Headquarters:Montreal, PQ, Canada
Airline Code: AC
Mailing Address:730 Cote Vertu West, Dorval, PQ, Canada H4Y 1H4
History:Air Canada is Canada's largest airline and flag carrier. Air Canada's predecessor, Trans-Canada Airlines (TCA), was founded in 1936 and inaugurated scheduled passenger services on September 1st, 1937 between Vancouver, Canada and Seattle, Washington. By 1964, TCA had grown to become Canada's national airline, and in on January 1st 1965 the name of the airline was changed to Air Canada. Following the 1980s deregulation of the Canadian airline market, the airline was privatized in 1988. In 2001, Air Canada acquired its largest rival, Canadian Airlines. In 2006, 34 million people flew with Air Canada as the airline celebrated its 70th anniversary.
Today Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air transportation for passengers and cargo to 96 destinations worldwide. Its largest hub is Toronto Pearson International Airport in Ontario. Its main base is Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Quebec. Air Canada is the world's 8th largest passenger airline by fleet size, and the airline is a founding member of Star Alliance.
Air Canada operates a fleet of Boeing 777, Boeing 767, and Airbus A330 wide-body jetliners on long-haul routes, and utilizes Airbus A320 family aircraft, including the A319, A320, and A321 variations and Embraer E170/E190 family aircraft on short-haul routes. The carrier's subsidiaries include Air Canada Cargo, ground support services, and regional airline partners, including Air Canada Jazz and Air Canada Jetz. Air Canada also provides vacation packages to over 90 destinations via Air Canada Vacations. Together with its regional carriers, the airline operates on average more than 1,375 scheduled flights a day.
Major Hubs:Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary
International Network Strengths:Significant route network to the USA, Europe, and the Caribbean. Several destinations are served in Central and South America, Japan, China, and Australia.
Domestic Network Strengths:East-West route focus including trans-continental non-stops between major cities in Eastern and Western Canada. More non-stops from Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver than any other airline.
Dash 8 100/300
Bombardier Regional Jet CRJ-200
Bombardier Regional Jet CRJ-705
Club/Lounge:Maple Leaf Lounge in all major Canadian cities and London, Paris, and Los Angeles. Star Alliance partner lounge access in other cities worldwide.
Useful phone numbers:
- Canada: Toll Free 1-888-247-2262 (option 4)
- United Kingdom: 0871 220 1111
- Germany: 49 69 27115-111
Hearing Impaired Reservations: Toll Free 1-800-361-8071
Automated Flight Status:Toll Free 1-888-247-2262
Frequent Flyer Program:Aeroplan
Earning Currency:Collect Aeroplan Miles with hundreds of hotel, car rental, financial, specialty and retail, and telecommunications partners. For program details visit www.aeroplan.com
Popular Redemption Award Levels:
15,000 Miles Free short-haul round-trip flight
25,000 Miles Free round-trip within Canada or between Canada/USA
25,000 Miles Free short-haul round-trip flight
40,000 Miles Free round-trip within Canada or between Canada/USA
Mileage Expiration Policy:You can collect miles with over 100 airline, financial, hotel, car rental, telecommunication, and retail and services partners. All it takes is one transaction every 12 months to keep your account active, and you have a full 7 years from the time you accumulate the miles to redeem them for a reward.
Co-Branded Credit Card:CIBC Aerogold VISA, American Express AeroplanPlus Gold Card and Platinum Card
Air Canada's new cabin interiors offer an 8.9 inch personal touch screen TV with access to hundreds of hours of entertainment and in-seat power for your laptop. Executive First Suites on most widebody aircraft offer lie-flat seats and 12-inch touch-screen TV equipped with noise-canceling Sennheiser headphones.