Air Canada and Emirates Form Strategic Partnership to Include Codesharing Later in 2022
Air Canada and Emirates have today signed a strategic partnership agreement that will create more options for customers. A codeshare relationship will be formed later in 2022, which will provide seamless connectivity between Canada, the UAE and beyond.
On Tuesday (July 12, 2022), Air Canada announced that they have signed a strategic partnership with Emirates, creating more options for customers when traveling on either network, while enhancing the guest experience throughout the journey. A codeshare relationship will be established later in 2022 and will offer enhanced travel choices for Air Canada customers traveling to the United Arab Emirates and beyond via Dubai. Likewise, Emirates’ guests will enjoy an enhanced travel experience when traveling to Toronto and to key destinations across Canada. The partnership will allow customers to book travel between both airlines’ networks on a single ticket with seamless connectivity at the carriers’ hubs and through-checked baggage to their final destination.
In Tuesday’s announcment, Air Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Rousseau, said,
“As we continue pursuing our strategy of expanding our global reach in response to growing opportunities in VFR markets (Visiting Friends and Relatives) that serve Canada's large multicultural communities, we are very pleased to form a strategic partnership with Emirates, a highly respected flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates with a hub in the vibrant city of Dubai. This strategic agreement will create network synergies, and Air Canada customers will have additional, convenient options when travelling between Canada and the United Arab Emirates as well as destinations beyond Dubai. We look forward to introducing Air Canada codeshare service on key Emirates flights, as well as adding the EK code on select Air Canada flights, and welcoming Emirates customers on our services later this year.”
Also commenting on the new strategic partnership, Emirates’ President, Sir Tim Clark, said,
“This is a significant partnership that will enable our customers access to even more destinations in Canada and the Americas, via our Toronto and US gateways. It also opens up many new route combinations for travelers across Emirates' and Air Canada's extensive networks in the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. We are pleased to partner with Air Canada, one of North America's most established airlines and Canada's flag carrier and we look forward to jointly progressing on various areas to provide even better customer flight choices and experiences.”
Further enhancing the guest experience, the carriers also plan on establishing reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, as well as reciprocal lounge access for qualifying customers.
Emirates is an award-winning global airline, serving over 130 destinations on six continents via Dubai. The carrier operates the largest fleet of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, which feature the latest comforts in the sky. The airline has been named ‘World Class Airline’ at The APEX Official Airline Ratings™, and has also been rated a Five Star Airline by APEX.
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