Four times a week, starting from November 1, 2015.
By Dileep Thekkethil
BENGALURU: Ten years after scrapping flights operating between Toronto and New Delhi, Air Canada plans to resume the service starting from this winter, the chief of the airlines company told the visiting Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
The President and CEO of Air Canada, Calin Rovinescu, met Modi during his formal meeting with business leaders of Canada. Rovinescu informed Modi about the plan to restart the air service to New Delhi. Air Canada is one among the 27-member Star Alliance, an airline grouping that includes Air India.
Air Canada was forced to stop its services to New Delhi in 2005 after the company incurred loss due to poor performance on the route.
Rovinescu, on the side-lines of Modi’s announcement of visa-on-arrival facility for Canadian nationals, said “this will be very helpful”, both for travelers and the airlines, to expand their business in India, which is one of the growing aviation markets in the world.
Air Canada had earlier announced that it will operate non-stop service using Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft from Toronto to Delhi starting from November 1. According to Air Canada, the new route, first to be dedicated for Boeing 787-9 series aircraft, will “open new opportunities in the Indian subcontinent, currently the largest international market not served by Air Canada.”
Rovinescu had earlier said that his company’s new strategy will grow the Toronto Pearson hub and with the addition of a new route, the company is “taking a major step forward with the addition of Delhi to our extensive global network.”
He added that “the operating economics of these new aircraft make this service feasible and it will be the first route dedicated to the larger, 787-9 version of this aircraft.”
Air Canada intends to operate Toronto-New Delhi service four times a week.