The changes support Air Canada`s strategic business plan for a profitable growth network, both for The Main Line and for Red in an appropriate manner, based on overall growth. In particular, the amendments provide Air Canada with the opportunity to expand Red`s North American fleet of narrow bodies, in a formula agreed upon by Air Canada pilots, which allows the airline to expand its presence in certain regional markets and effectively compete with low-cost North American carriers (ULCCs). « These amendments, voted and ratified by our pilots, underscore our pilots` focus on Air Canada`s successful business strategy to compete effectively in the highly competitive aviation industry and make reciprocal adjustments as the competitive environment develops, » said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. « Its success also highlights the transformational culture change underway at Air Canada, which makes the airline the world champion. » MONTREAL, September 12, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today successfully made changes to its existing long-term employment contract with its 3,500 pilots represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA). The changes to the 10-year agreement in October 2014 provide additional economic and operational flexibility, as well as improved cost competitiveness, while providing attractive career opportunities and other benefits for pilots. For more information: Isabelle Arthur (Montreal), [email protected], 514-422-5788; Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto), [email protected], 416-263-5576; Angela Mah (Vancouver), [email protected], 604 270-5741; Internet: aircanada.com The changes made in October 2014 to the current 10-year agreement provide additional economic and operational flexibility, as well as improved cost competitiveness, while providing attractive career opportunities and other benefits for pilots. These amendments are the result of the periodic re-opening provisions adopted when the 10-year contract was concluded in October 2014. Due to the long-term nature of the historic 10-year agreement, these mandatory re-openings allow for adjustments to ensure that the agreement remains effective in supporting Air Canada`s strategic plan for profitable growth. It also means that a limited number of adaptations can be made to take advantage of market opportunities that may arise in the highly competitive aviation sector. Air Canada is Canada`s largest domestic and international carrier, serving more than 200 airports on six continents. The Canadian airline is one of the 20 largest airlines in the world and served nearly 45 million customers in 2016. Air Canada offers scheduled flights directly to 64 airports in Canada, 57 in the United States and 96 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 largest air transportation network for 1,300 airports in 191 countries. Air Canada is the only international airline in North America to receive a four-star rating from U.S. independent research firm Skytrax, which has also made Air Canada the best airline in North America in 2017. For more information, see: www.aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook. The current 10-year contract provides for long-term work stability.