Air Canada and Cargojet today announced they are finalising a commercial arrangement that will see Air Canada Cargo introducing dedicated freighter services from Canada to Latin America and Europe with a Boeing 767-300ER Freighter operated by Cargojet.
Air Canada Cargo will become the only provider of direct scheduled freighter service between Canada and Latin America.
The new Air Canada Cargo flights will provide 52 tonnes of net cargo capacity and are scheduled to begin 9 June 2016, subject to obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals.
Initial service will operate from Toronto to Bogota, Colombia and Lima, Peru via Atlanta in the US and Toronto to Mexico City via Dallas/Fort Worth.
Under the arrangement, Air Canada Cargo also plans to introduce dedicated freighter service to Europe from Toronto in the second half of 2016.
Air Canada Cargo vice president, Lise-Marie Turpin says: “We are thrilled to offer our customers the only dedicated freighter service between Canada and Latin America. Working with Cargojet, we are able to leverage and build upon Air Canada’s extensive North American and international networks.
“We look forward to continuing to grow our dedicated freighter network to Europe later this year and for a successful and mutually beneficial relationship with Cargojet into the future.”
Cargojet president and chief executive officer, Ajay K. Virmani says: “This new arrangement builds on Cargojet’s long-standing relationship with Air Canada Cargo and is a win-win for both parties.
“It allows us to optimize our overall freighter aircraft utilisation and to expand our range of services and customer base with Air Canada.”