Canada’s flag carrier and also its biggest airline.
Founded in 1936.
Provides scheduled and charter air transport for passengers and cargo to
178 global destinations.
Ninth-biggest passenger airline in the world by number of destinations;
founding member of Star Alliance, an alliance founded in 1997 which
currently has 28 full members.
Its company headquarters are located in Montreal, Quebec; its biggest hub
is Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario.
Had passenger profits of CA$10.2 billion in 2011.
Air Canada Express is its regional service.
Its origins go back to the Canadian federal government’s 1936
establishment of Trans-Canada Airlines (TCA), which started operating
their first transcontinental flight routes in 1938.
TCA had its name changed to Air Canada in 1965 after the government
approved the change.
Was privatized in 1988 after the Canadian airline market was deregulated
in the 1980s.
Purchased its biggest competitor, Canadian Airlines, in 2001.
Filed for bankruptcy protection in 2003; emerged and reorganized under
the holding corportation ACE Aviation Holdings Inc.
34 million passengers flew with Air Canada in 2006 when the airline
observed its 70th anniversary.
Currently seen as the SkyTrax Best International Airline in North America;
it was also ranked as a four star airline by Skytrax in 2013.
Has a fleet of Airbus A330, Boeing 767, and Boeing 777 wide body jetliners
on long-haul routes; uses the Airbus A320 aircraft, like the A319, A320,
and A321 variations, and Embraer E170/E190 family aircraft on short-haul
Its operating subsidiaries include Air Canada Cargo and Air Canada Jetz.
Another subsidiary, Air Canada Vacations, provides holiday packages to
more than 90 destinations.
Normally operates, along with its regional partners, over 1,530 scheduled
flights every day.
Air Canada: Background
Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Toronto Pearson International Airport
Calgary International Airport
Vancouver International Airport
Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
Edmonton International Airport
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International
Air Canada Express
Air Canada Jetz
Air Canada route
Air Canada Cargo
Air Canada Vacations
Air Canada: Hubs, focus cities, and
Under federal law (Air Canada Act), Air Canada is compelled to keep its main office in Montreal; its company headquarters is Air
Canada Centre (Centre Air Canada in French), also called La Rondelle (French for “The Puck”), a seven-story building located on the
grounds of Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Saint-Laurent.
Air Canada had its headquarters at 1 Place Ville-Marie in Montreal in 1975; the airline announced, in 1990, it would relocate its
headquarters to the airport to lower costs.
In 2011, Air Canada announced they were relocating 125 crew schedulers from their Montreal headquarters to Toronto.
Air Canada: Headquarters
Air Canada operates flights to 21 domestic destinations and 81 international destinations (such as UK overseas
territories, Kingdom of the Netherlands, French overseas departments and territories, and U.S. territories) across
Asia, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania.
The airline, together with its regional partners, serves more than 175 destinations in 45 countries on five continents
Air Canada has flown several fifth freedom routes (passenger and cargo rights between two non-Canadian
destinations, of which only one still operates flights, specifically Santiago-Buenos Aires; among past fifth freedom
routes are Honolulu-Sydney, London Heathrow-Düsseldorf, Paris-Geneva, Paris-Munich, Paris-Berlin, Frankfurt-Zürich,
Zürich-Zagreb, Zürich-Vienna, Zürich-Delhi, Lisbon-Madrid, Brussels-Prague, London Heathrow-Delhi, London
Heathrow-Nice, and London Heathrow-Bombay-Singapore.
Air Canada: Destinations
Air Canada (from September 2013) has codeshare agreements
with these airlines (*Star Alliance partner; Air Canada is a
founding member of Star Alliance):
Air New Zealand*
All Nippon Airways*
LOT Polish Airlines*
Middle East Airlines (SkyTeam)
South African Airways*
Swiss International Air Lines*
Thai Airways International*
Air Canada: Codeshare agreements
On most of its aircraft, Air Canada offers two types of service: Business and Economy.
International Business Class and Economy Class is offered on international routes, with specific flights even offering Premium
Economy Class; Business Class and Economy Class are featured on short-haul and domestic routes; both Business Class and
Economy Class are featured on Air Canada Express CRJ705 and Embraer 175 aircraft, whereas all other Air Canada Express aircraft
have one-class economy cabins.
Air Canada passed no smoking flights between Canada and New York City as a test in the spring of 1987; following a subsequent
survey which reported that 96% of passengers were in favor of the smoking ban, Air Canada expanded the ban to other flights.
Air Canada: Services
Air Canada Commercials 1982-2012:
Air Canada 2010 Olympics Commercial - Go Far:
Air Canada Safety Video: