42 Facts About Air Canada


Air Canada is the flag carrier and the largest airline of Canada by the size and passengers carried.

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Air Canada maintains its headquarters in the borough of Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec.

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In 2003, the airline filed for bankruptcy protection and in the following year emerged and reorganized under the holding company ACE Aviation Holdings Inc In 2017, Air Canada flew 48 million passengers, as the airline celebrated its 80th anniversary.

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CP Air Canada was subject to capacity limits on intercontinental flights, and restricted from domestic operations.

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Air Canada's fares were subject to regulation by the government.

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The Air Canada Act of 1978 ensured that the carrier would compete on a more equal footing with rival regional airlines and CP Air, and ended the government's direct regulatory control over Air Canada's routings, fares, and services.

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On 7 December 1987, Air Canada became the first airline in the world with a fleet-wide non-smoking policy, and in 1989 became completely privatized.

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In May 1997, Air Canada became a founding member of the Star Alliance, with the airline launching codeshares with several of the alliance's members.

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On 2 September 1998, pilots for Air Canada launched the company's first pilots' strike, demanding higher wages.

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That year, American Airlines in conjunction with Canadian financial company Onex Corp, launched takeover bids for ailing rival Canadian Airlines and Air Canada, spurring Air Canada to submit a competing offer for its largest rival.

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In January 2001, Air Canada acquired Canada's second-largest air carrier, Canadian Airlines International, merging the latter's operations, becoming the world's twelfth-largest airline in the first decade of the 21st century.

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At first, Air Canada selected Victor Li's Trinity Time Investments, which initially asked for a board veto and the chairmanship in return for investing $650 million in the airline.

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In October 2004, Canadian singer Celine Dion became the face of Air Canada, hoping to relaunch the airline and draw in a more international market after 18 months of bankruptcy protection.

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Air Canada recorded her single, You and I, which subsequently appeared in several Air Canada commercials.

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On 19 October 2004, Air Canada unveiled a new aircraft colour scheme and uniforms.

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On 24 April 2007, Air Canada exercised half of its options for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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In July 2009, Air Canada requested and received CA$1 billion in financial aid from a consortium of entities, including the Canadian government, ACE, and associate company Aeroplan.

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In December 2010, ACE sold 44 million Air Canada shares, followed by the remaining 31 million shares in November 2012 to Cormark Securities Inc.

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In July 2017, Air Canada reintroduced Premium Economy on its North American wide-body flights.

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In May 2018, Air Canada listed Taiwan as part of China to comply with a requirement of China's civil aviation administration.

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In June 2022, after the provincial governments across the country began lifting pandemic-era restrictions, Air Canada announced it was cancelling over 150 daily flights in the summer due to unprecedented and unexpected pressure in the aviation industry.

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Air Canada became fully privatized in 1989, and its variable voting shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and, since 29 July 2016, on OTCQX International Premier in the US under the single ticker symbol "ACDVF".

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Accordingly, Air Canada's articles contain restrictions to ensure that it remains "Canadian" as defined under the CTA.

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Air Canada had been loss-making for several years, but was profitable from 2012; however, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company was again loss-making in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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In 1975, Air Canada was headquartered at 1 Place Ville-Marie in Montreal.

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Air Canada Cargo is the company's freight carrying division based at Toronto-Pearson, offering more than 150 shipping destinations through the Air Canada airline network, ground logistics and airline partners.

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Air Canada Express is the brand name of Air Canada's regional feeder service operated by independent carrier Jazz Aviation.

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Air Canada Rouge serves predominantly leisure destinations in Europe, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Mexico and the United States using Airbus A319, Airbus A320, and Airbus A321.

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Air Canada Vacations offers Executive Class service on select flights, nonstop flights from major Canadian cities and daily flights to many destinations.

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However, as of 26 November 2018, Air Canada has signed a definitive agreement to re-purchase Aeroplan from Aimia Inc Air Canada completed the purchase in January 2019.

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In 2001, Air Canada consolidated its wholly owned regional carriers Air BC, Air Nova, Air Ontario, and Canadian Regional Airlines into Air Canada Regional Incorporated.

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Air Canada Jazz was the brand name of Air Canada's main regional product from 2002 to 2011.

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On 1 November 2001, Air Canada launched Air Canada Tango, designed to offer no-frills service and lower fares using a dedicated fleet of 13 Airbus A320s in an all economy configuration of 159 seats.

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In 2002, Air Canada launched a discount airline to compete directly with WestJet on routes in Western Canada.

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Air Canada Express features Business Class and Economy Class, on CRJ-900 and Embraer E175 aircraft; all other Air Canada Express aircraft have one-class economy cabins.

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All narrowbody mainline aircraft, as well as Air Canada Express CRJ-900 and Embraer E175 aircraft have onboard Wi-Fi installed, which is being installed on all widebody aircraft.

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Air Canada Rouge operates flights on its aircraft with a premium economy class product, branded as Premium Rouge.

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Air Canada Express flights operated by CRJ200 and Q400 aircraft offer a bar and refreshment service on board.

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Air Canada partnered with Vancouver-born fashion designer Christopher Bates to design the new uniforms which incorporate a base colour of black or grey with red lettering and the famous maple leaf.

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Air Canada has 23 Maple Leaf Lounges located at all major airports across Canada and at international locations including London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Newark and New York-LaGuardia.

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On 11 May 2017, Air Canada announced it plans to launch a new loyalty program to replace Aeroplan and Altitude in 2020.

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On 20 September 2012, Air Canada unveiled its new frequent flyer status program named "Air Canada Altitude" to supplement Aeroplan.

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