Air Canada rouge will expand its international network in 2015, launching non-stop flights between
Vancouver and Osaka, Japan. Beginning May 1, 2015, rouge will operate up to 5 flights a week to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that will feature both economy and premium service cabins.
Ben Smith, president, passenger airlines for Air Canada, said: “We expect this new seasonal service to be particularly popular with vacation travellers from Osaka seeking the renowned scenic beauty, outdoor activities and culture of Vancouver and B.C., as well as with North American customers travelling to Japan’s second largest metropolitan centre. The flights to Kansai International Airport have been timed to connect conveniently at Air Canada’s Vancouver hub to and from our extensive North American network.”
Smith continued: “The expansion of Air Canada rouge to compete in the fast-growing Asian leisure market in tandem with Air Canada’s mainline fleet renewal, is a key element of our strategy for sustainable, profitable growth at both airlines. By next summer, Air Canada rouge, Air Canada, and Star Alliance partner airline ANA will offer up to six daily non-stop flights between Canada and Japan.”
B.C. transportation and infrastructure minister Todd Stone, said: “This new Air Canada rouge service between Vancouver and Osaka, Japan further strengthens our already excellent air connections to Asia and reinforces YVR as the Asian gateway to North America.”
Stone noted that: “Attracting new air passenger and cargo routes is a key pillar of our Pacific Gateway Transportation Strategy and the BC Jobs Plan. With Air Canada rouge now touching down in Osaka, business travellers and tourists will have better access to more destinations in B.C., Canada, Japan and Asia.”
Air Canada rouge flights from Vancouver to Kansai International Airport are planned to begin May 1, 2015 subject to government approval, and will operate up to five times weekly until October 24, 2015.
For more, go to http://www.aircanada.com/en/about/rouge.html .