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Air Canada and Aer Lingus Sign Interline Agreement

September 21, 2012

Agreement marks first step to code sharing, year-round service to
Ireland

MONTREAL, Sept. 21, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada and Aer Lingus today
announced they have signed an interline agreement to make flying
between Canada and Ireland more convenient. The agreement is effective
immediately and is a preliminary step toward a full code sharing
relationship expected to be finalized next year between the Canadian
and Irish flag carriers.

“Air Canada is pleased to interline with Aer Lingus as it will
complement our Toronto-Dublin seasonal service to make it easy to fly
year-round between Canada and Ireland via convenient connections
through London Heathrow Airport, Air Canada’s largest international
station. We intend to follow through with other measures to enhance the
experience for customers traveling between Canada and Ireland,
including a full code share relationship with Aer Lingus beginning next
year, the planned relocation of both carriers to Terminal 2 at Heathrow
to facilitate connections and following that the introduction of
year-round flights between Canada and Ireland,” said Marcel Forget,
Vice President Network Planning at Air Canada.

“We are delighted to announce this new partnership. We look forward to
working closely with Air Canada to provide our customers with seamless
travel options between Ireland and Canada,” said Stephen Kavanagh,
Chief Commercial Officer at Aer Lingus.

As a result of the agreement, customers flying Air Canada and Aer Lingus
are now able to enjoy the additional flexibility and ease offered by
the availability of a single electronic ticket. The agreement enables
customers to use both carriers’ check-in kiosks and to through-check
their baggage to final destination.  Currently, Air Canada flies
Toronto-Dublin non-stop daily during the summer, from June until
October 13, and customers can connect through London-Heathrow, where
Air Canada operates from eight Canadian gateways into Heathrow, with 12
daily flights in summer and nine in winter. Aer Lingus operates a total
of 23 flights daily from London Heathrow to Dublin, Belfast, Cork and
Shannon.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline
serving more than 175 destinations on five continents.  Canada’s flag
carrier is the 15th largest commercial airline in the world and in 2011
served more than 33 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled
passenger service directly to 59 Canadian cities, 56 destinations in
the United States and 63 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia,
Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America.  Air Canada is a
founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air
transportation network serving 1,356 destinations in 193 countries. In
2012, Air Canada was ranked Best International Airline in North America
in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers
conducted by independent research firm Skytrax.

About Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus is the national airline of Ireland founded in 1936 whose
primary mission is to connect Ireland with the world by offering the
best product with award winning customer service at low fares. Aer
Lingus, with its fleet of 56 aircraft operates from central airport
locations in the UK, Europe and North America serving in excess of 11
million passengers annually while providing seamless global
connectivity with its partner airlines.

SOURCE AIR CANADA


Source: PR Newswire