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MONTREAL — Air Canada today announced a strategic expansion of its South Pacific schedule with the return of daily service to Sydney and resumption of services to both Brisbane and Auckland.

Air Canada’s Australia and New Zealand flights operate from its trans-Pacific hub at Vancouver International Airport which the carrier has built to conveniently connect its international network to its vast North American network.

Here’s a look at the highlights …

  • Vancouver-Sydney flights ramp up to daily beginning May 1
  • Vancouver-Brisbane flights resume Jul. 1, four times weekly
  • Vancouver-Auckland flights resume Nov. 10, three times weekly

Says Mark Galardo, Air Canada’s Senior VP, Network Planning and Revenue Management: “Air Canada is solidifying its market-leading position as the airline providing the most services between Canada and the South Pacific. We are accelerating the restoration of our Australian and New Zealand routes to respond to pent-up travel between our countries as borders reopen.”

Galardo adds that the seamless connections through in-transit pre-clearance facilities combined with Air Canada’s extensive North American network at its Vancouver hub, “positions YVR to be the preferred gateway for travel between North America and the South Pacific.”

Flight From To Days of Week Departs Arrives Aircraft Begins
AC033 YVR SYD Ramps up to daily beginning early May 23:15 07:45 (+2 days) Boeing 777 Currently operating
AC034 SYD YVR Ramps up to daily beginning early May 09:30 07:10 Boeing 777 Currently operating
AC035 YVR BNE Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun 22:55 06:35 (+2 days) Boeing 787 Dreamliner Jul. 1
AC036 BNE YVR Tue/Wed/Fri/Sun 10:15 06:50 Boeing 787 Dreamliner Jul. 3
AC039 YVR AKL Tue/Thu/Sat 22:45 10:05 (+2 days) Boeing 787 Dreamliner Nov. 10
AC040 AKL YVR Mon/Thu/Sat 14:30 06:30 Boeing 787 Dreamliner Nov. 12

Air Canada’s South Pacific flights connect to and from its North American network in YVR including: New York-Newark, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Victoria, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles among other cities.

In Sydney and Brisbane, Air Canada’s flights will connect to and from Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Cairns and other destinations with code-share partner Virgin Australia.

Air Canada’s Signature Suite at YVR is scheduled to re-open by this summer.