Air Canada will begin daily, non-stop service between Toronto and Seoul, South Korea, on June 17, 2016. The new route is part of the carrier’s ongoing expansion of international services.
“The introduction of non-stop flights between our main Toronto hub and Seoul further strengthens Air Canada’s presence in the growing Asian market,” said Benjamin Smith, president, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “This new route will provide some of the fastest travel times for customers travelling to and from South Korea and Eastern Canada, the U.S. Northeast and South America via our main hub in Toronto. Together with our Vancouver-Seoul service, Air Canada will operate the most flights of any airline between Canada and South Korea with up to 14 flights per week.”
According to Smith, the new Toronto-Seoul service will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, the carrier’s newly-designed international product. The 787-8 Dreamliner has 20 International Business Class lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy seats, and 210 Economy Class seats, all of which feature upgraded in-flight entertainment.
“As we renew and grow our international fleet to include 21 Boeing 787 aircraft by 2016 of the 37 on order, we are ramping up conversion of existing routes to Dreamliner service from Toronto to Asia, Europe and South America in order to provide our customers with the comfort and benefits of the most technologically-advanced commercial aircraft flying today,” he explained.
In addition to new Toronto-Delhi and Dubai routes to be operated with Boeing 787-9 aircraft beginning in November 2015, Toronto-Istanbul will be converted to Boeing Dreamliner service effective May 2016, joining Toronto-Copenhagen, Zurich, Tel Aviv, Tokyo-Narita (summer) and select Toronto and Vancouver flights to London-Heathrow as well as Vancouver to Tokyo-Narita, Seoul and Brisbane. The carrier will also begin operating its international flights from Calgary to Tokyo-Narita, London-Heathrow and Frankfurt with Boeing 787 aircraft beginning in 2016.