On December 9, 2021, the first Boeing 767-300ER converted into a freighter by Air Canada (ADH2) flew its first cargo voyage from Toronto to Vancouver.
For its inaugural flight, the plane was supposed to travel between Toronto and Frankfurt. Instead, it was deployed as part of Air Canada’s (ADH2) disaster relief mission in British Columbia, which is currently flooded.
“Our first freighter is being deployed earlier than initially planned in order to provide additional cargo capacity needed into and out of Vancouver to meet ongoing demand as a result of the flooding that disrupted British Columbia’s transportation network,” said Jason Berry, Vice President, Cargo, at Air Canada (ADH2).
“The freighter is planned to operate 12 trips between our Toronto and Vancouver cargo hubs. Our teams have also worked extremely hard over the last several days to get our freighter into service early to aid in the transport of goods to Vancouver.”
Air Canada (ADH2) and its subsidiary, Air Canada Cargo, expanded cargo capacity into Vancouver from Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary by 586 tonnes in November 2021 to transport more needed commodities to and from the devastated region.
The first 767-300 to be converted to 100 percent cargo will take off from Toronto in 2022, serving Frankfurt, Miami, Quito, Lima, Mexico City, and Guadalajara. The second converted aircraft is scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2022.