Why savvy US fliers pre­fer Air Canada

Air Canada op­er­ates three weekly flights be­tween Dubai and Toronto and of­fers con­nec­tions to more than 100 destinations in Canada and the United States. Deepu Cyr­iac, Coun­try Man­ager - UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman, tells TRAVTALK about the air­line’s new ro

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Air Canada, has turned its hubs in Toronto, Mon­treal and Van­cou­ver into easy, fast con­nect­ing points for trav­ellers to the US and Canada. Deepu Cyr­iac, Coun­try Man­ager-UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman, says, “Trav­ellers clear US Cus­toms in Canada with­out even hav­ing to re­trieve their checked lug­gage. Waits are min­i­mal. In the past, one had to re­claim lug­gage be­fore US Cus­toms clear­ance while en­ter­ing the US and then go on to se­cu­rity screen­ing. But Air Canada re­versed the process. Lug­gage gets screened while you get screened. That slashed 15 min­utes off con­nect­ing times in Toronto. Af­ter a se­cu­rity check­point, trav­ellers wait in a hold­ing room for their names to turn green on a dis­play, in­di­cat­ing that their bags have been X-rayed and US Cus­toms is ready to process them. Un­less of­fi­cials or­der a phys­i­cal search, the bags go straight to con­nect­ing flights,”

Air Canada’s in­ter­na­tional con­nec­tion push has been a decade in the mak­ing. The air­line has in­vested heav­ily in new planes, high­speed mov­ing side­walks, ul­tra­fast bag­gage belts, big­ger se­cu­rity check­points and in­ter­na­tional air­port clubs with show­ers. Get­ting all its flights in the same ter­mi­nal in all three of its hubs has made con­nec­tions quicker and eas­ier. Air Canada op­er­ates 3 weekly flights be­tween Dubai and Toronto and of­fer them con­nec­tions to more than 100 cities in Canada and US. Air Canada flies to about 60 Amer­i­can cities and con­sid­ers many of them as their strong­est mar­ket as not many di­rect over­seas flights are op­er­ated to th­ese air­ports. There­fore, itin­er­ar­ies such as Dubai to Pitts­burgh or Minneapolis via Toronto are of ad­van­tage to cus­tomers.

“Dur­ing win­ter, Air Canada can get you from Detroit to Dubai in 15 hours 15 min­utes which in­cludes the tran­sit time in Toronto. Ge­og­ra­phy helps with keep­ing flight times com­pet­i­tive, since trips be­tween the US and both Europe and Mid­dle East pass over Canada,” Cyr­iac adds. This year, air­line rat­ing firm Sky­trax awarded Air Canada the best air­line in North Amer­ica. The air­line of­fers lie-flat Busi­ness Class beds on all its long-haul air­craft with aisle ac­cess for all Busi­ness Class seats and Pre­mium Econ­omy on all long­haul flights. The air­line has re­freshed its fleet faster, largely with new Boe­ing Dream­liner 787s and 777s.

Air Canada’s Pre­mium Econ­omy of­fers su­pe­rior com­fort and per­son­alised ser­vice. In­side this exclusive, quiet cabin, pas­sen­gers have am­ple room to stretch out – in a larger seat with more re­cline and ex­tra legroom. Pre­mium Econ­omy class also in­cludes, pre­mium din­ing ser­vice, 11” per­sonal touch TV, and a va­ri­ety of air­port pri­or­ity ser­vices. Low­est pre­mium econ­omy fare be­tween Dubai & Toronto is AED 7,470 (in­clud­ing taxes). As part of Air Canada’s 80th anniversary, all Pre­mium Econ­omy pas­sen­gers will get lounge ac­cess in Dubai at the Lufthansa–Star Al­liance lounge. The of­fer is valid un­til Oc­to­ber 30, 2017, for tick­ets is­sued in UAE. The air­line launched 16 in­ter­na­tional and US trans­bor­der routes in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2017 which in­cludes Toronto to Mum­bai, Mon­treal to Algiers and Van­cou­ver to Frank­furt.

Deepu Cyr­iac, Coun­try Man­ager - UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman, Air Canada and Nasir Ja­mal Khan, CEO Al Na­boodah Travel and Tourism on the oc­ca­sion of 80th anniversary for Air Canada

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