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Air Canada Rouge returns to the skies

Air Canada Rouge, Air Canada’s leisure airline has resumed services with flights operating between Toronto and Las Vegas, Orlando, and Regina, with other destinations being introduced in September, including Cancun and Tampa, that were announced just a few weeks ago.

Air Canada Rouge also provided a sneak peek of the cabin interior that will be available on nine Airbus A321 aircraft of the 39-aircraft Rouge Fleet, with the first entering service later this fall. These 9 aircraft feature a new contemporary interior design with playful Rouge brand accents and will be configured with leather seats, with 30-inch seat pitch in Economy Class. Additionally, these new aircrafts also offer upgraded personal power options, including USB-C ports, and a personal electronic device holder integrated into the seatback.

Jon Turner, Vice President Inflight Services and President, Rouge Operations, Air Canada, said:

Air Canada Rouge remains integral to Air Canada’s overall strategy. As we emerge from the pandemic, we anticipate increased demand for vacation travel and from customers flying to enjoy overdue visits with family and friends. Air Canada’s leisure airline is ideally suited to serve this market with a compelling array of leisure destinations and an inviting travel experience so that the holidays begin as soon as customers board an Air Canada Rouge aircraft.

New Economy Class seats onboard A321s

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Air Canada Rouge service had been suspended since spring 2021. With the resumption of Rouge flights, passengers can also enjoy recent product and design enhancements onboard all Rouge aircraft. These include:

  • Upgraded streaming entertainment – passengers no longer need to use an app to stream content; they can now stream hours of television and movies available on a complimentary basis directly to their own device via their web browser, or their complimentary, sanitized iPad in Premium Rouge
  • Refreshed uniforms – Rouge flight attendants will be sporting a new uniform featuring many pieces of the Air Canada mainline uniform, accented with new neckwear and brevets to represent the Rouge brand

All Air Canada Rouge flights are operated with narrow-body Airbus aircraft offering high-speed Wi-Fi (available for purchase) and a choice of Premium Rouge and Economy services. Passengers travelling in the Premium Rouge cabin will be offered a complimentary bar and beverage service, and a complimentary meal on flights over two hours, or a snack on flights of shorter duration.

Meanwhile, Air Canada recently announced resumption of 17 international routes and also inaugurated a new route between Montreal and Cairo. The airline has also launched a simplified solution to upload COVID-19 related travel documents. Air Canada has announced that it will have up to 220 daily flights between Canada and the United States as Canada is reopening to fully vaccinated Americans in August. The airline has also announced two new routes to Florida and increased flights to Mexico and the Dominican Republic from Quebec City and has introduced mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees and new hires. Air Canada has also resumed flying from Toronto’s Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport with 5 daily flights to Montreal.

Featured image by Air Canada

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