SEATTLE –The Port of Seattle welcomes the announcement by Air Canada of new nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Montreal, Canada beginning May 4, 2020. Air Canada’s service to Montreal will complement the airline’s existing service from Sea-Tac Airport to Vancouver and Toronto.
Known for its European charm, year-round festivals, and vibrant arts and culture, Montreal is one of Seattle’s largest unserved international markets. Seattle and Montreal are both leaders in the aerospace, artificial intelligence, gaming, and life sciences industries, generating significant business traffic between the cities. The new route will link two of the world’s largest aerospace clusters, anchored by Boeing in Seattle and Bombardier in Montreal. Other Seattle-based companies such as Microsoft, Expedia, and Amazon also have regional offices in Montreal.
“Canada is our second largest air travel market, after Mexico, and Montreal has been a missing link,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Stephanie Bowman. “Seattle leisure and business travellers alike have been eager for nonstop service to Montreal, and we are thrilled that Air Canada is building on its presence in our market by opening this route.”
Montreal will become Sea-Tac’s seventh nonstop destination in Canada, adding to current service to Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria. Montreal is a hub for Air Canada, and the Seattle flight schedule will allow for convenient connections to many Eastern Canada and Europe markets.
The new service will operate daily on a year-round basis using an A220-300, which brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials, and next-generation technology to deliver 20 percent fuel efficiency, a reduced noise footprint, and lower emissions. This will be the first international A220-300 route out of Sea-Tac. Air Canada’s A220-300 will feature 137 seats, 12 in business class and 125 in economy class.
“With the only non-stop service between the two cities, Air Canada is strengthening its position in the Seattle market and providing yet another key link for business and leisure travellers alike. This new route also further strengthens and expands our service from our Montreal hub,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President of Network Planning at Air Canada. “Our customers will benefit from innovative design features in a spacious and comfortable cabin. When connecting through Montreal or other hubs across Canada onward to international destinations, passengers travelling on an A220 will now have a seamless narrow body-to-widebody aircraft cabin experience all along their journey.”
Air Canada’s regional partner Jazz Aviation, operating as Air Canada Express, received the Port of Seattle’s 2019 Fly Quiet Regional Award for operating as the quietest regional jet airline. Jazz Aviation reached remarkably low levels of noise from their operations and had good success flying noise abatement procedures.