With 28 new routes launched in 2016 and 14 new routes announced in 2017, Air Canada has added one more to its count, announcing new flights between its Montreal hub and Tokyo, Japan, beginning next summer. Flights will operate daily beginning June 1st, 2018, and operate thrice-weekly through the winter. Air Canada will use its Boeing 787 Dreamliner flagship aircraft on the flights.

The new route solidifies Air Canada’s current strategy of using its hubs as international transit points, especially for American travelers, who are drawn to transit points north of the border due to Air Canada’s reputation as North America’s best airline according to Skytrax, and the convenience of its schedules.

Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada said that “Air Canada is continuing its global expansion by strategically building its Montreal hub, and we are thrilled to announce […] Montreal’s first scheduled link to Japan. The new flights will offer travelers from Atlantic Canada and the Northeastern U.S. convenient access to Japan and beyond, complementing our existing Tokyo flights from TorontoVancouver and Calgary, while also strategically positioning Air Canada as a leader in the growing Montreal–Asia market.”

Air Canada’s current route map from Montreal, including flights operated by Star Alliance partners. Credits: Air Canada

The new flight to Tokyo will be Air Canada’s second Asian service from Montreal, after starting service to Shanghai this year. Besides Shanghai, Air Canada has already launched flights this year from Montreal to Shanghai, Marseille (France), Dallas/Forth Worth, Washington Dulles, Reykjavik, Tel Aviv and Algiers, with Montreal-Lima flights starting in December. In addition to these, Air Canada launched service from Montreal to Lyon, Casablanca, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Puerto Vallarta in 2016.

Air Canada currently operates service to Tokyo from Calgary (once daily), Toronto (twice daily) and Vancouver (once daily), and also operates service between Vancouver and Osaka (once daily, summer) as well as between Vancouver and Nagoya (four times weekly, summer).

According to ATWOnline, Air Canada has said that it will schedule its new Montreal-Narita flights to connect to flights to Quebec City, Ottawa, Halifax and Charlottetown in Canada and Boston, Philadelphia and Orlando in the United States.

Featured image by Air Canada.

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