Air China is expanding its codeshare agreement with Air Canada. Both the airlines were currently into codeshare arrangement on trans-Pacific flights between Vancouver and Toronto, and Beijing and Shanghai.
The codeshare expansion now will see the two Star Alliance partners adding six new destinations in Canada and six destinations in China, via both the airlines’ Vancouver and Beijing hubs. The expanded codeshare agreement will now allow Air China to place its marketing code on Air Canada-operated flights from Vancouver to Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton.
The codeshare agreement, which has been expanded, will similarly allow Air Canada to place its marketing code on Air China-operated flights from Beijing to Shenyang, Xi’an, Wuhan, Chongqing, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Cai Jianjiang, President and CEO of Air China, said that the Chinese outbound travel market has witnessed a rapid growth over the past few years. Working in association with Canada’s flagship carrier Air Canada would provide more travel options, and more seamless and convenient travel for customers of both the carriers.
Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada, said that the airline is delighted to strengthen its relationship with Air China. He said that the expanded agreement with China’s flagship carrier Air China would provide the customers with seamless connections on a single itinerary for travel to six of the most important commercial, transportation and communication center in Western China. He said that China is the second largest trading partner of Canada. The airline is looking forward towards providing customers with more convenient travel options to Chinese destinations.