Air Canada boosts Sydney-Vancouver to 10 flights each week

The Star Alliance airline soars back into South Pacific skies with flights to Vancouver and beyond...

By David Flynn, April 5 2022
Air Canada boosts Sydney-Vancouver to 10 flights each week

With travel confidence continuing to improve in 2022, Air Canada is making the most of the upbeat mood.

The Star Alliance member will ramp up its Sydney-Vancouver flights from the daily schedule as of May 1 to ten weekly return flights during the peak travel period of June 6 to September 5.

The additional flights, earmarked as AC38, will depart Sydney on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 1:40pm, and make it easier for travellers from outside Sydney who need a connecting domestic flight before winging their way to Vancouver (compared to the 9.30am departure of flight AC34).

Air Canada will also bring back direct Brisbane-Vancouver flights – the only carrier serving this trans-Pacific corridor – beginning July 1 from Vancouver (on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) and July 3 from Brisbane (on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).

If you’re not in Sydney or Brisbane, Air Canada’s partnership with Virgin Australia offers easy connections from a slew of other cities.

Auckland is also back on Air Canada’s map, with three flights a week from November 10.

The Brisbane and Auckland flights will be handled by Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which – like the Sydney-Vancouver Boeing 777 – feature spacious Signature Class lie-flat business suites and WiFi.

Air Canada's flagship Signature Class.
Air Canada's flagship Signature Class.

Business class travellers and those with top-tier frequent flyer status can begin their journey from Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland from the lounges of Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand, with the Signature Suite lounge at Vancouver slated to reopen by mid-year.

Air Canada's Signature Suite lounge at Vancouver.
Air Canada's Signature Suite lounge at Vancouver.

Both in the air and on the ground, business class flyers will enjoy a menu developed by award-winning Vancouver-based chef David Hawksworth and Montreal-based chef Jérôme Ferrer, with matching wines chosen leading Canadian sommelier Véronique Rivest.

This Smoked Trout Niçoise salad is one of the dishes business class flyers can look forward to.
This Smoked Trout Niçoise salad is one of the dishes business class flyers can look forward to.

If you’re in premium economy or economy, top-tier frequent flyer status with Air Canada Aeroplan (Elite 50K, 75K or Super Elite) or a Star Alliance member airline (Star Alliance Gold) provides entry into Air Canada’s international and domestic network of Maple Leaf lounges.

One of Air Canada's many Maple Leaf lounges.
One of Air Canada's many Maple Leaf lounges.

And while Vancouver remains a superb destination in its own right, it's also the gateway to the ski, snow and mountain sports mecca of Whistler along with the Alaska cruise circuit, including Glacier Bay and the 'Inside Passage' coastal route.

In recent years, Air Canada has also become an appealing option for travel to New York thanks to the seamless connections offered by Vancouver’s in-transit pre-clearance facilities network.

“Our new services not only provide more direct links to Canada, they also open up one of the fastest ways for Australians and Kiwis to reach New York and other key US cities,” says Vic Naughton, Air Canada’s General Manager Australia and New Zealand.

Air Canada passengers continuing on to cities across the United States quickly pass through Vancouver’s convenient US immigration and customs clearance facilities, which means they arrive at their final US destination as a domestic passenger.

“In addition, passengers travelling beyond Vancouver to other points in Canada don’t need to recheck their baggage in transit or pass through extra security checks,” adds Naughton, who describes Vancouver as “the most friendly and convenient year-round gateway to North America for business and leisure travellers.”

“For Australian and New Zealand travellers, it adds up to an unrivaled customer journey experience."

Under the Virgin Australia partnership, Velocity Frequent Flyers can earn points and status credits on Air Canada flights – although the more you travel with Air Canada, the more appealing its Aeroplan rewards program will be.

23 Oct 2014

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Fantastic news for Velocity Members and Virgin Australia FF’s - I’ll be looking into Jan Flight options for sure. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jan 2014

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Interesting detail in this, only certain approved vaccines, if this is replicated in more countries, most Chinese people and those who have had the Chinese made vaccine, will not be traveling to some countries.

