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Air Canada reports an operating loss of $1.133 billion

Air Canada today reported financial results for the second quarter 2021.

  • Operating revenues of $837 million, an increase of $310 million or 59 per cent from the second quarter of 2020.
  • Negative EBITDA (1) (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization), excluding special items, of $656 million compared to negative EBITDA (excluding special items) of $832 million in the same quarter of 2020.
  • Operating loss of $1.133 billion compared to an operating loss of $1.555 billion in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Net cash burn (1) of $745 million, or about $8 million per day, on average.
  • Unrestricted liquidity of nearly $9.8 billion at June 30, 2021.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continued to weigh on Air Canada and the Canadian airline industry in the second quarter, with its impact on travel reflected in our results. Our employees, as they always have, focused on taking care of our customers while carrying them safely to their destinations, and continued to ensure the prudent management of our company. I thank them for their ongoing care, creativity and hard work in this very challenging and complex environment,” said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada.

“We are pleased to see vaccination rates increasing and more recent science-based easing of travel restrictions in Canada. The elimination of the quarantine period for fully vaccinated returning Canadians and the removal of other travel restrictions announced in June led to a significant increase in bookings. We expect this trend to further increase following the July 19th announcement communicating positive changes to come for Canadian travel restrictions. Our employees and other stakeholders should be encouraged by the positive industry trends and the strong improvement in the outlook we see for our airline. However, as we have historically done, we will continue to manage both our cost structure and the balance sheet very conservatively.

“Our cash burn in the second quarter of about $8 million on average per day was better than earlier projections of $13$15 million. We attribute this to increased bookings and our continuing effective cost controls. We ended the quarter with close to $9.8 billion in unrestricted liquidity. We have seen in countries where reopening is further along than in Canada that the easing of travel restrictions not only facilitates travel but also drives additional demand for air travel and provides a potent stimulus to overall economic activity. Our current booking trend seems to be evidence of this, and recent science-based easing of travel restrictions not only allows customers to travel but further adds to their confidence to make travel plans. Taking all these factors into account, we can optimistically say that we are turning a corner and expect to soon see correlated financial improvements as evidenced by our cash burn guidance of $3$5 million per day for the third quarter.

“We are excited and ready to welcome back our valued customers in greater numbers and to introduce them to the many improvements we have made to enhance their journey.  I remain fully confident that Air Canada will rebuild stronger and rise higher than ever before,” concluded Mr. Rousseau.

Second Quarter Updates

Capacity and Route Network

In the second quarter of 2021, Air Canada increased its ASM capacity by 78 per cent compared to the second quarter of 2020 (a reduction of 86 per cent when compared to the second quarter of 2019).

On June 14, 2021, Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo announced an initial list of planned routes for the Boeing 767-300ER freighters scheduled to enter service later in 2021. Since March 2020, Air Canada has operated more than 10,000 all-cargo flights using its wide-body passenger aircraft including certain temporarily modified Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft, which have additional available cargo space due to the removal of seats from the passenger cabin.

On June 15, 2021, Air Canada announced its peak summer schedule serving a total of 50 Canadian destinations from coast to coast. The schedule was developed to advance Canada’s economic recovery and to support the country’s tourism and hospitality businesses during the important summer period. It includes three new routes, the re-establishment of select regional routes, and wide-body aircraft featuring Air Canada Signature Class and Premium Economy Class on select transcontinental routes. In the second quarter of 2021, Air Canada also announced its international schedule for Summer 2021 and an expanded service to Hawaii for the Winter 2022 schedule, and, on June 18, 2021, operated its inaugural MontrealCairo flight.

On July 19, 2021, Air Canada announced its summer transborder schedule, including 55 routes and 34 destinations in the U.S., with up to 220 daily flights between the U.S. and Canada. The new schedule coincides with the easing of Canadian travel restrictions between the two countries as of August 9, 2021, including the removal of hotel quarantine requirements for all travellers, relaxed testing requirements for Canadians travelling to the US for less than 72 hours, and allowing fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. to enter Canada for non-essential travel, and other measures.

