Founded in 1937, Air Canada is the national flag carrier for Canada with its headquarters in Montreal, Quebec and global hub at Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ). It is a founding Star Alliance member. By fleet size, Air Canada is the largest passenger airline in Canada and 9th in the world – servicing 1,300 airports in 191 countries and offering over 1,600 flights each day.
Frequent Flyer Program
Air Canada currently offers a miles-based status program called Altitude, which was previously the name of the elite tier on their comprehensive rewards program. Up until last year the full program was called Aeroplan, and as a supplement to Altitude had its own status levels and schemes. Aeroplan was bought in 2005 by Aimia inc. and has recently dissolved plans for future partnership with Air Canada, leaving customers wondering what their points (‘miles’) will be worth in the future.
Currently, Aeroplan members are still able collect and use miles, and the airline is in an active bidding war to buy back the brand and streamline their programs.
Air Canada offers codesharing with 32 airlines both inside and outside the Star Alliance. Look for designator code ‘AC’ for codesharing partners, and numerical designations next to the airline logo to find Interline Partners. When booking with a codesharing partner, you will experience differences in baggage fees, optional services, other charges, and policies from partner airlines on your trip.
- Air Canada has won ‘Best North American Airline 2018’ from The Skytrax World Airline Awards, an accolade it has dominated for 7 out of the 9 past years
- It has given the world of aviation a number of firsts, including the first computerized reservation system ‘Reservec’ (1963), and the first airline to offer exclusively smoke-free flights between North America and Europe (1991)
- Their 300 mainline and regional aircrafts are being re-designed in a bold black and white design to highlight Canada’s vastness, contrasting seasons, wildlife, and First Nations heritage. The iconic red maple leaf will also make a return to the tail after 24 years.
Business Class Cabin
Air Canada’s International Business Class has been recently re-named ‘Signature Service’ and is offered exclusively to almost everywhere in the world they fly on all Boeing 787, 777, 767 and Airbus A330 aircrafts. Select North American cities can also enjoy the only North American airline to offer lie-flat seats.
- Dedicated check-in counters
- Expedited security clearance
- Maple Leaf Lounge access
- Exclusive boarding lanes
- Priority baggage handling service
- Executive or classic pods with lumbar support and massage function
- Quilted mattress pads, blush duvets and pillows
- Dine on Demand, express light meals, and extensive wine lists
- BMW Valet Service.
Premium Economy Cabin
This class is typically offered for international destinations, but has recently expanded to include select flights within Canada. In the premium economy cabin you’ll get a variety of airport priority services, more room to stretch out and relax, and your own 11” personal touch TV.
- Priority boarding, check-in, and baggage handling
- Two free checked bags
- Personal touch TV screen, in-seat power, USB charging port, ambient mood lighting and individual reading light, audio jack and complimentary earphones
- Greater recline and larger seat compared to Economy Class
- Complimentary wine, spirits, premium cuisine and hot towel with every meal throughout North America.
Economy Class Cabin
Economy cabin guests flying internationally can enjoy complimentary wine, spirits and meals. All economy flights also boast over 600 hours of on-demand entertainment options.
- Personal 8.9” touch screen TV
- In-seat power, USB charging port, ambient mood lighting and individual reading light, audio jack and complimentary earphones
- Adjustable, foldable headrest, pillow and blanket.