Star Alliance members Air Canada and Turkish Airlines ha signed a reciprocal code sharing agreement which will take effect at the beginning of the second quarter of 2013
According to Air Canada, the new codeshare agreement will leverage the airline’s planned three-times-weekly Toronto-Istanbul service, which Air Canada plans to launch in the summer of 2013 pending receipt of government approval.
“Air Canada is delighted by this codeshare agreement with our Star Alliance partner Turkish Airlines as it will ensure seamless connections on a single itinerary for our customers traveling beyond Istanbul throughout Turkey and to points in Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East,” said Calin Rovinescu, president and chief executive of Air Canada.
Rovinescu, newly elected Chairman of Star Alliance’s Chief Executive Board for the next two years, signed a letter of intent for the agreement at ceremony during a Star Alliance chief executive meeting in Shenzhen in China.
“We are extremely delighted to sign the codeshare agreement with Air Canada, as this codeshare partnership serves as an example of Turkish Airlines’ target to maximize the travel opportunities offered to passengers through the extensive networks of both airlines,” said Temel Kotil, Ph.D., president and CEO of Turkish Airlines.
Kotil added: “This new codeshare agreement enables the customers to enjoy both the global network and the seamless service arising from the cooperation. We will have a chance to transfer our passengers to more US and Canadian domestic destinations via Toronto by connecting our networks.”
Under the codeshare agreement, the two carriers will each place their flight designator codes – ‘AC’ for Air Canada and ‘TK’ for Turkish Airlines – on select flights, offering travelers such benefits as a single itinerary, through-checked bags and mutual frequent-flyer program status recognition.
The agreement will include Air Canada’s code on Turkish Airlines’ Toronto-Istanbul flight and several destinations beyond Istanbul, some in Turkey and others in the Middle East and Africa.
Turkish Airlines will also codeshare on Air Canada’s new non-stop service between Toronto and Istanbul, providing connections to domestic Canada and several points from Toronto to U.S destinations.
Passengers who are members of either airline’s frequent flyer programs will also have the opportunity to earn and use mileage points both on Turkish Airlines and Air Canada flights.