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Claire Newell: Non-Stop to Europe

YVR is happy to introduce Claire Newell as a guest blogger. Claire is a respected travel expert who knows all the best places to visit and where to find the hottest deals on flights from YVR

Air Canada New Livery

Air Canada brings new non-stop flights from YVR to Paris and Zurich in June of 2018, expanding their network across Europe.

All routes are optimally timed for connectivity to further expand the network available to travelers. The new Vancouver-Zurich flights will connect to and from destinations in Europe, Africa and India with Star Alliance partner Swiss International Air Lines.

"We continue to strategically broaden our international network from our Vancouver hub with the addition of two new, non-stop international services to Europe in 2018...” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “With the launch of flights to Paris and Zurich, Air Canada will fly non-stop from YVR to five European destinations next summer, offering excellent options for travellers from BC and the North American west coast to Europe, and as well as for European visitors and beyond to western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.”

The Paris route will run 4 times weekly from June 8th to October 15th, 2018. It will depart YVR at 1:30pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving at CDG at 8:15am the next day. The return route then departs CDG at 9:55am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving back at YVR at 10:50am.

The Zurich route will run 3 times weekly from June 7th to October 14th, 2018. It will depart YVR at 12:55pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving at ZRH at 7:50am the next day. The return route then departs ZRH at 9:30am on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving back at YVR at 10:50am.

These routes will be serviced by Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Due to their composite construction materials, these aircrafts are 20% more fuel efficient than the Boeing 767 that they replaced. This also allows for a quieter flight, with LED lighting, lower cabin pressure and higher humidity, meaning you’ll arrive better adjusted to the time change and with less fatigue. Windows, entertainment screens and overhead bins are all significantly larger than any previous plane. 

The Business Class cabin features 20 lie-fat Exclusive Pods that allow for full recline with a length of 80cm. A unique adjustable pneumatic headrest cushion offers a massage feature, and the personal entertainment screen is one of the largest on a North American airline at 18 inches. The 1-2-1 configuration guarantees airless access with window views for every passenger.

The Premium Economy cabin contains 21 seats in a 2-3-2 configuration. There is 38 inches of leg room, a 19.5 inch seat pitch and a 7 inch recline. The full Premium service offers passengers complimentary bar service, priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport.

The Economy cabin features 210 slimline seats in a 3-3-3 configuration. There is a 31 inch seat pitch, a 17.3 inch width, and 5 inch recline. Every seat is still equipped with its own 9 inch entertainment system, USB outlet and universal power port.

Whether you’re flying Business or Economy, crossing the Atlantic will be that much more comfortable and convenient on one of Air Canada’s new routes.

Happy travels!

About Claire Newell

Claire Newell is a travel expert, author and a recognized authority on the international travel industry. She is the founder and owner of Travel Best Bets, one of the largest agencies in Canada and the  best-selling author of Travel Best Bets – An Insider’s Guide to Taking Your Best Trips, Ever. She has appeared in top broadcast and print media throughout U.S. and Canada over the last 25 years, including Canada’s Global TV network, NBC’s Today Show, Fox & Friends, CNN, and others. Claire also writes regularly for print and online publications including Readers’ Digest, Today’s Parent and more