Air Canada has plenty of news for 2016, with the commencement of its new non-stop B787 Dreamliner route between Brisbane and Vancouver, and a reconfiguration of its B777 bringing premium economy to its daily Sydney services.
From 17 June 2016, Air Canada will commence flying non-stop from Vancouver to Brisbane three times weekly, with the intention to increase to daily service, subject to government approvals. The flights complement Air Canada’s yearround, daily non-stop flights to Sydney.
The state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft features 20 International Business Class lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy and 210 Economy Class seats offering upgraded in-flight entertainment at every seat throughout the aircraft. Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to and from Air Canada’s extensive North American network through the airline’s Vancouver hub, providing Queensland passengers with the option of a ‘two-nation vacation’ combining Canada and the US.
One month earlier, in May 2016, the Canadian flag-carrier’s daily direct service between Sydney and Vancouver will feature an upgraded Boeing 777-200LR jet sporting the same business class as its flagship Boeing 787 fleet. The pointy end of the plane will see 40 ‘Executive Pods’ – next generation 80 inch fully lie-flat seats arranged in a 1-2-1 layout so that every passenger has direct access to the aisle. The refreshed jet will also debut Air Canada’s premium economy onto the route, with 24 seats of 19.5 inches wide with a 38 inch pitch and 7 inch recline, plus an AC power outlet.
Paul McLean, Air Canada’s GM for Australia and New Zealand says the refurb means that not only is Air Canada’s network expanding out of Australia, but from mid- 2016 all passengers will experience the airline’s latest world-class on-board product.