Air Canada Rouge

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Air Canada Rouge
Air-canada-rouge-logo.png
IATA
RV
ICAO
ROU
Callsign
ROUGE
Founded December 2012[1]
Hubs
Frequent-flyer program Aeroplan
Airport lounge Maple Leaf Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 27
Destinations 39
Parent company Air Canada
Website www.aircanada.com/rouge
Air Canada rouge A319 at Montreal-Mirabel

Air Canada rouge is a budget airline and a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Canada that began service on 1 July 2013.[2] The carrier is fully integrated into the Air Canada mainline and Air Canada Express networks. Flights are sold with AC flight numbers, but are listed as "operated by Air Canada rouge" (similar to regional flights operated under the Air Canada Express banner).

Air Canada rouge serves predominantly leisure destinations in Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States. Destinations in Europe include Edinburgh, Venice, Athens, Lisbon, Dublin, Nice, Barcelona, Rome and Manchester. Destinations in the Caribbean include Cuba, Barbados, Costa Rica, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

As of June 2014, Air Canada rouge has 27 planes in its fleet, 19 Airbus A319-100s and 8 Boeing 767-300s. Future fleet is targeted at 50 aircraft. Air Canada rouge A319 aircraft do not have any in-seat power. Power is being added to the 767-300ER fleet, with 8 aircraft already in service and many more to come over the next 8 months. Both the A319s and 767-300s do not have individual video displays and instead stream wireless entertainment to passengers' Apple devices or laptops.

Baggage policy is the same as Air Canada's, and catering is complimentary on flights to/from Europe, with a buy-on-board offering on all other flights in line with the mainline service. Air Canada's mainline economy class fare services (Tango, Flex and Latitude) apply to the new carrier with some adjustments. The airline launched on 1 July 2013 with services to Venice, Edinburgh, and Athens, along with various Caribbean destinations.

On March 24, 2014, Air Canada announced that Air Canada rouge will expand into Western Canada beginning in spring 2014. The airline will serve predominantly leisure markets from Vancouver and Calgary to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Anchorage.[3]

Destinations[edit]

Fleet[edit]

The Air Canada rouge fleet consists of 27 aircraft (as of June 2014).[4]

Air Canada rouge Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
P Y Total
Airbus A319-100 19 12 124 136 Middle seats blocked in first three rows
142 142
Boeing 767-300ER 8 6 24 256 280 Fitted with winglets
2 18 246 264
Total 27

The Air Canada rouge Airbus A319 has 16 more seats than a regular Air Canada Airbus A319. [5] The Air Canada rouge Boeing 767-300ER carries 53 more passengers than most regular Air Canada Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.[6] There have been numerous complaints regarding the reduced seat pitch, and the wireless entertainment system that functions only with Apple products, on Rouge planes. Air Canada has switched over to Rouge planes on routes previously serviced by mainline Air Canada aircraft, in some cases after tickets have been booked, generating customer complaints.[7] Customer reviews of Air Canada Rouge on Skytrax have been predominately negative. [8]

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