Air Canada to launch year-round service to Rio de Janeiro

New route from Toronto offers second non-stop destination in Brazil

Air Canada today announced it will launch a new, non-stop service between Toronto and Rio de Janeiro beginning December 11, 2014. The year-round flights to Brazil’s “Marvelous City” will complement Air Canada’s existing daily non-stop service to Sao Paulo.

“Air Canada is very pleased to become the only carrier offering non-stop flights between Canada and the storied Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. Celebrated for such landmarks as Sugarloaf Mountain and the beaches at Ipanema and Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro is also a vibrant cultural and business centre that is home to major global corporations and host to international events such as the annual Carnival and the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. The service will complement our Toronto-Sao Paulo route, meaning Air Canada will now offer two destinations in Brazil, one of the largest and most vibrant economies in the world, and strengthens our position as the only carrier flying non-stop between Canada and South America,” said Benjamin Smith, Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.

“This new service is timed for convenient connections to our network at our Toronto Pearson hub, including to Tokyo-Haneda, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai, and further expands Air Canada’s global reach from Toronto. All flights will offer our International Business Class with lie flat seats, complimentary seatback entertainment throughout the aircraft, and in Toronto access to our International Maple Leaf Lounge and concierge services for eligible customers.”

Flights will be available for sale starting May 7, 2014 and commence operating, three days a week, beginning December 11, 2014. The service will be provided with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 24 International Business Class and 187 Economy seats. The flights will also be timed to offer convenient onward connections from Galeão – Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport on Air Canada’s interline partners.

Air Canada’s Rio de Janeiro service:

Flight Departs Arrives Day of week
AC098 Toronto 22:55 Rio de Janeiro 12:25 +1 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
AC099 Rio de Janeiro 21:45 Toronto 5:45 + 1 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

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