Air Canada announces 'major' Asia expansion

Air Canada announces 'major' Asia expansion

Air Canada said it will offer 11 daily departures on 14 widebody aircraft from Canadian cities to Asia, for a total of more than 43,000 seats a week. The company described it as "the most far-reaching international expansion of its schedule in its 75-year history."

The new flights will include non-stop trips between Toronto and Seoul and between Vancouver and Beijing, as well as an upgrade to daily service between Calgary and Tokyo.

Air Canada is also launching a new service to Istanbul, subject to government approval. Istanbul serves as a gateway to other destinations in Turkey, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Air Canada is the 15th largest commercial airline in the world, serving 33 million customers annually.