Air Canada ramps up Indian operations with second Delhi route

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Air Canada's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
Air Canada’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Less than six months after the launch of its inaugural flight from Toronto to Delhi, Air Canada has unveiled plans to introduce a second direct service to the Indian capital.

On 20 October 2016, the airline will launch three weekly flights between Vancouver and Delhi, using its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. This will mark the first time this route has been operated non-stop.

Flights will depart Vancouver every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2140 and arrive in Delhi at 0120 two days later, having crossed the International Date Line. The return service will then leave the Indian capital every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 0630, arriving back in Vancouver at 0655 the same day.

Air Canada will deploy its 298-seat B787-9 Dreamliner on the route, which features 30 seats in business class, 21 in premium economy and 247 in economy class.

“Customer response to our Toronto-Delhi service has been extremely positive, and with this new seasonal Vancouver route we are strategically increasing our presence in the important Asia Pacific market in time for Diwali festival celebrations,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada’s president of passenger airlines. “Our non-stop Dreamliner flights from our Vancouver hub will also offer the shortest elapsed flying time from Calgary, Edmonton, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles to Delhi.”

India Gate in New Delhi
India Gate in New Delhi

Craig Richmond, president & CEO at Vancouver International Airport, said that the local community has “requested this route for many years”.

“It will be a pleasure to celebrate its arrival during Diwali. I would like to thank our long-standing partner Air Canada for opening up this exciting new route and for supporting us in our vision to be a… connecting hub between Asia and the Americas,” he added.

The Vancouver-Delhi route forms part of Air Canada’s ongoing international expansion strategy. Last year, the national carrier launched new services from Vancouver to Osaka, from Toronto to Delhi, Amsterdam and Dubai, and from Montreal to Venice and Mexico City.

And this summer it plans to start flying from Vancouver to Brisbane and Dublin, from Toronto to Prague, Budapest, Warsaw, Glasgow, London Gatwick and Seoul, and from Montreal to Casablanca and Lyon.
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