Emirates, UAE’s largest airline, and Air Canada have signed a strategic partnership agreement that will create more options for customers when traveling on the carriers’ networks while also enhancing the customer experience throughout the journey.
Both airlines intend to establish a codeshare relationship that will offer enhanced consumer travel choices for Air Canada customers to travel to UAE and destinations beyond Dubai. Emirates customers will also enjoy an enhanced travel experience when traveling to Toronto or key destinations across the Air Canada network.
Customers will have the ability to book connecting travel between both airlines’ networks with the ease of a single ticket, seamless connectivity at the carriers’ respective global hubs and baggage transfers to their final destinations.
“This is a significant partnership that will enable our customers to access 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 in various areas to provide even better customer flight choices and experiences.”
The carriers will also establish reciprocal frequent flyer benefits and reciprocal lounge access for qualifying customers to further enhance the customer experience. Further details of the partnership and specific codeshare routes will be announced when finalized and will be subject to regulatory approvals and final documentation.
“As we continue pursuing our strategy of expanding our global reach in response to growing opportunities in Visit Friends and Relatives (VFR) markets 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 UAE 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 traveling between Canada and UAE as well as destinations beyond Dubai,” said Mr. Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada.