Air Canada's current seasonal service between
Toronto and Dublin, Ireland will be converted to year-round
service operated by its new leisure carrier, Air Canada rouge,
beginning in 2014.
Air Canada will operate the route this year
from 17 May through to 30 September 2013 and Air Canada rouge will
commence year-round service starting 1 May 2014. Bookings on the
new Air Canada rouge service will become available in June 2013.
"Air Canada has been serving Ireland since its
predecessor, Trans-Canada Air Lines, first flew to Shannon in
1947. Today, there is a very strong market for both leisure
customers and visiting friends and relatives, so this is an ideal
market for our new leisure carrier, Air Canada rouge, to operate
more cost effectively on a year-round basis," said Ben Smith,
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air
Canada. "This is the fourth European destination announced for Air Canada rouge, which will begin flying this July to Edinburgh,
Venice and Athens in addition to a number of Caribbean destinations. We intend to grow Air Canada rouge quickly from four
aircraft to 32 aircraft by the end of 2014 and 42 aircraft by the
end of 2015."
Air Canada rouge's 1 July launch network
also includes eleven destinations in the Caribbean.
fleet consists of two Airbus A319 aircraft and two Boeing
767-300ER aircraft that will grow to ten aircraft by the end of
2013, 32 aircraft by the end of 2014 and 42 aircraft by the end of
Air Canada rouge's Boeing 767-300ER aircraft feature
a two-cabin configuration with three customer options including rouge, rouge Plus with preferred seating with additional
legroom, and, beginning in winter 2013, Premium rouge offering
both additional room and enhanced service. The airline's Airbus
A319 aircraft are configured with rouge and rouge Plus preferred
seating. All flights will offer customers streamed wireless
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