There’s good news for Star Alliance carriers flyers looking to travel to the Middle East/India. Air Canada has announced new Boeing 787 flights from Toronto to Delhi and Dubai, which will launch in late 2015.
Air Canada 787 business class
Air Canada will launch nonstop 4x weekly Boeing 787 flights between Toronto and Delhi as of November 1, 2015. The flight will operate with the following schedule:
AC50 Toronto to Delhi departing 8:55PM arriving 9:15PM (+1 day)
AC51 Delhi to Toronto departing 12:45AM arriving 5:00AM
Air Canada will launch nonstop 3x weekly Boeing 787 flights between Toronto and Dubai as of November 3, 2015. The flight will operate with the following schedule:
AC56 Toronto to Dubai departing 8:55PM arriving 6:40PM (+1 day)
AC57 Dubai to Toronto departing 11:55PM arriving 5:00AM (+1 day)
I do find it pretty interesting that both of these flights are scheduled to depart and arrive in Toronto at the same exact time.
Reservations for the Toronto to Delhi flight are scheduled to open today, while reservations for the Toronto to Dubai flight are scheduled to open next week.
Here’s a video of Air Canada’s new 787s, and what you can expect in terms of the onboard product:
As you can see, Air Canada has reverse herringbone seats in business class, which is my favorite business class hard product, as each seats are fully flat and have direct aisle access.
While Air Canada is competing with the Emirates A380 on the Toronto to Dubai route, there’s presently not another airline flying nonstop between Toronto and Delhi — the closest competition is Jet Airways’ one stop service.
Really these type of routes are what the 787 is all about. These are routes that may not be feasible on a 777, for example, but between the lower capacity and lower operating costs, a 787 is the perfect fit for both of these routes. Demand and yields may grow on both routes so that it’s eventually practical to put a 777 on them, but to start I think this is brilliant.
I wouldn’t count on there being much award availability, though I’ll be monitoring closely, because these flights could be a great option for redeeming miles.
Who’s excited about these new Air Canada 787 routes?