Air Canada said yesterday it is matching prevailing international airline checked-bag policies on United States transborder and transatlantic routes. Economy class passengers travelling on or after Jan. 19 to or from the U.S., Europe or Israel can check one bag free (in addition to carry-on baggage) and pay for a second checked bag. The transborder U.S. fee is $30, and is $50 to and from Europe or Israel.
The policy of two free checked bags remains unchanged within Canada and to and from Mexico, the Caribbean, South and Central America, Asia and Australia. Air Canada also said yesterday it has been voted "Best Airline in Canada and in North America" by readers of the Global Traveler magazine.
The award was based on responses from more than 25,000 readers who are premium travellers, averaging 12 round-trip flights annually, with 96 per cent in first or business class. "These customers are in the best position to compare Air Canada's products and services with those of its peers," said Ben Smith, the airline's executive vice-president and chief commercial officer.
"They clearly appreciate our onboard facilities, the refurbished hub in Toronto and our modern fleet." He said the award is also "a testament to Air Canada's employees and their hard work and dedication to offering superior products."
Air Canada flies new Boeing 777s and Embraer aircraft on its international routes, offering top-level seating, personal entertainment systems and other amenities, including lie-flat beds. Its scheduled and charter flights transport passengers and cargo to more than 170 destinations on five continents. It is also a founding member of the Star Alliance network of international airlines.