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Air Canada Expands its Cargo-only Flight Schedule
  • Freight division Air Canada Cargo to operate to five new destinations in Europe and South America
  • Four converted Boeing 777-300ERs and three Airbus A330-300s enabling cargo in passenger cabins, plus belly-only all-cargo flights and cargo space on Air Canada's scheduled flights support Air Canada Cargo's operations

MONTREAL, May 27, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada's freight division, Air Canada Cargo has announced an exciting new expansion of its cargo-only network with the addition of five new destinations in Europe and South America beginning June 1.

"Beginning June 1, five new destinations* will be added to an already robust cargo-only network: Bogota, Lima, Amsterdam, Dublin, and Madrid. These nonstop flights originating from Montreal to Europe and South America will enhance our global connectivity, allowing us to continue supporting the global supply chain and our freight forwarding customers," said Tim Strauss, Vice President – Cargo at Air Canada.

In addition to the hundreds of tonnes of medical equipment, PPE, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods that Air Canada Cargo transports globally directly to Canada, it also provides vital global supply links to keep world economies moving by connecting goods from international destinations via Canada such as from South America to Asia via Canada or Europe to the US via Canada.  Air Canada Cargo has recently transported thousands of queen honeybees across Canada to aid in crop pollination, fresh flowers from Amsterdam and Israel to Canadian merchants for Mother's Day, chilled beef from Australia destined for Canadian supermarkets, and Atlantic lobster from Canada to Asia and to Europe.

Air Canada Cargo has operated more than 1,200 cargo-only flights since the end of March. Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo will continue to evaluate the opportunity to add additional all-cargo flights.

Additional information is at: https://www.aircanada.com/cargo/en/.

* Subject to government approval.

About Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo

Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline. Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2019 served over 51 million customers. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2019 Best Airline in North America. For more information, please visit: aircanada.com/media, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.      

Air Canada Cargo transports freight in the bellies of Air Canada's aircraft operating scheduled passenger services. Air Canada Cargo also operates cargo-only flights using Air Canada's mainline wide-body aircraft that would otherwise be parked. These aircraft do not carry passengers but move in their baggage holds time-sensitive shipments, including urgent medical supplies, and goods to support the global economy. Additionally, Air Canada has also reconfigured the passenger cabins of four Boeing 777-300ER and three Airbus A330 aircraft to significantly increase the cargo capacity of those aircraft by enabling cargo to be carried in both cabin and bellies.

Air Canada Cargo provides cargo service to over 450 cities worldwide, with self-handled hubs in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Chicago, London and Frankfurt that allow for rapid shipment of goods.

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