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first_imgGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterAir Canada has celebrated the commencement of its first year-round service between Melbourne and Vancouver, with non-stop Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights opening up an exciting new gateway to North America for travellers across Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.Air Canada is initially operating three non-stop services from Melbourne a week, with flight AC038 departing at 09:40am each Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. A fourth service will be added in November 2018.From Vancouver passengers can explore British Columbia’s world-renowned attractions or continue on to more than 120 destinations across Canada and the Unites States. Australian flights are specifically timed to optimise connectivity to the airline’s extensive US network, which includes popular cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston and Las Vegas.Passengers on the new Melbourne-Vancouver service will travel in Air Canada’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which offers a choice of three cabins: Air Canada Signature Class (featuring the airline’s next generation Executive Pod), Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.Cutting the ribbon are (L-R) Ryan Both, Melbourne Airport’s Head of Commercial Aviation and Vic Naughton, Air Canada’s General Manager AUS/NZ.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,” says Naughton.“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.”Air Canada GM Australia/New Zealand, Vic NaughtonMelbourne is Air Canada’s third year-round port in Australia, with daily non-stop services operating from Sydney and Brisbane to Vancouver International Airport.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 adding to its rapidly-expanding international network this year, which now includes more than 200 airports on six continents.FlightRouteFrequencyLaunchesDepartArrive DestinationAC038Melbourne-Vancouverthree times weeklyJune 3, 201809:40  Tue / Fri / Sun07:35AC037Vancouver-Melbournethree times weeklyJune 1, 201822:45  Wed / Fri / Sun07:55 (+2 days)last_img

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