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Canada Grounds Boeing 737 Max, Citing New Satellite Data

Canada Grounds Boeing 737 Max, Citing New Satellite Data

Canada became the latest country to ground the Boeing 737 Max on Wednesday.
The move came in the wake of the deadly Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 crash on Sunday outside Addis Ababa.   Over two dozen countries have taken similar steps.
On Tuesday, Ottawa had said it had no plans to take any action on the Max.
The announcement came after the country’s transportation minister, Marc Garneau, said his agency had reviewed newly …

Air Canada to Launch Vancouver-Auckland, Quito-Toronto, Dreamliner Service on Toronto-Honolulu

Air Canada to Launch Vancouver-Auckland, Quito-Toronto, Dreamliner Service on Toronto-Honolulu

Air Canada announced plans for new seasonal service connecting Vancouver and Auckland, New Zealand, and Quito, Ecuador, and Toronto as well as Dreamliner service between Toronto and Honolulu.
The Montreal-based airline will introduce the Vancouver-Auckland service on December 12. It will run through March 2020.
The airline will operate the quarce-weekly service linking Vancouver International Airport and Auckland Airport using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
Thrice-weekly service between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Aeropuerto …

Air Canada to Offer Seasonal Service Linking Calgary and London, Ontario

Air Canada to Offer Seasonal Service Linking Calgary and London, Ontario

Air Canada announced plans to introduce new non-stop daily seasonal flights between Calgary and London, Ontario.
The flights, which will be operated by Air Canada Rouge, will start on June 24, 2019 and continue through mid-October.
Air Canada Rouge will operate the flights using Airbus A319 aircraft with 12 seats in its Premium Rouge premium-class cabin, eight seats in its Rouge Plus premium-economy lite section, and 116 coach seats. Seats in Premium …

Toronto Pearson Airport to Deploy Therapy Dogs to Relieve Passenger Stress

Toronto Pearson Airport to Deploy Therapy Dogs to Relieve Passenger Stress

Toronto Pearson International Airport announced the launch of a therapy dog program on Wednesday that will help soothe stressed-out travelers.
The airport is partnering with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program, which will bring 13 therapy dogs to Terminals 1 and 3.
Research shows that therapy dogs help reduce anxiety and create a sense of calm.
The canines will “bring enjoyment and help alleviate the anxiety that some passengers experience while travelling,” …

WestJet Gets its First Dreamliner

WestJet Gets its First Dreamliner

Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on Thursday.
The Calgary-based airline will use the high-tech aircraft to open up new routes including the first-ever flight connecting Calgary and Dublin. Other planned routes include flights linking Calgary to both London’s Gatwick Airport and Paris.
WestJet’s Dreamliners will seat 320 passengers in a three-class configuration. The airline will offer a business-class cabin with its first ever fully …

WestJet Co-Founder Led Consortium to Launch New Canadian Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier in 2019

WestJet Co-Founder Led Consortium to Launch New Canadian Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier in 2019

Canadian charter airline Enerjet will relaunch as an ultra-low-cost carrier in 2019, said WestJet Airlines co-founder Tim Morgan.
Morgan is leading an investment group that includes private equity firm Indigo Partners and a consortium of Canadian investors.
In an interview with Frequent Business Traveler, he said that “ultra-low-cost carrier business is one of the most successful business models in the world… and that’s our model for Canada.”
“The new airline will offer an …

Air Canada Announces Two Executive Appointments

Air Canada Announces Two Executive Appointments

Air Canada announced several executive changes.
The airline appointed Michael Rousseau to the position of deputy chief executive officer and chief financial officer and Craig Landry to the position of executive vice president, operations.
Both are based in Montreal and report to Calin Rovinescu, the airline’s CEO.
In August, Benjamin Smith, then Air Canada’s chief operating officer and president, resigned to take the position of CEO at Air France-KLM. Smith had been considered …