4 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Air Canada
There are certain things you probably knew about Air Canada. Firstly, that the airline is based in Canada. (Wait, did the name give it away?) Additionally, you might also know that Skytrax continually recognizes the airlines as one of the world’s best. Perhaps you also know that Air Canada flies to a wide selection of international destinations. In fact, while cruising through an airport terminal in Europe or Asia, you’ve probably looked out the window to see a maple leaf on the tail rudder of an airplane. Yup, that’s them.
However, the airline is more than just pretty leaves and service awards. Here are four more interesting nuggets about Air Canada.
1. Air Canada has a charitable foundation
The Air Canada Foundation carries out its activities through a number of programs and initiatives, which continue to develop and expand. The Hospital Transportation Program provides Aeroplan miles to 15 pediatric hospitals across Canada, giving children and their parents access to advanced medical treatments in centers unavailable in their community. As a first step in assisting the Syrian refugee crisis, the Air Canada Foundation has committed $27,000 to the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund, which according to Lifeline Syria is the cost to settle a small family. Furthermore, Air Canada supports several charitable organizations that address the needs of children living with disabilities including Reach for the Rainbow, Camp Health, Hope and Happiness, the Down Syndrome Research Foundation of Canada and various chapters of the Easter Seals Society.
2. There’s a middle ground between economy and business classes
Perhaps you’re at a point in your career where you can afford smaller luxuries, but are still cognizant of an overall budget. Air Canada’s Premium Economy presents an ideal alternative. With this middle-of-the-road option, passengers have larger seats, extra legroom, priority boarding, increased baggage allowance and more. Plus, on international flights, travellers in Premium Economy receive complimentary wine and spirits as well as premium cuisine and a hot towel with every meal service. Now, don’t you deserve that?
3. Access to Six Continents
As the world’s ninth largest carrier, Air Canada is part of an exclusive club of airlines — approximately a dozen carriers — that fly to all six inhabited continents. (Side note: Regrets to Antarctica!) With a new route between Montréal and Casablanca beginning in June 2016 (operated by Air Canada rouge), it’s never been easier to access Morocco and other North African nations. And while we’re on the subject of breezy direct flights, Air Canada now offers a direct flight from Montréal to Beijing through a partnership with Air China. So, whether you’ve got your eye on Australia, a penchant for Peru or a dream of Denmark, Air Canada can make it happen.
4. Fully flat beds on transcontinental Business Class
Air Canada’s award-winning North America Business Class service now comes with the added luxury of a fully flat bed. Experience added comfort across the continent, with seats designed to provide you with your own personal space, optimized for productive work sessions or downright relaxation. Recline into a fully lie-flat seat at the touch of a button. All the latest in-flight comforts, including an oversized pillow and luxurious duvet, ensure that you arrive rested and refreshed.