This week in Canada’s air travel news…

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This week in Canada’s air travel news…

AUGUST 2018

August 14, 2018, cbc.ca
Winnipeg man flies nearly 2300 km in wrong direction after getting on wrong flight to Arctic

August 14, 2018, cbc.ca
WestJet axes twice-daily run from Deer Lake to Halifax

August 14, 2018, ctvnews.ca
Listen to a Saudia Airline pilot’s polite goodbye to Canadian air traffic controllers

August 12, 2018, globalnews.ca
Travel expert advises Aeroplan members amid uncertainty over program
Patrick Sojka, the founder of Rewards Canada, joins Global Calgary News Morning with tips on how Aeroplan members should use their points as its partnership with Air Canada is set to expire…

August 12, 2018, cbc.ca
Aeroplan adds airlines and buck a beer falls flat: CBC’s Marketplace …
If you’re an Aeroplan member, you’ll be able to collect points with three more airlines in a few years. Edmonton-based Flair Airlines, Montreal-based Air Transat and Toronto-based Porter Airlines have agreed to become preferred partners starting July 2020. That’s when Air Canada plans on cutting ties with the loyalty program (although the company tried buying back Aeroplan for $250 million).

August 10, 2018, theglobeandmail.com
TD Bank voices caution about Aeroplan after failed takeover bid
The news also affected TD Bank, which became the lead financial partner for Aeroplan  in 2014, after former lead partner CIBC disclosed that it …

August 9, 2018, globalnews.ca
Canada reaches deals with credit card firms to cut merchant fees by about 10 basis points
Major credit card companies have struck an agreement with the federal government to trim the fees they charge to merchants in a move Ottawa hopes will provide a boost to small businesses. Ottawa announced Thursday it has reached voluntary, five-year deals with Visa, MasterCard and American Express by about 10 basis points…

August 9, 2018, nationalobserver.com
Credit card firms to trim merchant fees, but retailers group ‘underwhelmed’
The federal government is announcing today that major credit card companies have agreed to lower the fees they charge the country’s businesses. A government source tells The Canadian Press that Ottawa has reached voluntary, five-year deals with Visa, Mastercard and American Express that the feds expect will help small and medium-sized companies save a total of $250 million per year. Starting in 2020, Visa and Mastercard will reduce the fees they collect from businesses to an average annual effective rate of 1.4 per cent — down from 1.5 per cent — and narrow the gap between the highest and lowest rates they charge retailers…

August 9, 2018, aircanada.mediaroom.com
Transporting Live Animals: Air Canada Cargo’s Position As An Industry Leader Reinforced With IATA CertificationFirst airline to receive the new Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animals Logistics (CEIV Live Animals) Certification In 2017, Air Canada Cargo handled over 18,000…

August 9, 2018, aircanada.mediaroom.com
Air Canada Announces Longlist for Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2018
Air Canada is proud to present the 30 nominees for Canada’s Best New Restaurants presented by American Express. The highly anticipated longlist, drawn from a coast-to-coast culinary exploration,…

August 8, 2018, cbc.ca
Air Canada offering year-round non-stop flights between Yellowknife and Vancouver
Travellers will find it much easier to travel between Yellowknife and Vancouver this winter — Air Canada announced it is planning to offer two daily non-stop flights during the popular northern aurora viewing season. One flight, which was previously offered from December 2017 to April 2018 will be returning beginning in late October this year and will double during the winter season. The second flight will now be offered year-round, according to a joint news release from the territorial government and Air Canada issued Wednesday…

Aug 8, 2018, newsroom.alaskaair.com
Alaska Air Group Declares Quarterly Dividend
The board of directors of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 32 cents per share. The dividend will be paid on Sept. 6, 2018, to all shareholders of record as of Aug. 21, 2018. Dividends are financed from operating cash flow and cash on hand…

Aug 8, 2018, westjet.mediaroom.com
WestJet reports July load factor of 85.2 per cent
Today WestJet announced July 2018 traffic results with a load factor of 85.2 per cent, a decrease of 0.4 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 8.2 per cent year over year, while capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 8.7 per cent over the same period. WestJet welcomed an additional 144,000 guests in July, a year-over-year increase of 6.5 per cent. “In July, we continued to expand our reach while attracting 2.4 million guests to WestJet’s award-winning brand of caring and friendly service.” Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. ” I want to thank all of our guests for their continued loyalty as

August 7, 2018, cbc.ca
WestJet dispatchers seek to unionize
Flight dispatchers at WestJet are the latest group of employees at the airline seeking to join a union. The Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA) said in a release that they have filed an application with the Canada Industrial Relations Board to represent dispatchers at the carrier….

