Category Archives: Air Canada

Air Canada Named one of Canada’s Top Diversity Employers for the Second Consecutive Year

 

MONTREAL, March 28, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity employers for 2017, the second consecutive year the carrier has been awarded this distinction.    In naming Air Canada, Mediacorp Canada Inc. cited the airline’s success promoting women, including in non-traditional roles.    The award is based on Mediacorp’s Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, which also included Air Canada for the fourth consecutive year for 2017.
“Diversity is a powerful tool in business.    Studies show that diverse groups generate greater creativity and innovation.    It is also essential for attracting and retaining the best talent because people value inclusion and the receptive environment diversity creates motivates everyone to do their best work.    This is a particularly important attribute for a global airline like Air Canada that competes with other international carriers for both customers and talent from around the world,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada.
“We therefore put a tremendous emphasis on diversity.    One example is the prominent roles women occupy throughout our company, from the airport ramp to C-suite offices and the Air Canada boardroom.    Today, nearly half of Air Canada’s employees are women and more than 40 per cent of middle managers are women.  We are pleased that Mediacorp has recognized our efforts to attract more women, particularly for non-traditional roles at the airline.”
In citing Air Canada, Mediacorp noted the carrier maintains diversity committees across Canada in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.    It cited Air Canada’s programs to encourage young women to consider aviation careers and noted that Air Canada hired 30 women pilots in 2016, up from 11 in the prior year.   Air Canada reports on its progress with respect to diversity in Citizens of the World, Air Canada’s Corporate Sustainability Report available at http://www.aircanada.ca.

Highlights from the most recent report include:

  • There are an estimated 60 languages spoken by Air Canada employees and 20 per cent of employees belong to visible minorities;
  • Air Canada employs more than 300 individuals self-identified as disabled;
  • Since 1993 Air Canada has been a sponsor of The Indspire Awards to recognize indigenous professionals and youth with outstanding career achievements. Recipients are chosen to serve as role models for all indigenous peoples.
  • Air Canada has signed the Catalyst Accord, an undertaking sponsored by the internationally-recognized group, Catalyst, committing to increase the number of women on its Board of Directors to 25 per cent, which it did by May 2016.

Air Canada Announces Renewal of Shareholder Rights Plan

 

MONTRÉAL , March 24, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada (AC.TO) (ACDVF) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a shareholder rights plan to renew Air Canada’s existing rights plan.
The renewed rights plan includes amendments to take into consideration the changes to the take-over bid rules that came into force in Canada on May 9, 2016 .   It is not being adopted in response to any specific proposal to acquire control of Air Canada, nor is the Board of Directors aware of any pending or threatened take-over bid for Air Canada.   The renewed rights plan is similar to plans recently adopted by other Canadian companies and approved by their shareholders.
The renewed rights plan will ensure that Air Canada and its shareholders continue to receive the benefits associated with Air Canada’s current shareholder rights plan, which is due to expire at the close of business on the date immediately following Air Canada’s 2017 annual meeting of shareholders.    As with the current plan, the renewed rights plans is designed to ensure that all shareholders of Air Canada are treated fairly in connection with any take-over offer or other acquisition of control of Air Canada.
The renewed rights plan will be effective at the close of business on the date immediately following its confirmation and approval by shareholders at Air Canada’s annual meeting of shareholders scheduled for May 5, 2017 .    If so approved, the renewed rights plan will remain in effect until the close of business on the date of Air Canada’s annual meeting of shareholders in 2020 and would be renewed in accordance with its terms for an additional period of three years (from 2020 to 2023) provided that the shareholders ratify such renewal at or prior to the annual meeting of shareholders to be held in 2020.
A complete copy of the rights plan will be filed and available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com

Air Canada’s Comox-Vancouver service to double in coming months

 

