Air Canada inaugurates First-Ever Non-Stop Service from Toronto to Hong Kong

Travel News Asia 1 August 2004

Air Canada has launched the first-ever non-stop service between Toronto and Hong Kong. Air Canada is operating the route using its new A340-500 aircraft, the world's longest range airliner. The 15 and a half hour non-stop flight saves travellers more than four and a half hours compared to other carriers' routings.

"With the launch today of the first-ever non-stop service between Toronto and Hong Kong, we are thrilled to offer Air Canada customers the fastest, most convenient link between eastern North America and Hong Kong," said Montie Brewer, Executive Vice President, Commercial. "Our new Airbus A340-500 aircraft, providing the world's longest range capabilities, also showcases Air Canada's on-going commitment to enhance customers' travel experience with the introduction of lie flat seats for our premium customers and state-of-the-art entertainment throughout the entire aircraft. Building on our year-round non-stop services from Toronto to Tokyo and Delhi, our new Hong Kong service strengthens Toronto as an international gateway of choice to Asia." 

On board, customers enjoy exciting new amenities in both Executive First and Hospitality Service cabins configured to seat 42 and 225 passengers, respectively. Air Canada has significantly enhanced its premium international product, Executive First, with the introduction of lie-flat seats on its new A340-500 service to Hong Kong. Combined with a generous 63 inch pitch, the luxurious lie-flat seats provide the ultimate experience in restful long haul flying, with adjustable privacy dividers, lumbar support system and personal large screen monitor offering video on demand. In addition, Air Canada's Hospitality Service customers enjoy, for the first time, individually controlled video on demand with personal monitors at each seat for a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment experience using a fully digital audio and video system. The Hospitality Service cabin features fully adjustable seats and headrests in a spacious 2x4x2 layout with 33-inch pitch providing more legroom than other carriers.

Air Canada's new daily non-stop flights from Toronto to Hong Kong complement its daily Vancouver-Hong Kong flights by offering customers the choice and flexibility of two daily flights linking both western and eastern Canada with one of Asia's most important business centres and gateway to southeast Asia. With a 0945 departure from Toronto, flight AC015 is timed to offer convenient morning connections to and from points throughout Air Canada's extensive North American network, particularly in eastern Canada and the United States. The early afternoon arrival in Hong Kong at 1315 the next day ensures connecting options for onward travel throughout Asia. The eastbound flight, AC016, leaves Hong Kong at 1515 and arrives in Toronto at 1835 the same day.

Air Canada offers customers up to 12 non-stop flights per day in each direction between Canada and nine destinations in Asia. From its main hub in Toronto, the carrier operates daily non-stop flights to Hong Kong, Tokyo and Delhi, the only non-stop link between North America and India. From its Pacific Asian gateway in Vancouver, Air Canada serves Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Seoul with daily non-stop flights, as well as Taipei on a codeshare basis.

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