Air Canada is upping the game for young fliers with the introduction of a new kids’ club called Air Canada Altitude Skyriders – designed to make flights even more exciting and enjoyable for children between the ages of two and 12 years old.
Once parents register their children for free online at Air Canada Altitude Skyriders, children will receive a kit containing a welcome letter, an exclusive Skyriders luggage tag and a logbook to chart their flights. Every time the child travels, he or she will also earn printable badges online to commemorate special milestones or achievements. First flights, new regions or destinations explored all have special meaning, and will be commemorated online. E-mail notifications will be sent once new badges are earned.
“The Air Canada Altitude Skyriders club will introduce kids to the exciting world of travel making their journey with Air Canada a memorable experience,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada president, Passenger Airlines. “It’s not about points or rewards, it’s about making their trip as fun as possible and we hope to nurture and encourage childhood curiosity and create lifelong memories.”
Each flight that a Skyrider takes will be an opportunity to collect stickers to fill their logbooks. Additionally, all children on board will receive, activity books, headphones, backpacks and puzzles, depending on their destination.
Air Canada has a range of initiatives in place to meet the needs of families and the hundreds of thousands of children who fly with the airline each year including:
- The Altitude Status Extension for Parental Leave. When expecting a baby or welcoming a new child and planning on taking a parental leave, Altitude members can request a parental extension in order to continue enjoying the privileges of their Altitude status when resuming flying more frequently. (https://altitude.aircanada.com/status/overview)
- Complimentary seat assignment for parents/guardians and children under the age of 12 who are travelling together. AC assigns seating without an advance seat selection fee soon after the booking has been made, either directly through Air Canada or through a travel agency, for parents and guardians who have indicated they are travelling with children.
- Free travel for children under two sitting on their parents’ lap. We welcome babies as young as seven days on board and each bundle of joy has to be accompanied by a passenger aged 16 or older. (http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/before/youngtravellers/infant-child.html)
- Air Canada Rouge Crew are trained at Disney Institute to create memorable moments for customers and a relaxed atmosphere onboard Air Canada’s vacation carrier, Air Canada Rouge. The Rouge Crew have also painted children’s faces, created puppets and distributed signature buttons commemorating “Happy Birthday!” and “First Flight!”