Air Canada introduces commission for Canadian travel agents; Boosts competitive position with four per cent commission to sell Tango fares



    MONTREAL, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that effective
immediately it will introduce a four per cent commission for Canadian travel
agents to sell Tango fares 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.
    In addition, in recognition of the essential role the travel industry
plays in the airline's distribution network, Air Canada has launched a Bonus
Aeroplan Miles promotion available to new Aeroplan members enrolled by their
travel agent through the airline's agency portal.
    "With the introduction of commissions for Tango fares, Air Canada is
rewarding the support of Canadian travel agents," said Ben Smith, Air Canada's
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "This is consistent
with the direction of the new Air Canada team to re-engage our travel trade
partners. It is in partnership with Canada's travel trade community that we
serve tens of thousands of customers every day, so it is important that each
and every travel professional knows they will be rewarded for providing
customers with the best value for their budget. As the market leader in
schedule, product offering and loyalty benefits through Aeroplan, Air Canada
has just the ticket."
    To celebrate Aeroplan's 25th Anniversary together with the airline's
travel partners, new Aeroplan members enrolled by their travel agent from June
4 to 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.
    "Air Canada has raised the bar among international network carriers with
the introduction fleet wide of a brand new in-flight product featuring free
personal seatback entertainment with hundreds of hours of movies and albums to
choose from, as well as new seats and cabin amenities. As Canada's largest
airline, we are proud to serve 58 communities across Canada, by far the most
of any airline. Air Canada also leads the market with a superior schedule, the
option of Executive Class, award-winning Maple Leaf Lounges, a modern fleet
with an average age of just nine years, and, together with our Star Alliance
partners, offers the most comprehensive global network, with reciprocal
Aeroplan benefits world wide. New customer service initiatives such as a two
free checked bags policy, free call centre service, and access to more
Aeroplan reward seats, underscore Air Canada's commitment to providing the
Canadian travel industry with the leading competitive product to offer their
customers, whether travelling within Canada or abroad."

    Montréal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air
transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 170 destinations on five
continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 13th largest commercial airline in
the world and serves 33 million customers annually. 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 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; aircanada.com


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