7 JANUARY 2013
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A new leisure airline has been unveiled by Air Canada and with it a summer service from Edinburgh to Toronto. The plan is to offer three flights per week from 3 July to 18 October 2013. “Air Canada rouge” was the name chosen.
“With the introduction of Air Canada rouge, Air Canada enters today’s growing leisure travel market on a truly competitive basis,” said Gary Cross, Air Canada’s General Manager, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. “Air Canada rouge will leverage the strengths of Air Canada’s extensive network, operational expertise and frequent flyer reward programme in order to offer Scottish customers great value for their holiday travel”.
For its inaugural 2013 season, Air Canada rouge will introduce a new route between Toronto and Venice. In addition, Air Canada seasonal services from Toronto and Montreal to Athens will be flown by the leisure carrier. Similarly, existing Air Canada flights to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Costa Rica will become Air Canada rouge effective July 2013.
The Air Canada rouge fleet will initially comprise two Boeing 767-300ER aircraft to operate transatlantic flights in a two-cabin configuration offering a selection of “rouge Plus” and “Premium rouge” accommodation and pair of A319s for the Caribbean services. www.aircanada.com/en/about/rouge.html
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