WestJet, Air France and KLM have signed a memorandum
of understanding to build a new commercial relationship between the
This memorandum of understanding allows the
airlines to begin working on building a codesharing agreement in
late 2009 or early 2010. Prior to this, the carriers will
contemplate additional opportunities including an interline
agreement, namely acceptance of each otherís e-tickets, and
through check-in of baggage and passengers, technology permitting.
Possibilities for future frequent flyer program cooperation are to
be explored as well.
A codesharing agreement would involve the
Canadian gateways of Calgary, Montrťal, Toronto and Vancouver
where guests of the three airlines would connect with each otherís
This memorandum of understanding is another step
in WestJetís strategy to increase connectivity, bringing
additional travellers to its network as well as offering more
access for its guests to new destinations.
For Air France and KLM, it is a great
opportunity to strengthen their position in services to Canada and
increase the number of destinations offered to passengers.
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