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Barbados welcomes 777 service out of Canada

Barbados is expecting a boost in visitor arrivals out of Canada, with the launch of Air Canada’s Boeing 777  service.

The inaugural flight touched down at the Grantley Adams International Airport just after 2 p.m. today with 320 passengers on board.

The  340-seater carries 80 more passengers than the average jetliner.

Officials have estimated that the Boeing 777 will bring 2, 250 passengers to the island per week, amounting to a 15 per cent increase in traffic.

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy, who welcomed the flight, said it would remedy an “intolerable” fall in Canadian arrivals in recent years.

“The relationship with Air Canada is 65 years and counting. It is one that has really been brought to a very interesting fruition here this afternoon.

“The 777 gives us additional seats out of Toronto, additional business class seats and will also lead to growth.

“What is also occurring as well is the fact that out of Montreal no longer will we have the one flight during the winter season on Saturdays, but we are going to have three flights out of Montreal. So Air Canada is really assisting us in terms of providing us with additional seating capacity,” Sealy said.


23 Responses to Barbados welcomes 777 service out of Canada

  1. Rickie Brown
    Rickie Brown December 1, 2014 at 8:58 pm


  2. Kimmy Sue
    Kimmy Sue December 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Now to work on the exorbitant prices…….

  3. JD Clarke
    JD Clarke December 1, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    This one is longer than british airways 777-200.this is actually a 777-300

  4. Stephanie Marrone
    Stephanie Marrone December 1, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    I was on this flight 🙂

  5. Stephanie Marrone
    Stephanie Marrone December 1, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Matthew Armstrong

  6. Ross Best
    Ross Best December 1, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    It’s the 777 200LR with a seat capacity of 270 that we are going to be having as a daily service not the 777-300ER with 349 seats …..don’t be confused

  7. Frédérick Todds
    Frédérick Todds December 1, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    good news

  8. Robin Phillips
    Robin Phillips December 1, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    To clear things up the schedule says they are sending 777-200LR for the season but for today and tomorrow they will be sending the -300ER

  9. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul December 1, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Will passengers be able to carry more luggage with all this extra space?

  10. Wrigley Don
    Wrigley Don December 2, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Doesn’t matter how big the plane is what Barbados needs to do is three things which people over here been saying for donkey years. Tek off the same orange looking advertisement for Barbados they been running in Canada and replace the century old posters you see in traveling agencies across Canada.
    2) Work on giving or getting the hotels to better cooperate with the airline industry. People want more all inclusive vacations.
    3) Do something about the price of tickets. Again work with airline industry. A ticket home shouldn’t have to cost $950. I could go to Cuba, Jamaica even flying to England is cheaper.

  11. Katherine Knight
    Katherine Knight December 2, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Happy more flights out of Montreal during the winter but are these direct flights to Barbados?

  12. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway December 2, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Glad to see, replaced that darn AC Rouge Airbus 319 , Can enjoy executive class room if you are able .. Its better fuel consumption allows also for more passngers. A wonderful comfortable plane , Hope it continues all year ‘

  13. Rob December 2, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Finally AC has woken up and hopefully realized that the AC Rouge service with an modified Airbus 319 had to be upgraded back to full service. The Executive Class seating arrangement was the pits and now it will be like normal service in a B-767 and better. I predicted that this new plane with its less fuel consumption and more passengers was a better service to Barbados.
    Increasing the service out of Montreal provides better connections from the Eastern Seaboard and also allows service for those in the USA
    Hopefully this plane is used full time
    Well done Air Canada

  14. Carole Ann Ory
    Carole Ann Ory December 2, 2014 at 3:25 am

    Tell hell with cliffy……what about the orys??? We’re holiday hounds looking for more!!!!

  15. Lise Hansen
    Lise Hansen December 2, 2014 at 4:32 am

    wow …… that will be GREAT ……

  16. Janina Greaves
    Janina Greaves December 2, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Q-Sound Suffice that me next week Sat

  17. Diane Money
    Diane Money December 2, 2014 at 8:53 am

    It was the worst, Robert! I am so glad I didn’t upgrade, I would have been mad as a hornet when I saw those seats. I do the same over night flight as you about four times a year.

  18. Louise Toma-Mapp
    Louise Toma-Mapp December 2, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Aww. The site of that tar Mac gives me tingles. See you soon Barbados and my family. Love xoxo

  19. Bernard Walker
    Bernard Walker December 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm


  20. bernard and india walker December 2, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Nice can we still vaca from the USA

  21. Christian St-Pierre
    Christian St-Pierre December 2, 2014 at 2:28 pm


  22. Trebor Ellis December 2, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    @ Wrigley Dan . What Ads are you talking bout run across Canada ? I live in Montreal and I never see no Ads no where. I see more Ads for Barbados when I watch a Liverpool game on TV.


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