Air Canada conducted its first flights from Montreal to Amsterdam Thursday, utilizing a Boeing 787 Dreamliner using sustainable aviation fuel.
Air Canada is expanding its partnership with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) producer Neste in Europe to now incorporate Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM in some of its flights at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, coinciding with the launch of the airline’s second route from Amsterdam to Canada. When compared to conventional jet fuel, the usage of SAF might cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 80%* across the fuel’s life cycle. This savings is determined using a full lifecycle evaluation.
“We are excited to launch our new nonstop service between Amsterdam and Montreal in summer 2023, which will complement our year-round flights between Amsterdam and Toronto.” Our flights between Montreal and Amsterdam also represent our first SAF supply in Europe, demonstrating the benefits of this tried-and-true technology. “We believe, like the rest of the Canadian aviation industry, that Canada should invest in SAF production and urge the government and other stakeholders to make this a priority,” said Michael Rousseau, President and CEO of Air Canada.
“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, further supporting our journey towards our ambitious 2050 net zero emissions goal,” Mr. Rousseau concluded.
Flights between Montreal and Amsterdam are offered by Air Canada using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with three classes of service. Summer 2023 flights will be five times weekly, supplementing Air Canada’s year-round service between Toronto and Amsterdam. Customers on both sides of the Atlantic enjoy easy options to visit and discover each other’s continents, with up to twice daily flights between Canada and Amsterdam from two of Air Canada’s global hubs.
When used in its natural state (i.e., unblended) and estimated using proven life cycle assessment (LCA) approaches, such as the CORSIA methodology.
Services to International Clients
Air Canada’s international services on widebody aircraft include three cabin options: Air Canada Signature Class with lie-flat individual pods, Premium Economy with larger seats with additional leg room and premium services, and Economy with complimentary Chef-inspired and designed meals, wines, and beverages. Every seat in every cabin has an award-winning in-flight entertainment screen with hours of complementary onboard entertainment and the option to purchase wi-fi access. In addition, aboard wi-fi-enabled aircraft, all Air Canada Aeroplan members receive free texting.
Air Canada maintains 27 Maple Leaf Lounges in North America and across the world for qualifying customers.
With Air Canada’s celebrity chefs, including renowned Montreal chef Jérôme Ferrer and award-winning Vancouver chefs David Hawksworth and Vikram Vij, onboard services on foreign flights provide some of the greatest food Canadian culinary talent has to offer. Véronique Rivest, a famous Canadian sommelier, has picked a selection of excellent wines to complement the gastronomic adventure.
Customers who join Aeroplan will be able to earn and redeem points with Aeroplan, Canada’s largest loyalty program, when flying with Air Canada, and qualifying customers will have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding, and other advantages.
The Leave Less Travel Program of Air Canada
Air Canada’s Leave Less Travel Program provides possibilities for corporate clients and cargo freight forwarders to mitigate or decrease GHG emissions associated with business travel or cargo shipments. Air Canada may now hoist SAF at Schiphol Airport, as it does at San Francisco International Airport, with the inclusion of Amsterdam as a SAF supply location. Air Canada may transmit the environmental features of SAF to business partners via a book and claim system, even if they are not physically connected to these supply sources.