Air Canada Bets Big On Summer: Will Serve 50 Canadian Airports

Air Canada is getting behind the country’s hospitality, tourism, and the broader economy as it restores and launches…

Air Canada Bets Big On Summer: Will Serve 50 Canadian Airports

Air Canada is getting behind the country’s hospitality, tourism, and the broader economy as it restores and launches multiple new routes over the northern summer. In total, Canada’s flag carrier will fly to 50 airports across the country this summer.

Air Canada will fly to 50 destinations across Canada this summer. Photo: Denver International Airport

Air Canada announces three new routes this summer

On Tuesday, Air Canada announced it would launch three new domestic routes, restore flights to around three dozen airports in Canada, and boost the product offering on some transcontinental flights.

“Air Canada is taking a leadership position to support our partners in Canada’s tourism and hospitality sector with service to 50 destinations from coast to coast, the re-start of regional services, and new, non-stop flights,” said Network Planning and Revenue Management executive at Air Canada, Mark Galardo.

The three new routes launch across different dates over the summer. Air Canada will start flying between Montreal (YUL) and Deer Lake (YDF) daily from July 1 using a CRJ900. Flights between Montreal and Kelowna (YLW) will begin June 26. These flights will operate three times a week until August using an Airbus A220 before ramping up to four times weekly in August.

Air Canada will also start flying between Montreal and Saskatoon-Regina (YQR) on August 1. The flights will run daily using CRJ900 aircraft.

Air Canada will send the Airbus A220 to Kelowna this summer. Photo: Air Canada

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Air Canada is restoring dozens of domestic routes

Air Canada is also resuming flights across dozens of former domestic routes over the summer. Flights between Gander (YQX) and Halifax (YHZ) will resume on June 29 and operate thrice weekly. Flights between Gander and Toronto (YYZ) will restart on July 2 and run five times a week. Daily services between St John’s (YYT) and Toronto are resuming on June 19.  Flights between St John’s and Goose Bay (YYR) are restored on June 29, thereafter running five times a week.

Deer Lake will see five flights a week to Halifax restart on August 1. Air Canada will connect Halifax to Calgary (YYC) five times a week from August 1. The airline will resume thrice-weekly services between Sydney (YQY) and Toronto, as well as daily flights between Sydney and Montreal. Flights between Toronto and Charlottetown (YYG) will restart on Saturday, operating four times a week after that date.

Saint John (YSJ) will see three times weekly Air Canada flights to Montreal from June 30. Four times a week flights to Toronto will resume on July 2. Fredericton (YFC) will also see re-established connections with Canada’s biggest cities. Air Canada will restart daily flights to Montreal from June 29 and five times weekly flights to Toronto from July 1.

Air Canada is ramping up its domestic flying this summer. Photo: Air Canada

Flights resume to Canadian cities big and small

Thrice-weekly flights between Bathurst (ZBF) and Montreal will re-commence on June 27. Air Canada will resume daily services between Toronto and Quebec City (YQB) this Saturday. Ottawa (YOW) is being reconnected with Calgary and Edmonton (YEG). Daily flights to Calgary will restart on July 2. Twice-weekly flights to Edmonton will resume on August 1.

Toronto will see Air Canada flights resuming to North Bay (YYB) three times a week from June 28 and twice-weekly flights to Fort McMurray (YMM) from July 1. The airline will restore daily flights between Montreal and Winnipeg (YWG) from August 1 and six times a week flights to Calgary on June 20.

Calgary is seeing flights resume to Regina (YQR) five times a week from July and five times weekly flights to Saskatoon (YXE) recommencing on July 2. Four times weekly Air Canada flights between Calgary and Kamloops (YKA) will restart on June 28. Kamloops will also see flights to Vancouver (YVR) restored from June 29, operating four times a week.

Air Canada has high hopes for its domestic operations this summer. Photo: Air Canada

Vancouver gets some attention from Air Canada

Air Canada’s Vancouver hub will reconnect to Prince Rupert (YPR) thrice weekly from June 25, Penticton (YYF) four times a week from June 29, Sandspit (YZP) three times weekly from June 23, and Castlegar (YCG) thrice weekly from June 28.

