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July 12, 2007 | General

Edmonton — Air Canada today announced that it will launch daily non-stop flights to Los Angeles effective May 1, 2006. Flights will be operated by Air Canada Jazz with next-generation, made-in-Canada Bombardier CRJ-705 aircraft. Flights are timed to offer convenient, same-day connections for travellers to and from Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray. Tickets for flights are now available for sale at or through travel agents.

“We are delighted to offer the convenience of the only non-stop flights linking Edmonton with Los Angeles, one of the most popular destinations in the United States,” said Ben Smith, Air Canada’s vice president responsible for network planning at Air Canada and Jazz. “The addition of new jet aircraft to the Air Canada Jazz fleet allows us to pursue new market opportunities and deploy the right aircraft to meet travel demand with the best schedules and offer the lowest fares on an everyday basis.”

AC8528 departs Edmonton at 15:40, arriving in Los Angeles at 18:02. AC8529 departs Los Angeles at 10:50, arriving back in Edmonton at 15:05.

The CRJ-705 aircraft feature all-leather seating and are configured in two classes of service with 10 window or aisle seats in Executive Class offering 37 inches of legroom, and 65 window or aisle seats in Hospitality Class offering an industry leading 34 inches of legroom. All seats will be equipped with Air Canada’s new in-seat personal entertainment system. The Bombardier CRJ-705 aircraft has a cruising speed of 880 km/h and a range of more than 3,500 km with a total payload of 7,778 kg including a cargo payload of 700 kg. Air Canada Jazz will operate a fleet of 15 CRJ-705s by December 2005.

From Edmonton, Air Canada offers 49 daily scheduled non-stop flights to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Calgary and Vancouver.

Air Canada operates more non-stop flights between Canada and the U.S. than any other airline. Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz and its commercial partners operate more than 385 non-stop flights per day on 79 routes to and from 50 U.S. and 6 Canadian destinations. Air Canada extends its network within the United States even further with its Star Alliance partner, United Airlines. In 2005, an independent survey of more than 12 million international air travellers ranked Air Canada as the Best Airline in North America.

Contacts: Isabelle Arthur (Montréal) (514) 422-5788
Laura Cooke (Toronto) (416) 263-5576
Angela Mah (Vancouver) (604) 270-5741