South American Expansion: Air Canada Tops Up Its Schedule

Air Canada is looking to increase its service to several key South American destinations. The carrier will add…

South American Expansion: Air Canada Tops Up Its Schedule

Air Canada is looking to increase its service to several key South American destinations. The carrier will add frequencies on routes to Sao Paulo and Bogota while resuming operations for several flights from Montreal. Let’s investigate further.

Air Canada will increase its connectivity in Latin America. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Air Canada’s plans

Due to the many travel restrictions in Canada and South America, Air Canada has slowly been restoring its pre-pandemic capacity. To put it in perspective, Air Canada’s transatlantic recovery has been better so far than the domestic, according to Mark Galardo, the airline’s senior vice president of Network Planning and Revenue Management.

As of October 2021, Air Canada is offering 332 flights to Latin America, according to Cirium. The carrier flies to Bogota, Cancun, Sao Paulo, Liberia, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, and San Jose. The two most important routes are Toronto-Mexico City and Toronto-Cancun, with a daily flight each.

But the airline is already planning to increase its connectivity to South America, according to a statement.

South American Expansion: Air Canada Tops Up Its Schedule
Air Canada will use its Airbus A330 fleet to connect with Colombia. Photo: Air Canada

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Plans in Brazil

On December 6, the Canadian flag carrier will increase its frequencies between Toronto and Brazil’s financial center of Sao Paulo. It will go from four flights per week to a daily service.

Then, on December 8, Air Canada aims to resume its service between Montreal and Sao Paulo. The carrier will offer four flights per week on a year-round basis.

Air Canada will use its flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner on both routes.

Plans in Colombia

The airline is currently flying between Toronto and Bogota on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It offers 765 seats per week to the Colombian capital city.

On November 7, Air Canada will increase to four flights per week. Then, on December 2, it will resume its service from Montreal to Bogota, all operated on an Airbus A330-300.

Additionally, flights to Bogota will allow customers to easily connect onward throughout Colombia and other South American destinations via Star Alliance partner Avianca, the airline said. Avianca will also launch a Bogota-Toronto flight in December.

South American Expansion: Air Canada Tops Up Its Schedule
Air Canada wants to relaunch its flights to Chile and Argentina. Photo: Air Canada

Chile and Argentina

Air Canada is already planning to resume operations both in Chile and Argentina.

The carrier could fly again between Toronto and Santiago de Chile in January 2022, with three weekly flights.

Regarding Buenos Aires, Argentina, Air Canada says it is committed to resuming the route. It will connect with the Argentinian city from Toronto or Montreal via Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nevertheless, the flights to Buenos Aires are still pending on government approval. The Argentinian government has announced plans to reopen to international tourists as of November 1.

Strong commitment in Latin America

Finally, Mark Galardo said in a statement,

“We are very excited to serve some of the largest cities in South America, offering our customers more travel options from our main hubs. By resuming services from Montreal and adding capacity from Toronto, Air Canada is demonstrating its strong commitment to the Brazilian, Argentinian, Colombian and Chilean markets.

“This increased presence will not only allow for greater leisure travel but will also help spur the economic recovery and facilitate business connections. Air Canada has a long-standing presence in Brazil, operating from Toronto for several decades, contributing to the strong business relationship between the two countries.”

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Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?

Embraer was in Zagreb yesterday to pitch the E2 aircraft to Croatia Airlines and other airlines in the…

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?

Embraer was in Zagreb yesterday to pitch the E2 aircraft to Croatia Airlines and other airlines in the country. Embraer’s visit to Croatia comes just four weeks after Airbus came to Zagreb to pitch the A220 to Croatia Airlines.

Embraer was in Zagreb yesterday to pitch the E2. Photo: Embraer

Embraer pitches the E2 in Croatia

Embraer visited Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, on Wednesday and Thursday this week. The purpose of the visit was to showcase the E2 aircraft.

The primary audience for Embraer’s event was Croatia Airlines, the flag carrier of Croatia that is looking to start replacing its entire fleet within the next four years. The airline’s CEO, Jasmin Bajić, was at the event in person.

However, the event was also attended by other regional airlines. For example, the startup flag carrier of Montenegro, Air Montenegro, was also there, as was another Croatian airline called Trade Air. Air Montenegro already operates a fleet of only Embraer aircraft.

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?
The demo flight was performed by a brand new E195-E2 provided by Helvetic Airways. Photo: Embraer

On the first day of this two-day event, Embraer held a static display for the technical teams of the airlines in attendance.

On the second day, on Thursday, there was a demo flight for the airline executives and for the media. The demo flight was done by a brand new Helvetic Airways E195-E2.

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?
Airlines from Croatia and the region were on the demo flight. Photo: Embraer

The E2 is a great fit for Croatia Airlines

The E2’s range and capacity, but also the list price, make this aircraft type a good fit for Croatia Airlines.

The E195-E2, for example, can be configured in a two-class configuration of 120 seats: 12 staggered business class seats with a 52-inch seat pitch and 108 economy class seats with a 31-inch seat pitch.

The Airbus A220, in contrast, is larger. Croatia Airlines does not see enough demand on its regional routes to match the capacity of the A220. This is especially true outside of the peak summer months.

Routes like Zagreb-Zadar, Zagreb-Brač, Pula-Zagreb, Split-Lyon, Osijek-Split, Munich-Osijek, Dubrovnik-Osijek, Dubrovnik-Zurich, and Rijeka-Munich almost never sell out at the moment, and they are currently operated by Dash 8 aircraft. Croatia Airlines’ Dash 8-400 is much smaller than its Airbus A220 would be.

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?
The capacity that the E2 provides is a suitable fit for Croatia Airlines. Photo: Embraer

With a range of 2,600 miles (4,815 km), the E195-E2 can fly to the entire current route network of Croatia Airlines, but it also allows for new route launches to destinations that Croatia Airlines does not serve because the Airbus A320 family fleet provides too much capacity and the Dash 8 fleet provides insufficient range.

Out of Zagreb, the E195 can get as far as Reykjavík, Kuwait City, Tel Aviv, and Helsinki. It can also reach cities that Croatia Airlines used to fly to, like Lisbon, Moscow, and Madrid, but which were not profitable to serve with the A320 family fleet.

Even the smallest 90-seat Embraer E175-E2 aircraft can operate Croatia Airlines’ existing routes like Zagreb-Dublin and the historical ones like Zagreb-Lisbon and Zagreb-Tel Aviv. With an aircraft like the E2, Croatia Airlines could regain some of the market share that it lost over the last decade.

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