Allow extra time when departing from the United States as security wait times may be longer than usual
Check size and weight allowance when packing at aircanada.com/carryon as carry-on baggage will be screened and tagged
Customers should ensure their valuables, electronics, documentation, medication, car keys, money, jewelry, cameras, are in their carry-on bags
Provide contact information including your email address
Customers should also provide their contact information at time of check-in (mobile/kiosk/web) to ensure they can easily be reached in case of travel disruptions
Follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook for latest travel updates
MONTREAL, June 21, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ – Summer is here and Air Canada is offering tips to ensure a smooth travel experience. For the latest operational updates, customers are invited to visit aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook, and sign up for specific flight notification alerts. Additional information on what to expect and do in case of flight disruptions is available at
Flight status and travel updates online Operational news is available in the Daily Travel Outlook under the Flights section at the bottom of the home page at aircanada.com. Before leaving for the airport customers should check the status of their flights on aircanada.com, or on an internet-enabled mobile device at mobile.aircanada.com, or by calling the toll free Air Canada flight status line at 1-888-422-7533; TTY (Hearing Impaired): 1-800-361-8071.
Flight notification Air Canada encourages customers to provide contact information including their email address and phone number so that they can receive flight delay and cancellation information directly on their mobile devices or via e-mail. To register or for more information, simply visit: aircanada.com/flightnotification.
Web and mobile check-in Air Canada customers can save time by checking-in, selecting/changing their seat, selecting the number of checked baggage and paying any baggage fees within 24 hours of departure time either at aircanada.com or on their mobile devices throughmobile.aircanada.com.
Customers should also provide their contact information at time of check-in (mobile/kiosk/web) to ensure they can easily be reached in case of travel disruptions.
Self-service rebooking tool In the event of flight disruptions that may be caused by bad weather, customers are invited to rebook themselves using Air Canada’s self-service rebooking tool available on aircanada.com or their mobile device.
Recommended check-in times During peak travel days, Air Canada recommends that customers arrive early at the airport to avoid problems associated congestion. Information on check-in times are available at: aircanada.com/deadlines.
Valuables, Medications, Car Keys Customers are reminded to ensure that all their valuables, including electronics, documentation, medication, car keys, money, jewelry, cameras, etc., are with them or in their in carry-on bags and NOT in their checked bags. To facilitate security inspection, customers carrying gifts on board the aircraft should keep them unwrapped. Information on checked baggage allowance is available at:aircanada.com/checked.
Health Tips Before taking a flight, Air Canada recommends that customers take the time to familiarize themselves with tips for a healthy travel experience provided by the Aerospace Medical Association, or see their doctor if they have a medical condition:http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/onboard/healthtips.html
Carry-on baggage The carry-on baggage allowance is one standard article 23cm x 40cm x 55cm weighing a maximum of 10 kg, and one personal article 16cm x 33cm x 43cm weighing a maximum of 10 kg. More information is available at: aircanada.com/carryon. Airport agents will be screening and tagging carry-on baggage and passengers who exceed their allowance will be required to check their carry-on baggage, and additional checked baggage fees may apply.
Small lithium battery-powered vehicles not accepted as checked or carry-on baggage Small lithium-battery powered vehicles (hoverboards, electric skateboards, airwheels, mini-segways and balance wheels) should be shipped via Air Canada Cargo. Information is available at aircanada.com/cargo
Personal electronic devices powered by lithium batteries [laptops, ipads, iphones, etc] and spare batteries must be in carry-on baggage.
Strollers Air Canada recommends the use of small, umbrella type strollers as facilities are not designed to accommodate larger, heavy strollers. Collapsible strollers may be checked at the gate and will be delivered to you at the aircraft door at destination. Details of the stroller policy are available at: aircanada.com/infant-child.
