Air Canada and United Airlines are strengthening their relationship

Air Canada and United Airlines are strengthening their relationship to make cross-border travel easier by providing more choice.

The expanded partnership will allow for more flights, better coordination of schedules and privileges for members of the Aeroplan and MileagePlus loyalty programs.

Air Canada and United Airlines today announced a cross-border (Canada-US) joint venture agreement that builds on their long-standing alliance and will provide customers with more flight options and better schedules. traveling between two countries. Customers have access to 38 destinations served by codeshare flights in the United States, and eight of Canada’s most popular cities, while enjoying the privileges of the Aeroplan and MileagePlus® loyalty programs. The agreement will also strengthen and expand the networks of the two carriers, and accelerate their post-pandemic COVID-19 recovery.

“United Airlines is a world-class carrier and we are pleased to expand our already established partnership to enhance customer travel between Canada and the United States by providing more choice and convenience as well as airport ,” said. Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President – Network Planning and Revenue Management, Air Canada. This agreement marks a new stage in our evolving relationship that will drive post-pandemic recovery and strengthening of both carriers. It will also allow us to optimize our hubs and schedules, in addition to expanding the connectivity of our global network to maintain our market leadership. »

“This new agreement further strengthens our long-standing partnership with Air Canada,” said Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President, Global Network Planning and Alliances, United Airlines. The continuation of international travel is confirmed and our expanded partnership will provide an improved travel experience between Canada and the United States. »


Customers who want to book seats on a flight between the United States and Canada through the Air Canada or United websites or apps have access to more options and more convenient schedules. Codeshare between the two carriers will expand and members of the Aeroplan and MileagePlus programs will have more options for redeeming or accumulating miles.

By number of seats, the cross-border market between Canada and the United States in 2019 was the second largest in the world for international passenger transportation and the largest international market for both countries.

Air Canada and United Airlines already cooperate in the cross-border market under the terms of the United States Antitrust Immunity between the two companies. Under the cross-border joint venture agreement, and subject to compliance with regulatory and antitrust requirements in Canada and the United States, the two carriers will be able to:

coordinate their networks and schedules, allowing them to offer their customers more choice, including more flights during the day and better access to their individual seat stocks ;
offers additional cross-border codeshare flights, except in certain territories and leisure markets in the United States. The two carriers hope that their customers will have access to 46 transborder destinations served by codeshare flights, with more than 400 daily flights by 2022. Other destinations served by domestic codeshare flights, Canadian and American, can be added;

sell seats to other airlines on cross-border flights and share the revenue for flights between their hubs (where permitted by regulatory and antitrust laws). This will allow both carriers to increase their overall capabilities;
adapt customer policies to ensure greater consistency and smooth delivery of products on board, implement co-locations with airports where appropriate, and add value to their loyalty programs;

work together more closely to achieve their sustainability goals.

This expanded partnership stems from the already close cooperation between the two carriers and the approval they previously gave to regulators. Air Canada and United Airlines are also founding members of the Star Alliance network and have entered into a transatlantic joint venture agreement with the Lufthansa Group.

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