Commencing on 17 June 2016, the route will initially operate three times a week. Flights will depart Vancouver every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 2345, arriving in Brisbane at 0715 two days later (having crossed the International Date Line).
The return services will then leave Brisbane every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 1040, arriving back into Vancouver at 0715 the same day.
“Air Canada continues to strategically expand its international network with the addition of our second Australian destination – Brisbane,” said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada’s president & CEO. “The new route increases our presence in the Asia Pacific market at a time when trade and travel in the region and between North America is growing, with a further boost expected from the Trans-Pacific Partnership now under negotiation.
“Already, Air Canada commits $2 billion worth of aircraft to the Pacific market each day and Brisbane is the third new Pacific route we have announced in the past year, after Toronto–Tokyo Haneda and Vancouver-Osaka.”
Rovinsecu added that the route had been made possible by the “operating economics of the Dreamliner”.
Air Canada configures the fuel-efficient B787-8 aircraft with 20 flat-beds in business class, 21 seats in premium economy and 210 in economy class.
This announcement marks the latest stage in Air Canada’s recent expansion. Already this year the national carrier has launched four new international routes, including Montreal-Venice, Montreal-Mexico City, Toronto-Amsterdam and Vancouver-Osaka. New flights from Toronto to Dubai and Delhi will also commence this autumn.