Air Canada has announced the introduction of new, year-round service between Montreal and Tokyo Narita starting 1JUN, 2018. Flights will daily during summer peak travel and 3X-weekly during the winter, using 787 Dreamliner planes.
The airline says the new transpacific service from its Montreal hub is designed to optimize connectivity to several Canadian and U.S. cities including Quebec City, Ottawa, Halifax, Charlottetown, Boston, Philadelphia and Orlando.
"Air Canada is continuing its global expansion by strategically building its Montreal hub, and we are thrilled to announce the launch of non-stop flights to Tokyo, Montreal's first scheduled link to Japan,” said CEO Calin Rovinescu.
“The new flights will offer travellers from Atlantic Canada and the Northeastern U.S. convenient access to Japan and beyond, complementing our existing Tokyo flights from Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, while also strategically positioning Air Canada as a leader in the growing Montreal–Asia market," Rovinescu added.
The new service strengthens AC’s ongoing international growth strategy from Montreal, following the recent introduction of non-stop flights to Shanghai, Lima, North Africa and Europe.
"This direct flight between two international cities, Tokyo and Montreal, shows that Montreal is once again a major player in Canadian and North American aviation. After Shanghai and Tel Aviv, this new flight to Japan's capital reflects a major investment by Air Canada that will generate significant economic and tourism benefits for our city," said Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.
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