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.
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.