Vancouver to Brisbane direct flight has been resumed by Air Canada.
The first 787-9, C-FVNB, took off from the capital of Queensland on July 3 at 11:22 a.m. as flight AC36 and arrived at a seaport in British Columbia the following morning at 7:31 a.m. local time.
The service will now be provided by the national carrier of Canada four times each week, with intentions to raise that number to five in December.
Vic Naughton, general manager of ANZAC for Air Canada, stated that the route is crucial because it allows travelers to continue on to locations across Canada without having to recheck bags or go through additional security checks.
“Passengers continuing on to the United States also don’t need to collect and recheck bags in transit, unlike when transiting through US airports,” said Naughton.
“They simply pass through YVR’s US immigration and customs clearance facilities, then continue on to their final destination. That’s how Air Canada is able to once again able offer the fastest service between Brisbane and New York, as well as other US cities like Seattle.”
According to Brisbane Airport CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff, flights from Brisbane to Vancouver will bring 60,000 tourists to the two nations annually.
“They’ll enable Queensland farmers to export meat and fresh produce direct to Vancouver and beyond,” said de Graaf.
“Previously, perishable goods had to travel via Sydney which extended delivery times. Air Canada’s 787-9 can carry up to 11 tonnes of cargo, which Queensland exporters will be able to take advantage of.”
“The Sunshine State also relies on Canada for crucial parts to keep our economy moving. Queensland Rail’s Next Generation Rolling Stock, the Gold Coast Light Rail and many aircraft servicing the state’s regional airports rely on the fast delivery of parts from Canada.”
Air Canada also disclosed that it will resume service to Auckland in mid-November and is already running 10 flights per week between Sydney and Vancouver.
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