Air Canada increases commission for Canadian travel agents to seven per cent on Tango fares



    MONTREAL, June 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that effective
immediately it will increase its commission for Canadian travel agents to sell
Tango fares from four to seven per cent for all flights operated within Canada
by Air Canada, Jazz and its commercial partners. Tickets eligible for the
incentive must be sold through the airline's agency portal at
www.aircanada.com/agents or through ac2u, its direct connection API
(Application Programming Interface) for travel professionals.
    "Air Canada is committed to rewarding the support of Canadian travel
agents through a competitive commission structure," said Ben Smith, Air
Canada's Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "Industry
reaction from our travel partners has been very positive since the
introduction last week of a commission to sell Air Canada's domestic Tango
fares. We will continue to monitor the marketplace closely, and we will
continue to make adjustments as necessary to ensure we maintain our
competitive position with our valued travel partners. Air Canada's superior
schedule, product offering and loyalty benefits through Aeroplan clearly make
Air Canada the airline of choice for customers seeking value for their
budget."
    On June 4th, Air Canada announced the introduction of a commission for
Canadian travel agents to sell Tango fares for flights within Canada. In
addition, in recognition of the essential role the travel industry plays in
the airline's distribution network, Air Canada launched a Bonus Aeroplan Miles
promotion available to new Aeroplan members enrolled by their travel agent
through the airline's agency portal. New Aeroplan members enrolled by their
travel agent until July 31st will automatically receive 1,000 Aeroplan Bonus
Miles, plus Double Aeroplan Miles for the first two flights if they travel
before December 31, 2009.

    Montréal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air
transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 170 destinations on five
continents, including 58 communities across Canada and 57 destinations in the
United States - by far the most of any carrier within Canada or between Canada
and the United States. Canada's flag carrier is the 13th largest commercial
airline in the world and serves 33 million customers annually operating a
modern fuel-efficient fleet with an average age of just nine years.
    Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, providing the world's
most comprehensive air transportation network for Canadian domestic,
transborder and international travel. Air Canada aircraft offer customers
individualized seatback in-flight entertainment systems with hundreds of hours
of complimentary digital audio-visual entertainment. As well, customers can
collect Aeroplan miles for future awards through Canada's leading loyalty
program.
    In 2008, the readers of Business Traveler magazine voted Air Canada "Best
In-Flight Services in North America," "Best Airline for Business Class Service
in North America" and "Best North American Airline for International Travel."




For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Arthur (Montréal), (514) 422-5788;
Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto), (416) 263-5576; Angela Mah (Vancouver), (604)
270-5741; Internet: aircanada.com


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