MIAMI  —  Air Canada announced yesterday that it would introduce a daily flight between Vancouver and Dallas-Fort Worth starting on February 5, 2017. The new route will complement the carrier’s current route to its eastern hub at Toronto-Pearson.

The flight to Dallas will depart Vancouver at 13:30 and arrive at Dallas at 19:25. The flight back to Vancouver will leave the next morning at 07:25 and arrive at 09:58.

The route will be operated by regional partner Jazz Aviation LP using a CRJ 705 aircraft. The plane features 10 Business class seats and 65 seats in the Economy cabin. The aircraft is equipped with inflight entertainment, 110V electrical outlets, and USB ports at every seat, as well as Wi-Fi powered by Gogo. Blocked at 4 hours and 33 minutes, the 1,750 mi (2,856 km) flight leg between Dallas and Vancouver will be the longest in the world for a CRJ.

“Air Canada is pleased to link Vancouver and Dallas-Fort Worth with non-stop flights, complementing our existing service from Toronto. We continue to strategically expand our Vancouver hub, and our newest transborder flights to the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the USA offer local business travelers non-stop service, as well as improved access for customers in British Columbia and Alberta via convenient connections in Vancouver,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

“Travelers from the U.S. will also enjoy seamless connections to Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo (Narita) and Hong Kong through in-transit preclearance facilities and competitive elapsed travel times making Air Canada and Vancouver a preferred trans-Pacific option for travel.”

Air Canada will be competing directly with American Airlines on the route. According to data from Diio Mi, American will operate two daily flights between the two cities flying a 160-seater Boeing 737-800. Customers will be happy to see increased competition between the two markets.

The new route addition will help to feed Air Canada’s international expansion strategy. Since the beginning of the year, the Montreal-based carrier has launched new international nonstop service to Brisbane and Dublin from Vancouver.  Further, it has introduced flights connecting Vancouver to Chicago O’Hare, and the cities of San Jose and San Diego in California. Starting on October 20, 2016, the airline will begin seasonal flight between Vancouver and Delhi.