PAL Airlines completes inaugural flight under agreement with Air Canada

A PAL Airlines aircraft parked on the tarmac.
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Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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On Saturday July 1, PAL Airlines and Air Canada successfully executed the first PAL Airlines operation as an Air Canada Express flight.

This significant milestone marked the commencement of a newly established commercial agreement between the two carriers, aimed at bolstering regional service in eastern Canada.

The inaugural flight operated between St. John’s International Airport and Halifax Stanfield International Airport, bringing enhanced travel options to passengers in the region.

Strengthening regional service

The commercial agreement between PAL Airlines and Air Canada involves PAL Airlines acquiring up to six additional Dash 8-400 aircraft.

These aircraft will be progressively integrated into service on behalf of Air Canada for a period of up to five years.

This collaboration further solidifies the partnership between the two carriers and contributes to the expansion of regional connectivity in eastern Canada.

PAL Airlines has made significant strides in enhancing connectivity and travel options in eastern Canada through its association with Air Canada.


As an Aeroplan partner, the carrier provides added value to Air Canada’s extensive network. Furthermore, the interline agreement between the two carriers allows for seamless connections for customers traveling between their respective networks.

Additionally, certain flights are now available for purchase on Air Canada’s website, facilitating a more convenient booking process for passengers.

PAL – excitement and growth

Calvin Ash, the President of PAL Airlines, expressed great enthusiasm regarding the collaboration with Air Canada. He stated, “We’re tremendously excited to be working together with Air Canada to collaboratively develop and strengthen regional travel options across eastern Canada.”

“This most recent agreement preserves the existing PAL Airlines commercial network, substantially expands our airline operation, and supports our long-held strategy of building our business by staying attuned to the markets we serve.”

Ash emphasized that the inaugural flight signifies the beginning of an exciting new chapter for PAL Airlines and a significant advancement in the commercial relationship with Air Canada.

Positive impact on communities

Mark Galardo, the Executive Vice President of Revenue and Network Planning at Air Canada, highlighted the positive impact of the partnership on local communities.

He stated, “PAL Airlines has a reputation as a strong operator, and this agreement will allow us to provide added stability to our already extensive regional operations in eastern Canada.”

“Our partnership will be beneficial for local communities as air connections support economic activity and tourism while keeping families and friends connected.”

About PAL Airlines

A proud member of the Exchange Income Corporation family of airlines, PAL Airlines is based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador and serves an extensive network of scheduled and charter destinations across Eastern Canada and Quebec.

The carrier has over 40 years of experience in the aviation industry with a reputation built on safety, reliability, and exceptional customer service.

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