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Air Canada Upgrades Onboard Experience, App

Air Canada has announced new features for its on-board travel experience, as well as additional features within the Air Canada app. The upgrades include expanded in-flight food and beverage offerings, more family-friendly options in the in-flight entertainment library, and additional advances to the Air Canada App. 

The new menu items will include Earth Own’s oat milk, ideal for those with dairy sensitivities or allergies, marking the first Canadian airline to add the alternative option. There are also new alcoholic beverage choices, including Blue Moon Belgian White and Hop Valley IPA craft beers, Vizzy Strawberry Orange Mimosa Hard Seltzer, Rosé from Provence, France and Aperol Spritz (Air Canada Signature Class on international flights). On the food side, a new option for those flying Premium Economy as well as Economy (on select flights) will be butter chicken with rice pilaf and cauliflower peas masala.  

Through a partnership with Mattel, Air Canada will now be offering some of the most popular kids’ shorts via its in-flight entertainment system. This will include dozens of hours of additional content with an entire suite of new shows, including Hot Wheels in the City, Thomas and Friends: Learning with Thomas, and episodes of Barbie’s vlog. Air Canada says additional content partners will be added soon as well.

With the Air Canada app, which can be downloaded for free to both iOS and Android devices, you can now more quickly and easily access important travel information. Mobile boarding passes are now easier to use at security and include seamless updates. Passport details for Aeroplan members can be linked to their profiles, which further helps streamline international check-in.

The app will now also feature easier airport navigation via integrated maps of key Air Canada and Star Alliance airports. Air Canada Signature Class and Premium Economy customers, meanwhile, can now also pre-order in-flight meals on select international flights departing Canada.

“Our customers want information and digital tools that meet their real-time needs when navigating busy airports,” says Derek Whitworth, Managing Director, Customer Digital Technology at Air Canada. “Our focus is on delivering contextual travel information directly to our customers’ devices via our award-winning Air Canada app, with even more improvements to come.” 

Other recent upgrades Air Canada has made include free on-board Wi-Fi texting for Aeroplan members through a partnership with Bell, which was announced in May, new premium airport lounges, including the Aspire Air Canada Café at the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), a new Maple Leaf Lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) Terminal A co-located within the new United Club.