Air Canada (AC) will increase its current Comox-Vancouver service of two flights per day to four flights in preparation for the summer season.  The extra capacity resulting from the service addition is well timed to meet YQQ’s peak summer demand.  Flights begin May 19th and June 1st, effectively allowing travellers to take advantage of Air Canada’s extensive network.
Particularly welcome is an early morning departure from YQQ and late evening return.    “This is huge,” comments airport CEO Fred Bigelow.    “Not only does it solve the early morning departure issue (previously served by CMA), but also fixes a long standing problem of connecting returning passengers back through YVR in the evening.”
“It’s great to see Air Canada making this kind of investment in our market”, continues Bigelow. “Hopefully the passenger loads will prove strong and encourage continued growth in frequency and capacity on this route.”   The additional flights will operate daily, except Saturday, by Air Canada Express using a 50-seat, Bombardier Dash 8-300 aircraft.

Air Canada Adds Daily Montreal-Washington Dulles (IAD) Flights to Growing Transborder Network

 

MONTREAL, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Air Canada announced today the return of daily year-round service between Montreal and Washington Dulles (IAD) starting May 1, 2017, offering more choice for customers travelling between Montreal and the Washington, D.C., Metro area.    In addition to well-timed connections to Air Canada’s extensive network to Europe and North Africa, flights will also offer one-stop service to/from Quebec and Eastern Canada including Bagotville, Sept-Îles, Quebec City, Fredericton, Moncton, Bathurst, Saint John and Halifax.  Special introductory fares start as low as $191 one-way, all in, and tickets are now available for purchase at aircanada.com or through travel agents.
“We are happy to once again operate Montreal-Washington Dulles (IAD) flights that complement our existing twice daily flights to Washington National Airport and strengthen our market presence in the Washington, D.C., Metro area,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, at Air Canada.   “We continue to strategically grow our transborder network in support of our commitment to expand our global reach from Montreal-Trudeau reinforcing it as a hub that offers convenient connections from points throughout Quebec and Eastern Canada and to Air Canada’s extensive international network including Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt and Casablanca.”
The daily non-stop Air Canada Express service will be operated with 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-100 aircraft.    All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

Flight #

Depart

Time

Arrive

Time

AC8172

Montreal (YUL)

13:25

Washington (IAD)

15:09

AC8173

Washington (IAD)

15:40

Montreal (YUL)

17:15

So far in 2017, Air Canada has launched new non-stop U.S. services from Montreal to Dallas-Fort Worth and now to Washington Dulles; Toronto to: San Antonio, Memphis and Savannah; Vancouver to: Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver and Boston.

Air Canada Adds Daily Vancouver-Boston Flights to Growing Transborder Network for Summer 2017

VANCOUVER, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Air Canada announced today the introduction of daily summer seasonal service between Vancouver and Boston starting June 23, 2017 until September 4, 2017.   Special introductory fares start as low as $243 one-way, all in, and tickets are now available for purchase at aircanada.com or through travel agents.
“We continue to strategically expand our transborder network and we are excited to link Vancouver and Boston with daily non-stop flights this summer, complementing our existing Boston services from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax.    These new non-stop flights will shave two hours of travel time for customers travelling between the Canadian West Coast and the U.S. northeastern seaboard.  Customers travelling from the Greater Boston area, the sixth most populous area in the U.S., will also enjoy convenient connections at our YVR hub to Western Canada and to our daily flights to both Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, featuring competitive elapsed times,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, at Air Canada.
The new non-stop services will be operated by Air Canada starting June 23, 2017 with 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft offering a choice of Business and Economy Class service.    All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at the Vancouver hub, priority boarding and other benefits.

Flight #

Depart

Time

Arrive

Time

AC532

Vancouver (YVR)

08:55

Boston (BOS)

17:03

AC533

Boston (BOS)

17:55

Vancouver (YVR)

21:00

So far in 2017, Air Canada has launched new non-stop U.S. services from Vancouver to Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver and now Boston; Toronto to San Antonio, Memphis and Savannah; Montreal to Dallas-Fort Worth and now Washington Dulles.