Air Canada

Air Canada to Reduce Workforce by 60%

Air Canada to Reduce Workforce by 60%

Air Canada said late Friday that it will make at least 20,000 employees redundant in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The cuts impact over 50% of the company’s 38,000 workers.
Earlier in the month, the airline said it lost 1.05 billion Canadian dollars ($748) in the first quarter, compared with a profit of $345 million in the same period in 2019.
“We therefore took the extremely difficult decision today to significantly …

Air Canada’s Aeroplan Frequent-Flyer Program to Sell Miles to Members

Air Canada’s Aeroplan Frequent-Flyer Program to Sell Miles to Members

Air Canada announced that its Aeroplan frequent-flyer program sell miles to consumers and will allow program members to bid for cabin upgrades using Aeroplan Miles.  The new features come as the airline prepared to relaunch Aeroplan later this year.
Aeroplan will start to sell miles directly beginning on Thursday, with a limit of 250,000 per transaction and 500,000 per calendar year.  Previously, Aeroplan members could only purchase miles in order to …

Air Canada to Temporarily Halt All Transborder Service to the U.S.

Air Canada to Temporarily Halt All Transborder Service to the U.S.

Air Canada, which has already significantly curtailed its schedule amidst the novel coronavirus outbreak, said Tuesday it will temporarily suspend transborder service to and from the United States on April 27.
The move comes after the United States and Canada said on Tuesday that the two would extend the current border restrictions by an additional 30 days. The current restrictions went into effect on March 21, 2020.
Since then, Air Canada has …

Coronavirus Update: Death Toll Passes 150,000, U.S. Caseload Over 700,000, Shakespeare in the Park Cancelled

Coronavirus Update: Death Toll Passes 150,000, U.S. Caseload Over 700,000, Shakespeare in the Park Cancelled

IN BRIEF
As the number of deaths from the novel coronavirus worldwide crossed the 150,000 mark, some good news emerged including a drop in Italy in the number of patients in intensive care stations and in hospitals.
While some parts of the United States contemplate reopening the economy, experts maintain that testing there needs to double or triple before it can be done safely.
Meanwhile, residents of several U.S. states planned protests against …

Air Canada to Require Masks for Passengers and Crew

Air Canada to Require Masks for Passengers and Crew

Air Canada said late Friday that it will make face-coverings mandatory for both passengers and crewmembers starting April 20, 2020.
Covering one’s face will be a requirement at multiple points in Canadian airports as well as during the boarding process and flight under conditions where social distancing is not possible.
The move follows a directive promulgated by Canada’s minister of transport, Marc Garneau, that requires travelers to wear face masks or other …

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 …