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Air Canada becomes official airline of Vancouver Games

Company to donate more than $600,000 to Canadian Paralympic Committee

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Air Canada is the official airline of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in a six-year deal that includes sponsorship rights and transportation for Canadian Olympic teams participating in the 2008, 2010 and 2012 Games.

The partnership, announced today in Montreal, includes a contribution of more than $600,000 over the next six years to the Canadian Paralympic Committee. Air Canada will host an annual on-line fundraising initiative through its website, aircanada.com, and will donate $1 from every on-line booking made through the website during specific campaign periods. In 2007 the campaign will be held during the week of April 30.

“All of us at Air Canada are honoured to support the Olympic and Paralympic spirit,” said Montie Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our sponsorship also underlines Air Canada’s continuing support of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees. We are looking forward to Vancouver’s success as the host city of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and are committed to playing a key role in bringing athletes, families, friends and supporters from around the world to the Games.”

Vancouver is a major hub for Air Canada’s domestic, U.S. transborder and international networks and is the airline’s main North American gateway to and from Asia.

“With Air Canada onboard, together we will stage Canada’s Games in 2010,” said John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. “Through this exciting partnership, they will connect Canadians and the world to the Games and carry the Vancouver 2010 message broadly around the globe. As Canada’s airline, it is only fitting that Air Canada will carry our Canadian teams — and their dreams for podium success — to the next three Games in 2008, 2010 and 2012.”

“On behalf of all Canadian Paralympic athletes, I would like to thank Air Canada for this very generous support,” said Benoit Huot, Paralympic Gold Medalist (Swimming). “When we know that there are iconic Canadian companies like Air Canada who are putting their financial support behind our team and the Paralympic Movement in Canada, it is incredibly inspirational as we prepare for Beijing, Vancouver and then for London.”

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