Air Canada gives five million Aeroplan miles to children's groups



    Kids' Horizons celebrates four years of helping children

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada Kids' Horizons is celebrating
its fourth year of supporting children's charities and non-profit
organizations in Canada by donating one million Aeroplan miles each to five
groups that promote children's health, fight poverty among young people and
grant special wishes.
    "People at Air Canada enjoy both the challenges and satisfaction of
running an airline. However, our challenges pale compared to those faced by
ill or disadvantaged children and for this reason many of the most satisfying
moments at Air Canada come from supporting organizations that make a positive
difference in children's lives," said Montie Brewer, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Air Canada. "While Air Canada itself is a community of
caring people, we are also part of the broader community. We are very pleased
to be in a position to be able to help young people deal with health and
poverty issues or simply bring them respite and happy lasting memories by
granting their wish to fly off to special places."
    To celebrate the fourth anniversary of Kids' Horizons, Air Canada will
donate to five key partner charities and non-profit organizations a total of
five million Aeroplan miles, the equivalent of 150 trips. The partners are:
The Children's Miracle Network Canada, Breakfast Clubs of Canada, Street Kids
International, Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation Canada and Dreams
Take Flight.
    Representatives from each group will receive their organization's one
million Aeroplan miles at a musical celebration in Toronto on October 3, 2007.
The event will take place at The Audio Recording Academy. Afterward, a piano
donated by Air Canada for use by performers during the evening will be
auctioned on Ebay with proceeds going to The Hospital for Sick Children in
Toronto.
    Kids' Horizons, Air Canada's community investment program, works through
partnerships with charities and non-profit organizations on causes and events
in three main areas: children and youth health, alleviating child poverty, and
child wish granting. The program offers complimentary flights (through
promotional passes and Aeroplan miles) on Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz for
travel by the charities or their beneficiaries, or to help with fundraising
initiatives. Kids' Horizons also provides complimentary passes to local or
grass roots organizations throughout Canada. In 2006, Kids' Horizons supported
over 350 organizations and hundreds of charitable fundraising events in cities
served by Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz.
    All requests for support should be submitted online at
www.aircanada.com/kids. This allows Kids' Horizons to receive all necessary
information to conduct a proper evaluation and to ensure that the
organization's request falls within the focus of the program.

    Montreal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air
transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 170 destinations on five
continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 14th largest commercial airline in
the world and serves 34 million customers annually with a fleet consisting of
335 aircraft. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, providing the
world's most comprehensive air transportation network.




For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Arthur (Montréal), (514) 422-5788;
Angela Mah (Vancouver), (604) 270-5741; Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto), (416)
263-5576; Internet: aircanada.com


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