BACK IN THE SLING OF THINGS: Air Canada to return to Singapore
Air Canada is returning to Singapore after more than three decades, launching new service from Vancouver, effective April 3, 2024. Operating four times a week, flights will be the only non-stops from Canada to the southeast Asian city-state, and will offer a further gateway to Southeast Asia, Southern India and Western Australia via Singapore’s Changi International.
The airline says seats can now be booked aboard Flights Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft featuring three cabins of service, including Signature Class with lie-flat seats, Premium Economy, and Economy Class.
“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,” says said Mark Galardo, Executive Vice President, Revenue and Network Planning at Air Canada.
He adds that the airline is “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… 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.”
The airline says the schedule – departing YVR Monday-Wednesday-Friday- Saturday (returning Tues-Thur-Sat-Sun) has been built to conveniently connect to and from destinations across North America via Air Canada’s Vancouver hub and, in Singapore to and from destinations across Southeast Asia, South India & Western Australia with Star Alliance and codeshare partner Singapore Airlines.
Transport minister Omar Alghabra commented: “It’s no secret that the last few years have been hard on the air sector. This announcement of the first non-stop flight between Canada and Singapore by Air Canada is great news for the sector and for Canadians as the industry continues to recover. Improving access between Canada and Singapore will help keep the air sector here in Canada competitive, while helping communities stay connected with friends and loved ones between our two countries.
Known as “The Lion City” Singapore is known for its multiculturalism, unique architecture, and attractions (like the Avatar-like Gardens by the Bay), shopping, gastronomy, and the original Raffles Hotel – home of the Singapore Sling cocktail – and consistently top-rated airport, Changi, which includes a hotel, shopping outlets, entertainment venues, and the world’s largest indoor waterfall, The Vortex, which welcomed 50 million visitors in just its first six months after opening.
First published at Travel Industry Today