August 7, 2018, cbc.ca
Flair Airlines, Air Transat join Aeroplan loyalty program
Aeroplan’s parent company, Aimia Inc., announced on Tuesday that two more Canadian airlines have signed up to use the loyalty program starting in 2020. In a pair of news releases Tuesday, Aimia said Edmonton-based Flair Airlines and Montreal-based Air Transat have agreed to become preferred partners of the loyalty program, which means Aeroplan members will earn points when booking flights on either airline, and can also redeem their existing points for seats on both…

August 7, 2018, ctvnews.ca
Saudi Airlines suspends Canadian operations starting Aug. 13
The diplomatic gulf between the federal government and Saudi Arabia widened to encompass travel on Tuesday as the country’s state airline announced it was suspending operations in Canada. A tweet from Saudia announced that its routes operating between the two countries would cease to function in a matter of days, marking the latest escalation in the spat that erupted over the weekend. “All Saudia flights from/to Toronto, Canada will be suspended starting from 13 Aug 2018,” the airline wrote in a statement posted on Twitter….

August 7, 2018, CNN.com
Saudi Arabia suspends flights to Canada
Saudi Arabia’s state airline will suspend all flights to and from Toronto starting next week, amid a intensifying diplomatic row between the two countries following Canada’s refusal to back down from comments in defense of human rights inside the Kingdom…

August 6, 2018, cbc.ca
Saudi Arabian group apologizes for posting image appearing to threaten Canada with 9/11-style attack
A Saudi Arabian organization is apologizing after posting an image on Twitter appearing to show an Air Canada plane heading toward the CN Tower in a way that is reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks in the U.S…

August 6, 2018, bbcnnews.com
Saudi Arabia suspends Toronto flights in row with Canada
Saudi Arabia’s state airline has suspended its direct flights to Toronto after Canada called for the release of detained activists for civil society and women’s rights. The Middle Eastern country has also frozen all trade and expelled Canada’s ambassador over the “interference”. Canada has responded by saying it “will continue to advocate for human rights”…

August 6, 2018, theglobeandmail.com
Aimia investor backs board in rejecting Air Canada bid
The largest shareholder of Aimia Inc. has fired back at Air Canada and its three financial partners, calling their recent takeover bid for the Aeroplan loyalty program “blatantly inadequate” and arguing that the business is worth between $1-billion and $2-billion…

August 6, 2018, Montreal Gazette
Aimia CEO opens door to Aeroplan deal with Air Canada-led group
Aimia said late Thursday it wants at least C$450 million ($347 million) for Aeroplan after the Air Canada group boosted its bid to C$325 million from an initial proposal of C$250 million. The lower offers don’t reflect “the value of the Aeroplan business to members and stakeholders,” according to Aimia. “We never stop negotiating…

August 4, 2108,  globalnews.ca
Aimia and Porter Airlines partner up on Aeroplan program
Aimia Inc. says it has a new deal for Toronto-based Porter Airlines to become a preferred Canadian airline for the Aeroplan loyalty points program as of July 2020, when the current arrangement with Air Canada ends…

August 4, 2108,  globalnews.ca
Use points or keep saving? What Canadians should know about the Aeroplan-Porter deal
Canadians withAeroplan miles collected may be feeling pressure to spend points before several promised changes to the loyalty program kick in July 2020. But rewards programs rules often change without much warning and Canadians shouldn’t act in haste, chief editor of website Pointshogger,Matthew Lau, explained to Global News…

August 3, 2018, globalnews.ca
CIBC to pay back 1.4 million credit card customers for years of incorrect fees
The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is refunding 1.4 million customers for improperly charging credit card fees over 14 years…

