Air Canada Cargo expands freighter network with services to Leige and Basel

An Air Canada Cargo aircraft on the taxiway.
Photo Credit: Air Canada Cargo.

LONDON -Air Canada Cargo today announced that scheduled service to Liege with its Boeing 767 freighters will begin next month, while flights to Basel are slated to begin in April.

The cargo division will operate flights twice per week to Liege, with service increasing to three flights per week later in the year.

Basel, one of Europe’s premiere pharmaceutical hubs, will see two flights per week. They will originate in Toronto and have a stop in Halifax.  

The routes will connect these European destinations to Toronto and Air Canada Cargo’s extensive global network.  

“Air Canada Cargo continues to expand its freighter network to provide customers with reliable, year-round service that connects key European markets with Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo’s global network through its Toronto hub,” said Matthieu Casey, Managing Director, Commercial at Air Canada Cargo.

These new routes are in addition to the recent start of service to Dallas, Atlanta and Bogota as the cargo division continues to expand its freighter network.

New VP Cargo

Air Canada have also announced that Jon Turner, currently Vice President, Inflight Services, has been appointed Vice President, Cargo effective February 18, 2023. 

An accomplished airline executive with expertise in global strategy, operations and customer service, Mr. Turner has held a wide range of progressively critical, senior leadership roles at Air Canada and other Canadian airlines.

These have included Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering, with responsibility for all aspects of Air Canada’s aircraft acquisition, fleet management, global aircraft maintenance programs and airworthiness.

He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Sky Regional, a Canadian airline that operated flights under the Air Canada Express brand, and prior to this as Executive Vice President at Air Transat.

Mr. Turner became President, Rouge Operations in June 2019, with oversight for all aspects of leisure carrier Air Canada Rouge and its distinct brand and culture.

He subsequently assumed leadership of Air Canada’s Inflight Service branch of more than 9,000 inflight brand ambassadors.

About Air Canada Cargo

The national flag carrier’s cargo division is an award-winning provider of air cargo services. It is Canada’s largest air cargo provider as measured by cargo capacity, with a presence in over 50 countries and self-handled hubs in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, London, and Frankfurt.

As the dedicated air freight division of Air Canada, the operator offers reliable air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents.

This is achieved using the airline’s domestic and international passenger flights, cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighter aircraft, and trucking services. 

The cargo arm has three dedicated Boeing 767 freighters now in the fleet and seven more on the way, plus two Boeing 777 freighters due for delivery in 2024,.

Incoming VP Mr. Turner will have oversight for leading the strategic direction of the cargo arm’s global business as well as operationalizing commercial cargo opportunities to sustainably optimize Air Canada’s long-term business objectives.

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