Air Canada and Turkish Airlines unveiled a reciprocal codesharing agreement that will make it easy for customers to connect between the two Star Alliance partner airlines. The agreement, to take effect the beginning of the second quarter of 2013, will leverage Air Canada's planned Toronto-Istanbul route launching this summer pending receipt of government approval.
Under the codeshare agreement, the two carriers will each place their flight designator code on select flights, making it more convenient for travelers with such benefits as a single itinerary, through-checked bags and mutual status recognition. The agreement will include Air Canada's code on Turkish Airlines' Toronto-Istanbul flight and several destinations beyond Istanbul, not only in Turkey but also in the Middle East and Africa region.
Turkish Airlines will also codeshare on Air Canada's new nonstop service between Toronto and Istanbul, providing connections to domestic Canada and several points from Toronto to U.S. destinations. Moreover, with the loyalty program, passengers will have the opportunity to earn and use miles both on Turkish Airlines and Air Canada flights.