Later in 2022, Emirates and Air Canada plan to establish a codeshare partnership that will give Air Canada customers better travel options for trips to the United Arab Emirates and other locations besides Dubai. Customers of Emirates will also benefit from an improved travel experience while visiting Toronto or other important locations on the Air Canada network, says a press statement by the company, adding that customers will be able to easily book connecting travel between the networks of both airlines with just one ticket, enjoy seamless connectivity at each airline’s global hub and receive baggage transfers to their ultimate destinations.
“This is a significant partnership that will enable our customer’s access to even more destinations in Canada and the Americas, via our Toronto and US gateways. It also opens up many new route combinations for travelers across Emirates and Air Canada’s extensive networks in the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia,” says Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline. “We are pleased to partner with Air Canada, one of North America’s most established airlines and Canada’s flag carrier and we look forward to jointly progressing on various areas to provide even better customer flight choices and experiences,” adds Clark.
“As we continue pursuing our strategy of expanding our global reach in response to growing opportunities in VFR (Visit Friends and Relatives) markets that serve Canada’s large multicultural communities, we are very pleased to form a strategic partnership with Emirates, a highly respected flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates with a hub in the vibrant city of Dubai,” says Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada. “This strategic agreement will create network synergies, and Air Canada customers will have additional, convenient options when travelling between Canada and the United Arab Emirates as well as destinations. We look forward to introducing Air Canada codeshare service on key Emirates flights, as well as adding the EK code on select Air Canada flights, and welcoming Emirates customers on our services later this year,” he adds.
The airlines will also set up reciprocal frequent flyer rewards and reciprocal lounge access for qualifying customers in order to improve the consumer experience. When everything is done and ready to go, more information about the partnership and specific codeshare routes will be released.