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Air Canada Jetz: All Business Class Is Back for the Winter! Ricky October 21, 2020

Air Canada Jetz: All Business Class Is Back for the Winter!

Back in the summer, Air Canada had briefly offered its specialized Air Canada Jetz aircraft on the Toronto–Montreal and Toronto–Ottawa routes.

Air Canada Jetz is the airline’s fleet of all-business-class Airbus A319s that, in normal times, are usually used as charter aircraft for major Canadian sports teams and musical groups, and select travellers (including myself!) had the opportunity to fly on these planes during the month of June 2020.

Well, it turns out that sports teams and musical groups haven’t resumed their charter flying as Air Canada might’ve hoped, because the Air Canada Jetz planes will once again be available to customers during the winter travel period, between December 12, 2020 and January 6, 2021, with a second schedule planned for March Break next year as well.

What Is Air Canada Jetz?

Air Canada Jetz is the charter arm of Air Canada, and its fleet of three Airbus A319s are typically used by professional sports teams and other VIPs to hop around North America.

With the Raptors and Maple Leafs et al. on hiatus for the time being, Air Canada has decided they may as well put forward these special aircraft for regular customers to enjoy.

Air Canada Jetz – Cabin

Air Canada Jetz – Cabin

These aircraft feature only 58 standard recliner business class seats with a 42- to 49-inch pitch, although they will be marketed as premium economy seats, which makes them more affordable to book for the average traveller.

Moreover, the reduced number of passengers means that there will be less waiting time when boarding and deplaning: the Jetz flights will board from prime gate locations starting only 35 minutes before departure.

Compared to the standard mainline Airbus A319s with 120 seats across business class and economy class, the Jetz aircraft are also more conducive to social distancing, as there are no middle seats and a far greater amount of space between each seat.

Of course, as part of Air Canada CleanCare+, the newly established safety and cleanliness standards when travelling onboard Air Canada, face coverings will still be required when onboard, along with a host of other protective measures.

Air Canada Jetz – Seats
Air Canada Jetz – Seats

Which Flights Will Be Operated by Air Canada Jetz?

Unlike back in June, the Air Canada Jetz A319s will be deployed on a much wider route network during the winter travel period, giving travellers from all across Canada a chance to sample the experience.

The aircraft will be used on the following routes:

  • Toronto to: Fort LauderdaleWest Palm BeachFort MyersBarbadosCancunKelowna and Vancouver.
  • Vancouver to: PhoenixPalm Springs and Puerto Vallarta.
  • Montreal to: Fort Lauderdale and Barbados.

The schedule details for the Jetz flights are available on Air Canada’s website, and look as follows, with another schedule for March Break currently under development:

It’s clear to see that the all-business-class Jetz aircraft are being used as an incentive for Canadians to book travel during the winter peak travel period, including leisure travel to the US and Sun destinations.

While I do welcome Air Canada’s ongoing initiatives to kickstart demand for travel, I can’t help but wonder how many Canadians would still choose to head south this winter in light of the ongoing situation. 

For that reason, perhaps your best bet to try out the Air Canada Jetz planes during the winter period would be on the two domestic routes that the plane is being used on: Toronto–Vancouver and Toronto–Kelowna. Jetz service will be available on these flights starting December 22 and December 19, respectively, until January 6, 2021. 

The Jetz flights have now been loaded into Air Canada’s booking system for both cash fares and award redemptions. Note that, unlike back in June when they were marketed as premium economy, the Air Canada Jetz flights will now be marketed as business class flights, including for Aeroplan redemptions.

This means that if you wanted to book the Toronto–Vancouver or Toronto–Kelowna services, it would cost you 25,000 Aeroplan miles one-way if you book before November 8, or potentially more points after November 8 once the new Aeroplan launches due to the new dynamic pricing model for Air Canada flights.

 

 

How Is the Air Canada Jetz Experience?

You can read a full review of my Air Canada Jetz flight from back in June for a closer look at the experience. Alternatively, you can also watch the following YouTube video I made about the flight (which also happened to be my first flight during the pandemic).

 

The aircraft interior (including the seats themselves) are a little bit dated, and they don’t really compare to the lie-flat experience you’ll get onboard the Boeing 777 or Boeing 787 Dreamliner. If you’re looking to book the Toronto–Vancouver flights, that’s something to keep in mind, because ultimately the lie-flat pods will be a more comfortable experience.

Having said that, flying on an all-business-class plane was very much a novelty item that I’m glad I got to experience – especially if you choose the seats in Rows 11 and 12, where you get to make use of the communal table that’s used by the Raptors and Maple Leafs for their team meetings.

Air Canada Jetz A319 – Cabin

These days, the meal and bar service is also a little stronger than what I was treated to back in June, and Air Canada Jetz customers will enjoy premium, pre-packaged meal curated by Montreal-based Chef Antonio Park with complimentary drink service. 

Eating a cold boxed meal in Rows 11 and 12 of the Air Canada Jetz A319 opposite your companion… I mean, it’s not quite the celebrated face-to-face dining experience onboard Cathay Pacific First Class, but it’s a small measure of aviation novelty in these trying times, and I’d encourage you to give it a try if you’re planning a transcontinental or southern trip this upcoming winter. 

