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Air Canada Takes to the Slopes with Toronto - Vail, Colorado Non-Stop Flights

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Air Canada Takes to the Slopes with Toronto - Vail, Colorado Non-Stop Flights

10:00 EDT Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Only International Airline with Non-stop Service to Rocky Mountain Ski Resort

MONTREAL, July 31, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that it will launch weekly non-stop flights between Toronto and Vail, Colorado served by nearby Eagle County Regional Airport in time for the 2013-14 winter ski season. Air Canada will operate its new seasonal service to Vail on Saturdays beginning December 14, 2013 until April 5, 2014, with 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft offering a choice of Executive or Economy Class service, and featuring complimentary seatback entertainment throughout the aircraft. Air Canada's flights to Vail from its main hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport are timed to offer customers easy flight connections throughout its extensive network in Eastern and Atlantic Canada including Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.

"Air Canada is pleased to offer customers the convenience of the only non-stop service between Canada and Colorado's world-famous resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains," said Marcel Forget, Air Canada's Vice President, Network Planning. "Customers beginning their ski holiday will appreciate the convenience of a mid-day arrival with just a short, 30-minute drive before reaching the slopes."

Greg Phillips, Aviation Director, Eagle County Regional Airport, said, "This new direct non-stop service from Air Canada's Toronto hub is the first international direct service at the Eagle County Regional Airport and makes it easier than ever for our Canadian friends to visit the world class resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek. We are very excited to welcome this new flight and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Air Canada."

"Canada is one of our most important international markets, so we're thrilled that our Canadian guests can now enjoy a seamless travel experience to Vail and Beaver Creek, thanks to our valued Air Canada partnership," said Bob Stinchcomb, Vice President, Business Development of Vail Resorts. "We have seen consistent growth in visitation to Vail and Beaver Creek from the Canadian market over the last several years and this new non-stop service between Vail/Eagle and Toronto Pearson Airports will create an even more compelling reason for Canadians to experience our world-class mountain resorts, with same day skiing, unparalleled Vail Resorts service and incredible value. The Epic Pass has proven to be the best value lift pass in the industry, providing the opportunity to ski the world, with access to 18 mountain resorts, across three countries, on the one pass. We look forward to welcoming even more Canadians to our resorts for the coming winter season and having the opportunity to further enhance the value and experience for our valued Canadian guests".

Flights are now available for purchase at www.aircanada.com and through travel agents. Sample introductory one-way fares including all taxes from Toronto start as low as C$375. In addition, customers collect Aeroplan Miles through Canada's leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada.

Flight # Depart
Toronto
Arrive
Vail, CO
Flight # Depart
Vail, CO
Arrive
Toronto
AC1051 09:50 11:45 AC1052 12:30 17:43

Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 175 destinations on five continents.  Canada's flag carrier is the 15th largest commercial airline in the world and in 2012 served close to 35 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 60 Canadian cities, 53 destinations in the United States and 67 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,328 destinations in 195 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax that ranked Air Canada in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers as Best Airline in North America in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year. For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com.

SOURCE: Air Canada

For further information:

Isabelle Arthur (Montréal)  514 422-5788
Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto)  416 263-5576
Angela Mah (Vancouver)  604 270-5741

Internet :  aircanada.com

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