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Virgin Australia and Air Canada to introduce codeshare services

15 December 2016

Virgin Australia today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enter into a strategic cooperation agreement with Air Canada, increasing choice for travellers and improving the convenience of travel between Australia and Canada.

The first stage of the codeshare is scheduled to be implemented in early 2017, when Virgin Australia customers will be able to book travel on Air Canada’s flights from Los Angeles to:

  • Toronto (YYZ)
  • Vancouver (YVR)
  • Calgary (YYC)
  • Montreal (YUL)1

When travelling on these services, Virgin Australia guests will earn Velocity Points. Virgin Australia and Air Canada plan to offer reciprocal frequent flyer redemption benefits on each other’s flights in a subsequent stage of the agreement, with further details to be released in 2017.

Travellers arriving on Air Canada’s daily services from Vancouver to Brisbane and Sydney will be able to travel on connecting Virgin Australia flights to Adelaide, Canberra, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth, Christchurch and Auckland. They can also travel on Virgin Australia services from Sydney to Brisbane, Sydney to the Gold Coast and Brisbane to Wellington. Members of Air Canada’s loyalty program Aeroplan will earn Aeroplan Miles when travelling on these codeshare services.

As part of the strategic cooperation between the airlines, Virgin Australia plans to place its code on Air Canada’s direct flights between Australia (Brisbane and Sydney) and Vancouver in a subsequent stage of the agreement.

John Thomas, Group Executive Virgin Australia Airlines, said: “We are enhancing our services from Australia to Los Angeles by offering our customers convenient codeshare connections to four major Canadian cities.

“We are thrilled to be working closely with a world-class airline in Air Canada to deliver new benefits for our customers, including the planned introduction of direct codeshare flights between Australia and Canada.

“Our agreement with Air Canada will provide our frequent flyers with more opportunities to earn – and soon redeem – Velocity Points.

“Canada is also an important inbound tourism market for Australia, with visitors spending AU800 million in 2015 and visitor arrivals increasing by three per cent2."

1 Subject to regulatory approvals

2 Tourism Australia Canada Market Profile 2016