01 Jul 2021

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I wonder if they will bring back Melbourne to Vancouver next year?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

04 Aug 2017

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Similarly, I'll be interested to see if Brisbane-Vancouver makes a return as well. With family in the PNW, going into Vancouver and driving over the border beats the pants off negotiating LAX and/or SFO.

bris va hawk, that's fine but to go for a couple of weeks in January school holidays, departing 1st week is still around $3000 on Air Canada, where on same dates can fly to LAX or SFO for $1000. For a family of 6 that's $12,000 to get from LAX or SFO to Vancouver, when you can get flights from USD$59 inc 2 bags from San Fran to Bellingham, which is a 20 min Uber ride to the border or simply use Qantas, Virgin or other points/miles for LAX or SFO to YVR. Is AC seamless, sure, but via LAX or SFO is an adventure & massive savings. Alternatively, could upgrade to business class on long haul into LAX or SFO for probably $1000 each. It's only a 3 hour flight LAX/YVR & 2 hours SFO/YVR.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

04 Aug 2017

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@regular flyer - calling via LAX an adventure is a nice way of putting it! Don't get me wrong, as a (normally) single traveller, not a problem, however I don't fancy wrangling multiple children through the sh1tstorm that is LAX if I can go direct to YVR! Hopefully once we get back to some sense of normality in 2022 the pricing should standardise.

Mind you, as it is there is only one direct mainland US option out of BNE at this point in time anyway!

bris va hawk

you forget about Fiji air. Daily BNE/NAN & 5 days a week it connects to LAX & think 2 of those days it connects to SFO & earn qantas points.

The massive savings could mean, have a stop in Fiji for a couple of nights, upgrade on the daily A350 NAN/LAX/NAN or there are 4 or 5 days a week NAN/SFO. Bidding on the long hauls starts around AU$860, but friends who are upgrading tomorrow out of SYD said the minimum bid was higher at au$1150. Still not bad for probably THE best business class across the Pacific.

Also I don't know if the Qantas A332 will be able to do BNE/LAX & LAX/BNE nonstop ? No freight & no passenger sure, but with a decent load they must surely have to stop somewhere for fuel & that could be Fiji, ironically.

If going BNE/NAN/LAX same day on fiji air, the stop in Fiji airport(you don't actually enter Fiji & so don't need a PSC test, just a rat for USA), is quite a few hours. Arrive at 5pm. Board the Q350 at 8.55pm, which means about 3 1/2 hours sitting around, but can go to the new premier lounge there for FJ$99, which is about AU$60 or duty free shopping. AU$60 when saving thousands is tiny.

bris va hawk

just noticed fiji air must be the only airline operating more flights ex Australia & ex USA in Jan 2022, cf. Jan 2020.

It seems they have 3 flights a day SYD/NAN, around 6am, 2pm & 3pm (2pm is A350, others B738s) & also 5 days a week NAN/SFO.

Fiji must be really booming now.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

04 Aug 2017

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@regular flyer - admittedly I had not particularly considered FJ or HA via HNL, however having said that I have done that in the past, spending 4 days in Hawaii and then heading off to SEA on DL's redeye. Clearing immigration in HNL was painful when we did it in 2019, however they were renovating the airport so hopefully it's better now??

FJs business class on A350s must be best across the Pacific.

A350 is direct SYD/LAX with a relatively short stop in NAN.

or if want a shorter stop in NAN, can get a B738 an hour later than A350 out of SYD, which means less time on ground in Fiji transit (not actually considered Fiji)

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

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Give me the nicer Qantas dreamliner experience for that 14 hour stretch over a horrible 777 any day.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Aug 2012

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Doesn't look so horrible to me @Joe.

Then again I don't do Economy, anywhere, ever!

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

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Hard product is just fine. It's more so the aircraft. In this day and age nobody should be paying to put up with old technology especially with A380, A350 and B787 composite fuselage technology out there. The 777 is very loud with poor humidity and atmospherics. Fine for a few hours but for ultra long haul it's so yesterday. I dare say the 777x wont be much better considering the composite material has only gone into the wings and not the fuselage.

23 Oct 2014

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Can you enlighten me on the “humidity” on the A380’?? That’s misleading - it’s “old tech” also according to yourself.

04 Dec 2017

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The A380 upper fuselage is made from a laminated aluminum/composite structure (GLARE). And you can add humidifiers to improve the humidity (along with zone dryers to prevent "rain in the plane" and corrosion behind panels). Many A380 operators added this on their aircraft. Trust you're feeling a little more enlightened.

27 Aug 2018

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Thats great, i have a stash of Krisflyer points id like to use. Doesnt seem to be any availability yet on singapore website or via phone. Any thoughts on when or if it may be available?

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

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With the A380 having lots of prototype tech enhanced further for the A350 it's a no brainer the A380 is not old tech in comparison to a 777.  Now that's old tech even with the 777x, expept for the folding wings and a few new LED colours for the cabin lighting. Granted it may only be  just loud and not very loud with the newer gen engines.

