Back on the Vancouver Airport apron is the famous flying roo of Qantas. The airline will operate a brief seasonal thrice-weekly Sydney operation over the summer, before returning to the Canadian airport for the peak season down under in December.
- Qantas commenced domestic flights to Hamilton Island (HTI) from Melbourne (MEL), regional flights to Singapore (SIN) from Perth (PER) and long-haul flights to Vancouver (YVR) from Sydney (SYD). The domestic sector was started on 27 June, and will operate twice-weekly (Saturdays and Sundays) with the carrier’s 737-800 equipment. Virgin Australia Airlines already flies on the 1,965-kilometre city pair, on a five times weekly basis. The regional route began on 26 June, and will fly five times weekly, again utilising Qantas’ 737-800 fleet. Competition will be tougher on this airport pair, with Singapore Airlines (28 weekly), Jetstar Asia (12) and Scoot (seven) being the incumbents. Finally, the seasonal long-haul route commenced on 20 June, and operates thrice-weekly with the airline’s 364-seat 747-400s until mid-July, before returning later in December. Air Canada offers a daily connection on this 12,493-kilometre airport pair.