Air Canada announces year-round Melbourne flights from June 2018
Air Canada today announces a further expansion of its Australian network with the launch of year-round non-stop Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ services between Melbourne and Vancouver from June 2018.
Air Canada will operate three non-stop Melbourne-Vancouver services a week from 3 June 2018, with flight AC038 departing at 09:40am each Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
Melbourne will become Air Canada’s third year-round port in Australia, with daily non-stop services currently operating from Sydney and Brisbane to Vancouver International Airport, which has for the past eight consecutive years been named ‘Best Airport in North America’ at the Skytrax World Airport Awards.
Lee Poh Kait, Air Canada Director Sales, Asia-Pacific, says the new Melbourne flights will firmly establish Vancouver as a new and exciting year-round gateway to North America for business and leisure travellers from across Australia’s south eastern states.
“For Victorians, South Australians and Tasmanians, the addition of a year-round Melbourne service will significantly reduce travel times to Vancouver, from where they can explore British Columbia’s world-renowned attractions,” says Lee. “In addition, it will provide a friendly and efficient way to explore all of North America, with seamless connections to more than 100 destinations across Canada and Unites States, including popular cities such as New York, Las Vegas and Boston.”
The introduction in June 2018 of a year-round service from Australia’s second largest city will follow the completion of a seasonal service between Melbourne and Vancouver from 3 December 2017 to 4 February 2018 (the peak northern hemisphere winter period).
Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy says the latest development shows the strength in the route.
“We’re delighted with Air Canada’s decision to expand its seasonal service into a year-round offering which reflects the popularity of the route with our holidaymakers,” says Gandy. “We could see many of our travellers were excited to visit Vancouver for the northern winter season and it’s great to now facilitate travel well beyond the ski season.”
Lee says the decision also reflects the overwhelming support the airline has received from Air Canada’s valued trade partners in Australia.
Air Canada will operate the Melbourne-Vancouver route using its state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which offers passengers a choice of three cabins: International Business Class (featuring the airline’s next generation lie-flat pod), Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.
The new Melbourne service is timed to connect to and from domestic flights from Adelaide, Hobart and Perth operated by Air Canada’s codeshare partner Virgin Australia.
The addition of Melbourne is part of a strategic broadening of Air Canada’s international network from Vancouver. In June 2018, the airline will also launch non-stop international flights from Vancouver to Paris and Zurich, giving it a total of five European ports served from its trans-Pacific hub.
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.
Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2016 served close to 45 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 57 in the United States and 95 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,300 airports in 191 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2017 Best Airline in North America.
For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.