Sporting equipment Air Canada recommends that customers pre-register their sporting equipment by contacting Air Canada Reservations, Air Canada Vacations or their travel agent up to 24 hours prior to departure. Some sporting equipment is entitled to a waiver of oversize and/or additional piece charges. Details are available at: aircanada.com/excessbaggage.
External and internal name tags As external baggage name tags sometimes become detached, Air Canada recommends that passengers place identification INSIDEtheir bag. A baggage ID template is available at: aircanada.com/baggageid.
Travelling with children Parents travelling with children should ensure they have appropriate documents including a birth certificate showing the name of both parents, legal documents pertaining to custody, or a parental consent letter authorizing travel where the child is travelling alone or with only one parent.
Children travelling outside of Canada with one parent may require legal documentation proving the other parent or guardian’s consent that the child may leave the country. Consult the Embassy or Consulate of the countries the child will be visiting and the Department of Global Affairs at 1-800-267-8376 to determine if such documentation is necessary.
Information on security measures Government regulations stipulate customers can only transport in their carry-on baggage a limited amount of liquid, gel and aerosol items: 100ml/100g (3.4 oz) per article or smaller. Larger containers must be placed in checked baggage.
For more information on security measures, please consult the following official web sites:
In-Transit Pre-Clearance (ITPC) in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal Customers arriving in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto from an international flight with a connecting flight to the U.S. do not go through Canadian Customs and Immigration. Their checked baggage is automatically transferred to their connecting flight.
Duty-free purchases Any duty-free items purchased before or during a flight that exceed current Government regulations will be confiscated at security check points unless they are sealed in Security Tamper Evident bags (STEBs). For more information please refer to the Canadian Air Transport Security Agency (CATSA) web-site: catsa.gc.ca/duty-free-purchases.
Travel documentation All international travel requires a valid passport and in some cases other documentation, such as visas, in order to enter the country of destination and/or for transiting connection countries. The IATA Travel Centre search tool offers details regarding country-specific passport, visa and health entry requirement.
Domestic travel requires government-issued photo identification that includes date of birth and gender for all passengers 18 years of age and older. Government regulations require that the name provided in the flight reservation be exactly the same as it appears in the travel documentation. More information is available at: aircanada.com/traveldocumentation.
Air Canada encourages customers to complete any travel information form ahead of time at aircanada.com.
Travelling to, from, via or over the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint lines can be longer than normal in spring and summer. The TSA recommends arriving at the airport 2 hours before departure if your flight is in the early morning or evening, when wait times for screening can be up to one hour. Members of Known Traveler Programs, such as Nexus or Global Entry, may experience normal wait times. Learn more
The United States requires that travellers provide additional Secure Flight information at least 72 hours before their flight or at time of booking. Please note that this requirement applies to many international flights which are deemed to over-fly the US. For more information please consult aircanada.com/secureflight
Eligible Air Canada customers enjoy the benefits of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s TSA Pre✓™ program which provides accelerated security screening at most U.S. departure airports by allowing customers to keep shoes, belts and light outerwear on, and laptops and liquids in carry-on baggage. Learn more about TSA Pre✓ and how it applies to Air Canada flights.
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Flying can be a huge part of life. It’s a way to get away, to visit family, to take those business trips we all love so much. But flying can also be a very stressful part of life – there’s a million annoying and tiring parts about flying that can make the whole experience a drag or sometimes even frightening. And who knows more about those annoying tidbits (and hacks to avoid them!) than the people who live their life in the sky: pilots and flight attendants. Take a tip from these professionals and learn some helpful hacks and interesting facts for the next time you fly.
Pilots Are Served Different Meals
If there are two pilots on the flight, food poisoning is a big fear, for obvious reasons. To keep at least one pilot healthy, the pilots are served two different meals and are not allowed to share. This way, if one meal is bad, at least one pilot will be able to fly. Smart thinking.
Consider Tipping the Flight Attendants
The word “bribing” is kind of strong. I’d prefer…letting the flight attendants know you care! Attendants have stated that they never get tips or gifts, so if they were to get saaay a $20 bill or a box of chocolates, you will be treated like royalty.
