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Air Canada launches 'North America Air Passes'

Travel News Asia 2 February 2006

Air Canada has introduced a range of one- year multi-trip passes that give consumers unprecedented freedom to travel everywhere Air Canada, Jazz and their regional partners fly throughout Canada and the United States.

Consumers can choose from among eight passes, each providing complete access within a specified geographic zone in Canada and the continental United States. Each one-year pass is valid for 10 or 20 one-way trips, including connecting flights, based on the carrier's Latitude fare benefits that offer superior flexibility such as complimentary changes and cancellations, advance seat selection and eligibility for confirmed online upgrades 24 hours in advance.

To promote the new Flight Passes, Air Canada is offering Aeroplan members 2,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for 10 credit passes and 5,000 Aeroplan Bonus Miles for 20 credit passes purchased on aircanada.com by March 31, 2006, in addition to one Mile for every $3 spent, plus mileage accumulation.

"Our simplified North America Passes represent a huge advance in increasing freedom and flexibility for our customers, by bringing our entire Canada and US networks within reach of every community we serve," said Sean Menke, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "Together with our recently launched multiple user Flight Passes designed specially for businesses and their employees, we will continue to expand innovative online products by giving our customers the choice of Flight Passes that best suit their individual needs."

Air Canada's new 'North America Passes' offer complete access to all points within eight geographic zones using just one credit per one-way trip, including all connecting flights:

Canada East Pass: Travel between and within Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador).

Canada West Pass: Travel between and within Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon.

Canada East-West Pass: Travel between and within British Columbia, the Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.

Cross Canada Pass: Travel anywhere within Air Canada's extensive domestic Canada route network.

U.S. Commuter Pass: Travel between Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and: LaGuardia, Newark, Boston and Chicago. Also includes travel on Air Canada's Rapidair services between Toronto-Montreal and Toronto-Ottawa.

Eastern Pass: Travel on all Canada East Pass routes PLUS, travel between Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Quebec and 36 U.S. cities including: Boston, LaGuardia, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington National, Dulles, Baltimore, Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers and Palm Beach.

Western Pass: Travel on all Canada West Pass routes PLUS, travel between British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and 14 U.S. cities including: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Minneapolis, Dallas and Houston.

North America Pass: Travel anywhere within Air Canada's extensive domestic Canada and U.S. transborder networks.

Air Canada's new 'North America Passes' join the carrier's growing range of multi-trip passes featuring its popular 'Rapidair Pass,' valid on the carrier's frequent shuttle services between Toronto-Montreal and Toronto- Ottawa, and its leisure passes to sun destinations including 'Sun Pass East,' 'Sun Pass West' and 'Hawaii Pass' - now all offered on a permanent, year-round basis.

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