4 MARCH 2019
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A new non-stop seasonal service between Vancouver (YVR) and Auckland (AKL) was announced last week by Air Canada. Flights will operate four times weekly on the carrier's flagship Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner from 12 December this year to the end of March 2020.
The Canadian carrier has also finalised a Memorandum of Understanding with Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand to develop its current relationship into a Joint Venture to offer greater passenger choice over an expanded trans-Pacific network.
Executive vice-president and chief commercial officer Lucie Guillemette said: "We have timed our Auckland flights to connect at our Vancouver trans-Pacific hub to and from a multitude of non-stop destinations throughout North America including New York-Newark.
“Our Dreamliners featuring our Signature Service, together with the seamless connections through in-transit pre-clearance facilities and competitive elapsed travel times, position Air Canada and YVR as a preferred trans-Pacific option for travel."
Vice-president global sales and alliances John MacLeod added: "Air Canada and Air New Zealand already have a close partnership, having been codeshare and Star Alliance partners for more than 20 years.
“We look forward to deepening our relationship and optimising our far-reaching trans-Pacific network co-operation, offering our customers a choice of more flights, connections and travel opportunities.”
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