Flying the Friendly Skies

-just got friendlier! Air Canada has announced new daily non-stop flights to New Orleans from Toronto’s Pearson International, just in time for snowbird season. Both executive and economy seats are available on the Jazz CRJ 705 aircraft, which leaves Toronto every morning at a very civilized 10 a.m. and arrives at New Orleans International just after 12 noon, just in time for lunch in the Big Easy. According to Marcel Forget, vice-president network planning at Air Canada, the route is the only non-stop daily service between the two cities. And it seems you’ll be in good hands: Air Canada was voted Best Airline North America in a worldwide survey of more than 17 million travellers, conducted by Skytrax for its World Airline Awards.

If Phoenix is more your speed, Air Canada has launched the only Montreal-Phoenix non-stop Saturdays and Sundays until April 30, 2011, will be operating daily flights out of Calgary through the winter, as well as doubling the availability of flights Pearson.

WestJet has also introduced flights to New Orleans from Toronto. Beginning this month, the airline will launch seasonal, non-stop service to the Big Easy from Toronto. It’s also added Santa Clara, Cuba and Grand Cayman Island flights out of Pearson, plus new seasonal service from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina and Montreal to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and between Toronto and Palm Springs.