MONTREAL, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Air Canada today announced it will launch new daily non-stop, year-round services on May 1, 2018 from Edmonton to San Francisco. Flights will be operated with Bombardier CRJ-705/900 jets offering a choice of 12 Business Class seats and 64 Economy Class seats, wi-fi, and Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment on personal touch-screens at every seat.Seats are now available for purchase at aircanada.com and through travel agents.
“We are very pleased to announce new daily, year-round flights from Edmonton to San Francisco, which is part of today’s announcement of strategically expanding our transborder network,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “Edmonton is one of Canada’s growing cities with a considerable young, entrepreneurial demographic marked by the unprecedented inclusion of three Edmonton restaurants in our recent Air Canada’s Best New Restaurants. Our new flights will give the increasing start-up, tech and innovator businesses in Alberta’s capital city direct access to California’s Silicon Valley, and additionally, a wide array of onward connections can be made at Star Alliance’s San Francisco global hub.”
“We applaud Air Canada for responding to the needs of the Edmonton Metro Region and northern Alberta by identifying and developing new business opportunities,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “We achieve success as a region, using all our assets collectively to build business, and Air Canada is a key partner in our region’s development.”
“Silicon Valley businesses are investing and expanding in Alberta and partnering with our technology researchers and entrepreneurs,” said Alberta’s Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous. “In my Silicon Valley trade missions those businesses have been clear that direct flights to San Francisco will mean more opportunities to work together to diversify our economy and create new jobs at home. Congratulations to the teams at Air Canada and Edmonton International Airport for their work to help make sure Alberta continues to be one of best places on the continent to invest and do business.”
“Edmonton and northern Alberta’s new connectivity with San Francisco enhances our innovators and entrepreneurs’ access to capital, networks and brainpower. This daily year-round service will serve the needs of leisure and business travellers, building on an already energetic startup scene in Edmonton and strong ties with northern California,” stated Edmonton’s Mayor Don Iveson.
“We are thrilled with Air Canada’s decision to launch this direct flight