Air Canada has completed a major phase of international growth with the launch of direct flights to South Korea.
The inaugural Toronto-Seoul service departed on Saturday 18 June 2016, marking the 10th new international route launched by the airline in the space of a month.
Since 19 May, Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge have commenced services from Toronto to London Gatwick, Glasgow, Prague, Budapest, Warsaw and Seoul, from Vancouver to Brisbane and Dublin, and from Montreal to Casablanca and Lyon.
The airline has also added 11 new routes to the US since the start of May, including Toronto-Washington DC, Vancouver-Chicago, Montreal-Denver, Montreal-Houston and Calgary-San Francisco.
Air Canada called it “the most intensive period of international expansion in its history”.
“Over the past month, through Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge we have launched 10 new non-stop, year-round or seasonal services to international destinations on four continents. This gives customers, in time for this summer, more choices of destinations and routings than ever before,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada’s president of passenger airlines.
“Air Canada is already the leading Canadian domestic airline and offers the most flights to the US of any foreign carrier, with 11 new city pairs launched since the start of May. By offering convenient connections to our expanding international network through our Toronto global hub, as well as Vancouver and Montreal, we can provide customers even greater connectivity so they can seamlessly travel the world.”
Air Canada will now serve Seoul daily using its new 298-seat, three-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Flights depart Toronto Pearson International Airport at 1335 and arrive in Seoul at 1620 the next day. The return flights then leave Incheon International Airport 1800 and arrive back in Toronto at 1750 the same day, having crossed the International Date Line.
This becomes the second new Dreamliner service Air Canada has launched to Asia Pacific in the last month, following Vancouver-Brisbane.