Air Canada to open central control in Ontario
Air Canada is opening a new global Operations Centre in Brampton, Ontario, Canada that will be fully operational in the first quarter of 2014.
The new facility is the result of a two-year, CA$60-million project (US$57.4 million) and will serve as the central control for the airline's operations, with 400 employees overseeing, on a 24/7 basis, nearly 600 Air Canada flights each day.
"Air Canada is already recognized as one of the world's best airlines and our new, leading-edge OC will further strengthen our position. This new mission control center incorporates the latest in technological and other design elements," Calin Rovinescu, president and CEO, said.
The 75,000-square-foot facility has been completed on time and within budget.
Once the building is in service in 2014, it will become the global nerve center for Air Canada's operations.
The Operations Centre will be responsible for decision-making on operating flights within 48 hours of scheduled departure; ensuring appropriate resources, such as crews and aircraft, are available; schedule changes and cancellations; and leading preparations for disruptions, such as winter storms, and developing and implementing recovery plans.
Top photo caption: From left to right, President and CEO Calin Rovinescu stands with Ben Smith, Air Canada's executive vice president and chief commercial officer, and Kevin O'Connor, director, operations center transition.