Cutting the ribbon in Vancouver to officially open Air Canada Rouge’s new route to Nagoya along with the crew are: Amy Bjarnason, Manager, Market Development, Travel Trade, Tourism Whistler; Shawna Lang, Director, Market Development, Tourism Whistler; Allen Liu, Sales & Market Development Manager, Asia, Tourism Vancouver; Paul Nursey, President & CEO, Tourism Victoria; Asako Okai, Consul General of Japan; Gabriella Brunei, First Officer for Air Canada; Anne Murray, VP Marketing & Communications, Vancouver Airport; and Rocky Lo, Director Revenue Management & Business Development – Asia, Air Canada. The Canadian airport baked a superb route launch cake.
Air Canada Rouge began flights from Toronto Pearson to Berlin Tegel on 3 June with the first return flight from the German capital on 4 June. Celebrating the event on a rather soggy looking apron are: Mountie; Elmar Kleinert, Business Unit Manager – Operations, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH; Jean-Christophe Hérault, Manager Germany, Air Canada; and Frank Hartung, Sales Manager Germany, Air Canada Sales Manager Germany; and another Mountie. (Source image: Günter Wicker / Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH)
- Air Canada Rouge has expanded its portfolio of global destinations this week by introducing Nagoya (NGO) and Berlin Tegel (TXL) to its long-haul network. The 7,799-kilometre link to the Japanese city was welcomed to the airline’s route map on 1 June in the form of a three times weekly service from Vancouver (YVR), while the German capital was inaugurated on 3 June from Toronto Pearson (YYZ), a 6,476-kilometre route that will be offered four times weekly. Both flown on the airline’s fleet of 767-300s, neither route faces direct competition. Nagoya becomes Rouge’s second route to Japan, with the airline already operating from Vancouver to Osaka Kansai. Berlin Tegel is the first destination in Germany for the carrier, with this launch meaning that Rouge now operates to 11 nations in Europe. The next route launch for the carrier from Vancouver will be on 8 June, with it adding London Gatwick to its West Canada hub. Its next new service from Pearson will be to Reykjavík/Keflavík on 21 June, with Iceland becoming the carrier’s 12th country market in Europe.