Air Canada was founded in 1937 as Trans-Canada Air Lines. The company is the largest airline in Canada, with more than 1,500 flights every day. The company is the world’s 10th largest airline and is a founding member of The Star Alliance network of airlines.
The company was renamed Air Canada in 1965. In addition to the main airline, the company also had several subsidiaries, including Air Canada Vacations, Air Canada Cargo, Air Canada Express, and Air Canada Rouge. In 2000, the company acquired their competition, Canadian Airlines.
Starting in July of 2006, the company launched on an interior makeover of all planes in the fleet, including in-seat games, LCD touchscreen televisions and internet service, and some models having their interiors completely gutted and new cabins installed.
In February 2017, a new retro red and black aircraft design was launched, to coincide with Air Canada’s 80th anniversary and Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Currently, the airline flies to 21 domestic destinations and 81 international destinations, including the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Along with its regional partners, the carrier serves over 182 destinations in 47 countries on six continents worldwide.
Air Canada’s frequent flyer rewards program, Aeroplan, allowed for both points collection and spending, as well as status and rewards as an Air Canada customer. As the Air Canada and Aeroplan changed, the division of points collection & spending, and had Air Canada introduce an internal rewards program, Altitude. Altitude is also going to be updated and replaced sometime in 2020.
In 2016, the company had $21.6 billion in revenue and approximately 28,000 full-time employees.