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Air Canada and Turkish Airlines enter into Code Share Agreement

MONTREAL, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada and Turkish Airlines are 
pleased to announce today a reciprocal code sharing agreement that will make 
it easy and convenient for customers to connect between the two Star Alliance 
partner airlines. The agreement, to take effect the beginning of the second 
quarter of 2013, will leverage Air Canada's planned Toronto-Istanbul route 
launching this summer pending receipt of government approval. 
"Air Canada is delighted by this code share agreement with our Star Alliance 
partner Turkish Airlines as it will ensure seamless connections on a single 
itinerary for our customers traveling beyond Istanbul throughout Turkey and to 
points in Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East. We look forward to 
welcoming aboard our aircraft Turkish Airlines customers who want to explore 
or do business in Canada through our extensive network," said Calin Rovinescu, 
President and Chief Executive of Air Canada, who signed a letter of intent for 
the agreement at ceremony during a Star Alliance chief executive meeting in 
Shenzhen, China. "Customers on both airlines will receive the top-rated 
service and hospitality that is the hallmark of Star Alliance, the world's 
largest airline network, including the opportunity to collect and redeem 
frequent flyer mileage and access to lounges for eligible customers." 
"We are extremely delighted to sign the code share agreement with Air Canada, 
as this code share partnership serves as an example of Turkish Airlines' 
target to maximize thetravel opportunities offered to passengers through the 
extensive networks of both airlines. This new code share agreement enables the 
customers to enjoy both the global network and the seamless service arising 
from the cooperation. We will have a chance to transfer our passengers to more 
US and Canadian domestic destinations via Toronto by connecting our networks," 
said Temel Kotil, Ph.D., President and CEO of Turkish Airlines. 
Under the code share agreement the two carriers will each place their flight 
designator code on select flights making it more convenient for travelers with 
such benefits as a single itinerary, through-checked bags and mutual status 
recognition. The agreement will include Air Canada's code on Turkish Airlines' 
Toronto-Istanbul flight and several destinations beyond Istanbul, not only in 
Turkey but also in the Middle East and Africa region. Turkish Airlines will 
also code share on Air Canada's new non-stop service between Toronto and 
Istanbul providing connections to domestic Canada and several points from 
Toronto to U.S destinations. Moreover, with the loyalty program, passengers 
will have the opportunity to earn and use miles both on Turkish Airlines and 
Air Canada flights. 
About Air Canada 
Air Canada intends to begin operating a year-round, three-times a week service 
between Toronto and Istanbul this summer pending government approval. Air 
Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more 
than 175 destinations on five continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 15th 
largest commercial airline in the world and in 2011 served more than 33 
million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly 
to59 Canadian cities, 56 destinations in the United States and63 cities in 
Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South 
America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most 
comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,356 destinations in193 
countries. In 2012, Air Canada was ranked Best International Airline in North 
America in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers 
conducted by independent research firm Skytrax. For more information visit 
aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook. 
About Turkish Airlines 
Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member, 
Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline with a fleet of 200 aircraft 
(passenger and cargo) flying to 207 cities around the world, comprised of 36 
domestic and 171 international destinations. One of the fastest growing 
airline companies, Turkish Airlines has received several "Passengers Choice 
Awards" from the consumerranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2011 and 2012 
results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner of "Best Airline 
Europe", "Best Premium Economy Seats" for its Comfort Class seats and "Best 
Airline Southern Europe". It has also received awards for its catering and 
holds a coveted 4-star designation, putting the airline in a small group of 
top quality carriers. Turkish Airlines was also given the Skytrax designation 
of "World's Best Economy Class On-board Catering" in 2010, and Skyscanner's 
"Best On-board Food 2011". Long haul Business Class passengers also enjoy the 
Flying Chef service on-board. 
About Star Alliance: 
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global 
airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to 
the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised 
by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award 
and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The 
member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, 
Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, AviancaTaca, Blue1, Brussels 
Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT 
Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South 
African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, 
United and US Airways. EVA Air and Shenzhen Airlines have been announced as 
future members. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 21,500 
daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries. 
Air Canada Contacts: 
IsabelleArthur (Montréal)514 422-5788 PeterFitzpatrick 
(Toronto)416 263-5576 AngelaMah (Vancouver)604 270-5741 
Internet:aircanada.com  
Turkish Airlines Contacts: 
Ali Genç (Istanbul) +90 212 4636363 Ext: 11153 
Internet:turkishairlines.com-thy.com 
SOURCE: AIR CANADA 
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