is to launch a daily non-stop service to Rome. With the reintroduction of service to
Rome on April 4, 2005 from Toronto, Air Canada will offer the only daily non-stop flights year-round between Canada and the
"We are delighted with the prospect of reintroducing service to Rome, and
strengthening Air Canada's position as the carrier of choice for convenient
and affordable non-stop flights to Europe," said Ben Smith, Vice President,
Planning. "Air Canada's successful restructuring has resulted in substantially
lower operating costs since we withdrew from the route in 2003, and we look
forward to returning to Rome and offering consumers great value and convenience."
Air Canada's Toronto-Rome non-stop service will be operated using 198-seat Boeing 767-200 ER
aircraft, with an eastbound flight time of eight and a half hours. Air Canada
currently serves Italy with its Star Alliance partner, Lufthansa, via Frankfurt and Munich. With the reintroduction of flights
to Rome, Air Canada said it plans to reinstate codeshare services via Rome to a number of destinations
within Italy, further extending its network.