Today, Air Canada announced they will serve two new international destinations from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) starting in the summer of 2017. Air Canada will operate year-round service between Vancouver and Taipei and seasonal service between Vancouver and Nagoya, marking the only non-stop service to this Japanese destination from YVR.
“We are delighted Air Canada is launching two new services from YVR. We truly value Air Canada’s continued commitment to growing YVR as their premier trans-Pacific hub,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Taipei and Nagoya are exciting destinations and the new service will be welcomed whole heartedly by British Columbians.”
Air Canada will launch thrice-weekly service between YVR and Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO) in Nagoya on June 1, 2017. This will increase to four times weekly in August and September. An Air Canada Rouge 767-300 ER aircraft, featuring Premium Rouge and Economy cabins will be used on the route.
The year-round daily service between YVR and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) will begin June 8, 2017, subject to government approvals. Air Canada will operate 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on the Taipei route, featuring 30 International Business Class lie-flat pod suites, 21 Premium Economy and 247 Economy Class seats with upgraded in-flight entertainment.
Both new services are timed to optimize connectivity at Air Canada’s YVR hub and onward to major destinations within Canada and North America.
“Air Canada is pleased to offer customers two new non-stop routes to Asia, representing a further expansion of our substantial international and North American network from our YVR hub. Air Canada will be the only carrier to offer non-stop service from Canada to Taiwan and to Nagoya, our fourth airport in Japan. Travellers from across Canada and the US flying to Asia with us will enjoy seamless connections through in-transit preclearance facilities and competitive elapsed travel times, which firmly reinforces Air Canada and YVR as a preferred trans-Pacific option for travel,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
Air Canada launched five new services in the first half of 2016, including international routes to Brisbane and Dublin, and new transborder routes to San Jose, Chicago, and San Diego. They are also set to celebrate the inaugural flight to Delhi on October 20, 2016, the only non-stop service to India from Vancouver.
New services such as this are made possible thanks to YVR’s new five-year rates and charges program, ConnectYVR. The program provides a highly competitive rate structure and includes rates lower than any other major airport in Canada and competing US airports.