Air Canada has launched Boeing 787 Dreamliner
flights between Vancouver and Melbourne, Australia.
The non-stop seasonal service, Air
Canada's third destination in Australia, will operate four times
weekly until 4 February. A year-round service is scheduled to
begin on 1 June 2018.
Benjamin Smith, President – Passenger Airlines at Air Canada,
Melbourne flights complement our daily flights from Canada to
Sydney and to Brisbane, solidifying our market-leading position as
the airline providing the most service between Canada and
Australia. The seamless connections through in-transit
pre-clearance facilities combined with our extensive domestic
Canada and USA network at our Vancouver hub positions YVR to be
the preferred trans-Pacific gateway for business and leisure
travellers travelling between North America and Australia."
Air Canada's Boeing 787-9
Dreamliner aircraft features 30 International Business Class
lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy and 247 Economy Class
seats with upgraded, and personalized in-flight entertainment at
every seat throughout the aircraft.
Flights are timed to optimize
connectivity to and from Air Canada's extensive North American
network through the airline's Vancouver trans-Pacific hub, while
also offering in Melbourne, excellent connectivity in Australia.
All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and
redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple
Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.
landmark service is the first of its kind to fly from Melbourne to
Canada, opening up unprecedented access to North America," said
Simon Gandy, Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation. "We also know
Canadian inbound tourism to Australia is on the rise with
forecasts expecting a 10.2% increase in visitation in the
next two years, growing from 162,000 travellers in 2016/17 up to
179,000 in 2018/19. It's the perfect time to launch this service
and we look forward to welcoming Air Canada's year-round service
in June 2018."