Air Canada to Start Non-stop Service

MONTREAL, March 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that it will
launch non-stop service between Montréal-Rome and Montréal-Beirut for the peak
summer season. With the launch of these new international services, Air Canada
will offer the only non-stop scheduled flights between Montréal and both the
Italian and Lebanese capitals. Service to Rome will depart Montréal
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from June 18 to October 15, 2003, and service
to Beirut, subject to government approval, will depart Montréal Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Saturdays from June 3 to October 14, 2003. In addition, Air
Canada will offer daily non-stop service to Munich from Montréal beginning May
19, 2003. Air Canada codeshare flights to Munich will be operated by Star
Alliance partner Lufthansa on a joint venture basis. Seats are now available
for purchase.
“We are very excited with the prospect of offering these new
international routes from Montréal. We have long viewed Rome and Beirut as
important markets to serve, particularly for the large Italian and Lebanese
communities in Montréal. In addition, through our Montréal hub, we can offer
customers connections from points across Canada and the United States,” said
Bill Bredt, Vice President, Network and Revenue Management. “These routes
represent excellent strategic growth opportunities to redeploy existing
aircraft to profitable international markets over the peak summer travel
Air Canada`s new non-stop Montréal services to Rome and Beirut will be
operated using 226-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft. The new Rome service will
offer a choice of Air Canada`s Hospitality service as well as premium
`Supercomfort` economy service that features the space and comfort of business
class at economy class prices.
The new Montréal-Rome non-stop service with an eastbound flight time of
only 7 hours 55 minutes will shave three hours off existing best routings,
while the new Montréal-Beirut non-stop service at 10 hours 35 minutes will
save travellers a minimum of three hours off alternate routings. Flights have
been timed to offer customers convenient connections at Montréal Dorval
International Airport to and from more than 20 cities in Air Canada`s
extensive North American network throughout Canada and the United States. In
Rome, flights connect to Air Canada codeshare flights operated by AirOne
serving Lamezia Terme, Catania, Palermo and Venice.
Air Canada also recently announced the introduction of non-stop service
between Toronto and Copenhagen to meet peak summer travel demand to
Scandinavia. This seasonal non-stop service will operate between May 27 and
October 24, 2003, complementing the carrier`s year-round services via London
and Frankfurt offered on a codeshare basis with its Star Alliance partners.
This summer, Air Canada will also operate non-stop seasonal services from
Toronto to Zurich, Manchester and Glasgow.