Qantas will launch direct flights between Sydney and Vancouver in January 2015 to cater for strong demand during the peak of the North American winter holiday season.
Departing Sydney on Wednesdays and Saturdays with same-day connections available from the major Australian capital cities, passengers can return from Vancouver on Sundays and Thursdays.
The seasonal Vancouver flights will run from January 3-22 in 2015 on a reconfigured Boeing 747 aircraft with fully-flat Skybeds in business class, plus A380-style seats in premium economy and economy.
In the New Year, QF75 takes to Sydney's skies at 2:50pm, reaching Vancouver at 9:45am on the same calendar day.
On the return, QF76 is wheels-up at 11:45pm – touching down in Sydney at the civilised time of 10am two calendar days later.
Update: On top of these planned seasonal flights to Vancouver, Qantas is seeking travel rights between Australia and Canada on an ongoing basis.
Passengers on the Red Roo's new Vancouver flights can connect onwards within Canada to destinations such as Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg through a new codeshare partnership with Canuck airline WestJet.
“North America is a key market for Qantas and these direct services reinforce our commitment both to this market and to taking advantage of seasonal peaks, including to destinations that aren’t necessarily on our network all-year round,” said Qantas International CEO Simon Hickey.
Qantas will also boost its services between Melbourne and Los Angeles from January next year, with three extra weekly return flights on a Boeing 747 aircraft.
Already a staple of The Flying Kangaroo's existing Melbourne-Los Angeles flights, the Airbus A380 superjumbo will make a move from Hong Kong to Dallas on September 29, bringing the world's largest passenger aircraft onto the world's longest route.
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