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YVR Welcomes the Airbus A350-900 For The First Time In Canada.

Cathay Pacific launches increased service to Hong Kong with state-of-the-art aircraft

March 28, 2017.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) celebrated the launch of Cathay Pacific’s increased service between Vancouver and Hong Kong with the first scheduled Canadian arrival and departure of an Airbus A350-900 aircraft .

The state-of-the-art aircraft will service the YVR and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) route, offering more direct flights and seats than any other airline with 17 flights per week and an additional 87,360 seats annually from YVR.

The new increased frequency will provide more opportunities for BC businesses to connect with local markets in Hong Kong and other regions throughout Asia, while providing more options and flexibility for local and international travellers.

The three additional flights per week will generate approximately 163 additional jobs in British Columbia both at the airport and in the tourism industry, $5.6 million in wages, $1.6 million in taxes and $8.6 million in Gross Domestic Product.

Vancouver was the airline’s first destination in North America with the then state-of-the-art Being 747-200 aircraft being the first airline to fly non-stop between YVR and Hong Kong so it is fitting that nearly 34 years later, Cathay are the first airline to debut the industry’s newest aircraft, the exciting Airbus A350-900 in North America with their latest 3-class cabin product, enhanced inflight entertainment system and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The new Airbus A350-900 is the quietest among the aircraft types in its class and is 25 per cent more fuel efficient, with corresponding reduction in emissions, with the latest generation Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines. The aircraft features a refreshed Business Class cabin and new Premium Economy and Economy Class seats that offer more space and comfort, panoramic windows and LED mood lighting.

The Airbus A350-900 has also provided an opportunity for Cathay Pacific to prove itself again as a leader in airline eco-innovation. The cabin carpets and passengers’ blankets are made from recycled plastic and nylon, including plastic bottles and salvaged fishing nets that are otherwise a hazard for marine life

Air Canada Announces Daily Summer Service From YVR To Boston.

Air Canada has announced the introduction of daily summer seasonal service between Vancouver and Boston starting June 23, 2017 until Sept. 4, 2017.

Special introductory fares start at $243 one-way, all in, with tickets now available for purchase.

These new non-stop flights will shave two hours of travel time for customers travelling between the Canadian West Coast and the U.S. northeastern seaboard.

Customers travelling from the Greater Boston area, the sixth most populous area in the U.S., will also enjoy convenient connections at the YVR hub to Western Canada and to daily flights to both Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, featuring competitive elapsed times.

The new non-stop services will be operated by Air Canada starting June 23, 2017 with 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft offering a choice of Business and Economy Class service.

All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at the Vancouver hub, priority boarding and other benefits.

The flight schedule is as follows:

  • Flight #AC532 departs Vancouver (YVR) 08:55, arrives Boston (BOS) 17:03

  • Flight #AC533 departs Boston (BOS) 17:55, arrives Vancouver (YVR) 21:00

So far in 2017, Air Canada has launched new non-stop U.S. services from Vancouver to Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver and now Boston; Toronto to San Antonio, Memphis and Savannah; Montreal to Dallas-Fort Worth and now Washington Dulles.

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