Elsewhere on the network, Nanaimo (YCD) will reconnect to Calgary five times weekly on July 2 and Toronto once a week from July. Flights between Toronto and Kelowna will restart this Saturday and then run four times a week.

Air Canada flights between Calgary and Yellowknife will begin again on June 30, operating three times a week. Flights between Calgary and Victoria (YYJ) are set to restart on June 21 and run four times a week. Victoria is getting a lot of summer love from Air Canada. Thrice-weekly flights to Montreal and four times weekly flights to Toronto are recommencing this Saturday.

“With Canada’s ongoing vaccine roll-out acceleration together with various provincial governments’ reopening plans that include travel, this summer is looking brighter,” says Mark Galardo.

Air Canada says seats across all new and resuming domestic routes are now available for purchase. While the airline is upbeat and optimistic about the summer, Air Canada warns if circumstances or travel restrictions change, they may need to adjust their schedules.

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There Is Interest For The Airbus A220 In China

During its media briefing call yesterday, Airbus talked about the future of the Airbus A220 in China. While…

There Is Interest For The Airbus A220 In China

During its media briefing call yesterday, Airbus talked about the future of the Airbus A220 in China. While the aircraft currently has no customers in the region, Airbus is confident that there is a clear market for the short-haul jet. Let’s find out more about the A220 interest in China.

The A220 has found strong success in North America and Europe but is still catching on in the rest of the world, including China. Photo: Airbus

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The Airbus A220 family has been quite successful in recent years, bringing over 600 orders and over 150 deliveries. However, most of this success has been restricted to the US, Canada, and European markets, which account for over 60% of orders (including even lessors). Indeed, the only East Asian operator of the jets is Korean Air, which flies 10 A220-300s.

This absence extends to China, the world’s second-largest and rapidly growing aviation market. Currently, China’s domestic market is dominated by narrowbodies like the 737 and A320, with fewer regional jets in action. However, Airbus sees a market for the A220 in the country, with CCO Christian Scherer saying,

“Well there has been expressions of interest for the A220 in China and by the way, a good portion of the fuselage was built in China. So yes there is interest for the A220 in China, particularly in the regions of China that are outside of the mainstream routes.”

Airbus A220-300
China has a diverse aviation market that includes many regional and low-density routes across the country. Photo: Airbus

Considering China plays a substantial role in the manufacturing of the A220 could be another boost for carriers. However, the assembly of the aircraft remains limited to Airbus’ Mirabel facility in Canada and the new line in Mobile, Alabama, in the US.

Potential customers

While most will only be familiar with China’s big three and a handful of other carriers, the country is home to nearly three dozen airlines. This means Airbus has a wide potential market base to choose from, especially for airlines that aren’t centered around the busiest hubs of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and others.

However, there could be a potential hurdle to the A220: the COMAC ARJ21. This Chinese-made regional jet carries anywhere from 90 to 105 passengers in a one-class layout, close to the A220-100’s offering. While its range is substantially lower at 1,200-2,000nm (compared to 3,450nm for the A220), the planes can serve similar routes.

The ARJ21 family is fairly close to the A220 in specifications and could prove to be a challenge. Photo: Getty Images

However, for airlines looking to fly longer or thinner (lower demand) routes, the A220 is the superior choice. Considering China’s vast landscape and hundreds of smaller cities, there could be a major market for the efficient aircraft. Moreover, with the domestic market in China bouncing back to pre-pandemic levels, new aircraft orders could be on the horizon.

Production going up

As Airbus sees an aviation recovery come together, the company is ramping up production too. The manufacturer will make six A220s per month in 2022 and 45 A320s monthly by the end of the year. If the A220 sees more orders, this figure could jump to 14 monthly planes by the middle of the 2020s. For now, keep an eye out for new customers for the A220 family.

What do you think about the future of the A220 in China? Let us know in the comments!

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