CORONAVIRUS UPDATES FOR AIR CANADA

Expect service changes inflight. The only inflight beverage available inflight on all flights is water, no pillows or blankets will be available. On flights where paid food services are offered, this service will not be offered. This applies to North American and Caribbean routes, so it’s best to take some snacks with you if you are travelling in economy or premium economy class. If you are flying internationally in economy class there will still be a meal service, however, everything will be pre-packaged, and no bar service only water.

Their aircraft are equipped with High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters which capture 99.9% of particulate from recirculated air in the aircraft cabin. The filters are similar to those used in hospital rooms and they refresh the cabin air every 2 to 3 minutes for a total of 20 to 30 total air changes per hour.

Air Canada uses cleaning products, including hospital-grade disinfectants which have a wide-spectrum microbial activity and are proven effective against human coronavirus.

Between each flight, all frequently touched areas of the aircraft are sanitised including lavatories, galleys and tray tables. Full sanitation occurs when aircraft are on the ground at night and includes cleaning and sanitising all hard surfaces, armrests, entertainment screens, windows and window shades, light, air vent and call controls, seat controls, lavatories and seat belt buckles. As per PHAC guidelines and other resources, coronaviruses do not survive on soft materials (headrests, seat covers, carpets, etc.), however, they are replaced if soiled by biological fluids.

Air Canada food options will vary depending on where you are flying to and from. On all international flights, meals are complimentary, including wine and beer options. However, economy class flights within North America and the Caribbean do not include food.

Air Canada recently announced a partnership with the famed Chef Antonio Park, from the Japanese restaurant Park in Montreal. He will design dishes for Air Canada customers in all cabin classes flying between Montreal and Japan. He will also create exclusive dishes for Signature Class on all other flights departing Canada to Asia and South America.

NORTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN FLIGHTS

You can make purchases from the Air Canada Bistro menu, which includes a variety of snack items on flights between 90 minutes and on flights of 2 hours and more fresh food is available. Lavazza coffee, as well as tea and juice, are free.

The airline has recently announced a collaboration with Freshii options include an Avocado Smash Box, Pangoa bowl with BBQ, beans, grains and guacamole and Kale Ceasar wraps.

SAVE up to 50% onboard prices by pre-purchasing a voucher to use on your next Air Canada flight. Vouchers cost only CAD$7.95 plus tax and allow you to choose from 1 meal and one snack or 1 alcoholic drink and one snack onboard your next Air Canada flight.

Passengers in Economy class on flights that offer the Air Canada Cafe service can purchase a business class meal for lunch/dinner ($13.50) see the inflight menu below for further information. There are limited quantities available on flights, and meals will vary depending on flight route and destination, ask the cabin crew onboard.

INSTRUCTIONS

Buy your Air Canada Bistro voucher up to 24 hours before your departure flight via the manage my booking option here.
Once onboard, redeem your voucher for one fresh meal item or alcoholic beverage and one snack.

You can spend up to CAD/USD 16.46 all taxes included, on flights operated by Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge, as well as on Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz.

To view the latest Bistro menu head here.

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ECONOMY CLASS

All Air Canada International flights offer free meals, hot meals are typically served after take-off, while the second meal service will be a lighter option. Wines, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages are also included.

Flights will offer two meal choices at main meal times, usually a vegetarian and non-vegetarian option.

Note that if travelling on a direct International flight that may include a stop in a Canadian city, you will be offered a complimentary snack/meal item on the domestic portion of the flight.

SPECIAL MEALS 

NORTH AMERICA/INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Special meals are available in Premium Economy and Business class flights within North America. They are also available on all International economy flights where meals are served.

Special meals can be ordered up to 18 hours before departure (24 hours for Kosher meals and flight departures from Germany and Switzerland).

Special meals on Air Canada include: Asian vegetarian meal,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, Muslim meal, Vegetarian meal (non-dairy), Vegetarian meal (Lacto-Ovo), Vegetarian oriental meal.

For more information on Air Canada special meals, click here.

PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS

Passengers in premium economy on international flights will enjoy welcome drinks and choices of two main meal dishes that are served on china with cutlery. On flights within North America, complimentary snacks and light options are offered.

BUSINESS CLASS – NORTH AMERICA ROUTES

Hot meals are served on flights over two hours duration, and most flights departing before 10 am will offer a hot breakfast service. On flights under 2 hours departing after 10 am, and before 8 pm a cold snack plate will be provided.

SIGNATURE CLASS

Air Canada’s Signature class features mainly on long haul routes, however, can also be experienced on some trans con routes within North America. Lunch and dinner options are created by Canadian chef David Hawksworth and wines are chosen by the airlines’ sommelier Veronique Rivest. There is are also menus created by Chef Vikram Vij on flights to New Delhi and Mumbai, and a Japanese menu by chef Antonio Park on flights to Tokyo (Narita) departing from Montreal. Laurent Perrier champagne is offered and signature cocktails featuring bourbon, Sprite, ginger ale, maple syrup, and lemon. There’s a dine on-demand service for those who want to eat later or earlier, plus a snack menu on flights to Asia, the Middle East and Australia routes. If you wish to take advantage of rest time, you can have an express light meal option right after take-off which will consist of an appetiser, warm bread and butter, mixed greens, cheese and crackers, and fruit.

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Nik has been running Inflight Feed since 2012, and since then he's taken well over 500 flights for work and pleasure. He documents his inflight meal experiences right here; he's also a freelance writer covering inflight meal trends, he has written for CNN and has regular columns in leading industry magazines. He's been featured in Vogue, QZ, Lifehacker, The New York Times plus many major news outlets across the globe.