August 3, 2018, financialpost.com
Aimia partners with Porter, but is still negotiating with Air Canada
Aimia Inc.’s chief executive said the company will continue to negotiate with Air Canada over the future of its Aeroplan loyalty program, hours after announcing it had secured a deal with Porter Airlines to make it its new preferred partner…

August 3, 2108,  cp24.com
Aimia, Porter Airlines form new Aeroplan points partnership
Aimia and Porter regional airline form new Aeroplan partnership to become effective July 2020, after Aimia’s partnership with Air Canada ends…

August 3, 2108,seekingaplpha.com
GAPFF Analysis & News – Aimia, Inc. | Seeking Alpha
Aimia analysis and news…

August 3, 2018, aimia.com
Aimia Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results
Recently-appointed Chief Executive Officer, Jeremy Rabe, commented: “The value Aeroplan already delivers to our 5 million engaged members is unmatched in the Canadian travel loyalty rewards industry. In the quarter, existing members continued to accumulate and re-engage post redemption at similar rates to the same quarter last year and spend on Aeroplan credit cards remained strong…

August 2, 2018, reuters.com
Aimia proposes revised offer of C$450 million for Aeroplan loyalty business
Aimia on Thursday said it rebuffed an offer by Air Canada and partners to buy its Aeroplan loyalty program and urged the carrier to make a higher offer for the business. The consortium’s cash offer of C$250 million, later updated to C$325 million, did not reflect the value of the Aeroplan business, Aimia Inc said in a statement…

August, 2, 2018 cbc.ca
Aimia rejects Air Canada’s takeover bid after negotiations break off
Takeover negotiations between Aeroplan operator Aimia Inc. and Air Canada have broken off hours before the midnight deadline Thursday…

August, 2, 2018 cbc.ca
Aimia in talks with Oneworld alliance as potential Aeroplan partner
Aimia Inc. says it’s in talks with the Oneworld airline alliance, a potential partner for its Aeroplan program, which is currently a takeover target by an Air Canada-led group that has offered to buy the loyalty points program…

August 2, 2018, financialpost.com
Aimia in talks with Air Canada rival Oneworld alliance as potential Aeroplan partner
Aeroplan operator Aimia Inc. and the Oneworld airline alliance confirmed Thursday they are in talks about a potential partnership for the loyalty points program, the same day a takeover offer led by Air Canada is set to expire…

August 2, 2018, ChronicleHerald
Aimia rejects Air Canada’s takeover bid after negotiations break off
Takeover negotiations between Aeroplan operator Aimia Inc. and Air Canada have broken off hours before the midnight deadline Thursday.
Aimia said Air Canada and its three financial partners raised their initial bid for its loyalty plan to $325 million, but Aimia wants $450 million.
“Aeroplan is committed to protecting our members’ miles,” Aimia CEO…

August 2, 2018, globalnews.ca
Swoop to launch transborder service in Ontario to five tourist destinations
Swoop will become Canada’s first ultra low cost airline to fly to the United States when it launches service this fall to five popular tourist destinations in Florida, Nevada and Arizona. The subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Ltd. will start Oct. 11 with flights to Las Vegas from Abbotsford, B.C., and Edmonton, Alta., about four months after Swoop began to fly…

August 2, 2018, bloomberg.com
Aimia in Talks With Oneworld as Air Canada Deadline Looms
Aimia Inc, has entered talks with the Oneworld airline alliance as the operator of the Aeroplan frequent-flyer program bolsters its attempt to go it alone in the face of an unsolicited bid from Air Canada. Aimia is in discussions with the alliance, whose members include American Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific, about making it a “potential preferred airline partner for the Aeroplan program,” spokeswoman Tammy Smitham said in an email. The talks were first reported by the Globe and Mail….

