Air Canada has announced it will be launching new nonstop flights to Montreal from Tokyo Narita effective from June 1, 2018. This will be the airline’s first air connectivity to Japan from Montreal. The Montreal-Tokyo Narita route will be operated year-round, though the frequencies will depend on peak and lean seasons. The flights during peak summer months will be conducted daily, while it will be thrice weekly service during the low winter season.
Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada, said, “The new service will prove to be a boon for customers traveling from the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada as it will offer them seamless connectivity to Japan and beyond, efficiently complementing Air Canada’s Tokyo flights from Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. With this Air Canada will also try to strategically position itself as a leader in the flourishing Montreal-Asia market.”
Air Canada will be serving its new Montreal-Tokyo Narita route with the help of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, configured in three classes. The economy class will be in a 3-3-3 layout and premium economy will be in a 2-3-2 layout. The business class cabins will be offering lie-flat beds with direct aisle access.
Meanwhile, in another development Air Canada has announced it will be replacing its existing Aeroplan frequent flyer program in 2020. The airline is planning to revamp this program with additional benefits. The airline said that its new loyalty program will be designed to offer additional redemption and earning opportunities. The airline also wants to make the flying experience of its customers even better with upgraded digital offerings and more personalized experience.
A spokesperson of Air Canada said that the airline’s Aeroplan loyalty program will become invalid from June 30, 2020. Until its expiry the Aeroplan members will continue to redeem and earn miles. As soon as the new frequent flyer program is effectively in place the miles earned from Air Canada and its Star Alliance partner airlines will be credited.