October 8, 2008

Air Canada, TAM Sign Agreement to Expand Networks on Codeshare Basis

Air Canada and Brazilian airline TAM have signed an agreement to expand their networks on a codeshare basis between Brazil and Canada.

This bilateral agreement also provides for reciprocal travel reward benefits for the members of the carriers' frequent flyer programs, Aeroplan and TAM Fidelidade. The introduction of codeshare services and reciprocal travel reward benefits is planned to take effect in November 2008, subject to government approval.

Through connections at the Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport, Air Canada's network will expand to serve Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba and Porto Alegre on a codeshare basis operated by TAM.

TAM customers in turn, will benefit from an expanded network including daily codeshare service operated by Air Canada between Sao Paulo and Toronto with connections in Toronto to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Quebec City.

Paulo Branco, vice president for commercial and planning operations at TAM, said: "The agreement with Air Canada reinforces our strategy to establish partnerships with major airlines worldwide and allows us to offer our clients a broader range of destinations in North America."