August 2, 2108, ctvnews.ca
Flying high? Feds yet to issue marijuana guidelines for airline industry
Legal recreational marijuana goes on sale across the country on October 17, but Canada’s airline industry says it has not yet been given any directive from the federal government about how to deal with the effects of legalization on its pilots and crews.”We’ve received no official guidance whatsoever. No regulations, no proposed regulations. We’ve received nothing so far,” …

August 1, 2018, canadianavaitionnews.
Aeroplan parent in talks with Oneworld airline alliance amid Air Canada’s hostile takeover bid
Aeroplan’s parent company, Aimia Inc., is in partnership talks with the Oneworld airline alliance as it fends off a hostile takeover bid from Air Canada and three financial partners…

August 1, 2018, cbc.ca
3,000 WestJet cabin crew employees officially unionized, CUPE says
About 3,000 of WestJet’s cabin crew members are now officially unionized after the Canada Industrial Relations Board issued an interim order naming the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) as the certified bargaining unit for employees…

August 1, 2018  bombardier.com
Transport Canada Certifies 90-Seat Cabin Configuration for Bombarier’s Q400 Aircraft
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that its 90-passenger Q400 aircraft configuration has received its certification from Transport Canada, becoming the first in-production commercial turboprop in the world to reach that capacity….

July 2018

July 31, 2018 theglobeandmail.com
National Airlines Council of Canada urges Ottawa on decision of privatizing airport security
Canada’s airlines are expressing growing frustration with unpredictable airport security delays and the federal government’s silence as to how it plans to address the issue…

July 31, 2018 bnnbloomberg.ca
Air Canada’s bid for Aeroplan spurs customer fear, confusion, expert says
The aggressive tactics used by Air Canada in its group offer to buy Aeroplan shows the airline is trying to get customers on its side as it seeks to bring the loyalty program back under its wing, according to a communications expert…

July 31, 2018 cbc.ca
Air passengers still slowing down emergency evacuations by grabbing carry-ons, says TSB
Canada’s air safety agency says passengers continue to slow down emergency aircraft evacuations by stopping to grab their personal belongings, despite the warnings it has issued since 2007 about the dangers. But Transport Canada is resisting a longstanding recommendation that flight safety briefings for passengers include mandatory warnings against collecting carry-on bags and electronic devices in the event of an emergency…

July 31, 2018 cnn.com
No deaths reported in Mexican airliner accident
No deaths have been reported in an accident involving an Aeromexico plane Tuesday in Durango, Mexico, the airline said. Ninety-seven passengers and four crew were on board the Embraer 190 aircraft, said Mexico Transportation Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza.Aeromexico said Flight 2431 was scheduled to fly from Durango to Mexico City. The accident happened close to Guadalupe Victoria International Airport, said the airport, which is now closed…

July 31, 2018, aimia.com
Aeroplan renews partnership with InterContinental Hotels Group
Aeroplan is furthering its commitment to offering members great value and increased flexibility with the announcement of the renewal of a multi-year agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a global hotel company with nearly 5,400 hotels in almost 100 countries across leading brands, including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo. In addition to the current opportunity to earn Aeroplan Miles when staying at IHG® hotels, Aeroplan Members can now also take advantage of a relationship with IHG Rewards Club….   convert 10,000 IHG® Rewards Club points to 2,000 Aeroplan Miles at any time. To celebrate the launch of this conversion program, members who convert IHGRewards Club points to Aeroplan Miles between now and August 20 will earn an additional 30 percent bonus of Aeroplan Miles…

July 31, 2018, cbc.ca
Gander chamber of commerce says Halifax flight cancellation will hurt local business
A director of Gander’s chamber of commerce says the loss of one of Air Canada’s daily winter flights between the central Newfoundland town and Halifax is deeply troubling to the business community. “Right now anyone who would be travelling out of the province to do business, that morning flight, that will be cancelled come Oct. 28,” Sonja Maloney told CBC’s Central Morning on Monday…

July 31, 2018, cbc.ca
How Air Canada’s luggage loss is a N.L. family’s wedding pain
Luggage scanned in Toronto, didn’t arrive on the direct flight to St. John’s
Melissa Boyd and her family have returned home to St. John’s to celebrate her sister’s wedding on Saturday, but not everything is going according to plan.Travelling from Brantford, Ont., where they now live, a suitcase containing a homemade suit for her son — part of a matching pair for her sons to wear as ring bearers — didn’t make the trip…