Financing and Liquidity

In the second quarter of 2021, Air Canada concluded the following financing transactions:

  • On April 12, 2021, Air Canada entered into a series of debt and equity financing agreements with the Government of Canada (acting through Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation) which allows Air Canada to access up to $5.879 billion in liquidity through the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) program. The financial package provides for fully repayable loans that Air Canada would draw down if and as required. The package also included an equity investment for gross proceeds of $500 million for Air Canada shares at a price of $23.1793 per share, as well as an aggregate of 14,576,564 warrants exercisable for the purchase of an equal number of Air Canada shares, subject to customary adjustments, at a price of $27.2698 per share during a 10-year term; 50 per cent of the warrants vested concurrently with the implementation of the credit facilities and the remaining 50 per cent of the warrants will vest on a proportional basis to the amounts, if any, that Air Canada may draw under the unsecured credit facilities (excluding the refunds credit facility). Additional details on these agreements are provided in the “Overview” section of Air Canada’s Second Quarter 2021 MD&A.
  • On April 15, 2021, Air Canada repaid US $400 million of the 7.750% Senior (Unsecured) Notes, upon maturity.
  • On July 19, 2021, Air Canada announced that it had launched the syndication of a new senior secured term loan B expected to mature in 2028 (the “Term Loan”), and completed the syndication in respect of a new senior secured revolving facility expected to mature in 2025 (the “Revolving Facility”, together with the Term Loan, the “Senior Secured Credit Facilities”). Subject to market and other conditions, Air Canada intends to complete refinancing transactions seeking total gross proceeds of approximately US$5.35 billion, and which will include the entering into of the Senior Secured Credit Facilities. The proceeds of the Term Loan are intended to fund (i) the refinancing of the Company’s 4.75% senior secured notes due 2023 and 9.00% second lien notes due 2024, (ii) the refinancing of the Company’s indebtedness under the loan agreement dated as of October 6, 2016 and comprised of a syndicated secured US dollar term loan B facility and a syndicated secured US dollar revolving credit facility and (iii) working capital and other general corporate purposes of Air Canada and its subsidiaries. The proceeds of the Revolving Facility are intended to fund working capital and other general corporate purposes of Air Canada and its subsidiaries. Air Canada will review multiple funding sources when assessing these refinancing transactions. Closing of the Senior Secured Credit Facilities is expected to occur in the latter half of August 2021, subject to obtaining lender commitments, market conditions and customary closing conditions.

Second Quarter Financial Summary

Air Canada recorded a net loss of $1.165 billion or $3.31 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2021 compared to a net loss of $1.752 billion or $6.44 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2020.

In the second quarter of 2021, on a year-over-year capacity increase of 78 per cent, operating expenses of $1.970 billion decreased $112 million or five per cent from the same quarter in 2020.

In the second quarter of 2021, net cash flows used in operating activities of $1.377 billion deteriorated by $126 million from the same quarter in 2020 due to a decrease in cash from working capital, mainly attributable to ticket refunds of $997 million, which was partially offset by an improvement in advance ticket sales. Additionally, an increase in end of lease return costs as compared to the same quarter in 2020 were a contributing factor to the decrease of cash flows used in operating activities.

In the second quarter of 2021, net cash burn of $745 million, or about $8 million per day, on average, was better than management’s expectation of $13$15 million per day, discussed in Air Canada’s May 7, 2021 news release. EBITDA in the second quarter was better than expected mainly due to continued very strong cost control and rapid adjustments of capacity to market demand. The EBITDA variance accounted for $2 million per day of the favourable variance in net cash burn.  Working capital contributed $2 million per day to the favourable variance and was mainly due to stronger advance ticket sales than forecast and to the ongoing strong management of trade receivables and other working capital items. Capital expenditures were also lower than forecast in the quarter, in part, due to the strengthening Canadian dollar.

