Air Canada Cargo starts freighter operations to Basel

Air Canada Cargo's first freighter flight to Basel. Photo: Air Canada Cargo

Air Canada Cargo has begun freighter operations to Basel, Switzerland to tap into the area’s pharmaceutical business.

The previously announced freighter route to Basel will be served by twice-weekly flights using Air Canada Cargo’s Boeing 767 freighters.

The flights will originate in Air Canada’s Toronto hub and have a stop in Halifax.

Matthieu Casey, managing director, commercial at Air Canada Cargo, said: “We are excited to be returning to Basel, this time with our freighters, to serve a key market in Europe for pharmaceuticals.

“The capability of our freighters, combined with our temperature-controlled containers and cool chain facility at our Toronto global hub position us to serve this critical market with reliable, year-round service, and ensure these important shipments can move safely and in a timely manner throughout our global network.”

Air Canada Cargo’s Basel service is the latest addition to its worldwide freighter network, following recently launched freighter services to Liege, Belgium; Dallas, Atlanta and Bogota.

Air Canada will put into operation four more B767Fs this year bringing its fleet of the model to seven aircraft.

The carrier will take delivery of a further two B767 freighters in 2024 as well as two B777Fs. In total, the airline’s cargo fleet will stand at 11 aircraft (nine B767s and two B777s) by the end of 2024.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]