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Air Canada

Montreal, QC | Canada

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QUICKTAKE
  • Signed agreement with Jazz (now-2025) has a "flow-through" like program where up to 80% of new pilots come from all regional partners. 
  • Orders: Boeing 737 MAX 8 - 33 (E.I.S 2017), Boeing 737 MAX 9 - 28 (E.I.S 2017), Bombardier CS300 - 45 (E.I.S 2019, replacing E190) 
  • First four years equipment freeze and flat salary unless upgrading to captain
  • This page last updated: March 6, 2018 (QuickTake)
PILOTS
Total: 3176
Active: 3176
Furloughed: 0
UNION
Air Canada Pilots Assocation
FLEET
767-300ER: 17
777-200LR: 6
777-300ER: 19
787-8: 8
A319: 18
A320: 42
A321: 13
A330-300: 8
EMB190: 31
DOMICILES
None listed
HIRING
Is Hiring?: Yes

Requirements:
•1,000 hours of fixed wing flying time
•Completion of schooling to the university entrance level
•Ability to pass the Air Canada and Transport Canada medical and visual acuity requirements for a Category 1 medical certificate
•Canadian Commercial Pilot licence, current Instrument Rating and Multi-Engine endorsement
•Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status

Pilot applications far exceed job vacancies, so preference is given to candidates with qualifications beyond the basic requirements. Examples of desirable additional qualifications include, but are not limited to:

•Canadian Airline Transport Pilot licence
•University degree or college diploma
•Aviation College diploma
•Military or commercial flight experience
•Jet and/or glass cockpit experience
•Additional language(s)

http://aircanada.taleo.net/careersection/pilote/joblist.ftl

JUMPSEATS
Call 1-800-413-1113 and select the reciprocal jumpseat registration option. Give your information with airline code to the representative and pay applicable taxes. They will list you and give you a booking reference.

Air Canada PAYSCALES

CAPTAIN PAY SCALE (Hourly)
Year
  777 787 A330 767 A320 EMB190
12   298 274 269 254 211 175
11   296 272 268 252 209 173
10   294 270 266 251 207 171
9   292 268 264 249 205 169
8   290 266 262 247 203 167
7   288 264 260 245 201 165
6   286 263 258 243 199 163
5   284 261 256 241 198 161
4   282 259 254 239 196 159
3   281 257 252 237 194 157
2   279 255 251 235 192 156
1   277 253 249 233 190 154
FIRST OFFICER PAY SCALE (Hourly)
Year
  777 787 A330 767 A320 EMB190
12   190 176 174 165 140 119
11   185 171 169 160 136 115
10   179 166 164 155 131 111
9   174 161 158 150 127 107
8   168 156 153 145 122 103
7   162 150 148 140 118 99
6   157 145 143 135 113 95
5   151 140 138 130 109 91
4   80 80 80 80 80 80
3   71 71 71 71 71 71
2   61 61 61 61 61 61
1   56 56 56 56 56 56

PAY CALCULATOR
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PAY NOTES
Rates are blended 1/2 day, 1/2 night; all widebody types include overseas pay premiums.
I have also included rates for the LCC "Air Canada Rouge".  Rouge flights are operated by ACPA pilots, and pilots may bid between positions at either company.  The main difference in how the payscale is applied is that pilots at the mainline retain their years of service when upgrading, thus a 5th year FO who upgrades to captain receives 5th year Captain pay, but an FO at Rouge who upgrades to captain moves to "Step 1" on the captain payscale (unless they have previous service as captain at the mainline, in which case those years of service carry forward).  (confusing, I know).  
Air Canada does have a retirement plan; pilots hired before 2012 were on a defined benefit pension, which is indexed to the Consumer Price Index.  Those hired after August 1st 2012 are on a Defined Contribution pension, where a pilot can contribute 3-6% of their earnings into the registered pension, and the company matches that contribution 100% for the first 2 years, 137.5% for 2-5 years, and 175% after 5 years of service.  I am not sure how this all equates to the US retirement plans.
PER DIEM
varies (based on layover city)
RETIREMENT

401K:

none

401K Matching: No

A/B Fund:

none