AC Expanding Dreamliner Service From YVR; DEL To Go Daily
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
A day after WestJet announced that its first three 787 Dreamliners will fly to European destinations from Calgary, Air Canada has fired back with a major announcement on 787 services from Vancouver.
The airline is increasing service to Delhi with daily flights on a year-round basis starting 2JUN, 2019. It will also boost its non-stop Melbourne service to four times weekly year-round, and summer seasonal service to Zurich will increase to five flights a week. YVR-Osaka (Kansai) flights will be five times weekly from JUN-OCT next summer.
“We are pleased to increase our capacity to these important markets as we continue to strategically broaden our international network from our Vancouver hub,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning.
“Customers have responded positively to our increasing service to Delhi and this flight will now operate daily on a year-round basis to meet demand. The addition of a fourth weekly flight to Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, year-round will provide further convenience to business and leisure travellers between North America and Australia, offering seamless connections thanks to the in-transit preclearance facilities at YVR. With Dreamliner service to Osaka and increased frequencies to Zurich, we are further strengthening our convenient network to European and Asian markets from YVR, reflecting demand between Canada and these destinations in the busy summer travel season,” Gallardo added.
“It’s fantastic to see Air Canada continuing to build out its hub and global network from YVR—especially with the incredible Dreamliner. Since the beginning of 2017 alone, Air Canada has launched five international destinations and four new U.S. destinations at YVR,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority.
“The increased flights to Delhi, Melbourne and Zurich speaks to the continued strength of YVR’s market and our goal to connect B.C. proudly to the world.”
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