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Published on September 13th, 2017 | by Alan Dwyer

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Air Canada announces new services to Ireland

Air Canada has announced new services from Canada to both Dublin and Shannon for Summer 2018. The two new services will operate four times a week from June. The flights will be operated using Air Canada’s newest single-aisle aircraft, the Boeing 737 Max 8 featuring a Business and Economy cabin configuration. The new services are from Toronto to Shannon and from Montreal to Dublin.

Also contained in the announcement by Air Canada is an expansion of their current services. The current Dublin – Toronto service which is due to switch from Air Canada Rouge to mainline Air Canada from October 30th allowing the Air Canada to offer a full three class service on the route. This route will be returning to a full daily service next summer, up from four times weekly in the winter. The summer only Vancouver – Dublin service will return again next summer also with an expanded service with five flights per week operated by Air Canada Rouge.

The new services for next summer are the first to be new announcements for Air Canada’s new 737MAX fleet. Air Canada currently have an order with Boeing for 61 Boeing 737MAX aircraft (49 MAX8 and 12 MAX9 aircraft) and a further 18 options. These aircraft are expected to replace the Airbus A320 and A321 fleet with the first deliveries due before the end of this year.

Welcoming the Air Canada announcement, Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said he was “delighted to see Air Canada go from strength to strength” at the airport. “Adding the city of Montreal to its route network from Dublin and increasing frequency on its Vancouver service represents a significant expansion of services by Air Canada. Air Canada has carried more than 1 million passengers between Dublin Airport and Canada since it started scheduled flights from Dublin in 2002. It will operate its new Montreal route with a B737 Max aircraft. The airline also has daily flights between Dublin and Toronto. With 13% of the Canadian population claiming Irish ancestry I have no doubt that Montreal will be a popular destination for both Irish and Canadian holidaymakers,” according to Mr Harrison.

Air Canada Sales Manager Ireland, Bláithín O’Donnell and Dublin Airport Senior Vice President Aviation Business Development, Jon Woolf announcing Air Canada’s new service to Montreal and expansion of services between Dublin and Vancouver next summer.

Air Canada Sales Manager Ireland, Bláithín O’Donnell said “We are delighted to announce our new Dublin to Montreal service for summer 2018.  It will appeal to both the many Irish with friends and family in this great city and to the Irish Canadian business communities, who will benefit from non-stop flights to facilitate the ever increasing trade between these two cities. 

“We are also pleased to increase capacity to up to five a week on our Dublin to Vancouver service for summer 2018, which will allow greater numbers of Irish travellers to experience Canada’s magnificent west coast and allow convenient connections to the US and beyond.  We will also increase our year-round Dublin to Toronto three cabin service to daily for the summer season to cater for growing demand on this route. This Dublin to Toronto route is currently operated by Air Canada Rouge, our leisure brand, but will switch to an Air Canada mainline operation with a larger Airbus 330 aircraft from 30th October.“

There is also a strong corporate connection between the two countries. Ireland is the fifth largest recipient of Canadian investment overseas, with about 80 Canadian companies are located in Ireland while there are also more than 60 Irish companies with operations in Canada.

Andrew Murphy, Managing Director Shannon Airport

Outlining the potential for the service Andrew Murphy, Managing Director, Shannon Airport said: “The decision by Air Canada to introduce a direct service between Shannon and its hub in Toronto is fantastic news for the airport and for Ireland. The new service will undoubtedly provide a major boost for Irish tourism and create new trade opportunities. Canadian tourists are high spenders and businesses along the Wild Atlantic Way in particular will benefit as the route will deliver significant Canadian visitors directly to their doorstep. We look forward to working with Air Canada and our tourism trade partners to ensure the success of the new service.”

Acknowledging the major supportive role played by others in securing the new route Mr Murphy said: “We were delighted with the encouragement we received from Minister Pat Breen, the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers and the Irish Ambassador to Canada Jim Kelly, all of whom were of great assistance, along with Tourism Ireland, in facilitating Shannon Airport’s participation in a recent Trade Mission to Canada and ultimately securing the new service. Their support is very much appreciated.”

The new services announced will be on sale from 19th September and commence operation in June 2018.‎

The new services announced today include:

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

AC820

Toronto 22:00

Shannon 9:30 + 1 day

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

AC821

Shannon 10:30

Toronto 12:45

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

AC818

Montreal 21:15

Dublin 8:25 + 1 day

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

AC819

Dublin 10:20

Montreal 12:00

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

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