Category: Air Canada

Air Canada to Open Redesigned Maple Leaf Lounge at St. John’s International Airport This Fall

  • Located in the newly expanded departures lounge

MONTREAL, July 11, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced it will open a redesigned Maple Leaf Lounge located in St. John’s International Airport new terminal East expansion area (YYT) this fall. The new Maple Leaf Lounge will have 77 per cent more square footage, 46 additional seats, and windows offering a panoramic view of iconic Signal Hill and a beautiful view of the ocean.”We look forward to the opening of our redesigned Maple Leaf Lounge in the newly expanded Departures Lounge at St John’s later this year which will offer our eligible customers an elevated airport experience, with a quiet place to relax or work before their flight,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada’s President, Airlines and Chief Operating Officer. “Throughout the lounge, we’re proudly showcasing Canadian furnishings, local art and crafts that will reflect the charm of Newfoundland and Labrador’s landscape and people.”

 “We are delighted that our airline partner Air Canada has made this significant investment at our airport, for the benefit of many of our frequent travellers. The beautifully designed new lounge with its added amenities will be well-received by passengers, and will assist in creating an exceptional experience at our airport,” said Keith Collins, President and CEO, St. John’s International Airport Authority.

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Air Canada Foundation Netted More Than $1,000,000 to Help Canadian Children’s Charities

preferred-logo-enMONTREAL, July 10, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – The Air Canada Foundation’s seventh annual golf tournament netted over $1,000,000 in support of organizations focused on the health and well-being of children in Canada.  The tournament took place Monday, July 9 at the Saint Raphaël Golf Club in Ile-Bizard, Quebec, and featured close to 350 attendees from around the world. It included a full day of golf followed by a cocktail-style dinner, as well as silent and live auctions of items donated by tournament partners and Air Canada Foundation supporters. “The overwhelming generosity of Air Canada’s partners and friends has once again made the Air Canada Foundation’s golf tournament a huge success with over $1 million raised,” said Priscille LeBlanc, Chair of the Air Canada Foundation. “We also appreciate the tireless work of Air Canada employee volunteers who helped organize and facilitate the event, which was once again a sellout, allowing the majority of the funds raised to directly benefit children in need. On behalf of all the children and their families whose lives are touched by the Foundation, I thank our loyal sponsors, participants and volunteers for their on-going generosity and support.” Two young boys – Justin and Kaleb – who benefited from the support provided by the Air Canada Foundation played an important role during the day by manning the highly coveted lemonade stand. They helped raise a record amount of $11,713.50 for the Foundation as they enticed golfers with their refreshing lemonade on a sunny day. The Air Canada Foundation was proud to welcome AMADEUS as Presenting Partner of this year’s event, which was supported by more than 100 Canadian, American and international corporations and organizations. This year’s Patrons of Honour are:

Air Canada Jazz Aviation LP Macquarie Bank
Air Georgian Exxon Mobil Rockwell Collins
SAP Ariba GA Telesis Sky Regional Airlines
Bell Canada GE Aviation Visa Canada
Bombardier HSBC
CIBC Capital Markets Airbase Canada

As a registered not-for-profit organization, the Air Canada Foundation’s mission is to help connect sick children to the medical care they need, grant children’s wishes and alleviate child poverty. In 2017, the Air Canada Foundation granted over $5.4 million (financial and in-kind) to support Canadian registered charities. Funds were donated to programs or projects submitted by eligible registered charitable organizations in line with the Air Canada Foundation’s mission. Financial donations The Air Canada Foundation provided financial support for a total amount of $1,585,300 to 50 registered charities across Canada. Some of the initiatives we helped support include:

  • Children with special needs in summer camps were treated to a more enjoyable experience thanks to Reach(formerly known as Reach for the Rainbow), which purchased adaptive equipment to ensure accessibility and security for them
  • The Sainte-Justine Hospital, through Bye-Bye Allergies, opened its oral immunotherapy clinic and address severe food allergies
  • The country’s largest pediatric hospitals received more Fun Centres thanks to the support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada
  • Three Aboriginal schools received the support of the Breakfast Club of Canada, which covered food and kitchen equipment purchases

In-Kind Support

  • Enabled eight Dreams Take Flight trips from across Canada (Halifax, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Vancouver) for a magical day at Disney.
  • 1,348 round trip airline tickets were donated to more than 350 charitable organizations in support their fundraising initiatives.
  • Partnership with the RCMP Child Recovery Program to ensure the safe return of missing children.
  • The Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program donated over 6.65 million Aeroplan Miles to 15 pediatric hospitals across Canada allowing children to access medical care not available in their own communities.
  • The Air Canada Foundation Volunteer Involvement Program, which was designed to recognize the active involvement of employees in their own communities, awarded a pair of airline tickets to 80 charitable organizations for their fundraising events. The charitable organizations supported by the Volunteer Involvement Program include:
    • BC – Family Services of the North Shore
    • BC / QC – Canadian Cancer Society
    • QC – Fondation de l’Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal
    • QC – Families for Children
    • ON – Kids Connection Haiti
    • ON ­– Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
    • ON – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Ontario
    • ON – Canadian Diabetes Association
    • MB ­– Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association
    • NL – Newfoundland and Labrador Down Syndrome Society
    • NL – Young Adult Cancer Canada
    • AB – Salvation Army Kate Booth House
    • NB – St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation of Saint John

