Air Canada and Brazil's TAM have signed a bilateral
agreement that will allow members of Air Canada's Aeroplan or TAM's
Fidelidade programs to earn and redeem frequent flyer Miles/points
beginning today - April 28, 2009 - on flights operated by either
"We are delighted to offer Air Canada's most loyal customers
increased benefits by continuing to build our partnership with
TAM, Brazil's leading airline," said Ben Smith, Air Canada's
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "The
opportunities for earning and redeeming reward travel have now
grown exponentially across each of our networks. In addition,
customers will enjoy Air Canada's new in-flight product offering
that features lie-flat beds in our Executive First Suites on all
international routes including Toronto-Sao Paulo, as well as brand
new cabins, seats and seatback entertainment for all passengers
Air Canada operates daily Toronto-Sao Paulo non-stop
flights using Boeing 767-300ER or 777-300ER aircraft in the
northern hemisphere summer and winter seasons, respectively.
Paulo Castello Branco, TAM vice president, Commercial and
Planning, said that the agreement will bring immediate benefits
to passengers of both airlines.
"The partnership of both frequent
flyer programs - TAM Fidelidade and Aeroplan - enhances our
strategy of Excellence in Services, one of the three pillars that
sustain TAM's operations, the other two being Technical and
Operational Excellence and Excellence in Management," said Castello Branco.
now has over 5.5 million members, with more than 7.4 million
tickets distributed through the redemption of accrued points.
With the expanded partnership, Air Canada's Aeroplan Members can
redeem their accrued miles for air travel on domestic and
international flights operated by TAM.
Likewise, TAM passengers
can use points earned in TAM's Programa Fidelidade on any domestic
or international flight operated by Air Canada.
Air Canada and
TAM have had a codeshare agreement since October 2008, allowing
TAM to sell seats on flights operated by Air Canada between Sao
Paulo and Toronto, with the possibility of connections to a number
of Canadian cities. Air Canada in turn can offer its customers a
number of flight options to Brazilian destination operated by TAM.
With this partnership agreement, customers of both airlines will
benefit from seamless connections on a single ticket and baggage
check-through to final destination.
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