Air Canada’s inaugural flight AC35, 787 Dreamliner service from Vancouver arrived in Brisbane, Australia on Friday, 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 extensive North American network through the airline’s Vancouver hub, while also offering in Brisbane, excellent connectivity across Australia.
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“We are delighted to launch the only non-stop service between Brisbane and Vancouver,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
“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.
“Our new flights from Brisbane also complement our daily service between Sydney and Vancouver, solidifying our market-leading position as the airline providing the most seats between Australia and Canada.”
Julieanne Alroe, Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO and Managing Director, said the importance of today’s 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 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 state-of-the-art 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. All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.
Flight From To Depart Arrive
AC35 Vancouver (YVR) Brisbane (BNE) 23:45 07:15
AC36 Brisbane (BNE) Vancouver (YVR) 10:40 07:15
As a result of its ongoing expansion, Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 55 in the United States and 87 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America.
The new Vancouver-Brisbane service is part of Air Canada’s ongoing international expansion this year, following the recent launch of Toronto-London Gatwick and Toronto-Prague. This summer, Air Canada will also launch new international services between Toronto-Budapest, Toronto-Warsaw, Toronto-Glasgow, Toronto-Seoul, Montreal-Casablanca, Montreal-Lyon, Vancouver-Dublin and later this fall, Vancouver-Delhi. Last year, Air Canada launched new international services between Toronto-Delhi, Toronto-Amsterdam, Toronto-Dubai, Montreal-Venice, Montreal-Mexico City and Vancouver-Osaka.