Commencing on 1 November 2015, the new long-haul jet will operate four weekly flights direct between Toronto and Delhi. The outbound flights will leave the Canadian city at 2055 every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving in the Indian capital at 2115 the following day. The return services then leave Delhi at 0045 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving back in Toronto at 0500.
And Air Canada is planning to increase the frequency of this route to daily from 30 October 2016.
“Customer response to our announcement of non-stop Dreamliner service between Toronto and Delhi has been very positive,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada’s president of passenger airlines. “Air Canada’s strategy to grow our Toronto Pearson hub and international presence will continue to gain momentum as we continue to take delivery of Boeing 787 Dreamliners which are revolutionising long-haul air travel.
“The operating economics of these new aircraft make this service feasible and it will be the first route dedicated to the larger, 787-9 version of this aircraft which will begin entering our fleet later this summer,” he added.
Air Canada’s new B787-9s will offer 298 seats in three classes, including 30 flat-bed seats in business class, 21 seats in premium economy and 247 in economy.
The airline will receive a total of 29 new B787-9 aircraft between 2015 and 2019, in addition to the eight B787-8s already in operation.