Wow: Air Canada Adds Vancouver-Bangkok Non-Stop Winter Schedule (DEC 1 – APR 17)

Air Canada has announced a few surprise additions to their winter schedule, including a non-stop connection between Vancouver and Bangkok operating between December 1, 2022 and last return on April 17, 2023.

Other additions include Toronto to Mumbai via London, which will also be available as a Fifth Freedom service on the LHR BOM segment, and Vancouver to Auckland.

All in all, this will be a pretty attractive winter schedule for Air Canada and those passengers looking to escape the Canadian winter season.

The decision to resume non-stop service from North America to Bangkok is huge as there hasn’t been one for six years since Thai Airways suspended flights to Los Angeles. While the flight had to stop in Seoul to refuel, the route can now be offered non-stop with the newer aircraft models.

“We are very excited to launch our first non-stop service South East Asia this winter the only one in between North America and Thailand. Thailand is a popular recreational destination for Canadians and this new service offers Aeroplan members exciting ways to earn and redeem their points. For more convenience, our Bangkok Flights will be connected to our extensive domestic and cross-border network, giving customers additional seamlessness and choice when traveling,” he said Markus GalardoSenior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management, at Air Canada.

The regular service between Vancouver and Bangkok is operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class. Seats are already available through GDS, website, Aeroplan and partner miles programs.

These are the connections for the Bangkok flights:

  • YVR-BKK AC65 Dep. 23:00 05:55 +2 days (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun) Season: 1 Dec – April 14
  • BKK-YVR AC66 dep. 08:30 Arr. 06:35 (Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun) Season: 4 Dec – Apr 17

Fares are quite high, especially in business class:

Interestingly, the fares hardly differ whether the journey starts in Vancouver or in Bangkok. The example above is ex Vancouver but when I search ex BKK it’s only ~$200 less.

I have not been able to find any Star Alliance miles availability for this route. Perhaps Aeroplan is keeping this under wraps for the time being.

Air Canada’s TorontoBombay The services are to operate with a stopover at London Heathrow and offer connections to a variety of transatlantic flights between them North America and Londonplus additional options for travel between the UK and India as a flight is also sold as a Fifth Freedom flight in its own right.

Conclusion

Air Canada has revised its upcoming winter flight schedule and there are some surprising new (and old) destinations, including a non-stop service between Vancouver and Bangkok, which will be the first direct connection between North America and Thailand since THAI suspended its routes six years earlier .

I’m not sure if the prospect of a 16-hour flight in Air Canada Economy is something to look forward to, but Premium Economy or Business Class are definitely doable. That being said, given the choice, I would always prefer to fly via Seoul or Tokyo, but that’s just my opinion. I don’t like these super long haul flights and actually I like stopovers in Korea or Japan.

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