Air Canada to Launch Calgary-Tokyo Non-stop Service; Offering Convenient Connecting Flights throughout Asia

CALGARY, November 18, 2009 – Air Canada announced that it will be introducing non-stop service between Calgary and Tokyo, offering convenient connecting flights throughout Asia with its Star Alliance partner carriers. Air Canada will operate flights to Tokyo's Narita International Airport three times weekly beginning March 27, 2010, in time for summer's peak travel time. To promote its new Calgary-Tokyo route, Air Canada is offering introductory fares starting as low as CAD $598 round-trip before taxes and other charges. Tickets are now available for purchase at and through travel agents.

"The introduction of the only non-stop service between Calgary and Tokyo is great news for customers traveling between Alberta and Asia on business or leisure, as well as for freight forwarders," said Ben Smith, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer. "Air Canada's new non-stop Narita service will provide Albertans direct access to a major Asian gateway that offers one convenient connection point with our Star Alliance partners to key destinations throughout Asia including Hong Kong, Manila, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok, Taipei, and several points across Japan, among others. Our initial schedule of three weekly flights during the 2010 summer season is the first step towards building year-round, daily flights."

"We are excited to finally offer non-stop service between YYC and Asia," said Stephan Poirier, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for The Calgary Airport Authority. "Calgary is a strong economic engine for western Canada and YYC plays an important role in ensuring the city's continued growth in the global economy. Air Canada's new service from YYC to Tokyo's Narita Airport means that we truly connect our city and region to the world, solidifying YYC's position as Alberta's premier international gateway."

"This is great news for Alberta and marks the first time in many years that Alberta has had direct air service from Japan," said Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister Cindy Ady. "Direct air access to Alberta is essential for growing visitation from our overseas tourism markets and I am confident that we will be welcoming more Japanese visitors to Alberta next year."

In addition to offering efficient connections at Narita to points throughout Asia with Air Canada's Star Alliance partners, ANA, Asiana, THAI and United Airlines, Air Canada's Calgary-Japan flights are timed to offer convenient connections to and from communities across Alberta and Western Canada served by Air Canada.

Air Canada's Calgary-Tokyo flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, departing Calgary at 12:20 p.m. and arriving in Narita the following day at 2:00 p.m. Flights will depart Narita on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays dth="611" height="10">

Japan Airlines: Fuel Surcharge Unchanged for January 1 – March 31, 2010 Period

The JAL Group has recently announced that the fuel surcharge levels currently applicable on international and domestic routes will remain unchanged for the upcoming period of January 1, 2010, through March 31, 2010. The applicable surcharge, first introduced in 2005, is based on the three-month average fuel price of Singapore Kerosene.

Tokyo's Legendary Imperial Hotel set to
Celebrate its 120th Anniversary

Tokyo, Japan; November 13th 2009: Tokyo's world-famous Imperial Hotel, Japan's first successful deluxe hotel to open after the country's self-imposed 3-century-long isolation ended in 1868, has announced plans for an extended series of special 120th Anniversary celebrations, underway starting this month through to next year. The Imperial first opened on November 3rd, 1890.

The company is planning a number of special events and packages to market various one-of-a-kind products appropriate to the occasion as an opportunity to expand and refine its sales strategies. It has also launched a new marketing theme with an original 120th Anniversary logo focusing on the concept of "serendipity" – an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident, and a concept the hotel believes has often characterized the experiences of both guests and hotel staff during its past 12 decades.

The special 120th Anniversary events at the Tokyo and Osaka hotels will be comprised of three phases: History and Traditions; Cultural Contributions; and The Imperial of the Future.

Of particular interest to international visitors will likely be the Tokyo hotel's unusual 120th Anniversary performances in the Peacock Room by highly accomplished maiko and geisha from Tokyo's Shimbashi and Kyoto's Gion classical entertainment districts, who will join forces in a rare and extraordinary repertoire of dance and song.

Of similar interest to guests from overseas, architects and designers will be the option of a very rare tour of the existing architectural works of Frank Lloyd Wright and those his 1923 Imperial Hotel building influenced in Kansai. The tour includes accommodations at the Imperial Hotel, Osaka, as well as a selection of cuisine originally served at the Wright Imperial, and will be offered from April 1st through June 30th, 2010.

In honour of the Imperial Hotel's 120th birthday, famed Japanese author Tomomi Muramatsu will be publishing an exciting new novel set in the landmark Tokyo hotel in the autumn of 2010.

For further information, please contact the Public Relations Department of the Imperial Hotel at (03) 3539-8014 or access

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