Air Canada Updates Schedule Due to Boeing 737 Max Grounding

By Anna Breuer on 25 April 2019
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IMG_0360Air Canada said on Thursday that it made additional changes to its flying schedule through July as a result of the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max.

The 737 Max was grounded worldwide due to the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max that had similarities to the October crash of a Lion Air 737 Max. The airline removed the 737 Max, which accounted for 6% of its total flights, from its schedule, until at least August 1, 2019.

The airline said it had “protected” 96% of its flying by optimizing and adjusting its schedule.

In some cases it is substituting larger aircraft and lowering the frequency on those routes. Two flights linking Toronto and Calgary have been consolidated onto one Airbus A330, for example, and the airline will operate eight other flights on smaller aircraft.

It is also extending the leases on several aircraft that it had scheduled to retire.

The carrier also accelerated the processing of several Airbus A321 aircraft that it acquired from Wow Airlines and it is, in a few cases, using charter carriers and wet-leasing aircraft to operate certain routes.

Air Canada also said it is suspending some routes including Halifax and St. John’s to London Heathrow and seasonal flights from Vancouver to Kona, Lihue, as well as Calgary to Palm Springs, and delaying the launch of several new routes including Toronto-Portland, which will start on July 1 instead of on May 24 and Calgary-Halifax, which will start on July 1 instead of on May 18. In addition, the resumption of the airline’s seasonal service between Toronto and Shannon and its new Montreal-Bordeaux service will be delayed into early July.

Finally, it is working with partner airlines to take over several routes. Lufthansa will operate Air Canada’s Montreal-Frankfurt service for the month of May for example.

Air Canada has 24 Boeing 737 Max aircraft currently in its fleet and, based on the now suspended delivery schedule, would have had 36 in its fleet by July.

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