The first flight crew pose with the cake made to celebrate Air Canada’s inaugural service from Toronto Pearson. The Star Alliance member will offer four weekly flights on the 12,488-kilometre sector on its 787-9s. The route is now the third longest on the Air Canada network after Pearson-Hong Kong and Vancouver-Sydney.
- Air Canada now serves two destinations in India following the launch of flights between Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Mumbai (BOM) on 1 July. The Star Alliance member will operate the 12,488-kilometre sector four times weekly on its fleet of 787-9s. “Air Canada is always excited to launch a new route and this is particularly gratifying given Mumbai is India’s largest city and regarded as its financial, commercial and entertainment capital. This flight is the third route we have started to India in less than two years, demonstrating our commitment to this vibrant market as well to our continuing international expansion strategy. This is the only non-stop service between Canada and Mumbai and positions Air Canada as offering the best coverage of any carrier operating between Canada and India,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. The airline already links Pearson, as well as Vancouver, to Delhi. The route between Pearson and Mumbai is now the third longest on the Air Canada network, with it falling just short of the airline’s link from Pearson to Hong Kong (12,545 kilometres) and Vancouver to Sydney (12,493) according to OAG schedules. As stated by Smith, no other carrier currently links Mumbai to Canada, with this service now a monopoly for Air Canada. The Canadian flag carrier serves 10 destinations in the Middle East and Asia from Pearson following the commencement of services to Mumbai, with it already serving Beijing, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Seoul Incheon, Shanghai Pudong,Tel Aviv and Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports.