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Air Canada makes flying an adventure for kids

Air Canada makes flying an adventure for kids

Air Canada has introduced a brand new kids’ club called Air Canada Altitude Skyriders designed to make flights even more exciting and enjoyable for children between the ages of two and 12 years old.

Once parents register their children for free online at Air Canada Altitude Skyriders, children will receive a kit containing a welcome letter, an exclusive Skyriders luggage tag and a logbook to chart their flights. Every time the child travels, he or she will also earn printable badges online to commemorate special milestones or achievements. First flights, new regions or destinations explored all have special meaning, and will be commemorated online. E-mail notifications will be sent once new badges are earned.

“The Air Canada Altitude Skyriders club will introduce kids to the exciting world of travel making their journey with Air Canada a memorable experience,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada President, Passenger Airlines.  “It’s not about points or rewards, it’s about making their trip as fun as possible and we hope to nurture and encourage childhood curiosity and create lifelong memories.”

Each flight that a Skyrider takes will be an opportunity to collect stickers to fill their logbooks. Additionally, all children on board will receive, activity books, headphones, backpacks and puzzles, depending on their destination.

Air Canada has a broad range of initiatives in place to meet the needs of families and the hundreds of thousands of children who fly with the airline each year including:

• NEW! Altitude Status Extension for Parental Leave. Air Canada recognizes that life changes, and with it, so do travel patterns. Air Canada now offers the Altitude Status Extension for Parental Leave, a North American first. This unique privilege for new parents is one or the many special ways the airline accommodates parents and families.

When expecting a baby or welcoming a new child and planning on taking a parental leave, Altitude members can request a parental extension in order to continue enjoying the privileges of their Altitude status when resuming flying more frequently.

• Complimentary seat assignment for parents/guardians and children under the age of 12 who are travelling together. Air Canada assigns seating without an advance seat selection fee soon after the booking has been made, either directly through Air Canada or through a travel agency, for parents and guardians who have indicated they are travelling with children.

• Free travel for children under two sitting on their parents’ lap. We welcome babies as young as seven days on board and each bundle of joy has to be accompanied by a passenger aged 16 or older.

• Air Canada Rouge Crew are trained at Disney Institute to create memorable moments for customers and a relaxed atmosphere onboard Air Canada’s vacation carrier, Air Canada Rouge. The Rouge Crew have also painted children’s faces, created puppets and distributed signature buttons commemorating “Happy Birthday!” and “First Flight!”

• Enjoy family friendly inflight entertainment like complimentary movies, TV shows, kids’ programming, music playlists and more on Air Canada’s personal seatback inflight entertainment system available when flying on Air Canada aircraft (except Bombardier Dash 8 and Q400 aircraft). Our in-flight entertainment system on Rouge has seen upgrades across the entire fleet, with new iPads available for rent or streamed directly to your personal device during your Air Canada Rouge flights, just make sure to download the Air Canada App before you board and you’ll be good to go.

• More than 10,000 young travelers fly unaccompanied with Air Canada each year. And regardless of whether they’re travelling on a short flight, or are embarking on a longer journey, our Unaccompanied Minor service ensures that children travelling alone receive the best of care, and are escorted by our highly-trained staff from the moment they arrive at airport check-in until they reach their destination.

• Other traveling information

o Formula, breast milk, juice and baby food (in small containers) are permitted in carry-on baggage. Because onboard refrigeration may not always be available on all aircraft types, please bring these items in a small cooler bag to keep them at the desired temperature. If available, extra ice may be provided as needed.

o Special infants’ and children’s meals are available on International flights and in Business Class within North America. For more information and to order an infant/child meal, please call Air Canada Reservations at least 18 hours prior to departure.

o All of Air Canada aircraft (with the exception of our Bombardier Dash 8-300 (DH3) and Dash-8 100 (DH1) aircraft) have diaper-changing tables located in either the front or back lavatories.

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