Air Canada has unveiled plans to launch flights
from Vancouver to Paris and Zurich in June 2018, and the start a
year-round service to Melbourne, Australia.
The new flights will be
available for purchase starting 6 September 2017.
Air Canada will also increase its
non-stop Delhi flights from Vancouver that resume 14 October, with
up to five times weekly service for the 2017/2018 season, and
increase its London-Heathrow service with twice-daily flights
for summer 2018.
"We continue to strategically broaden our
international network from our Vancouver hub with the addition of
two new, non-stop international services to Europe in 2018, more
year-round flights to Australia, and additional flights to Delhi
and London Heathrow," said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger
Airlines at Air Canada. "With the launch of flights to Paris and
Zurich, Air Canada will fly non-stop from YVR to five European
destinations next summer, offering excellent options for
travellers from BC and the North American west coast to Europe,
and as well as for European visitors and beyond to western Canada
and the Pacific Northwest."
All new routes are
timed to optimize connectivity at Air Canada's Vancouver hub to
and from the airline's extensive network across North America. The
new Vancouver-Zurich flights will connect to and from destinations
in Europe, Africa and India with Star Alliance partner Swiss
International Air Lines. All Australia flights are timed to
connect to and from Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and to Tasmania with
codeshare partner Virgin Australia.
"Following our upcoming
launch of seasonal service to Melbourne this winter, we are
delighted to serve Australia's second largest city year-round
starting in June. Melbourne is our third Australian destination,
and our flights provide convenience to both business and leisure
travellers between North America and Australia with competitive
elapsed travel times and seamless connections offered by the
in-transit preclearance facilities at our YVR hub," said Mr. Smith.
"All new flights
from YVR to Paris, Zurich and Melbourne will be operated with our
state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners. 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 B.C., Western Canada and U.S. routes to even
more international destinations, and position YVR as a preferred
option to travel through."
Canada's Boeing 787 Dreamliners feature three cabins of service
with enhanced definition individual on-demand personal
entertainment offering a wide range of movies, short films, TV
programs and audio selections at every seat throughout the
All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation
and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for
eligible customers, priority check-in, access to Air Canada's
Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.
of these new connections would have been big news, but to be able
to announce three major new services in one day is really
exciting, and a true testament to the work Air Canada is doing to
grow their transpacific hub here at YVR," said Craig Richmond,
President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. "These new flights
will open up exciting opportunities for travellers to connect to
and from Europe, Australia and beyond. I would like to thank our
long-standing partner Air Canada for continuing to bring these
exciting new services to YVR."
So far in 2017, Air Canada has
launched new services from its Vancouver hub to: Taipei
(year-round), Frankfurt (seasonal), Nagoya (seasonal),
London-Gatwick (seasonal), Dallas-Fort Worth (year-round), Denver
(year-round) and Boston (seasonal). Delhi seasonal service resumes
on 14 October and will increase up to five times weekly for the
2017/2018 season. Still to launch are: Melbourne seasonal flights
beginning 1 December, Yellowknife seasonal flights beginning 15 December,
and Orlando seasonal flights beginning 20 December.
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