Air Canada To Take Over Toronto-Brussels, Brussels Airlines To Montreal

On September 4, Star Alliance carriers Air Canada and Brussels Airlines announced a shake-up of routes from Canada to Belgium.

Lufthansa Group-owned Brussels Airlines will cancel its route to Toronto on January 7th, 2020. The carrier will instead, from March 29th, 2020, begin seasonal flights to Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Air Canada will begin flights between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Brussels Airport on May 1, 2020.

Brussels Airlines’ New Flight to Montreal

Belgium’s national carrier will use Airbus A330-300 aircraft on its new BRU-YUL route. The route will be served 5-weekly with the following schedule:

  • SN561 Brussels (BRU) – Montreal (YUL) departing 10:15am arriving 12:05pm
  • SN562 Montreal (YUL) – Brussels (BRU) departing 18:25pm arriving 07:10am(+1)

The flights will not operate on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. The aircraft will contain Brussels Airlines’ new ‘boutique hotel in the sky’ service, with brand new Business Class, Premium Economy, and Economy cabins. In a press release, Frederic Dechamps, Senior Director Sales Belgium – Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa Group, said,

“Montreal is a real added value for the Brussels Airlines network. It is a strong market out of Belgium, with over 75,000 potential travelers a year. Montreal is very relevant both for business and leisure travelers, and the appealing destination can easily be stimulated for both individual and group travel. We are looking forward to adding Montreal to our portfolio.”

Brussels Airlines’ newly introduced “boutique hotel in the sky”
Video: Brussels Airlines.

Air Canada Launches Toronto-Brussels

Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Photo: Air Canada

The Toronto-Brussels route will be taken over on May 1, 2020, by Canada’s national flag carrier. The airline will be using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on the route. These aircraft are fitted with 20 business class seats, 21 premium economy seats and 214 seats in economy for a total capacity of 255 passengers. The route will be served five-weekly (not operating on Mondays or Tuesdays) with the following schedule:

  • AC886 Toronto (YYZ) – Brussels (BRU) departing 18:30pm arriving 07:45am (+1)
  • AC887 Brussels (BRU) – Toronto (YYZ) departing 10:45am arriving 12:45pm

About the new route, Mark Galado (Vice President of Network Planning Air Canada) said,

“We are pleased to launch new non-stop, year-round flights from Toronto to Brussels, complementing our successful Montreal-Brussels service now celebrating its tenth anniversary. This is a further expansion of Air Canada’s reach to Europe and beyond. This new service will conveniently connect our extensive North American network through our Toronto Pearson global hub directly to Brussels, where our Star Alliance partner Brussels Airlines offers far-reaching connections throughout Europe and Africa.”

Featured Image Source: Brussels Airlines

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