Air Canada and Air China Limited are expanding their mutual codeshare services and lounge agreement in time for the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism, recognizing the importance of tourism and trade between the two countries.
As Air Canada and Air China work toward finalizing their planned joint venture, while satisfying both countries’ applicable regulatory conditions, the two Star Alliance carriers also launched their first joint frequent flyer promotion to offer the carriers’ respective Aeroplan and PhoenixMiles members up to 30% bonus miles effective Dec. 15 for eligible travel between April 1 and June 15 on all flights between Canada and China operated by Air China and Air Canada.
As a result of the codeshare expansion, Air China will place its code on Air Canada’s new daily Montreal-Shanghai flight, as well as Air Canada’s flights from Vancouver to Victoria, Kelowna, Saskatoon, and Regina.
In addition, Air Canada will place its code on Air China’s flights between Beijing and Zhengzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Nanjing, as well as Air China’s flight between Montreal-Havana, Cuba.
The expanded codeshare co-operation is planned to come into effect in April, subject to regulatory and government approvals.
Air Canada operates up to a total of 35 flights per week between Canada and China, from Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal serving Beijing and Shanghai. Air China operates up to 11 flights per week between China and Canada, from Beijing serving Vancouver and Montreal.