Friday, August 16, 2019

August 16 Update: Air Canada reveals A220 routes including new YYZ-SJC & YUL-SEA routes, Hilton updates their status match challenge & WestJet adds Cranbrook-Vancouver flights

Air Canada has revealed details of the routes that will be flown with their new Airbus A220-300 aircraft (formerly known as Bombardier C-Series CS300). The planes which are slated to start flying with Air Canada later this year will initially fly on existing Canadian and transborder routes out of Montreal and Toronto such as Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and New York – La Guardia. Then in Spring of 2020 they will be the planes that will fly two new transborder routes for Air Canada - Toronto to San Jose California and Montreal to Seattle. Both of these new routes will start on May 4, 2020 and they are already open for booking.

  • The two-class cabin will have a total of 137 seats: 12 in a 2x2 configuration in Business Class and 125 in a 3x2 layout for Economy passengers. Customers will have more personal space thanks to the widest economy seats in the fleet, and the largest overhead stowage bins for an aircraft this size.
  • Additional features include larger windows and full-colour LED ambient and customizable mood lighting that contribute to reducing fatigue while travelling. The high ceilings, extra shoulder room and storage make this an unparalleled interior in the narrow-body segment.
  •  Every seat on the A220 features a Panasonic eX1 in-flight entertainment system with content available in 15 languages and featuring more than 1,000 hours of high-quality entertainment, including access to Bell Media's premium entertainment service, Crave, and Canadian-based multi-platform audio service, Stingray. 
  • The A220 will come equipped with satellite based high speed connectivity for Wi-Fi access with USB A, USB C, and AC power available to every passenger.
You can learn more about Air Canada's A220 here.

Hilton Honors have updated the requirements for their year round ongoing Status Match challenge. They will no longer offer Diamond status as a match although you will still be able to fast track to that level. The stay requirements have also been increased to 10 nights from 4 to retain your Gold Status and if you complete 18 nights you'll receive Diamond status. Find out more here
  • Every eligible member will be matched to trial Gold
    • Complete 10 nights within 90 days, and your Gold status will be extended through March 31, 2021.
    • Complete 18 nights within 90 days, and you will be upgraded to Diamond status through March 31, 2021.

WestJet will be adding a new daily flight between Cranbrook and Vancouver as of October 27. The route will be flown by WestJet Link and marks the second destination after Calgary that they fly to from Cranbrook. (Source WestJet)

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