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Air Canada
Air Canada Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded10 April 1937; 87 years ago (1937-04-10) (as Trans-Canada Air Lines)
Commenced operations1 January 1965; 59 years ago (1965-01-01) (as Air Canada)
AOC #Canada 5262[2]
United States ARNF245C[3]
Focus cities
  • Calgary
  • Halifax
  • Ottawa
Frequent-flyer programAeroplan
AllianceStar Alliance
  • Air Canada Cargo
  • Air Canada Express
  • Air Canada Jetz
  • Air Canada Rouge
  • Heart Aerospace
Fleet size353 (Incl. subsidiaries)
Traded asTemplate:Tsx
HeadquartersSaint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada[5]
Key people
  • Vagn Sørensen (Chairman)
  • Michael Rousseau (President & CEO)[6]
RevenueIncrease C$16.5 billion (2022)[7]
Operating incomeDecreaseC$187 million (2022)[7]
Net incomeDecreaseC$1,524 million (2022)[7]
Total assetsIncrease C$29,507 million (2022)[7]
Employees35,600 (2022)[8]

Air Canada is the flag carrier and the largest airline of Canada, by size and passengers carried. Air Canada is headquartered in the borough of Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec. The airline, founded in 1937, provides scheduled and charter air transport for passengers and cargo to 222 destinations worldwide. It is a founding member of the Star Alliance.[9] Air Canada's major hubs are at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), Montréal–Trudeau International Airport (YUL), and Vancouver International Airport (YVR).[10]

Canada's national airline originated from the Canadian federal government's 1936 creation of Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA), which began operating its first transcontinental flight routes in 1938. In 1965, TCA was renamed Air Canada following government approval. After the deregulation of the Canadian airline market in the 1980s, the airline was privatized in 1988. On 4 January 2000, Air Canada took over its largest rival, Canadian Airlines. In 2003, the airline filed for bankruptcy protection and in the following year emerged and reorganized under the holding company ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. In 2019, Air Canada flew 51.5 million passagers.[11] In October 2021, the Government of Canada acquired 6.4% of Air Canada due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.[12]

Air Canada has a fleet of Airbus A330, Boeing 777, and Boeing 787 Dreamliner wide-body aircraft on long-haul routes and uses the Airbus A320 family aircraft (including the A319, A320, and A321 variants), Boeing 737 MAX 8, and Airbus A220-300 aircraft on short-haul routes. The carrier's operating divisions include Air Canada Cargo, Air Canada Express, Air Canada Jetz (private jet charters), and Air Canada Rouge (leisure airline). Its subsidiary, Air Canada Vacations, provides vacation packages to over 90 destinations. Together with its regional partners, the airline operates on average more than 1,613 scheduled flights daily.[10]

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  • ACE Aviation Holdings
  • Air Canada Rouge
  • Chorus Aviation
  • Jazz Aviation LP
  • List of airlines of Canada
  • List of airports in Canada
  • List of companies of Canada
  • Air Transat
  • Transportation in Canada
  • Air transport in Canada


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  3. "Federal Aviation Administration – Airline Certificate Information – Detail View". Federal Aviation Administration. Archived from the original on 25 July 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  4. "Air Canada Corporate Profile". Archived from the original on 31 March 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  5. Investors. - Investor Relations - Investors Contacts. (n.d.). Retrieved March 24, 2022, from
  6. Pilar Wolfsteller (15 February 2021). "Challenges await as Rousseau takes Air Canada helm from Rovinescu". FlightGlobal. Archived from the original on 4 September 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "2022 Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes" (PDF). Air Canada. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 February 2023. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  8. "Air Canada Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Financial Results". Archived from the original on 20 March 2023. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  9. "Star Alliance Member Airline – Air Canada". Star Alliance. Archived from the original on 17 April 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Air Canada Corporate Profile". Air Canada. Archived from the original on 31 March 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  11. "2019 Annual Information Form" (PDF). Air Canada. 30 March 2020.
  12. "Canadian Taxpayers Now Own Part of Air Canada". TravelPulse. Archived from the original on 24 October 2021. Retrieved 12 October 2021.

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