Add More Arm Room
This is a great hack for a window seat passenger. On the underside of the armrest, you’ll feel a button right by the joint of the arm. Push it, lift it up and you’ll instantly have more room to lounge about!
Planes Don’t Need Two Engines
It’s been proven that most large commercial air crafts don’t actually need two engines to fly. Whether it’s comforting or terrifying, one engine will work just as well.
Pilots Need Sleep, Too
It sounds scary, but it’s true. Half of all pilots admit to taking a nap while flying. Don’t panic: this is what a co-pilot is for.
Opt For Bottled Water
Think twice about asking for a glass of water, coffee or tea on your flight. Flight attendants have reported that most of the flight’s water comes from a (usually older) holding tank…that means the water is not super clean. Ask for bottled water.
Your Checked Bags Aren’t Always Handled Well
Baggage handlers have to fit freight and 100+ bags into a cargo pit…needless to say, they’re going to make it fit however they can, no matter how fragile they are. Try your best to avoid bringing delicate objects on board and a “I Love Baggage Handlers” tag never hurt anyone.
Bring Hand Sanitizer
Planes. Are. Dirty. Your trays especially are covered in germs. So please, do not put your food on your trays. And don’t slack on the hand sanitizer.
Something Will Always Be Broken on the Plane
Planes are big machines, which means the odds are that something will be broken. Luckily, all the bigger parts of the planes have two or three spares on board, little do passengers know. Generally, the things that are broken on a day-to-day basis are more like reading light, coffee makers ect.
The Truth About Oxygen Masks
As it turns out, you only have about 15 minutes worth of oxygen per mask. However, that is plenty of time for the pilot to get the plane to a lower altitude. It’s also good to know that you have about 20 seconds before you pass out in a high enough altitude – that’s why you should put your mask on first and then your child’s mask.
The Lights Are Purposefully Dimmed
The reason the lights are dimmed before landing a nighttime flight is in case you need to evacuate the plane. Just in case you do have to get off the flight quickly, the dimmed lights will have helped your eyes adjust to the darkness so you can move quickly.
MONTREAL, Feb. 17, 2016 Air Canada announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Bombardier Inc. for the acquisition of up to 75 Bombardier CS300 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1500G engines as part of its narrowbody fleet renewal plan. The LOI contemplates 45 firm orders plus options to purchase up to an additional 30 aircraft and includes substitution rights to CS100 aircraft in certain circumstances.
Deliveries are scheduled to begin in late 2019 and extend to 2022. The first 25 aircraft on delivery will replace Air Canada’s existing mainline fleet of Embraer E190 aircraft, with the incremental aircraft supporting Air Canada’s hub and network growth, creating one of the world’s youngest, most fuel efficient airline fleets.
The C Series purchase is subject to completion of final documentation and satisfaction of certain other closing conditions precedent.
“We are delighted to announce this important agreement with Bombardier for the purchase of CS300 aircraft as part of the ongoing modernization of Air Canada’s narrowbody fleet,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada. “With its high fuel efficiency performance and greater seating capacity, the next generation technology of the C Series is very well suited for our current and future network strategy and will be an extremely efficient addition to our fleet. The renewal of our North American narrowbody fleet with more capable and efficient aircraft is a key element of our ongoing cost transformation program – plus the enhanced passenger cabin comfort provided by the CS300 will help us to retain Air Canada’s competitive position as the only Four-Star international network carrier in North America.
“The entry of the C Series into our fleet is expected to yield significant cost savings. We have estimated that the projected fuel burn and maintenance cost savings (on a per seat basis) of greater than 15 per cent should generate an estimated CASM reduction of approximately 10 per cent, when compared to the aircraft it will replace.
“Air Canada has a long history of collaboration with Bombardier. Air Canada Express regional partners operate one of the largest fleets of Bombardier aircraft in the world with a mix of over 135 regional jets and turboprop aircraft by December 31, 2016.
