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  • Joe Breitfeller

Air Canada Becomes First Airline to Receive IATA Certification for Live Animal Transport

IATA has awarded Air Canada Cargo with the Center for Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animals Logistics (CEIV Live Animals) recertification following the successful completion of the verification process.


Air Canada Cargo Receives IATA CEIV Live Animals Recertification - Courtesy Air Canada/CNW Telbec

On Wednesday (September 14, 2022), Air Canada announced that they have become the first airline to receive IATA recertification for the safe transport of animals. IATA awarded Air Canada Cargo with the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animals Logistics (CEIV Live Animals) recertification following successful completion of the verification process. In 2018, Air Canada was the first airline to receive the CEIV Live Animals Certification, a standardized global certification program to ensure the safety and welfare of animals traveling by air. In 2021 alone, Air Canada Cargo safely transported over 11,500 different animal shipments across their network.


In Wednesday’s announcement, Air Canada Cargo’s Vice President, Jason Berry, said,


“We are very proud to be recognized for our work in operating to the highest global standards for the worldwide transport of all live animals, and being the first airline to be re-certificated continues to position Air Canada Cargo as an industry leader. Every year, we expertly and safely handle thousands of complex shipments, from rescued dogs, endangered animals transported in conservation efforts, and of course family pets. Air Canada Cargo's dedicated employees handling animals are specially-trained, and I thank them for their diligence in treating all animals as precious cargo while in our care.”


Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline. The Canadian flag carrier is a founding member of the Star Alliance and the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service to 51 airports in Canada, 51 in the U.S. and 86 internationally. Through the carrier’s Aeroplan loyalty program, customers can earn and redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines. Air Canada Cargo offers air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents with a dedicated fleet of 767-300 Freighters and passenger aircraft belly hold capacity. Additionally, the airline has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.



Source: Air Canada/CNW Telbec