Air Canada Cargo Expands Network with Chicago Freighter Service

An Air Canada Cargo freighter aircraft is loaded.
Photo Credit: Air Canada

Air Canada Cargo strengthens its position as a leading air cargo provider by adding Chicago to its freighter network starting June 2nd.

This latest development signifies Air Canada’s continued drive to offer consistent capacity and meet evolving market demands.

The new service will operate three times a week, utilizing a Boeing 767 freighter. This will create a seamless connection between Air Canada Cargo’s global hub in Toronto and its self-handled warehouse in Chicago.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Chicago to Air Canada Cargo’s robust network,” said Jon Turner, Vice President, Cargo at Air Canada.

“This expansion leverages our strategic freighter network and the extensive reach of Air Canada’s passenger flights. Additionally, in Chicago, we benefit from our comprehensive trucking network, further solidifying Air Canada Cargo’s competitive edge.”

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

Air Canada Cargo: Recognized Air Freight Leadership

Air Canada Cargo boasts a well-deserved reputation for excellence. Recently named the 2024 Cargo Operator of the Year by the ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards, it stands as Canada’s largest air cargo provider by cargo capacity.

In February, it was recognized for its digital transformation as part of its commercial strategy. Upgrades included a customer-centric digital environment that provides valuable self-serve scheduling and booking tools.

The cargo arm has also moved customer accounts to a cloud-based system, reducing the need for paper air waybills.

Air Canada Cargo maintains a presence in over 50 countries and operates self-handled hubs in key locations like Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, London, and Frankfurt.

As the dedicated air freight division of Air Canada, it provides unparalleled reliability and connectivity across six continents.

This extensive network is achieved by utilizing Air Canada’s domestic and international passenger and freighter flights, along with their robust trucking services.

Photo Credit: Air Canada

About Air Canada

Air Canada, Canada’s largest airline and the country’s flag carrier, is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network.

They offer scheduled service to more than 180 airports across Canada, the United States, and internationally on six continents.

Recognized with a prestigious Four-Star ranking from Skytrax, Air Canada is a leader in the airline industry.

Air Canada’s loyalty program, Aeroplan, is Canada’s premier travel program. Members can earn and redeem points through the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, along with a wide variety of merchandise, hotel, and car rental partners.

Air Canada Vacations offers more travel choices than any other Canadian tour operator. It supports hundreds of destinations worldwide with a vast selection of hotels, flights, cruises, day tours, and car rentals.

Air Canada Cargo, their dedicated freight division, offers air freight lift and connectivity. It operates to hundreds of destinations on six continents using both passenger and freighter aircraft.

Overall, Air Canada demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainability with their ambitious goal of achieving net zero emissions from all global operations by 2050.

Air Canada shares are publicly traded on the TSX in Canada and the OTCQX in the US.

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