Air Canada to Spin Off Aeroplan

Air Canada has confirmed its intention to spin off its Aeroplan frequent flyer program as a separate unit.

    Mr. Milton did not close the door to selling part of Aeroplan to a private buyer. But he said buyout firm Onex Corp. is not in the picture as a potential purchaser. Onex had a deal with Air Canada to buy a 35% stake in Aeroplan for $245-million before that fell apart with the airline’s bankruptcy protection filing. Onex said recently that it was still interested in the unit.

    Mr. Milton offered no specific timing for the sale. He said the company is working on legal and regulatory issues to ready its public debut.

    Aeroplan is worth in the range of $1.3-billion to $1.9-billion.

In January Randy Petersen wrote that Air Canada would likely be the first program to spin off its loyalty program, and that United might follow suit — with Mileage Plus worth a full $2.5 billion or more.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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