July 31, 2018,  globeandmail.com
WestJet posts first quarterly loss in 13 years; shares fall
WestJet Airlines Ltd. posted its first quarterly loss in 13 years in the three months ended June 30 amid the threat of a strike by pilots and soaring fuel costs. The impact of the potential pilot strike will linger into the third quarter, WestJet officials said Tuesday, because some people cancelled bookings they had scheduled for July. The strike threat has been removed with an agreement between the airline and the pilots union to go to binding arbitration if they can’t reach a deal. Fuel prices are expected to be more damaging in the third quarter than they were in the second quarter – up between 35 per cent and 38 per cent in the current quarter versus a 31-per-cent surge in the second quarter from year-earlier levels…

July 31, 2018, ctvnews.ca
Amid poor results, WestJet says Swoop to start flying to U.S. destinations
WestJet Airlines Ltd. says its ultra low cost Swoop airline will soon begin transborder service as it looks to regroup from a “deeply disappointing” second quarter when it was hurt by the impact of a pilot strike threat, intensified competition and soaring fuel costs.Details about routes and the official start date will be announced later this week.Reports suggest the Calgary-based airline will fly to Las Vegas, Nev., Phoenix, Ariz., and Florida destinations including Orlando, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale from low-cost airports in Canada like Hamilton, Ont., and Abbotsford, B.C…

July 31, 2018, reuters.com
Canada WestJet Airline stock dives 10 percent on dim third-quarter outlook
Canada’s WestJet Airlines Ltd stock dived 10 percent on Tuesday as the carrier braced for higher costs and softer revenues in the third quarter…

July 30, 2018, cbc.ca
3 dead in crash of plane flying from Pembroke, Ont., to P.E.I.
An airport manager says three people have died after a small plane heading from Pembroke, Ont., to Prince Edward Island crashed in rural Maine during an attempted landing. Jesse Crandall said witnesses reported seeing the airplane pass over Greenville Municipal Airport before crashing in a field on the approach to the runway at about 11 a.m. on Monday…

July 30, 2018, Amanda Connolly, Global News
Will Canada become the next country to offer mobile passports? Feds studying idea despite privacy fears
If you have a Canadian passport, you know the deal. Every five to 10 years, you go through the process of filling out forms, gathering photos and references and mailing it all in to Passport Canada, all in the name of renewing the little blue booklet that lets Canadians travel abroad. Once at the airport, you take it out for check-in, during security screenings, to show the gate agent and sometimes even one last time before boarding the plane from the gangway…

July 30, 2018, cbc.ca
Air Canada needs to materially raise purchase price for Aeroplan, says analyst
Aeroplan shares about 60% below where they traded before Air Canada said it wouldn’t renew partnership. A group led by Air Canada needs to “materially raise” its $250 million cash offer to purchase the Aeroplan loyalty program, an industry analyst said Monday. Perceptions differ between the two sides on the $2 billion Aeroplan liability that Air Canada would absorb through its offer…

July 30, 2018, Financial Post
Big shareholder tells Aimia rejecting Air Canada’s offer for Aeroplan would be ‘suicidal’
One of Aimia Inc.’s biggest investors has some simple advice for the frequent-flyer program: Say yes to an unsolicited takeover from a group led by Air Canada to escape an “existential crisis.” “It behooves the board to negotiate the very best deal they can for shareholders and other parties, but at the end of the day to not consummate something here would be suicidal,” said Hanif Mamdani, who runs a hedge fund at a unit of Royal Bank of Canada…

July 30, 2018, Elizabeth Keith, narcity.com
An Air Canada Pilot Just Shut Down Japan’s Biggest Airport And It’s So Embarrassing
This is the third time within a year that Air Canada has majorly messed up landing. Air Canada is one of Canada’s biggest airlines, but that doesn’t mean it is our favourite. The company has terrible reviews online and their social media pages seemed to be filled with complaints about delayed or cancelled flights, lost luggage, and less than impressive customer service…

July 30, 2018, aircanada.com
Diners Club International Credit Card – July 30
Due to a technical issue, it is currently not possible to complete a transaction using a Diners Club International credit card. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. In the meantime, you may wish to complete your transaction using any of the other payment options offered…

