Air Canada and Air China are expanding their long-standing commercial cooperation agreement enhancing the carriers’ interline and codeshare services offered via their respective hubs.
Now available for purchase, these new codeshare flights enable seamless bookings and connections for customers and their bags via the carriers’ Vancouver, Toronto and Beijing hubs to six new China destinations and six new destinations in Canada throughout their respective networks.
“Air Canada is delighted to strengthen its relationship with Air China, China’s leading airline and our valued Star Alliance partner since 2007. 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,” said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
“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 code-share cooperation will provide more travel options, and more convenient and seamless travel for both carriers’ customers,” said Cai Jianjiang, Air China’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
The carriers currently codeshare on flights operated from Vancouver and Toronto to and from Beijing and Shanghai. With the expanded codeshare agreement, Air Canada will place its code on Air China-operated flights to six new destinations in China, enabling Air Canada customers to conveniently access via Air China’s Beijing hub: Guanghzou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan and Xi’An to the south and west of Beijing and Shenyang to the northwest.