Air Canada looks to cooperate further with Air China
September 1, 2005
Air Canada is looking to further develop its relationship with Air China to enhance connectivity between Asia and America, Air Canada's president and CEO Montie Brewer said.
Speaking at the Canada-China Aviation Symposium in Beijing, Brewer said that both China and Canada are well-positioned to act as gateways to America and Asia, and that the flag carriers of both nations should benefit from this.
'Air China will be able to use Air Canada's network in America, while Air China is well-positioned to serve Air Canada to all of Asia,' he said.
'We are committed, with our partners, to build an air bridge between Canada and China,' Brewer added.
Brewer said that Air Canada will add two more direct routes to China by 2007, from Shanghai to Toronto and from Guangzhou to Vancouver.
The carrier currently operates five non-stop flights between the two nations, linking Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong with Vancouver and Toronto.
Air Canada plans to operate a daily service between Toronto and Beijing by next summer, and also expand its Shanghai to Toronto service, Brewer added.
The Air Canada CEO also said he would like to see Air China join the Star Alliance group of airlines, which was founded in 1997 and comprises 17 airlines
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