At The DL/KL/AF/AZ Agency Elite Awards

with Suzanne Christie


Michael Magliocco & Charles-Olivier deFaud present SkyLink's award to Shahnaz Pithawala & Sandeep Mamgaine.


Scenic Holidays' Ben Ayow & Ivy Leung receive their award from Charles-Olivier deFaud & Ivana Manera


Huntington Travel's Craig Kijek & Vina Budhdev receive their award from Charles-Olivier deFaud & Jim Papas

Ivan Moreno with Merit Travel's Roman Masek & Vincent D'Souza

Sherry Saunders, V.P. & G.M., CWT Canada with Steven Larkin, Adeline Piekham-Hsieh & Charles-Olivier deFaud

Steven Larkin, DL's Director of Sales for Canada, introduced a gala awards evening at Toronto's Gardiner Museum this week by saying the event was characterized by 3 words... “Celebration, Recognition & Partnership. And they certainly put on an elegant and engaging evening to ensure just that!”

The Gardiner's private dining area and exhibits were dedicated to the enjoyment of Delta, KLM, Air France & Alitalia's top performing agency partners from across Canada. Staff and management from all 4 joint-venture carrier members were on hand to welcome special guests with a glittering cocktail reception followed by a delicious three-course meal. It was clearly fun for all to connect with industry colleagues and business partners and be recognized for a challenging year but one that brought unprecedented success.

Jean Noel Rault, V.P. & G.M. AF/KL Canada told guests that the joint venture is unique within the airline industry with its four world-class carrier members. He also recognized the important role WestJet plays in the JV's success in North America. Rault also predicted that the WS partnership will develop further over time and become a major force in the Canadian market. WS currently represents 10% of JV pax connectivity. 

Rob LeBel, Managing Director Specialty & Canada Sales for Delta Air Lines provided some strong statistical evidence as to how important the Canadian market and top agency partners are to the carriers' success.

 LeBel said the evening's guests represented 60% of the dollar volume and 70% of pax in Canada for the JV. He says the partnership continues to mature, having hit record pax levels that represent an increase of 0.5 points in market share -- which he describes as "astronomical."

 LeBel says the world definitely needs more Canada and reminded us of the Canadian cover of the July edition of Sky Magazine featuring Prime Minister Trudeau as well as an interview with DL CEO Ed Bastien and Canada's Director of Sales Steven Larkin. Cheers to that and congratulations to the JV's top Canadian agency performers this year:

AMERICAN EXPRESS GLOBAL BUSINESS TRAVEL

BCD TRAVEL

CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL

HRG NORTH AMERICA

MARITIME TRAVEL INC.

SKYLINK VOYAGES INC.

TRAVELBRANDS

VISION TRAVEL SOLUTIONS

VOYAGES A LA CARTE

AIRLINE TICKET CENTRE

COMPASS HOLIDAYS

FLIGHT CENTRE TRAVEL GROUP

HUNTINGTON TRAVEL

AIR MILES

MERIT TRAVEL GROUP   

ROYAL SCENIC HOLIDAYS

SKYBIRD TRAVEL AND TOURS

SKYLINK

TOUR EAST HOLIDAYS 


L-r: Benedetto Mencaroni Poiani, V.P. Regional Manager, Americas, AZ; Rob LeBel, Managing Director Specialty Sales & Canada Sales, DL; Steven Larkin, Director of Sales Canada, DL & Jean Noel Rault, V.P. & G.M. AF/KL Canada





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