Air Canada Rouge is celebrating its birthday, marking five years of providing customers with memorable beginnings and endings to their holidays.
From its first flight on Canada Day 2013, Air Canada's leisure carrier has grown to more than 50 aircraft from four, expanded to more than 100 routes on five continents from an initial 14 routes, flown more than 25 million customers, and directly created 2,000 high-quality jobs for Canadians.
READ MORE: Air Canada's Duncan Bureau: “Why I’m ready for Rouge”
Happy birthday, Air Canada Rouge
Duncan Bureau, formerly vice president, global sales at Air Canada, was recently named president of Air Canada Rouge.
Speaking with PAX, Bureau said:
"Today, we are celebrating five years of Rouge operations, and what we have accomplished in this short time is remarkable. We have grown from four aircraft and 14 destinations to more than 50 aircraft and 70 destinations around the world. We have added more than 2,000 job just within Rouge, not to mention the countless jobs that we have added in the industry at airports and communities that we service."
"I am very proud of the accomplishments of every one of our 30,800 employees system-wide, who have embraced and supported the growth of this brand."
Benjamin Smith, President, Airlines and chief operating officer, at Air Canada, also congratulated the airline on its five years in Canada:
"In five short years, Air Canada Rouge has established itself as an integral part of our Air Canada family by delivering an excellent customer experience in key leisure markets and in helping achieve our strategic business objectives. It allows us to offer travellers a much greater variety of attractive destinations while enabling us to successfully compete in an evolving industry. In doing so, it has exceeded all our expectations. I commend our team at Air Canada Rouge for their devotion to making every flight memorable and I thank our customers for entrusting us with their holiday plans by choosing to fly with Air Canada Rouge."
What's new for summer
For summer 2018, Air Canada Rouge has added more exciting international and domestic routes, including: Toronto and Montreal to Bucharest; Toronto to Porto and Zagreb; Toronto to Nanaimo and Kamloops, B.C.; Montreal to Lisbon and Montreal to Victoria, B.C.
Launched on July 1, 2013, Air Canada Rouge has continually refined its services for customers, including upgrades to its streaming in-flight entertainment system, new onboard food options and enhancements to the Premium Rouge cabin.
Air Canada Rouge has also begun offering high-speed, satellite internet aboard its aircraft, giving customers access to the fastest internet service on a Canadian airline.
Fast Facts about Air Canada Rouge
- More than 25 million customers carried since launch
- Service to more than 70 destinations on five continents
- More than 2,000 high-quality incremental jobs created, including almost 600 pilots and over 1,400 Rouge Crew
- Fleet of 53 aircraft (22 Airbus A319s, 6 Airbus A321s and 25 Boeing 767s).
- High-speed satellite internet being implemented across entire fleet
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