(18 Dec 2020)
Earlier this week, Air Canada operated its 4,000th
since commencing such flights in March 2020.
The 4,000th flight from Toronto to Lima carried an
assortment of freight from around the world including
pharmaceuticals, water purifying equipment and vehicle parts.
Since the start of the ongoing global COVID19 pandemic, Air Canada Cargo has transported
a wide range of goods on its cargo-only flights, including PPE for
frontline healthcare workers.
“It is impressive that the cargo team re-engineered its business
model and network for cargo-only flights in March and has now
successfully operated 4,000 such flights onboard both mainline widebody aircraft, as well as seven transformed widebody
aircraft enabling cargo transport in the cabin,” said Lucie Guillemette,
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “These
initiatives have helped solidify our ability to meet heightened
demand for air cargo capacity globally and have contributed to the
growth of Air Canada’s successful Cargo division at an
unprecedented pace. This ability to quickly pivot exemplifies Air Canada’s
commitment to innovate and seize opportunities.”
In anticipation of the requirement for air cargo
capacity to ship and distribute COVID19 vaccines in Canada and
elsewhere, Air Canada Cargo has undergone an extensive
operational readiness exercise to ensure training, procedures and
facilities are updated and reflect current requirements and
standards for transporting pharmaceuticals, including achieving
IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification in July 2020.
Recently, Air Canada successfully concluded a
collective agreement amendment with its pilots, represented by the
Air Canada Pilots Association to enable Air Canada to
competitively operate dedicated cargo aircraft.
The airline is now
finalizing plans to convert several of its owned Boeing 767-300ER
aircraft to freighters to fully participate in global cargo