Air Canada to launch Vancouver-Haneda flights in January

Air Canada is boosting its services to Tokyo by adding a new daily, non-stop flight between Vancouver and Haneda Airport. The new route is scheduled to begin Jan 29, 2011 and will complement existing daily flights to Narita International airport.

The airline’s new flights to Haneda will use 211-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft offering a choice of Executive First and Economy service, with the carrier’s individual inflight entertainment system available at every seat throughout the aircraft.

“With Canada’s only service to Haneda Airport, Air Canada is offering travelers to Japan the best of both worlds and twice as many flights to get there from Vancouver. Customers will be able to choose between flying non-stop to Haneda, which is only 30 minutes from downtown Tokyo, or they can continue to fly non-stop to Narita International Airport for onward domestic or international connections on our Star Alliance partners,” said Ben Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

“We are confident our newest international flight will meet the growing demand for travel in the strong Pacific market, which saw Air Canada introduce a non-stop Calgary-Narita flight this year. Air Canada continues to focus on its global route expansion and we have added eight new international routes and destinations in 2010. With its lie-flat Executive First suites, Maple Leaf Lounges, concierge service, personal audio-visual systems at every seat, Aeroplan reward miles and much more, Air Canada is increasingly the preferred choice of international travelers.”

The Haneda flights are timed to offer convenient connections to and from Bangkok and Singapore, and connections in Vancouver to and from various points across Western Canada and U.S. west coast served by Air Canada.

With these new flights to Haneda, Air Canada will offer up to 24 weekly, non-stop flights from Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto to Narita or Haneda.

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    elbudamexicano

    Cool! Now if only Air Canada could get me all the way to say, San Francisco, San Jose or LAX too??

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    sakurala

    Have they added any direct flights from Kansai to Vancouver? Last time I checked that route was out which makes for a long trip home :S

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    kawachi

    @elbudamexicano: You can fly Air Canada to those cities with a change of planes in Vancouver.

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    jason6

    Why not Kansai? Sounds like Air Canada is hedging their bets, keeping both Narita and Haneda in case one of them gets their International designation cut.

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    rainman1

    Kansai is going to be WAY down most airlines list to fly internationally now that Haneda is open for these flights. Much easier to fly people in from Osaka/Fukuoka etc when they will be able to connect at the same airport in Tokyo now. Not enough business class travel from Osaka. Airlines only make money from business Class. All the banks/corporations are in Tokyo. All the English teachers in Osaka, therefore no decent revenue to justify a flight.

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    kawachi

    @jason6: As sakurala said, Air Canada used to fly from Kansai but dropped that route.

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    tmarie

    Kansai was dropped because the landing fees are too expensive and the place was half empty except during Xmas. I prefer heading to Tokyo and TO and avoiding Vancouver. Have never ONCE in 10 years gotten my luggage while going through Vancouver. Air Canada sucks.

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    UnagiDon

    I was excited about this until learning that these flights arrive at Haneda at 11pm. I guess I'll continue to use the AC flights to Narita arriving in late afternoon. I can handle the longer trip into Tokyo from Narita if it gets me to my hotel at 7pm instead of 1am from Haneda.

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    limboinjapan

    tmarie;I guess I'm not the only one that has had that problem in Vancouver but it was not Just Air Canada but just about any airline going through that place including Canadian back when it still existed.

    And the reason Air Canada had and then dropped Kansai was because first they couldn't get a route to Narita because that was allotted to Canadian Air, so when Kansai started up they grab what they could get.

    Now that Air Canada unfortunately took over Canadian well they don't need Kansai any more, end of story,

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    elbudamexicano

    Thanks Kawachi! I just bought airline tickets with American Airlines, and so far they are making mistakes in just about every thing and anything, making wish they could return my money. I guess Air Canada should be more professional??

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    jason6

    So just a general survey for all Kansai people travelling to Vancouver, how do you get there?

    I usually bite the bullet and depart from Kansai, transfer through Soeul or Beijing, and then arrive in Canada. Is it more cost/time effective to do Nagoya or Tokyo?

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    jojo_in_japan

    Kansai/YVR only available during peak times.

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