Vancouver International Airport (YVR) will see significantly more flights to the American archipelago of Hawaii beginning this upcoming winter season.
Air Canada announced today it is increasing its frequencies on existing non-stop flight routes from YVR to Honolulu, Maui, and Kona (Big Island) beginning October 2018.
Flights will depart twice daily to Honolulu, twice daily to Maui, and four times weekly for Kona. This also means new daytime return flights from Honolulu and Maui.
In addition, a new route to Lihue Airport (LIH) on the western island of Kauai will operate from December 15, 2018 to April 27, 2019 on a seasonal basis, with three-times weekly flights departing on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
While it certainly has ample scenery, Lihue is the second largest town on the island, and is particularly known as a cultural and historic getaway.
This will create 41 weekly flights between Western Canada and Hawaii, doubling the airline’s frequency to the state from this part of Canada.
Wailua Falls at Kauai, Hawaii. (Shutterstock)
“We’re pleased to see Air Canada add a new destination and increased frequencies to many sunny destinations, including the introduction of numerous double daily flights. This provides our passengers with more flexibility when looking to escape the winter weather,” said Anne Murray, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Vancouver Airport Authority, in a statement.
“I would like to thank Air Canada, our long term partner, for continuously providing more exciting connections and benefits to our passengers.”
All four routes to the Hawaiian destinations will use the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which has economy and business class seats.
It features improved comfort and ambiance with upgraded seats and innovative LED mood lighting, an upgraded in-flight entertainment system with 15 languages, faster Wi-Fi, additional overhead baggage storage, quieter engine technology producing up to 40% less noise, and is 20% more fuel efficient compared to the original Next-Generation Boeing 737.
The airline will introduce 18 of the aircraft to the fleet by the end of the year, and an additional 61 will be delivered by 2021.
“The introduction of the fuel-efficient Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to our fleet has given us tremendous flexibility to strategically enhance our already extensive North American network, and offer more flights to popular destinations with more connection options from our YVR hub,” said Benjamin Smith, President of Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
“The new 737 MAX is the mainstay of our refreshed North American fleet, and customers are already enjoying the next generation of our onboard entertainment system, ample storage space in its generous overhead bins and the ability to stay connected during flight with Wi-Fi.”
Air Canada will also be making a number of service expansion at YVR over the coming spring and summer months. This includes the conversion of the existing seasonal routes to Sacramento, Delhi, and Melbourne into year-round services and the introduction of new seasonal services to Paris and Zurich.
New and improved major YVR routes 2017-18
February 5, 2017:Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas – Air Canada to begin daily service
March 28, 2017: Hong Kong, China – Cathay Pacific increases weekly flights from 14 to 17
May 1, 2017:Phoenix, Arizona – Air Canada to begin daily service
May 18, 2017: Denver, Colorado – Air Canada to begin twice daily service
June 1, 2017: Nagoya, Japan – Air Canada to begin seasonal three times weekly service
June 1, 2017:Frankfurt, Germany – Air Canada to begin daily service
June 8, 2017: Taipei, Taiwan – Air Canada to begin daily service
June 8, 2017:London, UK (Gatwick Airport) – Air Canada to begin three times weekly service
June 23, 2017:Boston, Massachusetts – Air Canada to begin daily summer seasonal service
June 30, 2017: Hong Kong, China – Hong Kong Airlines to begin daily non-stop flight service
October 14, 2017: Delhi, India – Air Canada’s service to be upgraded to up to five times weekly
October 26, 2017:Cancun, Mexico – Interjet to begin year-round, non-stop flight service running four times weekly
October 26, 2017:Mexico City, Mexico – Interjet to begin year-round, non-stop flight service running four times weekly
October 29, 2017: Huatulco, Mexico – WestJet to begin weekly non-stop flight service
October 29, 2017: Kona and Kauai, Hawaii – WestJet to start seasonal service earlier than usual
December 1, 2017:Melbourne, Australia – Air Canada to begin four times weekly non-stop seasonal service
December 15, 2017: Yellowknife, Northern Territories – Air Canada to begin daily non-stop service
December 20, 2017:Orlando International Airport – Air Canada to begin twice weekly non-stop seasonal service
January 1, 2018:Reykjavík, Iceland – Icelandair to upgrade existing seasonal service to three times weekly year-round service
January 29, 2018: Edmonton, Alberta – WestJet to increase flights from 50 to 59 times weekly
January 29, 2018: Calgary, Alberta – WestJet to increase flights from 88 to 112 times weekly
January 29, 2018: Kelowna, BC – WestJet to increase flights from 40 to 49 times weekly
January 29, 2018: Ottawa, Ontario – WestJet to increase flights from seven to 14 times weekly
January 29, 2018: Regina, Saskatchewan – WestJet to increase flights from six to seven times weekly
January 29, 2018: Fort St. John, BC – WestJet to increase flights from six to 12 times weekly
January 29, 2018: Victoria, BC – WestJet to increase flights from 33 to 35 times weekly
January 29, 2018: Cancun, Mexico – WestJet to increase flights from two to three times weekly
January 29, 2018: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – WestJet to increase flights from one to two times weekly
March 18, 2018:Mexico City, Mexico – WestJet launches three times weekly year-round service
April 29, 2018: Mexico City, Mexico – WestJet service to be upgraded into daily year-round service
May 4, 2018: Chicago O’Hare International Airport – American Airlines to begin year-round, daily service
May 17, 2018: Sacramento International Airport – Air Canada to begin year-round, daily service
May 25, 2018: Shenzhen Bao’an International Airportand Tianjin Binhai International Airport – Hainan Airlines to begin year-round, twice-weekly service to Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport with one stop at Tianjin Binhai International Airport
June 1, 2018: Melbourne, Australia – Air Canada service to be upgraded into three times weekly year-round
June 7, 2018: Zurich, Switzerland – Air Canada to begin three times weekly seasonal service
June 8, 2018: Paris, France – Air Canada to begin four times weekly seasonal service
June 8, 2018:Delhi, India– Air Canada upgrades seasonal service to four times weekly year-round
October 28, 2018: Honolulu, Hawaii – Air Canada upgrades service to two times daily during winter
October 28, 2018: Maui, Hawaii – Air Canada upgrades service to two times daily during winter
December 15, 2018: Kauai, Hawaii – Air Canada begins three times weekly seasonal service
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