Air Canada Updates Schedule Following the Grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft
Air Canada has adjusted its schedule through to April 30 to cover 98 per cent of its planned flying following Transport Canada's closure of Canadian airspace to Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operations. In compliance with the safety notice, Air Canada has grounded its 24 737 MAX aircraft and Boeing has advised that deliveries of its 737 MAX are currently suspended. Air Canada was expecting six new aircraft in March and April.
Air Canada is now updating its May schedule to further optimize its fleet and re-accommodate customers. Because the timeline for the return to service of the 737 MAX is unknown, for planning purposes and to provide customers certainty for booking and travel, Air Canada intends to remove 737 MAX flying from its schedule until at least July 1, 2019.
"The Boeing 737 MAX accounted for six per cent of Air Canada's total flying, but there is a domino effect from removing the 737s from our fleet that impacts the schedule and ultimately will impact some customers. We have been working very hard to minimize that impact," said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.
"To bring certainty to our schedule for our customers when booking and travelling, we are revising our schedule until July and we have taken several steps to continue delivering substantially all of our planned capacity through our global network.
"Customers who have travel plans between now and July can be reassured that we will keep them informed every step of the way as we revise our schedule. We have a deep global network and many partner airlines to provide solutions so serving our customers and minimizing any disruption is our first priority. We remain committed to delivering the same safe, reliable transportation customers expect from Air Canada. Customers can continue to book and travel on Air Canada with full confidence," said Ms. Guillemette.
Earn 5x the points on Emerald Club Rentals with National and Enterprise
National and Enterprise Rent-A-Car are giving travellers the chance to earn 5x the points when booking Emerald Club Rentals.
Valid from March 1-April 30, 2019, the offer includes 5x Cash-In Club points for every qualifying National or Enterprise rental that includes a valid Emerald Club member number. Five points per rental day are available for up to a maximum of 14 days. If you are not an Emerald Club member, contact your UNIGLOBE Travel agency to enroll in the program and start earning reward points.
Travellers can log in or enroll at cashinclub.com and use promotion code GREEN19 to register for 5x points. Promotion code must be registered at cashinclub.com in the Promotion Opportunities area on the member’s home page prior to rental in order to qualify.
With Emerald Club, clients have the flexibility of selecting their own car and bypassing the rental counter for a seamless rental experience.
Brazil Eliminates Visa Requirements
Starting June 17 Brazil will allow visa-free entry to the country for citizens of Canada, the U.S., Australia and Japan.
In January 2018 Canadians were added to Brazil’s current e-visa system. The e-visa program eliminated the need for visitors to physically visit a visa centre in their own country to apply for and receive a tourist visa to travel to Brazil and was aimed at increasing visitation to the country.
For now Canadians still need the e-visa, but as of June 17, 2019 they won’t. “Citizens of those countries wishing to visit Brazil will no longer need to apply or pay for a visa,” says a statement from Brazil Tourism. “They will be able to stay in Brazil for 90 days from the date of first entry in the country, extendable for an equal period, provided that it does not exceed 180 days, every 12 months, counted from the date of the first entry into the country.”
The new developments come as part of a series of measures that Brazil has taken to facilitate visitor access to the country.
What’s behind the new plan? Canada, the U.S., Australia and Japan are considered strategic for the development of tourism in Brazil and the country wants to do whatever it can to ease access.
WestJet updates penalty and service fees
Effective March 11, 2019 WestJet has updated their change and cancel penalty fee structure. The penalty amounts will not change. WestJet change penalty fees can be found here.
The new penalty structure will take effect for tickets purchased on or after March 11, 2019. Tickets issued prior to this date will follow the penalty structure in place at the time of ticket issuance.
The BusinessFlex and PremiumFlex fares still offer no change or refund penalty fees, as well as other benefits such as no fee on checked baggage and seats in the Business or Premium cabin.