The Canadian carrier’s progress is reviewed by Martyn Cartledge.



Air Canada turned 80 last year and much has changed at the airline since it became a founding member of the Star Alliance in May 1997. As a direct result of Star Alliance collaboration, the carrier joined with United Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS and Thai Airways International to introduce the world’s first interline electronic ticket on June 14, 2000, enabling passengers to book itineraries on multiple airlines. The new millennium also brought the airline’s first non-stop flights to Tokyo.

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