Air Canada’s inaugural Amsterdam – Montreal uplifts SAF in Amsterdam

Aerial view of an Air Canada Boeing 787 Dreamliner taking off.
Photo Credit: Air Canada

Air Canada was seen completing their Amsterdam to Montreal inaugural on June 3, flown by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

The flight marks a further advancement in Air Canada’s initiatives in its Climate Action Plan by expanding its partnership with SAF provider Neste.

The extended partnership with Neste will incorporate Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel on some of the Amsterdam flights.

On the path for sustainability

“We are thrilled to launch our new, non-stop service between Amsterdam and Montreal for summer 2023, which complements our year-round flights between the Dutch capital and Toronto.”

“The start of our flights between Montreal and Amsterdam also marks our first SAF supply in Europe and demonstrates the value of this proven technology.”

“Along with the entire Canadian aviation industry, we believe Canada should invest in SAF production and call upon government and other stakeholders to make this a priority,” said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada.

Air Canada becomes the latest company to announce an uplift in SAF on their Amsterdam services, after Qatar Airways announced a similar move just last week.


“For Air Canada, the expansion of our partnership with Neste to supply our first flight from Europe with SAF means that we are taking a step further and offering more SAF through our Leave Less Travel Program on a book and claim basis,” Mr. Rousseau concluded.

Air Canada will operate their flights between Montreal and Amsterdam with their Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring three classes of service. The five times weekly flights for Summer 2023 complement Air Canada’s year-round flights between Toronto and Amsterdam.


The newly inaugurated service between Montreal and Amsterdam will operate under the following schedule:

lightFromToDeparts  ArrivesOperates
AC901Amsterdam (AMS)  Montreal (YUL)14:0015:30Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun; Jun 3-Oct 15  
AC900  Montreal (YUL)Amsterdam (AMS)  22:1011:00 + 1 day  Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat: Jun 2-Oct 14
Source: Air Canada

In addition to this, Air Canada will offer up to double the daily flights between Canada and Amsterdam from two of Air Canada’s global hubs .

New routes

Air Canada was also recently seen inaugurating two new routes in Europe, to the cities of Copenhagen and Toulouse from Montreal.

The Toulouse service becomes the only year-round service between North America and southwestern France, connecting two global aerospace centres, as well as two dynamic francophone cities.

Flights to Toulouse are operated on an Airbus A330 aircraft featuring three classes of service, one of which was recently outfitted with special diagnostics sensors in partnership with In-Service Aircraft for a Global Observing System (IAGOS).

IAGOS is an international non-profit organization that utilizes commercial aircraft as a global observation platform of climate change and air quality. 

Toulouse is home to one of the main scientific laboratories behind IAGOS, the Laboratoire d’Aérologie, CNRS, and one of the partners of IAGOS, Météo France, is also located in the French city.

“We are very excited to have launched our long-awaited, year-round new flights between our Montreal global hub to the French-speaking world, and Toulouse!” said Mark Galardo, Executive Vice President, Revenue and Network Planning.

“Not only are we connecting two significant business cities in the international aerospace industry, we are establishing another convenient link to France, and providing travellers from Toulouse connections to a wide variety of destinations via our Montreal hub.”

Additionally, Air Canada’s seasonal services from Montreal to Copenhagen complement its year-round services to the Danish capital from Toronto.

The Copenhagen services will be operated by the Canadian carriers Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. Air Canada’s international services onboard widebody aircraft offer a choice of three cabins:

Air Canada Signature Class featuring lie-flat individual pods, Premium Economy featuring larger seats with additional leg room and premium services, and Economy featuring complimentary Chef-inspired and designed meals, wines, and beverages.

All cabins have award-winning inflight entertainment screens at every seat with hours of complimentary onboard entertainment and the opportunity to purchase wi-fi connectivity.

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