Major airline deal connects Southeast Asia with Canada

Two major international airlines have announced plans to join forces on multiple routes connecting destinations across Southeast Asia with Canada.

Cathay Pacific and Air Canada have finalised a “strategic cooperation agreement” aimed at streamlining trans-Pacific travel to and from countries including the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.

This will enable passengers to book single-ticket travel with a combination of the two airlines, providing one-stop connections to Canada from eight Southeast Asian cities. The deal also includes the ability to earn and redeem frequent flyer points, and offers onward connections to cities across Canada.

“This agreement with Cathay Pacific will offer Air Canada customers more travel options and reciprocal mileage accrual and redemption benefits when travelling to many important destinations in Southeast Asia,” explained Calin Rovinescu, president & CEO of Air Canada.

Air Canada flies its Boeing 777s to Hong Kong from Toronto and Vancouver
Air Canada flies its Boeing 777s to Hong Kong from Toronto and Vancouver

“It is a strategic cooperation of mutual benefit and underscores our commitment to offer our customers the very highest quality and service connecting Canada and the world. We look forward to introducing Air Canada codeshare service on Cathay Pacific’s flights and welcoming Cathay Pacific’s customers on our flights beginning in the New Year.”

Under the agreement, Air Canada will codeshare on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights connecting Hong Kong with Manila, Cebu, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai. This will enable passengers to connect to trans-Pacific flights to Vancouver or Toronto with either Cathay or Air Canada, via Hong Kong.

In Canada, Cathay will codeshare on Air Canada’s flights from Vancouver and Toronto to multiple major Canadian cities, including Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax.

“Our new codeshare agreement with Air Canada significantly broadens the Canadian network and connectivity for our customers, increasing our reach and expanding choices. Canada is a key destination for Cathay Pacific – the launch of our non-stop service to Vancouver in 1983 marked our very first route to North America – and we look forward to working together with Air Canada and welcoming guests from the airline onto our flights soon,” said Cathay Pacific’s chief executive, Ivan Chu.

Tickets for the codeshare flights will go on sale on 12 January 2017, for travel from 19 January 2017 onwards.

Cathay Pacific currently operates double daily flights to Vancouver from Hong Kong using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, and from 28 March 2017, the airline will add three extra weekly services using its new Airbus A350. The Hong Kong-based carrier also operates 10 weekly flights to Toronto.  Air Canada flies daily from both Toronto and Vancouver to Hong Kong using its fleet of B777s.

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