Air Canada boosts capacity to Asia starting December as airline continues international network diversification

Air Canada Boosts Capacity to Asia Starting December as Airline Continues International Network Diversification (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Air Canada today announced it is strategically boosting its Asia-Pacific network capacity beginning mid-December through to the end of next summer 2024.

    “Air Canada’s Asia services continue to reflect strong demand and we are boosting capacity to this geographic area as we deploy our international diversification strategy.

    This winter we are pleased to offer up to 57 flights per week between Canada and Asia, and up to 64 flights per week next summer. Air Canada will have up to double daily flights to Hong Kong and larger aircraft operating to Shanghai during the December holiday and Lunar New Year travel periods.

    Capacity to Japan increases by 96 per cent this winter compared to last year. Next spring, seasonal Osaka flights resume earlier and larger aircraft will operate to Narita and Seoul,” said Mark Galardo, Executive Vice President, Revenue and Network Planning, at Air Canada.

    “Our upcoming launch of our new route to Singapore and increased capacity on our successful Bangkok route underscores our continued commitment to investing in fast-growing markets in Southeast Asia.

    With the investments we have made at our global hub airports linking Air Canada’s extensive North American network to our international flights, travelling between North America and Asia is convenient and compelling for leisure and business travellers alike. We look forward to welcoming customers onboard our flights,” concluded Mr. Galardo.

    Air Canada’s international services

    Air Canada’s international onboard services showcase some of Canada’s best culinary talent through Air Canada’s panel of celebrated chefs, comprising award-winning, Vancouver-based chefs David Hawksworth and Vikram Vij, and renowned Montreal chefs Antonio Park and Jérôme Ferrer. Complementing the culinary journey is a selection of top wines chosen by leading Canadian sommelier, Véronique Rivest.

    Customers have opportunities to collect and redeem points through Aeroplan, Canada’s leading loyalty program, when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits including Air Canada’s exclusive Signature Suite at YVR and at Toronto Pearson.

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    RouteService Improvements
    Vancouver-Hong Kong 

    • 11 weekly flights Dec 13 – Feb 29, 2024 to support holiday and Lunar New Year travel
    • 10 week flights Mar 1 – Oct 26, 2024



    • Extended winter seasonal service, from Dec. 1 – May 5, 2024
    • 4 weekly flights increased to daily from Jan 8 – Feb. 28, 2024 winter peak



    • 4 weekly flights Dec 1 – Mar 30, 2024 upgauged to Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for holiday and Lunar New Year travel
    • 4 weekly flights operate with Boeing 787-9 all other times



    • 4 weekly flights launch Apr. 3, 2024



    • Seasonal flights begin earlier on May 1, 2024, three times weekly
    • Increases to four weekly flights beginning June 17, 2024



    • Daily flights upgauged to Boeing 777-300ER aircraft until April 30, 2024
    • Daily flights operated with Boeing 787-9 all other times



    • Daily flights upgauged to Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for full summer season



    • Daily flights upgauged to Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for full summer season



    • Daily flights upgauged to Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for full winter season
    • Daily flights operate with Boeing 787-9 all other times



    • Daily flights upgauged to Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for full summer
    • Daily flights operate with Boeing 787-9 all other times



    • Daily flights operate with Boeing 787-9 year-round



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