Algiers : The first transatlantic commercial flight linking Algiers and Montreal by Air AlgÃ©rie Company has been inaugurated, as it was scheduled on Friday in Houari BoumediÃ¨ne International Airport.
This inaugural ceremony for the 175-pessenger first ever made long-haul route by an Airbus aircraft of the national airline company was attended by Transport Minster Mohamed Maghlaoui, and Ambassador of Canada to Algiers Robert Peck.
The opening of this route linking Algiers with the capital of Quebec in Canada comes less a year after the agreement clinched on 5 July 2006 in Ottawa by both countries’ authorities, relating to the tools of cooperation and an air agreement allowing both companies (Air Algerie and Air Canada) to exploit this line.
Air Algerie flights schedule foresees two flights in a week, on Tuesday and Friday, abroad a 269-seat Airbus A330/200 aircraft.
As for it, Air Canada Company plans to offer code sharing services to Algeria via Europe, in collaboration with the airline companies partner of Star Alliance.
To reach July 2006 agreement, Air AlgÃ©rie met several requirements as the obtaining of the Canadian Foreign Air Operator Certificate (FAOC) and the audit carried out by Canadian Transport Exports, in March 2006, linked to the respect of security standards, to aircraft maintenance.