Air Canada plans to launch Canada’s only non-stop service to Brisbane, Australia at 11:45 p.m. on June 1, when one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts departs Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
The thrice-weekly flights arrive in Brisbane at 7:15 a.m. two days later with the return trips leaving Brisbane at 10:45 a.m. and arriving in Vancouver at 7:15 p.m. the same day.
The airline’s plan is to move to daily non-stop flights between Vancouver and Brisbane later this month.
In a curious promotional move, Vancouver-based Flight Centre Canada ran a contest where it gave away a free trip to Brisbane on the June 1 flight but it did not announce the winner until 11 a.m. the same day - thereby limiting the number of people who would be ready to go.
Leonard Campbell was one of the people who was at the travel agency's store at Howe and Dunsmuir streets for the draw and he won the flight.
Air Canada has been launching a flurry of new non-stop routes out of YVR this spring.
Its plan is to launch non-stop flights between Vancouver and Dublin on June 10 and to continue those flights until at least October 8.
These would be the only scheduled non-stop flights between YVR and Dublin Airport.
New non-stop Air Canada flights between Vancouver and San Jose launched May 9 while the airline plans to launch non-stop flights between Vancouver and San Diego on June 2 and between Vancouver and Chicago on June 4.
Canada’s national carrier is also doubling its number of flights between YVR and London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR), to two from one, on a seasonal basis, starting June 1. That frequency will continue until September 29, when frequency is scheduled to revert back to once daily.
“Air Canada commits $2 billion worth of aircraft to the Pacific market each day and Brisbane is the third new Pacific route we have announced in the past year, after Toronto-Tokyo Haneda and Vancouver-Osaka,” said Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu when he announced the flights last year.