Air Canada’s Vancouver to Delhi
On 20 October Vancouver Airport celebrated the start of Air Canada services to Delhi with a ribbon cutting ceremony along with traditional Indian dancing. The airport commissioned a Lotus Temple-themed cake, with the temple in the Indian capital being notable for its flowerlike shape. Samosas were also on offer for passengers to enjoy. Flights between Vancouver and Delhi will operate thrice-weekly on the airline’s 787-9 fleet.
Flight AC072, the number designated for the Star Alliance member’s route between Vancouver and Delhi, arrived 39 minutes ahead of its 01:55 scheduled arrival time into the Indian capital. Flights leave Vancouver at 23:15, arriving into Delhi two days later. Flight AC073 leaves Delhi at 06:55, arriving back into Canada at 08:20 the same morning.
- Air Canada chose 20 October as the day to launch its second route to India, an 11,133-kilometre link between Vancouver (YVR) and Delhi (DEL). The Star Alliance member will link the two cities with a thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) 787-9 service. “Thanks to Air Canada’s commitment to growth out of its preferred transpacific hub, YVR has a direct link to one of the most iconic cultural centres and economic hubs in India,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “This service has long been requested by our community. The much coveted route opens up access to key markets in business and travel and creates more jobs and opportunities for our communities.” Vancouver becomes the second destination to link to Delhi with Air Canada. On 1 November 2015 the airline inaugurated flights to the Indian capital from Toronto Pearson, a link also flown by the airline’s 787-9s. Currently Air Canada is the only airline offering non-stop flights between India and Canada with a total of nine weekly flights. Jet Airways also offers flight to Canada from Delhi. However, its route to Toronto Pearson is flown via a stop in Amsterdam.