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TORONTO — Air Canada will stretch out its wings next spring when it expands its North American network with new transborder routes.
The carrier has announced several nonstop, year-round routes beginning in spring 2018 from Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver. All new flights are currently available for purchase.
With this expansion, Air Canada becomes the only carrier to offer services from Canada to Sacramento, Omaha and Providence. It will also offer flights from additional Canadian airports to Baltimore, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.
“As the largest foreign carrier serving the USA, we are pleased to offer customers even more nonstop travel choices between Canada and the U.S., as well as the ability to conveniently connect onward through our extensive global network at our Canadian hubs on North America’s Best Airline as rated by Skytrax.”
Vancouver-Sacramento begins on May 17 while Edmonton-San Francisco begins May 1. Toronto service to Omaha kicks off on May 1, and to Providence on May 17. From Montreal, both Baltimore and Pittsburgh service begin on May 17.
Sacramento and San Francisco flights will be on Air Canada Express 76-seat CRJ-705/900, while all other flights will be on Air Canada Express 50-seat CRJ.
In other news, Air Canada also unveiled its new Air Canada Signature Suite for its top International Business customers at Toronto Pearson yesterday. Here, guests can dine à la carte at a complimentary, full-service restaurant from a menu created by chef David Hawksworth, or enjoy hors d’oeuvres, champagne, fine wines and cocktails.
The Suite officially opens on Dec. 1 and is accessible to all full fare paying International Business Class customers, excluding upgrades and most point redemption programs. It spans 6,400 square feet, is conveniently located by Air Canada’s international departure gates at Terminal 1, and can accommodate up to 160 premium guests.
“Our premium customers, particularly those who are connecting, highly value comfort and convenience when they travel. This unique airport enclave will serve as a welcome preliminary o boarding their international flights, where the premium experience will continue with our industry leading International Business class products and services, including lie-flat suites and the other amenities that have earned Air Canada recognition as the Best Airline in North America from Skytrax and Best Long Haul Airline in the Americas for 2018 from AirlineRatings.com,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.