Air Canada

Air Canada to Extend Elite Altitude Status Through 2021

Air Canada to Extend Elite Altitude Status  Through 2021

Air Canada announced it plans to extend the current elite status of members of its MileagePlus frequent-flyer program through the end of next year, citing the severe decline in travel amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.
The move follows similar announcements from Delta Air Lines and United Airlines over the weekend.
In addition to maintaining status through December 31, 2021, members who have already meet the program requirements for next year or who …

Air Canada Temporarily Lays Off Half its Workforce

Air Canada Temporarily Lays Off Half its Workforce

Air Canada said late Monday it would temporarily lay off 16,500 people – roughly half its work force, as the country’s largest airline slashes its flying by 90%.
The “extremely painful” move comes as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in the closing of the borders of most countries Air Canada serves.
“The unpredictable extent and duration of the Covid-19 pandemic requires a significant overall response,” said Air …

Canadian Anti-Trust Regulator Expresses Concerns Over Air Canada-Transat Acquisition

Canadian Anti-Trust Regulator Expresses Concerns Over Air Canada-Transat Acquisition

The Competition Bureau, Canada’s anti-trust regulator, came out against Air Canada’s planned acquisition of Transat, saying it would “result in a substantial lessening or prevention of competition in the sale of air travel or vacation packages to Canadians.”
“Eliminating the rivalry between these airlines would result in increased prices, less choice, decreases in service and a significant reduction in travel by Canadians on a variety of routes where their existing networks …

Air Canada Plans Special Flight to Repatriate Canadians from Morocco

Air Canada Plans Special Flight to Repatriate Canadians from Morocco

Air Canada said it will operate a special flight on Saturday to repatriate Canadian citizens from Morocco.
The flight will be operated in collaboration with the Canadian government.
“Our teams are working around the clock with the Canadian Government and offering our global reach to do everything we can to repatriate as many Canadians as possible,” said the airline’s president, Calin Rovinescu.
The airline will operate the flight using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft …

Air Canada to Cut Capacity by 50% in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak

Air Canada to Cut Capacity by 50% in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak

Air Canada announced it will cut capacity by approximately 50% in comparison to the same period in 2019 as it responds to a drop in demand due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
The adjustment includes a drop in capacity in the airline’s Pacific markets by 75% for April.
The airline is also reducing its 2013 order for 61 Boeing 737 Max aircraft by aa 737 Max 11 jets that were scheduled for …

American, Air Canada, BA, United, Lufthansa All Suspend Flights to China

American, Air Canada, BA, United, Lufthansa All Suspend Flights to China

As the coronavirus continued to vex Asia, more airlines announced they would cancel flights to China.
American Airlines said it would cancel flights from Los Angeles to Beijing and Shanghai from February 9 through March 27, 2020.
British Airways said it too would cancel flights to China, but didn’t specify a timeframe for resumption of service.
Air Canada, meanwhile, said it would suspend flights to and from China from January 30 through February …

Air Canada, WestJet Extend Boeing 737 Max Cancellations into June

Air Canada, WestJet Extend Boeing 737 Max Cancellations into June

The two Canadian airlines that have had to ground their Boeing 737 Max aircraft – Air Canada and WestJet – said they had delayed its plans to restart flights of the aircraft June 2020, as the worldwide grounding of the beleaguered aircraft approaches the 11-month mark.
Air Canada said Wednesday it would begin 737 Max flights on June 30, while WestJet said it would extend the cancellation of 737 Max flights …