Air Canada’s recently announced plans to increase frequencies on several North American leisure routes next winter includes swapping rouge-branded Boeing B-767-300s to mainline flying with B-737-8s.
The service changes affect a total of seven routes linking Western Canada—five out of Vancouver (YVR) and two out of Calgary (YYC) — with Hawaii and Mexico. Current daily flights in the YVR-Honolulu and YVR-Maui markets will be upgraded to double-dailies. Weekly frequencies between YVR and Ixtapa, Mexico, will be upgraded to 3X-weekly. Twice-weekly frequencies in the YVR-Kona and YVR-Cancun markets will be increased to 4X-weekly. The carrier’s YYC-Maui route will see one additional weekly frequency, for a total of four.
Air Canada also plans to change from Rouge B-767's to mainline B-737-8s on its 3X-weekly YYC-Cancun route. Rouge’s B-767-300s are configured with 282 seats, while the B-737-8s have 169 seats.
Air Canada’s winter 2018-19 schedule also includes new service between YVR and Kauai, Hawaii, it will be flown with B-737-8's. The changes will be phased in from late October to mid-December.
Air Canada has sixty-one B-737-8s on firm order and plans to be flying 18 of them by year-end.