Emirates and Air Canada have announced that they have launched and activated their codeshare partnership. The airlines announced the formation of a “strategic partnership” in July 2022.
Launch of a codeshare partnership
As of 1st November 2022, codeshare tickets are available for sale to 35 markets for travel effective 1st December 2022 with 11 additional markets to be added pending final regulatory approval, and the potential for more markets to be included beyond that. Tickets are available via the carriers’ websites at emirates.com and aircanada.com as well as via major GDS systems and travel agencies.
Emirates’ passengers will be able to book codeshare flights to and from Canadian points beyond Toronto, including Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver. Travellers will be able to book flights through to their final destination under a single ticket with baggage transfers through to the final destination.
We are delighted to establish a partnership with Air Canada, to expand our reach into more points in North America. Partnering with Canada’s flag carrier enables us to offer customers seamless connectivity when flying to domestic points within Canada via Toronto. Besides the added-value benefits and rewarding experiences that leisure and business travellers of both airlines can look forward to, the partnership allows Air Canada’s customers to travel to destinations across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, thanks to our expansive network via our hub in Dubai.said Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline.
Air Canada will place its code on routes operated by Emirates from its hub in Dubai, expanding the airline’s reach across the Indian subcontinent and unlocking more destinations, including Colombo, Dhaka, Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore.
Easy connectivity will also be enjoyed by Air Canada’s passengers travelling to Southeast Asian destinations including Bangkok, Hanoi, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore; the Middle Eastern cities Jeddah and Muscat; as well as destinations in Africa, namely Addis Ababa and Dar Es Salaam.
This exciting new partnership with Emirates will allow Air Canada to meaningfully broaden the choice of flight options for our customers. It will create easier connections between Canada and destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. As well, it will allow us to draw more connecting traffic through our Toronto global hub and expand our presence in these dynamic regions where demand for global travel is expected to grow.said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Canada.
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The airlines will soon introduce a reciprocal frequent flyer offering, allowing members of Aeroplan (Air Canada’s frequent flyer program) and Skywards (Emirates’ frequent flyer program) to earn and redeem points on flights operated by Emirates and Air Canada, respectively. Eligible passengers will also soon be able to take advantage of reciprocal lounge access, along with select benefits for Aeroplan Elite and Skywards members when travelling on the partner airline. The details and launch dates will be announced at a later date.
Emirates’ North American Dominance
Emirates, one of the “Big Three” Middle Eastern carriers, has been gradually expanding its presence in North America. The airline will soon have a codeshare partnership with two of the largest airlines in North America – Air Canada and United.
Emirates, as part of its codeshare partnership with Air Canada, will be able to tap into new markets such as Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal. The Dubai-based airline only operates flights to Toronto currently.
With the launch of this partnership, Emirates will have an edge over Qatar Airways in Canada as Emirates’ passengers will have more options to fly to in Canada compared to Qatar Airways, which only flies to Montréal in Canada.
Featured image by Emirates
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