Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline and the flag carrier of the country. The airline is one of the 20 largest airlines in the world, serving more than 41 million customers every year. It was founded in 1937 as Trans-Canada Air Lines and is a founding member of Star Alliance.
The carrier serves more than 200 airports worldwide and operates from its headquarters in Montreal, Quebec. Air Canada's largest hub is at Toronto Pearson International Airport, with additional hubs at Vancouver International Airport, Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, and Calgary International Airport.
Air Canada ranks 32nd among global airlines for on-time arrival performance. Of the airline's more than 40,000 flights per month, 76% landed on time or within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival. When you're ready to book your own flight with Air Canada, search Skyscanner for the best price available. Find flights by cheapest month, or sign up for price alerts to make sure you'll always get an incredible deal.
Air Canada flies to over 20 domestic destinations in Canada. From its hub at Toronto Pearson International, fly to cities like:
Air Canada also flies to a number of international destinations located all over the globe, including the U.S., Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific. Fly to cities like:
Air Canada operates from a variety of major airports around the world. Find the carrier in airports like:
Air Canada operates a modern fleet of more than 390 aircraft that is one of the youngest and most environmentally friendly in the world. The airline uses 11 widebody and narrowbody jet models from Boeing, Airbus, and Embraer, including:
The current Air Canada fleet is large, with many more planes on order to meet both customer demand and to replace older models in the fleet. Air Canada operates 3 brands of aircraft, with Airbus models (A319-100, A320-200, A330-300), Boeing models (737 MAX 8, 767-300ER, 777-200LR, 777-300ER, 787-8, 787-9), and Embraer (190) with 45 Bombardier CS300 models on order. The total number of aircraft in Air Canada’s fleet is 174.
Loyalty Programs, Discounts and Miles Promotions
Air Canada offers a frequent flyer program called Aeroplan where passengers can earn points or miles when flying with Air Canada or any of the 25 Star Alliance partners. Miles can be redeemed for flights, car rentals, hotels, merchandise, or gift cards. Members can even redeem them for activities and entertainment, or they can choose to donate the miles to charity. Membership in the program is free.
The airline also offers the Altitude program for its most frequent flyers. Passengers must qualify for the program based on the number of qualifying miles they receive in one calendar year. Members can enjoy priority travel services, lounge access, and a variety of upgrades.
How to Check In, Seat Assignment, and Leg Room
Air Canada provides four ways for passengers to check in to their flights: online, mobile, self-serve kiosk, or in-person at the airport. Online check-in opens 24 hours before the scheduled flight and closes 45-60 minutes prior to departure. Passengers can print the boarding pass or have it sent to their mobile phone. Mobile check-in opens and closes at the same time as online check-in, but boarding passes will be sent electronically to the phone.
Self-serve kiosks open 12 hours before the scheduled flight and close 45-60 minutes before departure. Passengers can also check in at the carrier's ticket counter upon arrival if they prefer or require special assistance.
Travelers onboard Air Canada flights will enjoy an average seat pitch of 31" for standard economy seats. Those who would like a little more room can purchase Preferred Seats for a fee that ranges from $14-$199. Passengers will receive up to 4 extra inches of legroom, priority boarding, and early access to overhead bin space. Preferred seats can be purchased either at booking or after, but seat availability is limited.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
Air Canada allows one standard article or carry-on and 1 personal item on board all flights, regardless of destination. Carry-ons may not exceed 21"x15.5"x9" and must be light enough to store in the overhead bin unassisted.
The airline also offers free checked baggage that varies by flight, destination, and seat class. If passengers exceed the complimentary allowance, they will be subject to a baggage fee. Baggage fees can be paid online, on a mobile device, at a self-service kiosk, or at the check-in counter. Passengers who need to check additional bags or overweight/oversized baggage need to arrive at least 120 minutes before departure.
Service On Board: In-flight Entertainment and Meals
Air Canada offers a range of meal options and in-flight entertainment that varies by flight and seat class. Passengers traveling in economy class on an international route will enjoy complimentary wines, spirits, and meals. They can also enjoy a personal touch-screen TV, in-seat power for laptops, ambient mood lighting, and hours of top-rated entertainment.
Economy passengers on domestic routes can enjoy a personal touch-screen TV with hundreds of entertainment options, an individual reading light, and in-seat power for laptops. Those looking for a more luxurious experience can upgrade to a Premium Economy Class seat that comes with premium cuisine options on international flights or complimentary snacks on shorter flights.
Child Fares/Fees, Minor Service Guidelines
Air Canada allows infants ages 7 days to 2 years to sit on a guardian's lap during all flights, although only one infant per adult is allowed. Additional infants or children over the age of 2 must purchase a seat and be in proper child restraint devices as needed. There is no fee for lap infants on flights within Canada and to the United States, but there is a fee of 10% of the adult fare on international flights.
Air Canada allows children ages 8-17 to travel alone as unaccompanied minors, but the carrier requires Unaccompanied Minor Service for children ages 8-11. The service is available on nonstop flights only with a fee of $100-$118 each way per child. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages will be offered for the child, as well as care from highly trained staff from the moment of arrival until drop-off at the destination. The service can also be purchased for children ages 12 to 17, but it is not mandatory.
Air Canada welcomes pets on board flights in either the cabin or baggage area. Cats and small dogs are allowed in the cabin as long as it is small enough to fit under the seat in front of you. The pet and its carrier will count toward your carry-on baggage and must be within size regulations. The maximum dimensions for hard-sided carriers is 9"x15.5"x21.5" and 10.5"x15.5"x21.5" for soft-sided containers. There will be a fee of $50-$59 each way on domestic routes and $100-$118 on international flights.
Pets that are too large for the cabin may travel in the baggage compartment. The maximum size for the pet container is 115 linear inches, and the combined weight of the pet and carrier may not exceed 100lbs. There will be a fee of $105-$120.75 each way on flights within Canada and to the United States and $270-$318.60 on international flights.
Passengers may travel with up to two pets as checked baggage. Containers must be secure and leak-proof, and animals may be inspected by government veterinary officials at the arrival destination.