A new summer service from Gatwick to Vancouver by Air Canada Rouge took off yesterday.

Air Canada’s leisure airline will operate three flights a week to  the Vancouver hub until October 7.

The airline is using 282-seat wide-body Boeing 767-300ER aircraft on the route in a two-cabin configuration with 24 premium seats and 258 in economy seats.

The service complements seasonal Gatwick-Toronto flights started last summer.

Air Canada Rouge passengers can connect in Vancouver with Air Canada flights to destinations across Canada, and throughout the Americas.

Air Canada UK and Ireland general manager sales, Stephen Gerrard, said: “Our customers can now fly non-stop with Air Canada Rouge to western Canada with onward connections to our extensive global network.

“Creating memorable moments is what we pride ourselves on at Air Canada Rouge. Our flight attendants are all trained at the Disney Institute in customer service excellence and we offer a host of Air Canada benefits, all at competitive fares.”

Gatwick chief commercial officer, Guy Stephenson, added: “Visitors from the UK will be spoilt for choice in Vancouver – one of the world’s most exciting places to visit.

“This new route also provides an important connection between the two countries business communities, including Vancouver’s flourishing high-tech, media and green economy sectors.”