Emirates partnership with WestJet soars with enhanced connections for travelers

New interline agreement offers expanded travel across Canada and the world in one seamless itinerary

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Emirates and WestJet today announced the launch of an interline agreement that offers passengers expanded global air travel, via two internationally admired airlines - with one easy itinerary.

The new arrangement makes global travel more accessible for outbound passengers who can now connect to the Emirates network via WestJet, traveling to Dubai and beyond to any of the 114 destinations that Emirates flies. The partnership will also help to boost tourism, business and investment from the United Arab Emirates and countries throughout the airline's global network to the numerous Canadian cities served by WestJet.

"Emirates' partnership with WestJet will allow travelers to explore our vast network of diverse and remarkable destinations with added ease and seamless connections on Canada's most celebrated airline," said Don McWilliam, Manager Canada, Emirates airline.

"WestJet has consistently been recognized for its first-rate service and modern fleet, which aligns perfectly with Emirates' offering of unparalleled in-flight experience and luxury," he added.

Emirates flies three times weekly from Toronto to Dubai and on to more than 100 destinations around the world. The new partnership allows travelers to book flights with connecting service on WestJet to more than 20 cities across Canada where WestJet flies.

In Toronto, Emirates departs from Terminal 1 and WestJet operates from Terminal 3. Passengers can connect quickly and easily through a two-minute airport train transfer system that runs regularly between the two terminals.

The new partnership also allows more Canadians to take advantage of Emirates' recently launched Dubai Stopover Program - an exceptional hotel and sightseeing package designed to introduce Emirates passengers to Dubai; a world-class tourist destination. Packages start from as little as $39 CAD per person per night and allow visitors to explore one of the world's great cities before their holidays even begin.

About Emirates

Since its launch in 1985, Emirates airline has received more than 300 international awards in recognition of its efforts to provide unsurpassed levels of customer service. Emirates operates out of Dubai with no government protection or subsidies and in an environment that does not restrict competition.

Emirates serves 114 cities around the globe with a young and technologically advanced fleet of aircraft to support the expansion of its international route. Operations on Emirates from New York, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto connect North America to the world through the airline's route network with extensive connections to the Far East, Australia, Africa and India Subcontinent. Emirates' central office for Canada is located in Toronto at 90 Sheppard Avenue East and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

For additional information, please visit www.emirates.com/ca.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's favourite airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 71-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada's best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 96 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 39 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

SOURCE Emirates airline

For further information:

Kelsey Gotell at 416-360-6522 x283 or kelsey@punchcanada.com

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