July 29, 2018, CBC
Points thieves continue to target Aeroplan, PC Optimum as expert urges more security
Points thieves are on the prowl. Loyalty programs Aeroplan and PC Optimum have each recently been hit with multiple cases of points theft. Flights have even been booked using stolen Aeroplan miles…

July 27, 2018, Transport Canada
Canada expands air transport agreements with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates
From visiting friends and family to getting goods to markets around the world, Canadians rely on a robust aviation industry with diverse international air services. Expanding Canada’s existing air transport relationships allows airlines to improve their service offerings, which means more options and convenience for passengers and businesses…

July 27, 2018, CBC
Air Canada to offset rise in fuel prices with high fares, may trim capacity 
Air Canada experienced a 31 per cent increase in the price of jet fuel compared with last year’s second quarter, and plans to offset some of the impact with higher fares and other initiatives, Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu said Friday…

July 27, 2018, AirCanada
Air Canada Second Quarter Results
Air Canada today reported second quarter 2018 EBITDAR(1) (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, impairment and aircraft rent) of $646 million compared to second quarter 2017 EBITDAR of $681 million

July 27, 2018, Aeroplan
Aeroplan – as of August 1st – Accumulation Changes for South African Airways! 
As of August 1, 2018 please note the following accrual structure changes for South African Airways; …

July 27, 2018, Financial Post
Air Canada’s CEO calls Aeroplan bid ‘extremely generous’ — but Aimia’s top shareholder disagrees
Air Canada’s chief executive Calin Rovinescu said Friday that its bid for Aimia Inc.’s Aeroplan reward program was “extremely generous” and that it would still pursue its own in-house loyalty program if the company rejects the surprise offer…

July 27, 2018, Financial Post
Air Canada to hike fares to offset 31% rise in fuel prices
Air Canada experienced a 31 per cent increase in the price of jet fuel compared with last year’s second quarter and will offset some of the impact with higher fares and other initiatives, Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu said Friday….

July 26, 2018, Aimia
Aimia Rejects US$180 Million Aeromexico Offer to Acquire PLM Stake
Aimia Inc. (TSX: AIM), a data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics company, today confirms that it has received a non-binding offer (the “Offer”) from Grupo Aeromexico S.A.B. de C.V. (“Aeromexico”) to acquire for US$180 million Aimia’s 48.855% stake in PLM Premier, S.A.P.I. de C.V. (“PLM”), the owner and operator of Aeromexico’s Club Premier frequent flyer program. Aimia also announces that it has formally notified Aeromexico that the Offer has been rejected…

July 26, 2018, AirTransat
With Air Transat, France is more accessible than ever this summer
Air Transat, named World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, is thrilled to offer a wide array of flights to travellers looking to discover France this summer. In addition to daily flights to Paris year-round, Transat offers service to Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Nantes, Bordeaux and Toulouse summer after summer. With a total of 46 direct flights a week from Canada, in addition to 89 connecting flights, Transat stands out in the French market—where it has been present for 30 years—with its high flight frequency…

July 25, 2018, Aimia
Aimia Acknowledges Receipt of a Proposal to Acquire Aeroplan Business
Aimia Inc. (TSX: AIM), a data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics company, today confirms that it has received a conditional proposal from a consortium (the “Consortium”) consisting of Air Canada, The Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and VISA Canada Corporation to acquire the Aeroplan loyalty program business (the “Proposal”), and acknowledges the press release issued by the Consortium earlier today with respect to the Proposal…

July 25, 2018, Transport Canada
The Government of Canada invests in transportation infrastructure at the London International Airport
The quality of Canada’s transportation infrastructure and the efficiency of the country’s trade corridors are key to the success of Canadian firms in the global marketplace. The Government of Canada supports infrastructure projects that create quality middle-class jobs and boost economic growth…

July 25, 2018, AirCanada
Proposal by Air Canada, TD, CIBC and Visa to Acquire Aimia’s Aeroplan Loyalty Business
Benefits both Aeroplan members and Aimia shareholders. Allows for smooth transition of Aeroplan members’ points to Air Canada’s new loyalty program launching in 2020…

