Air Canada’s Newly Inaugurated Bangkok Flight Now Enroute to Southeast Asia

  • Only Non-Stop Service Between North America and Thailand
  • Four-times weekly, seasonal flights from YVR until Mar. 26

MONTREAL, Dec. 2, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – A celebration was held at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) yesterday to mark Air Canada’s inaugural flight AC65, which departed last night from YVR. The flight is now enroute to Thailand and scheduled to arrive in Bangkok Saturday morning.

A celebration was held at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) yesterday to mark Air Canada's inaugural flight AC65, which departed last night from YVR. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“We are thrilled to launch Air Canada’s first non-stop service to Southeast Asia and the only non-stop flights between North America and Thailand. Bangkok is also one of the most visited destinations globally, and we have optimized connections to and from our trans-pacific hub at YVR to give customers convenient travel options to explore this exciting city renowned for its history, cuisine and culture, or to conduct international business trade. This new service from YVR is another step in our ambition to develop this hub into one of the most important trans-pacific gateways in North America. We look forward to welcoming our customers onboard,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President – Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

“Improving access between countries is crucial to a successful Canadian aviation sector. These flights will allow more travellers to get to their destinations, and will promote growth and prosperity for both Canadian and Thailand’s travel industries,” said The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport – Government of Canada.

“We are thrilled that Air Canada continues to grow its transpacific hub at YVR with the introduction of their new route to Bangkok — the only direct service from North America to Thailand,” said Tamara Vrooman, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “This new service will provide passengers with incredible tourism options and a broad range of business opportunities in the region. And here in British Columbia this new route will generate $2.8 million in tourism spend and $1.5 million in GDP.”

“We are excited to support Air Canada as our country’s flag carrier launches its new international service connecting Vancouver and Bangkok, the only direct flight between North America and Thailand,” said Jeff Nankivell, President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. “This new route comes at an exciting time. As the Government of Canada rolls out its ambitious new Indo-Pacific strategy for heightened engagement with the people and economies of this dynamic region, Southeast Asia has been identified as playing a central role in Canada’s plans to step up its game in Asia over the next decade, and beyond.”

International Service Highlights

At YVR, Air Canada’s Signature Suite is available to eligible customers, offering a private, premium experience prior to departure. Air Canada Chauffeur Service is offered, where eligible connecting International Air Canada Signature Class customers arriving from within Canada will be met by a Concierge before being whisked away on the tarmac in a hybrid or electric Porsche vehicle to the distinctive Air Canada Signature Suite. Chauffeur Service offers an unsurpassed airport Premium experience in Canada for International Air Canada Signature Class customers connecting through Toronto Pearson and Vancouver International Airports.

Air Canada has elevated its International Economy Class dining experience to reflect Canada’s culinary talent and tastes from our global network of destinations. Economy Class dining on all international flights departing Canada is being revamped to feature a hot entree created for Air Canada by renowned Montreal Chef Jérôme Ferrer, a member of Air Canada’s culinary panel. An additional appetizer reflecting destination cuisine is also being presented with all meals, and a separate dessert service will follow.

Air Canada Signature Class features culinary creations by award-winning Vancouver-based Chef David Hawksworth, which are complemented by a selection of top wines chosen by leading Canadian sommelier, Véronique Rivest.

Air Canada Signature Class customers will be presented with amenity kits in partnership with Acqua Di Parma featuring stylish amenity bags containing Acqua Di Parma luxury skincare products plus an oversized eye mask, socks, dental products and 3M earplugs for additional comfort and personal care.

Customers in International Premium Economy Class will enjoy reusable amenity totes containing an eye mask, socks and dental products providing for a more refreshed journey.

All customers have the opportunity to collect and redeem Aeroplan points when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.

