Skytrain From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 297 posts, RR: 7 Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1729 times:
I agree, Canada definitely needs another major, or at least someone else to start running international service, for no other reason than to give people another choice besides Air Canada. I hate getting railroaded into flying with them, its something of a pet peeve.
I'm curious to see how this new airline "Zoom" does against AC. Apparently they are set to do scheduled service to Glasgow and London (Gatwick) from Ottawa, Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. They also intend to offer charter service to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, the US, Jamaica, T&T, Grenada and Barbados. Fares are pretty reasonable too, about $500-600 CAD r/t to LGW. Service is set to begin may 2004 I believe.
Regis From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1636 times:
For the record: Brazil no longer has multiple major carriers. Transbrasil is no longer, VASP is on the verge of liquidation, GOL is LCC and VARIG and TAM are merging. We're down to one major carrier: the VARIG-TAM fusion.
FlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2022 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1623 times:
PROSA, you're right that FR is an Irish carrier, but it does have a major STN hub. But that merely shows the fact that Europe is a single market, at least for internal flights in the EU. Even internationally, the fact that people in the UK think nothing of flying via CDG, AMS, FRA, MUC, etc rather than LHR shows that European majors do provide effective competition. Also, within the EU the UK has the most competitive airline market. As I said above, which other EU country has two majors?
BA took BCal out of the equation in 1988, but VS has spent the last 20 years building up an international network to the extent that it will finally compete on services to Australia, albeit by the longer routing via HKG. Likewise BMI has done the same on key routes from LHR, as I said above.
AF was able to take over both UTA and Air Inter - imagine if BA had taken over BMI as well as BCal!
Olympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 8 Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1571 times:
I'll believe Zoom's big plans when they actually start. Lots of other airlines have had similar ideas in the past that have failed to deliver. Then there's this Aero Falcon outfit that's planning to fly B747s from all across Canada to all over SE Asia. So far they don't even have permission to fly to any the countries they listed - or any airplanes.