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Air Canada's non-stop Calgary-Tokyo Narita flights now year-round

Air Canada has announced that its Calgary to Tokyo Narita non-stop flights will operate year-round beginning this winter.

"Following our announcement last fall that we were increasing our summer flights to five times weekly, we are pleased to extend our non-stop flights featuring Air Canada's Executive First service with lie-flat suites from Calgary to Tokyo Narita year-round, reflecting solid demand to and from Canada's energy centre," said Ben Smith, Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.

"Since we launched this route in March 2010, demand has been strong from business and leisure travellers as well as freight forwarders. This is a great example of how the Calgary business community, the Calgary Airport Authority, Travel Alberta and our travel partners understand that our industry is a significant catalyst for economic growth and have all come together to enable sustainable, year-round, direct links to Asia via Tokyo Narita's international gateway which offers a multitude of convenient flight options to Japan, China, Korea and beyond."

Bruce Okabe, Chief Executive Officer, Travel Alberta commented, "We are very pleased that Air Canada has decided to expand service from Narita. It is testament to the confidence they have in Alberta as a year round tourism destination. Japan is a key market for Alberta and has shown strong inbound growth since the service started in 2010."

Beginning April 27, 2012, Air Canada will increase its Calgary-Tokyo non-stop summer service to five weekly flights, and service will continue this winter, beginning October 27, 2012 as follows:

-Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: Flight AC09 leave Calgary at 12:55 p.m. and arrives in Narita at 3:20 p.m. local time

-Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays: Flight AC10 will leave Narita at 4:55 p.m. local time and arrives in Calgary at 10:45 a.m.

"This announcement shows the continuous investment Air Canada is making in the Calgary market which is consistent with the Airport Authority's plans to constantly improve air service from the region we serve. It also gives us the distinction of being one of only three airports in Canada to service both Asia and Europe, year round, on a scheduled basis consolidating Calgary's position as a major passenger and cargo hub," said Stephan Poirier, Chief Commercial Officer for the Calgary Airport Authority.

Air Canada operates its Calgary-Tokyo flights with 211-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, offering a choice of Economy Class and Executive First service featuring lie-flat bed suites. Further details and a virtual tour of Air Canada's cabin amenities including complimentary personal seatback entertainment at every seat throughout the aircraft are available at: http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/onboard/cabincomfort.html

Author: Air Canada

Published: February 29, 2012