IASL Cohort visits Air Canada HQ

Published: 31 January 2023

On 27 January 2022, a group of 25 students, consisting of the 2021, 2022 and 2023 cohorts, enjoyed the unique opportunity to visit the headquarters of Air Canada located at Montreal airport for a career field trip. Under the warm hospitality and guidance of employees at Air Canada, they were given a special tour of the crew training facilities, the maintenance hangar, the dangerous goods department as well as call centre operations and enjoyed lectures by seasoned professionals at the legal and regulatory affairs department and the network planning department of Canada's flag carrier. Students participated in simulated emergency situations, got a close-up view of dangerous goods (with appropriate safety precautions in place!) and could inspect a A330 which underwent scheduled maintenance.

The visit was a special occasion to learn about the fascinating issues and challenges of operating in the competitive airline industry. There, students gained first-hand understanding on how, through a variety of innovative business practices and careful management and planning, Air Canada is recognised as one of the top air carriers in North America. The visit was made possible with the kind assistance of IASL alumna and Adjunct Professor Martine de Serres and her colleague Rotem Bettoun who worked very hard to organise this field trip.

The class was accompanied by Interim Director Prof. Donal Hanley, Executive Director Stefan-Michael Wedenig, Editor of the Annals of Air & Space Law Jack Wright Nelson and IASL Research Associate Shakeel Ahmad.

The Institute is proud of the long and strong partnership with Air Canada and grateful for their hospitality.

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