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MONTREAL — Air Canada is offering more connectivity in more ways than one, with new flights taking off to Zurich, Paris and Bucharest as well as new satellite connectivity on all international flights.
The new satellite connectivity will debut on Air Canada’s international wide-body 777-300ER aircraft, making it the first Canadian airline to offer Internet services that enable customers to stream TV shows and movies on their own devices.
“Air Canada customers on international wide-body flights will have access to the fastest internet service available on any Canadian carrier. Air Canada WiFi will make traveling more enjoyable whether you’re connecting with family and friends, watching a favorite movie or TV program on the Internet, or scrolling through your social media feeds,” says Benjamin Smith, Air Canada’s President, Passenger Airlines.
The speed and reliability of Air Canada WiFi will also make it a boon for business travellers, he added.
Air Canada Satellite WiFi is now available on the airline’s B777-300ER aircraft and on Air Canada Rouge’s narrow-body fleet. The entire Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge wide-body fleet – including the Boeing 777-200LR, 787-8/9 and Airbus 330 and Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER – is scheduled to be equipped with the system by mid-2019.
Customers can choose from a selection of WiFi packages to suit their needs and Air Canada is offering introductory pricing for the service starting at $5 on the airline’s B777-300ER fleet until Aug. 31. Passengers can see if a flight has WiFi available by an icon displayed at time of booking or, for upcoming flights, by checking out aircanada.com/wifi.
Air Canada and Air Canada Express also offer customers WiFi connectivity through a ground-based system provided by Gogo on their narrow-body A319/320/321, Embraer 175/190 and Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft within North America.
Meanwhile Air Canada’s newest routes amidst a long list of destinations launching this month include nonstops out of Vancouver to Zurich and Paris, representing Air Canada’s fourth and fifth European destinations from YVR.
The Zurich flights started yesterday and the Paris flights start today, on B787 Dreamliners.
To Zurich, flight AC802 departs Vancouver at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Zurich the next day at 7:55 a.m. On the way back, flight AC803 departs Zurich at 10:05 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Vancouver at 10:25 a.m.
To Paris, flight AC806 departs Vancouver at 12:45 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Paris the next day at 7:40 a.m. On the return leg, flight AC807 departs Paris at 9:25 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Vancouver at 10:20 a.m.
Air Canada has also launched its new Montreal-Bucharest flights. The arrival of AC1928 at Bucharest’s Henri Coanda International Airport marks the launch of the twice weekly seasonal service with Air Canada Rouge, running through Oct. 5.
Flight AC1928 flies out of Montreal at 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, arriving in Bucharest the next day at 9:55 a.m. On the return, flight AC1929 leaves Bucharest at 1:45 p.m., arriving in Montreal at 4:20 p.m.