It was all smiles at Vienna Airport last week, with Air Canada beginning a daily service to the airport from Toronto Pearson. To celebrate, a cake cutting ceremony took place, with the baked masterpiece shaped perfectly into a maple lead. Conducting the cake cutting honours were Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO, Vienna Airport; Heidi Alberta Hulan, Canadian Ambassador to Austria; and Mark Galardo, VP Network Planning, Air Canada. A ribbon cutting ceremony also took place on the apron in front of the aircraft. No other carrier serves the route.
- Air Canada launched flights between Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Vienna (VIE) on 29 April. According to OAG Schedules Analyser data, the route will be served daily this summer, reducing to a five times weekly rotation during W19/20. The city pair will be operated using a mixture of the carrier’s 787-8 and 9s. No direct competition will be provided on the 6,944-kilometre airport pair. Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport, commented on the new route by saying: “Flights linking Vienna and North America have grown enormously in popularity. With Air Canada, we welcome an ideal long-haul partner for this region, which will continue to grow in 2019.” The Star Alliance member replaces fellow alliance member Austrian Airlines on the city pair, with the Austrian flag carrier utilising the 767-300 which used to fly the route on a new service to Montreal which launched the same day.