Air Canada Vancouver to Melbourne
Air Canada introduced service to Melbourne from Vancouver on 1 December adding to its impresive roll call of new routes from the Canadian airport this year to Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Taipei Taoyuan, Nagoya, Frankfurt and London Gatwick. Cutting the ribbon for the new Australian route were: Ty Speer, President and CEO, Tourism Vancouver; Anne Murray, VP, Marketing and Communications, Vancouver Airport Authority; Kevin Howlett, SVP, Regional Markets and Government Relations, Air Canada; Captain Derek Stobbs, 787 pilot, Air Canada; Kevin Lamb, Post Manager & Honorary Consul of Australia in Vancouver; Duncan Bureau, VP, Global Sales, Air Canada; with Air Canada crew members.
The celebrations continued in Australia, albeit two days later due to the time difference, with inaugural flight passengers treated to check-in activities, traditional local entertainment and goodies. Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy said: “This seasonal service is a win for all Victorian travellers especially those that have a passion for hitting the slopes. Thousands of people worldwide will be travelling to Canada during the winter season to experience world renowned skiing and snowboarding and it’s great to finally offer that connection through Melbourne.”
- Air Canada commenced a connection between Vancouver (YVR) and Melbourne (MEL) on 1 December, marking the first ever direct, non-stop flight from Canada to this Australian city. The new route offers a seasonal four times weekly service until 4 February, before beginning a year-round service in June 2018. “We have a lot to celebrate at YVR this month. With the new Air Canada services to Melbourne, Orlando and Yellowknife in December, passengers have even more travel options this winter season,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “We are also thrilled that Air Canada has announced year-round service to Melbourne, prior to the start of the seasonal service. This is an incredible achievement for our airline partner and showcases Air Canada’s commitment to growing their transpacific hub at YVR.” With existing services to Sydney and Brisbane, this new Melbourne service, operated on its 298-seat 787-9 fleet and facing no direct competition, becomes Air Canada’s third route to Australia from Vancouver. See how this route performs in this week’s Arch of Triumph competition.