Air Canada hits pause on year-round Melbourne-Vancouver flights

Air Canada will suspend flights between Melbourne and Vancouver from May to November 2020.

By David Flynn, February 13 2020
Air Canada hits pause on year-round Melbourne-Vancouver flights

Air Canada is shifting its Melbourne-Vancouver flights to a seasonal schedule, and will hit pause on the non-stop Boeing 787 service on May 1, 2020, with flights due to restart at on November 29.

An Air Canada spokesperson confirmed the adjustment to Executive Traveller, describing the changes as "a result of ongoing operational adjustments we undertake to optimise and balance our fleet with our global schedule."

"Melbourne remains an important part of our global network and Air Canada is highly committed to this market, our third destination in Australia."

Air Canada's Boeing 787-9 between Melbourne and Vancouver will take a break from May to November 2020.
Air Canada's Boeing 787-9 between Melbourne and Vancouver will take a break from May to November 2020.

The Star Alliance member, which also flies daily from Sydney and Brisbane to Vancouver, currently flies between Melbourne and Vancouver four times each week. The 15 hour trans-Pacific trek was previously operated under seasonal schedule, but in June 2018 the airline ramped that up to a year-round roster.

The airline says it will "continue to offer travel options from Melbourne", and will "rebook any affected passengers though Air Canada’s flights from Sydney or Brisbane with connecting domestic flights on Virgin Australia or Qantas."

As previously reported, Air Canada is set to open its new Signature Suite lounge at Vancouver in mid-March, with the business class-only flourishing a proudly Canadian aesthetic in food, drink and design.

The Signature Suite lounges have areas set aside for dining, working and relaxing.
The Signature Suite lounges have areas set aside for dining, working and relaxing.

Modelled along the same lines as the Signature Suite Toronto, the Vancouver lounge is promised as  “a haven away from the airport hustle… where you can enjoy spectacular service in the restaurant dining room and bar area, work peacefully in the quiet work area or take advantage of a personalised concierge service, there to take care of all of your travel needs.”

The dining room and bar at Air Canada's debut Signature Suite lounge in Toronto.
The dining room and bar at Air Canada's debut Signature Suite lounge in Toronto.

Travellers can expect an upmarket vibe with highly local design influences in materials (such as maple woods) and artwork, and a strong focus on quality dining – including an à la carte menu shaped by feted Canadian chef David Hawksworth – before hopping onto your international Air Canada flight.

Read more: Opening soon – Air Canada's Signature Suite lounge at Vancouver

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

14 Feb 2020

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It makes me wonder why Qantas does not offer a year round service to Vancouver from the Australian east coast and not just seasonally as is. Qantas should also look at a service to Toronto as well.

I regularly travel AC on their YVR/MEL non-stop flight. They would be better to reduce their non-stop Sydney and Brisbane flights from seven days to six days a week and keep two flights a week for Melbourne. Stopping all direct Melbourne flights for seven months of the year just gives Melbourne customers a reason to look at other alternatives, such as, Air NZ via Auckland or any number of carriers via LAX/SFO. Personally I would prefer Air NZ via AKL than having the hassle of changing terminals etc in SYD or BNE.


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