Air Canada resumes Sydney flights from December 17

Fully-vaccinated flyers can now book their seats for a trip to Vancouver and beyond...

By David Flynn, September 14 2021
Air Canada resumes Sydney flights from December 17

Air Canada plans to restart Sydney-Vancouver flights from December 17, with flights now on sale as both Australia and Canada reopen their international borders.

However, as expected, trans-Pacific travel will be restricted to people who have been fully vaccinated – and only "with the Government of Canada-accepted vaccines", the airline notes – although this set includes the AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer jabs being used in Australia.

"As travel restrictions ease across the globe, we are committed to rebuild our international network and continue as a global carrier connecting the world with Canada," said Vic Naughton, General Manager, Australia and New Zealand at Air Canada.

"Our flights from Sydney to Vancouver conveniently connect to our flights across Canada and the U.S. at our Vancouver hub."

Air Canada says its "industry-leading" CleanCare+ bio-safety protocols will give passengers peace of mind both in airport lounges and in the air, and has launched a dedicated online Travel Hub guide to help guests understand their key travel requirements.

Air Canada's Boeing 777-200LR features Signature Class business suites.
Air Canada's Boeing 777-200LR features Signature Class business suites.

The restart timetable for Air Canada's Sydney-Vancouver route sees an initial four flights per week on the airline's long-range Boeing 777-200LR jet, which features spacious Signature Class lie-flat business suites, along with premium economy and economy class seating.

Flight AC34 will departs Sydney on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, with the AC33 Vancouver-Sydney leg running on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The airline notes that its schedule "may be adjusted as required based on the Covid-19 trajectory and government restrictions."

Alongside Air Canada's return, Qantas is also upgrading Sydney-Vancouver from a seasonal service to run throughout the year, with three Boeing 787-9 flights a week from December 18.

Under a partnership with Virgin Australia, Velocity Frequent Flyers can earn points and status credits on Air Canada flights, and even make a booking with their Velocity points, although at the time of writing this doesn't include access to Air Canada's Maple Leaf airport lounges for Velocity Gold and Platinum members.

Read more: Virgin Australia, Air Canada launch frequent flyer partnership

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.

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?

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.

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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