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Air Canada is the flag carrier and largest airline of Canada. The Canadian flag carrier was founded in 1937 and is currently the world's tenth largest passenger airline in terms of fleet size. It operates from its hub airports, Calgary International Airport, Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The Canadian airline joins 11 other carriers in the world as the few airlines that fly to all six inhabited continents. The carrier's operating divisions include Air Canada Cargo, Air Canada Express and Air Canada rouge. Air Canada also has codeshare agreements with many airlines including Aegean AirlinesAer LingusAir ChinaAir IndiaAir GeorgianAir New ZealandAviancaCroatia AirlinesLOT Polish Airlines and many others.

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Baggage Policy

Carry-on Baggage

The maximum dimensions of the carry-on baggage is 55cm x 23cm x 40cm (21.5" x 9" x 15.5") for every passenger. All passengers are entitled to one carry-on baggage and a personal item. Personal items have to fit under the seat in front of you on the aircraft, this could be shopping bags, garment bags, camera bags and a cat/dog in its own carrier bag. There is no weight limit to your carry-on bag.

Passengers travelling with an infant will have an additional carry-on suitcase allowed.

Checked Baggage

Checked baggage varies between routes and cabin classes, please check your baggage allowance when booking your flight. If you have any questions regarding your baggage allowance or if you wish to purchase excess baggage, please contact our customer service team.

Cabin Classes

Air Canada offers two classes of service, Business and Economy, on most of its aircraft. On their long-haul international routes, Business class and Economy class is offered, with certain flights additionally offering a Premium Economy class. All mainline seats feature audio-video on-demand and mood lighting.

Economy Class

Economy Class is separated into two classes depending on your flight routes: International Economy Class and North America and Caribbean Economy Class.

Economy Class Facilities

International Economy Class:

Enjoy a range of complimentary spirits, wines and soft drinks. Hot meals are also included as well as in-flight entertainment. Duty-free shopping, USB ports for charging devices and power supply are available as well as Air Canada’s own enRoute magazine.

North America and Caribbean Economy Class:

This class presents a variety of amenities: reading light per seat, blanket and pillow, enRoute magazine and in-flight entertainment with a touch-screen tv.

Air Canada Bistro meals and beverages are available for flights of 90 minutes and more.

What is Economy Class Seats Like?

A preferred seat option is available to purchase. These are available in exit rows, first few rows and bulkhead rows. Please note not everyone can sit in an exit row.

Business Class

Business Class Facilities

When you travel in Business Class from Toronto Pearson International Airport, you’ll enjoy an exclusive full-service check-in space featuring comfortable seating and dedicated self-service check-in kiosks.

Dedicated Priority Check-In counters for accelerated services are available at all airports. Speed through security via exclusive access lanes at security screening points. Your bags will be marked with priority tags so they’re first on the carousel when you arrive at your destination

Before your flight, relax in one of our Maple Leaf Lounges, Star Alliance or contract partner lounges across North America.

What are Business Class

The exclusive cabin where each seat is guaranteed to provide access to a window or aisle. Larger seats with more recline, extra legroom and adjustable head and footrests. Complimentary pillow and blanket, hot towel service and premium earbuds. Onboard, Business Class service features a delectable menu with a flair for international cuisine, a full-service bar including fine wines, and unequalled service.

The Business Class Flexible fare is a fully refundable ticket with Air Canada.


Meal Options

Signature Class - passengers flying in the Signature Class are offered meals inspired by the destinations travelling to, such as chicken biryani, Moroccan tagine and dim sum for flights to Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Passengers can be flexible with the time they wish to eat, meaning they are not fixed to eat at the time of the eating schedule. In addition, there is the option to choose an express light meal for a lighter option.

North America & Caribbean Business Class, Premium Economy (International and select North American routes) and International Economy Class - Passengers are given a complimentary hot meal with salad, bread and dessert.

Premium Economy (Shorter flights within North America) - passengers are given a light breakfast or snacks.

North America & Caribbean Economy Class and North America & Caribbean Rouge Class - On these classes, passengers are offered Air Canada Bistro meals for purchase which includes breakfasts, snacks, meals for lunches and dinners. The Bistro menu is available for most flights which are longer than 90 minutes, with fresh meals being available on flights of 2 or more hours and those departing before 10 pm.

International Premium Rouge and North America and Caribbean Premium Rouge - Passengers are offered complimentary premium hot meals and snacks.

International Rouge - Passengers are offered complimentary meals, which vary depending on the flight times and routes.

Special Dietary Requirements

Special meals (within North America) are available in Premium Economy within North America and in Business class within North America. For International Flights, special meals will be available in all classes where meal service is provided. For any flights which offer Air Canada Bistro service, special meals will not be available, as the menu already caters to many different tastes and requirements, including Kosher-certified products.

