Air Canada expands transborder flying with new service
May 17, 2010, Montreal - Air Canada today launched new twice-daily, year-round service to four American cities, further fortifying its Toronto hub.
"The launch today of twice-daily flights from Toronto to Memphis, Cincinnati, Syracuse and Portland, Maine, reinforces Air Canada's position as the leading transborder carrier between Canada and the U.S. and the Number One foreign carrier flying to the United States. We offer the most flights per day to more destinations in the U.S. than any other international airline and the fastest elapsed travel times between the U.S. north-east 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 U.S., 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 travellers."
Today's launch is part of an ongoing strategy to secure Air Canada's leading position in the Canada-U.S. 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, Ore. In addition, AirCanada 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 per cent 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 Executive First lie flat suites.