Agreement adds 15 Canadian routes; easy access to Air France's global
CALGARY/PARIS, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - WestJet and Air France today
announced they have entered into a code-share agreement enabling Air
France to offer its customers 10 new Canadian destinations operated by
The "AF" code is now on select WestJet flights connecting from Toronto
to Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Quebec
City, Saint-John's, Moncton and Halifax. Winnipeg and Calgary flights
also bear the French carrier's code for both Toronto and Montreal
connections to Air France's direct flights to Paris.
Reservations for travel from March 12 can now be booked online via the
airline's website at airfrance.ca, via its booking centre at 1-800-667-2747 or through a travel agency.
This is the ninth code-share agreement for WestJet which, additionally,
has twenty-one interline relationships.
"WestJet and Air France have had an interline arrangement since July
2009 and we are very pleased to see this evolve to a code-share," said
Chris Avery, Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate
Development. "With an extensive worldwide network, Air France is one of
the world's premier airlines. We look forward to welcoming Air France's
code-share guests on board our WestJet flights." He added, "We remain
committed to bringing top-quality airlines on board as part of our
airline partnership strategy. The success of this strategy has
contributed to WestJet's strong results."
"With this enhanced partnership we are delighted to offer at the same
time a larger choice of Canadian destinations to our customers flying
from Europe, Asia and Africa-Middle East to Canada and excellent
connections to Air France global network to Canadian customers," says
Dominique Patry, Vice-President, International Affairs and Alliances.
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service
to 85 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet pioneered low-cost
flying in Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer, WestJet now
has more than 9,000 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of
more than 100 Boeing Next-Generation 737 and Bombardier Q400 NextGen
aircraft, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful
international airlines in the world.
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About Air France
AIR FRANCE operates 1,500 daily flights in France, Europe and worldwide
with its three regional subsidiaries. Its fleet comprises 364 aircraft
in operation. Since 2004, AIR FRANCE and KLM have formed one of the
leading European air transport groups. In 2011, AIR FRANCE and KLM
carried 77.5 million passengers. The two airlines currently offer their
customers access to a network covering 230 destinations in 113
countries from their hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and
Amsterdam-Schiphol. AIR FRANCE and KLM and their partners Delta and
Alitalia operate the biggest trans-Atlantic joint-venture with more
than 250 daily flights. This summer, Air France will operate 3 daily
flights between Paris and Montreal as well as a daily flight between
Paris and Toronto. Air France will also operate two daily bus services
between Ottawa and Montreal-Trudeau.
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