Air Canada plans to launch daily Vancouver-Taipei and 3X-weekly Toronto-Mumbai flights using Boeing 787-9s in 2017.
The Vancouver-Taipei route, which is slated to launch June 8, 2017, is subject to government approval. The Toronto-Mumbai service has gained regulatory clearance and will start July 8, 2017.
The 787 routes are the latest examples of Air Canada using the Dreamliner to expand its international reach. The airline announced last week it will start daily Montreal Trudeau-Shanghai Pudong 787-8 flights from Feb. 16, 2017. Air Canada will launch seasonal 3X-weekly Vancouver-Delhi flights with a 787-9 in October.
Air Canada noted it will be the only carrier to offer nonstop service between Canada and Mumbai and the only Canadian carrier to operate nonstop service to Taipei.
The airline's 787-9s are configured with 298 seats, including 30 in business class and 21 in premium economy.
The Toronto-Mumbai route will be Air Canada's third India route. In addition to the Vancouver-Delhi service starting next month, Air Canada launched Toronto-Delhi flights last year.
By Aaron Karp, ATW Daily News