Online Job Application Process
You can get the chance to work at Air Canada by applying online. Below, you can find the detailed information about the hiring process of Air Canada which offers entry-level and managerial positions.
The world of Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada’s largest full-service airline and the largest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market, the Canada-U.S. transborder market and in the international market to and from Canada. Voted the best airline in North America for 5 consecutive years by skytrax World Airline Awards, Air Canada has also been selected as one of Canada’s top 100 employers for the last 3 years by the Globe and Mail. Become part of the diverse, innovative team that connects Canada and the world, and let your career take flight.
The Air Canada Family
When you join Air Canada, you become a part of a passionate culture that embodies an iconic Canadian symbol. Our diverse and innovative team of over 26,000 employees share the same passion: Connecting Canada and the world!
Being part of Air Canada is to become part of an iconic Canadian symbol. Across the country and across the world, the Air Canada family brings people together.
Our executives share with the employees a strong sense of direction and a uniform set of values.
Working at Air Canada – Benefits, Privileges and Rewards
Air Canada provides all of its employees with benefits that reflect today’s reality. These include a competitive salary and vacation policy, as well as a flexible group insurance plan that can be adjusted to fit the needs of each employee. Working for an international airline also offers exceptional growth potential and a wide variety of career opportunities to keep you engaged long-term.
Air Canada employees love to travel. Why wouldn’t they? With one of the most generous employee travel programs in the airline industry, Air Canada offers them and their immediate family members special rates on airfare. Plus, through Air Canada’s partners, they also enjoy discounts on car rentals, hotel accommodations, vacation packages and tour operators.
Our Mission – Connecting Canada and the World
Our Vision – Building loyalty through passion and innovation
Our Values – Underpinning our Mission and Vision are core Values that inform all we do as individuals and collectively at Air Canada. These values serve as touchstones to guide our actions.
- Safety First and Last – 100% All the time.
- Make every Customer feel Valued – With our words. With our actions. With our products and services.
- Working Together – With Colleagues, Customers and Community.
- Act with Integrity – We are accountable. We foster an environment of trust. We communicate openly and in a timely manner.
- All Employees are Valued – We respect. We listen. We act.
- Drive for Excellence – Personally. Corporately. Ever reaching for the next level of innovation, quality of service.
“Just as our new way of doing business is based on how our customers travel, the long-term success of Air Canada depends on increased attention to how we work together.”
President and CEO, Air Canada
“I’m proud to work at Air Canada. I feel that I’m part of the team since day one. Each one’s differences contribute to the company’s strength. Everyone has something to offer.”
Working at Air Canada
Each Air Canada pilot is part of the company’s proud history of commercial aviation. The men and women piloting innovative new aircraft like the Boeing 777 are part of a tradition that goes back to our first gleaming silver Lockheed 10A Electra. For more than 70 years, Air Canada pilots have been connecting Canada and the world.
Whether a Captain, a First Officer or Relief Pilot, an Air Canada pilot’s number one priority is to conduct each flight safely, with due consideration to passenger comfort and on-time performance. While the typical work month consists of approximately 80 hours of flying, pilots spend many additional hours on such ground duties as preparing flight plans, readying the aircraft for departure, and completing post-flight reports. A day’s work may vary from a long-range international flight to a sequence of shorter domestic flights. Reserve duty, in which the pilot is “on call”, may also be assigned. Air Canada pilots operate out of one of our four crew bases: Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg or Vancouver. Base preferences are awarded by seniority, so pilots must be willing to relocate as assigned. Pilots typically begin their career as a First Officer on domestic aircraft or as a Relief Pilot on long-range, international flights.
- 2000 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 Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL), current Group 1 (Multi-engine) Instrument Rating
- 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:
- Graduates of a three or four year diploma/degree program from a college or university
- Aviation College degree or diploma
- Commercial or military flight experience
- Jet and/or glass cockpit experience
Key Success Factors
- Safety – Air Canada’s pilots put safety first. The safe operation of all flights is paramount.
- Teamwork – An Air Canada pilot’s job requires constant interaction with all areas of the operation. From the co-pilot to the ramp attendants, communication and interpersonal skills are a daily part of the job.
- Open to change – A pilot’s work requires flexibility and adaptability. Air Canada pilots are expected to conduct themselves professionally under all circumstances.
A Day in the Life
Check-in is one hour and 15 minutes prior to departure but I try to show up a little early as it is certain I will bump into some colleagues at flight planning. Undoubtedly, the number one question heard is, “where are you off to?” Answers range from a fifteen-hour polar Hong Kong flight, to a short Rapidair over to Ottawa. We print the flight plan along with the many pertinent weather charts. Sometimes a quick call to flight dispatch located off airport premises is warranted to check on changing weather conditions and ride reports.
Then it’s off to the gate and we settle into the flight deck. Walk-arounds, log book checks, and briefings to the flight attendants are just a few of the many things transpiring as we ready for an on-time departure. Ramp checks, fuel checks, and inputting the flight plan into the onboard computers are all part of the job description.
Push back commences with everything abiding to standard operating procedures. Taxiing to the active runway entails more checks. Finally, a “cleared for takeoff” is read back to the control tower. Again, everyone sticks to the script as we begin the takeoff roll. I think for the majority of us, even after many years on the job, there is still tingle of excitement when the take-off thrust is set, confirming, “We are going flying!”
Doug Morris, YYZ A320 Captain
How I became an Air Canada Pilot
As a ten year old I had the opportunity to visit the flight deck on an Air Canada flight, and with that the aviation bug was firmly planted! I knew then I wanted to be an Air Canada pilot. I joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and was successful in receiving my Glider and Private Pilot licences before graduating high school. An engineering program and the remainder of my flying licences were completed over the next few years.
After 10 years of building experience, I got the call, “Your course starts in two weeks, can you be there?” You can guess my answer!
I now have completed over 12 great years of living my dream. I have flown on regional, domestic and international routes. I am currently a Captain on the Airbus 320 and I look forward to the arrival of the 787 Dreamliner.
That’s how I became an Air Canada Pilot!
Brian Bartlett, YYZ A320 Captain
Air Canada Application Form/PDF
You can check whether there is printable application form available for Air Canada and you can download it if there is one. You can either submit the application form in person or you can send it via email.
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