Air China and Air Canada Plan Joint Venture
Airlines to Launch Codeshare Flights Between Beijing and Montreal
Air China and Air Canada announced plans to create a joint venture that would begin with new codeshare flights between Beijing and Montreal on September 29, 2015. The partnership will start with Air China flights three times a week between the two cities, with Air Canada’s code placed on the ticket in the first phase.
Flights would depart Beijing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and arrive in Montreal at 1:50 p.m. From Montreal, flights would depart at 4:20 p.m. and arrive in Beijing at 6:00 p.m., also on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Air China will operate the flights using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, equipped with eight lie-flat seats in first class, 42 lie-flat seats in business class, and 261 seats in economy class. Seats in first class have a pitch of 80” and a width of 23”, while business-class seats have a pitch of 60” and a width of 22”.
Once the new service begins, Air China will also be able to place its code on Air Canada flights between Montreal and select cities in Canada, pending government approval.
The joint venture would be the second phase of the partnership, under which the two carriers would begin to share revenue on all flights between China and Canada. The two airlines originally signed a memorandum of understanding in November of last year that set the guidelines for the intended integrated revenue sharing joint venture.
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