Schedule

FlightFromToDays of WeekDepartsArrivesAircraftSeasonal Operation
AC65YVR
(Vancouver)
BKK
(Bangkok)
Mon,
Wed,
Fri, Sun
23:0005:55 + 2
days
Boeing 787
Dreamliner
Dec. 1 –
March 24
AC66BKK
(Bangkok)
YVR
(Vancouver)
Tue,
Wed,
Fri, Sun
08:3006:35Boeing 787
Dreamliner
Dec. 4 –
March 26

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 51 airports in Canada, 51 in the United States and 88 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

Air Canada Named Best Airline in North America for Fourth Straight Year by Global Traveler

Also named Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness for the third consecutive year

MONTREAL, Dec. 1, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada has been named the Best Airline in North America for the fourth consecutive year by the readers of Global Traveler. The airline also won for Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness for the third consecutive year in the 19th edition of the GT Tested Reader Survey of the magazine’s readership of frequent business and luxury travelers.

Air Canada has been named the Best Airline in North America for the fourth consecutive year by the readers of Global Traveler. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“We are thrilled to be recognized again by our loyal customers with the highly respected honours of Global Traveler’s Best Airline in North America and Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness. These awards directly reflect the efforts of everyone across our airline, and of the culture we have built at Air Canada fostering teamwork, and taking care of our customers with care and class. I also want to thank our employees for their passion and dedication to serving our customers, who have entrusted us with their travel plans. They are all incredible ambassadors for Air Canada around the world,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.

“Air Canada has once again shown themselves to be a leader, winning Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness for the third consecutive year and Best Airline in North America for the fourth consecutive year. As we continue to see travel increase, cabin cleanliness will be a requirement for the most savvy of passengers. This, coupled with Air Canada’s win for the fourth consecutive year as Best in North America, makes for a perfect win-win for the flying public,” said Francis X Gallagher, publisher & CEO, FXExpress Publications, Inc.

Global Traveler magazine conducted a survey of its readers from December 14, 2021 to September 30, 2022 with open-ended questions for the best in many categories of business & leisure luxury travel.  This survey was conducted in the magazine, as an insert to subscriber copies, as a direct mail questionnaire, online and emailed during the period in question. Only those questionnaires where more than 50% of the questions were completed were counted. Those under 50% were discarded. Employees of the magazine or individuals associated with the travel industry were not accepted. 

Earlier this year, Air Canada won five honours for excellence in leisure and lifestyle travel, and the best of family travel from Global Traveler and its sister publication WhereverFamily.

Leisure Lifestyle Awards

  • Best Airline for Onboard Entertainment for the fourth consecutive year
  • Best Premium Economy Class for the fourth consecutive year
  • Best Airline for Onboard Menu – Air Canada Business Class

Family Travel Awards

  • Best Family-Friendly Airline in North America for the fourth consecutive year
  • Best Family Friendly International Airline for the third consecutive year

These awards are the latest in a number of awards affirming Air Canada’s accomplishments in key aspects of its business including product, people and employee engagement. Other major awards and recognitions recently received by Air Canada include:

  • Top airline loyalty program for Aeroplan program and its partners by Rewards Canada 2022 Canada’s Choice Travel Loyalty Awards
  • Best Earning and Redemption Ability (Americas) by the Frequent Traveler (FT) People’s Awards, and Best Redemption Ability at the 2022 Freddie Awards.
  • One of the World’s Best Employers 2022, by Forbes
  • One of Canada’s Best Employers for Diversity 2022 by Forbes
  • One of Canada’s Best Employers 2022 by Forbes
  • One of Montreal Top Employers 2022 by Mediacorp (for the ninth consecutive year)
  • Payworks Award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy at the Canadian HR Awards 2022
  • Travel Pulse Canada’s 2022 Readers’ Choice awards for Best Traditional Airline of the Year, Best Safety Protocols and Best Trade Communications during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Inaugural recipient of the Roberta Bondar Foundation’s 2022 Award for Innovation and Creativity for its Protection of the Environment.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 51 airports in Canada, 51 in the United States and 88 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

