ABU DHABI, 2 November – Emirates and Air Canada have announced the launch of codeshare cooperation that will give passengers access to 46 locations across North America, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
Tickets are on sale now with travel on the new routes beginning from December 1.
Passengers from the UAE will be able to book codeshare flights to and from Canadian points beyond Toronto, including Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver.
Air travellers flying from Canada will be able to book 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.
Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “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.”
The airlines will introduce a reciprocal frequent flyer offering, allowing members of Aeroplan and Skywards 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.
Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada, said: “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”.
The Dubai-based airline has recently announced improved services to Bengaluru and Taipei. — Arabian Business