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NEW ROUTE! Australia’s new non-stop link to Canada

There’s only one thing we like hearing more than the words “public holiday” on a Monday morning, and that’s “new plane route”!

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Air Canada has launched its first year-round service between Melbourne and Vancouver with non-stop Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights!

The airline is initially operating three non-stop services from Melbourne a week, with flight AC038 departing at 09:40 am each Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. A fourth service will be added in November 2018.

Air Canada General Manager Australia and New Zealand Vic Naughton says the Melbourne service will further establish Vancouver as the most friendly and convenient year-round gateway to North America for Australian business and leisure travellers.

“Our new Melbourne service offers not just the only direct link to Canada but also one of the fastest ways for Australians to reach New York and the US east coast,” Naughton said.

“A key reason is that upon arrival in Vancouver International Airport, passengers who are transiting to the US can seamlessly pass through the airport’s US immigration and customs clearance facilities without collecting their bags.”

“Once through they then simply board their connecting flight and collect their luggage when they touch down in the US.”

Melbourne is Air Canada’s third year-round port in Australia, with daily non-stop services operating from Sydney and Brisbane to Vancouver International Airport.

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In Australia, the new Melbourne service is timed to connect to and from domestic flights from Adelaide, Hobart and Perth operated by Air Canada’s codeshare partner Virgin Australia.

Victoria’s capital is one of 10 new destinations Air Canada is this year adding to its rapidly-expanding international network, which now includes more than 200 airports on six continents.

The airline is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from independent research firm Skytrax, which has also named Air Canada the Best Airline in North America for six of the last eight years.

Flight Route Frequency Launches Depart Arrive Destination
AC038 Melbourne-Vancouver three times weekly June 3, 2018 09:40  Tue / Fri / Sun 07:35
AC037 Vancouver-Melbourne three times weekly June 1, 2018 22:45  Wed / Fri / Sun 07:55 (+2 days)

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