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Air Canada cancels freighter network

TORONTO: November 24, 2017. Air Canada Cargo is terminating its B767 freighter services to and from Mexico, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Bogota, Lima and Frankfurt at the end of 2017.

The airline said its B767 capacity agreement with Cargojet, due to expire at the end of the year, will not be renewed.

AC B767Noting it would continue to offer a range of cargo services to "most of those markets", the airline said it will be adding daily B767 passenger flights between Canada and Mexico and three additional weekly frequencies between Canada and Lima in 2018.

The cancellation of the freighter network follows the one-year anniversary this month of Air Canada's introduction of Cargojet freighter capacity between Toronto and Frankfurt after the introduction of twice-weekly services to Bogota and Lima.

Commenting in November 2016, Air Canada Cargo vice president Lisa-Marie Turpin said the growth had allowed the airline to offer specialty main deck service to its customers with year-round capacity on key lanes.

In September this year Turpin's successor Tim Strauss continued the theme saying the "strong growth" of Air Canada Cargo was due to the support of its customers: "We recognize that further growth requires investment. To keep the extra kilos moving quickly and efficiently through our facilities, we're also investing in equipment and infrastructure," he declared.

Noting the Toronto hub "has been the subject of an exhaustive review", he said improvements would begin in 2018 together with upgrades in London, Frankfurt, Chicago, Vancouver, and Montreal.

Meanwhile the airline has announced it will continue to offer cargo customers trucking connections to widebody flights out of four main Canadian points as well as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Newark.

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