By Edward Robertson
Air Canada has today (April 1) celebrated the 70th anniversary of its Montreal–Paris route.
The original flight was undertaken on board a 40-seater Canadair North Star and included a layover in London before arrival at Orly airport. It was quickly made weekly thanks to its popularity.
Air Canada now flies to Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport on a year-round basis, with two daily flights in the summer season and a single daily one during the winter
The metal used on the flight consists of a mix of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with 450 seats, Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 297 seats or Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners seating 298 passengers.
Air Canada SVP network planning and revenue management Mark Galardo said: “This is an important milestone for our airline, our customers and, more specifically, Air Canada’s French colleagues.
“This 70th anniversary is a testament to the special, enduring relationship between the two cities, which have a long history of partnership and collaboration. This transatlantic flight from Canada sees the most demand and is a key part of our DNA.
“In addition, despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 crisis, Air Canada has never suspended its Montreal–Paris route during the pandemic, and our sole ambition is to re-establish Air Canada’s presence in other French cities in order to continue to strengthen the ties that unite us.”
Galardo added before the pandemic the airline served as many as seven French cities with up to 45 weekly flights.