Articles tagged “air canada”

Regulators Want Airlines and Manufacturers to Invest in Tech to Reduce Near Misses

Regulators Want Airlines and Manufacturers to Invest in Tech to Reduce Near Misses

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Airplane travel is extremely safe. But in recent years, there have been a few close calls that should not have happened, including what could have been a disaster last year in San Francisco. It's a good thing the NTSB is taking safety seriously.

3 weeks ago

Video: Inside Air Canada’s Digital Loyalty Strategy

Video: Inside Air Canada’s Digital Loyalty Strategy

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Loyalty is big business, and Air Canada is working hard to create a forward-looking program that leverages advanced e-commerce techniques. The airline's acquisition of Aeroplan bodes well for scaling up its program over the next few years.

2 months ago

Air Canada Begins Using a New Way to Distribute Fares to Partners

Air Canada Begins Using a New Way to Distribute Fares to Partners

Sean O'Neill, Skift

New technologies, practices, and vendors are emerging to help airlines distribute their airfares. The new landscape is complex. But Air Canada's latest effort reveals at least one part of the emerging picture.

2 months ago

Air Canada Wins Takeover Battle With $345 Million Bid for Loyalty Program Aeroplan

Air Canada Wins Takeover Battle With $345 Million Bid for Loyalty Program Aeroplan

Natalie Wong andScott Deveau, Bloomberg

It took some takeover gamesmanship but Air Canada has Aeroplan back in its fold. It looks like a higher bid for the loyalty program was still a cheaper prospect than for the carrier to do it on its own.

2 months ago

Air Canada Tries to Minimize Disruption as Chief Operating Officer Leaves

Air Canada Tries to Minimize Disruption as Chief Operating Officer Leaves

Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

Air Canada may be losing a key player to Air France-KLM, but the loss doesn't have to be catastrophic.

2 months ago

Air France Unions Don’t Want Outsider Ben Smith of Air Canada as New CEO

Air France Unions Don’t Want Outsider Ben Smith of Air Canada as New CEO

Phil Serafino and Carol Matlack, Bloomberg

The Air Canada president gets high marks within the aviation industry. But predictably the French unions will put up a fight against his selection as CEO. He's already getting a good glimpse of what the future holds.

2 months ago

Air Canada’s President Emerges as Frontrunner for Air France-KLM CEO Job

Air Canada’s President Emerges as Frontrunner for Air France-KLM CEO Job

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

At Air Canada, Ben Smith developed a reputation as a straight shooter with employees, customers, and even journalists. But Air France-KLM is a different beast. The company is broken, and the French aren't accustomed to having an outsider run their national airline. If he gets the job, it'll be an interesting ride.

2 months ago

Air France-KLM Reportedly Identifies Air Canada Exec as Potential New CEO

Air France-KLM Reportedly Identifies Air Canada Exec as Potential New CEO

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

It sounds like Ben Smith's appointment isn't imminent and that he may not be the only executive in the race. But given Air France's labor relations problems, his experience dealing with unions might be the deciding factor.

2 months ago

Aimia Refuses to Sell Aeroplan Frequent Flyer Program Back to Air Canada

Aimia Refuses to Sell Aeroplan Frequent Flyer Program Back to Air Canada

Brian Sumers, Skift

It always seemed unlikely Aimia would accept this offer for the Aeroplan program. But this is bad news for Air Canada frequent flyers who have spent decades building their frequent flyer accounts. If nothing changes, they won't be able to use their miles as they expected in less than two years.

2 months ago

Air Canada Reverses Course and Makes Hostile Takeover Bid for Aeroplan

Air Canada Reverses Course and Makes Hostile Takeover Bid for Aeroplan

Scott Deveau, Bloomberg

Air Canada's surprise bid to take over Aeroplan once again may be an indication of how hard it is to start a new loyalty program from scratch. Or it may just be cutthroat business strategy. Nobody knows.

3 months ago

Aeroplan Prepares for Life After Air Canada

Aeroplan Prepares for Life After Air Canada

Grant Martin, Skift

In June of 2020, Air Canada and Aeroplan will officially split. Aeroplan last week announced a new strategy and made the case for members to stick with its program after the milestone parting.

3 months ago

Aeroplan Announces New Loyalty Strategy After Air Canada Split

Aeroplan Announces New Loyalty Strategy After Air Canada Split

Grant Martin, Skift

Aeroplan is laying out a case for members of its loyalty program to stick around after its split from Air Canada in 2020. And for those who don't care about elite status, it may not a bad deal.

3 months ago