Air Canada has announced an increase in capacity for flights to Asia from its three primary hubs, beginning in December 2023.
With the boost to capacity, some seasonal routes will be extended, popular routes will have an upgauged aircraft with more seats available, and other routes will see an overall increase in service.
Air Canada Increases Capacity from Vancouver to Asia
Air Canada will make a notable increase in frequency from its West Coast hub in Vancouver (YVR) to many destinations throughout Asia.
The following routes departing from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) will see an increase in service, beginning in December 2023 and extending through 2024:
- Bangkok (BKK): Extended winter seasonal service from December 1, 2023–May 5, 2024, with daily flights from January 8–February 28, 2024, and four weekly flights at other times
- Hong Kong (HKG): 11 weekly flights from December 13, 2023–February 29, 2024, dropping to 10 weekly flights from March 1–October 26, 2024
- Osaka (KIX): Thrice-weekly seasonal flights beginning earlier on May 1, 2024, increasing to four-times weekly as of June 17, 2024
- Seoul (ICN): Daily flights upgauged from Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Boeing 777-300ER for summer schedule
- Shanghai (PVG): Four weekly flights from December 1, 2023–March 30, 2024 with upgauged 777-300ER aircraft, and four weekly flights on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at other times
- Singapore (SIN): Four weekly flights beginning on April 3, 2024
- Tokyo Narita (NRT): Daily flights upgauged from Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Boeing 777-300ER through to April 30, 2024
Air Canada uses two configurations of the Boeing 777-300ER. One has a total of 400 seats (40 business class, 24 premium economy, and 336 economy), and the other has 450 (28 business class, 24 premium economy, and 398 economy).
By contrast, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner offers a single configuration with 298 seats available (30 business class, 21 premium economy, and 247 economy).
Air Canada Increases Capacity from Toronto & Montreal to Asia
While Air Canada’s primary hub for flights to Asia is in Vancouver, the airline also flies to a handful of Asian destinations from its two largest hubs in Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Montreal (YUL).
From both Toronto and Montreal to Tokyo Narita (NRT), Air Canada will upgauge the aircraft on its daily flights to a Boeing 777-300ER for the full summer season.