Air Canada Rouge is celebrating its birthday, marking five years of providing customers with memorable beginnings and endings to their holidays.
From its first flight on Canada Day 2013, AC’s leisure carrier has grown to more than 50 aircraft from four, expanded to over 100 routes on five continents from an initial 14 routes, flown more than 25 million customers, and directly created 2,000 jobs for Canadians.
"In five short years Air Canada Rouge has established itself as an integral part of our Air Canada family by delivering an excellent customer experience in key leisure markets and in helping achieve our strategic business objectives,” says Benjamin Smith, President, Airlines and Chief Operating Officer.
“It allows us to offer travellers a much greater variety of attractive destinations while enabling us to successfully compete in an evolving industry. In doing so, it has exceeded all our expectations. I commend our team at Air Canada Rouge for their devotion to making every flight memorable and I thank our customers for entrusting us with their holiday plans by choosing to fly with Air Canada Rouge."
For summer 2018, Air Canada Rouge has added more exciting international and domestic routes, including: Toronto and Montreal to Bucharest; Toronto to Porto and Zagreb; Toronto to Nanaimo and Kamloops; Montreal to Lisbon and Montreal to Victoria.
Launched on 1JULY, 2013, Air Canada Rouge has refined its services for customers over the past five years, including upgrades to its streaming in-flight entertainment system, new onboard food options and enhancements to the Premium Rouge cabin. Air Canada Rouge has also begun offering high-speed, satellite internet aboard its aircraft, giving customers access to the fastest internet service on a Canadian airline.
Fast Facts about Air Canada Rouge
Over 25 million customers carried since launch
Service to more than 70 destinations on five continents
Over 2,000 jobs created, including almost 600 pilots and over 1400 Rouge Crew
Fleet of 53 aircraft (22 Airbus A319s, 6 Airbus A321s and 25 Boeing 767s).
High-speed satellite internet being implemented across entire fleet
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