Outlook

Air Canada plans to increase its third quarter 2021 ASM capacity from the same quarter in 2020 by about 85 per cent. In the third quarter of 2021, when compared to the same period in 2019, ASM capacity is expected to decrease about 65 per cent. The airline continues to dynamically adjust capacity and take other measures as required to account for public health guidelines, travel restrictions globally and passenger demand.

Air Canada projects a net cash burn of $280$460 million (or $3$5 million per day, on average) in the third quarter of 2021. This net cash burn projection includes $2 million per day in capital expenditures, net of financing, and $4 million per day in lease and debt service costs.  The net cash burn projection for the third quarter of 2021 excludes the remaining amount of expected eligible refunds of non-refundable fares being processed pursuant to the change in refund policy announced on April 12, 2021 for flights impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as these refunds are eligible for draws under the Government of Canada $1.404 billion refund credit facility. As such, these refunds are generally cash neutral to Air Canada’s liquidity position, up to the $1.404 billion limit of the facility.

In April 2021, Air Canada started offering eligible customers who purchased non-refundable tickets for travel on or after February 1, 2020 but did not fly, the option to obtain a refund to the original form of payment. On June 10, 2021, the deadline to seek refunds under this COVID-19 Refund Policy was extended to July 12, 2021. Air Canada has paid $997 million as at the end of the second quarter and expects to pay about an additional $200 million in the third quarter, which will be eligible for draws under the Government of Canada $1.404 billion refund credit facility.

Additional details on the COVID-19 Refund Policy are provided in the “Overview” section of Air Canada’s Second Quarter 2021 MD&A and on Air Canada’s website at www.aircanada.com.

(1) Non-GAAP Measures

Below is a description of certain non-GAAP financial measures used by Air Canada to provide readers with additional information on its financial and operating performance. Such measures are not recognized measures for financial statement presentation under GAAP, do not have standardized meanings, may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other entities and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. Readers are advised to review the section entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in Air Canada’s Second Quarter 2021 MD&A for a further discussion of such non-GAAP measures and a reconciliation of such measures to Canadian GAAP.

EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) is commonly used in the airline industry and is used by Air Canada as a means to view operating results before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. These costs can vary significantly among airlines due to differences in the way airlines finance their aircraft and other assets. Air Canada excludes special items from EBITDA as these items may distort the analysis of certain business trends and render comparative analysis to other airlines less meaningful. Refer to the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section in Air Canada’s Second Quarter 2021 MD&A for a discussion of special items relating to the second quarter of 2021.

Net cash burn is commonly used in the airline industry and is used by Air Canada as a measure of cash used to maintain operations, support capital expenditures, and settle normal debt repayments, all before the net impact of new financing proceeds. Net cash burn is defined as net cash flows from operating, financing for aircraft deliveries, and investing activities. Excluded are proceeds from non-aircraft financings, lump sum debt maturities made where Air Canada has refinanced or replaced the amount, and proceeds from sale and leaseback transactions. Net cash burn also excludes movements between cash and short and long-term investments, and refunds for non-refundable fares being processed for flights impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Such refunds are eligible for draws under the Government of Canada $1.404 billion refunds credit facility and, therefore, are generally cash neutral to Air Canada’s liquidity position (up to the $1.404 billion limit of the facility) and improve net working capital.

(1)

Adjusted pre-tax income (loss), EBITDA (excluding special items) (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization), and adjusted CASM are each non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to section 15 “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” of Air Canada’s Second Quarter 2021 MD&A for descriptions of Air Canada’s non-GAAP financial measures.

(2)

Unrestricted liquidity refers to the sum of cash, cash equivalents and short and long-term investments, and the amount of available credit under Air Canada’s revolving and other credit facilities. At June 30, 2021, unrestricted liquidity amounted to $9,775 million comprised of $5,661 million in Cash and cash equivalents, Short-term investments, and Long-term investments and $3,975 million available under undrawn credit facilities with the Government of Canada and $139 million available to be drawn under the refunds credit facility. At June 30, 2020, unrestricted liquidity of $9,120 million consisted of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $8,644 million, and long-term investments of $476 million.

