Air Canada announces direct flights between Melbourne and Vancouver
This seasonal service commences 3 December 2017.
Canada's flagship carrier Air Canada has revealed it's adding six new international routes this Canadian winter - and included in the lineup are direct flights between Melbourne and Vancouver.
These will be the only direct flights between the two cities and will run throughout the Australian summer holidays from 3 December 2017 through to 4 February, so Melbourneans can experience a white Christmas without the hassle of a stopover
Flights will operate four times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday aboard the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. From Melbourne, flights depart 11:40am and arrive in Vancouver 7:30am the same day.
The return leg leaves Vancouver at 10:45pm and lands back in Melbourne at 9:45am two days later. The total flight time will be 14-15 hours depending on your direction of travel.
Of the new route, Paul McLean, Air Canada's general manager for Australia and New Zealand has said: "By operating the only non-stop service between Melbourne and Canada we are making it easier than ever before for Victorians to experience Canada's unsurpassed winter attractions, which include some of the world's leading ski resorts in British Columbia and Alberta".
Together with the Vancouver-Melbourne service, five other new routes were revealed: Vancouver-Orlando, Toronto-Belize, Toronto-St Vincent, Montreal-Lima and Montreal-Phoenix.
Each will operate over various dates between December 2017 and April 2018.
Seats on these seasonal services are now on sale and can be booked direct with Air Canada or through travel agents such as Expedia and I Want That Flight. Economy fares between Melbourne and Vancouver are priced as low as $1,268 each way on the Air Canada website or $1,164 on I Want That Flight.