Mr. Berry moved from the 100% McGee Air Services subsidiary of Alaska Airlines to Air Canada, where he was President and President for all aspects of ground handling, aircraft maintenance, airport mobility, check-in and door services. From 2012 to June 2019, he led Alaska Airlines` cargo business with direct responsibility for all aspects of cargo operations and compliance, including revenue growth. Prior to joining Alaska Airlines, he held operational positions with increasing responsibilities with other carriers and freight operators. The union represents the approximately 700 Air Canada employees based in America, including customer service employees, airlines and others. Air Canada also today provided an update on its cargo business and the next steps in its strategic plan, as the carrier continues to adapt quickly to emerging market opportunities. To date, Air Canada has flown more than 3,500 all-cargo flights worldwide, and the airline is currently preparing plans to convert several of its own Boeing 767-300ER aircraft to cargo ships to fully participate in global commercial cargo opportunities. The carrier successfully amended the collective agreement with its pilots, which is represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) to make contractual changes to allow it to operate special cargo aircraft competitively in the cargo market, which have now been ratified by Air Canada pilots. The ITB represents approximately 700 Air Canada support agents, high-end janitorial agents, booking agents, airlines and other employees in the United States. MONTREAL – Air Canada says union members representing their U.S.-based workers have ratified a new collective agreement.
MONTREAL, October 23, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada announced today that it has been informed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), the union representing the airline`s 700 employees in the United States, that its members have ratified a new 10-year collective agreement concluded on July 17, 2019. The new agreement is in effect until 2029. The airline says the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has informed it that the agreement reached on July 17 has been ratified by its members. „Over the past 11 months, Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo have quickly focused on new and unique business opportunities in response to market developments, and Air Canada has been the first airline in the world to convert aircraft and dual cargo capabilities removing seats to allow cargo to be transported in the passenger cabin. We now operate up to 100 international all-cargo flights per week and, with the recent ratification of the cargo operations agreements by CAPA, we plan to transform several recently retired Boeing 767-300ers from passenger service on all-cargo aircraft, allowing Air Canada to expand its cargo business throughout the global supply chain,“ said Mr. Guillemette. About Air Canada and Air Canada CargoAir Canada is Canada`s largest domestic and international carrier. The Canadian airline is one of the 20 largest airlines in the world and has served more than 51 million customers in 2019. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world`s largest airline network. Air Canada is the only international airline in North America to receive a four-star rating from U.S. independent research firm Skytrax, which has also made Air Canada the best 2019 airline in North America. For more information, see: aircanada.com/media, follow Air Canada on Twitter and LinkedIn and join Air Canada on Facebook.
„We are very pleased that our employees in the United States have ratified a new 10-year collective agreement. This result underscores the direction of the IBT and our employees on Air Canada`s successful business strategy to continue to develop a sustainable and global business,“ said Craig Landry, Executive Vice President of Air Canada.