Air China has expanded its codeshare agreement with Air Canada.
The latest deal will see the two Star Alliance partners add six new destinations in Canada and six in China to the partnership, via the carriers’ Vancouver and Beijing.
Air China and Air Canada currently codeshare on trans-Pacific flights between Vancouver and Toronto and Beijing and Shanghai. With the expanded codeshare agreement, Air Canada will place its ‘AC’ code on Air China’s flights from Beijing to Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Xi’an and Shenyang.
In return, Air China will be able to place its ‘CA’ code on Air Canada’s flights from Vancouver to Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
“Air Canada is delighted to strengthen its relationship with Air China,” said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada’s president & CEO.
“This expanded agreement provides our customers with seamless connections on a single itinerary for travel to six of the most important commercial, transportation and communication centres in Western China, six cities with millennia of history, each an exciting travel and cultural destination in its own right.
“With China being Canada’s second largest trading partner, we look forward to providing customers with more convenient travel options to Chinese destinations by working closer with our Star Alliance partner, Air China. We also look forward to welcoming travellers from China’s major urban centres onboard our flights to six Canadian cities,” he added.
“There has been a rapid growth in the Chinese outbound travel market over the past few years. Working together with Air Canada, our Star Alliance partner and Canada’s flag carrier, expanding our codeshare cooperation will provide more travel options, and more convenient and seamless travel for both carriers’ customers,” said Cai Jianjiang, Air China’s president & CEO.
The codeshare flights will offer customers a single itinerary with baggage checked through to the final destination. Frequent flyers of both airlines will also be able to earn and redeem miles on the codeshare flights.