Air Canada’s inaugural flight AC35, 787 Dreamliner service from Vancouver arrived in Brisbane, Australia on June 3, marking the launch of the only non-stop service linking Canada and Queensland’s capital.
The new Brisbane-Vancouver flights are timed to optimize connectivity to and from Air Canada’s North American network through the airline’s Vancouver hub, while also offering connectivity across Australia from Brisbane.
From June 17, 2016, the Boeing 787 service will continue on to Newark, providing Australian passengers with same aircraft service to New York.
Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada commented: “We are delighted to launch the only non-stop service between Brisbane and Vancouver.
“Travellers from across Queensland can now fly direct to one of the world’s most beautiful and year-round destinations, from where they can explore the spectacular Pacific coast and the Canadian Rockies. In addition, Vancouver provides trans-Pacific travellers with an unrivalled gateway to North America.”
Julieanne Alroe, Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO and Managing Director, said the importance of the launch for tourism and business could not be under-estimated.
“A direct flight straight from Brisbane to Vancouver is great news for Queensland travellers with Canada’s famously rugged and beautiful landscape now a comfortable and convenient direct flight away,” said Ms Alroe.
“At the same time, Canada-Australia business ties are of increasing significance with our two economies sharing many major industries, like mining, agriculture and tourism, but complementing each other by operating opposing growing and tourist seasons.
“It is a win for Brisbane Airport, a big win for travellers as well as businesses throughout the region and the entire state of Queensland.”
Air Canada’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft features 20 International Business Class lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy and 210 Economy Class seats featuring upgraded in-flight entertainment at every seat throughout the aircraft.