Air Canada has unveiled its new budget airline, Air Canada Rouge, which will offer low cost flights between, the UK and Canada. The airline, which has just been launched, will fly directly from Edinburgh to Toronto.
The service will run three times a week and will start in July next summer. The new branch of the airline will also introduce new services to Venice in 2013 and cheaper flights from Canada to Athens, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Costa Rica. Air Canada is currently offering special introductory fares until 25th December for the Air Canada Rouge flights.
The discount carrier will offer its passengers the option to upgrade to Rouge Plus seats, which have more legroom, or Premium Rouge seats that feature a 2-2-2 layout, semi flat seats and 18.5 inches between the armrests. Boeing B767-300er aircraft will serve the flights.
The airline is hoping the Air Canada Rouge fleet will grow to 50 in the next 5 years and has said that 200 new jobs will be created. Air Canada has already hired an impressive 900 new employees in the past year as part of its recruitment program.
Keith Brown, Scottish minister for transport and veterans, said that the launch of the new flights to Edinburgh is “great news for Edinburgh and Scotland. Canada is an important market for Scotland and the Edinburgh service will complement existing Canadian services out of Glasgow."
"The Scottish Government will continue to work with Scotland's airports to improve Scotland's overall connectivity and for a speedy devolution of APD for the benefit of all concerned," added Mr Brown.