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Air Canada has expanded its international network with the launch of a new non-stop route connecting Vancouver (YVR) to Dubai (DXB), Wego reports. The inaugural flight took off on 28 October 2023, marking a significant milestone in connecting Western Canada with the Middle East.


The new service operates four times a week, departing from Vancouver International Airport on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The flights are conducted using Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, offering three cabin options, including premium economy.

This development is a substantial addition to Air Canada’s international network and provides the only non-stop flights from Western Canada to the Middle East. The new route complements Air Canada’s existing daily service between Toronto and Dubai.

The schedule for the new flights is as follows:

Flight AC78: YVR (Vancouver) to DXB (Dubai)

  • Schedule: Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Departure: 21.15
  • Arrival: 00.05 (+2 days)
  • Flight begins: 28 October 2023

Flight AC79: DXB (Dubai) to YVR (Vancouver)

  • Schedule: Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Departure: 02:05
  • Arrival: 05:55
  • Flight begins: 30 October 2023

This new service is expected to facilitate connections between Vancouver and the broader region, including India and North Africa.