MIAMI – Air Canada (AC) and its AC Cargo Division have announced the initial list of destinations to be flown as cargo-only flights beginning this coming Fall.
To ensure the new service, AC is presently converting several of its Boeing 767 into all-cargo dedicated aircraft and plans to take full advantage of the ongoing global cargo developments and opportunities.
The airline’s first fully converted Boeing 767 is expected to take to the skies in October 2021 and operate mainly out of Toronto-Pearson Airport (YYZ).
New Cargo Routes
The initial routes include Miami (MIA), Quito (UIO), Lima (LIM), Mexico City (MEX), and Guadalajara (GDL), this last destination being a irst case for AC. Beginning 2022, with more freighter coming into service, AC will serve Halifax (YHZ), St. John’s (YYT), Madrid (MAD), and Frankfurt (FRA).
The converted aircraft, once used for passenger service, are modified by removing seats and galleys, reinforcing the floor, and cutting a cargo door to permit the loading of cargo on pallets. AC plans are to have two converted 767 in service by the end of the current year and add more types in the course of 2022.
The new fleet will allow AC Cargo to actively participate in the movement of goods and offer additional capacity to transport automotive and aerospace parts, oil and gas equipment, and pharmaceuticals while handling the increasing demand for transportation of e-commerce commodities.
Comments by Air Canada VP Cargo Division
Jason Berry, VP Cargo at AC, commented the arrival of the new fleet by saying “These freighters will provide long-term stability and growth for our cargo customers, in particular the freight forwarding community who require reliable air freight capacity year-round.”"These freighters will provide long-term stability and growth for our cargo customers…year-round." Jason Berry, VP Cargo at Air Canada Click To Tweet
He continued by adding, “They will allow us to continue building on the success of our cargo-only flights and are an important part of our future growth. I am excited to have these aircraft enter service, a milestone for Air Canada Cargo that also opens up a world of opportunities for us and our customers.”
Featured image: Air Canada Rouge C-FMWV Boeing 767-333(ER). Photo: Fabrizio Spicuglia/Airways