Category Archives: Air Canada

Air Canada: No plans to exercise 787 options


Air Canada does not plan to exercise options on Boeing 787s, CFO Michael Rousseau said at a recent industry event. He cited market conditions for the decision.
“We have [13] options for our 787s,” Rousseau said at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Transportation Conference. “We don’t see exercising those options, given the current state of the world and the current forecast of GDP.”
Air Canada has firm orders for 37 787s, including eight -8s and 29 -9s.    As of March 31, the airline operated 33 of them, and planned to take delivery of the last two by the end of 2019.   It operates all the -8s it ordered and is taking the remainder of its -9s.
The carrier, amid a focused cost-reduction effort, recently announced it would spend $275 million to upgrade cabins on 12 Airbus A330-300s, including four it is adding to the fleet, so they match the 787s.    The A330s will be based in Montreal and operate international flights.
Air Canada executives, who said they are satisfied with the new Boeing twin, had considered exercising 787 options to meet long-haul demand, but opted for the less-costly moves of leasing four more A330s and upgrading the subfleet.
Rousseau’s comments indicate the decision to pass on 787 options goes beyond the A330 decision.


Air Canada Named One of the Top Five Most Attractive Company Brands to Work For in Canada


MONTREALMay 11, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada has been named as one of the top five most attractive company brands to work for in Canada, according to the Randstad Employer Brand Research (REBR) independent survey of Canadians to determine which brands they would most like to work for.
“Being named one of the top five most attractive companies to work for in the country is yet another testament to the successful evolution of our culture,” says Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Senior Vice-President, People, Culture and Communications at Air Canada.   “This most recent recognition follows Air Canada being named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for five consecutive years and being named one of Canada’s best diversity employers for the third consecutive year.    Together, these awards affirm our transformation to becoming a Top 10 Airline in everything we do.”
REBR conducts an impartial survey across an extensive demographic.    Participants in the REBR survey ranked companies based on 10 key factors including salary and benefits, job security and job content.    As there is no company participation, the survey is considered objective.

Air Canada W18 Long-haul changes as of 07MAY18

Air Canada in recent weeks adjusted planned Mainline long-haul operation for winter 2018/19 season, effective from 28OCT18. Latest adjustment as of 07MAY18 as follows. As usual, additional changes expected in the next few weeks.

Montreal – Casablanca Mainline A330-300 continues to operate 3 weekly (W17 operated by rouge 767)
Montreal – Lyon eff 06JAN19 787-8 replaces A330-300, 4 weekly (3 weekly 14JAN19 – 15FEB19)
Montreal – Tel Aviv Seasonal service extended to 02JAN19, 2 weekly 787-8 operating
Toronto – Dubai eff 28OCT18 3 weekly service operated by 400-seater 777-300ER, replacing 787-9 (AC last operated 777 on this route in winter 2016/17 season)
Toronto – Dublin eff 28OCT18 767-300ER operating in W18, replacing A330-300 in W17
Toronto – Madrid eff 28OCT18 767-300ER operating in W18, replacing A330-300 in W17
Toronto – Munich eff 28OCT18 400-seater 777-300ER operates entire winter season, instead of 777/787 mix in W17

Toronto – Santiago de Chile eff 28OCT18 787-9 continues to operate 5 weekly terminator service, compared to 6 weekly 777-300ER in NW17 (which extended to Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires in NW18 will be 3 weekly 787-9 nonstop service in each direction)
Toronto – Seoul Incheon 
28OCT18 – 18DEC18 Service operates 4 weekly, identical to same period in 2017
19DEC18 – 28MAR19 Reduce from 7 weekly during same period in 2017 to 6 weekly

Toronto – Shanghai Pu Dong eff 28OCT18 777-200LR scheduled to operate entire winter 2018, instead of 777-200LR/-300ER/787-9 mix in W17
Toronto – Tel Aviv eff 28OCT18 787-9 operates 1 daily, replacing -8 in W17
Toronto – Zurich eff 28OCT18 787-9 operating entire winter season, replacing 787-8/A330-300 in W17
Vancouver – Delhi eff 28OCT18 winter 2018/19 sees 6 weekly for entire season with 787-9, compared to 4 weekly in W17 (7 weekly in selected periods)
Vancouver – London Heathrow 07NOV18 – 30JAN19 400-seater 777-300ER replaces 450-seater

Previously reported changes:
Halifax – London Heathrow 4 weekly 737 MAX 8 scheduled in W18
Montreal – Rome
 Winter season operated by Boeing 787, replacing A330 in W17
29OCT18 – 22DEC18 787-8
24DEC18 – 05JAN19 787-9

Montreal – Tokyo Narita Service operates 3 weekly during winter season, 787-8 operating
St. John’s NFLD – London Heathrow 3 weekly 737 MAX 8 scheduled in W18
Toronto – Milan Malpensa Service extends to year-round since winter 2014/15, 3 weekly 767. No operation from 11JAN19 to 20FEB19