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Fly like a rock star: Air Canada opening 'premium Jetz service' to commercial passengers

Jetz aircraft typically transport customers such as professional sports teams, popular musical groups on tour, and corporate clients on a charter basis.
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Want to travel like a professional athlete or a rock star?

Air Canada says commercial passengers will be able to enjoy the comfort and style of flying in an all-Business Class aircraft this winter.  

If you find the commercial flights cramped, Canada's largest airline says you'll love the room afforded on its fleet of all-Business Class, Jetz charter aircraft.

Each of the airline's four Airbus A319 Jetz aircraft is configured with only 58 North American Business Class seats -- less than half the normal number of seats on this aircraft type -- providing an elevated level of comfort and service.

"Air Canada is very pleased to offer its customers a unique opportunity to travel like a pro athlete or a VIP and experience our premium Jetz service. Customers booking on a Jetz flight will enjoy such amenities as its all-Business Class seating configuration, upgraded meal service, and shorter boarding and deplaning times. These features, combined with Jetz's other attributes, create a private-jet-like experience," said Mark Galardo, Vice President of Network Planning and Alliances at Air Canada.

Jetz aircraft typically transport customers such as professional sports teams, popular musical groups on tour, and corporate clients on a charter basis. With the current pandemic restrictions on sports events and other large gatherings, they are now available for commercial use.

What will it be like? 

When flying with Air Canada Jetz, customers will travel in a single cabin with 58 North American Business Class seats offering 42-to-49-inch seat pitch, including four facing seats with a table in the middle that can be booked for families and friends travelling together, and complimentary iPads for entertainment.

Customers will receive priority check-in and security clearance, Maple Leaf Lounge and Star Alliance Lounge access (where available) and aircraft leave from prime gate locations, requiring customers to begin boarding only 35 minutes prior to departure.

Additionally, customers will be offered a premium, pre-packaged meal curated by celebrated Montreal chef Antonio Park with complimentary bar and beverage service.  All flights will be operated in accordance with Air Canada's biosafety protocols, centred around the Air Canada CleanCare+ program.

Winter Schedule 

Customers are now able to book their Jetz flight for travel during the Christmas period between Dec. 12, 2020, and Jan. 6, 2021, with a second schedule for March Break flights currently under development.

Customers should consult the online schedule for details, including operating days. Air Canada Jetz will operate non-stop between the following city pairs:

Toronto to: Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Barbados, Cancun, Kelowna and Vancouver.
Vancouver to: Phoenix, Palm Springs and Puerto Vallarta.
Montreal to: Fort Lauderdale and Barbados.

For customers looking to book leisure travel, Air Canada Vacations is currently developing Ultimate Escapes which include Jetz flights as well as stays at luxury hotels and resorts, private transfers, exclusive resort discounts, room upgrades and complimentary services.

Currently, the Government of Canada states that you should avoid all travel outside of the country until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under a measure from the Government of British Columbia, all arriving passengers from outside Canada, regardless of their final destination, are required to submit a self-isolation plan. Learn more about the Province's self-isolation plan requirement here. The plan can be submitted online here or at the Self-Assessment Tool, through the BC COVID-19 Support App, or in-person on arrival at YVR. It must show that returning passengers have supports in place to safely self-isolate for 14 days.