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Transborder Service Expanded

Air Canada launches new flights from Toronto to 4 American cities

eTN Staff Writer  May 18, 2010

"The launch today of twice-daily flights from Toronto to Memphis; Cincinnati; Syracuse; and Portland, Maine; reinforces target="_blank">Air Canada's position as the leading transborder carrier between Canada and the US and the number one foreign carrier flying to the United States. We offer the most flights per day to more destinations in the US than any other international airline and the fastest elapsed travel times between the US northeast and Asia," said Ben Smith, executive vice president and chief commercial officer.

"It also underscores our commitment to drive the growth of our Toronto hub. Air Canada is already the leading carrier at Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport. Centralized in a single terminal with three Maple Leaf Lounges, Air Canada's Toronto hub offers streamlined connections and is the most convenient gateway to and from the US, with multiple travel options for passengers flying anywhere in our global network. We are leveraging our hub to make it a global transfer point for domestic, transborder, and international travelers."

Today's launch is part of an ongoing strategy to secure Air Canada's leading position in the Canada-US transborder market. Last month, Air Canada launched new service from Toronto to Orange County, CA, and on June 17 it will follow up with new service between Toronto and San Diego, CA, and Portland, OR. In addition, Air Canada announced this month it will launch in November the only Montreal-Phoenix, non-stop flights and will double to twice daily its Toronto-Phoenix service next winter. In addition, Air Canada is increasing by 51 percent its Toronto-California service this summer, including the introduction of Boeing 767-300 ER service on select flights between Toronto and Los Angeles featuring its industry-leading Executive First lie-flat suites.

The four new US transborder destination routes launched today are to:

Memphis, Tennessee - Twice Daily on Air Canada, Jazz CRJ
Cincinnati, Ohio - Twice Daily on Air Canada, Jazz CRJ
Portland, Maine - Twice Daily on Air Georgian, Beech1900D
Syracuse, New York - Twice Daily on Air Georgian, Beech1900D

Air Canada is also adding four new international destinations from Toronto this summer. The airline has announced it will begin flying to Athens, Barcelona, and Copenhagen, and offer same-plane, direct service to Brussels through Montreal. As well, in March it launched a new Calgary-Narita, non-stop service.

Air Canada launches new flights from Toronto to 4 American cities
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