29 APRIL 2013
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Air Canada has announced that its current seasonal service between Toronto and Dublin will be converted to year-round service operated by its new leisure carrier, Air Canada rouge, beginning in 2014. Air Canada will operate the route this year from 17 May through to 30 September and Air Canada rouge will commence year-round service starting 1 May 2014.
"Air Canada has been serving Ireland since its predecessor, Trans-Canada Air Lines, first flew to Shannon in 1947. Today, there is a very strong market for both leisure customers and visiting friends and relatives, so this is an ideal market for our new leisure carrier, Air Canada rouge, to operate more cost effectively on a year-round basis", said Ben Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada. "This is the fourth European destination announced for Air Canada rouge, which will begin flying this July to Edinburgh, Venice and Athens, in addition to a number of Caribbean destinations. We intend to grow Air Canada rouge quickly from four aircraft to 32 aircraft by the end of 2014 and 42 aircraft by the end of 2015".
Air Canada rouge's 1 July launch network also includes 11 destinations in the Caribbean. Its start-up fleet consists of two Airbus A319s and two Boeing 767-300ERs. The plan is to operate 10 aircraft by the end of 2013, 32 by the end of 2014 and 42 by the end of 2015. www.aircanadarouge.com
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