Air Canada and Air China are to expand their mutual codeshare services and
lounge agreement in time for the 2018 Canada-China Year of
Tourism, recognizing the importance of tourism and trade between
the two countries.
As Air Canada and Air China work toward
finalizing their planned joint venture, the two Star Alliance
carriers have launched their first joint frequent flyer promotion
to offer the carriers' respective Aeroplan and PhoenixMiles
members up to 30% bonus miles effective 15 December 2017
for eligible travel between 1 April 2018 and 15 June 2018 on all
flights between Canada and China operated by Air China and Air
As a result of the codeshare expansion, Air China
will place its code on Air Canada's new daily Montreal-Shanghai
flight, as well as Air Canada's flights from Vancouver to
Victoria, Kelowna, Saskatoon, and Regina.
In addition, Air
Canada will place its code on Air China's flights between Beijing
and Zhengzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Nanjing as well as Air China's
flight between Montreal-Havana, Cuba. The expanded codeshare
cooperation is planned to come into effect in April 2018, subject
to regulatory and government approvals.
Both carriers have
also implemented an expanded lounge agreement. In addition to Star
Gold customers, all Air China First and Business class customers
will now have access to Air Canada's recently upgraded
International Maple Leaf Lounges featuring enhanced food and
beverage offerings at Montreal and Vancouver airports.
Canada's eligible customers will continue to enjoy access to Air
China's lounges in Beijing, Shanghai and other airports throughout
"Air Canada and Air China have worked hard over the past
several years implementing new routes between Canada and China. In fact, the Canada-China air travel market has grown on average by
almost 14% annually over the past six years and this trend is expected to remain strong according to airline industry trade
group IATA," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Air Canada, in Beijing. "As members of Star Alliance,
we are pleased to promote our growing cooperation with the
first-ever joint frequent flyer promotion with Air China for our
customers. Now, we are focused on finalizing a definitive joint
venture agreement that will deepen our cooperation in scheduling
and sales to offer customers of both airlines additional travel
options throughout our respective networks."
Air Canada offers its customers codeshare flights operated by Air
China between Beijing and Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan,
Xi'an and Shenyang, and between Montreal and Beijing, and between
Vancouver and Beijing.
Similarly, Air China offers its customers
codeshare flights operated by Air Canada between Vancouver and
Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Winnipeg, and
between Montreal and Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg, as well as
Vancouver and Toronto to and from Beijing and Shanghai.
Air Canada operates up to a total of 35 flights per week between
Canada and China, from Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal serving
Beijing and Shanghai.
Air China operates up to 11 flights per week
between China and Canada, from Beijing serving Vancouver and
"Air China and Air Canada have built the
foundation of a profound cooperation. Both parties will deepen
cooperation on code-sharing, lounge services and frequent flyer
programs and will put more efforts into the planned joint venture
project," said Zhiyong Song, President of Air China Limited. "By
offering a wider range of products and quality services, Air China
and Air Canada will bring more convenience and options for our