Air Canada is introducing some new routes this winter. Air Canada will also be launching a new London to Mumbai flight.

Air Canada’s new Europe to India flight

Air Canada will only be flying between Europe and India this winter. There will be a seasonal route between Toronto and Mumbai. There will be daily flights between October 29, 2022, and March 24, 2023.

AC856 London to Mumbai departing at 11:10AM and arriving at 3:20PM.

The AC855 London to Toronto will leave at 12:00PM.

Air Canada’s new Toronto to Mumbai via London route

This will be a fifth freedom flight and will allow passengers to fly Air Canada exclusively between London and Mumbai if they so choose.

The Boeing 787-9 will be used by Air Canada for this service. Business class seats include 30 and premium economy seats include 21.

Air Canada’s Boeing 787-9 business class

Why is Air Canada launching this route?

There is an element to fifth freedom flights that is reminiscent of the old days when flights like this were necessary. There is less need for fifth freedom services with longer range and less capacity planes.

Why is Air Canada starting this route? The airline has a large route network to India, but it is difficult now that Russian airspace is closed. The flights are even more challenging now that the airspace is closed.

It's with that in mind.

  • The direct air distance between Toronto and Mumbai is 7,775 miles, so with airspace closures this route can’t be operated nonstop anymore; as a result, Air Canada is trying to find a logical stopover point, while also tapping into another market with big demand (UK to India)
  • Presumably Air Canada will be utilizing a couple of additional Heathrow slots for this service, so I guess this is also a way for Air Canada to reduce transatlantic flights to London while holding onto its slots.
  • Air Canada will continue to fly between Toronto and New Delhi nonstop, as that flight is around 500 miles shorter, and within range
  • Air Canada will continue to fly between Montreal and New Delhi nonstop, as that flight is even shorter than the Toronto to New Delhi service
  • Air Canada will resume Vancouver to New Delhi flights; the flight to India will have a refueling stop in Dublin, but passengers won’t be able to get on or off there (the return flight will be nonstop)
Air Canada is getting creative with its India route network

Bottom line

The Toronto to Mumbai route will be resumed with a twist. It is no longer possible to operate the flight nonstop. Air Canada will now operate the route as a fifth freedom service via London, meaning passengers can fly between London and Mumbai.

I would like to know how this route performs. I think it will stay around as long as Russia closes its airspace.

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