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Coming Soon: Air Canada Lite, A Low-Cost Option from Canada to Vacation

Where: Canada
April 21, 2011 at 9:21 AM | by | ()

Historically, when a major airline launches a low cost little sibling, things don’t turn out too well. We still remember airline brands like Song and Ted—and who knows what Japan Airlines has up their sleeve—but we’ll remain optimistic that Air Canada actually knows what they’re doing with their latest little airline innovation.

Air Canada is planning to start up their own low cost carrier brand beginning next winter, and they’re thinking about connecting chilly Canadians with warm weather destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico, as well as tourist hotspots in Europe. The head honcho at the airline doesn’t want his airline’s business to be stolen by cheaper tour operators looking to hoard the masses, so he’s taking matters into his own hands by beating them at their own game.

Say au revoir—at least in Quebec—to business class seating as these planes will all be configured with the comfort that is economy class. The most there'll be is possibly some premium economy option in the front of the plane, for passengers desiring a little more rest and relaxation on their holiday.

They’ve already got the planes picked out, as Boeing 767s will be used on the long-haul options across the pond. Smaller Airbus 319s will be used to access fun in the sun. It sounds like mostly major markets will be getting service from the new branch of the Air Canada empire, so those in Yukon Territory better not get too excited.

As for the name of the new airline...all we can do is speculate at this point, but we think something uniquely Canadian would be a must. Maybe something to do with maple leaves—we’d definitely get behind a "Maple Leaf Air" or "Snow Bird".

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Eager Traveler

Air Canada...we`re not happy until you`re not happy