Thursday, October 22

Air Canada

Aeroplan, Air Canada, Business, National

Air Canada to launch renewed Aeroplan program in November – The Canadian News

Air Canada is revamping its Aeroplan loyalty program in an effort to make it easier to use. The airline says it will be a simple transition for Aeroplan members who will keep the same account number, but will go from earning miles to earning points in the new plan starting November 8. All Aeroplan miles will be paid automatically according to the new program on an individual basis. Among the other changes, additional airline surcharges, including fuel surcharges, will be removed from all Air Canada flight rewards. The airline says plan members will also be able to combine Aeroplan points with others at home, free of charge. Air Canada spun off Aeroplan as part of an airline restructuring, but then reacquired the loyalty program in 2019.
Air Canada, contact tracing, Coronavirus, COVID-19, National, WestJet

Feds seek to end deal with airlines amid contact search concerns – The Canadian News

British Columbia's transport minister made an official statement to his federal counterpart on Wednesday for airlines to quickly provide more details on travelers to help locate contact efforts that could help curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Concerns over the level of detail provided by airlines have been greatest in BC, where the provincial health official has lamented the lack of movement by federal officials. In a letter to Transportation Minister Marc Garneau, the British Columbia government noted that the information the province has received from airlines "is not necessarily complete and, on occasion, cannot be used." BC Transport Minister Claire Trevena said the data often includes the names of travel agencies that booked flights, a frequent flyer number or the...
Air Canada, Business, National

Air Canada loses $ 1.75B in Q2 as revenue falls 89% – The Canadian News

Air Canada reports a loss of $ 1.75 billion in its last quarter, as revenue plunged 89 percent as a result of the grounding of most flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Montreal-based airline says it lost $ 6.44 per diluted share, compared to a net income equivalent to $ 1.26 a share or $ 343 million a year earlier. Revenue for the three months ended June 30 was $ 527 million, down from $ 4.74 billion in the second quarter of 2019. Passenger revenue fell to $ 207 million, while cargo revenue increased 52 percent to $ 269 million. Air Canada was expected to lose $ 1 billion or $ 3.96 a share on $ 436.3 million in revenue, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv. The country's largest airline says it has access to $ 9.12 billion in cash after raising $ 5.5 billi...