Conclusion

With no demand at the moment for their chartered Airbus A319 Jetz service, Air Canada will be continuing to offer regular passengers the unique ability to sample this product on several routes – including domestic flights from Toronto to Vancouver or Kelowna – starting on December 12, 2020 until January 6, 2021 and during next year’s March Break as well.

These flights will be marketed as business class and will be available for Aeroplan redemptions, so if you were curious about the Air Canada Jetz all-business-class experience back in the summer but had missed out on the brief month-long window, then now’s your chance to try it out for yourself.

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17 Comments
  1. Avatar
    Sandra Cote

    West Jet has just announced that they will fully refund all passengers with refundable and non-refundable tickets whose flights were cancelled, through no fault of their own, because of the pandemic. This means if they paid cash via their credit cards, they will be refunded that way. Air Canada states that they have only refunded money to those passengers with refundable tickets. The flight cancellations, AC conducted, we’re not the fault of folks with non-refundable tickets. When an airline cancels a flight, not the passenger, then the airline should be responsible for refunding ALL passengers. Once again Air Canada demonstrates its callous disdain for customers and should not receive one red cent from our Government. I wouldn’t fly AC ever again. West Jet will be my airline of choice.

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    Eric in NL

    premium, pre-packaged meal? curated? uh-huh ok. I’ve never heard a chicken wrap described in such a way.

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    lynne bullard

    Hi Ricky,
    I am having issues with Expedia US who indicate that AC refund policy is a 24 month voucher only and no refunds for non refundable tickets. I informed them that AC had come up with two additional options May/20: 1)Travel Voucher no expiry date,2) Conversion to points on Aeroplan plan. They are not aware of these changes and state not on AC website.WHERE do I direct them to find out the new policies?I can’t find this info on the AC website either.Thanks

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      Ricky

      Hi Lynne, Air Canada has not made the additional options available for bookings made via a travel agency (like Expedia US) just yet. It’s only valid for bookings made with Air Canada directly. They’ve stated they’re working on making this option available for travel agency bookings, but there is no timeframe provided.

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    Graham

    Hi Ricky,

    Our expiry date is the end of March 2021 on our travel voucher. May have to telephone reservations in early 2021, but I got a feeling they’ll say no to any extension.

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      Ricky

      Hi Graham, shoot me an email and I’ll help you look into it.

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    Mathieu

    I can’t seem to find the definition of "remaining value" (from "An Air Canada Travel Voucher for the remaining value of their ticket"). If I purchased non-refundable tickets, the original price was broken into many items: flight, fees, taxes, etc. I keep seeing Air Canada only talk about "remaining value" being put on a travel voucher when cancelling a flight. Does this mean that it will be less than the original total payment? Is this wording of "remaining value" a way for them to deduct further cancellation fees? I can’t seem to find how to calculate "remaining value" on their website, any help and clarification would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

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      Ricky

      If Air Canada cancelled the flight, then the remaining value should be the full price that you had paid. The only situation in which the remaining value might be different would be if the outbound was already flown and the return got cancelled – in that case, the value of the return fare would be allocated to the Travel Voucher.

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        Mathieu

        Hi Ricky,

        Thank you very much for the information and the quick reply! That is great news, I’m glad to hear that with Air Canada cancelling both my outbound and return flights, they will not try to deduct any "cancellation fees". Hopefully the growing public pressure to provide full refunds to the original form of payment will also pay off and have them simply respect the law and govern themselves accordingly…pretty disgusted with their behaviour so far in this pandemic.

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    Graham

    I wish we’d been offered a voucher for two years or more. We were supposed to fly with AC in late April and I cancelled the tickets. All we got is a voucher good until the end of March 2021. Both 70 years of age and in the danger zone, so unless there’s a vaccine or some sort of cure for this virus forthcoming it’s highly likely we may never fly again.

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      Ricky

      If your cancelled flight was scheduled for late April, you will now be able to convert your old voucher into the new voucher that’s valid indefinitely, fully transferrable, and can be used multiple times.

      The press release states: Customers whose flights have been cancelled due to the impacts of COVID-19 and who have already received travel credit valid for 24 months, will be able to select one of the applicable options depending on their fare at aircanada.com beginning June 15, 2020.

      And the Air Canada website states: For bookings cancelled prior to June 1, 2020 and for travel after March 1, 2020, you will be able to access our new cancellation options as of June 15, 2020. We appreciate your patience while we upgrade our systems to make these options available to you.

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        Graham

        Looking forward to June 15th at the Air Canada site for their new cancellation options. Didn’t know about that. Thank you very much Ricky for your help on this.

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    Linda

    Thanks for commenting so quickly on the new developments Ricky!

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    Charlotte

    The travel credit is still extremely restrictive. You lose any residual value (i.e. if you book a $200 flight with a $300 credit, you lose the $100) and it’s a 1-time change (as in if you cancel the follow-up booking, you forfeit the credit).

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      Ricky

      Not true. Air Canada’s website states the following:

      The voucher has no expiry date, is fully transferable and can be used multiple times.

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      Charlotte

      Also this is a given, but if you book with a travel agent (i.e. Aventura Travel or Amex Travel), you are unable to transfer the credit or convert it to Aeroplan, from what I’ve been told.

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        Ricky

        Air Canada’s website states: For customers who booked through a travel agency, Air Canada is working to make these options available. Please contact your travel agent for more information.

        So even if the ability to get the Travel Voucher or convert to Aeroplan miles isn’t available for now, it should be doable in the future.

Ricky

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