Canada's Premier Airline
Founded in 1937 and spanning more than 180 international destinations, Air Canada is the country's largest airline and contains the eighth-largest fleet in the world. Initially named Trans-Canada Airlines, the group began their operations with a five-million-dollar government grant in which they purchased their modest fleet of a Boeing Stearman and two Lockheed Model 18 Lodestars. By 1939, Trans-Canada's fleet had grown to include six Lockheed Model 18 Lodestars and 12 Lockheed Model 14 Super Electras, and by the end of the decade, the airline had recruited more than 500 employees.
By 1964, the airline had been rebranded as Air Canada. It was recognised as the nation's airline and hosted Queen Elizabeth 11 as a passenger when returning from her tour of Canada with Prince Phillip. By 1988, the airline was privatised and had acquired an impressive fleet of aircraft, including Lockheed Tristar jetliners, Boeing 727 and Boeing 747.
Over the decades the airline has adopted some ground-breaking policies and initiatives. In 1978, Air Canada was the first Canadian major carrier to employ a female pilot and by 1987 was the first airline worldwide to introduce a no-smoking policy on all of its aircraft. Today, the airline's itinerary includes more than 300 destinations and its fleet has expanded to include more than 170 aircraft.
Flying with *Air Canada
Canada's Airline offers travellers a range of options when it comes to the class of flight. When passengers book International Economy Class, they can expect in-board, on-demand entertainment, complimentary meals, wines, spirits and excellent customer service. Upgrade to Premium Economy and take advantage of priority airport services, premium meals, wider seats with extra legroom and enhanced amenities. International Business Class features premium cuisine, fully-flat, wide comfortable beds, luxurious amenities and priority airport services. North America and Caribbean Economy Class flights offer up to 600 hours of onboard entertainment including music, movies and TV shows. Likewise, enjoy the premium cuisine, a dedicated washroom and complimentary newspapers on Business Class flights to North America and the Caribbean. And take advantage of the airline's air miles plans, where you can earn up to three times the usual gifted air miles on selected flights.
Passengers can check-in online as early as 24 hours prior to departure, or, alternatively, 12 hours prior to departure at the kiosk.
- Irrespective of destination, 1 standard bag and 1 personal article can be carried on board.
- The standard bag must have a maximum size 55 x 23 x 40 cm (H x D x W).
- The personal article must be no larger than 33 x 16 x 43 cm.
- For further information on baggage rules and weights, see [https://www.aircanada.com/uk/en/aco/home/plan/baggage/checked.html]