Air Canada Launches New Route From Vancouver To Auckland

Air Canada will launch a new route from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Auckland Airport (AKL) this winter.

What are the details?

Air Canada will start service on this new route on December 12, 2019. The flights will be offered four days a week.

Auckland Airport
Auckland Airport is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand. Photo: Wikimedia.

Here are the flight details based on information provided by Air Canada’s Flight Schedules:

Flight From To Depart Arrive Trip Duration Days
51 YVR AKL 23:45 11:05 +2 14 hours 20 minutes Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat
52 AKL YVR 14:40 06:40 13 hours 0 minutes Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat

At this time, however, the nonstop Vancouver to Auckland flights on Air Canada cannot be booked yet.

Service on this route will be seasonal. Airlines offer seasonal flights to take advantage of the increased demand during a particular time of the year.

Which aircraft will Air Canada use on this route?

According to Air Canada’s Flight Schedules, the airline will use a Boeing 787-8 on this route. Air Canada currently has eight Boeing 787-8s in its fleet.

Air Canada Boeing 787-8
Air Canada’s YVR to AKL flights will be operated on a Boeing 787-8. Photo: Air Canada.

The aircraft features a range of 9,445 miles and a cruise speed of 567 miles per hour.

Air Canada’s Boeing 787-8s offer 255 seats in three classes. There are 20 seats in Business Class, 21 seats in Premium Economy, and 214 seats in Economy Class. The seats in Business Class covert to fully lie-flat beds.

Air Canada Signature Class Cabin
Here is a look inside Air Canada’s Signature Class Cabin (its new Business Class). Photo: Air Canada.

Air Canada’s Boeing 787s feature the Panasonic ex3 Inflight Entertainment System. According to Air Canada, the entertainment options on its Boeing 787-8 aircraft include “personal enhanced definition touch screens at every seat, gate-to-gate access of on demand audio and video entertaintment, [… as well as] games, seat-to-seat chat, [and] travel information.”

Does anybody else offer nonstop flights from Vancouver to Auckland?

Yes, in fact, New Zealand’s flag carrier Air New Zealand does. Air New Zealand Flight NZ0023 departs Vancouver at 6:25 pm and arrives in Auckland at 5:30 am two days later. The flight from New Zealand to Canada departs Auckland at 8:05 pm and arrives in Vancouver at 12:10 pm. Air New Zealand operates a Boeing 777-200 on this route.

Both airlines, Air Canada and Air New Zealand, are members of the Star Alliance. Interestingly, when searching Flight Schedules on Air Canada’s website, the Air New Zealand flights are shown in the search results. Additionally, there are flights between Vancouver and Auckland with one stop on the way. The first part of this flight (Vancouver to Sydney) is operated by Air Canada, while the second part of the flight (Sydney to Auckland) is operated by Air New Zealand.

How do you feel about Air Canada’s nonstop service from Vancouver to Auckland?