A strategic cooperation has been forged by Cathay Pacific and Air Canada to enhance travel services from Hong Kong to Canadian destinations, and from the North American country to Hong Kong, and to Southeast Asian nations including the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand via the Chinese territory’s airline.
Customers of Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific and flag carrier Air Canada will be able to book travel to their final destination on a single ticket with through-checked bags as well as enjoy reciprocal mileage accrual and redemption benefits. Tickets will go on sale January 12, 2017 for travel beginning January 19, 2017.
Cathay Pacific customers will be able to book travel on Air Canada flights connecting with the Hong Kong carrier’s flights up to three daily flights to Vancouver and up to two daily services to Toronto from Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific will place its code on Air Canada flights to all major cities across Canada, including Winnipeg, Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Halifax, and St. Johns.
Air Canada will offer codeshare services to an additional eight cities in Southeast Asia on flights operated by Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon connecting with the Canadian airline’s double daily services to Hong Kong from Toronto and Vancouver. Air Canada will place its code on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights to Manila, Cebu, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai.
The Asian carrier currently operates double daily flights to Vancouver from Hong Kong using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. From March 28, 2017, its Vancouver schedule will be enhanced by the addition of three extra weekly services, which will be operated by Airbus A350-900 aircraft, bringing the total number of flights to the Canadian city to 17 per week. Cathay Pacific also operates 10 weekly flights between Hong Kong and Toronto.
Air Canada operates daily non-stop flights year-round from both Toronto and Vancouver to Hong Kong. Flights from Toronto are operated with Boeing 777- 200ER aircraft and flights from Vancouver with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
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