Published on June 15th, 2016 | by Jim Lee0
Air Canada rouge inaugurates new non-Stop Vancouver – Dublin flights
On the afternoon of 10th June, Air Canada’s inaugural flight from Vancouver to Dublin, the AC-1940, departed Vancouver just after 15:30, marking the only non-stop service linking Vancouver and Ireland. The flight, operated by Boeing 767-333 (ER), C-GHLU, landed in Dublin the following morning, at 08:41. This seasonal service will be operated three times weekly by Air Canada’s leisure airline, Air Canada Rouge, featuring premium and economy cabins. It is operated with a 280-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. The seasonal service operates until 9th October. The return service, the AC-1941, departed Dublin at 11:58 and arrived back in Vancouver at 13:35 (local). There is an eight hour time difference between the airports and the flight time for the 4,449 mile (7,160 km) journey, is 10:00 hours.
Flights are timed to optimise connectivity to and from Air Canada’s extensive BC regional network, through the airline’s Vancouver hub. All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits. The route is Dublin Airport’s first direct flight to Canada’s west coast and its complements the airline’s existing service from Dublin to Toronto, which has nine services a week in the peak (the AC-1908/9 & 1928/9), down from eleven per week last year. During the peak, the AC-1908/9 operates daily from 1st May through to 11th June, with the supplementary AC-1928/9 operating on Thursdays and Sundays.
Air Canada rouge is Air Canada’s leisure airline, originally announced in December 2012. The name – suggested through a public naming contest – was developed into a distinctive colour and font design, resonating as an appropriate name, for a stylishly affordable leisure brand, for Air Canada. Together with Air Canada Vacations, Air Canada Rouge offers competitively priced travel to exciting leisure destinations in Mexico, the U.S. and the Caribbean such as Cuba, Costa Rica, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. In Europe, apart from Dublin, the airline flies to Edinburgh, Venice, Athens, Lisbon, Nice, Barcelona, Rome and Manchester. As a wholly-owned subsidiary, Air Canada rouge is backed by Air Canada’s reputation for safety and reliability for over 75 years and Air Canada Vacations’ 30-plus year history of vacation travel excellence. It has a fleet of 19 Boeing 767-300s, 20 Airbus A319s and five Airbus A321s. Air Canada rouge has invested significantly in crew training for customer service excellence. The Air Canada rouge brand is therefore about warm friendly service, that ensures customers feel at home on-board and that their vacation begins and ends on their flight with the airline.
In a comment on the new service, Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada said: “We are pleased to add the only non-stop flights from Canada’s West Coast to Ireland. This route offers convenience to Western Canadians travelling to visit and explore the Emerald Isle’s rich landscapes, world-class golf and historic sites, as well as to Irish customers visiting the spectacular attractions Vancouver and British Columbia offer.” He went on; “We continue to strategically expand our Vancouver hub, and our seasonal Dublin flights follow our recent launch of non-stop flights from Vancouver to Brisbane, San Diego, Chicago, San Jose, and the doubling of our daily flights to London Heathrow.”
His colleague Margaret Skinner, Air Canada’s Director Sales Europe, added that the airline was excited to launch the new service. “This new route will offer our Irish customers increased travel options, providing not only direct access to Vancouver, but also convenient connections to destinations across Canada and the US through our newly enhanced Air Canada Vancouver hub.”
Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority added. “This new service will connect Vancouver to a country known for its natural beauty, amazing history and rich culture. It will also open new opportunities for European businesses and travellers, connecting them to our world- class city and airport.”
Dublin Airport also welcomed the launch of the new service. “We are delighted to work with Air Canada rouge to provide a direct service to Vancouver for the summer season, offering further choice and flexibility for both business and leisure passengers,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison.
“Traffic numbers have been growing dramatically between Ireland and Canada in recent years and we’re sure that there will be strong demand for this new route both from Canada and Ireland,” he added.
Vancouver is Dublin Airport’s fifth destination in Canada, as the airport already offers services to Toronto (Aer Lingus, Air Canada rouge and Air Transat), St John’s Newfoundland (WestJet), Montreal, and Halifax, Nova Scotia (ASL France). Just over 313,000 passengers travelled between the two countries in 2015 and while significant, it lags well behind the 2.5 million passengers who travelled, to and from the United States.