For passengers who require a Kosher special meal, or for any special meals on flights departing Germany or Switzerland, they must be ordered at least 24 hours prior to flight departure time. All other requests for special meals must be requested 18 hours before flying. This can be done online by contacting Air Canada Reservations. The selection of special meals is as follows:

  • Baby meal
  • Bland meal
  • Children’s meal
  • Diabetic meal
  • Fruit plate meal
  • Gluten intolerant meal
  • Hindu meal
  • Kosher meal
  • Low-calorie meal
  • Low fat meal
  • Low lactose meal
  • Low salt meal
  • Moslem meal
  • Vegetarian Asian/Hindu meal
  • Vegetarian Jain meal
  • Vegetarian Vegan meal meal
  • Vegetarian meal (lacto-ovo) meal
  • Vegetarian oriental meal

Drinks & Alcohol

On most flights, there will be a full drinks service on board, including alcoholic, soft and hot beverages.

For Air Canada Signature Class, North America & Caribbean Business Class, Premium Economy, International Economy Class, International Premium Rouge and North America and Caribbean Premium Rouge, there will be complimentary drinks available as part of the meal service, including a selection of wines, beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages.

For North America & Caribbean Economy Class and North America and Caribbean Rouge classes, there will be alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available to purchase.


Check your emails, connect to your favourite streaming services and browse the web when you use WIFI. WIFI is available on select aircraft and routes, including services within North America, to the Caribbean and international flights.

Wi-Fi Price

You can pre-purchase Air Canada WIFI at a discounted price online. Air Canada offers a '1-hour pass' at $6.50 CAD, a '1-way pass' at $21.00 CAD and a monthly pass 'Air Canada Plan' at $69.95 CAD.

You can also buy WIFI on board at an hourly rate.

Check-In Information

Online Check-In

Online check-in opens 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure time. Passengers can check in via the Air Canada mobile app or the airline website. Online check-in closes 45 minutes before domestic flights and 60 minutes before departure time for international flights.

Please get your booking reference and your passport details ready for check-in.

Airport Check-In

Passengers can check in 12 hours prior to departure time using the self-service check-in kiosks at the airport. Check-in closes 45 minutes before for domestic flights and 60 minutes for international flights.

We recommend passengers arrive at the airport early to avoid any unexpected delays. Please note that the airline reserves the right to deny boarding if the passenger checks in or arrives at the boarding gate late.

Star Alliance

Air Canada forms part of Star Alliance, which is one of the leading global airline networks. Star Alliance was founded in 1997 with the five founding airlines and now has grown considerably now to airlines which fly to 1,321 airports and 193 countries, carrying 637 million passengers every year!

Seat Selection

Choose the seat you want when booking Air Canada airline tickets with Alternative Airlines. Alternative Airlines give you the option to choose your Air Canada preferred seat before check-in so that you can guarantee you'll get the seat that you want! We display Air Canada seat availability on all Air Canada reservations, no matter what service class you're flying in! Visit our seat selection page to find out how to book your Air Canada seat.

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Destinations that Air Canada flies to

The airline and its subsidiaries fly to over 180 destinations across the globe, including:

Abbotsford, Acapulco, Amsterdam, Anchorage, Athens, Austin, Barcelona, Basseterrem, Beijing, Charlotte, Chicago, Copenhagen, Madrid, Manchester, Memphis, Melbourne, Miami, Milan, Mexico City, New York City, Ottawa, Paris, pointe-a-Pitre, Quebec City, Regina and Richmond.

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Buy Air Canada Business Class Flights

Book your flights today through Alternative Airlines and fly in Business Class with Air Canada where you'll experience a flight journey like no other!

You can book your Air Canada Business Class tickets right here on our site - it's super easy! We've created this handy guide that outlines what you can expect with an Air Canada Business Class fare, how to book Air Canada Business Class tickets on our site and many more FAQs.

What are Air Canada business-class tickets?

Air Canada business-class flights are flights operated by Air Canada offering access to a range of services available at the airport and in-flight that aren't available to Premium Economy or Economy ticket holders. Flying in Business Class with Air Canada means you can enjoy exclusivity and premium service from the moment you arrive at the airport all the way to your final destination.

Air Canada has two types of Business Class cabins. If you're flying on international routes (to or from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America), you'll be flying in Air Canada's Signature Class cabin. If you're flying to and from the Caribbean and Central America, or you're flying domestically in Canada, you'll get to enjoy Air Canada's Business Class services.

Please note that some amenities and facilities may differ depending on the aircraft you're travelling in.

What's included in an Air Canada business-class ticket?

Priority check-in, security & boarding

Whether you've got a standard Business Class ticket or a Signature Class ticket with Air Canada, you can go straight to Air Canada's exclusive, full-service check-in counters at Toronto Pearson International Airport and accelerate your journey to your boarding gate. Seating areas are available in the check-in areas as well as self-service kiosks.

There are dedicated lanes for Business/Signature Class ticket holders for the security screening points so you won't have to wait in long queues while your bag(s) are being screened. Next, you can instantly board the aircraft with access to Zone 1 boarding lanes. Fast-track immigration and baggage handling are also available once you land.

