Air Canada Commemorates Black History Month with an Exclusive Flight Operated by All-Black Crew
Air Canada marked the end of Black History Month with a celebratory flight on February 28. The flight, AC660, was operated entirely by black personnel, including ramp staff, airport customer service agents, and flight crew. This marks the second year that Air Canada has hosted a Black History Month celebratory flight, with last year's event occurring on February 11, 2022, on an Airbus A330-300. This year's flight was scheduled to depart Montreal at 8:00 AM local time but left at 8:46 AM. The aircraft, an Airbus A220-300, registered as C-GVUO, entered revenue service on June 1, 2022.
Air Canada staff highlighted the significance of the flight and the role of black people in aviation. Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, and Public Affairs at Air Canada, saluted the airline's black employees who proudly championed their identity and pride to showcase their achievements and contributions to aviation. William Batson, captain of flight AC660, added that being a Black aviation professional means having the responsibility to mentor the next generation of young aviators.
Air Canada also released a press statement, announcing that it had opened a voluntary survey, in which 684 staff members identified as black, nearly double the amount from last year's survey. In celebration of these staff members and Black History Month, Air Canada shared a series of videos about its black employees on its YouTube channel.
In summary, Air Canada celebrated the end of Black History Month with a special flight operated entirely by black personnel. This marks the second year that Air Canada has hosted a Black History Month celebratory flight. The airline highlighted the significance of the flight and black people's contribution to aviation. In addition, Air Canada opened a voluntary survey, which saw an increase in the number of black staff members identifying themselves, and released a series of videos about its black employees.
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