Air Canada - Statistics & Facts

Air Canada is the national flag carrier for Canada licensed to provide both scheduled and unscheduled international or domestic charter air transport for both passengers and cargo to destinations across the globe. Founded in 1937, Air Canada was initially called Trans-Canadian Airlines (TCA) until it was renamed in 1965. The airline was privatized by the Canadian government in 1988 and has since grown to accumulating total assets amounting to over 19 billion Canadian dollars as of 2018, and with around 29,900 employees.

During the fiscal year of 2018, Air Canada accumulated operating expenses of around 16.9 billion Canadian dollars and revenue passenger miles that amounted to a total of about 92.4 billion Canadian dollars. In that same fiscal year, Air Canada’s passenger load factor stood at 82.3 percent, from a record-high 83.5 percent in 2015, with the number of passengers carried by the airline in that year reaching 50.9 millions. Air Canada’s fuel consumption in FY 2018 was approximately 5.6 billion liters and in that year, average fuel cost for the company amounted to 80.4 Canadian cents for each liter of fuel.

Although Air Canada had the highest amount of consumer complaints among Canadian airlines during the 2017-2018 fiscal year, a 2017 survey regarding Canadian adults' opinion towards Air Canada had over half of the respondents stating that the services of the Montreal-based air carrier was either good or excellent. The carrier's operating divisions include Air Canada Cargo, Air Canada Express as well as, Air Canada Rouge, and the airline generates the largest amount of its operating passenger revenue from its domestic sector.

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