departure of Air Canada flight AC898 is marking the long awaited launch
of the only non-stop, scheduled transatlantic flights from Alberta’s
capital city to London Heathrow. “International travel from Edmonton and Northern Alberta just became
easier and more convenient,” said Daniel Shurz, Vice President, Network
Planning. “Air Canada now connects Edmonton directly to London Heathrow,
offering Northern Alberta customers the fastest and most convenient way
of travelling to London and making global connections beyond. Frequent
flyers to the UK can also purchase Air Canada’s Edmonton-London Heathrow
flights via the carrier’s revolutionary multi-trip “London Pass”,
offering price predictability for an entire year, the convenience of
online travel management, and maximum travel flexibility.”
Air Canada’s Edmonton-London Heathrow flights now operate three times
weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, increasing to daily service
starting April 1, 2007. Air Canada flight AC898 departs Edmonton at
18:35 (20:25 departure time on Tuesdays), arriving Heathrow at 10:10;
flight AC 899 leaves Heathrow at 12:35, arriving Edmonton at 14:45.
Flights have been timed to ensure convenient connections in Edmonton to
Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie and Yellowknife; and at Heathrow to every
major destination throughout Europe, the Middle East and Persian Gulf
region, India and Africa.
All flights are operated with the 211-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft
offering a choice of Executive First and Economy service. Air Canada’s
Boeing 767-300ER fleet is being refurbished to feature the carrier’s new
personal entertainment system with 8.9 inch wide digital in-seat
monitors and touch-screen controls offering audio and video on demand
programming at every seat. Other features will include Air Canada’s new
lie-flat beds in Executive First, as well as new Economy seating and
cabin design with in-seat power within reach of every customer.
Air Canada offers more service between Canada and the U.K. than any
other airline. By next summer, Air Canada will offer customers up to 15
daily flights from eight cities across Canada: Vancouver, Calgary,
Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and St. John’s.
From Edmonton, Air Canada and Jazz offer up to 53 daily flights to 17
destinations in North America, as well as the Caribbean and London
Heathrow. By the end of this year, Air Canada will have launched service
to nine new non-stop destinations from Edmonton during 2006, to:
Montreal, Los Angeles, Yellowknife, Victoria, Kelowna, Las Vegas, London
Heathrow, Cancun (December 20), and Punta Cana, DR (December 21).