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."
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.
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.”
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.