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Air Canada inaugurates direct flight linking Rio de Janeiro and Toronto

Air Canada inaugurates direct flight linking Rio de Janeiro and Toronto ( Starting today, Canada is closer to Rio de Janeiro. Air Canada launched its operations at RIOgaleão - Tom Jobim International Airport, with the first aircraft landing at 2pm in Rio. The inaugural flight 'Rio de Janeiro-Toronto' came in fully loaded. The airport´s concessionaire baptized the aircraft with its new fleet of firefighting trucks, forming an arch with water jets.

“Rio de Janeiro is a very important market and we are excited to be able to cater to the region with this new flight, which will be operated three times a week. In addition to Rio de Janeiro, we believe that this route is an excellent connection to other destinations such as Belo Horizonte and Brasilia, for example,” said Ranieri Gleyson, Commercial Director of Air Canada in Brazil.

The new flight was scheduled to provide connections at convenient times with Air Canada´s network, a Star Alliance member, from the company's hub at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, including Tokyo-Haneda, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. All flights will offer International Business Class, with seats that recline 180 degrees, and entertainment systems in every seat of the aircraft. In Toronto, selected customers will have access to the International Maple Leaf Lounge, as well as to concierge services. The aircraft that will serve the route is the Boeing 767-300ER, with 24 seats in International Business Class and 187 in Economy Class.

The arrival of Air Canada in Rio de Janeiro shows the city's potential to attract tourism and business. RIOgaleão´s priorities include increasing the frequency of flights to Florida, United Kingdom, and to countries that comprise the Mercosur, considering that surveys indicate high demand for these destinations. Since taking over the airport administration, RIOgaleãohas brought three new international destinations - Mexico City, Toronto, and Cordoba, and domestic routes now include Ilheus (BA), Campina Grande (PB) and Field of Goytacazes (RJ). In addition, there has been an increase in the frequency of flights to Salvador (BA), Foz do Iguaçu (PR), João Pessoa (PB), and Congonhas Airport (SP).

“We are bringing back important routes to Rio de Janeiro. The airport has an excellent domestic network that easily integrates the North and Northeast regions to the South of the country, allowing connection with 27 international destinations in North America, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East," said Randall Aguero, Director of Strategic Development at RIOgaleão.

“Celebrated for its tourist attractions such as the Sugar Loaf and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, the city of Rio de Janeiro is also a vibrant cultural center and business district, with the headquarters of major global corporations. It also hosts international events such as Carnaval and the Olympics and Paralympics of 2016,"said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada´s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. He said the flight will complement the Toronto-São Paulo route, allowing Air Canada to meets two destinations in Brazil, one of the largest and most vibrant economies in the world. “The route will also strengthen our position as the only airline to fly nonstop between Canada and South America."

About Air Canada

Air Canada is the largest domestic and international airline in Canada, flying to more than 180 destinations worldwide. The company is one of the 20 largest airlines in the world and served more than 35 million customers in 2013. Air Canada offers direct scheduled flights to 60 Canadian cities, 49 destinations in the US and 73 cities in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America. In addition, the company is a founding member of Star Alliance, the largest airline network in the world, serving 1,316 airports in 192 countries. Air Canada is the only international airline in North America to receive the Four Star rating according to the institute of independent British research Skytrax, which on a global survey of more than 18 million passengers, ranked Air Canada as the Best Company air of North America in 2014, the fifth consecutive year. For more information, visit: .

About RIOgaleão

RIOgaleão is formed by OdebrechtTransPort, Changi Airports International and Infraero. In April 2014, the concessionaire signed a contract to manage and operate the Tom Jobim International Airport for 25 years. By the end of the concession, RIOgaleão will invest R$ 5 billion at the airport – approximately R$ 2 billion will be invested by 2016. The improvements and infrastructure include a passenger terminal, aircraft patio, parking, and hotel development. Since taking over the airport operation, on August 12, several improvements have been implemented such as bilingual services, opening of new shops, creating new routes, automated parking and new security cameras in the parking lots, improved cleaning services, bathrooms and baby changing facilities, in addition to offering free Wi-Fi and selective waste collection system. For more information, visit: .

MEDIA CONTACT: Paulo Villela, Marketing Director, RIOTUR – The City of Rio Tourism Authority, tel.: (21) 2271 7122 or 7142

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