Air Canada surfs into Brisbane

Air Canada Vancouver to Brisbane

Vancouver celebrated the start of services by Air Canada to Brisbane with a traditional ribbon cutting and a fantastic cake. Conducting the ribbon cutting are: Captain Perry Shindruk, Air Canada; Duncan Bureau, VP Global Sales, Air Canada; Kevin Howlett, SVP Regional Markets and Government Relations, Air Canada; Jon Mamela, SVP Marketing Strategy/Chief Marketing Officer, Destination Canada; The Honourable Teresa Wat, Minister of Trade and Asia-Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism, Province of British Columbia; Kevin Lamb, Honorary Consul General to Australia in Vancouver; Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority; and Cameron Wylie, Service Director, Air Canada.

Celebrations were also had in Brisbane as it welcomed its latest Star Alliance member. Cutting the route launch cake are: Paul Maddison, Canadian High Commissioner; Paul McLean, Air Canada GM Australia; and Andrew Brodie, GM Airline and Retail, Brisbane Airport. Conducting the ribbon cutting to herald the start of service are: Maroochy Songwoman; Julieanne Alroe, CEO Brisbane Airport; Vanessa Stiffarm; Kate Jones, Queensland Minister for Tourism; Duncan Bureau, VP Global Sales, Air Canada; Maddison; and Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority.

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On 4 June, Air Canada launched a second service from Vancouver, this time to Chicago O’Hare. Cutting the ribbon at the Canadian airport are: Anne Murray (third from left), VP Marketing and Communications, Vancouver Airport Authority; James Howey, Regional GM Passenger Sales, Air Canada (centre); along with Air Canada employees which operated the inaugural flight.

  • Air Canada launched three international sectors over the course of this week, starting on 1 June with an 11,838-kilometre route between Vancouver (YVR) and Brisbane (BNE). “We’re connecting British Columbia proudly to the world, one new destination at a time,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “No airport in Canada has ever had service to Brisbane, but this service has come about because of our strength as both a destination and a connecting hub, and because of our industry-beating airline rates and charges program. In this process we’ve built strong relationships with Canadian and Australian tourism partners and with Brisbane Airport, who we’ll continue to work with to make this new route successful.” The service between the two airports will be flown on the Star Alliance member’s 787-8s facing no incumbent carriers. On 4 June a second route was launched from Vancouver, this time to Chicago O’Hare (ORD). The 2,831-kilometre link to the Windy City will be flown daily on E190s, facing direct competition from United Airlines’ 28 weekly services. Also launched on the same day, Air Canada commenced a connection between Montreal (YUL) and Denver (DEN). The 2,586-kilometre city pair will be flown on the airline’s fleet of E175s, facing no direct competition. See how Brisbane’s FTWA compares to the other 13 entries from around the world this week.

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