“Flying just got better”, “YESSSSSS”, “That’s how I will go to Canada”, “YAS”, “OMG yes, this has made my day” and “Oh my god. So necessary!”

One of 2017’s most anticipated new routes, Melbourne’s direct flights to Vancouver, took off over the weekend.

Air Canada’s 787 Dreamliner flew the first ever non-stop commercial flight between the two cities, making it easier for Melburnians to fly into Canada.

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Initially the new flights will run as a seasonal service until 4 February 2018 and then turn into a year-round service beginning 3 June 2018.

Air Canada’s President of Passenger Airlines, Benjamin Smith, said Melbourne’s direct flights to Vancouver compliment the carrier’s two existing Australian operations out of Sydney and Brisbane.

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He believes the addition of a third destination will solidify the carrier’s “market-leading position as the airline providing the most service between Canada and Australia”.

Aussies flying on Melbourne’s direct flights to Vancouver will have access to 787 comforts such as reduced noise, tinted windows and cleaner air as well as 30 International Business Class lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy seats and 247 Economy Class seats.

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Flights out of Australia are timed to optimise connective to and from Air Canada’s North American network, including direct flights to New York.

Earlier this year, KarryOn’s Melbourne-based Facebook followers welcomed the news of direct flights to Vancouver, saying they were “so necessary” and the way they’d choose to fly to Canada in the future.

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Click here and here to read some of their comments.

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