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MONTREAL — Low-cost carrier Air Canada Rouge got a jump on the market back in 2013 and now five years later the airline is marking its anniversary with more than 25 million passengers flown and 100 routes (up from an initial 14) on five continents.
Air Canada Rouge’s fleet now includes 53 aircraft, with 22 Airbus A319s, six Airbus A321s and 25 Boeing 767s.
“In five short years Air Canada Rouge has established itself as an integral part of our Air Canada family by delivering an excellent customer experience in key leisure markets and in helping achieve our strategic business objectives,” says Air Canada’s President, Airlines and Chief Operating Officer, Benjamin Smith.
“It allows us to offer travellers a much greater variety of attractive destinations while enabling us to successfully compete in an evolving industry. In doing so, it has exceeded all our expectations.”
For summer 2018 Air Canada Rouge has added more international and domestic routes, including: Toronto and Montreal to Bucharest; Toronto to Porto and Zagreb; Toronto to Nanaimo and Kamloops; Montreal to Lisbon and Montreal to Victoria.
Five years after its July 1, 2013 launch Air Canada Rouge now offers an upgraded streaming in-flight entertainment system, new onboard food options and enhancements to the Premium Rouge cabin. The carrier has also started offering high-speed, satellite Internet aboard its aircraft.