Year-round Melbourne-Vancouver flights launched by Air Canada

Posted: 5 June 2018 2:58 pm

New service to run three times weekly and is now the fastest way to get to Canada.

It seems like the gap between Australia and the rest of the world just keeps getting smaller and smaller. Just a few days ago Royal Brunei cut out five hours of travel time between Melbourne and London and now we have news of Air Canada offering year-round flights on its Melbourne-Vancouver route.

The airline officially kicked off the non-stop service after successfully testing the market with seasonal flights. The plan is to offer flights three times a week until 1 November 2018 when it will operate four times weekly.

Flight AC038 will depart Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from Melbourne on Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Passengers can expect economy class, premium economy and Air Canada’s Signature Class (business class).

Current prices on Skyscanner show fares from $1,184 return and a flight time of 14 hours 55 minutes there and 16 hours back. The only cheaper alternative is a painful 39-hour journey with China Eastern that includes a 17-hour stopover in Shanghai from $939 return.

The service is timed to connect domestic flights from Adelaide, Hobart and Perth using Virgin Australia, Air Canada’s codeshare partner.

The move increases the airline’s Australian network to three cities, including Brisbane and Sydney. The service is now the fastest way for Melburnians to visit Canada, New York and the East Coast of the USA.

Lengthy delays in US immigration and customs is commonly one of the most frustrating things about a stopover in the states but passengers who are transiting can be cleared in Vancouver without needing to collect their bags.

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