Air Canada’s 6 New International Routes Should be Great for Award Availability, Some May Leave You Red-Faced

I look at new airline route announcements as opportunities for hunt for award space before the public catches on.

The big BUT here is 4 of the routes will be served by Rouge, which is likened by some to flying Spirit. I have not flown them; mainline Air Canada regional flights are already quite spare.

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The routes are:

Route

Start Date

Aircraft Type

Frequency

Toronto-Mumbai

July 1, 2017

Boeing 787-9 (mainline)

Three-weekly

Vancouver-Taipei

June 8, 2017*

Boeing 787-9 (mainline)

Daily

Montreal-Marseille

June 9, 2017

Boeing 767-300ER (Rouge)

Three-weekly

Vancouver-Nagoya

June 1, 2017

Boeing 767-300ER (Rouge)

Three-weekly**

Toronto-Berlin

June 1, 2017

Boeing 767-300ER (Rouge)

Four-weekly

Montreal-Algiers

June 26, 2017*

Boeing 767-300ER (Rouge)

Four-weekly

*Subject to government approvals.

** Increases to four weekly in August and September

See analysis at Wandering Aramean and for those new to Air Canada Aeroplan, see PointsHogger’s 12 Aeroplan Myths.

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