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Saturday,  April 20, 2024 9:40 PM 

Air Canada expands service in Ontario with motorcoach land-air connections

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  •   02-21-2024  1:13 pm
  •   Pax Global Media

Air Canada expands service in Ontario with motorcoach land-air connections
(Air Canada)
Pax Global Media

Air Canada has partnered with The Landline Company to connect airports in Hamilton and Waterloo Region with the airline's Toronto Pearson global hub. 

Customers will be able to book a single itinerary combining a luxury motorcoach service with Air Canada flights for a convenient journey.

Now available for booking, the multimodal service will begin operating as a pilot project from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and the Region of Waterloo International Airport in May 2024, with the potential to make it available elsewhere in Canada in the future.

"Air Canada is focused on improving regional services and through this innovative partnership with The Landline Company, we are connecting communities and extending our network by offering customers a convenient, stress-free multimodal option," said Alexandre Lefevre, vice-president network planning, North America, and scheduling, at Air Canada. 

"Customers travelling between airports on Landline's premium motorcoaches will enjoy the same benefits as those making air-only connections, including the convenience of a single itinerary, through-checked baggage when departing Hamilton or Region of Waterloo, disruption protection and Aeroplan earning opportunities. We will look to further expand our regional network in Canada through our Landline partnership, as it also advances our sustainability programs by potentially removing tens of thousands of vehicles from the road each year."

How it works

Landline will operate six, non-stop round trips daily to Toronto Pearson from each of the Hamilton and Region of Waterloo airports in southern Ontario. 

Air Canada customers beginning their journey at Hamilton or Region of Waterloo airports will check in as normal for their flight and obtain boarding passes for all segments of their trip. 

At a designated departure point at the local airport, they will board a Air Canada-branded motorcoach and their checked baggage will be loaded. 

Upon arrival at Toronto Pearson, customers will proceed directly through security screening, while checked bags will be automatically transferred to the onward connecting flight.

In the event of coach or flight delays, customers travelling on Landline will be automatically offered the same protections as customers travelling on air-only itineraries.  

Members of Air Canada's Aeroplan program will earn points for both ground and air segments, as on any normal connecting flight itinerary. 

For more information, click here. 

Premium motorcoaches

The motorcoaches used by Landline for Air Canada are made in Canada by Prevost, a manufacturer of touring coaches based in Sainte-Claire, Quebec. 

Each Landline motorcoach provides 36 spacious, leather seats in a two-by-one configuration. 

The coaches are equipped with free Wi-Fi, power and a table tray available at each seat, generous overhead storage for carry-on baggage, and an onboard lavatory. 

Announcements will be made in both English and French and the coaches are fully accessible, including a power lift for customers requiring mobility aids.

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