MONTREAL, March 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today introduced, for the
first time in the United States, subscription flight passes providing
unlimited air travel for a flat monthly rate. To celebrate the introduction of
its Unlimited 'Flight Pass to Canada,' Air Canada is offering a special
introductory price until May 7, 2007 starting as low as only US$1,657 per
month to fly as much as you want over a choice of three or six month periods.
In addition, Air Canada is offering automatic top tier Elite frequent flyer
status to its customers who purchase a six-month Unlimited 'Flight Pass to
Canada' subscription at the Latitude fare level starting at $2,360 per month
with additional flexibility and benefits. By pre-purchasing air travel, Flight
Pass holders benefit from predictable fixed monthly payments and the
convenience to manage their bookings online. Moreover, pass prices include
airport fees, charges and taxes.
"We're very excited to give our customers in the United States the
freedom to travel as much as they want along with the peace of mind that Air
Canada's Flight Passes provide," said Charles McKee, Vice President Marketing.
"Since we first launched Flight Passes in Canada almost three years ago, their
popularity has grown exponentially. In 2006, we saw our pass sales more than
double, and triple the number of first time users. With these special
introductory offers available at aircanada.com or through travel agents, there
has never been a better moment to try out and experience a whole new way to
travel throughout Air Canada's extensive network from 53 U.S. airports."
Air Canada's 'Flight Pass to Canada' includes a wide range of options
allowing customers to select the product and attributes that best meet their
travel requirements. Customers can learn more about how to select and use
Flight Passes by taking the interactive virtual tour "What's a Flight Pass?"
A Choice of Four Geographic Zones
Air Canada has made it easier for U.S. customers to choose the Flight
Pass that meets their travel needs by creating four simple geographic zones to
choose from: Canada Commuter (from New York, Newark, Boston, Chicago to
Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal); Eastern (extended Eastern U.S.-Canada
corridor); Western (extended Western U.S.-Canada corridor) and a comprehensive
North America pass encompassing all 120 destinations served by Air Canada in
the U.S. and Canada.
A Choice of 10, 20, 30 or Unlimited Trips
In addition to a monthly subscription pass providing unlimited air travel
for a choice of three or six months at a time, Air Canada also offers passes
for individuals for a fixed number of pre-purchased flight credits valid for
10 or 20 one-way trips over a twelve month period. For U.S. registered
businesses, Air Canada's 'Flight Pass to Canada' is also available in a
multi-user 'Small Business Pass' version valid for six months that provides 30
flight credits for up to eight different travelers from one company.
A Choice of Tango Plus or Latitude Benefits
To give customers additional control in choosing the benefits they want
at the right price, all Flight Passes are available at two fare levels: Tango
Plus, Air Canada's everyday value fare, or Latitude, offering maximum
flexibility to make reservation changes free of charge as well as
complimentary upgrades to Executive Class made online.
To promote the new everyday low Tango Plus price, Air Canada is offering
a special introductory price until May 7, 2007 for its 10-trip Tango Plus
'Flight Pass to Canada' starting as low as US$2,100 or only $210 per trip to
Canada valid for a 12-month period, including all fees, charges and taxes.
Convenient online access through the customer's personalized Flight Pass
at aircanada.com provides an easy and quick way to book travel up to one hour
before departure, make changes and access account information on remaining
travel credits. To purchase Air Canada's 'Flight Pass to Canada,' customers or
their travel agent simply visit the U.S. edition of aircanada.com, click on
'Discover our Flight Passes' on the home page, and enter their Aeroplan
membership number and personal identification number.
Frequent Flyer Rewards
Air Canada's 'Flight Pass to Canada' provides customers 100% Aeroplan
Status Mile accumulation for every mile flown in addition to a purchase
incentive of one Aeroplan Mile for every $3 spent. Moreover, Unlimited Flight
Pass holders receive 10,000 Status Miles per month at the Tango Plus rate or
15,000 Status Miles per month at the Latitude rate. As Air Canada is a member
of Star Alliance, Aeroplan Miles are redeemable on all Star Alliance partner
carriers including United Airlines and US Airways.
About Air Canada
Air Canada is the only airline that offers customers Flight Passes
providing the convenience to self-manage travel online, either in the form of
pre-purchased banks of flight credits or fixed monthly subscription rates that
provide for unlimited flights.
Air Canada was recognized in 2007 by the editors of Air Transport World
as the airline industry leader in market innovation, specifically Air Canada's
success in implementing an innovative and transparent pricing structure, its
effectiveness in using online technology to meet consumers' needs and its
fleet-wide renewal with a consistent, market-leading onboard product among
North American airlines. Air Canada was recently voted 'Best Airline in North
America' and 'Best Airline in Canada' by the readers of Global Traveler
magazine, and 'Best Business Class to Canada' by the readers of Business
Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz operate more non-stop flights within
Canada and to the United States than any other airline. Between the United
States and Canada, the carriers operate more than 390 non-stop flights per day
on 89 routes to and from 53 U.S. and seven Canadian destinations. Within
Canada, the carriers operate around 960 non-stop flights per day on 131 routes
to and from 67 airports.
Montreal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air
transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 150 destinations on five
continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 14th largest commercial airline in
the world and serves 30 million customers annually with a fleet consisting of
335 aircraft. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, providing the
world's most comprehensive air transportation network.
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