Air Canada begins Toronto – Doha, its fourth Middle East route
Air Canada started Toronto – Doha on 15 December. Operating three-weekly, the 10,899-kilometre route uses B787-9s.
This route is the result of the deepening partnership between Air Canada and Qatar Airways.
Fundamentally, it is also a way for Qatar Airways to circumvent the strict bilateral restriction between Qatar and Canada that means it only serves Montreal (four-weekly) using its own metal.
This is demonstrated by the timings. Air Canada’s new route arrives into Doha at 1630 and departs the next day at 0900 – both fitting perfectly into Qatar Airways’ North America timings.
The Canadian operator will have four routes to the Middle East in 2021. In order of two-way seats: Toronto to Tel Aviv; Toronto to Dubai; Toronto to Doha; and Montreal to Tel Aviv.