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You Heard It First From Rainbow Travel

Updated: Sep 15, 2018

Air Canada Vacations reveals the new lineup for winter 2018/19 flights to warm weather, on board Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge.

The roster includes a new route, brand new 737-MAX aircraft, increased frequency on popular routes and increased capacity in the fall.

New routes:
  • Vancouver to Lihue, Hawaii (beginning Dec 15th, Tue/Thu/Sat)

  • New 737-MAX: Air Canada’s new 737 MAX aircraft feature technological advances for quiet, efficient and environmentally friendly air travel

  • The following flights will be flown on the new aircraft: Vancouver and Calgary flights to Hawaii, Vancouver flights to Mexico and Calgary flights to Cancun

More flights to the sun

This winter, there are new flights to the sun:


  • 29 additional flights per week, consisting of 20 to Hawaii (including double daily flights from Vancouver to each of Honolulu and Maui), three new flights from Vancouver to Lihue, two additional flights from Vancouver to Kona and one additional flight from Calgary to Maui.

  • There are nine additional flights to Mexico including three additional flights from Calgary to Puerto Vallarta (now four flights weekly), two additional flights from Calgary to Los Cabos (now three times weekly) and two additional flights from Vancouver to each of Ixtapa (now three times weekly) and Cancun (now four times weekly).

Early fall program:

One route will commence in November this year, rather than mid-December:

  • Vancouver to Ixtapa will commence Nov 1st

In addition, more flights will start in late October (Oct 28 or 29) including:

  • Vancouver to Cancun & Los Cabos

  • Calgary to Los Cabos

YVR Breaks Ground on Multi-Year Expansion.

YVR is investing $9.1 billion into the airport under its 20-year blueprint.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) broke ground on a number of capital construction projects to enhance the airport experience and improve YVR’s competitive position as a world-class connecting hub. The projects are part of YVR’s multi-year expansion plans that will see the airport complete 75 major projects, totaling $9.1 billion over the next 20 years.

They include building one of the largest GeoExchange systems in Canada, significant terminal expansions, new parking options and improved vehicle rental facilities.

YVR is one of the fastest-growing airports in North America. It welcomed a record 24.2 million passengers in 2017 and is forecasting 32 million passengers by 2022.

About 327,000 tonnes of cargo are expected to move through the airport by 2020.

These newest construction projects will improve the speed with which people and goods move through YVR, and provide passengers with a wide range of compelling offerings and amenities.

New Ships For N.C.L. (Norwegian Cruise Lines).

Norwegian Cruise Line is growing again with the confirmation of plans to add its fifth and sixth Project Leonardo Class ships for delivery in 2026 and 2027.

The ships, to be built by Fincantieri S.p.A., will measure 140,000 gross tons and accommodate approximately 3,300 guests. A priority of the prototype design is energy efficiency, with the aim of optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment, which will also broaden deployment opportunities around the world.

This will be the sixth-ship in the Leonardo Class fleet.

“Following the Breakaway Plus Class, the most successful class in the Company’s history, the highly anticipated Leonardo Class will fuel future growth with exciting and innovative offerings that will meaningfully drive demand from new and loyal returning guests alike.

8 new vessels on the horizon

With this announcement, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has seven ships on order for Norwegian Cruise Line and one for Regent Seven Seas Cruises for a total of eight vessels for delivery through 2027.

The company will take delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, in fall 2019.

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