(3)

Except for the reference to average number of FTE employees, operating statistics in this table include third party carriers operating under capacity purchase agreements with Air Canada.

(4)

Reflects FTE employees at Air Canada and its subsidiaries. Excludes FTE employees at third party carriers operating under capacity purchase agreements with Air Canada.

(5)

Revenue passengers are counted on a flight number basis (rather than by journey/itinerary or by leg) which is consistent with the IATA definition of revenue passengers carried.

(6)

“pp” denotes percentage points and refers to a measure of the arithmetic difference between two percentages.

(7)

“NM” denotes “Not Meaningful” and is included in the table above where a comparison to prior periods would not be meaningful.

Air Canada introduces “Rise Higher”, a new brand spot

Air Canada today unveiled its comprehensive program in support of Team Canada’s journey to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which includes today’s launch of “Rise Higher”, a new brand spot. The airline began flying Team Canada athletes, coaches and support staff from Toronto and Vancouver to Japan on July 1 onboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in a special livery. Air Canada is further celebrating the country’s athletes through innovative activations, exclusive access and engagement opportunities for fans.

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.

Video:

In addition to its unwavering support in transporting Team Canada safely to and from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Air Canada is proud to:

  • Premier its new “Rise Higher” brand spot during the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony broadcast, which is being released concurrently online via Air Canada’s social media channels;
  • In collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada, encourage Canadians to share how they #FlytheFlag/#HautLeDrapeau as they cheer on Team Canada in Tokyo. Canadians could win two round-trip tickets to anywhere Air Canada flies in North America or a spot to participate in one of six exclusive virtual experiences where they will have a unique opportunity to talk to athletes live from Tokyo;
  • Give Canadian fans the chance to interact with some athletes and be among the first to welcome them back home while they are onboard their Air Canada flight through one of five Twitter Q&A sessions hosted by Team Canada. Details on how to participate will be posted via Team Canada’s social channels;
  • Support athletes traveling from major airports across Canada with Air Canada’s own employee-driven initiative that involves the collaboration and dedicated efforts of Air Canada employees to ensure a seamless customer experience;
  • Give athletes distinctive, individual care kits, including Canadian-made travel essentials to make their flight more comfortable, a complimentary Wi-Fi streaming pass courtesy of our partner Intelsat, and Aeroplan points;
  • Provide all athletes with complimentary 35K status which includes free checked bags, through the Aeroplan Elite Podium Program;
  • Celebrate Team Canada’s journey with a special seat sale from Canada to all destinations Air Canada flies to. Seats are available for booking now, with further details at aircanada.com.

Air Canada has been a sponsor of the Canadian Olympic Team since 1988 and a sponsor of the Canadian Paralympic Team since 2007.

Air Canada announces the restoration of 55 routes and 34 destinations in the U.S., with up to 220 daily flights between the U.S. and Canada

Air Canada today announced its current summer transborder schedule including 55 routes and 34 destinations in the U.S., with up to 220 daily flights between the U.S. and Canada. The new schedule coincides with the loosening of restrictions on travel between the two countries as of Aug. 9, 2021, enabling fully vaccinated Americans to enter Canada for non-essential travel and the removal of quarantine hotel requirements, relaxed testing requirements allowing Canadians taking short transborder trips for less than 72 hours to do their pre-entry tests in Canada, among other measures to ease restrictions.

New digital solution via Air Canada App simplifies COVID-19 related document requirements

Air Canada has developed a new digital solution via the Air Canada App, enabling customers flying from the U.S. to Canada and between Canada and select European destinations to conveniently and securely scan and upload COVID-19 test results to validate compliance with government travel requirements prior to arriving at the airport.

