Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Air Canada: 25% off Promo Code for Florida flights

From the Air Canada website

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Canadian North dropping flights to Calgary as of Oct 10

The polar bear 737's will no longer be seen in Cowtown as Canadian North announced that they will be discontinuing service to Calgary as of Oct 10. The airline primarily blames a slow down in the Oil and Gas industry as the reason for cutting the service.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Calgary-Asia route in the news again

With Air Canada's top brass in the city to meet and greet with some of their best clients (Super Elites etc.) the question was posed (again) to Air Canada whether we could see direct service to Asia from Calgary. Back in April we posted about the new Canada-Japan Bilateral agreement that allows for more service between the two countries and according to the press release a Canadian airline was looking to start once weekly service in Summer 2010. This could be the Air Canada link. According to this article in today's Calgary Herald, Air Canada is weighing on the subject and states that flights could start as soon as 2010 between Calgary and somewhere in Asia if the business community pledged their support.

What the article does not cover is that the Asia market is not doing as well as it should be out of Canada, Singapore Airlines has pulled out of Canada, Cathay Pacific has cut back their Vancouver and Toronto flights and Air Canada has made some frequency reductions. The only airline that has added capacity is Korean Air. Could this flight be a reality? Absolutely, Air Canada could give it a shot, like the Japanese press release that mentions one flight per week and see how that works, however to get business community support, you need more frequency then one flight per week (granted Air Canada's saving grace is having Vancouver so close that routing/rerouting people via YVR is not that hard)

Only time will tell if this elusive route is ever launched and if it is, Calgary, you'll have to use it to make sure it sticks around.

Friday, September 18, 2009

American Airlines set to resume Calgary-Chicago in Spring 2010

In an extremely detailed press release from American Airlines outlining the future of their liquidity, fleet and network, AMR Corp listed many new routes that are planned for 2010. Of course the one that interests us most here is that AA's subsidiary regional carrier, American Eagle is slated to start flights between Calgary and Chicago in Spring of 2010.

American has not flown this route for quite a few years (at least 3 or 4, could be more) and at that time it was flown by mainline MD-80's, whereas the new announcement for American Eagle will likely see CRJs flying the route. In any case this is better then no planes as it always good to have more options and of course the flight will connect to hundreds more at AA's megahub in Chicago.

AA Press Release

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Air Canada mainline to take over San Diego route from Jazz

In a welcome change and a sign that this route is doing well, Air Canada will be placing a mainline Embraer E190 on the Calgary - San Diego route that is currently flown by Air Canada Jazz with a CRJ700. The new flight numbers for the route will be AC582/583. The change comes into effect Nov 1.

For years San Diego was off the chart for flights from Calgary, but apparently it is proving popular by this change from Air Canada and the fact that WestJet changed their service from seasonal to year round. Personally I love this as San Diego is one of my favorite cities to visit in the US, it is a great place for families (my daughters love Legoland, Sea World etc) and it has a totally different vibe (better IMHO) then that huge megalopolis just 2 hours North called Los Angeles.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Air Canada drops Calgary-Chicago route for the winter

According to Air Canada's online schedule it appears that the single AC Jazz flight between Calgary and Chicago O'Hare is being dropped as of Nov 1 for the winter season. Air Canada's Star Alliance partner United Airlines will continue to fly the route 3x daily. The AC Jazz flight is slated to return on May 1, 2010.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

[EXPIRED] 15% Off WestJet Flights for Flying Blue Members


Here is a nice discount code for WestJet (can be tied in with any seat sales) for Air France KLM Flying Blue members, if you are not member you can easily join for free at (or use this sign up offer to earn 3,000 bonus Flying Blue miles if you plan on taking an Air France flight within 6 months of joining)

Simply put, use the code AF3D592E8 when you book online at and you will save 15% on all flights to any destination that WestJet serves. Flights must be booked by Sep 30 for travel until Dec 15.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Allied Limousine launches new Airport Shuttle Service

A new Airport Shuttle Service launched last week on Sep 1 run by Allied Limousines. The new service will run regularly scheduled on demand service from designated points within the city to the airport and service from the airport to the city running at least every 30 minutes or less.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

British Airways modifies 1 flight per week out of YYC

Beginning Oct 25, British Airways flights between Calgary and London will operate at different times on Tuesdays only. For the remainder of the week the flights will continue on their current schedule.

Flight times as follows (Tues only)
YYC-LHR Dep 2015 Arr 1220+1
LHR-YYC Dep 1455 Arr 1725

Source: Airline Route Updates

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

KLM reduces YYC-AMS service for the winter season

According to the Airlines Route Updates blog KLM will be reducing its Calgary to Amsterdam service to 4x weekly for the winter season. When KLM launched this route in May of this year it ran at 4x weekly for the first month and then increased to 5x weekly for the summer season. One can assume the numbers are good enough to keep the flight going but still not high enough to see the daily service that KLM envisioned when the route was first launched.