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Air Canada’s inaugural flight between Montreal and Raleigh received a water-cannon salute at RDU

Air Canada’s Montreal-Raleigh service takes off

MONTREAL — Air Canada’s new nonstop service between Montreal and Raleigh is officially up and running, marking the carrier’s 25th transborder route from its Montreal hub.

Flight AC8178 departed Montreal on June 3 to Raleigh-Durham International Airport to kick off daily service onboard a 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ). Flights are timed to optimize connectivity from across Air Canada’s network through Montreal.

Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning, said the new route connects the vibrant cultures of both destinations and complements Air Canada’s existing year-round service to North Carolina, which already include flights from Toronto to Raleigh and Charlotte.

“With expansion into 29 new markets since the beginning of 2016, our Montreal hub offers convenient nonstop connections to more than 98 destinations in our global network,” he said. “Customers returning to Raleigh from an international destination through Canada pre-clear U.S. customs without even picking up their baggage if the are connecting, saving significant time on their journey.”

Galardo also noted that eligible premium customers flying onward internationally from Montreal in Air Canada Signature Class can enjoy exclusive access to the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge before continuing on their journey.

The new Montreal-Raleigh service is the only non-stop flight between these cities. According to Air Canada, while North Carolina has always been a popular leisure destination, it is also experiencing strong economic growth.