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Aimia in Talks With Oneworld as Air Canada Deadline Looms

  • Loyalty-program operator sees alliance as alternative partner
  • Air Canada has asked for a response to unsolicited proposal
An Air Canada Boeing Co. 777-333/ER plane sits on the tarmac before takeoff at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

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Aimia Inc. has entered talks with the Oneworld airline alliance as the operator of the Aeroplan frequent-flyer program bolsters its attempt to go it alone in the face of an unsolicited bid from Air Canada.

Aimia is in discussions with the alliance, whose members include American Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific, about making it a “potential preferred airline partner for the Aeroplan program,” spokeswoman Tammy Smitham said in an email. The talks were first reported by the Globe and Mail.