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Air Canada Hopes to Resuscitate Cross-Border Venture With United

  • Coordination could become easier under proposed legislation
  • Bilateral market is ‘the largest in the world,’ executive says
An Air Canada aircraft sits at a gate in this photo taken with a tilt-shift lens at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Air Canada predicted further pressure on fares this year after its first-quarter yield dropped as competitors added seating and offered lower prices on some routes in North and South America.
Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Air Canada is eager to revive a revenue-sharing arrangement with United Airlines on cross-border routes, now that a bill in the Canadian Parliament has been introduced that could make such joint ventures easier to pass regulatory muster.

“We’re definitely interested in pursuing a JV with United,” Yves Dufresne, Air Canada’s vice president of alliances and regulatory affairs, said Tuesday. “The Canada-U.S. bilateral air transport market is still the largest in the world. We made an attempt several years ago but there were so many roadblocks.”