Air Canada heads to the home of country music

Air Canada has announced the launch of two new seasonal summer routes today — as well as the introduction of a new additional service, to major US destinations, from Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver — Boston and Nashville, the centre of the US country music industry.

“These new routes to Nashville and Boston, the only non-stop services available, are in line with our strategic long-term plans for global expansion. As the largest foreign carrier in the US, these destinations were chosen based on the strength of Air Canada’s North American network, allowing for quicker travel times between Canada and two of the fastest-growing economies in the US. Customers will be able to take advantage of plentiful connecting opportunities between our extensive domestic and global markets,” said Mark Galardo, vice president of Network Planning at Air Canada.

Montreal-Nashville (Between 1 June and 25 October 2020)

The new route from Montreal will be operated by Air Canada Express on a 76-seat Embraer E175 aircraft featuring Business Class and Economy Class cabins. It complements existing year-round service to Nashville from Toronto.

Flight Departs Arrives Days of Week
AC7714 Montreal 18:05 Nashville 19:48 Daily
AC7713 Nashville 08:25 Montreal 11:51 Daily

“This route strengthens our position in Nashville, one of the fastest-growing markets in the US. It will appeal to Canadian customers who want to experience the music scene in Tennessee and also allow Nashville residents to experience the vibrant summer season in Montreal, while also allowing for onward travel through our growing Montreal hub,” Galardo said.

“We are delighted to welcome Air Canada’s new Montréal-Nashville route, which will appeal to travellers interested in exploring America’s fascinating country culture,” says Philippe Rainville, president and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal. “This good news coincides with the opening of YUL’s brand-new connection centre, a state-of-the-art facility that will allow even more exciting air links to be developed from Montréal, for the benefit of our entire community.”

The flights are timed to provide connectivity through Air Canada’s North American and international destinations such as Shanghai, Tokyo, Paris and London.

Calgary-Boston (Between 22 June 22 and 7 September 2020)

Boston

The flight will be operated with a mainline Airbus A319 aircraft featuring Business Class and Economy Class cabins. These flights are timed to provide excellent connectivity to and from Air Canada’s Western Canada network. This seasonal route is in addition to existing service to Boston from Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax.

Flight Departs Arrives Days of Week
AC580 Calgary 1615 Boston 2246 Daily
AC581 Boston 0630 Calgary 0932 Daily

“This flight is meant to connect Western Canada to Boston through Calgary, allowing for non-stop travel to Boston where visitors can enjoy the charms of Massachusetts’ capital and largest city, while visitors to Calgary can take in the city’s culture and make a quick trip to the Rocky Mountains,” Galardo said.

“With this new flight connecting Calgary and Boston, Tourism Calgary’s partner Air Canada continues to help us showcase everything Calgary has to offer with new visitors,” says Cindy Ady, Tourism Calgary CEO. “Additional direct routes also support the economic impact of tourism, which directly contributes over USD2 billion to Calgary’s economy each year. We are very eager to share Calgary with Bostonians beginning June 2020.”

Vancouver-Newark (15 June and 12 October 2020)

Vancouver

The addition of a second daily flight between Vancouver and Newark for the summer season will enhance an important transborder connection as it is timed for optimal connectivity to Air Canada’s Western Canada network and flights to Asia.

Flight Departs Arrives Days of Week
AC546 Vancouver 1355 Newark 2205 Daily
AC547 Newark 0630 Vancouver 0920 Daily

“The New York area is a very important market for Air Canada and the second daily flight rounds out our schedule and gives travellers more options when connecting through our Asia Pacific gateway in Vancouver,” Galardo said.

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