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Air Canada & Bell announce multi-year deal, reveal new in-flight benefits

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  •   05-03-2023  8:20 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Air Canada & Bell announce multi-year deal, reveal new in-flight benefits
(Air Canada)
Pax Global Media

Air Canada and Bell have announced a multi-year partnership that will make it even easier to stay connected — both on the ground and in the skies. 

The partnership delivers on Air Canada and Bell's commitments to elevating the customer experience, while focusing on added benefits for newcomers and visitors to Canada, preparing them to connect to Canada's best network as soon as they land.

Starting May 15, Air Canada and Bell will offer free messaging for all Aeroplan members worldwide on all Wi-Fi equipped aircraft across Air Canada's fleet, including Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express flights. 

This offering will enable customers to send and receive text-based messages via onboard Wi-Fi using popular messaging apps including Apple's iMessage, Meta's WhatsApp and Messenger, Rakuten's Viber, and Messages by Google.  

Also, this benefit will be available to strategic partner airline loyalty members, including customers of United MileagePlus, Lufthansa Group Miles & More and Emirates Skywards when their account numbers are associated with an Air Canada booking.

Additionally, newcomers and visitors to Canada will gain easy and immediate ways to stay connected as they arrive in Canada

With complimentary mobile SIM cards on select inbound international flights, newcomers and visitors can activate in flight, allowing them to walk off the plane and be connected.

It also includes the development and offering of Aeroplan promotional rewards, as well as building upon Air Canada's award-winning in-flight entertainment offering with the expansion of Live TV service on flights to the U.S., expected later this summer.

"Canadians are at the centre of this exciting new partnership. We're so proud to join with an iconic brand to deliver real value to customers across the country, and, importantly, to those new to our country. This multi-faceted partnership with Bell will allow Air Canada customers to keep in touch with friends, family, or colleagues wherever they travel. What's more, we're elated that Bell will be joining as the latest Aeroplan partner, creating another way for members to travel more, and travel better," said Mark Nasr, executive vice-president, marketing and digital, and president of Aeroplan at Air Canada.

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