Yesterday, Air Canada announced that it would be launching a Montreal – Tokyo Narita route starting on June 1, 2018 as part of the expansion of its Montreal hub.
Air Canada’s New Montreal – Tokyo Narita Route
Air Canada plans to operate the flights between Montreal and Tokyo year round – daily in the summer season and three times during the winter – from June 1, 2018.
The new route will be operated by Boeing 787-8 aircraft offering economy, business, as well as premium economy class.
The flights will operate with the following schedule:
- AC5 from Montreal to Tokyo Narita: depart at 2:05PM, arrive at 3:50PM the next day
- AC6 from Tokyo Narita to Montreal: depart at 5:30PM, arrive at 4:30PM
Interestingly, the flight numbers are currently used by a flight between Toronto and Tokyo Haneda. However, before the Montreal route commences, those flights will be renumbered to AC1 and AC2.
Existing Routes Between Canada and Japan
Once in operation, the new flight from Montreal to Tokyo will be a nice addition to the existing Air Canada routes to Japan:
- AC1/2 between Toronto and Tokyo Narita (not available for booking from November 1, 2017 as of now)
- AC3/4 between Vancouver and Tokyo Narita
- AC5/6 between Toronto and Tokyo Haneda (to be renumbered to AC1/2)
- AC9/10 between Calgary and Tokyo Narita
Besides those routes, Air Canada Rouge operates seasonal flights between Vancouver and Osaka Kansai, as well as Nagoya Centrair.
And, while Air Canada is by far the largest operator of flights between the two countries, both ANA (from Haneda) and JAL (from Narita) operate a route to Vancouver as well.
Personally, I am happy to see another route between the two countries, as Canada is on my “to visit” list. And, while the chances that I will actually take the new flight are low, it is still nice to have an extra option.