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TORONTO — Air Canada has announced new year-round flights between Toronto and Vienna starting April 29, 2019.
Flights will operate on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, Air Canada’s flagship aircraft, with Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.
The new service will be daily except for November through March when it goes to five days a week. Flights are offered in partnership with Air Canada’s Star Alliance joint venture partner Austrian Airlines, complementing that carrier’s Montreal-Vienna flights also beginning in April 2019.
Introductory fares start at $998 roundtrip, all in, and tickets are now available for purchase.
The new service will connect conveniently with Air Canada’s extensive North American network through its Toronto Pearson global hub as well as in Vienna with Austrian Airlines destinations in central and eastern Europe and the Middle East, says Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.
She adds: “With Austria’s high concentration of head offices and large number of conventions, our Toronto-Vienna flights offer business travellers a nonstop link to a key European market, while Austria’s fabled history, culture, cafés and markets all available in one of the world’s most livable cities will be of interest for leisure travelers. This new service, along with Austrian Airlines new Montreal-Vienna flights, demonstrates the commitment of our Atlantic joint venture to strengthen our customer offering.”
Flight 898 (OS8248) will depart Toronto at 6:25 p.m., arriving the next day in Vienna at 8:30 a.m. On the return leg, flight AC899 (OS8247) will take off from Vienna at 10:40 a.m., arriving back in Toronto at 1:30 p.m.
Austrian Airlines will also begin year-round nonstop service between Montreal and Vienna on April 29, 2019, onboard B767-300ERs. These flights will operate daily in the summer and five times weekly during the winter season.
On that route, flight AC6212 (OS74) will fly out of Montreal at 6:45 p.m., arriving in Vienna at 8:45 a.m. the next morning. Coming back, flight AC6211 (OS73) leaves Vienna at 10:30 a.m., arriving in Montreal at 1:35 p.m.
Air Canada is also adding new seasonal Montreal and Bordeaux service between June 15 and Sept. 15, 2019. Flights will operate four days a week with Boeing 737 MAX 8s. Introductory fares start at $798 roundtrip, all in.
“As the only network carrier to offer non-stop transatlantic service to Bordeaux, the addition of a fifth destination in France further enhances Air Canada’s competitive position in the French market. Our four weekly flights are the most offered than any other airline between Montreal and Bordeaux providing travellers unique access to the famed wine growing region and the popular Nouvelle-Aquitaine market,” notes Guillemette.