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Air Canada rouge inaugurates year-round service from Dublin to Toronto

Air Canada rouge inaugurated its year-round non-stop service from Dublin to Toronto today with a celebration at Dublin Airport. Air Canada rouge is Air Canada's new leisure carrier and will operate four weekly flights from the Irish capital to its Toronto hub, Toronto Pearson International Airport. This service will increase to daily during the summer peak from 23 June 2014.

“We are excited to launch this Air Canada rouge year-round service, offering our customers in Ireland competitive fares, a relaxed in-flight environment and outstanding customer service,” said Robert Atkinson, Air Canada's General Manager U.K., Ireland and Northern Europe. “As well as benefiting from direct access to our Toronto hub, customers can take advantage of convenient connections to destinations across North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.”  

Robert Atkinson participated in the celebrations at Dublin Airport and was joined by Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, The Honourable Loyola Hearn, and Vincent Harrison, Managing Director Dublin Airport, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the departure gate to inaugurate the new service.  

The Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, The Honourable Loyola Hearn commented on the new service: “We are very pleased to see the new service established. We also want to express gratitude to the Direct Flight Committee which worked to make this a reality. Year-round direct service will greatly benefit business, tourism and the travelling public generally, and strengthen the links between the two countries.”  

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said he was delighted to welcome Air Canada rouge’s new year-round service to Toronto. “There are strong economic and cultural links between Ireland and Canada so this is great news for both business and leisure passengers. With over 60 Irish companies based in Canada and almost four million Canadians claiming Irish heritage, Canada is a very strong market for Dublin Airport and Ireland. We wish Air Canada rouge every success with its new route and we look forward to working closely with them to promote the new service.”

Air Canada rouge Dublin-Toronto flight, AC1909, will depart Dublin four times per week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) at 12:10 p.m. and arrive in Toronto at 2:30 p.m. local time the same day. The return flight, AC1908, will depart Toronto four times per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday) at 11:10 p.m. and arrive in Dublin at 10:40 a.m. the next day (all times local).   

The Dublin-Toronto route will be operated by 280-seat wide-body Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. The newly designed aircraft interior features a two-cabin configuration with 24 Premium rouge seats offering both additional legroom and enhanced meal and beverage service in the front cabin, and 256 rouge seats – including 35 rouge Plus seats with additional legroom – in the rear cabin.  

Premium rouge customers will benefit from an enhanced meal service with carefully selected wines and beverages on fine dish- and glassware as well as being provided with a hot towel and snack service. Customers seated in rouge and rouge Plus will be served a complimentary hot meal with a selection of non-alcoholic beverages. Air Canada rouge flights offer customers streamed wireless inflight entertainment to their own personal electronic devices, stylish and modern cabin interiors with innovative new seats, and the ability to earn and redeem Aeroplan miles.

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