Aseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2046 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3722 times:
not entirely baseless, AC can very well use it on its flights to DEL and HKG. All their A343/345 are going full on these routes. Its different though that they are just managing to pull out of bankruptcy.
AirbusfanYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1438 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3664 times:
It is indeed COMPLETELY baseless!
Just because a flight is full doesn't mean it's high-yielding, nor does a large ex-pat population of XYZ people in a given city mean an airline will start service to it.
In fact most of these ex-pats are VFR (visiting friends and relatives) pax which means they buy tickets well in advance and not the full fare or Business Class tickets that airlines actually make their money on. Well, that and cargo.
If speculation is what you want... AC could fill an 380, but only for the summer season of YYZ-LHR operations.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3561 times:
There's only one U.S. carrier that at the moment could even make it work: Northwest.
Make the top deck all WBC and lower deck economy, running LAX-JFK-AMS-BOM-NRT-LAX and v.v., for the cachet of domestic service on a route that had the slightest chance of supporting it, and due to the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th freedom rights at almost every stop along the way. Then to make it worthwhile to have them in the fleet, put onto the PVG and PEK routes.
Caribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1640 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3552 times:
The odds of Air Canada buying A380s is as likely as Qantas starting a route to Montreal. It's not going to happen or should it. The 787 is the best option for their future needs with a few 777s thrown in for the bigger routes.
AC848 From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3521 times:
They could use them to fly YYZ-SYD, but are there many high yielding pax on said route? I profess my ignorance since I don't have any data to draw an objective conclusion.
Subjectively speaking, although there are likely many business travelers on the route, there are probably more leisure pax. Thus, I doubt a stop in LAX (on QF, since NZ has pulled out of the LAX-SYD business) or YVR/HNL (on an AC plane) would phase the leisure pax too much.
I don't see the A380 happening anytime in the near future for AC, but I'd love to see an A380 sometime at YYZ - in any paint scheme! Looks like it may come to YUL with AF, but not to YYZ anytime soon.