The International Federation of Musicians (FIM) has awarded the newly created FIM Airline of Choice award to Air Canada, FIM said.
FIM and its member unions have been campaigning for several years with the aim of improving airlines´ policies so that musicians traveling with their instrument are treated fairly and are fully informed about regulations governing the transportation of musical instruments.
The international jury set-up by FIM established that the Canadian company was clearly ahead of its competitors in this respect.
“In 2015 we implemented industry leading enhancements designed to support the specific needs of all musicians travelling with carry-on instruments, including pre-boarding benefits and a generous discount when purchasing an additional seat for their instrument,” said Craig Landry, Senior Vice President, Revenue Optimization at Air Canada.
According to BenoÃ®t Machuel, FIM General Secretary, “Air Canada´s policy towards musicians is in our view exemplary.”
Air Canada is serves more than 200 airports on six continents, and in 2016 served more than 45 million customers. The airline provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 57 in the United States, and 91 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America.
The International Federation of Musicians represents professional musicians and their trade unions in more than 60 countries.