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Thu, 26 March 2020

Air Canada Launches Cargo Flights to Europe

Air Canada has started using its aircraft to operate cargo-only flights to Europe and has plans to launch cargo flights to Latin America and South America as well.

The aircraft on these flights carry no passengers but move time-sensitive shipments, including medical supplies to combat COVID19, and goods to support the global economy.

"Air Canada Cargo has long served as a vital link in global supply chains and with the disruption arising from the COVID19 pandemic our capabilities are more important than ever," said Tim Strauss, Vice President of Cargo, at Air Canada. "Although we have announced very significant temporary capacity reductions and our passenger flights are largely dedicated to bringing Canadians home, Air Canada's aircraft and our expertise in handling cargo are valuable assets that we can use to move medical supplies and other essential goods to keep the world economy going. We have already begun flights to Europe, and we are planning to expand this program to Latin America and South America, as well as within Canada, including remote communities using Air Canada Express aircraft. In addition to providing a much-needed service, these cargo-only flights are also supporting jobs at Air Canada."

Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner reg: C-GHQY. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

The first cargo-only flights departed from Toronto this past week for Frankfurt, London and Amsterdam, which are all both important business centres and connection points for onward cargo shipments.

The flights were operated using Boeing 787 aircraft capable of carrying 35 tonnes of cargo, the equivalent of about 80 grand pianos.

Shippers and freight forwarders using the service are charged a flat rate for both directions and Air Canada Cargo is also introducing a fractional program, so shippers who do not require a whole aircraft can book space.

Air Canada Cargo is also exploring opportunities to offer this service domestically and is working with various governments to assess the demand and assist in moving relief goods from multiple markets within Canada. This includes using smaller Air Canada Express regional aircraft to operate to less-well served, smaller or remote regions in Canada with medical and other emergency supplies in support of local governments.

Air Canada does not operate cargo aircraft, instead its Air Canada Cargo division manages and markets excess belly space on the airline's regular passenger flights for shippers operating worldwide. To facilitate the cargo-only flights, Air Canada Cargo has created five, segment-specific sales teams.

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