Air Canada will launch a Vancouver International Airport to Singapore Changi service in 2024.
The announcement is a massive boost to its trans-Pacific operations. The route will also be part of a broader strategic expansion of an international network. This international expansion is made possible thanks to the utilisation of Vancouver as a critical gateway.
Air Canada says the route is slated to begin on April 3rd, 2024. The Boeing 787 will operate the route and the flights will initially be four times weekly.
Air Canada continues to adapt its international network strategy in response to evolving global trends and is broadening its presence in the Indo-Pacific region to capitalize on growing business links and Canada’s changing demographics. We are committed to growing YVR as a premier trans-Pacific hub, and Singapore is a top global financial centre, a multicultural destination that offers an abundance of tourism and food experiences, as well as an important gateway to beyond destinations in Southeast Asia, Southern India and Western Australia. Our newest flight will be equally appreciated by international business travellers, as well as those seeking an exciting holiday destination, or simply visiting friends and family. Customers can now begin planning their next trip to Singapore. We look forward to welcoming you onboard next spring.Mark Galardo, Executive Vice President, Revenue and Network Planning at Air Canada.
For Air Canada, expansion is something of heightened interest. However, constraints regarding available aircraft remain a persistent problem preventing other cities from relaunching/launching. As such, strong rumours surrounding a new commitment for aircraft, focusing on the 787, have been present. Bloomberg labelled a deal for up to 20 as advanced in May.
The service will depart Vancouver on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 0015 before arriving in Singapore the next day at 0710. It’ll spend two hours on the ground before departing at 0910 from Changi and touching down again in Vancouver at 0845. Air Canada has designated the flight numbers AC19 and AC20 for the flight.
Three service cabins will also be available on their 787-operated flights. Air Canada says its signature lie-flat seats in their Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class will be bookable.