Transborder services

The airline’s transborder services include wide-body aircraft featuring Air Canada Signature Class with lie-flat seating and Premium Economy Class on select routes between Toronto and Los Angeles.

In early August, Air Canada’s onboard services will resume on transborder flights greater than two hours, with new Economy Class Bistro selections being gradually introduced, including products by Canadian brands and partners such as Nomz vegan energy balls, celebrated Montreal Chef Jérôme Ferrer-inspired meals and more.

New Refund Policy gives customer choices and options

Air Canada’s new refund policy of offering customers options of refunds, an Air Canada Travel Voucher or equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65% bonus should the airline cancel or reschedule a flight by more than three hours, is applicable to all tickets purchased.

Air Canada’s commercial schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions.

Montreal – USA routes

Frequencies per week

Montreal-Boston

14

Montreal-Chicago

21

Montreal-Denver

7

Montreal-Newark

14

Montreal-Fort Lauderdale

7

Montreal-Houston

7

Montreal-LaGuardia

21

Montreal-Las Vegas

3

restarts Sept. 9

Montreal-Los Angeles

7

Montreal-Orlando

3

Montreal-San Francisco

7

Montreal-Washington Dulles

7

Montreal-Washington National

14

restarts Sept. 7

 

Toronto – USA routes

Frequencies per week

Toronto-Atlanta

14

Toronto-Austin

5

restarts Sept. 9

Toronto-Boston

21

Toronto-Charlotte

7

restarts Sept. 7

Toronto-Chicago

28

Toronto-Cincinnati

7

restarts Sept. 7

Toronto-Cleveland

7

restarts Aug. 1

Toronto-Columbus

7

Toronto-Dallas

14

restarts Sept. 7

Toronto-Denver

14

Toronto-Detroit

7

Toronto-Fort Lauderdale

8

Toronto-Fort Myers

2

restarts Aug. 1

Toronto-Houston

21

Toronto-Las Vegas

4

restarts Aug. 1

Toronto-Los Angeles

21

Toronto-LaGuardia

35

Toronto-Minneapolis-Saint Paul

7

restarts Sept. 7

Toronto-Nashville

4

restarts Aug. 30

Toronto-Newark

28

Toronto-Orlando

5

Toronto-Philadelphia

7

Toronto-Phoenix

3

restarts Aug. 2

Toronto-Pittsburgh

7

restarts Aug. 1

Toronto-Raleigh Durham

14

restarts Sept. 7

Toronto-Seattle

4

restarts Aug. 1

Toronto-San Francisco

14

Toronto-Tampa

5

Toronto-Washington Dulles

21

Toronto-Washington National

14

restarts Sept. 7

 

Vancouver – USA routes

Frequencies per week

Vancouver-Chicago

7

restarts Sept. 7

Vancouver-Denver

14

Vancouver-Honolulu

3

restarts Aug. 2

Vancouver-Las Vegas

4

restarts Sept. 7

Vancouver-Los Angeles

21

Vancouver-Maui

3

restarts Aug. 3

Vancouver-Newark

7

restarts Sept. 7

Vancouver-Portland

14

Vancouver-Phoenix

5

Vancouver-San Diego

7

restarts Aug. 1

Vancouver-San Francisco

21

Vancouver-Seattle

14

 

Calgary – USA routes

Frequency per week

Calgary-Phoenix

3

restarts Aug. 1

Connecting between U.S. to/from international destinations through Canada

Flights are timed to provide connectivity through Air Canada’s North American and international destinations including to Brussels, CairoDoha, and to a multitude of other cities in EuropeAsia and beyond.

Air Canada continues to rebuild its global network with service resuming to key destinations around the world

Air Canada today unveiled additional details of its planned international schedule for this summer, which includes the resumption of 17 routes and 11 destinations across the world from its hubs. The airline is resuming its service between Calgary and Frankfurt, as of August 1, up to four times weekly, and is also offering for the first time a unique non-stop service from Montreal to Cairo, Egypt, three times weekly.

