Air Canada yesterday announced the addition of Bangkok, Thailand to its international route network. This is the airline’s first nonstop service to Southeast Asia.
The seasonal route, which begins Dec. 1, will operate four times weekly from its transpacific hub at Vancouver International Airport using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with three cabins: signature class, premium economy and economy. Seats are currently on sale.
“We are extremely pleased to be launching our first nonstop service to Southeast Asia this winter, the only one between North America and Thailand,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management, Air Canada. “Thailand is a popular leisure destination for Canadians and this new service will give Aeroplan members exciting opportunities to both earn and redeem their points. For further convenience, our Bangkok flights will connect to our extensive domestic and transborder network, giving customers added seamlessness and choice when traveling.”
The westbound flight, AC65, leaves Vancouver at 11 p.m. and arrives in Bangkok two days later at 5:55 a.m., all timings local. The eastbound flight, AC66, will leave Bangkok at 8:30 a.m. and will arrive in Vancouver at 6:35 a.m. Because of the International Date Line, that flight technically arrives before it departs.
The new route will be a nice addition for tourists wishing to travel between North America and Thailand, particularly those who are Star Alliance members.
Most air routes between North America and Thailand today include a stopover in East Asia, usually at Incheon International Airport (ICN) near Seoul or at one of Tokyo’s two airports, Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND) (HND).
The scheduling of this flight – a late evening departure heading west and an early morning arrival heading east – offers the most same-day connection options.