Aeroplan Wins Top Honors in Rewards Canada 2022 Canada’s Choice Travel Loyalty Awards

Air Canada program tops every category it entered, winning five top finishes

Aeroplan and its credit card partners were eligible for five of the competition's ten categories and won in each, including for Top Airline Loyalty Program. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

MONTREAL, Nov. 22, 2022 /CNW/ – Air Canada’s Aeroplan loyalty program had a strong showing at this year’s Canada’s Choice travel rewards, where Canadians are invited to name their favourite loyalty programs and credit cards in Canada. Aeroplan and its credit card partners were eligible for five of the competition’s ten categories and won in each, including for Top Airline Loyalty Program.

“Thanks to our members for voting Aeroplan as their top choice – it means everything to us,” said Scott O’Leary, Vice President, Loyalty and Product at Air Canada. “We’re so proud to share these honours with our team, our partners, and our employees who deliver on the promise of Aeroplan every day.”

In the 2022 Canada’s Choice competition, Aeroplan and its partners won in the following categories

  • Top Airline Loyalty Program (Aeroplan)
  • Top Overall Travel Rewards Credit Card (TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite card)
  • Top No Annual Fee Travel Rewards Credit Card (CIBC Aeroplan Visa)
  • Top Airline Credit Card (TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite card)
  • Top Ultra Premium Credit Card (TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card)

Rewards Canada said the response to this year’s awards was its best ever with more than 21,000 people voting for their favourites. In the Top Airline Loyalty Program category, Aeroplan took an unprecedented 88 per cent of the vote while Aeroplan’s credit cards took the top three spots in the Top Airline Credit Card category, with over 87 per cent of the vote.

Since relaunching in 2020, Aeroplan has continued to deliver world-class partnerships for its members. On top of its industry-leading, 46 airline partners for flight rewards, the program has expanded to retail partners like Starbucks and Ontario’s LCBO, and additional travel partners like Uber. It also recently launched HotelSavers, through which Aeroplan makes available over 7,000 points hotels around the world to choose from, giving members more ways than ever to redeem their Aeroplan points.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 50 airports in Canada, 47 in the United States and 69 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

Air Canada Launches Live TV Onboard Select Domestic Flights

  • Six Canadian national sports and news channels in English and French
  • Customers can watch exciting live sports on TSN and RDS, including soccer, hockey, football, golf, basketball and more, plus national, world, and business news
  • 55% of mainline aircraft to be Live TV-enabled by the second quarter of 2023

MONTREAL, Nov. 21, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced it has launched Live TV on select aircraft and domestic routes, becoming the only Canadian carrier to offer customers the ability to cheer on their favourite sports teams by watching global sporting events in real time or watch live national news onboard a flight. Live TV on Air Canada flights currently features six Canadian English and French channels which are available as part of the airline’s complimentary and extensive inflight entertainment programming.

Air Canada today announced it has launched Live TV on select aircraft and domestic routes, becoming the only Canadian carrier to offer customers the ability to cheer on their favourite sports teams by watching global sporting events in real time or watch live national news onboard a flight. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“We are thrilled to launch Live TV as the newest addition to our unparalleled onboard entertainment. Customers will be able to enjoy content from great Canadian channels in both English and French. Sports fans flying with us can enjoy the exhilaration of watching regular season, playoff and championship games in real time, while business news junkies will appreciate remaining connected to market trends and current events, right from their seat. As we continue elevating the customer experience, we look forward to expanding Live TV to more flights, and bring even more leading content and features in 2023,” said John Moody, Senior Director – Product Design, at Air Canada.

Live TV is presently available on domestic routes from coast to coast operated with a Live TV-enabled aircraft. Currently 40 Boeing 777, Boeing 787, Airbus A330 and Airbus A220 aircraft are Live TV-enabled, and Air Canada expects 50% of domestic flights operated by mainline aircraft to offer Air Live TV by the second of quarter 2023.

