Caribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1640 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1868 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.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8243 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1857 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.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16374 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1770 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.
BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1698 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.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran