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AC 787MONTREAL: November 3, 2016. Air Canada Cargo is to begin a weekly B767-300 freighter service between Toronto and Frankfurt on November 17.

The flight, operated by Cargojet on behalf of Air Canada, is in addition to 28 weekly widebody services between Canada and Frankfurt.

"The growth of our freighter service allows us to increase our global reach and leverage our substantial, growing international network," said Air Canada Cargo vice president Lise-Marie Turpin. "It also allows us to offer main deck service to our customers with year-round capacity on key lanes."

Air Canada Cargo began its freighter network with Cargojet in June this year, deploying B767-300 aircraft between Toronto and Atlanta, Dallas, Bogota, Lima and Mexico City.

In addition to general cargo, Air Canada's freighter operation supports its specialist services for perishables, pharmaceuticals, high-value items and animals, as well as outsize shipments.

In a related development the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG), whose 100 member airlines include Air Canada, has called on Frankfurt Airport to lower handling costs for all carriers following the announcement that Ryanair will begin services to Lufthansa's hub.

"When an airline like Ryanair, which is obviously very much cost-sensitive, is lured to Frankfurt, there must be significant room for cheaper charges. Without limitations all other airlines operating there must also get the same advantage," said BARIG general secretary Michael Hoppe. "We are therefore looking forward to experience the corresponding cost relief for our airlines very soon," he added.

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