MIAMI —Starting on June 17, 2016, Air Canada will resume service to Seoul (ICN) from Toronto (YYZ). According to Airline Route, the airline previously operated the route three times weekly with a Boeing 777-300ER. The last flight occurred during the summer of 2013.
The nonstop flight to South Korea’s capital and largest city will be year round and operated daily by a Boeing 787-8. This aircraft type has 20 seats in Business, 21 in Premium Economy, and 210 in Economy. The flight to Seoul will depart Toronto at 1:35PM and arrive in South Korea at 4:20PM. The return flight to Toronto leaves at 3:00PM and arrives at 2:50PM.
“The introduction of non-stop flights between our main Toronto hub and Seoul further strengthens Air Canada’s presence in the growing Asian market,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “This new route will provide some of the fastest travel times for customers travelling to and from South Korea and Eastern Canada, the U.S. Northeast and South America via our main hub in Toronto. Together with our Vancouver–Seoul service, Air Canada will operate the most flights of any airline between Canada and South Korea with up to 14 flights per week.”
“Our Toronto–Seoul non-stop flights will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft featuring our newly designed international product offering customers a choice of three cabins of service and industry-leading amenities. As we renew and grow our international fleet to include 21 Boeing 787 aircraft by 2016 of the 37 on order, we are ramping up conversion of existing routes to Dreamliner service from Toronto to Asia, Europe and South America in order to provide our customers with the comfort and benefits of the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft flying today,” said Mr. Smith.
Air Canada currently has 8 B787-8s in its fleet and 2 B787-9s, and has 27 more aircraft of the larger variant on order. The air carrier also mentions in its press release that seat densification for its fleet of 25 Boeing 777 will be completed by the summer of 2016. It is adding 30 seats for a total of 300 seats on its B777-200LR and 51 seats for a total of 400 seats on the Boeing 777-300ER. The high-density version will have 450 seats, which is the most seats on a plane of any airline in the Americas. The airline is able to increase its seating capacity by adding a seat in every row of the Economy cabin in a 10-abreast configuration (3-4-3).
Air Canada Adds a Double Daily Flight from Vancouver to London-Heathrow
The flag carrier of Canada is also adding another daily flight from Vancouver (YVR) to London-Heathrow (LHR). The second nonstop service of the day to LHR starts on June 1 and will run until September 29, 2016. The outbound flight will depart at 9:10PM and arrive at LHR at 2:20PM. The inbound flight will leave at 4:15PM and land at YVR around 5:45PM.
Air Canada will deploy its B787-9 for this flight. The second flight will complement the airline’s current Boeing 777-300ER daily service between the two cities.
“Air Canada is strategically increasing its international flights at YVR with a second daily flight to London Heathrow next summer in response to seasonal travel demand,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada President, Passenger Airlines. “Our second London flight beginning June 1 will be operated with new state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, and in fact, both London flights will feature our newly designed International Business Class product, and offer customers a choice of three cabins of service and industry-leading amenities.”
This flight addition might be a response to British Airways, which announced in July that it is bringing its A380 to Vancouver. Air Canada will be offering a total of 748 seats daily compared to 469 for British Airways.