9252fly From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 10075 times:
Good question. I'm getting a bit misty-eyed thinking about the past and what CP once was(forgetting the dismal financial situation). Never understood the decision for having the headquarters there in the first place,they must have decided it based on a coin toss. I will always remember the end of CP came after the CEO went to NYC to meet the other members of Oneworld,essentially pleading for support to ward off the AC counter-offer,only to walk away empty handed.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26900 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9866 times:
Quoting 9252fly (Reply 1): Never understood the decision for having the headquarters there in the first place,they must have decided it based on a coin toss.
Oneworld's first managing partner was Peter Buecking, a Canadian from YVR. He worked for CP Air in various marketing positions before moving to CX in 1982 where he moved up quickly and eventually became Director of Sales and Marketing at their HKG head office. He moved to Oneworld in 2000 and established their headquarters in YVR.
Excerpt from the press release re the YVR location. CP had already been taken over by AC then and was no longer a Oneworld member.
Vancouver was chosen as the base for the team as a convenient crossroads for oneworld members and to underline the alliance’s commitment to continue to offer the Canadian market choice and high quality services.
commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 12499 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 9428 times:
1. Vancouver's time zone allows business to be done between OMC (oneworld Management Co.) and the respective airlines all around the world during the business day in both places. In other words, staff from OMC and the airline can have conference calls during business hours both in Vancouver and the airline's headquarters city.
2. Vancouver is considered (now, of course, post-CP) as a bit "neutral" as a city and not a particularly one-airline-dominated airport as far as the oneworld airlines go.
ktachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1841 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7928 times:
Also, Canada is a country that is neutral in many aspects.
Perhaps placing it in Canada is because the ICAO headquarters are also placed in that city? And the other thing that comes to mind is that Vancouver is a convention city. I realized this after entering the aviation business but many conferences such as slot allocation conferences are often held in Vancouver. In addition, conferences where many airports and airlines meet (Routes Conference) is also hosted in Vancouver.
But now that you brought this up, it seems like a good explanation of why JAL decided to keep its YVR route in favour of AMS.
Also, I guess one world does have some presence in YVR. Cathay Pacific comes twice daily, JAL once daily, American from Dallas and QF tried a tag onto its SFO route to fly into YVR although they dropped it.