Air Canada launches first direct North America – Thailand flight in 10 years

Air Canada is launching the only available direct service between North America and Thailand by the end of this year. Between December and April, Air Canada’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will fly direct between Vancouver and Bangkok four days per week. It is the first nonstop service between North America and Thailand in 10 years.

It will also provide a new option for American passengers. Before they would have to transit through Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, Tokyo, or, in the other direction, the middle eastern hubs.

Canada’s flag carrier will fly between Vancouver International Airport and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The flight route is seasonal and will run between December 4, 2022, and April 14, 2023. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner features 3 cabins – Signature Class, Premium Economy, and Economy Class.

The westbound flight leaves Vancouver at 11pm and arrives in Bangkok at 5:55am. The eastbound flight will leave Bangkok and 8:30am and arrive in Vancouver at 6:35am, technically going back in time. Both flights are designed to arrive early in the morning to give passengers the maximum choice of same-day connecting flights.

The new route is expected to be a welcome addition for travellers since current services between North America and Thailand require a stop in East Asia, usually at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport or at either of Tokyo’s 2 international airports.

The service is the first nonstop service between North America and Thailand since Thai Airways discontinued its direct service between Los Angeles International Airport and Bangkok in 2012. Thai Airways also ran a direct service between New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport and Bangkok between 2005 and 2008.

The airline will also launch daily flights from Toronto to Mumbai via London Heathrow Airport, between October 29, 2022, and March 26, 2023. The Toronto – Mumbai route will also be operated on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 3 available cabin services. The airline will also increase the number of services to various locations in India, Australia, New Zealand, and Peru this winter.

Tickets are already available to buy on Air Canada’s website, via the Air Canada mobile application, and through travel agents.

SOURCE: Air Canada


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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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