Air Canada

Air Canada is the largest Canadian airline based in Montréal. It is a subsidiary of ACE Aviation Holdings and founding member of the airline alliance Star Alliance.

  • 2.1 Air Canada Jazz / Express
  • Air Canada Jetz 2.2
  • 2.3 Air Canada Rouge
  • 3.1 Code Sharing



On April 10, 1937, the Trans-Canada Air Lines was ( briefly TCA) as a subsidiary of Canadian National Railway ( CNR short ) founded and based in Winnipeg. First passenger flights were taken from 1 September of the same year between Vancouver and Seattle; as type of aircraft used is a Lockheed 10A, with two passengers and mail could be transported, the flight lasted 50 minutes.

1949, the company moved to Montreal, and later the maintenance facilities followed there. This move marked a significant economic blow for the Western Canada. 1953 led Trans-Canada Airlines is the first airline in the world, a computerized reservation system. 1964 Trans-Canada Airlines was due to their now substantial size, the national airline of Canada and should be renamed to a design by Jean Chrétien's back to Air Canada, but what could only be implemented on 1 January 1965. This was due to the at that time still great resistance to the new name. In the late 70s, the Canadian National Railway was reorganized Air Canada and was subsequently an independent company.

1980s and 1990s

1983 -actuated Air Canada its first large order with Airbus, as it ordered 34 Airbus A320; since Air Canada has long been a regular customer for Airbus, multiple copies of the Airbus A320 family have been reordered, and they built a long-haul fleet consisting of Airbus A330/A340 on. In 1987, Air Canada was the first airline ever a total ban is a. 1989 Air Canada was completely privatized. In 1994, Air Canada a radically redesigned livery of the fleet and made the three- favor from a two-tier system. Electronic tickets you introduced in 1995.

In 1997, Air Canada, together with Lufthansa, Thai Airways, SAS Scandinavian Airlines and United Airlines to the Star Alliance, the first and to date largest airline alliance.

21st Century

In January 2001 Air Canada acquired Canada's second largest airline, Canadian Airlines. This Air Canada rose to the world's twelfth-largest commercial airline. Despite these successes, we all suffered, like almost all airlines at this time, to the global political consequences of September 11, and also due to other difficulties threatened in 2003 insolvency. We went on 1 April 2003 under bankruptcy protection, you could leave on 30 September 2004, 18 months later. During this time the company was radically restructured and adopted a reorientation of the fleet procurement. The new owner of the airline was the newly founded ACE Aviation Holdings.

On 31 October 2004, Air Canada took the last flight by a Boeing 747-400; it was replaced by smaller Airbus A340.

Although Airbus regular customer, it was decided by a large order for 18 Boeing 777s and 14 Boeing 787 for long-haul fleet to a switch to Boeing. This order was founded in 2007 still increased. In July 2008, the last A340 -600 were canceled.


Air Canada Jazz / Express

The airlines Air BC, Air Ontario, Air Nova and Canadian Regional Airlines merged in January 2002 to the regional company and the subsidiary of Air Canada Air Canada Jazz ( ICAO: ARN; IATA: QK; Callsign: Transcan ). Air Canada Jazz operated mainly a large network within Canada. Among the more than 85 goals of the society included, among others: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Halifax, Yellowknife, Victoria, Prince Albert, Yarmouth, Regina, Kenora, Comox, Repulse Bay, Saskatoon, Timmins, Winnipeg and Whitehorse in Canada and Seattle, Chicago and Fairbanks in the U.S.. Air Canada Jazz was thus one of the largest regional airlines in the world.

2006 sold its shares in Air Canada Air Canada Jazz, this is now under the name Jazz Aviation owned by Chorus Aviation Inc., however, leads under the name Air Canada Express still regional flights for Air Canada by.

Air Canada Jetz

Air Canada Jetz was founded on 31 October 2001 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Canada. The former president of Air Alliance, Robert Perrault, from the beginning was manager of this business. Currently, the airline is led by Alain Boudreau. During the 2006-2007 NHL season, the teams of the Vancouver Canucks, the Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, the Canadiens de Montréal and the Toronto Maple Leafs were transported by aircraft from the Air Canada Jetz. For the 2008 season the team the Boston Bruins was promoted additionally. Furthermore Jetz transported even the NBA team Toronto Raptors. In the years 2005 and 2006, Jetz carried among others, the Irish rock band U2 during their Vertigo tour, the Rolling Stones on their North American tour, and many more well known groups and businessmen.

Air Canada Rouge

In December 2012, Air Canada announced the creation of a new charter airline called Air Canada Rouge, which will initially fly to destinations in Europe and the Caribbean. The fleet consists of Airbus A319 -100 and Boeing 767 -300ER.


Air Canada operated within its network five continents and is represented by the Star Alliance in the entire world. In Asia, destinations in China and Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul and Tel Aviv are served. In Europe France, Germany, Ireland, Great Britain, Italy and Switzerland In America, Air Canada is represented on almost every major airport.

Air Canada connects Frankfurt with Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, as well as Geneva, Zurich and Munich with Toronto. A daily flight connection also exists between Montreal and Brussels, and between Toronto and Copenhagen. Since the 2010 summer season, Barcelona and Athens are connected to Montreal and Toronto. As of 2010, more daily connections between Toronto and seven other American cities also be included in the flight plan. This brings the number is overflown American cities increased to 55, more than any other airline outside the U.S.. Within Canada, Air Canada is expanding its flight network from Ottawa and Montreal to the north to Iqaluit and also offers a new connection from Ottawa to Regina.

Code Sharing

Air Canada is working with 31 codeshare partners, such as Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa and United Airlines. The majority of the partners is a member of Star Alliance. As part of the Open Skies Agreement, establish a stronger partnership with the airline Asiana is sought.


As of February 2014, the fleet of 180 aircraft from Air Canada is with a mean age of 13.5 years:

Other aircraft operated by Jazz Aviation, an independent successor to the former Air Canada subsidiary, Air Canada Jazz, and the Sky Regional Airlines under the name Air Canada Express.

Some aircraft of Air Canada are equipped with a system for Internet use on board of the provider Gogo, which while in flight, but currently only within the United States, surfing the Web for a fee is possible. Supplying Canada with this service is according to the manufacturer currently under construction.


  • July 5, 1970 - Toronto ( Canada). Crash of a Douglas DC -8. All 108 people died.
  • June 2, 1983 - Air Canada Flight 797: On the flight from Dallas / Fort Worth, USA, Toronto, Canada, there came aboard a Douglas DC- 9-30 to heavy smoke. As a result of cable fires fell from some cockpit instruments. Nevertheless, the pilot managed an emergency landing at the Northern Kentucky Airport. The following evacuation of the aircraft died in the fire 23 passengers, while all the other 18 passengers and 5 crew members were able to save.
  • July 23, 1983 - Air Canada Flight 143: The carrying 61 passengers and 8 crew members occupying Boeing 767-200 en route from Montreal, Canada on Ottawa to Edmonton, suffered at cruising altitude a total engine failure as a result of confusion between the units is not enough fuel was carried. However, the plane could land on a decommissioned and ( on this day ) used for car racing runway of the airport Gimli. In this case, the nose gear collapsed, but there was no personal injury. See: Air Canada Flight 143