Air Canada extends backing of Canadian Olympic, Paralympic Committees

Air Canada has renewed its sponsorship deals with the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Air Canada will continue to serve as the official airline of the two organisations for a further four years. The agreement covers the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics and Paralympics, and the 2020 summer Games in Tokyo.

Under the new agreement, Air Canada will renew its Altitude Podium program to provide qualified athletes 35K status and access to International Maple Leaf Lounges when competing abroad.

The airline will also give athletes individual care and share packages during flights, and provide them with memorabilia they can share at the Games.

In addition, Air Canada will sponsor the outdoor area at Canada Olympic House in Pyeongchang, and host airport celebrations when athletes arrive and return from the Games.

Air Canada will also feature five Canadian athletes in a promotional campaign from January. Athletes will include figure skaters Patrick Chan, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir; freestyle skier Cassie Sharpe (pictured); and Paralympic biathlon skier Mark Arendz.

Air Canada has sponsored the Canadian Olympic team since 1988, and the Paralympic team since 2007. Air Canada flew more than 690 Canadian athletes, coaches and support staff to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Games.