Air Canada will launch nonstop flights between its trans-Pacific hub at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Singapore’s Changi International Airport (SIN).
The new route will operate four times weekly beginning April 3, 2024, onboard Air Canada’s flagship Dreamliner fleet.
From YVR, flights will depart on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 0015, arriving in Singapore at 0710 the following day.
From Changi, Air Canada will return to YVR on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 0910, arriving back in BC at 0845 the same day.
Flights will be operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft featuring three cabins of service, including lie-flat business class, premium economy and standard economy class.
The schedule has been built to conveniently connect to and from destinations across North America via Air Canada’s hub at YVR and, in Singapore to and from destinations across Southeast Asia, South India & Western Australia with Star Alliance and codeshare partner Singapore Airlines (SIA).
SIA launched service to Vancouver during the pandemic as a tag-on to its Seattle flights. However, the airline is axing this route from October.
Singapore will be Air Canada’s second destination in Southeast Asia, following Bangkok. In the Northeast, the airline is flying to various destinations across Japan, China, as well as to Seoul and Hong Kong.
“Air Canada continues to adapt its international network strategy in response to evolving global trends and is broadening its presence in the Indo-Pacific region to capitalize on growing business links and Canada’s changing demographics,” said Mark Galardo, executive vice president, revenue and network planning at Air Canada.
“We are committed to growing YVR as a premier trans-Pacific hub, and Singapore is a top global financial centre, a multicultural destination that offers an abundance of tourism and food experiences, as well as an important gateway to beyond destinations in Southeast Asia, Southern India and Western Australia.
“Our newest flight will be equally appreciated by international business travellers, as well as those seeking an exciting holiday destination, or simply visiting friends and family. Customers can now begin planning their next trip to Singapore. We look forward to welcoming you onboard next spring.”
Meanwhile Lim Ching Kiat, Executive Vice President for Air Hub & Cargo Development at Changi Airport Group commented:
“We are thrilled to welcome Air Canada as it makes its much-anticipated return to Singapore Changi Airport after more than three decades. The link to Canada is strategically significant for Changi as point-to-point travel between the two countries has shown strong recovery, with passenger traffic surpassing 80 per cent of pre-Covid-19 levels in the first quarter of 2023.
“The resumption of the Vancouver-Singapore service strengthens the connectivity between Canada and Asia, and will facilitate growth in both business and leisure travel. From Changi Airport, travellers can easily connect via more than 1,800 weekly services to over 55 cities in the region such as those in Southeast Asia, India and Australia.”