Air Canada Welcomes Strengthened Canada-China Air Bilateral

Revised agreement supports Canadian flag carrier's goal of international 
MONTREAL, July 4, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada welcomes today's announcement 
by the Canadian Government of an amended bilateral air services agreement 
between Canada and The People's Republic of China. 
"Air Canada applauds these changes to the bilateral and we thank the Canadian 
and Chinese governments for their hard work to expand the agreement. Air 
Canada fully supports the liberalization of air services between Canada and 
China, which is Canada's second largest trading partner and a key market for 
our airline," said Ben Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial 
Officer at Air Canada. "This summer Air Canada has already added a total of 
seven weekly return flights to Beijing from Toronto and Vancouver, raising the 
number of Air Canada return flights to Beijing and Shanghai to 35 per week. 
The enhanced bilateral further expands opportunities for Air Canada to extend 
its coverage of cities in China in cooperation with our Star Alliance partners 
Air China and Shenzhen Airlines. These changes will also support our 
international expansion, which we intend to accelerate as five new Boeing 
777-300 aircraft start entering service in our fleet this month and the first 
of 37 Dreamliners begin arriving in early 2014." 
About Air Canada 
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 2012 served close to 35 million 
customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to59 
Canadian cities, 53 destinations in the United States and67 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 1,328 destinations in195 
countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North 
America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research 
firm Skytrax that ranked Air Canada in a worldwide survey of more than 18 
million airline passengers as Best Airline in North America in 2013 for the 
fourth consecutive year. For more information, please visit: 
IsabelleArthur (Montréal)514 422-5788 PeterFitzpatrick 
(Toronto)416 263-5576 AngelaMah (Vancouver)604 270-5741 
SOURCE: Air Canada 
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