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Air Canada &United Airlines to Offer More than 260 Daily Transborder Flights

Air Canada &United Airlines to Offer More than 260 Daily Transborder Flights

Air Canada and United Airlines announced that, through their enhanced transborder joint business agreement, they will offer industry-leading capacity and new routes between Canada and the U.S. for summer 2023 – including a new United-operated flight between Washington-Dulles and Calgary and a new Air Canada-operated flight between Washington-Dulles and Vancouver. The carriers have collaboratively optimized their schedules, subject to applicable government and regulatory conditions, and added more flights to provide customers greater connectivity and more flexible flight times, with over 80 transborder codeshare routes and more than 260 daily flights.

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New Non-stop Flights Between Vancouver, Calgary and Washington

New, non-stop service between Vancouver and Washington-Dulles will begin June 1 and will be operated with an Air Canada Boeing 737 Max 8. United will also introduce a new, non-stop flight between Calgary and Washington-Dulles on June 2 on an Airbus 319. Air Canada and United will codeshare on these flights, allowing Aeroplan or MileagePlus® members to accumulate and redeem miles. Eligible customers and loyalty plan members will also be able to enjoy benefits including priority check-in, lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits where available.

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Frequency

AC 1036

Vancouver 8:15

Washington 16:16

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

AC 1037

Washington 17:10

Vancouver 20:01

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

UA 2221

Calgary 13:30

Washington 19:54

Daily

UA 1125

Washington 9:00

Calgary 11:59

Daily

Transborder Schedule

The two carriers will operate more than 260 daily transborder departures in summer 2023, about a 20 percent increase in schedule capacity compared to summer 2022.

Shuttle-Style Schedule

The coordinated schedule will enable both carriers to offer shuttle-style hourly service throughout the day between key Air Canada and United hubs. The airlines will offer 29 daily flights with complementary timings between Toronto and New York/Newark and Chicago, and 11 daily flights between Vancouver and San Francisco.

Route

Frequency

First Departure

Last Departure

Toronto-Chicago

13- times Daily

06:30

21:15

Chicago-Toronto

07:10

21:15

Toronto-New York/Newark

16-times Daily

06:15

21:00

New York/Newark-Toronto

06:00

20:15

Vancouver-San Francisco

11-times Daily

07:00

21:00

San Francisco-Vancouver

06:45

21:00

Enhanced Western Canada Network to the U.S.

The airlines’ summer schedule also provides increased transborder service between the U.S. and Western Canada. There will be nine daily flights between Vancouver and New York/NewarkHouston and Chicago, and seven flights daily between Los Angeles and Vancouver. A second daily flight will be added between Calgary and both Chicago and Houston, and a second daily flight will also be added from Edmonton to Denver.

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Etihad Airways Launches 8 New Destinations this month

Etihad Airways Launches 8 New Destinations this month

Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national airline, is embarking on a significant network expansion this June with the introduction of flights to eight new destinations.

Added Eight new destinations

This move increases their total summer season routes to 76, marking a milestone in their growth strategy. Antonoaldo Neves, CEO of Etihad Airways, expressed enthusiasm about the expansion, emphasizing the airline’s commitment to enhancing connectivity.

New routes to Bali, Jaipur, and Al Qassim

“It is an exciting month for Etihad as we deliver on our plans to expand our network with eight additional locations,” Neves stated. Highlighting the popularity of new routes like Bali, Jaipur, and Al Qassim based on forward bookings, he noted the positive reception from passengers.

The airline has commenced operations to summer hotspots such as Nice on the French Riviera and Antalya on the Turkish Riviera, as well as resumed services to Greek islands like Mykonos and Santorini. Earlier in June, Etihad reintroduced flights to Málaga, a favored Spanish holiday destination.

This week, Etihad launched direct services to Jaipur, renowned for its vibrant culture and status as a key tourist destination in Rajasthan, India. This marks Etihad’s 11th gateway into India, aiming to strengthen connectivity and convenience for travelers from the UAE, Europe, North America, and the GCC.

Etihad’s four-times-weekly flights to Bali offer travelers an opportunity to experience the island’s tropical paradise. Visitors can indulge in its pristine beaches, lush green rice fields, and rich local culture, providing an ideal blend of relaxation and exploration.

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India Rejects China’s Request to Restart Passenger Flights

India Rejects China's Request to Restart Passenger Flights

China is urging India to restart direct passenger flights after a four-year hiatus, but New Delhi is holding back as border disputes continue to strain relations between the two populous nations, officials report.

New Delhi resists due to ongoing border disputes

Tensions between India and China have remained high since a major military confrontation in the disputed Himalayan border region in June 2020, which resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and at least four Chinese soldiers. Thousands of troops are still stationed on both sides of the border.

Cargo flights between the countries continue

Following the clash, India has taken steps to limit Chinese investments, banned numerous Chinese apps, and halted direct passenger flights, though cargo flights between the countries have continued.

While the resumption of direct flights would economically benefit both nations, China stands to gain more given its lagging recovery in overseas travel post-COVID-19, in contrast to India’s booming aviation sector.

“We hope the Indian side will work with China in the same direction for the early resumption of direct flights,” China’s Foreign Ministry stated to Reuters last week, emphasizing that such a move would be mutually beneficial.

However, a senior Indian official involved in bilateral developments with China remarked on Beijing’s push to resume flights, stating, “Unless there is peace and tranquillity on the border, the rest of the relationship cannot move forward.”

Discussions are ongoing between Indian airlines and New Delhi, as well as between Chinese carriers and their government, regarding the potential resumption of direct routes.

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SAS inagurates new route to Atlanta from Copenhagen

SAS inagurates new route to Atlanta from Copenhagen

To meet the growing demand for travel to and from Scandinavia and the United States, SAS is expanding its North American network by adding a ninth destination.

SAS begins new nonstop Atlanta route

Starting on June 17th, SAS will offer daily nonstop flights from Copenhagen to Atlanta, providing customers with a new direct route to the U.S.

Atlanta is a city worth visiting, offering something for everyone with its rich cultural experiences, historic landmarks, diverse culinary scene, and thriving sports scene. Handling nearly 104 million passengers in 2023, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest and most efficient airport.

On September 1, 2024, SAS will join SkyTeam. With Atlanta serving as a major hub for the SkyTeam member, Delta Air Lines, SAS customers will benefit from seamless access to the extensive SkyTeam network.

This network includes over 1,060 destinations across all member airlines. SAS has already started integrating Delta Air Lines flights into its itineraries, providing customers with increased connectivity options.

SAS will operate the route with both Airbus A330 as well as A350 aircraft. Both aircraft types offer three travel classes – SAS Business, SAS Plus, and SAS Go.

Five facts about Atlanta:

  1. It’s the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. Atlanta is a hub for the Black queer community and has been for at least two decades.
  3. Coca-Cola was invented and founded in Atlanta.
  4. Atlanta is one of the few cities that has a professional team for baseball, American football, soccer, and basketball.
  5. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport houses rotating and permanent art exhibits.The initiative to display artworks at the airport originated in 1979.
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