For Signature Class ticket holders, Air Canada's concierge service is available to help provide assistance throughout the check-in procedure. Concierge offices are available at Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver airports.

Airport Lounge Access

Air Canada's airport lounges are called 'Maple Leaf Lounges' - these are accessible to both Business and Signature Class passengers when flying with Air Canada. In the Maple Leaf Lounge, you'll get access to complimentary Wi-Fi, premium food and beverage options and comfortable, quiet seating areas to help you relax before your journey. If you're travelling through airports without Maple Leaf Lounges, don't worry - you'll still have access to Star Alliance or contract partner lounges.

In-flight Entertainment

Air Canada Business/Signature Class tickets give you access to hours of top-rated entertainment onboard ranging from the latest movies, TV shows, music, podcasts, audiobooks and more.

Seats / Flatbed

Air Canada Business Class passengers can enjoy larger seats with more reclining range, extra legroom space and adjustable head/footrests. Seats are either next to the window or the aisle.

Air Canada Signature Class passengers can easily sleep on international flights with fully reclining seats/flatbeds accompanied by lumbar supports and a massage function. Clean pillows, duvets and mattress pads are provided with an amenity kit to get you settled in for your night flight.

Food and Beverages

For flights over 2 hours in Air Canada's Business Class cabin, you will be treated with an all-inclusive meal tray consisting of hot casserole, salad, bread rolls and a dessert. Bar service is available with a selection of hot, cold and alcoholic beverages.

Signature Class flights departing Canada are served with meals featuring hot casserole, an appetizer, salad, dessert, bread rolls, cheese and crackers. Hot snacks are served mid-flight but if you're peckish at any other time throughout the journey, snack baskets are available. Quench your thirst with a range of hot, cold and alcoholic beverages at the bar onboard.

How to book Air Canada business-class flights:

  1. Firstly, fill out our search form at the top of the page with your departure/arrival airports, the days you plan to fly and the number of passengers travelling. While selecting the number of passengers, you can pick your preferred cabin class (e.g., Business Class). Hit the 'Search Flights' button when you're ready to proceed!
  2. After the search results have loaded, you can use the 'Airline' filter to only see flights operated by a specific airline (e.g., Air Canada). Select the flights that work best for you and confirm your selection to proceed.
  3. To see more information about what you can expect when flying Business Class with Air Canada, you can click the 'Explore details' button in the 'Flight Details' section. This will show you details about seating, amenities, meal options, entertainment and more benefits offered in Air Canada's Business Class cabin. Secure your booking with one of our 40+ ways to pay, ranging from Buy Now Pay Later plans to cryptocurrencies!

How much does Air Canada Business Class cost?

Prices for your Air Canada Business Class flights will vary depending on your flight route and what time of the year you're planning to fly. Be prepared to pay more than you would for an Economy/Premium Economy ticket. With the higher price, you'll get access to higher levels of service and facilities both at the airport and in-flight.

If you're worried about the cost of your Air Canada Business Class tickets, you can consider using our Buy Now Pay Later payment methods that will help you spread the cost of your Air Canada flights over time into weekly, bi-weekly or monthly instalments.

Hub Airport

Calgary International Airport

The airline is based at Calgary International Airport which offers non-stop flights to major cities in Canada, the United States and Latin America. The airport is also a hub for WestJet and WestJet Encore and also a secondary hub for Pacific Coastal Airlines. It has 4 runways and can handle nearly 16 million passengers a year. Other airlines which fly to and from Calgary International Airport include Air NorthAmerican AirlinesKLMKorean AirSunwing AirlinesDelta Air LinesFlair AirlinesCondor and many others.


The air operator has a fleet of Airbus A330, Boeing 767, Boeing 777, and Boeing 787wide-body jetliners on long-haul routes and uses the Airbus A320 family aircraft, including the A319, A320, and A321 variations, and Embraer E190 family aircraft on short-haul routes.

Deals and Discounts

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Pay for your flights with a payment plan

Split the cost of your Air Canada flights in 4 over 6 weeks using Sezzle at checkout, in either CAD or USD. Longer-term monthly instalments can be done when paying with PayBright. Make the cost of flights more affordable with manageable 6 or 12-month payment plans to finance your flights. PayBright is only available to Canadian residents. If you are based in the U.S., you can also spread the cost of your tickets with Affirm.

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Frequently asked questions

Does Air Canada have a French-speaking cabin crew?

Yes, the flight crew on Air Canada flights should be fluent in French, however, it isn't a requirement. French-speaking Air Canada staff will most likely be onboard flights to/from Quebec. If you'd like to book flights with a French-speaking airline, you can do so right here at Alternative Airlines!

Can I book red-eye Air Canada flights?

Absolutely! You can book your red-eye flights with Air Canada right here at Alternative Airlines. Red-eye flights are convenient if you're looking for cheaper flight deals or if you'd like to spend less time travelling in the day and more time exploring your destination. Book red-eye Air Canada flights today at Alternative Airlines!