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First Thailand route to be introduced by Air Canada

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When it begins service to Bangkok (BKK) later this year, Air Canada will establish its first-ever nonstop route to a southeast Asian location.

Beginning on December 1, the Star Alliance member will run four flights each week between Vancouver (YVR) and the Thai capital. A Boeing 787 will fly the route on a seasonal basis through April 14 during that time.

“Thailand is a popular leisure destination for Canadians and this new service will give [Air Canada rewards] members exciting opportunities to both earn and redeem their points,” senior VP-network planning and revenue management Mark Galardo said in a statement.

“For further convenience, our Bangkok flights will connect to our extensive domestic and transborder [US] network.”

Air Canada will also restart the service to Mumbai starting on October 29. (BOM). With a 787 aircraft, the carrier will operate daily flights between Toronto Pearson (YYZ), London Heathrow (LHR), and Boston (BOM). The service is seasonal and will run until March 26.

The opening of the YVR-BKK and YYZ-LHR-BOM routes depends on Air Canada receiving the necessary government permissions.

From Toronto and Montreal, Air Canada already offers daily service to Delhi (DEL) (YUL). Both routes run all year. The airline plans to resume 3X-weekly YVR-DEL service with a technical stop in Dublin starting on October 1. (DUB).

“We are also excited to return to Mumbai, India’s largest city and an important financial, commercial and entertainment hub, complementing our 13 weekly flights from Canada to Delhi,” Galardo said.

“Our Mumbai services are scheduled to operate with a stop in London Heathrow, offering connectivity to more than a dozen Air Canada and Star Alliance partner United Airlines flights between North America and London, as well as additional options for travel between the UK and India.

The India market remains very important to Air Canada, and we are committed to resuming our currently paused nonstop services on Toronto-Mumbai and Vancouver-Delhi when circumstances allow.”

According to Galardo, Air Canada anticipates using 81% of its pre-pandemic international capacity during the winter of 2022–2023.

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