Air Canada has unveiled plans to launch non-stop
flights between Montreal and Tokyo Narita, Japan.
Starting 1 June
2018, the flights will operate year-round with a daily service during
the summer peak travel time and thrice weekly during the winter.
Air Canada will operate the new route with
Air Canada's flagship aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Canada's new transpacific service from its Montreal hub is
designed to optimize connectivity to several Canadian and U.S.
cities, namely: Quebec City, Ottawa, Halifax, Charlottetown, Boston,
Philadelphia and Orlando.
"Air Canada is continuing its global expansion
by strategically building its Montreal hub, and we are thrilled to
announce the launch of non-stop flights to Tokyo, Montreal's first
scheduled link to Japan," said Calin Rovinescu, President and
Chief Executive Officer, Air Canada. "The new flights will offer
travelers from Atlantic Canada and the Northeastern U.S.
convenient access to Japan and beyond, complementing our existing
Tokyo flights from Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, while also
strategically positioning Air Canada as a leader in the growing
Montreal–Asia market. This new transpacific
service further reflects Air Canada's ongoing international growth
strategy from Montreal, following the recent introduction of
non-stop flights to Shanghai, Lima, North Africa and Europe. In
addition, it enables Montreal to derive significant direct
benefits including the creation of close to 130 Air Canada flight
attendant, pilot and airport positions."
Air Canada operates up to 46 non-stop return flights
between Canada and Japan per week. Complimenting the new service
between Montreal–Tokyo Narita, Air Canada operates flights up to
seven times a week flights between Vancouver–Tokyo Narita; double
daily flights between Toronto and Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita;
flights up to seven times a week between Calgary–Tokyo Narita. Air
Canada also offers summer seasonal service to Osaka's Kansai
International Airport daily up to seven times per week and Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya up to four times per week
with Air Canada Rouge.
"We are pleased with this new first for Montrealers," said
Philippe Rainville, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Aéroports de Montreal. "The addition of Tokyo to our air service,
on top of Tel Aviv, Algiers and Shanghai, among others, certainly
reinforces Montreal-Trudeau's status as an international hub. This
new non-stop flight illustrates once again Air Canada's desire to
use Montreal as a strategic platform. This city-pair with Japan
also greatly enhances our service for the Montreal community,
since Tokyo Narita offers connections to all Japanese cities and
to many destinations in Southeast Asia, the Far East and Oceania."
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