Air Canada is to launch a new route connecting Airbus in Canada and France. The new year-round service will link the company’s Toulouse and Montreal locations when it launches next June.
Following its take over of Bombardier’s C Series program, Airbus has had a manufacturing presence in the Canadian city of Montreal. Currently, there is no direct link between Montreal and Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse. However, this is set to change as Air Canada will soon connect the two cities. The flight from Montreal to Toulouse will take place overnight, perfect for Airbus Employees to make morning meetings.
The new service
Air Canada’s new service will link Montreal and Toulouse. It will be incredibly handy for Airbus employees, as well as any Canadians needing to visit Airbus in Toulouse. The flight will operate five times a week in each direction linking Airbus’ A220 factory, where Air Canada’s Airbus A220s are being constructed, with its main offices. Let’s take a look at the schedule:
- Firstly, AC826 will depart from Montreal (YUL) at 19:15. The flight will arrive in Toulouse (TLS) at 08:15 the next day. AC826 will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Secondly, AC827 will depart Toulouse (TLS) at 10:00 after around 1-hour 45-minutes on the ground. It is scheduled to arrive in Montreal (YUL) at 12:00 that same day. The return flight will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
The flights will commence on the 4th of June 2020. Of course, Air Canada will not be using a Boeing aircraft to link the two Airbus sites. Instead, it will be using an Airbus A330-300 which seats 292 passengers across three cabins.
Why is the link important?
Being an Airbus site, it is important that the Montreal factory has a link to its head office. While we live in an age where lots can be accomplished via the internet, some things still need a face to face meeting. By launching the new route, people traveling between the two sites will not need to connect, for example in Paris.
However, the flight is not exclusively for Airbus employees. Tickets are on sale to members of the public starting at a special introductory price of $729 CDN for a round trip. With Air Canada’s network of flights from Montreal, the flight will also be hugely convenient for those planning to travel to the south of France.
Air Canada’s CEO said of the new route: “Air Canada is very pleased to offer non-stop, year-round flights linking Montreal and Toulouse. This service will create opportunities to accelerate synergies between two of the world’s leading aerospace industry hubs.”
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