Air Canada’s Live TV experience is delivered through a satellite-connected, inflight entertainment solution.

Live TV programming on Air Canada flights is comprised of:

  • TSN, TSN 2 and RDS delivering comprehensive live sports coverage for marquee sports events including soccer, hockey, basketball, football, baseball, golf, professional motor racing, and more
  • CTV News Channel delivering breaking news from communities across Canada and around the world as the country’s 24-hour all-news network
  • LCN, Quebec’s all-news station delivering news and rich programming from morning to night
  • BNN Bloomberg as Canada’s definitive source for business news, delivering breaking finance updates and live market coverage

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 50 airports in Canada, 47 in the United States and 69 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

Air Canada Invests in Canadian Technology that Captures Carbon Directly from the Air to Fight Climate Change

  • Carbon Engineering partnership to advance aviation decarbonization

MONTREAL, Nov. 17, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced an equity investment/loan of $6.75 million into Canadian climate solutions company Carbon Engineering (CE). The investment supports the advancement of CE’s Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology that pulls carbon dioxide (CO2) directly out of the air at large, industrial scale.

Air Canada today announced an equity investment/loan of $6.75 million into Canadian climate solutions company Carbon Engineering. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
(CNW Group/Air Canada)

Under its Climate Action Plan, Air Canada has committed to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. To help achieve this goal, the company created a $50 million investment fund to support new technologies. The $6.75 million being invested in CE comes from this fund and follows on an earlier announcement by Air Canada that it is investing US$5 million in Heart Aerospace, a Swedish company developing electric hybrid aircraft.

“We remain focused on seeking innovative, long-term, sustainable GHG emissions reduction solutions for aviation, and carbon capture is one we have outlined in our strategy to achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. Last year, we became the first Canadian airline to sign an MOU with CE to explore carbon capture scalability and other initiatives for our industry. We are proud to invest in CE to further advance new, transformational technologies towards carbon removal commercially,” said Michael Rousseau, President & Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada.

According to CE, their DAC process uses large fans to pull in air and then, through a series of processes, extracts the CO2 while returning the other air components to the environment. The captured atmospheric CO2 can be used to reduce aviation emissions by producing sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) that can be drop-in compatible with today’s aircraft. The captured CO2 can also be safely and durably stored in geologic reservoirs to provide carbon dioxide removals that can used to offset GHG emissions.

Air Canada Climate Strategy

Air Canada has committed to net-zero GHG emissions from all its global operations by 2050, with absolute mid-term GHG net reduction targets by 2030 of 20% from air operations and 30% from ground operations compared to its 2019 baseline.

The company currently reports its  annual GHG emissions, targets and climate strategy through the CDP and in 2022 issued its first Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures aligned report, available here.

Additional information about Air Canada’s Environmental Social Governance activities is discussed in the airline’s Corporate Sustainability Report, Citizens of the World.

For more information about Air Canada’s environmental and sustainability programs, please visit Leave Less.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 50 airports in Canada, 47 in the United States and 69 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net-zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

Star Alliance named the World’s Leading Airline Alliance at the World Travel Awards 2022

  • Star Alliance Los Angeles lounge also named North America’s Leading Airport Lounge
  • Both awards have been won for the third consecutive year

SINGAPORE – November 12, 2022 – Star Alliance has been named the World’s Leading Airline Alliance at the World Travel Awards for the third consecutive year. At the North America 2022 edition of the awards held in August, the Star Alliance Los Angeles airport lounge also retained the award for North America’s Leading Airport Lounge for the third year running.

In receiving these awards, Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh said: “We are extremely delighted to be receiving the World Travel Awards for the third consecutive year. This is particularly fitting as we celebrate our 25th anniversary this year.”

