Air Canada has announced it will be launching seasonal flights between Vancouver and Melbourne starting from December 1, 2017 through February 4, 2018. The airline will later on upgrade the route making it into a year-round service from next summer. After the seasonal flights end in February, the service will be resumed and operated round the year starting from June 3, 2018 onwards.
Air Canada while providing details of seasonal flights from December 1, 2017 to February 4, 2018 said that the outbound Flight AC037 will depart from Vancouver at 22:45 hrs and arrive in Melbourne at 09:45 hrs+2 local time. The return Flight AC038 will make its departure from Melbourne at 11:40 hrs and land in Vancouver at 07:30 hrs local time. The four-times weekly outbound departures would be on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, while the return flights would also be operated four times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
When the seasonal service will become year-round starting from June 3, 2018 the flight schedule would be the following. According to the airline, the outbound Flight AC037 will depart from Vancouver at 22:45 hrs and arrived in Melbourne at 07:55 hrs+2 local time. The return Flight AC038 will take off from Melbourne at 09:40 hrs and reaches Vancouver at 07:35 hrs local time. The flights would be operated thrice weekly. The outbound departure would be on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, while the return service will be operational on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The seasonal flights as well as year-round service would be operated with the help of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. It may be noted that Air Canada is the only airline connecting Vancouver and Melbourne with nonstop flights services.