An enhanced interline capability between Air Canada Cargo and Emirates SkyCargo will enhance booking capabilities between the Americas and Southeast Asia and India, through key European hubs.
For Air Canada Cargo it represents the expansion of capacity and network reach into the key cargo markets of India and Southeast Asia
With the enhanced online booking capabilities now live, Air Canada Cargo customers and freight forwarders are able to book shipments that will travel on Emirates SkyCargo flights on an interline basis.
This capability will operate via AirCanadaCargo.com, WebCargo, Cargo-One and CargoAI as well as with direct connect customers.
“We are excited to see these continued improvements to further enhance the user experience for both Air Canada Cargo customers and Emirates SkyCargo customers,” said Matthieu Casey, Managing Director, Commercial, at Air Canada Cargo.
This strong partnership will continue to evolve in ways that bring tremendous value to the forwarding community, and this is yet another great step in that direction.”
Further development on interline cooperation
This latest development follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in February between the two major airlines regarding interline cooperation.
The cargo partnership further builds on the broader strategic commercial partnership between Air Canada and Emirates, which was announced last year.
Air Canada Cargo will have access to Emirates SkyCargo’s high-frequency distribution network through the belly hold of Emirates’ scheduled passenger flights to over 140 global destinations.
In addition, it also allows access to the additional capacity offered by 11 freighters currently in the Emirates fleet.
In return, customers booking with SkyCargo will have access to over 60 cities in Canada and more than 150 cities across five continents through Air Canada Cargo.
This is provided via a fleet of dedicated Boeing 767 freighters and also the belly-hold capacity of Air Canada’s scheduled passenger flights.
Air Canada and Emirates first announced their global partnership in 2022. In addition to this latest cargo development, the airlines recently implemented a passenger codeshare agreement which covers 46 destinations across North America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
Air Canada and Emirates have also launched joint loyalty program benefits for members of Aeroplan and Skywards to earn and redeem miles and points on flights operated by Emirates and Air Canada respectively.
Canada – UAE air travel agreement
On Wednesday, April 5, the Canadian Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced the establishment of an expanded air transport agreement between Canada and the United Arab Emirates.
Under the terms of the expanded agreement, an extra 21 flights per week were permitted for each country.
This has effectively allowed for 50 per cent more flights than the maximum number previously possible, as well as the facilitation of new routes; giving airlines of both nations greater flexibility to accommodate changes in market demand.
The new agreement has already seen the opening of new passenger routes and services between the two nations and has allowed for the expansion of existing flight services between the two countries.
The expanded agreement of course also benefits the reciprocal cargo market between the UAE and Canada, as evidenced by this expansion of interline capability between Emirates SkyCargo and Air Canada Cargo. The United Arab Emirates is Canada’s largest air transport market in the Middle East.