Mr Goh continued: “These awards are testimony to the great work that more than 400,000 employees across the Star Alliance network do each day in delivering safe and seamless travel, and also to all the customers who have continued to give us and our member carriers their confidence and support.”

Now in its 29th edition, the World Travel Awards was established to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. The annual awards are awarded based on a worldwide poll of qualified executives working within travel and tourism, and the consumer travel buyer.

Graham E Cooke, Founder, World Travel Awards, said: “Star Alliance continues to set the benchmark for global aviation and I am delighted that both the travel trade and the public have acknowledged this by voting it the World’s Leading Airline Alliance 2022 at the World Travel Awards. Earlier this year, Star Alliance’s ground-breaking LA lounge was also the runaway winner for North America’s Leading Airport Lounge once again.”

In addition to these two awards won at the alliance level, a number of Star Alliance member carriers also came away as individual winners this year. Nine of them won awards in 21 categories, ranging from World’s Leading Airline – First Class, to Leading Airlines in Europe, Oceania, Asia and Mexico & Central America.

About Star Alliance

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance, based on a customer value proposition of global reach, worldwide recognition and seamless service. Since inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey. The member airlines are: Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries. Further connecting flights are offered by Star Alliance Connecting Partners Juneyao Airlines and THAI Smile Airways.

Air Canada Named One of the World’s Best Employers by Forbes

MONTREAL, Nov. 16, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada was recently recognized by Forbes as one of the World’s Best Employers 2022, and as a company which provides excellent employment opportunities at local and international levels.

Air Canada was recently recognized by Forbes as one of the World's Best Employers 2022, and as a company which provides excellent employment opportunities at local and international levels. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada was recently recognized by Forbes as one of the World’s Best Employers 2022, and as a company which provides excellent employment opportunities at local and international levels. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“As a global carrier, we believe that creating a workplace culture that supports employee fulfillment, growth and development helps us attract and retain the best talent in Canada and globally. Air Canada continues to hire in various positions as it implements its strategic plan in restoring its international network, products and services, and we are thrilled to be recognized by Forbes as one of the world’s best employers for the third consecutive year,” said Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Public Affairs.

According to Forbes, selection of the World’s Best Employers 2022 is based on independent surveys by market research group Statistica of roughly 150,000 employees in more than 55 countries around the world. Participants were asked to rate employers according to various topics such as image, trust, gender equality, corporate social responsibility, culture and benefits. Over one million data points were analyzed.

The Forbes award is the most recent recognition Air Canada has received for human resources, corporate culture and employee engagement in 2022, which include:

  • One of Canada’s Best Employers for Diversity 2022 by Forbes
  • One of Canada’s Best Employers 2022 by Forbes
  • One of Montreal Top Employers 2022 by Mediacorp (for the ninth consecutive year)
  • Payworks Award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy at the Canadian HR Awards 2022

People interested in taking their careers to new heights with Air Canada may find more information here. Additional information about Air Canada’s people and programs is available in its Corporate Sustainability Report, Citizens of the World .

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 50 airports in Canada, 47 in the United States and 69 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net-zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

Air Canada Announces Bolloré Logistics as First Cargo Customer to Join Leave Less Travel Program

Bolloré Logistics to purchase 620,000 litres of SAF, enabling them to reduce their Scope 3 GHG emissions.

MONTREAL, Nov. 15, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada announced today that Bolloré Logistics has become the first Air Canada Cargo customer to join the Leave Less Travel Program, which offers corporate and cargo customers effective options to offset or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to business travel or freight transportation, and reduce their carbon footprint. Bolloré Logistics has agreed to compensate a significant portion of its GHG emissions associated with its projected shipments with Air Canada Cargo with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) which represents a purchase of 620,000 litres in 2022. This participation in Air Canada’s Leave Less Travel Program will enable Bolloré Logistics to reduce its Scope 3 GHG emissions.

