Virgin Australia and Air Canada to codeshare from 01-Jun-2017

    Virgin Australia announced (25-May-2017) it will begin selling codeshare services on Air Canada between Los Angeles and three major Canadian cities, increasing seamless connections between Australia and Canada. The announcement represents the implementation of the first phase of the strategic cooperation agreement between Virgin Australia and Air Canada, following the carriers’ execution of an MoU in Dec-2016. The codeshare includes allowing customers travelling on Virgin Australia’s 18 return services per week Australia-Los Angeles to book travel on Air Canada’s services between Los Angeles and Toronto, Calgary and Montreal. Virgin Australia group executive John Thomas stated: “This codeshare agreement will make it easier for Australians to visit Canada and for Canadians to explore more of Australia. Canada is an important inbound tourism market for Australia, with visitors spending AUD800 million (USD595.4 million) in 2016 and visitor arrivals increasing in 2016 by seven per cent year on year”.