Air Canada starts daily, non-stop Montreal-Houston flights

Saturday, December 5, 2009, 18:33 by Jose Philip

Air Canada, the national flag-carrier airline of Canada, has started daily, non-stop flights between Montreal and Houston.

This is Air Canada’s only daily, non-stop flight between Montreal in Quebec, Canada, and Houston, Texas, in the United States.

In a statement, Air Canada said it launched the Montreal-Houston service as a way to introduce Continental Airlines, its new partner in Star Alliance, to its passengers from Canada.

On the Montreal-Houston route, Air Canada Flight AC7997 takes off from Montreal at 9.00 a.m. and lands in Houston at 11.55 a.m. In the return direction, Air Canada Flight AC7998 leaves Houston at 12:25 p.m. and reaches Montreal at 4.40 p.m.

At present, the Montreal-Houston fares start at $226 one-way, excluding taxes and other fees, and can be bought at Air Canada’s website twww.aircanada.com

The Montreal-Houston flights are operated by Air Canada Jazz, the biggest Canada-based regional carrier that flies for Air Canada.

The 75-seat CRJ-705 aircraft used on the Montreal-Houston route offers executive-class and economy-class class, as well as individual seatback entertainment throughout the plane, Marcel Forget, vice-president (network planning) of Air Canada, said in a statement.

With the launching of the Montreal-Houston service, Air Canada now operates non-stop services from Montreal to 17 destinations in the United States.

Now, passengers travelling with Air Canada from Montreal can connect with the Star Alliance-partner Continental Airlines at its hub at Houston and continue their journey to cities such as such as New Orleans and Charleston (the United States); Acapulco (Mexico); Belize and Honduras (Central America); and destinations in Latin America.

According to Marcel Forget, those passengers flying from Houston to Montreal can connect easily to other destinations in Canada or across the Atlantic to cities in Europe.

Houston and Montreal are also busy hub-destinations for business travellers as well as leisure travellers.

Air Canada, based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is also the biggest airline based in Canada. It operates scheduled services and charter services for both passengers and cargo to over 170 destinations in 5 continents.

Air Canada says it is the 13th biggest commercial carrier in the world, flying about 33 million people annually.

Air Canada, a founding member of Star Alliance, claims that it offers the world’s “most comprehensive air transportation network” for Canada’s domestic, trans-border as well as international air travel.

Customers of Air Canada can collect ‘Aeroplan miles’ for future awards through the airline’s loyalty programme.

The readers of Business Traveler magazine had, in 2008, voted Air Canada the ‘Best In-Flight Services in North America,’  the ‘Best North American Airline for International Travel, ’ and the ‘Best Airline for Business Class Service in North America.’