Air Canada Rouge to expand westward in Q2

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Air Canada’s new leisure airline Rouge is recruiting flight attendants to support its expansion to Calgary and Vancouver.

The crew will support new Rouge flights leaving from Western Canada in coming months, which Air Canada declined to reveal. More details on fares and city pairings will be announced in coming weeks, it says.

About 220 flight attendants fly for Rouge today, and the airline will train an additional 110 this month in Toronto and Montreal. The Montreal-based airline plans to employ 660 cabin crewmembers by the end of 2014.

Rouge started flights in July with two Airbus A319s and two Boeing 767-300ER aircraft transferred from the Air Canada mainline fleet. It has since added six more A319s for a total of 10 aircraft. By April, six more A319s will be added to the fleet for a total of 16 aircraft, says the airline. The fleet could grow to as many as 42 aircraft by the end of 2015 with up to four 737-300ERs, regulatory filings show.

Rouge flies from Canada to leisure destinations in the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean as well as the European cities of Edinburgh, Venice, Lisbon, Athens, Rome, Barcelona, Manchester Dublin and Nice.