Star Alliance member Air Canada will launch year-round Melbourne-Vancouver flights in June 2018 using its Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
The airline had already planned seasonal Melbourne-Vancouver flights between December 4 2017 and February 4 2018, with its mid-year return bringing three flights per week in each direction.
Business class passengers aboard the Dreamliner will find 30 seats at the pointy end, nicknamed ‘executive pods’ and transforming into 80-inch (203cm) fully-flat beds at the touch of a button…
… with the cabin arranged in the increasingly popular 1-2-1 layout to provide direct aisle access from every seat:
Behind that is a cosy, three-row premium economy zone, with 21 seats adopting a 2-3-2 layout…
… each being 19.5 inches (49.5cm) wide, reclining seven inches (17.8cm), with an 11-inch (28cm) HD video screen in front and a total seat pitch of 38 inches (96.5cm).
Melbourne is the third Australian destination for Air Canada, which runs daily flights from Vancouver to both Sydney and Brisbane: the latter also served by Boeing 787 aircraft.
From June 1 2018, Air Canada flight AC37 departs Vancouver at 10:45pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, before touching down in Melbourne at 7:55am two calendar days later.
Out of the Coffee Capital, AC38 takes flight from June 3 – pushing back at 9:40am on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, to reach Vancouver at 7:35am local time on the same calendar day.
Air Canada’s flights from Melbourne are also timed to allow same-day domestic connections from Adelaide, Hobart and Perth on codeshare partner Virgin Australia: although the ability to earn and redeem Velocity points on Air Canada flights (with AC flight numbers) is still a work in progress.