Cathay Pacific and Air Canada have announced a strategic cooperation agreement that the airlines say will enhance travel services for CX customers when travelling within Canada and for AC customers travelling via Hong Kong to Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.
CX and AC customers will be able to book travel to their final destination on a single ticket with through-checked bags as well as enjoy reciprocal mileage accrual and redemption benefits. The agreement will be effective on seats sold on or after 12JAN for travel beginning 19JAN.
AC will offer codeshare services to an additional 8 cities in Southeast Asia on flights operated by CX and KA connecting with AC's double-daily service to Hong Kong from YYZ and YVR. AC will place its code on CX and KA flights to MNL, CEB, KUL, SGN, HAN, BKK, HKT and CNX.
CX customers will be able to book travel on AC flights connecting with up to 3 daily flights to YVR and up to 2 daily services to YYX from HKG. CX will place its code on Air Canada flights to all major cities across Canada.
When travelling on these services, members of Air Canada's loyalty program, Aeroplan, and Cathay Pacific's travel and lifestyle rewards program, Asia Miles, will be eligible to earn and redeem miles on the above mentioned codeshare routes.
"This agreement with Cathay Pacific will offer Air Canada customers more travel options and reciprocal mileage accrual and redemption benefits when travelling to many important destinations in Southeast Asia," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada.
"It is a strategic cooperation of mutual benefit and underscores our commitment to offer our customers the very highest quality and service connecting Canada and the world. We look forward to introducing Air Canada codeshare service on Cathay Pacific's flights and welcoming Cathay Pacific's customers on our flights beginning in the New Year."
Cathay Pacific currently operates double daily flights to Vancouver from Hong Kong using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. From 28MAR, the airline's YVR schedule will be enhanced by the addition of three extra weekly services, which will be operated by Airbus A350-900 aircraft, bringing the total number of flights to the Canadian city to 17 per week. CX also operates 10 weekly flights between HKG and YYZ.
AC operates daily non-stop flights year-round from both YYZ and YVR to HKG. Flights from YYZ are operated with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft and flights from YVR with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.