“We were one of the launch customers for the Canadair Regional Jet and today’s announcement reflects our continued support forCanada’s aerospace industry and for the new technologies the industry may develop. We fully expect the new technology of the C Series to efficiently meet the demanding needs of our current and future network strategy,” concluded Mr. Rovinescu.
The acquisition of the C Series aircraft represents a key element of Air Canada’s narrowbody fleet renewal program and complements the acquisition of 61 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft announced in December 2013 to replace the larger end of the airline’s mainline narrowbody fleet. The Boeing agreement provides for Boeing to purchase up to 20 of the 45 Embraer E190 aircraft in Air Canada’s fleet and the first 25 C Series will replace the remaining E190s. Boeing 737 MAX deliveries are scheduled to begin in late 2017 and extend to 2021, while the C Series deliveries are scheduled to start in late 2019 and extend to 2022.
About Bombardier C Series aircraft
According to Bombardier, the C Series family of aircraft, representing the fusion of performance and technology, is a 100 per cent all-new design. By focusing on the 100- to 150-seat market segment, Bombardier has designed the C Series aircraft to deliver unparalleled economic advantage to operators and to open up new opportunities for single-aisle aircraft operations. By employing advanced materials, state-of-the-art technologies and advanced aerodynamics, combined with the groundbreaking Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1500G engine, the C Series aircraft is delivering a greater-than 10 per cent unit cost advantage compared to similarly-sized, re-engined aircraft. In addition to delivering best-in-class economics with the C Series aircraft, Bombardier has placed considerable emphasis on cabin design to ensure a superior passenger experience. The aircraft offers 19-inch-wide seats that set a new industry standard, large overhead bins that accommodate a carry-on bag for each passenger, and the largest windows in the single-aisle market. Together these attributes create a widebody feel that offers passengers an unparalleled level of comfort. All noise performance testing on the CS100 aircraft has been completed and data confirms it is the quietest in-production commercial jet in its class. The aircraft’s noise performance and its outstanding short-field capability make it ideal for varied types of operations. The C Series aircraft’s maximum range has also been confirmed to be up to 3,300 NM (6,112 km), some 350 NM (648 km) more than originally targeted.
About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2015 served more than 41 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 63 airports in Canada, 56 in the United States and 86 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,330 airports in 192 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier inNorth America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. For more information, please visit:www.aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.
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“Space Oddity” fans rejoice! Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s impressively awesome cover of the David Bowie classic is now back on the interwebs.
The video was taken down from YouTube after reaching more than 23 million hits. It features Hadfied’s playing and signing the ballad in space — I repeat, in space — aboard the International Space Station. It was reportedly the first music video ever recorded from space.
Hadfield had a one-year agreement with Bowie to leave the video up after it was released in 2013. When that expired, it was gone, for the most part — though like all things, if you’re crafty enough, it could be found.
Now Hadfield has inked a new two-year agreement with Bowie to re-post the historic and well-loved cover.
In a blog post on his Web site, Hadfield noted that the original video was posted in 2013 with Bowie’s permission, and he added that the singer and his representatives were “very gracious” throughout the process. It was removed in May when the first one-year agreement expired.
“Despite countless on-line expressions of frustration and desire, it wasn’t anyone’s ill-will or jealousy that kept this version of Oddity off YouTube,” Hadfield wrote. “It was merely the natural consequence of due process.”
Bowie has actually praised the cover, calling it “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created” back in 2013.
“The reasons we originally made the video were multifold. It was in response to repeated widespread requests via social media. It was a fun Saturday project with my son, Evan. It was a continuation of the other music that I was playing and recording while on ISS. But maybe most importantly, it was a chance to let people see where we truly are in space exploration. We’re not just probing what lies beyond Earth – we inhabit it,” Hadfield explained.
“We’re proud to have helped bring Bowie’s genius from 1969 into space itself in 2013, and now ever-forward,” he added.
