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A brief overview of Air Canada’s history
Air Canada, with its head office in Montreal, is Canada’s largest airline and a founding member of Star Alliance, providing flights for both passengers and cargo, to over 181 global destinations.
Founded in 1937 as “Trans-Canada Airlines”, the airline was renamed “Air Canada” in 1965. The first flight carried just 2 passengers and mail, from Vancouver to Seattle. It was only in 1938 that the airline hired its first flight attendants and by 1940, the company had over 500 employees.
In 1942, Canadian Pacific Airlines suggested a merger with Air Canada. The concept was rejected by then Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. During the 1970s, Air Canada dominated domestic carrier routes while it was still protected by government regulations. In 1978 however, new regulations stipulated that the airline would have to compete on a more equal footing with its rivals. Air Canada was the first airline to hire a female pilot to fly its Canadian routes.
The airline was successfully privatised in 1988. In 1990 however, Air Canada experienced financial difficulties, as a result of the Persian Gulf War. The airline strategically appointed former Delta Airlines exec, Hollis L. Harris as CEO and he set about restructuring the airline for success. The airline filed for bankruptcy protection in 2003 and later emerged under the management of ACE Aviation holdings in 2004. In 2006, the airline celebrated its 70th anniversary, with over 34 million people flying with the airline, in that year alone.
Skytrax ranked Air Canada as a 4-star airline in 2013 and also recognises Air Canada as the Best International Airline in North America.
Air Canada’s fleet:
Air Canada in terms of fleet size is the ninth largest airline in the world with the following fleet:
- Boeing 777-300ER (19)
- Boeing 777-200LR (6)
- Airbus A330-300 (8)
- Boeing 787-9 (29)
- Boeing 787-8 (8)
- Boeing 767-300ER (17)
- Airbus A321-200 (13)
- Airbus A320-200 (42)
- Airbus A319-100 (18)
- Embraer E190 (45)
Air Canada Express, a division of Air Canada has the following fleet: Embraer E75 (15), Bombardier CRJ705 (16), Bombardier CRJ200 (25), Bombardier CRJ100 (5), Bombardier Q400 (21), Bombardier Dash 8-300 (26), Bombardier Dash 8-100 (34), Beechcraft 1900D (11).
Air Canada Rouge, a division of Air Canada, also has the following fleet: Boeing 767-300ER (14), Airbus A321-200 (5) and Airbus A319-100 (20).
Air Canada’s Baggage Allowance and Limitations
Air Canada has varying checked baggage allowances depending on the route. For carry-on baggage, passengers are allowed one personal item with a maximum weight of 10kg (16x22x43cm) and one standard item of 10kg (23x40x55cm). The restricted items list can be found here.
Flight Routes of Air Canada:
Air Canada travels to 21 domestic and 81 international destinations. Together with Air Canada Express and Air Canada Rouge, the company travels to over 181 global destinations.
Check-in Options and Procedures
- Within Canada – 90 minutes prior to departure.
- Check-in to / from USA – 120 minutes prior to departure.
- International flights – 120 minutes prior to departure.
You can also check in 24 hours prior to departure online, or 12 hours prior to departure via a check-in kiosk at the airport.
The in-flight experience
Air Canada provides personal touch screen TVs at every seat, on demand audio and video entertainment, access to flight path information, audio ear phone jacks, in-seat charging and USB port access. Snacks and beverages are available on flights of 90 minutes and full meal offerings for flights longer than 2 hours. Business class travellers have access to gourmet meals and fine wines and beverages.
Partnerships/Code Share Agreements
Air Canada offers an extensive network of convenient flight connections with its various code share agreements: Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Jet Airways India, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Middle East Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Swiss, South African Airways, TAP Portugal, THAI, United and Turkish Airlines.
Air Canada in the news
In November 2015, Air Canada entered into a 10 year long agreement with over 7000 of its flight attendants. The agreement includes job security, annual wage increases and ongoing improvements to working conditions in exchange for their ongoing loyalty and good service. No real details have been provided as yet, other than the fact that it has been approved by the Air Canada board of directors.