About the Air Canada Foundation The Air Canada Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focused on the health and well-being of children and youth, was launched in 2012. It offers both financial and in-kind support, through travel assistance, to Canadian registered charities.  Core programs include the Hospital Transportation Program which donates Aeroplan Miles to pediatric hospitals across Canada enabling children to access medical care unavailable locally and the Volunteer Involvement Program which recognizes the involvement of employees in their local community by providing airline tickets to the registered charities in support of their fundraising initiatives.  The Foundation, in collaboration with the airline, also engages directly in fundraising activities such as the Every Bit Counts program, which encourages customers to donate loose change of all denominations onboard flights or through airport collection containers. The Foundation also offers continued support to major health-related causes that benefit Canadians and is an active participant in international humanitarian relief activity as the need arises.  For more information about the Air Canada Foundation, please visit or the 2016 Corporate Sustainability Report, Citizens of the World, online at

Air Canada’s new aircraft footage is also a love letter to Vancouver

Monday 9 July 2018 – Posted by Travelweek Group
VANCOUVER — Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Yes, not just one plane but two, and they were shooting new footage for Air Canada.

Air-Canada_s-new-aircraft-footage-is-also-a-love-letter-to-Vancouver Back in May, Vancouverites reported seeing a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft flying unusually low over English Bay, with another smaller plane following closely behind. Both aircraft were reportedly flying at just 2,800 feet.

It turns out the smaller plane was filming footage of Air Canada’s new aircraft as it flew above local landmarks like BC Place Stadium and the Vancouver Convention Centre.

A new video that was posted on Air Canada’s YouTube channel includes a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into how the footage was shot. Although the brand new Boeing is undoubtedly the main star, the video also beautifully captures Vancouver in all its glory.

A new video that was posted on Air Canada’s YouTube channel includes a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into how the footage was shot. Although the brand new Boeing is undoubtedly the main star, the video also beautifully captures Vancouver in all its glory.

Air Canada has 61 firm orders for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which are scheduled for delivery by 2021. By the end of 2018, 18 of these will enter its fleet, reports Daily Hive.

Air Canada Completes Inauguration of 25 New Non-Stop International, Transborder and Domestic Routes This Summer


  • Five regional services launch today: Montreal to Windsor and London ON; Edmonton to Kelowna and Victoria; Calgary to Comox

MONTREAL, July 2, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today inaugurates five new non-stop regional services from Montreal to Windsor, Montreal to London ON, Edmonton to Kelowna, Edmonton and Victoria, Calgary and Comox, completing the successful launch of 25 new year-round and seasonal routes this summer.

“We are very pleased to launch our newest domestic regional services today to offer customers more choice and convenience when travelling. The 25 international, transborder and domestic routes that we have strategically added this summer broaden and deepen our already expansive global network by adding new destinations and city pairings, and are consistent with company growth plans,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Airlines and Chief Operating Officer at Air Canada.

The 25 new routes were inaugurated between May 1 and July 2, 2018 and include a combination of Air Canada mainline, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express services:

Departure City Destination Service
Toronto Buenos Aires Mainline
Toronto Shannon* Mainline
Toronto Zagreb* Rouge
Toronto Porto* Rouge
Toronto Bucharest* Rouge
Toronto Omaha Express
Toronto Providence* Express
Toronto Nanaimo* Rouge
Toronto Kamloops* Rouge
Montreal Tokyo Narita Mainline
Montreal Dublin* Mainline
Montreal Bucharest* Rouge
Montreal Lisbon* Rouge
Montreal Baltimore Express
Montreal Pittsburgh Express
Montreal Victoria* Rouge
Montreal Windsor Express
Montreal London, ON Express
Vancouver Zurich* Mainline
Vancouver Paris* Mainline
Vancouver Sacramento Express
Edmonton San Francisco Express
Edmonton Kelowna Express
Edmonton Victoria* Express
Calgary Comox* Express

*Indicates summer seasonal route
Flights are timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s global network at major hubs, provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access where available, priority boarding and other benefits.

Air Canada Rouge Celebrates its Fifth Birthday

Rouge-Boeing-767-300-Coastal-5MONTREAL, June 29, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada Rouge is celebrating its birthday, marking five years of providing customers with memorable beginnings and endings to their holidays. From its first flight on Canada Day 2013, Air Canada’s leisure carrier has grown to more than 50 aircraft from four, expanded to over 100 routes on five continents from an initial 14 routes, flown more than 25 million customers, and directly created 2,000 high-quality jobs for Canadians.