23 Oct 2014

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Ah yes thanks - they can be “fitted” as an option - what’s the bet the local operators do not have them “fitted” as it’s not standard equipment - and the aircraft is already grossly overweight and fuel inefficient, and it’s engaged in 14hr flights. First aircraft to publicly widespread claim better humidity in the entire cabin is A350 / B787, not the A380 “optional upper deck” - who should know it’s fitted.

07 May 2020

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I doubt it very much. You see, the covid infection rate in Canada is going through the roof, even though most of the population has been medicated. I can't see any Australian state welcoming medicated Canadians unless they do the mandatory 14 day quarantine. So will many, if any Canadians want to visit Australia under those conditions? Will Air Canada really fly their craft to Australia empty? These are difficult questions.

Air Canada - Aeroplan

28 Feb 2015

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This is a strange post. Canada is being treated the same as every other country (outside of Africa). 14 days' quarantine is required in states other than Vic and NSW, same as for every other country. I arrived in Adelaide from Canada on 25 Nov and was allowed to do 7 days' home quarantine, though it was extended to 14 days at home in the middle of it. But that ws for every international arrival, not just Canada.

Remember also that there are a lot of Australians in Canada who wanted to get back to Australia in the last couple of years, and in the absence of AC and QF all routes were extremely roundabout and cost a fortune. (I know - my routing last month took six sectors and 62 hours). The flight YVR-SYD on 14 Dec (AC's first outbound) was just about full in all classes, despite high prices.

plenty of Australians have flown home from USA & Canada in the last 19 months, on Air NZ (until their crazy PM shut down Air NZ) & United. Know quite a few who did.

There were also option via middle eastern airlines + probably something via Asia.

Air Canada - Aeroplan

28 Feb 2015

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Yes, there were options, though if you didn't live in Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver your options became fewer right there. I arrived in Adelaide at the end of November from Halifax, via Toronto, Vancouver, Seoul, Hong Kong and Sydney (62 hours). AC cancelled one flight after another; I had to make a formal written application to Cathay Pacific to move the date back by one day for HKG-SYD (took two weeks to get approval). Other options that sold out long ago did include United, but at unaffordable prices.

The fact remains that, despite high prices, the first AC33 since April last year arrived full.

sounds like you needed a much better travel agent !!!

Some friends got home on United very cheaply (who wants to fly United) & others came on Air NZ very cheaply.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

13 Mar 2015

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Just before the pandemic the PE products was horrible, comparable with the cheap service of SAS. Pre-Pandemic QF PE product was amazing good, surpassing other PE products with very high standards... But AC not recommended in PE, nor in Business... very comfortable suite, but QF is way much better and more "privacy", the quality service is just not there, great crew... but not the great quality...I had the chance to fly AC on a long-haul flight in J class and let me tell you that it was like a "domestic" long-haul flight... not really good. From North America to Australia I will always recommend QF, NZ, AA and UA... after that nothing else.. DL is nothing great, maybe great seat but the quality of service and products served are not that great,. 

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15 Jan 2013

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It makes sense and on the one of the better planes by far.I flew Qantas to Canada years and years ago using 747-200's and it was old by comparison and in Economy(1989-1990)on a school trip but compared to the oppositions DC10(Canadian)IT WAS THE BETTER OPTION.

This is good news but when is Qantas ever going to get some form of better connection to get from the U.S. West Coast (LAX) thru to eastern Canada and arrive in eastern Canada (Toronto) late afternoon/early evening ?
That West Jet connection in LA is okay but painful having to wait until early PM for departure ex LAX and arriving into Toronto much later in the evening/night.
Brisbane to Chicago would work fine as it is only a short flight from there to Toronto.

so extra flights should mean lower fares, you'd think ? Was looking on gumtree & found SYD/LAX 25DEC, LAX/SYD 14JAN for $1199 return. Would imagine most flights on Xmas day anywhere might have very average loads & lower fares, as most people want to be where they are going before 25DEC or after, not on 25DEC, except perhaps the jewish community. Had a look & SYD/YVR & YVR/SYD on same dates $3300 !!! It's a 3 hour flight from Los Angeles to Vancouver. Plenty of cheap ways to do that, from 14,000 qantas points & probably less virgin points. Saw a suggestion that a really cheap way to get to Vancouver is to fly to Bellingham(BLI), which is 20 mins from the border & an hours drive to Vancouver + whatever time it takes for land border crossing. (would it take any longer than clearing immigration at the airport ?) Flights LA to BLI start at only us$79(au$105) inc 2 checked bags, one of which can be a ski bag. From there can get an Uber, bus or simply rent a car. Yes you can pick up a car in usa & drop in Canada. Think the one way fee is about $150, which is trivial when divide by a few people. Or you can fly to Seattle & bus, drive or train to Vancouver.


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