The airline had already planned seasonal Melbourne-Vancouver flights between December 4 2017 and February 4 2018, with its mid-year return bringing three flights per week in each direction.
Canada is gaining momentum as a source as well as destination for tourism, with Air Canada starting a third non-stop route to Vancouver, this time from Melbourne, from June 3 next year.
Virgin Australia, Air Canada’s partner in this country, will provide flights that connect readily with the new Melbourne-Vancouver flights from Tasmanian and South Australia and Perth.
Air Canada president for passenger airlines Benjamin Smith said: “The operating economics of the Dreamliners together with the Vancouver Airport Authority’s efforts to maintain airport operating costs among the lowest in Canada have enabled us to expand our network here to connect our already extensive BC, Western Canada and United States routes to even more worldwide destinations, and position YVR as a preferred option to travel through”.
Tickets for the new non-stop flights go on sale Sept 6.
“The operating economics of the Dreamliners. have enabled us to expand our network here to connect our already extensive B.C., Western Canada and USA routes to even more global destinations”, said Smith.
A spokesman from Air Canada said “the addition of a year-round Melbourne service will significantly reduce travel times to Vancouver, from where they can explore British Columbia’s world-renowned attractions”. “With demand for travel to YVR increasing, these additional flights provided by Air Canada will ensure that travellers have more options to experience our lovely province”, said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
All the additional flights will be on the Boeing Dreamliner 787, so passengers will experience a uniquely relaxing inflight experience.
While Qantas has operated seasonal flights between Sydney and Vancouver with 747-400s since January 2015, Air Canada is the only airline offering year-round nonstop flights from Australia to Canada. Delhi seasonal service resumes on October 14 and will increase up to five times weekly for the 2017/2018 season.