CALGARY and VANCOUVER, March 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today
it is expanding its U.S. transborder network with the introduction of non-stop
services from Vancouver to Sacramento, CA and from Calgary to Seattle, WA this
summer. In addition, the airline is launching new non-stop service from
Calgary to Prince George, B.C. All new flights will be operated by Air Canada
Jazz with 50-seat, made-in-Canada Bombardier CRJ aircraft.
    "Air Canada is strategically expanding its transborder and domestic
services, offering customers more destinations, more flights, more choice and
more convenience when flying," said Daniel Shurz, Vice President, Network
Planning. "The introduction of daily, non-stop service on June 1 from Calgary
to both Prince George and Seattle will further enhance service in Alberta's
vibrant energy center. We are pleased to add Sacramento, capital of California
and the largest and fastest growing market in that state, to our Vancouver
network on June 15. We expect these new services to be popular with both
business and leisure travellers."
    Air Canada is also increasing flights on existing routes from western
Canada to meet travel demand this summer.


    From Calgary, Air Canada will add additional non-stop flights during the
summer peak for double daily service to: Halifax, Comox, Yellowknife, and New
York (JFK). Service to Montreal will increase to four daily and flights to
Saskatoon will increase to five daily.
    The new Calgary to Seattle flights will depart Calgary at 09:00 and at
18:00, arriving in Seattle at 09:30 and 18:30 respectively. Flights will
depart Seattle at 10:00 and at 19:00, arriving back in Calgary at 12:20 and
21:20 respectively. Flights have been timed to offer convenient connections in
Calgary to and from Air Canada's extensive domestic schedule and to London
Heathrow. This new route complements existing daily flights from both Toronto
and Vancouver to Seattle.
    The new Calgary to Prince George flights will depart Calgary at 12:20,
arriving in Prince George at 12:35. Flights will depart Prince George at
14:15, arriving in Calgary at 16:30. This new route complements existing daily
service from Vancouver to Prince George.


    From Vancouver, the carrier will add U.S. transborder flights to Los
Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. As previously announced, Air Canada will
also increase its service during the summer from Vancouver to Beijing,
offering double daily, non-stop flights starting July 1.
    The new Vancouver to Sacramento flights will depart Vancouver at 13:55
and at 19:50, arriving in Sacramento at 15:52 and 21:47 respectively. Flights
will depart Sacramento at 07:40 and at 16:30, arriving in Vancouver at 09:40
and 18:30 respectively. Flights have been timed to offer convenient
connections in Vancouver to and from Air Canada's extensive flights to Asia
and destinations across Canada.


    From Edmonton, Air Canada will increase the only non-stop flights to
London Heathrow to daily service starting April 1. The carrier has also added
frequencies to Montreal and Yellowknife for double daily service to both
cities, and to Winnipeg for four daily flights during the summer peak. Air
Canada will also launch daily, non-stop seasonal flights to Halifax starting
June 16.
    Montreal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air
transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 150 destinations on five
continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 14th largest commercial airline in
the world and serves 30 million customers annually with a fleet consisting of
332 aircraft. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, providing the
world's most comprehensive air transportation network.

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