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Getting to know Air Canada

Although it now finds itself among the world’s 20 largest airlines, Air Canada traces its roots back to sweetly humble beginnings as Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) that started flying post and a maximum of two passengers between Vancouver and Seattle.

By 1964 TCA had managed to grow so much that it became Canada’s national airline and soon changed its name to Air Canada as it is still known today.

The airline carries perhaps one of the most recognisable liveries in the aviation world, with its bright red maple leaf against a white body.

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Why fly with Air Canada

  • Air Canada is one of the most environmentally aware airlines out there and makes an effort not only to leave an ever-smaller carbon footprint, but also work actively to address environmental issues. They even have a special program for passengers to ‘offset’ their carbon emissions after travel!
  • The enRoute inflight entertainment system is pretty epic, allowing you to choose from over 600 hours of on-demand movies, music, series and documentaries. And if you’re not into Hollywood stuff, they even offer a selection of Indie films!
  • Also called enRoute, the inflight magazine is easily the best in the world. It’s oversized, beautifully designed and filled with well-written, fascinating travel articles. Definitely a keeper!

Baggage allowance


A maximum of two checked bags weighing 23kg or less each per passenger.

Premium Economy

A maximum of two checked bags weighing 23kg or less each per passenger.


A maximum of two checked bags weighing 32kg or less each per passenger.

Children and infants

One bag weighing 23kg or less per child/infant. Air Canada also accepts one collapsible stroller and one car seat per infant.

Check in

Air Canada offers a variety of check in options, including at the counter, web, mobile and using a digital kiosk at the airport.


If you are on an international flight, it is advised that you check in 3 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure time. If you are flying to a destination within Canada, you can check in 90 minutes before your flight’s scheduled departure time.


Checking in on the web is perhaps the simplest and quickest option. Web check in opens 24 hours and closes 60 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight. If you are unable to print out your boarding pass, you can opt to get an electronic boarding pass for your mobile device or get one printed at a self-service kiosk at the airport.


Mobile check in works exactly the same as web check in, except you work through Air Canada’s mobi site. You will get an electronic boarding pass sent to your mobile device.

Self-service kiosk

This is a great option for those who may not feel comfortable checking in online, but don’t want to be caught up in long queues at the airport. Self-Service Kiosks can be used if your ticket was purchased through the Internet, Air Canada Reservations, or a travel agent. Check in starts 12 hours and closes 45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time of your flight.

Cabin classes

Cabin classes available in Air Canada fleet are as follows.
  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business

Air Canada has four hubs spread across Canada. Toronto Pearson International Airport is the largest, while Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International is considered to be its corporate headquarters. The other two hubs are located at Calgary International Airport and Vancouver International Airport.

Top destinations for Air Canada:

IATA code: Hub Airport: Alliance: Loyalty program: Inflight magazine:
AC Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Star Alliance Altitude enRoute

The information on this page is correct as of October 2015. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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