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Feb 4, 2015

Trail riding in the Canadian Rockies

There are two special attractions, in addition to travel in Canada, in Qantas putting on more holiday season flights to Vancouver.

One is that in general terms, the falling Australian dollar is widely said to retain more spending power in Canada than the US, and if you are starting to tear up at the thought of the demise of the Boeing 747-400, the Queen of the Skies will operate its Sydney-Vancouver services.

Be clear on one thing. The refurbished Qantas 744 flying these services is way more comfortable in all classes than Air Canada’s totally overcrammed 10 abreast configuration in its Boeing 777s on the same route.

(The writer isn’t sure about the exchange rate advantage in Canada, but 10 across in a 777 economy cabin with pathetic legroom on a 15 hour flight is a pointless ordeal if you can ride the same configuration in the wider 747, and every centimetre counts when you get jammed into a space where you don’t have any wriggle room.)

Qantas will operate 33 return services between Sydney and Vancouver – 13 return services in June/July, and 20 return services from mid-December to late January 2016, operated by a three-cabin, 364-seat refurbished B747 aircraft.

This follows the end of its recent winter ski season flights on the same right, although the Canadian ski season continues until well into the northern spring depending on the resort, beyond the peak season for northern winter travel from Australia.

There is perhaps only one regret in the new Qantas Vancouver timetable, in that it covers the months before and after the Canadian fall.  The autumn, anywhere in Canada, is a time of immense beauty, and sees shoulder season pricing in many resorts or centres.

However you can still fly Qantas to Canada via other routings outside the Vancouver specials, via various code shares over Los Angeles or Dallas Fort Worth. For some parts of Canada this is generally no more time consuming than flying non-stop to Vancouver and then making connections but you get the aggravation of two sets of border protocols.

The Qantas statement on the additional Vancouver flights can be read here.

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10 thoughts on “Qantas extends Canada services, solves two travel issues

  1. Roger

    “perhaps only one regret in the new Qantas Vancouver timetable”…
    As a Melburnian, another regret is that you can’t fly non-stop from Melbourne to Vancouver on any airline. Unfortunate and annoying.

  2. ghostwhowalksnz

    How amazing, Qantas has direct flights from one Australian city to Vancouver: But theres more, “We’ve increased services from two to three per week”
    Three per week. Hallelujah. Obviously Canadians ,iced up in their winter wouldnt dream of the sun surf sand of Australia.

    If its a leisure route, why dont they have Jetstar 787s, daily or more Australian cities. After all Santiago gets daily service, Canada must be much too hard what with the language and such

  3. gearsau

    Ben,

    The exchange rate is Aust.$ 1 equals Canada $0.966 now.

    http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=1&From=AUD&To=CAD

    [My doubts are because some things in Canada end up costing more than in the US after the exchange rate is considered]

  4. George Glass

    Any option that avoids LAX has to be a winner.

  5. Confirmed Sceptic

    I had expected them to complete the Honolulu schedule to daily and run four weekly A330s on to CYVR. Oh well. I am still happy that they are at least extending the service despite missing the best skiing and the October colours.

  6. hutchison brenton

    @ghostwhowalksnz Qantas service Santiago daily? Who knew. Personally I think its great that Qantas is starting to add a few new routes. Hopefully, we see these services ramped up year round and some new destinations. SFO comes to mind.

  7. ghostwhowalksnz

    hb thanks for pointing out my mistake, its 4 days a week to Santiago, and 3 days a week began in march 2012.

  8. Zipper

    Hutchison.. SFO will be back, watch this space..

  9. Hutch

    @Zipper. Heard those suggestions too. I’m hopeful, but I’ll wait for QF to deliver.

  10. Rourke

    Qantas Frequent Flyers may like to note that because there is no specific earning table that applies to Vancouver, you’ll actually earn 20% fewer points flying SYD-YVR than SYD-LAX. Not a great bit of marketing there.