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bmi british midland to market Canadian services from Heathrow, Manchester and Glasgow
bmi british midland, the UK’s second-largest airline, is to extend its long-haul network, with the addition of nine Canadian services, through a code-share agreement with Air Canada announced today.
The airline will initially offer services from Heathrow to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver as well as from Manchester to Toronto and Glasgow to Toronto. It is anticipated that additional Canadian Cities will be added to the bmi british midland route network over a period of time.
Under the code-share agreement, which is subject to approval from the Canadian Government, the five routes will be marketed and sold jointly by the airlines, and will have a bmi british midland designation.
bmi british midland already offers onward connections to Air Canada passengers through its extensive European network from Heathrow, with code-share services to Brussels, Glasgow, Belfast, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Teeside, Manchester and Amsterdam.
Sir Michael Bishop, chairman, said:
“The code share means that for the first time, travellers will be able to book bmi british midland long-haul flights from Heathrow. It’s all part of our strategy to extend our route network across the globe, offering a real competitive choice to BA and its oneworld partners at Heathrow.
“By extending the agreement to cover Manchester, we are also demonstrating our commitment to increase competitive options from our developing hub at this airport.”
bmi british midland and Air Canada are both members of Star Alliance, the world’s leading airline alliance.