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Air Canada to launch non-stop Montreal-Geneva service; Star Alliance partner SWISS to codeshare

    MONTREAL and GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today
announced that it will introduce year-round non-stop service between Montreal
and Geneva. Daily flights will begin June 1, 2009 (first flight departs Geneva
June 2, 2009), with same-plane service continuing on to/from Toronto. The
carrier's Star Alliance partner, Swiss International Air Lines, will offer
seats on a codeshare basis on the new route. Tickets are now available for
purchase.
    "The introduction of the only non-stop service between Montreal and
sister city Geneva is great news for customers traveling on business,
including international organizations, as well as for leisure," said Daniel
Shurz, Air Canada's Vice President, Network Planning. "Air Canada's new
non-stop Geneva service, offered in cooperation with our Star Alliance
partner, SWISS, will provide customers with even more choice for convenient
international travel via our Montreal hub."
    Air Canada will operate the new Montreal-Geneva non-stop service using
211-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft offering a choice of Economy Class and
Executive First service featuring 24 lay flat bed suites. Further details and
a virtual tour of Air Canada's new cabin amenities including personal seatback
entertainment are available at:
http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/onboard/cabincomfort.html
    With the addition of non-stop service to Geneva, Air Canada expands its
transatlantic network to complement its non-stop Toronto-Zurich flights
operated on a codeshare basis with SWISS, and SWISS-operated Montreal-Zurich
flights offered by Air Canada on a codeshare basis. The new Montreal-Geneva
service will also provide easy access to a number of popular destinations in
France served by train such as nearby Lyon, Annecy, Dijon and Grenoble.
    Flights on the new Geneva route are timed to offer travellers convenient
connections on Air Canada's extensive North America network via the carrier's
Montreal hub to and from: Toronto (same plane), Ottawa, Quebec City, Halifax,
Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and
New York. In Geneva, connecting flights are available to/from a number of
destinations including Beirut, as well as alternate routings for Barcelona and
Zurich on SWISS. Operation of the new route is subject to obtaining necessary
government approvals.

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                   Depart         Arrive         Depart         Arrive
    Flight         Toronto        Montreal       Montreal       Geneva
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    AC830          18:00          19:19          20:45          10:05
    LX4643                                                      (+1)
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                   Depart         Arrive         Depart         Arrive
    Flight         Geneva         Montreal       Montreal       Toronto
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    AC831          12:15          14:30          16:00          17:19
    LX4642
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    Montreal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air
transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 170 destinations on five
continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 14th largest commercial airline in
the world and serves 33 million customers annually. Air Canada is a founding
member of Star Alliance, providing the world's most comprehensive air
transportation network.


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