Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Facts & Figures
  • Number of aircraft *: 332
  • Number of employees: 22,900
  • Passengers per year: 31 million
  • Passenger revenue sales (in US$): 8.9 billion
  • Number of scheduled destinations: 171
  • Daily departures: 1,370
  • Star Alliance Member as of: May 1997
  • Frequent flyer programme: Aeroplan
  • Hubs: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary
  • Aircraft types: Air Canada - B777-300, B777-200, B767-300, A330-300, A321-200, A320-200, A319-100, Embraer 190 and Embraer 175; Jazz - CRJ 705, CRJ 100/200, De Havilland Dash 8 300/100
Air Canada is Canada’s largest full-service airline and the largest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market, the Canada-U.S. transborder market and in the international market to and from Canada. Together with its regional affiliate Jazz, Air Canada serves over 31 million customers annually and provides direct passenger service to over 171 destinations on five continents. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, providing the world's most comprehensive air transportation network.
Air Canada has an extensive global network, with hubs in four major Canadian cities (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary), offering scheduled passenger jet service directly to 58 Canadian cities, 55 destinations in the United States and 58 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Air Canada and Jazz operate 1,370 scheduled flights each day on average. Through its strategic and commercial arrangements with the Star Alliance network, Air Canada offers service to over 1,077 destinations in 175 countries and provides top tier frequent flyer benefits.
Air Canada's predecessor, Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) inaugurated its first flight on September 1, 1937. By 1964, TCA had grown to become Canada's national airline; it changed its name to Air Canada. The airline became fully privatised in 1989. In 2000, Air Canada acquired Canadian Airlines International. Today, Air Canada is the 13th largest commercial airline in the world, with approximately 22,900 full-time equivalent employees. Air Canada shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol “AC-B.TO”.
In 2009, Air Canada won four top honours in Business Traveler magazine’s “Best in Business Travel” annual reader survey: “Best Flight Attendants in North America,” “Best In-flight Services in North America”, “Best North America Airline for Business Class Service”, and “Best North American Airline for International Travel.” The readers of Global Travel magazine voted Air Canada “Best Airline in Canada” and “Best Airline in North America.
In 2010, Air Canada will inaugurate new non-stop services between Toronto and Copenhagen, and Montreal and Brussels, offering convenient connections with its Star Alliance partners. In addition, it will offer new seasonal services in summer 2010 to Barcelona and Athens.
New daily service is being added in 2010 between Toronto and seven more American cities, bringing the total number of US cities served to 55, more than any other airline outside the U.S. Within Canada, Air Canada will expand its network northward to Iqaluit from Ottawa and Montreal, and add new service from Ottawa to Regina.

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