MIAMI – Air Canada (AC) seeks more non-stop options to the state of Hawaii as it prepares its network planning for the winter 2022 season.

Three of these routes will be offered by the airline for the first time: Montreal-Honolulu, Toronto-Maui, and Calgary-Honolulu. These routes, along with resumed service for Toronto-Honolulu, Calgary-Maui, Vancouver-Honolulu, Vancouver-Maui, and Vancouver-Kona, will commence in December 2021.

An Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner taxiing. The Dreamliner will service many of Air Canada’s new and resuming flights to Hawaii. Photo: Liam Funnell/Airways

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“We [see] strong markets in the sun markets this winter,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada. “We know people will be excited to travel this winter, and we look forward to welcoming our customers aboard.”

The announcement was met with similar enthusiasm from the Hawaii tourism sector in Canada.

“We are very happy that Air Canada is launching additional options to fly to Hawaii,” said Lorenzo Campos, Account Director for Hawai’i Tourism Canada. “We would like to say a big mahalo to our trusted partner Air Canada for the continuous support in sharing the aloha spirit.”

The Canadian flag-carrier’s routes will also serve to connect European travelers to the Aloha State. The Montreal-Honolulu route will connect passengers to/from Brussels and Frankfurt, and will be serviced with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Toronto-Hawaii will connect passengers to/from London Heathrow, Frankfurt, and Vienna, and will also use a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The Calgary-Hawaii routes will be serviced with a Boeing 737, while the Vancouver-Honolulu and Vancouver-Maui routes will be offered with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the peak winter months. The Vancouver-Kona routes will utilize the Boeing 737.

The announcement comes as medical experts in Ontario call for another extension to the province’s stay-at-home order. Experts have also called for increases to the province’s quarantine length as COVID-19 cases decrease, which would further cripple an already weak international travel market in Canada.

Featured image: Air Canada C-FSOI Boeing 737 MAX 8. Photo: Brandon Farris/Airways