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Air Canada and Emirates Form Strategic Partnership

To the point Air Canada and Emirates have announced a strategic partnership. Here are the benefits of this agreement.

Today, Air Canada and Emirates announced a strategic partnership. This will provide more options for passengers travelling on both airlines’ networks.

This partnership will allow for a single ticket (through code-sharing) for trips with connections. But also, there will be benefits for frequent travellers (such as lounge access and reciprocal benefits).

How it works

Emirates was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

It serves more than 130 cities on six continents through its hub in Dubai. In addition, the company operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 wide-body aircraft.

In Canada, Emirates only lands at Toronto Pearson International Airport. It is only from this airport that the flights of this partnership will take off.

Thus, it will be possible to have a single ticket for a Montreal-Dubai trip purchased via Air Canada for example:

  • from Montreal to Toronto on Air Canada
  • then Toronto to Dubai on Emirates

Then, eligible passengers will be able to enter the Maple Leaf Lounge in Toronto, even with a ticket for an Emirates flight. Luggage will be automatically checked into the final destination.


At this time, there is no opportunity to book a paid flight from Toronto to Dubai through this partnership. This should be possible in the coming months after some details between the two airlines have been finalized.

There is also no mention of being able to use Aeroplan points for travel on Emirates. And that’s unlikely to be the case, given Aeroplan’s current partners: Etihad Airways, Gulf Air and Oman Air.

This article will be updated as more information is received from the airlines.

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