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Air Canada Adding Lebanon-Confirmed  
User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 376 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1876 times:

AC are starting Montreal-Beirut in June, the thrice weekly seasonal service will use a 767-300, great, I thought it was going to be just code share on some other airline.

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User currently offlineCaribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1636 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1788 times:

Well it survived the first round of cuts Air Canada made. Rome was to begin as well but it got axed. By what I hear bookings to Beirut are goive very well. AC originally asked for 4 flights a week but the Canadian government limited them to three.. It's a natural link to Montreal where there is quite a significant Lebanese community.

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8028 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1777 times:

Why would it be in the interests of the gov't to limit how many flights AC put on a certain route? I would have thought AC would know what was best for them, not some idiotic gov't employee. No wonder Canadian airlines don't make money.


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User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 4969 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1747 times:

This flight has been programmed in the res systems by mid-march.. why is it all of sudden "confirmed"?

Air Canada original intention was to fly a same 767-300 that would do 3 weekly FCO 3 weekly BEY...

Mark


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1743 times:

why is it all of sudden "confirmed"?

Probably because justplanes.com finally got down to reporting it!  Smile


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16239 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1738 times:

why is it all of sudden "confirmed"?

Good question. What is the purpose of this thread? AC announced this service some time ago.





Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 4969 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1722 times:

I find it particularly odd....

That all of a sudden AC is interested in this route, given the middle east tensions, given that many a terrorist attack has occured. Yet, these flights will still leave full the majority of the time.

Why wasnt AC on this route earlier? its not like all of a sudden Lebanese people decided to fly back to Beirut and vice versa?

AC has been talking about this route since 1996.... 7 years later all of a sudden it has profit potential  Big thumbs up

Mark


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16239 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1690 times:

Perhaps now is the best time to add YUL-BEY. With Euro airlines reducing flights to NA and to the Middle East, perhaps all load factors into BEY are high. Also, perhaps after years of turmoil, BEY is booming in relative peace now.

Either way, let's hope AC proceeds with this route.




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineSpyderz From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1681 times:

I heard rumours that since YUL-FCO is dropped, the route might be served with an internationally configured 763 instead of the intended domestic 763.

User currently offlineSalim From Lebanon, joined Jun 2001, 303 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1658 times:

They were intending to serve this ~11h route with a domestic 763, without reclining biz seat etc??

User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32567 posts, RR: 72
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1632 times:

The route will indeed now be served with an international 767.


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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1618 times:

With Euro airlines reducing flights to NA and to the Middle East, perhaps all load factors into BEY are high.

Actually, they are increasing to BEY. I can't think of any Euro carrier that is reducing service to Beirut.

British Airways is increasing BEY from 8x weekly to 11x weekly. KLM from 5x weekly to daily. Austrian is coming back at 3x weekly. Air France upgrading the daily flight to a 777 instead of a mix of A330s, A340s and 777s. It goes on.

Overall however, the Beirut market is improving dramatically which is probably why Air Canada felt now is the best time to start the route.

I hope it becomes year-round. I guess it's possible if loads continue to stay strong.

Regards



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