MONTREAL, CANADA — On April 20th, Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo operated the first dedicated freighter flight to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport using the second Boeing 767-300ER to enter service.

According to the Canadian flag carrier, adding the second B767-300ER will allow Air Canada Cargo to start high frequency, direct freighter capacity from Halifax to Air Canada Cargo's global network, including flights to Frankfurt, Cologne, Istanbul, and Madrid, starting from May.

Flight from Toronto arrived in Halifax yesterday with freight coming from around Air Canada's global network and destined for Atlantic Canada. It was loaded up with fresh lobster, fish, aerospace parts, and pharmaceuticals for its journey back to Toronto, from where those goods will be shipped to their final destinations around the globe.

Cargo Freighter B-Roll from Air Canada on Vimeo.

"We have always enjoyed a long-standing and strong bond with Atlantic Canada and the Nova Scotia community, and we are thrilled to introduce direct freighter capacity to the market. Atlantic Canada's economy has experienced significant growth in the last few years, with increased demand from North America, Europe, and beyond. Nova Scotia is a key element of our growth strategy. Halifax is one of our first Canadian markets, with the freighters further emphasizing the importance we place on our partnerships in the community. We are pleased to increase our support to the robust and growing trade sector in the region," said Jason Berry, Vice President, Cargo at Air Canada.

"Having stronger air links opens the door for more trade and investment in our province. We can now build on the already strong relationship with our trading partners and create new ones," said Premier Tim Houston.

"This is an important step forward for many of our businesses who will benefit from this exciting growth of Air Canada's freighter network."

"This exciting Air Canada Cargo expansion will increase capacity at Halifax Stanfield, providing Nova Scotia businesses and industries with more opportunities to ship their products efficiently by air," said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority.

"We are thrilled with Air Canada's continued investment in Halifax and look forward to their future growth to meet the needs of communities across the region."

The new service to Halifax complements Air Canada Cargo's regular freighter service to Latin American cities.