Canada’s Largest Airlines To Resume Hawaii Service In December

By Lori Ranson Nov 24, 2020
Canada’s largest airlines are preparing to relaunch service to Hawaii in December now that the U.S. state has opted to allow Canadians to bypass a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Air Canada Works With Pilots On Converting 767s To Freighters

By Lori Ranson Nov 10, 2020
Air Canada is joining many commercial airlines worldwide to blunt dismal revenue performance by strengthening cargo operations, and now the airline is seeking approval from its pilots to convert a number of 767s to a permanent, all cargo configuration. 
Airlines & Lessors

Airlines Gaining Confidence In 737 MAX Service Return Timelines

By Sean Broderick Nov 09, 2020
As regulators and Boeing work to finalize 737 MAX pilot training and return-to-service requirements, several operators of the grounded model are growing more confident that they will have some of their newest Boeing narrowbodies carrying revenue passengers by early 2021 at the latest.
Air Transport Month

Lack Of Government Aid Pushes Air Canada To Cancel MAX, A220 Orders

By Lori Ranson Nov 09, 2020
Air Canada has followed through on previous warnings that orders for Airbus and Boeing narrowbodies were in jeopardy because of Canada’s stringent travel restrictions and lack of financial support. 
Airlines & Lessors

Air Canada CEO Rovinescu To Retire In Early 2021

By Sean Broderick Oct 16, 2020
Rovinescu will be replaced by long-time colleague Michael Rousseau, who steps up from his current dual-role as CFO and deputy CEO.
Airlines & Lessors

Air Canada, Air Transat Parent Revamp Proposed Tie-Up Terms

By Sean Broderick Oct 12, 2020
More than a year after the purchase was announced, the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced both sides to re-think how much airlines are worth.
Airlines & Lessors

Air Canada Generates Cash With 737 MAX Sale/Leaseback Deals

By Sean Broderick Oct 08, 2020
Air Canada has cut sale/leaseback deals for nine of its in-service Boeing 737 MAXs, raising $365 million to help it weather the COVID-19 pandemic and adding flexibility to its future fleet plans.
Airlines & Lessors

Air Canada Finalizes Order For 25,000 Rapid COVID-19 Test Kits

By Ben Goldstein Oct 01, 2020
Air Canada has finalized an order for an initial batch of 25,000 rapid-response COVID-19 test kits, as it looks to convince the Canadian government to relax its 14-day quarantine rule for international arrivals.
Airlines & Lessors

Air Canada Launches Voluntary COVID-19 Testing Study at YYZ

By Ben Goldstein Sep 03, 2020
Air Canada and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority have launched a voluntary COVID-19 testing study at Toronto-Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in a bid to convince the Canadian Government to adopt a more science-based approach to its 14-day quarantine requirement for international arrivals
Airlines & Lessors

Calls Grow To Ease Canada’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

By David Casey Jul 16, 2020
As capacity steadily returns to Canada’s market, the country’s flag carrier has reiterated calls for the government to help quicken the pace of recovery by easing COVID-19 travel measures.
Airlines & Lessors

Air Canada Cuts Regional Routes, Stations

By Sean Broderick Jun 30, 2020
Air Canada will suspend 30 domestic regional routes and close eight stations as it continues to reshape its network to meet reduced demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Airlines & Lessors

Air Canada CEO Calls On Government To Ease COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

By Aaron Karp Jun 11, 2020
Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu is pushing the Canadian government to rethink COVID-19-related travel restrictions, calling the current protocols “disproportionate” and “stifling.”
Airlines & Lessors

Air Canada To Furlough Half Of Workforce In June

By Ben Goldstein May 18, 2020
Air Canada will shrink its workforce by at least half in June, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to batter the global airline industry.
Airlines & Lessors

Air Canada To Retire 79 Planes Over Pandemic Slowdown

By Ben Goldstein May 04, 2020
Air Canada is speeding up retirement of 79 older jets across its fleet as it digs in for a drawn-out period of low demand owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Airlines & Lessors

Air Canada To Suspend Transborder Flying

By Sean Broderick Apr 21, 2020
Air Canada will suspend its limited transborder flying on April 26, citing the extension of coronavirus-related joint travel restrictions put in place by Canada and the U.S., and reduced demand for repatriating Canadians.
Airlines & Lessors

Air Canada To Seek Federal Wage Subsidies

By Ben Goldstein Apr 08, 2020
Air Canada announced plans to seek workforce grants under the federal government’s proposed Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program, as it looks to offset a precipitous decline in revenues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Airlines & Lessors

Air Canada To Lay Off Over 15,000; Cites COVID-19 Slowdown

By Ben Goldstein Mar 30, 2020
Air Canada announced plans to temporarily lay off over 15,000 employees early next month, citing the “unprecedented impact” of the COVID-19 pandemic…
Airlines & Lessors

Canadian Watchdog Sees Issues With Air Canada-Air Transat Combination

By Sean Broderick Mar 30, 2020
The proposed Air Canada-Air Transat merger would create too many monopoly markets with high barriers to entry for potential competitors, higher fares, and less choice, Canada’s Competition Bureau said, setting the stage for potential concessions from the companies if Transport Canada agrees with the conclusions. 
Airlines & Lessors

Air Canada Cuts Pilot Costs, Adds Cargo-Only Flying

By Sean Broderick Mar 25, 2020
Air Canada and its pilots have agreed to cost-cutting moves that include reduced pay, modified retirement terms and up to 600 layoffs, the Air Canada Pilots Association said. 
Airlines & Lessors

Air Canada Ties New Quebec MRO Work To Air Transat Approval

By Sean Broderick Feb 24, 2020
Air Canada has cut tentative deals to have heavy maintenance for its Airbus A330s and A220s done in Quebec, providing an economic boost to the province that is tied to the completion of its Air Transat acquisition.
Air Transport

Air Canada Sees Q3 Resolution For MAX, COVID-19 Crises

By Ben Goldstein Feb 18, 2020
Air Canada is hopeful that challenges posed by the Boeing 737 MAX grounding and COVID-19 outbreak in China will be resolved by the second half of 2020, optimistic time lines that assume worst-case scenarios regarding both crises will not come to pass.
Air Transport