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Air Canada launches 'Flight Pass to Canada'

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MONTREAL - Air Canada today announced that it has expanded availability of its popular web-based Flight Passes offering buy-in- bulk savings in airfares to residents of the United States traveling to Canada. Designed for frequent fliers seeking value and flexibility in air travel, Air Canada's "Flight Pass to Canada" is available exclusively online at the U.S. edition of aircanada.com and through travel agents.

Features of Air Canada's Flight Pass to Canada include:

- A prepaid package of 10 one-way flight credits between the U.S. and Canada;

- A further discount of up to 30 per cent off Air Canada's already discounted one-way Latitude fare that features full booking flexibility;

- Convenient online booking and free unlimited changes, no advance purchase, no minimum stays, same-day high priority standby, free advance seat selection, and 100% Aeroplan status miles;

- Complimentary upgrade to Executive Class, where available, the day prior or day of departure; "Buy-in-bulk savings together with online convenience is now a reality using Air Canada's Flight Pass to Canada," said Marc Rosenberg, Vice President Sales and Product Distribution. "Customers want more choice, flexibility and value when making travel decisions. Air Canada's industry-leading multi-trip pass products deliver this in conjunction with the best network and schedule to Canada, bar none. We look forward to introducing more products in the future that provide simple, convenient travel options using technology to put control back in the hands of consumers." Discount Commuter Pass with Online Convenience

Convenient online access through the customer's personalized Flight Pass at aircanada.com provides an easy and quick way to book travel, make changes and access account information on remaining travel credits. To purchase Air Canada's Flight Pass to Canada, customers or their travel agent simply visit the U.S. edition of aircanada.com, click on 'Flight Pass' on the home page, and enter their Aeroplan membership number and personal identification number. Prices for 10 one-way flight segment credits, not including applicable taxes and surcharges, are USD$2,290 from western U.S., USD$3,890 from central/south U.S. and USD$2,890 from northeastern U.S. Passes are valid for travel 353 days from date of purchase. Aeroplan Frequent Flyer Rewards like Air Canada's Latitude single trip fare product, the carrier's Flight Pass to Canada provides customers 100% Aeroplan Status Mile accumulation for every mile flown in addition to a purchase incentive of one Aeroplan Mile for every $3 spent.

As a member of Star Alliance, Aeroplan Miles are redeemable on Air Canada's Star Alliance partner carriers including United Airlines and US Airways. Executive Class Comfort.

In addition to unbeatable value on fares, holders of Air Canada's new Flight Pass to Canada enjoy a number of significant benefits such as upgrades to the comfort of Executive Class simply by Logging on to the Flight Pass section of aircanada.com to confirm availability of space a day prior or on the same day of departure. Latitude Pass holders also benefit from priority status when standing by for alternate flights.

The introduction of Air Canada's Flight Pass to Canada represents a further step in Air Canada's comprehensive strategy to provide optimum value and simplicity and to put more control in customers' hands through automation. Air Canada is the first full service airline in North America to have introduced everyday low, simplified online fares across its Canada and U.S. network. Most recently, it further simplified its value-driven fare products by eliminating Saturday stay and return fare requirements. In addition, it has led the industry in launching a series of discounted multi-trip air passes that provide customers with savings and flexibility to self manage frequent air travel using pre-purchased flight credits in a personalized online Flight Pass. Air Canada operates more non-stop flights between Canada and the U.S. than any other airline. Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz and its commercial partners operate more than 385 non-stop flights per day on 79 routes to and from 50 U.S. and 6 Canadian destinations. Air Canada extends its network within the United States even further with its Star Alliance partner, United Airlines. In 2005, an independent survey of more than 12 million international air travelers ranked Air Canada as the Best Airline in North America.

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