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Air Canada schedules 787-9 for Brisbane-Vancouver

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 11, 2016

An Air Canada Boeing 787-9 takes off. (Air Canada)
An Air Canada Boeing 787-9 takes off. (Air Canada)

Air Canada has made an aircraft change for for its upcoming Brisbane-Vancouver service, with the Boeing 787-9 now scheduled to operate the new route from October 30.

The schedule change, reported on the Airline Route website, is the latest tweak to a route that was first originally slated to be a three times weekly service with 787-8s when it was announced in July 2015.

Then, in December, Air Canada said the flight would commence as a daily offering.

The 787-8 will be used when Air Canada begins the new route from early June. However, the Star Alliance member will switch to the larger 787-9 from October 30.

Given Air Canada’s 787-9s (298 seats) have 47 more seats than the smaller 787-8 (251 seats), the move represents an extra 329 seats a week between Brisbane and Vancouver.


Flight AC35 is scheduled to depart Vancouver at 2345, arriving in Brisbane at 0715 two days later. The reciprocal AC36 is timed to depart Brisbane at 1040 and land in Vancouver at 0715 the same day.

Brisbane will be Air Canada’s second Australian port as the airline also flies daily to Sydney using either Boeing 777-200LRs or, during peak seasons, the larger 777-300ER.

The Australian and Canadian governments in December 2015 signed an expanded air services agreement that would lift the available capacity for carriers of both nations to 9,000 seats a week by the end of 2016.

Air Canada is the only airline offering year-round nonstop flights from Australia to Canada. Qantas has a seasonal service between Sydney and Vancouver during the peak winter and summer seasons, while there are also one-stop options via alternate points such as Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific) and Auckland (Air New Zealand).

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Comments (8)

  • WIll definitely fly australia to canada next month.

  • Brad


    Despite not having flown the direct SYD –> YVR route with Air Canada, I’m led to believe the 777s that plough the route make for a less than impressive flight experience. Soooo, is it worth jetting into Brisbane to jump on the 787 assuming the price was somewhat similar?

  • Mark


    Probably best to double check your information. 787-9 is only scheduled to start from Oct 30, not June as stated in the article.

    • australianaviation.com.au


      Hi Mark,
      Thanks. The story has been updated to reflect this.

  • Oskar C


    Just to let you know the service starts on the 3rd of June

  • Eric Crone


    Hey Brad – not sure if it was intentional – but to “plough ” the route to Vancouver sounds pretty rough going on a 777 – hopefully the 789 will “ply ” the route with relative ease. Cheers!

  • ian


    unfortunately having a monopoly on BNE/YVR the fares are stupidly high, especially when plenty of cheap options to SFO or LAX & can use eg. Qantas ff pts to fly to YVR from SFO or LAX or plenty of other options flying other carriers, if stopping in LA.,

  • Myles Dobinson


    Just checked on seat guru and Economy will be 31 inch Pitch and only 17.3 wide. sounds a bit cramped for me.

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