Air Canada confirms seasonal Auckland service

Four weekly flights commence 14 December, 2019

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Air Canada is adding new non-stop, seasonal flights between Auckland and Vancouver, Canada. Air Canada’s flights to Vancouver will operate four times weekly aboard the carrier’s state-of-the-art flagship Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, beginning 14 December 2019 until the end of March 2020 (subject to obtaining the necessary government approvals).

Air Canada has also finalised a Memorandum of Understanding with Star Alliance partner, Air New Zealand, to pursue expanding its current alliance arrangement to strategically cooperate in the form of a Joint Venture. The agreement is subject to Air Canada and Air New Zealand making the necessary filings, obtaining competition and other regulatory approvals and finalising documentation. A deeper, more integrated partnership will provide greater customer choice, comprehensive benefits and an expanded trans-Pacific network.

Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Lucie Guillemette said flights have been timed to provide a “multitude of non-stop destinations throughout North America, including New York-Newark”.

“Our Dreamliners, featuring our Signature Service together with the seamless connections through in-transit pre-clearance facilities and competitive elapsed travel times, position Air Canada and YVR as a preferred trans-Pacific option for travel.”

Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Signature Class
Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Signature Class

John MacLeod, Vice President, Global Sales and Alliances at Air Canada said the airlines was keen to deepen the relationship with Air New Zealand, “optimising our far-reaching trans-Pacific network cooperation, offering our customers a choice of more flights, connections and travel opportunities”.

Air Canada’s proposed flight schedule is as follows:

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

AC51

Vancouver 23:45

Auckland 11:05 + 2 days

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

AC52

Auckland 14:40

Vancouver 06:40

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

 

In addition, Air Canada has confirmed it will launch flights:

  • From Montreal to São Paulo, Brazil, the only non-stop flights between the two cities. This new route to São Paulo will commence on 11 December 2019 and operate three return trips weekly from Montreal until 27 March 2020.
  • Between Toronto and Quito. The new route, to be operated three times weekly on a seasonal basis by Air Canada Rouge, will be the first non-stop service to Ecuador from Canada when it begins 8 December 2019.
  • From Toronto to Honolulu utilising Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft from 14 December 2019 on a thrice-weekly basis until 26 Apri, 2020.

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