Air Canada further expanded its global network with the arrival of AC824 in Amsterdam from Toronto. The launch of this non-stop service marks a further advance of the airline’s international expansion strategy, which has seen its international capacity grow more than 50 per cent since 2009.
“Air Canada has firmly committed to a strategy of profitable international expansion and these flights are yet further evidence that we are delivering on this promise. The addition of Amsterdam to our global network is being welcomed by customers because the city is both a popular tourist destination and a major business center with longstanding links to Canada. Air Canada is the only Canadian carrier to offer the route year-round and it will complement our existing service to Brussels, providing customers wider access to the Benelux region,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, at Air Canada.
New routes launched by Air Canada this year, in addition to Toronto-Amsterdam and Montreal-Mexico City, include: Montreal-Venice, Vancouver-Osaka, Vancouver-Comox, Calgary-Halifax, Calgary-Nanaimo, Toronto-Austin, Toronto-Atlantic City and Calgary-Terrace. Announced new routes still to launch include: Toronto-Dubai, Toronto-Delhi and Toronto-Abbotsford.
The new service will be operated with 211-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with a choice of both International Business Class, with fully lie-flat suites, and Economy Class service. All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.