Air Canada commenced services to its latest US destination on 7 May in the form of a twice-weekly (Saturdays and Sundays) service to Jacksonville, with the Floridian airport celebrating with a fantastic cake and ribbon cutting ceremony. Conducting the ribbon cutting was: Steve Grossman, Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO; Lisa Pierce, Air Canada Senior Director US Sales & Market Development; The Honorable Louise Leger, Consul General, Canada; and Grazielle Cabrera-Miron, Air Canada Manager Eastern Region Sales US. Speaking at the flight ceremony was Pierce.
Celebrations also happened on the other side of the US on 9 May when Air Canada commenced services between Vancouver and San Jose. Festivities included a ribbon cutting ceremony, passengers having the opportunity to become a Mountie for the day, a chance to taste Nanaimo bars – a dessert item of Canadian origin popular across North America, and the possibility to win prizes in a ‘Wheel of Everywhere’ contest.
- Air Canada commenced services to its latest US destination on 7 May, with the Star Alliance member launching flights from Toronto Pearson (YYZ) to Jacksonville (JAX). The 1,476-kilometre city pair will be operated by the Star Alliance member twice-weekly (Saturdays and Sundays) onboard Air Canada Express’ E175 fleet. Originally scheduled to commence on 21 May, the launch date was brought forward because of The Players Championship golf tournament. “It is unusual to bring a route start date forward,” said Lisa Pierce, Senior Director US Sales, Air Canada. She then went on to say: “Many Canadians love golf almost as much as going to Florida, so we are very pleased to adjust our schedule to accommodate fans attending The Players.” The route will face no direct competition. On 9 May, the airline launched services between Vancouver (YVR) and San Jose (SJC). Commenting on the launch of the Star Alliance member’s new 1,318-kilometre route, Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose, said: “I’d like to thank Air Canada for its investment in San Jose and Silicon Valley, and for recognising the importance of offering non-stop service to Vancouver from the airport.” Operated onboard the carrier’s CRJ 700 fleet, flights will be flown on the city pair twice-daily facing no incumbents. See how Jacksonville Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.