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Westjet Could Become Mainline Carrier  
User currently offlineBmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2977 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2565 times:

If AirCanada, currently losing $3million daily does collapse, Westjet will have to expand bigtime to cover AC's routes. If not we will have to rely on European airlines to travel to the Europe, and US airlines to travel to the US.

The engine is the heart of an airplane, but the pilot is its soul.
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User currently offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2160 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2530 times:


I guess i am the first one to respond but you will not see WJ take over....

Drive it like you stole it!
User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3804 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2524 times:

Westjet doesnt have to do anything that they dont want to do....IF and that is a HUGE IF Air Canada does go under....Westjet will have the option of expanding or sticking to their current plan...No we wont have to rely on foreign airlines, there will be a period of time where service in Canada is very limited, but eventualy new entrants (CANADIAN ONES) will start up and fill the voids on the profitable segments....and as for all of the unprofitable areas well its a free market so I hope those areas have bus and train service  Big grin

"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2456 times:

But..... Think for a moment, if you will... The re-appearance of all those international airlines which once graced the Canadian skies.
I'm gonna go day-dream, now. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......

K... I'm back. Sorry, bud - It won't happen.

I see where you and others may be going with this, but, I cannot see it happening that way. With all the LCC and charter service we have, and given the size of our population and number of routes, service will probably be sufficiently filled-in by all the current players in the Canadian skies.
And that's my uneducated two cents.


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2403 times:

Westjet may very well change their strategy slightly, but I doubt we would see anything significantly change. I don't think Air Canada will go under, but the possibility is definitely there.

In the event of Air Canada liquidating, you will see current players filling in the void. Westjet will expand further into domestic service. You will see HMY and Conquest expanding as well, offering more service than currently available with Westjet, Canjet and Jetsgo. HMY and Conquest (operated by Skyservice) have full service on board, much like Air Canada, and will likely get a good following. Air Transat can also provide full service on domestic routes. In terms of international service, you'll see foreign airlines applying for more frequencies, but I don't think any 5th freedom rights will be necessary. Between Air Transat and Skyservice, you'll have some international capacity. I can also see Jetsgo going international on short notice, and Michel Leblanc is one to take the risk and hastily introduce new international service with different aircraft. (MD-11 or B767 maybe?). Anyways, these are just thoughts, and they could be way off! But don't expect Westjet to alone pick up the slack.

"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16525 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2352 times:

In the extremely unlikely event that the current AC is liquidated, a smaller AC will likely emerge with some of the assets of the old AC, a la Swiss Air Lines or SN Brussels Airlines, which replaced Swissair & SABENA respectively.

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2253 times:

I can actually envision such a scenario. Just a few days ago I wondered what would happen to all those aircraft if AC did go under.
With the exception of the two ex-Royal; ex-Canada 3000 737s haunting the grounds of Pearson International, were all of C3's planes re-deployed to other airlines?

(On a side note: Anyone notice what suggestion the a.net spell checker gave for the word Westjet?) heh heh

User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3804 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2233 times:

I think there are a few 737's sitting in Edmonton, and one or two A310's in England...other then that I think all the airplanes are working again... even
C-FJLT found a new home in Asia....(that was QN/C3's Oldest airplane 1969 vintage)

"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4657 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

LOL Awspicious

Fly Egotist!


User currently offlineCaribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1649 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

I seriously doubt the government would let Air Canada go under.. Even if they did Westjet isn't the only carrier left in the country. Air Transat has aircraft capable of flying intercontinental flights so they could theoretically take over some Air Canada routes. I'm sure Jetsgo and Canjet would want a piece of the US market. Westjet would have to completely change it's strategy, it's fleet and it's target market.. and like someone above said they are under no obligation to do anything other than making choices that best suits their needs.

User currently offlineAirman99o From Canada, joined Aug 1999, 981 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2097 times:

Hey there
God that would be a horrid thing. WEll it looks good on Air Canada if they did go under but man I feel for all those employees over at Air Canada. And the ex Canadian Employees they must be really sick of this stuff now seeing they have been going though stuff like this now for years. I feel fo you all over there.
If AC were to go I think that Skyservice and Transat would take over the international routes. well as best they could. Skyservice has 4 330's in its fleet Two sitting on the ground over in Europe on Deployed ops. We have a sizable 320 / 319 fleet that could do domestic and trans border. But that is just my two cents worth. But if AC did go under, what a mess that would be. OH well only time will tell


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