Air Canada inaugurates Vancouver to Dubai service

Air Canada staff celebrate inaugural Vancouver to Dubai flight.
Photo Credit: CNW Group/Air Canada

Air Canada’s inaugural flight departed from Vancouver over the weekend and has arrived in Dubai, linking Western Canada with the Middle East.

The Air Canada inaugural flight, AC45, departed from Vancouver on October 28, embarking on the maiden service to Dubai (DXB).

This new route represents an further step for the national carrier, linking Western Canada with the Middle East.

Air Canada Comments

“We are very pleased to launch Air Canada’s newest international route connecting Vancouver and Dubai,” shared Mark Galardo, Executive Vice President, Revenue and Network Planning, at Air Canada.

Not only are both cities two of the top cosmopolitan destinations worldwide renowned for their extraordinary landmarks, rich culture, entertainment, and leisure adventures.”

“This route links two global hub airports to offer customers unparalleled travel options and conveniences beyond, whether traveling for leisure, visiting friends and family, or for business,”


This announcement highlights the immense potential of this route. Both Vancouver and Dubai are cities that resonate with travelers globally due to their unique attractions, cultural diversity, and the promise of unforgettable experiences.

This connection is set to open up new horizons for passengers, offering a seamless bridge between Western Canada and the Middle East.

Flight Connections

At Vancouver International Airport (YVR), the flights have been scheduled to ensure convenient connections to and from various destinations in Alberta, British Columbia, and the western United States.

This convenience is a game-changer for travelers, making it easier to explore the breathtaking landscapes and vibrant cities of Western Canada.

Moreover, it paves the way for hassle-free journeys, allowing passengers to transition smoothly between different parts of North America.

In Dubai, in cooperation with Air Canada’s codeshare and frequent flyer partner, Emirates, travelers gain access to a multitude of destinations across the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and East Africa.

This means that this route is not only about connecting two fantastic cities but also about creating a web of travel opportunities for individuals exploring these regions.

VAA Comments

“Dubai is an exciting destination for non-stop service to YVR. While exciting in its own right, this new Dubai service will also facilitate connections between Vancouver and the region, India, and North Africa,” said Tamara Vrooman, President and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority.

Her words highlight the far-reaching impact of this new route, connecting not just two cities but entire regions.

She also expressed her gratitude to Air Canada for their continued investment in YVR as their premier transpacific hub.

This investment has not only strengthened YVR’s position as a global aviation hub but has also contributed to the local community and the regional economy.

Aerial view of an Air Canada Boeing 787 Dreamliner taking off.
Photo Credit: Air Canada

From Dubai

“Dubai Airports is delighted to welcome the addition of Vancouver to our continuously growing list of international destinations, made possible by the introduction of Air Canada’s new service,” said Rob Whitehouse, Vice President of Research at Dubai Airports.

“With convenient departures from Dubai International (DXB), Air Canada’s new flights provide a seamless link between the Canadian West Coast and Dubai.”

“This expansion complements Air Canada’s existing daily service between DXB and Toronto, and reaffirms our commitment to bringing more guests to Dubai, as well as expanding our growing global connectivity.”

This expansion not only reinforces the strategic partnership between Air Canada and Dubai Airports but also highlights the commitment to enhancing global connectivity.

It offers passengers a gateway to explore Dubai’s wonders and connects them to numerous international destinations, making travel more accessible and convenient.

Onboard Services

Air Canada’s international onboard services are designed to showcase some of Canada’s best culinary talent.

With a panel of celebrated chefs, including award-winning Vancouver-based chefs David Hawksworth and Vikram Vij, and renowned Montreal chefs Antonio Park and Jérôme Ferrer, passengers are in for a treat.

These culinary experts have curated a delightful gastronomic journey, ensuring that passengers savor the essence of Canadian cuisine during their flight.

Complementing this culinary experience is a selection of top wines chosen by leading Canadian sommelier, Véronique Rivest. This attention to detail in inflight dining adds a touch of luxury and indulgence to the travel experience.

The Vancouver and Dubai flights are operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, known for their comfort and efficiency.

Travelers have the option to choose from three cabins of service, catering to different preferences. These cabins include Signature Class with lie-flat seats, Premium Economy, and Economy Class.

With this selection, passengers can tailor their journey to suit their needs and enjoy a comfortable flight to their chosen destination.

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