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Conquest Vacations Announces expansion of Canadian Air Service

Feb 21, 2002

Conquest Vacations, Canada's largest independent tour operator, announced a major expansion in air service to Canadian cities from coast to coast today. Skyservice Airlines will be Conquest's airline provider. The expanded air only program, which will operate in addition to Conquest's existing package holiday business to sun destinations, begins on May 1, 2002.

Initially, the expanded service will operate between 10 Canadian cities: Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax, Moncton, St. John?s and Gander. This aggressive expansion to their air program is valued in excess of 750 million dollars over five years. Flights can be booked through travel agents beginning Wednesday February 27, 2002.

"Our expanded air service will offer Canadians more choice at competitive prices and help to fill the void left by Canada 3000", said Robbie Goldberg, President, Conquest Vacations. "We are not new at this. Conquest has been in the business of providing flights and package holidays to Canadians for 30 years."

Conquest's new flight schedule includes up to 12 flights per week between Toronto and both Vancouver and Calgary, 10 flights per week between Toronto and each of Winnipeg, Halifax and St. John's, Newfoundland, as well as frequent services to other cities. In total, Conquest will operate up to 74 domestic flights per week.

To operate this new program, Conquest has extended its agreement related to the five aircraft currently in use. These aircraft include four 180 seat Airbus 320's and one brand new 144 seat Airbus 319 which was delivered in December 2001. A new Airbus 320 will replace one of the existing Airbus 320's next month.

In December 2002, three brand new Airbus 319 aircraft will be delivered to replace the Airbus 320's currently in operation. This will give Conquest a brand new, state-of-the art fleet of four Airbus 319 aircraft and one Airbus 320. New aircraft will continue to be added in the future and additional aircraft will be used on a seasonal basis for Conquest's Canadian and Southern Sun routes.

Skyservice Airlines, Conquest's airline provider, is Canada's number one requested airline for the charter industry. The airline has an enviable reputation for its quality of service, state-of-the-art equipment and outstanding on time performance. All flights will be full service featuring in-flight movies, full meals and advance seat selection.

"We are delighted to serve as the airline provider to Conquest Vacations for this new venture," said Russell Payson, President and CEO of Skyservice Airlines.

Conquest Vacations was established in 1972 by its owner and President, Robbie Goldberg. Under Goldberg's direction, Conquest has become Canada's largest independent tour operator flying almost one million passengers annually. Corporate headquarters are located in Toronto with marketing and sales offices in Atlantic and Western Canada.