“As travel restrictions ease across the globe, we are committed to rebuild our international network and continue as a global carrier to connect Canada to the world, while also developing additional markets and targeting new opportunities. Canadians are eager to travel again, and we are ready to reunite customers with their families and friends. With vaccination rates globally increasing and our industry-leading CleanCare+ bio-safety protocols, Air Canada has your health and safety as its top priority,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

“We are pleased to restart our non-stop service between Calgary and Frankfurt, a key European market for our customers in Western Canada. This route will operate all year long, connecting Calgary to the world via the global hub of our trans Atlantic joint venture partner, Lufthansa, in Frankfurt. We are also considering additional routes as restrictions continue to loosen,” Mr. Galardo added.

International flight schedule for Summer 2021

Route

Frequency

Start Date

Calgary-Frankfurt

Up to 4x weekly

August 1, 2021

Toronto-Vienna

3x weekly

July 21, 2021

Toronto-Dublin

3x weekly

August 1, 2021

Toronto-Paris

Up to 5x weekly

August 2, 2021

Toronto-Zurich

4x weekly

August 3, 2021

Montreal-Geneva

3x weekly

July 22, 2021

Montreal-Tel Aviv

2x weekly

August 1, 2021

Montreal-London

Up to 4x weekly

August 3, 2021

On top of these upcoming service resumptions, Air Canada has already resumed flights to GreeceUnited Arab Emirates (UAE), ItalySpainUnited Kingdom and Morocco and will increase frequencies in some of these destinations as of August.

Resumed routes

Route

Frequency

Toronto-Athens

Up to 5x weekly in August

Toronto-Dubai

3x weekly

Toronto-Rome

Up to 4x weekly         

Toronto-Lisbon

Up to 3x weekly

Montreal-Athens

Up to 5x weekly in August

Montreal-Casablanca

Up to 5x weekly in August

Montreal-Rome

Up to 3x weekly

Montreal-Lisbon

2x weekly

Vancouver-London

Up to daily in August

Air Canada also recently launched its first and unique non-stop service to Cairo from its Montreal hub, three times weekly, serving the large Egyptian community established in Montreal and throughout North America. This new route provides a direct gateway to Africa and offers convenient connectivity throughout Canada and the U.S. from across Air Canada’s network.

The airline continues to operate to several other destinations including: Brussels, Bogotá, DohaHong KongSeoulShanghai and Tokyo. Click here for the full schedule.

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Air Canada’s new service between Montreal and Kelowna celebrated at Kelowna International Airport

Air Canada’s newest domestic route with the only nonstop service between Montreal and Kelowna was celebrated at Kelowna International Airport today.

The flights operate three times weekly, increasing to four times in mid-July and five times in August. Customers will enjoy Air Canada’s fuel-efficient Airbus A220-300 fleet featuring Business Class and Economy cabins, a modernized in-flight entertainment system with hours of complementary entertainment available at every seat, onboard Wi-Fi and more.

This new route adds to the significant impact Air Canada has on the local economy and that of the province of British Columbia as a whole. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Air Canada contributed approximately $2.2 billion to BC’s GDP, annually. Additionally, Kelowna is now connected to all four of the airline’s hubs which connects the Okanagan Valley directly to Air Canada’s vast

Air Canada’s Airbus A220-300 features 12 Business Class seats and 125 Economy Class seats with upgraded in-flight entertainment at every seat throughout the aircraft.

F light

R oute

D eparture
Time

Arrival
Time

Aircraft

Day of Operation

AC365

Montreal to Kelowna

19:05

21:35

Airbus A220-300

Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun

AC364

Kelowna to Montreal

10:00

17:30

Airbus A220-300

Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun

Air Canada’s new refund policy of offering customers options of refunds, an Air Canada Travel Voucher or equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65% bonus should the airline cancel or reschedule a flight by more than three hours, is applicable to all tickets purchased.

