IT HAS just been a week since Air Canada commenced its four-weekly non-stop service from Toronto to New Delhi, and the airline is already looking to increase the frequency of the route to daily come September 2016.
“We will operate daily flights to New Delhi in September next year when we have more aircraft available. Considering that there is a large Indian diaspora in Canada and about 600 Canadian companies that do business with India, there is an immense potential for us in this market. We will consolidate our existing route here before adding any new destination to our network in India,” said Duncan Bureau, vice president, global Sales, Air Canada told TTG Asia e-daily.
The Toronto-New Delhi route is currently served by a Boeing 787-9 aircraft in a three-class configuration. It enjoys a load factor of 85 per cent and is the only non-stop flight from Canada to India at present.
Bureau also expects to serve passengers looking to fly beyond Canada to North America, where the airline flies to 52 markets. He added that Air Canada has kept into account there are few non-stop flights from New Delhi to North America hence the Toronto-New Delhi flights have been “timed for convenient connections”.
Air Canada also expects to serve passengers making onward connections within India and throughout South-east Asia by leveraging on its Star Alliance partner, Air India.