Air Canada is making its big return to the South Pacific, with the return of daily flights from Sydney and the resumption of services from both Brisbane and Auckland.
All flights will operate to and from Air Canada’s trans-Pacific hub at Vancouver International Airport, from where travellers can conveniently connect with the carrier’s vast North American network.
Air Canada general manager Australia and New Zealand Vic Naughton said the new services will further establish Vancouver as the most friendly and convenient year-round gateway to North America for business and leisure travellers.
“Our new services not only provide more direct links to Canada, they also open up one of the fastest ways for Australians and Kiwis to reach New York and other key US cities,” Naughton said.
“That’s because Air Canada passengers continuing on to cities across the United States quickly pass through Vancouver’s convenient US immigration and customs clearance facilities, which means they arrive at their final US destination as a domestic passenger.
“In addition, passengers travelling beyond Vancouver to other points in Canada don’t need to recheck their baggage in transit or pass through extra security checks.
“For Australian and New Zealand travellers, it adds up to an unrivalled customer journey experience.”
The airline will bring back its daily flights between Sydney and Vancouver from early May and is set to resume flights between Vancouver and Brisbane from 1 July, and between Vancouver and Auckland on November 10.
Air Canada’s South Pacific flights connect to and from its North American network in YVR including New York-Newark, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Victoria, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles among other cities.
In Sydney and Brisbane, flights will connect to and from Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Cairns and other destinations with its code-share partner, Virgin Australia.
Speaking of Virgin, Air Canada has expanded its partnership with the airline, eight million Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program members to earn Velocity Points and Status Credits and redeem on eligible flights with Air Canada between Australia and Vancouver and beyond.