Air Canada unveils rapid expansion of Australasian network

Air Canada today announced a dramatic expansion of its South Pacific network with the return of daily flights from Sydney and resumption of services from both Brisbane and Auckland.

All flights will operate to/from Air Canada’s trans-Pacific hub at Vancouver International Airport, from where travellers can conveniently connect with the carrier’s vast North American network.

Air Canada General Manager Australia and New Zealand Vic Naughton says the new services will further establish Vancouver as the most friendly and convenient year-round gateway to North America for business and leisure travellers.

“Our new services not only provide more direct links to Canada, they also open up one of the fastest ways for Australians and Kiwis to reach New York and other key US cities,” says Naughton.
“That’s because Air Canada passengers continuing on to cities across the United States quickly pass through YVR’s convenient US immigration and customs clearance facilities, which means they arrive at their final US destination as a domestic passenger.
“In addition, passengers travelling beyond Vancouver to other points in Canada don’t need to recheck their baggage in transit or pass through extra security checks.
“For Australian and New Zealand travellers, it adds up to an unrivaled customer journey experience.”

Seats on Air Canada’s new services are available for purchase now at, via the Air Canada App, Air Canada’s Contact Centres, and travel agents

Easy and convenient connections

Air Canada’s South Pacific flights connect seamlessly and conveniently to and from its extensive North American network in YVR including: New York-Newark, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Victoria, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles among other cities.

In Sydney and Brisbane, Air Canada’s flights will connect easily to and from Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Cairns and other destinations with code-share partner Virgin Australia.

Air Canada and Aeroplan partners with Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program

All customers can collect and redeem Aeroplan Points through Canada’s leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.

The expanded partnership allows Virgin Australia’s eight million Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program members to earn Velocity Points and Status Credits and redeem on eligible flights with Air Canada between Australia and Vancouver and beyond. To earn Velocity Points with Air Canada, members simply need to enter their Velocity Frequent Flyer number when booking their flight directly at

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Source: Air Canada

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