Arrivals & Departures New nonstop flight to Canada means faster journey

Good news for those who want to visit Canada and the US. 

Air Canada has launched the only non-stop service between Melbourne and Vancouver. 

The airline will initially operate three flights a week from Melbourne — AC038 departs at 9.40am on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. 

A fourth service will be added in November. 

Passengers will travel on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in either its Signature, premium economy or economy classes. 

Air Canada’s Australia general manager, Vic Naughton, says the new service “offers not just the only direct link to Canada but also one of the fastest ways for Australians to reach New York and the US east coast”. 

He says a key reason is passengers transiting to the US can seamlessly pass through Vancouver International Airport’s US immigration and customs clearance facilities without collecting luggage. 

Air Canada has daily non-stop services from Sydney and Brisbane to Vancouver, but the beauty of the Melbourne option is transferring from domestic to international in the one terminal. 

It will also be quicker: total travel time from Melbourne is 20 hours and 50 minutes compared to 22 hours and 35 minutes from Sydney and 23 hours and 5 minutes from Brisbane.

The new service is timed to connect with domestic flights from Perth operated by codeshare partner Virgin Australia. 

Top image: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Vancouver, Canada. 

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