An Air Canada Rouge 767-300ER flying over the southwest BC coast. The airline will be introducing wide-body 767 service between Victoria and Toronto this summer. Brian Losito/Air Canada.
Victoria Intl. goes big-league with introduction of 767 wide-body service to Toronto
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
Published February 15, 2017
The summer aircraft line-up at Victoria International Airport is going big with the introduction of a daily flight between Victoria and Toronto utilizing a Boeing 767 twin-aisle jetliner, according to the Victoria Airport Authority.
Air Canada has switched-up its twice daily summer flight schedule typically utilizing two Airbus A319, A320 or A321 aircraft (with capacity for 120, 146, or 185-passengers, respectively) to include a 282-passenger 767-300ER (extended range) wide-body jet operating under its Air Canada Rouge subsidiary. The service will be in addition to a daily Toronto flight operated with an Airbus.
At 156 feet in length, the 767-300ER will be the largest regularly scheduled aircraft to operate out of Victoria International (YYJ). Although larger jets have flown out of YYJ in the past, Air Canada's move represents the first regularly scheduled wide-body service at the airport in recent years.
The move reportedly comes following several years of near or at-capacity summer operations for the airline on its flights between the BC capital and Canada’s busiest air hub.
The wide-body service is scheduled to launch on June 24th with a daily 8:30AM Toronto departure direct to Victoria and a daily return flight departing YYJ at 11:55AM. According to Air Canada’s online flight schedule, 767 service will continue until October 28th.
By passenger volume and flight frequency, Air Canada is Victoria International Airport’s most prominent airline with 20-to-30 daily departing flights throughout the year.
Victoria International Airport is Canada’s 10th air hub with 1.86-million passengers
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