Air Canada Signs Codeshare Agreement With Virgin Australia

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AC has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with VA that it says will make it easier for Canadians to travel throughout Australia and New Zealand and provide Australians with more options to travel to Canada

The 1st stage of the codeshare agreement is scheduled to be implemented in early 2017 when AC customers will be able to book travel on a single ticket to an additional 10 cities in Australia and New Zealand on VA-operated flights connecting with AC’s daily services to SYD and BNE.

Pending regulatory approvals, AC will place its code on VA flights to ADL to CBR, CNS, MEL and PER as well as to New Zealand’s CHC and AKL.

Customers will also be able to travel on VA SYD-BNE, SYD-OOL and BNE-WLG flights.

"This agreement with Virgin Australia lays the ground work for a mutually beneficial commercial cooperation that will offer Air Canada customers more travel options and frequent flyer benefits when travelling within Australia and New Zealand," said Calin Rovinescu, President & Chief Executive Officer. "We look forward to introducing Air Canada codeshare service on Virgin Australia's flights and welcoming Virgin Australia's customers on our flights beginning in the near future." 

Travellers arriving at LAX on VA flights from SYD and BNE will be able to travel onward on codeshare connecting AC flights to YYZ, YVR, YYC and YUL.

In a subsequent stage, the carriers plan to offer eligible customers reciprocal frequent flyer redemption benefits on each other's flights, and VA would place its code on AC YVR-SYD and YVR-BNE flights. 

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