Air Canada introduces a digital solution to simplify COVID-19 related travel requirements

Air Canada is launching a trial of a new digital solution available through its mobile app for customers to securely scan, upload and verify their COVID-19 test results. This feature will help travelers conveniently validate compliance with government health travel requirements prior to arriving at the airport. Air Canada has developed its new solution with the support of Amadeus, one of the world’s leading travel technology companies. Initially available beginning June 29 for flights from Frankfurt to Toronto and Montreal, the airline plans to roll-out the solution across its network later this summer pending results of the trial and introduce new capabilities so that customers can also pre-validate proofs of vaccination.

For the Frankfurt departure trial beginning June 29, 2021, the new mobile solution will accept COVID-19 PCR test results from Centogene Labs in Germany. The use of the new function by customers is optional. For users:

  • There is no requirement to download an application, as a link to submit documents will appear on the Air Canada mobile app or mobile website during check-in
  • Within 24 hours of departure, customers checking-in on mobile can securely submit their test results by scanning a QR code of the Centogene lab test result.
  • Customers will then receive a message verifying the test that will enable them to pass through the airport and board their flight without any further requirement to demonstrate the validity of their health documents
  • Customers must bring and retain their original documents for the duration of their journey.

The new feature is based on Amadeus Traveler ID, which automates document verification for travelers in order to minimise queues. Capabilities to manage test results from other labs and also vaccination records will be introduced. To further assist customers, the new solution also provides information about the government health entry requirements of the destination country. It is designed to be compatible with other health passport applications currently under development around the world.

Air Canada inaugurates new service from Montreal to Cairo

Air Canada operated today its first nonstop service between Montreal and Cairo, serving the large Egyptian community established in Montreal and throughout North America, and providing an additional gateway to Africa.

Air Canada is offering three flights per week on a 255-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner featuring a choice of three cabins of service: Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy class.

Flight schedule from MontrealCairo:

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

AC74

Montreal 17:50

Cairo 10:15 +1 day

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

AC75

Cairo 12:00

Montreal 17:00

Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

* The schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions. 

Air Canada to serve 50 Canadian airports this summer

Air Canada’s domestic peak summer schedule beginning at the end of June has been developed to advance the country’s economic recovery and support Canada’s tourism and hospitality businesses during the important summer period.  Three new domestic Canada routes, service to 50 Canadian airports, the re-establishment of select regional routes, and wide-body aircraft featuring Air Canada Signature Class and Premium Economy Class on select transcontinental routes are included. Seats with attractive pricing in all cabins are available for purchase now at aircanada.com, via the Air Canada App, Air Canada’s Contact Centres and travel agencies.

New route details:

Route

Frequency

Aircraft

Effective

Montreal-Deer Lake

Daily

CRJ900

Jul 1, 2021

Montreal-Kelowna

3x Weekly July

4x Weekly Aug

Airbus A220

June 26, 2021

Montreal-Saskatoon-Regina

Daily

CRJ900

Aug 1, 2021

Resumption of services:

