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Air Canada

by Giuseppe TovarNovember 19, 2013

Air Canada is the national airline of Canada. Its center of operations is located in the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The airline was founded on 10 April 1937, and it is one of the founding member Airlines of the Star Alliance.

The airline provides both scheduled and charter air services, carrying passengers and cargo to nearly 240 destinations. By means of its subsidiary Air Canada Vacations it offers tourism packages to nearly 90 destinations. The company also provides maintenance services.

This airline uses the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal and Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport as a connection for its flights from the Atlantic. The Vancouver International Airport is used for the arrival of flights from the Pacific.

For its part, the Calgary International Airport and Halifax International Airport Stanfield are used for the reception of flights from the geographical regions of the West and Atlantic, respectively.

In January 2001 this airline bought the second largest airline of Canada, Canadian Airlines, subsequently joining the operations of both companies. As a result, this airline became the world’s twelfth largest.

On October 19, 2004, the Canadian airline revealed a new color scheme for the aircraft and uniforms. A Boeing 767-300 was painted in the colors blue and silver, while the tail of the aircraft carried a sheet known as ‘Frosted Leaf.’

On 9 November 2005, this airline came to an agreement to renew its fleet with Boeing buying 18 Boeing 777 (10 -300ERs, 6 -200LR, 2 777 Freighters), and 14 Boeing 787-8. In addition, bought options to purchase additional 18 Boeing 777s and 46 Boeing 787-8 and -9.12 777 will receive all the GE90-115B engines, and the 787-8, GEnx.13 engines will receive the delivery of the first 777 began in March of 2007 and deliveries of the 787 should begin in 2012. When the 777 and 787 are delivered will be phased out all of the Boeing 767s and A330-300.14

On 24 April 2007, Air Canada announced that it is going to make use of the half of their options to buy Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The purchase order by the Dreamliners is now 37 and with 23 options, to potentially become 60 aircraft. This makes this Canadian airline the largest customer of Dreamliners in North America and the third largest in the world (after Qantas and Nippon Airways).  It was also announced that the purchase of two Boeing 777F were canceled.  In November 2007, this airline announced that it will lease an additional Boeing 777-300ER from ILFC. The model number 777 on orders totaling 18 (12 -300ER, 6 -200LR) with options for 16 more, totaling 34.15. This airline has also received the delivery of 15 Embraer 175 and 45 Embraer 190. These aircraft are being used to expand its routes within Canada and the United States. In addition, some Embraer 190s will replace the A319/A320.

We would appreciate if other passengers of the airline could share with us their reviews and feedback about this airline.


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  • Erik
    November 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    YVR-LAX half day, an Embraer 190. The flight was smooth and efficient. The aircraft itself is was smooth and powerful, but quiet. The seats were of light-construction and were a novelty. They gave me much more foot space. Entertainment in this flight by Air Canada is the best I have encountered. The service staff was young and polite. The only part of this experience that was poor was, as it has been on other trips, is the check-in. The process was chaotic, with the majority of the passengers not forming a queue to assemble (Check-in, baggage handling, ticketing, Self-Check -in) even after they were given the announcement. AC has to fix this. The solution is easy: there should be a person at the helm directing passengers.

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