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
Turkish Airlines Contacts:
Ali Genç (Istanbul) +90 212 4636363 Ext: 11153
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