In April 2019 Air Canada started flying year-round from Toronto to Vienna on its Boeing 787 Dreamliners. They feature Air Canada’s signature class, which most of us refer to as lay-flat pods, or business class pods or first class pods.
This service is daily from April to October and 5x per week from November to March. This service is great for Canadians offering a connection with Austrian Airlines and their network in Europe! After flying from Toronto to Vienna on Air Canada, I was able to hop on one of those Austrian Airlines flights to Amman, Jordan, with just a short layover in Vienna.
Air Canada Toronto to Vienna Flight Review on the 787 Dreamliner
Toronto to Vienna Flight Time
The flight time on the flights from Toronto to Vienna Austria are 7 hours and 55 minutes. The current schedule leaves Toronto at 18:35 and arrives into Vienna at 08:30 (+1)
The Vienna to Toronto is scheduled to leave Vienna at 10:40 and arrive into Toronto at 13:30. Want to know what to do in Toronto? Here is a 3 days in Toronto Itinerary. If it is your first time in Canada, check out this post on things to know before your first trip to Canada.
Signature Class / Business Class Cabin
Air Canada’s 787 Aircraft from Toronto to Vienna features pod seating with all of the luxuries and amenities you will need for the 8-hour flight. The pods completely lay down flat and a large pillow, soft duvets as well as a mattress-pad style sheet are provided for your comfort. With the YYZ – VIE schedule arriving into Vienna in the morning, having the lay-flat seats allows you to get some rest if you need to hit the ground running on arrival to Austria! While I had a bit of a tough time falling asleep on account of it being early afternoon for my body on Vancouver time, I was able to nap for a few hours due to my early start on the YVR – YYZ route.
Instead of Red or White, you have a selection of wines, served in a glass (you will find almost no plastic in Air Canada’s Signature Pods) and a multi-course meal served on a generously sized table.
Business Class tickets also allow priority check-in, lounge access, 2 checked bags and 150% Aeroplan Miles.
I have a full review of the luxuries on my Air Canada Business Class Review.
Economy Class on the 787 Dreamliner Toronto to Vienna
Overall, the Air Canada 787 Dreamliners are quite comfortable to fly for your 8 hour flight from Toronto to Vienna. Much more than other aircraft styles. Economy class is what it is, and that is not going to change, but the seats are comfortable with above-average legroom, a big selection of seat-back entertainment and meals and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for free.
Price on Air Canada Toronto to Vienna Round Trip
Business Class / Signature Class
I took a selection of dates in the fall of 2019 as well as March of 2020 (Spring break is often high season) and prices start just under CAD$4000 for an adult round trip business class ticket.
As I mentioned, this route is serviced with the 787 Dreamliner and features the Signature Class cabin. (When you search, make sure you choose the non-stop service option). Your ticket includes the Pod style seat, duvet and pillow, multi-course menu, drinks upon boarding (and during the flight), noise-cancelling headphones, an amenities pack with socks, a toothbrush and more, priority check in and zone 1 boarding, lounge access and two checked bags.
I took a selection of dates, some in October of 2019 and some in March of 2020 (to coincide with Spring break) and prices start at about CAD$1000 per adult for an economy ticket.
Note that Air Canada does sell basic economy as well as Standard Economy (and then even more economy options that I don’t even look at because they are more about earning miles and a few other benefits that do not interest me). If you are looking for cheap flights from Toronto to Vienna, then you are the type of person who will benefit from the basic economy ticket level (I also suggest signing up for Air Canada emails and then you get notifications of seat sales and can save even more).
Basic Economy is designed to scare you into buying the more expensive option. I have never flown Basic Economy on Air Canada, simply as it has not been a ticket option I have purchased. There is nothing wrong with buying it, just do not demand services that you did not pay for if you do not buy it.
If you buy Basic Economy, you have to pay for a checked bag. If you plan on flying carry-on, or you do the math and a checked bag is cheaper than the Standard Economy, then book the Basic. Basic Economy also does not allow flight changes. AT ALL. With Standard Economy, you can change your flights, for a fee (I have done this, and although it cost me $300 per ticket and $100 for the far difference, having the flexibility to come home sooner, was what I needed. Yes, leaving Israel early with my kids cost me a lot that day!)
There is nothing that makes me angrier than people who rant on social media after buying tickets with limited options. Air Canada does a great job of outlining exactly what you get when you purchase a fare. While you automatically want to pay as little as possible, know what you are getting and live with it.
As for Latitude Fare, I am not sure why anyone would choose this option as it is an economy seat at the same price as a Business Class seat, but with less comfort and fewer options. What it does offer you, however, is a fully refundable ticket.
Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She is passionate about sharing her experiences of traveling with children on adventurous family holidays around the world! She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.