El Al Israel Airlines reported today (2 hour ago, to be exact) that it would start a Codeshare with Air Canada on the TLV-YYZ route, starting October 28.
At the moment, AC operates 5 weekly flights between TLV and YYZ using 763, while LY flies 3 weekly flights operated by 772 (LY flights continue to LAX from YYZ with 5th freedom rights).
LY is also set to codeshare on further AC flights within Canada and to the US, was reported that LY will get flight numbers for certain flights between YYZ and YUL, YVR, BOS, ORD and SFO.
LY flights number for AC operations between TLV and YYZ will be LY8105/6, while the regular number is LY105/6.
Before the Middle East crisis (the Intifada) has started AC was flying 9 weekly flights between TLV and YYZ/YUL with 763, the airline was planning to fly 2 daily flights between TLV and YYZ/YUL using A340, but then the crisis had occured and those plans were ceased.
LY on the other hand had withdrawn its YUL operations 2 years ago. The airline unveiled its plans for its new YYZ operation last November, stating that it would operate the TLV-YYZ route continuing on to LAX on a 3 weekly flights basis, with another extra weekly flight during high season.
LY codeshare list with Star Alliance members grows, LY codeshares with AUA group, Thai, LOT (a future member) and now Air Canada. LH might be the next one.
I just wonder what an effect this new agreement might have on LY operations between YYZ and LAX. All in all, Im very satisfied.