AMMAN, Jordan, Oct. 4, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Royal Jordanian (RJ) signed an agreement with VIA Rail Canada, Canada's rail passenger service, whereby RJ may sell train tickets to its passengers wishing to continue their travel beyond the RJ destination in Canada — Montreal — to Toronto and Ottawa.
Royal Jordanian becomes thus VIA Rail Canada's first code-share partner. According to the agreement, when an RJ passenger purchases his/her airline ticket from RJ, Royal Jordanian issues a ticket that holds one code for both means of transportation, air and rail. This ticket will show that the passenger has a VIA Rail Canada ticket.
This code-share ticket may be purchased through the Internet booking engine at www.rj.com or from any RJ sales offices and travel agents around the world.
RJ President/CEO, Amer Hadidi said: "We are proud to cooperate with a well-respected rail service company as VIA Rail Canada. The frequency and travel times of VIA's trains between Montreal and Toronto, and Montreal and Ottawa extend the quality of services and comfort experienced by RJ passengers to and from Amman. Through such partnerships, RJ aims at giving more convenient travel options to its passengers."
Pierre Santoni, VIA Senior Director Domestic and International Sales, said: "We are excited to partner with Royal Jordanian to enable travelers to and from Ottawa and Toronto to take the VIA Rail trains to Montreal's Trudeau Airport and connect with Royal Jordanian flights to Amman and beyond in a seamless fashion. Royal Jordanian will become a highly regarded partner, making it easier to connect to other Canadian cities at an affordable cost."
About VIA Rail's intermodal partnerships
Over the course of the last two years, VIA Rail has implemented a strategy involving the creation of intermodal synergies aimed at improving the interconnectivity with other passenger carriers across the country. To date, this strategy has led to partnerships with major urban transportation companies in Montreal and Toronto (Agence métropolitaine de transport in Montreal and GO Transit in Toronto), and motorcoach operators such as Pacific Western Transportation's Airport Express shuttle to the Toronto Pearson Airport, Robert Q in Southwestern Ontario and Red Arrow service in Alberta. VIA has also a code share agreement with Royal Jordanian Airlines, and an affiliate agreement with Air Transat, recently named World's best leisure airline.
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national passenger rail service, VIA Rail Canada (www.viarail.ca) has a mandate to provide Canadian travellers with safe, efficient, and cost-effective passenger transportation services in the country's two official languages. VIA operates intercity, regional and transcontinental train services linking 450 communities through its 12,500-kilometre network. Winner of the 2011 RAC Safety Award, VIA Rail safely transports more than four million passengers annually. In 2007, the Government of Canada invested almost a billion dollars in VIA Rail. Follow our transformation on viarail.ca/transformingVIA.
Royal Jordanian, which is a public shareholding company, was established in 1963 as the national air carrier of Jordan. Its vision is to be the airline of choice connecting Jordan and the Levant with the world. The airline is located in the heart of the capital, Amman, and its flights are operated from Queen Alia International Airport. Its modern fleet of 32 aircraft covers some of 60 destinations spread on four continents.
RJ is a member of the oneworld airline alliance, along with big names in the air transport industry. The company is an award-winning airline for air and ground services. It is committed to broaden its route network, modernize its fleet and continuously improve its services.
For further information, please visit www.rj.com.
SOURCE: VIA RAIL CANADA INC.
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