Air Canada recently led a trade mission on 29 September 2023 to Singapore, where they met with the High Commission of Canada in Singapore, local Canadian industry associations and major trade partners from Vancouver and British Columbia. The delegation also met with Singaporean travel agencies and business associations during the trip. Talks centred on innovative ways to promote Vancouver as a year-round tourist and business destination with a diverse and international population.
Travellers who leave Singapore on the non-stop Singapore to Vancouver flight or via Japan/Korea between 4 April 2024 and 5 September 2024 can take advantage of select round-trip fares from S$1,299 to Vancouver or from S$1,599 to Toronto until 13 October 2023.
Air Canada will begin nonstop service between Singapore and Vancouver four times per week in April 2024. With U.S. customs pre-clearance, customers can land in the country as a domestic traveller and immediately begin their activities, allowing them more time to see the beautiful and multicultural Canadian metropolis or connect smoothly to a plethora of destinations across North America.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft used for flights will offer three different cabin classes for passengers to choose from: a signature class with 29 lie-flat seats, a premium economy class with 21 roomy seats, and an economy class with 247 seats.
A Spirit of Sustainability
At the end of the two-day program, the delegation and its Singaporean trade partners mingled over a gala dinner in the Andaz’s The Glasshouse Ballroom. Discussions about Vancouver, the new route and Air Canada’s commitment to sustainability in Southeast Asia was the main talking point.
Air Canada’s Vice President of International Sales, Virgilio Russi praised the Singaporean business community for its energy and willingness to take advantage of possibilities. Russi brought up how, after the pandemic, there was a surge in demand from Southeast Asia for international travel. He also mentioned the success of Air Canada’s nonstop service between Bangkok and Vancouver, which began operations in December of last year. The incoming Singapore route is anticipated to have a similarly positive effect on tourism in both Vancouver and Singapore.
Air Canada also contributed to sustainability by funding the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve on Borneo’s southern coast through the purchase of verified carbon offsets on behalf of each attendee. In addition to supporting various global sustainability programs, Air Canada’s carbon offset partner CHOOOSE has certified this third-party project as one of its own.
Flights booked through Air Canada’s Canadian and American booking websites now have the option to voluntarily purchase carbon offsets. This shall allow passengers to include verified carbon offsets to compensate for the estimated greenhouse gas emissions associated with their flight.