What was a koala doing with hockey players and indigenous musicians at Melbourne Airport yesterday? They were celebrating the launch of Air Canada’s new year-round flights.

WHAT A SIGHT! It would have been quite interesting to see this union of cultures in person…


Let’s continue… almost 12 months after announcing the service, Air Canada’s year-round operations between Melbourne and Vancouver officially launched over the weekend.

The non-stop flights kicked off after the carrier successfully tested the market during recent seasonal services and will initially operate three times weekly before moving up to four times weekly from 1 November 2018.


AC038 will depart Melbourne every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday on Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner fitted with Air Canada Signature Class (Business Class), Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.

As well as increasing the carrier’s Australian network up to three cities (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane), Air Canada’s General Manager for Australia and New Zealand said the Melbourne-Vancouver service is now the fastest way for Melburnians to visit Canada, New York and other cities along the US East Coast.


A key reason is that upon arrival in Vancouver International Airport, passengers who are transiting to the US can seamlessly pass through the airport’s US immigration and customs clearance facilities without collecting their bags.”

Vic Naughton, Air Canada General Manager Australia & New Zealand

“Once through they then simply board their connecting flight and collect their luggage when they touch down in the US.”


In Australia the new Melbourne service is timed to connect to and from domestic flights from Adelaide, Hobart and Perth operated by Air Canada’s codeshare partner Virgin Australia.


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What are your thoughts on the flight?