Being one of the largest airlines in the world, you would naturally expect Air Canada Flights (Canada Air) to have experienced steady growth since inception. However, being as large as it is, it has taken cover under bankruptcy protection and come back to profitability. It is currently the largest airline in Canada and 10th largest in the world by fleet size.
Air Canada (Canada Air) was originally Trans-Canada Airlines which begun in April 1936. The later was a state-owned company operating as a subsidiary of the Canadian National Railway. It grew steadily and even became the world’s first airline to use a computerized reserve system. A change of name to Air Canada was first suggested in 1964 but did not take effect until a year later. In 2001, it acquired Canadian Airlines. Currently, it is Canada’s flag carrier, has several subsidiaries and is privatized.
Air Canada Flight has a mixed Boeing, Airbus and Embraer aircraft. It has a total of 172 airplanes in its fleet with majority being Boeing and Airbus A320-200s which are 64 and 83 in number respectively. Just like competing airlines with an interest in the upcoming Boeing 737 MAX 8, it has a massive order for 33.
The Air Canada airline services 182 destinations globally. Of these, 21 are domestic cities in Canada. To reach out to the whole world, the airline has code share agreements with several airlines and especially members of the Star Alliance for which it is a founding member.
Air Canada has a two-class (Business and Economy) cabin configuration in majority of it airplanes. A third class product called premium economy class is offered on long-haul international route. The premium economy class is similar to economy only that it has seats which recline further. The business class offers industry standards including seats which recline to form flat beds, bigger personal entertainment screens, noise cancelling headphones and access to the airline’s lounges.
The airline has personal entertainment screens at all seats across all class products. Entertainment is driven by Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) giving passengers access to movies, video games, TV shows and music. The entertainment system in Air Canada’s fleet was installed under Project XM which was about renovating cabins.
Air Canada allows carry-on baggage which does not exceed 10 Kg and one personal item like a laptop computer. The limits for checked luggage are 1 bag not exceeding 23 kg for economy flyers and 2 bags not exceeding 32 kg for business class flyers.