“We are very pleased to welcome Bolloré Logistics as our first cargo customer to participate in Air Canada’s Leave Less Travel Program. Addressing climate change in aviation requires a multifaceted approach, together with the united efforts of many stakeholders.  The commitment of companies like Bolloré Logistics is a testament that environmentally-innovative business programs are mutually possible, further helping the aviation sector to build a long-term, sustainable industry,” said Jason Berry, Vice President, Cargo at Air Canada.

“At a time when climate awareness is at the heart of the strategy of many companies, Bolloré Logistics is proud to join a program that is financing the future of low-carbon air industry. Through this initiative with our partner Air Canada, we contribute our scope 3 CO2 reduction targets and offer more sustainable transport solutions to our clients,” said Patrick Lafrance, Managing Director Canada at Bolloré Logistics.

About Air Canada’s Leave Less Travel Program
The Leave Less Travel Program, launched in October 2021 allows corporate and cargo customers to choose the offering they want through a customized approach using SAF, carbon offsets, or a combination of both, through four core actions. To date, five companies have signed to participate.

For cargo customers:

  • Calculate: Air Canada tracks and calculates the GHG emissions associated with the cargo customer’s freight transportation.
  • Select: The cargo customer can choose how they want to mitigate their GHG emissions associated with their freight transportation:  SAF and/or carbon offsets.
  • Purchase:
    • SAF: Air Canada purchases the required SAF volumes and ensures the cargo customer can claim the benefits of its investment.
    • Carbon Offset: Air Canada facilitates the purchase of carbon offsets through CHOOOSE.
  • Reduce: The cargo customer contributes to their sustainability goals

The Program supports the airline’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, notably Goal 13: Climate Action. Through its Climate Action Plan, the airline has committed to investing $50 Million in SAF, and carbon reductions and removals.

Air Canada has committed to net-zero GHG emissions from all its global operations by 2050, with absolute midterm GHG net reduction targets by 2030 for both its air and ground operations compared to its 2019 baseline.

For more information about Air Canada’s environmental and sustainability programs, please visit Leave Less.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 50 airports in Canada, 47 in the United States and 69 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

About Bolloré Logistics

Bolloré Logistics is a major international supply chain operator and ranks among the world’s top ten transport and logistics groups with an integrated network of 603 agencies in 111 countries. Placing customers at the heart of its strategy, Bolloré Logistics is committed to designing innovative, robust and agile solutions. Through the reliable management of the entire supply chain, the company has developed a high level of resilience enabling it to control risks by securing transport plans through alternative options and to lead a continuous improvement policy over the long term while acting as an ethical and responsible player.

Bolloré Logistics’ strategy is based on the respect of common values, the transfer of skills and the willingness to innovate. The company has drawn up a CSR programme together with its customers and employees called “Powering Sustainable Logistics”. Based on the ISO 26000 standard for assessing stakeholders’ CSR issues, the programme has four key focuses:

  • Ensuring ethical and responsible business practices in the value chain.
  • Providing sustainable supply chain solutions to customers.
  • Acting as a committed employer for the Bolloré Logistics teams.
  • Strengthening relations with Bolloré Logistics’ stakeholders wherever it operates.

In environmental terms, Bolloré Logistics contributes to the preservation of the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality in urban areas. In 2018, Bolloré Logistics aligned its objective with the global-warming trajectory of 2°C as part of the Science-Based Targets (SBT) initiative. The company is committed to reducing the intensity of its CO2 emissions by 30% in scopes 1 and 2 by 2027 and to cutting by 30% by 2030 (relative to 2019) its Scope 3 CO2 emissions generated by the execution of transport services. 

To cope with his objectives, Bolloré Logistics announced in 2021 the launch of AIRsaf, a new offer based on the use of SAF or sustainable aviation fuel to offer its customers the best eco-responsible approach to air freight by reducing carbon emissions by up to 80%. This solution, offered at cost price, relates to one-off or regular shipments made by several airline companies on all geographical routes.