Wayfarer TV: Air Canada to resume Sydney-Vancouver flights from December 17

by James Wilkinson

Air Canada is set to resume quarantine-free passenger flights from Sydney to Vancouver from December 17, following the easing of arrival restrictions into Canada and the planned opening of Australia’s international borders.

Air Canada’s General Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Vic Naughton, said the carrier would operate four flights per week on a 300-seat B777-200LR featuring a choice of three cabins of service, Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy class.

The move comes alongside the northern nation’s announcement to reopen international borders on September 7 for travellers who have been fully vaccinated with the Government of Canada-accepted vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and J&J) at least 14 days prior to departure and who meet specific entry requirements to enter the country for non-essential travel.

Air Canada’s lie-flat seats in Signature Class

The Australian Government has a ban on overseas travel in place until December 17 and details will be announced soon on outbound and inbound regulations.

“As travel restrictions ease across the globe, we are committed to rebuild our international network and continue as a global carrier connecting the world with Canada,” Naughton said. “With Australians eager to travel again to Canada, we are ready to reunite customers with their families and friends.

“Our flights from Sydney to Vancouver conveniently connect to our flights across Canada and the U.S. at our Vancouver hub.”


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Air Canada’s Vancouver hub is one of the most efficient in North America and it offers seamless connections across the airline’s network.

Naughton said the flights would also operate with the highest health standards in mind.

“With our industry-leading CleanCare+ bio-safety protocols, Air Canada has your health and safety as its top priority,” he said. “We know people are excited to travel, and we look forward to welcoming our customers onboard.”

Expect fantastic service in Air Canada’s Signature Class

Noughton said Air Canada’s commercial schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions, however at this stage December 17 was the re-launch date.

He added passengers are responsible for ensuring they meet all government entry requirements, including holding the correct travel documents, visas, any required health certificates, and all other eligibility requirements for any flights they purchase.

At the same time as the December take-off announcement, Air Canada revealed an expanded partnership with Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program.


Wayfarer’s James Wilkinson reviews Air Canada’s Signature Class

Noughton said 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, he said members simply need to enter their Velocity Frequent Flyer number when booking their flight directly at aircanada.com.

When it comes to the onboard experience, Air Canada is one of the best in the sky.

Air Canada’s spacious Signature Class cabin

Air Canada’s international services include wide-body aircraft featuring choices of Air Canada Signature Class with lie-flat seating, Premium Economy and Economy Class.

Hours of complementary inflight entertainment is available at every seat throughout the aircraft along with options to purchase onboard WiFi.

Noughton said Air Canada’s onboard services have resumed and will gradually feature new meals inspired by a panel of celebrated Canadian chefs on international flights departing Canada.

All customers are also provided with individual care kits which contain antiseptic wipes, face covering and hand sanitizer.