Air Canada Jazz to launch daily non-stop service between Los Angeles and Edmonton

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Air Canada today announced that it will launch daily non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada effective May 1, 2006. Flights will be operated by Air Canada Jazz with next-generation Bombardier CRJ-705 aircraft featuring all-leather seating, personal entertainment systems and industry leading space and comfort. Tickets for flights are now available for sale at or through travel agents.

“We are delighted to offer the convenience of the only non-stop flights linking Los Angeles with Edmonton, Alberta,” said Ben Smith, Air Canada’s vice president responsible for network planning at Air Canada and Jazz. “The addition of new jet aircraft to the Air Canada Jazz fleet allows us to pursue new market opportunities and deploy the right aircraft to meet travel demand with the best schedules and lowest fares on an everyday basis.”

The CRJ-705 aircraft feature all-leather seating and are configured in two classes of service with 10 window or aisle seats in Executive Class offering 37 inches of legroom, and 65 window or aisle seats in Hospitality Class offering an industry leading 34 inches of legroom. All seats will be equipped with Air Canada’s new in-seat personal entertainment system. The Bombardier CRJ-705 aircraft has a cruising speed of 880 km/h and a range of more than 3,500 km with a total payload of 7,778 kg including a cargo payload of 700 kg. Air Canada Jazz will operate a fleet of 15 CRJ-705s by December 2005.

AC8529 departs Los Angeles at 10:50, arriving in Edmonton at 15:05. AC8528 departs Edmonton at 15:40, arriving in Los Angeles at 18:02.

Air Canada operates more non-stop flights between the U.S. and Canada than any other airline. Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz and its commercial partners operate more than 385 non-stop flights per day on 79 routes to and from 50 U.S. and 6 Canadian destinations. Air Canada extends its network within the United States even further with its Star Alliance partner, United Airlines. In 2005, an independent survey of more than 12 million international air travelers ranked Air Canada as the Best Airline in North America.

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