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Air Canada and United Airlines expand codeshare agreement

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In accordance with a cooperative business agreement, Air Canada (ADH2) and United Airlines will cooperate to increase flight alternatives and improve scheduling for the US-Canada transborder market.

Additionally, the agreement will expand and enhance both carriers’ networks and hasten their COVID-19 recovery. The two airlines already have a working relationship and are both original Star Alliance members.

“United is a world-class airline and we are pleased to significantly expand our well-established partnership to further enhance the customer journey between Canada and the U.S. by offering more choice, greater convenience and an improved airport experience,” Mark Galardo, senior vice president of network planning and revenue management at Air Canada (ADH2) said in a statement.

Galardo added: “This agreement marks a new phase in our evolving relationship that will speed the recovery from the pandemic and strengthen both carriers. It will also enable us to optimize our hubs and schedules and to broaden our global network connectivity to maintain our leadership in the market.”

“With this new agreement, we are further strengthening our long-standing partnership with Air Canada (ADH2),” Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of global network planning and alliances at United said.

“As international travel continues to recover, this expanded partnership will provide an enhanced experience for all transborder travel,” Quayle concluded.

As a result of the agreement, United Airlines and Air Canada (ADH2) will now be able to:

  • Networks and schedules should be coordinated so that the carriers can provide customers with more options, such as more flights throughout the day and easier access to each airline’s seat inventory.
  • Increase codesharing on international flights, excluding several US leisure markets and regions. In 2022, the carriers expect their customers to be able to connect to 46 transborder codeshare destinations with more than 400 daily frequencies, with room to expand for additional domestic codeshare destinations within Canada and the US.
  • The airlines can expand their overall capacities by selling seats on each other’s transnational flights and splitting revenue from routes between hub markets (where regulatory bodies and antitrust regulations permit).
  • Establish airport co-locations when possible, enabling the seamless offering of onboard products, and adding value to each carrier’s frequent flyer programs. Align customer policies for more consistency.
  • Permit the two carriers to collaborate more closely in order to promote their environmental goals.
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