Air Canada launches Newfoundland Express

The departure of flight AC 1198 from Fort McMurray marks the launch of the only non- stop flights from Northern Alberta to Toronto, with same-plane service continuing to St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador. To accommodate customer demand, today’s inaugural flight and two additional weekend flights in April are being operated with the larger 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

Flights are regularly scheduled with the 93-seat Embraer E190 jet. The Newfoundland Express flights will operate on Saturdays until June 17, when daily Embraer E190 jet service will begin.

“The introduction of Air Canada’s Newfoundland Express flights is great news for Northern Alberta. Air Canada offers the fastest and most convenient way for Atlantic Canadians living and working in Fort McMurray to travel home. Our non-stop flights to Toronto link the vibrant economy of Fort McMurray directly to Air Canada’s largest hub, giving business travellers across our global network more choice and convenience when travelling to Fort McMurray,” said Ben Smith, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.

“Air Canada’s Oil Express Pass and our range of multi-trip passes offer our Fort McMurray customers innovative, unique and cost effective ways of purchasing air travel with unprecedented freedom, ease and flexibility.”

The new, ultra-modern, spacious and efficient Embraer E190 jet is configured with nine Executive Class and 84 Hospitality seats. The aircraft are equipped with Air Canada’s new personal entertainment system that is being introduced fleet-wide, and feature 8.9 inch wide digital in-seat monitors with touch-screen controls offering audio and video on demand programming at every seat.