Intact Financial Corp. is the latest to attempt to tap the market for insuring drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which aren’t typically covered under a commercial insurance policy. Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer says the demand from its small and medium-sized business clients is increasing as more of them use drones as part of regular operations, particularly for surveillance in sectors such as farming.
“All of a sudden, they start – rather than walking the fields – using drones to take pictures and see if there are issues,” said Alain Lessard, senior vice-president of commercial lines at Intact. And that comes with potential hazards. “A person could be sued because the drone hit someone.”
While the commercial use of drones is still getting off the ground, it’s a key segment of a global market that is expected to grow to $11.5-billion (U.S.) by 2024, according to Teal Group, an aerospace market analysis firm.
The rise of UAV insurance comes as a wave of new technologies reshapes insurers’ businesses, creating new areas of coverage and ways of connecting with customers. Insurers now have teams dedicated to cyber threats, and some have begun to cover emerging businesses such as ride-sharing. The potential for “disruption” by agile tech companies tapped into changing consumer behaviour is also an ever-present concern, pushing Intact and some competitors to boost their branding and leadership in the digital space.
When it came to drones, Intact found a disconnect between old coverage and new technology.
“As part of our commercial lines policy, [drones] would usually fall into an aircraft definition. All aircraft are usually excluded from our regular policy,” Mr. Lessard said. That was pushing some clients to specialty insurers in the aviation space, even for 2 1/2-kilogram drones. Intact decided it could accommodate these machines alongside its customers’ commercial lines policy.
Rules for operating a UAV for commercial purposes have been clarified by Transport Canada over the past two years and are more lenient than in the United States. But even if businesses meet the exemption criteria and avoid a special flight operations certificate, most still need to have proper liability insurance coverage.
Most drones fall between those used for large military applications and the Frisbee-sized copters flown by hobbyists. These worker drones carry cameras that can collect data and help companies monitor operations and environmental impact faster – and in some cases more safely – than sending a human.
Cenovus Energy Inc. has been testing UAVs since 2013, and has now flown them more than 60,000 kilometres.
The company hopes to monitor pipelines by drone some day. “To be able to do that, we are waiting for Transport Canada to introduce regulations that would allow us to fly our UAVs beyond the line of sight,” Cenovus said in a statement. In the meantime, its three drones are busy mapping out oil sands sites in northern Alberta.
Companies often start with one low-cost drone or work with a third-party provider to prove return on investment, said Andrea Sangster, spokeswoman for UAV maker Aeryon Labs Inc. in Waterloo, Ont.
“We’re seeing growth in the commercial markets with oil and gas and the utilities, as well as cell tower inspection,” Ms. Sangster said. The company’s drones have been used for diverse applications, such as counting salmon swimming upstream, 3D modelling and taking readings of office buildings’ thermal output.
At just a few thousand dollars for some basic drones, companies can get into the game cheaply. Aeryon’s higher-end drones, which can weather cold temperatures and high winds, are priced from $60,000.
Annual revenue from sales of commercial-use drones is projected to soar by 84 per cent this year up to about $481-million, according to a recent international report by Juniper Research.
Mr. Lessard said most operators essentially need the same kind of insurance against physical damage to people or property. Limitations to coverage include using the drone to “take pictures of someone through the window of a hotel or something like that, and that person is being sued,” Mr. Lessard said. “We’re not covering these kind of things.”
When Zurich Canada began offering coverage last year, it excluded noise pollution issues caused by drones, which can sound like swarming bees, as well as sabotage.
Drones are becoming an increasingly common feature of business. If your company uses a small drone for surveying purposes, aerial photography, inspection, farming or any other commercial activity, talk to a broker about our insurance coverage for drones.
Our commercial drone insurance includes damage to and loss of the drone, ground station equipment, drone-mounted devices such as cameras, and spare parts. Our commercial drone product helps meet the evolving and future needs of your business.
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