Airport Station

Route

Effective

Frequency

Gander

 Gander – Halifax

Jun 29

3x Weekly

 Gander – Toronto

Jul 2

5x Weekly

St. John’s

 St. John’s – Toronto

Jun 19

Daily

Goose Bay

 Goose Bay – St. John’s

Jun 29

3x Weekly

Deer Lake

 Deer Lake – Halifax

Aug 1

5x Weekly

Halifax

 Halifax – Calgary

Aug 1

5x Weekly

Sydney

 Sydney – Toronto

Jun 26

3x Weekly

 Sydney – Montreal

Aug 1

Daily

Charlottetown

 Charlottetown – Toronto

Jun 18

4x Weekly

Saint John

 Saint John – Montreal

Jun 30

3x Weekly

 Saint John – Toronto

Jul 2

4x Weekly

Fredericton

 Fredericton – Montreal

Jun 29

Daily

 Fredericton – Toronto

Jul 1

5x Weekly

Bathurst

 Bathurst – Montreal

Jun 27

3x Weekly

Quebec City

 Quebec City – Toronto

Jun 19

1x Daily

Ottawa

 Ottawa – Calgary

Jul 2

Daily

 Ottawa – Edmonton

Aug 1

2x Weekly

North Bay

 North Bay – Toronto

Jun 28

3x Weekly

Fort McMurray

 Fort McMurray – Toronto

July 1

2x Weekly

Winnipeg

 Winnipeg – Calgary

Jun 20

6x weekly

 Winnipeg – Montreal

Aug 1

Daily

Regina

 Regina – Calgary

Jul 1

5x Weekly

Saskatoon

 Saskatoon – Calgary

Jul 2

5x Weekly

Kamloops

 Kamloops – Vancouver

Jun 29

4x Weekly

 Kamloops – Calgary

Jun 28

4x Weekly

Comox

 Comox – Vancouver

Jun 30

3x Weekly

Nanaimo

 Nanaimo – Toronto

Jul 4

1x Weekly

 Nanaimo – Calgary

Jul 2

5x weekly

Prince Rupert

 Prince Rupert – Vancouver

Jun 25

3x Weekly

Penticton

 Penticton – Vancouver

Jun 29

4x Weekly

Sandspit

 Sandspit – Vancouver

Jun 23

3x Weekly

Victoria

 Montreal – Victoria

Jun 19

3x Weekly

 Toronto – Victoria

Jun 19

4x Weekly

 Calgary – Victoria

Jun 21

4x Weekly

Castlegar

 Castlegar – Vancouver

Jun 28

3x Weekly

Kelowna

 Kelowna Toronto

Jun 18

4x Weekly

Yellowknife

 Yellowknife – Calgary

Jun 30

3x Weekly

Air Canada is also providing connectivity to five additional regional communities through interline agreements with third party regional carriers: WabushBaie ComeauGaspeMont Joli, and Val d’Or.

Air Canada’s commercial schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions.

Air Canada to put its first Boeing 767-300F into service from Toronto to to Miami, Quito, Lima, Mexico City and Guadalajara

Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo today announced the initial list of planned routes for the Boeing 767-300ER freighters scheduled to enter service this fall. Air Canada is in the process of fully converting several of its Boeing 767 aircraft into dedicated freighters in order to fully participate in global cargo commercial opportunities.

When the first converted 767 freighters enters service in October, they will fly primarily out of Toronto Pearson International Airport, and will operate on routes linking Toronto to MiamiQuitoLimaMexico City and Guadalajara, the first time Air Canada Cargo will serve this destination. Additional destinations to be served in early 2022, include HalifaxSt. John’sMadrid and Frankfurt as more freighters enter service.

Air Canada has begun the process of converting certain of its Boeing 767s that have been retired from its passenger fleet into fully dedicated freighters. As part of that process, all seats are removed from the aircraft, a large door is cut into the fuselage to allow for loading of palletized cargo, and the floor is reinforced to carry additional weight. Air Canada Cargo plans to have two freighters in service by the end of 2021, with more to join the fleet in 2022.

The addition of dedicated freighter aircraft to Air Canada’s fleet will allow Air Canada Cargo to provide consistent capacity on key air cargo routes, which will facilitate the movement of goods globally. With these freighters, Air Canada Cargo will enhance its capabilities to transport goods such as automotive and aerospace parts, oil and gas equipment, pharmaceuticals, perishables, as well as handling the growing demand for fast, reliable shipment of e-commerce goods.

In the fall of 2020, Air Canada successfully concluded a collective agreement amendment with its pilots represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association for contractual changes to enable Air Canada to competitively operate dedicated cargo aircraft in the cargo marketplace.

Since March 2020, Air Canada has operated more than 9,000 all-cargo flights using its wide-body passenger aircraft as well as certain temporarily modified Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft, which have additional available cargo space due to the removal of seats from the passenger cabin.