In July 2022, Air Canada & Emirates introduced plans to kind a strategic partnership. That partnership is formally launching as of at this time, and we have now some extra particulars of what this seems to be like. Regardless of the shortage of a flowery media occasion, on the floor that is extra attention-grabbing than the partnership between United Airways & Emirates.
Air Canada & Emirates strategic partnership fundamentals
Air Canada & Emirates have activated a partnership, meant to enhance journey choices between Canada and the United Arab Emirates.
The largest rapid growth is that Air Canada and Emirates have launched a codeshare settlement, giving Air Canada vacationers extra flight choices past Dubai, and giving Emirates vacationers extra flight choices past Toronto. Particularly, this covers 46 locations throughout North America, Asia, the Center East, and Africa.
The codeshare settlement is legitimate for bookings as of November 1, 2022, and for journey as of December 1, 2022. This permits prospects to e book connecting journey between each airways’ networks on a single ticket, creating extra seamless check-in and baggage transfers.
We’re additionally being instructed that we will count on some frequent flyer perks within the close to future, together with:
- Reciprocal factors incomes
- Reciprocal factors redemptions
- Reciprocal elite perks
- Reciprocal lounge entry
For context, Air Canada at the moment operates 5x weekly flights between Toronto and Dubai, although as of spring 2023, will enhance frequencies to each day. Emirates additionally operates 5x weekly flights between Toronto and Dubai, although isn’t in a position to increase additional primarily based on the present bilateral settlement (as Etihad additionally has slots to fly between Abu Dhabi and Toronto).
Air Canada doesn’t have flights from wherever else in Canada to the UAE, and Emirates doesn’t have flights to wherever else in Canada.
This new strategic alliance is fairly attention-grabbing, as a result of traditionally Canada’s authorities has been over-protective of Air Canada, stopping competitors from overseas airways. Emirates would love so as to add extra flights to Canada, together with rising frequencies to Toronto and including extra locations, however the Canadian authorities has restricted this.
Conversely, whereas Air Canada has been in a position to function to Dubai, the airline has struggled with connectivity, given its lack of a partnership with Emirates.
It’s good to see the 2 airways now cooperating. Who is aware of, with the help of Air Canada, perhaps this may ultimately result in Emirates additionally getting extra entry to different gateways in Canada.
Talking of the Center East, Air Canada additionally flies to Doha, Qatar, and the airline has a codeshare settlement with Qatar Airways for connectivity. Nevertheless, the airways don’t provide frequent flyer reciprocity.
What does this imply for Air Canada Aeroplan?
Air Canada Aeroplan is one in every of my favourite frequent flyer packages, because of this system having extra airline companions than another program on the planet, and likewise permitting stopovers for simply 5,000 factors one-way.
After I noticed the announcement a couple of new partnership between Air Canada & Emirates, I’m certain I’m not the one one who instantly began eager about the power to redeem Aeroplan factors for journey on Emirates.
Is that going to occur?
- It does sound like we must always count on reciprocal factors incomes and redemption alternatives; that was by no means promised when Air Canada and Qatar Airways launched a codeshare settlement, so I do count on we’ll see that right here, hopefully sooner slightly than later
- That being stated, with few exceptions, Emirates restricts firstclass award availability primarily to members of its personal Skywards program, and I doubt Aeroplan will get an exception to that; my guess is that Aeroplan factors shall be redeemable for Emirates economic system and enterprise class, however not for firstclass
- Who is aware of, the oldsters at Aeroplan appear to be fairly convincing with airline companions, so perhaps they’ll get us some firstclass awards as nicely 😉
Whereas firstclass awards can be superior, with the ability to redeem Aeroplan factors on Emirates in enterprise class with out gas surcharges would already be an enormous value-add. That’s very true when you think about that Aeroplan helps you to combine & match companions, and likewise add stopovers for an inexpensive price. If that occurs, I’d contemplate it to be a terrific growth.
Aeroplan already has frequent flyer partnerships with a number of Center Jap airways, together with Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, and Oman Air.
Air Canada & Emirates have launched their strategic partnership. This instantly features a codeshare settlement, although sooner or later it’s additionally anticipated to incorporate reciprocal factors incomes and redemptions, in addition to frequent flyer perk reciprocity.
Whereas we’ll have to attend for the total particulars of the frequent flyer perks, it feels like we must always count on Aeroplan factors to ultimately be redeemable on Emirates, and that’s thrilling. I wouldn’t rely on firstclass awards being bookable, although.
What do you make of the brand new Air Canada & Emirates partnership?