December will see the launch of the first nonstop air link between North America and Thailand since 2012.
There’s exciting news this week for international travelers based in the Canadian province of British Columbia — Air Canada has just confirmed the upcoming debut of its first-ever nonstop service to Southeast Asia from its west-coast hub. Starting from December 1, this seasonal service is set to run four times a week until April 17. The route will be operated with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring 30 lie-flat Signature Class seats with direct aisle access, 21 premium economy seats and 247 standard economy seats.
On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, outbound flight AC65 will leave Vancouver at 11 p.m. and touch down in Bangkok at 5:55 a.m. two days later, after an estimated 15 hours and 55 minutes in the air. The eastbound flight, AC66, will then depart Suvarnabhumi Airport at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, before returning to YVR at 6:35 a.m. the same morning. Passengers on this leg can expect a shorter journey time of about 13 hours and five minutes, and they’ll officially land before they take off as Vancouver is 14–15 hours behind Bangkok, depending on the observance of daylight-saving time.
Air Canada’s Vancouver–Bangkok route offers a quicker way to get between Thailand and North America as it shaves two hours off the next fastest options, which require a transit at either Tokyo Narita or Seoul Incheon. No airline has operated nonstop services from the Thai capital to any North American destination in the past decade. Thai Airways previously flew between Bangkok and Los Angeles but terminated the route in 2012, four years after axing its Bangkok–New York JFK service.