Air Canada Cargo adds second freighter and expands network

By Damian Brett

Source: CNW Group/Air Canada

Air Canada Cargo has added its second freighter aircraft allowing it to start ramping up its freighter network with new destinations in Canada and Europe.

The airline said that the addition of its second B767-300ER will allow it to start high frequency freighter services from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to Toronto.

From Toronto the carrier will in May launch new freighter services to Frankfurt, Cologne, Istanbul, and Madrid.

The new service to Halifax also complements Air Canada Cargo’s regular freighter service to Latin American cities.

“Today’s flight from Toronto arrived in Halifax with freight coming from around Air Canada’s global network and destined for Atlantic Canada,” the airline said.

“It will be loaded up with fresh lobster, fish, aerospace parts, and pharmaceuticals for its journey back to Toronto, from where those goods will be shipped to their final destinations around the globe.”

Jason Berry, vice president, cargo at Air Canada, said: “We have always enjoyed a long-standing and strong bond with Atlantic Canada and the Nova Scotia community, and we are thrilled to introduce direct freighter capacity to the market.

“Atlantic Canada’s economy has experienced important growth in the last few years, with increased demand from North America, Europe, and beyond.

“Nova Scotia is a key element of our growth strategy and Halifax being one of our first Canadian markets with the freighters further emphasises the importance we place on our partnerships in the community.”

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Joyce Carter, president chief executive, Halifax International Airport Authority, added: “This exciting Air Canada Cargo expansion will increase capacity at Halifax Stanfield, providing Nova Scotia businesses and industries with more opportunities to ship their products efficiently by air.

“We are thrilled with Air Canada’s continued investment in Halifax and look forward to their future growth to meet the needs of communities across the region.”

The new service with Halifax operates to Toronto five times per week. In May, the carrier will from Toronto add two flights per week to Frankfurt, one flight per week to Cologne, one flight per week to Istanbul and three flights per week to Madrid.

Air Canada Cargo’s first dedicated B767-300ER freighter aircraft was put into service in December.

In total, the carrier plans to convert eight of its B767 aircraft into a freighter configuration.

Air Canada Cargo expands new freighter network

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector. After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015. Contact me on [email protected]