Air Canada has announced significant plans to expand its service towards critical Asian locations.
As part of the announcement, there are new routes and seasonal resumptions, among other changes.
Vancouver To See Many Changes Towards Asia
Air Canada has revealed it’ll improve its Vancouver to Hong Kong connection service.
The carrier will offer 11 weekly flights from December 13, 2023, to February 29, 2024, to support the fantastic demand of the Lunar New Year travel period.
Following these increased operations, the airline will return to offering ten weekly flights from March 1, 2024, to October 26, 2024.
Vancouver to Bangkok will see an extended winter seasonal service from December 1, 2023, to May 5, 2024. Four weekly flights have been increased daily between the January and February peak winter season.
Vancouver to Shanghai will see four weekly flights upgraded to the Boeing 777-300ER with a higher capacity to navigate the Lunar New Year and peak holiday period.
This four-month period where the 777-300ER will feature in Shanghai will finally see four weekly flights operated by the standard Boeing 787-9.
From April 3, 2024, the airline will launch a new service from Vancouver to Singapore with four weekly flights.
Vancouver to Osaka will enjoy seasonal flights beginning earlier than usual. Three weekly services will be offered from May 1, 2024, increasing to four weekly from June 17, 2024.
Meanwhile, the aircraft utilised will be upgraded between Vancouver and Narita until April 30, 2024. The airline will operate the 777-300ER thanks to its higher capacity.
Vancouver to Seoul will additionally see flights upgraded to the 777-300ER for the entirety of the winter season in response to demand.
Toronto Gets Expansion To Asia
Toronto will also see a handful of adjustments to its schedule towards Asia in response to growing demand levels.
For the entire summer season 2024, Air Canada will upgrade its service towards Narita to the 777-300ER.
Meanwhile, Haneda will see the 777-300ER operate daily for the entire winter season as a response to the demand.
Seoul will lastly see daily flights operate year-round with the Boeing 787s.
Just One Change For Montreal
Montreal is the last city to see an adjustment to its flying schedule towards Asia for the near term.
Air Canada will send a Boeing 777-300ER towards Narita for the whole summer season, with daily flights available to customers.
Comments From Executives
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% this winter compared to last year. Next spring, seasonal Osaka flights resume earlier and larger aircraft will operate to Narita and Seoul.
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.Mark Galardo, Executive Vice President, Revenue and Network Planning, at Air Canada.