Air Canada Updating May, June Schedule Due to Boeing 737 Max Grounding

By Paul Riegler on 2 April 2019
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Air Canada check-in counters in Toronto

Air Canada check-in counters in Toronto

Air Canada said on Tuesday that it made additional changes to its flying schedule for May and is adjusting its schedule for June as a result of the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max.

The 737 Max was grounded worldwide as the result of 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 July 1, 2019.

On some routes, it is substituting similar or larger aircraft and it is extending the leases on several aircraft that it had scheduled to retire.

It is also accelerating the processing of several Airbus A321 aircraft that it acquired from Wow Airlines and it is also using charter carriers and wet-leasing aircraft to operate certain routes.

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 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. The restart 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.

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