Fast Facts about Air Canada Rouge

  • Over 25 million customers carried since launch\Service to more than 70 destinations on five continents
  • Over 2,000 high-quality incremental jobs created, including almost 600 pilots and over 1400 Rouge Crew
  • Fleet of 53 aircraft (22 Airbus A319s, 6 Airbus A321s and 25 Boeing 767s).
  • High-speed satellite internet being implemented across entire fleet

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Air Canada’s New Uniforms Recognized Internationally for Best Corporate Design

  • Airline is first North American company to receive the award from Europe’s Professional Clothing Awards
  • Third award for Air Canada’s new uniforms

MONTREAL, June 22, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada’s newly launched uniforms have been recognized for Best Corporate Design by the UK’s Professional Clothing Awards. It is the first time a North American company has been recognized in these highly regarded awards and it follows on two Image of the Year Awards received in March from the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors. Air Canada’s new uniforms were launched earlier this year.

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Air Canada takes on the low cost carriers

Air_Canada_LogoAir Canada’s move to launch its own loyalty programme in 2020 will help to attract more foreign investors who will bolster its stock price, CEO Calin Rovinescu said this week. Air Canada said it is negotiating with potential credit card partners and expects to announce a decision by year-end. The airline served notice last year that it does not plan to renew its 30-plus year partnership with Aimia Inc.-operated Aeroplan when the current contract ends in 2020.

Rovinescu said the industry as a whole isn’t fully rewarded because past airline bankruptcies on both sides of border made such investments risky.

But he said its decision not to renew its Aeroplan partnership will deliver up to about $2.5 billion of value for investors.

“That can actually go a long way to eliminating that multiple differential that exists with the US carriers,” he said.

Chief financial officer Michael Rousseau added that the share price should also be helped as it attracts more investors from the US, Europe and Asia. Currently, 42 percent of its shareholders are from outside of Canada.

Air Canada said it is preparing to deploy its Rouge low-cost airplanes on routes to Western Canada to compete with ultra-low-cost rivals.

The first routes will be between Montreal and Victoria, along with Toronto to Nanaimo and Kamloops, B.C., starting in June.

Three more planes will be added to the Rouge fleet, bringing it to 53 aircraft. One of the planes will be used to replace a regional aircraft.

The larger Rouge plane will reduce costs by decreasing the number of daily flights on that route.

WestJet Airlines is launching its Swoop ultra-low-cost airline in June to compete with Flair Airlines and other carriers preparing to start service.

Air Canada reported a smaller-than-expected loss in its first quarter as its revenue grew compared with a year ago, boosted by increased capacity and passenger traffic.

The Montreal-based airline said it lost $170 million or 62 cents per diluted share for the quarter compared with a loss of $13 million or five cents per share in the same quarter last year.

Operating revenue for the quarter totalled a record $4.07 billion, up from $3.64 billion as it experienced a strong performance in most areas and particularly in the business cabin.

Chief executive Calin Rovinescu told analysts that the strong results were achieved despite higher costs resulting from winter service disruptions.

“Despite these challenges, our first quarter performance demonstrates our ability to perform against headwinds and our progress towards consistent earnings and long-term sustained profitability,” he said.

The most recent quarter included losses on foreign exchange of $112 million compared with gains on foreign exchange of $70 million in the first quarter of 2017.

On an adjusted basis, Air Canada said it lost $52 million or 19 cents per diluted share compared with an adjusted loss of $63 million or 23 cents per diluted share a year ago.

Analysts on average had expected an adjusted loss of 44 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters.

Air Canada Inaugurates Two New International Dreamliner Routes From Vancouver

Air Canada B787-9VANCOUVERJune 7, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today launched the first of two new international Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes to Europe with a celebration prior to the departure of the carrier’s inaugural flight from Vancouver to Zurich.  Tomorrow, the airline will launch non-stop flights to Paris, marking five non-stop European routes from Air Canada’s YVR hub.

“We are delighted to launch new non-stop flights from Vancouver to Zurich and to Paris, both onboard our state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The strategic addition of these seasonal international flights further strengthens our YVR hub which combined with our extensive North American network, provides excellent options for travelers from BC and the North American west coast to Europe, and as well as for European visitors and beyond to western Canada and the Pacific Northwest,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

“These new flights are great news for travelers and for tourism,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “As more Europeans choose to vacation in British Columbia, I’m pleased to see Air Canada creating options to meet that demand. Having more direct flights makes traveling to our beautiful province easier for people. This means more visits to B.C. and more jobs for British Columbians.”

Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners feature three cabins of service with enhanced definition individual on-demand personal entertainment offering a wide range of movies, short films, TV programs and audio selections at every seat throughout the aircraft.

All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, and for eligible customers, priority services and access to Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounges.

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From its YVR hub this summer, Air Canada offers up to 1,293 flights each week non-stop to eight destinations in Asia, three destinations in Australia, five destinations in Europe, 16 destinations in the USA, 22 destinations in Canada and two destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.