Air Canada and United Airlines make cross-border travel easier

Air Canada and United Airlines today announced a joint commercial agreement for the Canada-U.S. cross-border market, building on their longstanding alliance, which will provide customers with more flight options and improved flight schedules. traveling between the two countries. Customers will be able to connect to 38 codeshare destinations in the United States and eight of the most popular cities in Canada — while enjoying the benefits of the carriers’ MileagePlus® and Aeroplan loyalty programs. The agreement will also strengthen and expand both operators’ networks and help accelerate their recovery from COVID-19.

United is a world-class airline and we are pleased to significantly expand our well-established partnership to further enhance the customer journey between Canada and the United States by providing more choice, more convenience and an improved airport experience,” said Marc Galardo, Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada. “This agreement marks a new phase in our evolving relationship that will accelerate recovery from the pandemic and strengthen both carriers. It will also allow us to optimize our hubs and schedules and expand our global network connectivity to maintain our market leadership..”

With this new agreement, we further strengthen our long-standing partnership with Air Canada,” said Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of global network planning and alliances at United. “As international travel continues to pick up, this expanded partnership will provide an enhanced experience for all cross-border travel.”

Customers looking for flights between the United States and Canada on United or Air Canada websites and apps, you’ll find more flight options scheduled at more convenient times. Codeshare between the two carriers will also be expanded, and members of the MileagePlus and Aeroplan programs will have more earning and redemption options.

In 2019, the United StatesCanada The cross-border market was the second largest international passenger air travel market in the world and the largest international market for both. Canada and the United States, measured in number of seats.

Air Canada and United are already cooperating in the cross-border market, under the terms of their existing US antitrust immunity. Under the joint commercial agreement, subject to compliance with U.S. and Canadian regulatory and antitrust requirements, the two airlines will now be able to:

  • Coordinate their networks and schedules, allowing carriers to offer customers more choice, including more flights throughout the day and better access to each airline’s seat inventory.
  • Improve codeshare on cross-border flights, excluding certain US leisure markets and territories. The carriers expect customers to be able to connect to 46 cross-border codeshare destinations with more than 400 daily frequencies in 2022 – with the possibility of adding more codeshare destinations for domestic routes within Canada and the United States
  • Sell ​​seats on each other’s cross-border flights and share revenue on flights between central markets (where regulatory authorities and antitrust requirements permit), allowing carriers to increase their overall capacity.
  • Align customer policies for greater consistency and enable seamless onboard product delivery, establish airport colocations where available, and add value to each carrier’s loyalty programs.
  • Enable both carriers to work more closely together to advance their sustainability goals.

The implementation of an expanded partnership builds on the existing close cooperation of both carriers and previously acquired regulatory approvals. United and Air Canada are also founding members of star alliance and a joint transatlantic trade agreement with the Lufthansa Group.

MONTREAL, July 22, 2022 /CNW Telbec/


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