July 25, 2018, Financial Post
Air Canada-led group seeks to buy Aeroplan business in $2.25-billion offer to Aimia
Air Canada and three financial firms made an unsolicited $2.25-billion offer to buy the Aeroplan loyalty business from Aimia Inc. to allow customers to transfer their points to its own platform in 2020, the Montreal-based airline told its clients…

July 25, 2018, Financial Post
Air Canada-led group seeks to buy Aeroplan business in $2.2 billion offer to Aimia
Air Canada and a pair of large Canadian banks surprised the market Wednesday with a hostile $2.25 billion bid for Aimia Inc.’s Aeroplan rewards program…

July 24, 2018, AirCanada
Air Canada Vacations Introduces New Sun Collection
Air Canada Vacations announced today the launch of its 2018/2019 Sun Collection. Inspiring you to soak in the sun, sea and sand in Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, California, Florida and Las Vegas, the Collection is Making Your Dreams Travel™, one trip at a time…

July 23, 2018, AirCanada
Star Alliance Expands Connection Service to Toronto Pearson Airport
The Star Alliance Connection Service is now available at Toronto Pearson Airport. This assists passengers with tight connections between two Star Alliance member airline flights. Dedicated Connection Service staff use special software to monitor the transfer window for customers with onward flights. Cases where passengers and checked bags appear in danger of missing a connection are automatically highlighted. The Connection Service agent can thereby already consider the various options available to ensure that the customer reaches the onward flight, or if necessary book alternative options, before the inbound flight even lands…

July 23, 2018, AirTransat
Air Transat invites travellers to “pin” their vacations on Pinterest
Air Transat, named World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, invites people with a passion for travel to join the company on Pinterest. The airline is using the social media platform to post an array of photos, videos and articles to inspire travellers and help them plan memorable holidays…

July 20, 2018, AirCanada
Star Alliance Again Voted Best Alliance at Skytrax World Airline Awards
Star Alliance has claimed the Best Airline Alliance title at the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the third year running, with the Alliance’s prestigious Los Angeles Lounge retaining the Best Airline Alliance Lounge Award for the fourth year in a row…

July 19, 2018, Aimia
Aeroplan Transforming to Become the Best Travel Loyalty Program in Canada

July 19, 2018, WestJet
Delta and WestJet to Create New Transborder Joint Venture

July 19, 2018, AirTransat
Travelling in the cabin with your pet on the wings of Air Transat

July 17, 2018, AirCanada
Air Canada named Best Airline in North America at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2018

July 17, 2018, WestJet
WestJet recognized as North America’s Best Low-Cost Airline by Skytrax

July 17, 2018, WestJet
Media Advisory – WestJet to Present Second Quarter 2018 Results

July 17, 2018, AirTransat
Air Transat named World’s Best Leisure Airline in 2018

July 16, 2018, AirCanada
Air Canada President and Chief Executive Calin Rovinescu Wins for Executive Leadership at the 2018 Airline Strategy Awards

July 12, 2018, Aimia
Aeroplan and Carrot Rewards announce partnership renewal

July 11, 2018, AirCanada
Air Canada to Open Redesigned Maple Leaf Lounge at St. John’s International Airport This Fall

July 11, 2018, Porter
Porter Airlines introduces new entry-level fare category, expanding customer options

July 10, 2018, AirCanada
Air Canada Foundation Netted More Than $1,000,000 to Help Canadian Children’s Charities

July 10, 2018, WestJet
WestJet statement regarding the application for certification of its cabin crew members

July 9, 2018, WestJet
WestJet commemorates Western Canada’s inaugural air mail flight

July 6, 2018, AirCanada
Media Advisory – Air Canada to Present Second Quarter 2018 Results

July 6, 2018, WestJet
WestJet reports June load factor of 83.6 per cent

July 5, 2018, WestJet
WestJet announces executive leadership changes

July 5, 2018, Aimia
Media Advisory – Aimia to Report 2018 Second Quarter Results

July 4, 2018, AirTransat
Air Transat invites you to discover Portugal

July 2, 2018, AirCanada
Air Canada Completes Inauguration of 25 New Non-Stop International, Transborder and Domestic Routes This Summer

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