Air Canada launches new route Down Under

Air Canada's Boeing 787 Dreamliner (credit: Vytautas Kielaitis)
Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner (credit: Vytautas Kielaitis)

Air Canada has launched a new service connecting Vancouver with Brisbane.

The inaugural flight arrived in the Australian city on Friday morning (3 June 2016), becoming the only direct service linking Canada and Queensland. These new flights will be ramped up to a daily service on 17 June 2016, and Air Canada will deploy its newest aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, on the route.

“We are delighted to launch the only non-stop, year-round service between Canada and Brisbane,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada’s president of passenger airlines. “Our new Brisbane flights complement our daily flights between Canada and Sydney, solidifying our market-leading position as the airline providing the most seats between Canada and Australia.

“The seamless connections through in-transit pre-clearance facilities combined with our extensive domestic Canada and USA network radiating from Vancouver position YVR to be the preferred trans-Pacific gateway for business and leisure travellers,” Smith added.

The new schedule will see Air Canada’s flights depart Vancouver Airport at 2345 and arrive in Brisbane at 0715 two days later, having crossed the International Date Line. The return services will then leave at 1040 and arrive back in Vancouver at 0715 the same day.

Passengers on the B787 will have the choice of 20 flat-bed seats in business class, 21 seats in premium economy and 210 in economy.

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