Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4137 posts, RR: 38 Posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2137 times:
Harmony eyes regional jets
Niche player expanding
Published: Saturday, May 27, 2006
Upstart Harmony Airways is considering buying regional jets to expand its North American footprint without needlessly stepping on the toes of Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd.
Gary Collins, Harmony's chief executive and a former minister of finance of British Columbia, said the 70- to 110-seat jets made by Bombardier Inc. or Brazil's Embraer SA are a cost-effective way for the Vancouver-based carrier to build a domestic network to feed planned Asian routes.
DFORCE1 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 505 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2031 times:
It would have been nice to see Harmony launch the C-Series. But what markets would Harmony target to feed into YVR? And would Harmony's main Asian base be YVR or would they want to operate flights out of YYC and YYZ as well?
Jayce From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 520 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2031 times:
I imagine they would use them for routes to Alberta and the Western United States to feed their upcoming Asian flights and those of their partner airlines. I can see them using the RJs to YYC, OAK and PSP as well as opening up newer markets (ie. SMF, GEG).
I wonder if they would start a feeder type carrier or would they be "mainline" HQ?
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C3000flyboy From Canada, joined May 2000, 104 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1919 times:
Answers Re: Harmony / Voyageur YYC Service
There were recent HQ f/a interviews and during the process candidates were asked if they would be interested in working the regional service - f/d are all Voyageur crew. Those candidates that prefered this as well as those that could not be fit into the "mainline" class were then interviewed by the Voyageur f/a mgr. The successful candidates will now do CRJ training with Voyageur and effectively be Voyageur f/a's. As to service, all new f/a's will be made to complete HQ service training.
Wolsingerjet From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 348 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1893 times:
Well some of the guys are moving over from the voyageur dash-7 and 8s onto the RJ.The company has also said it may purchase more RJs depending on how well the YYC flights turn out to serve other cities such as YLW,and YEG.This came right from a voyageur pilot I spoke to at YEG.
Well... except that Air Canada is the only airline in Canada buying from Bombardier (IIRC), and they also have a sizable fleet of Embraers now. I think the ERJ-170 would probably be the best suited for Harmony as far as the Embraer regional jets go and based on their estimated size requirement. If they wanted a similarly sized CRJ, they'd have to get a 700.
Lets see how their Voyageur service goes first. Whether they like it or not, YYC-YVR steps on the toes of Westjet and Air Canada and Westjet has quite a firm footing. Their excellent service might be what's necessary in filling their planes, since though their intentions are to eventually connect to pacific routes, they have none as of yet. And I don't think there will be many people in Calgary planning on taking HMY from YYC to YVR and then on to YYZ when there's plenty of direct flights.
Too bad...It would be great to see another Canadian registered 747, even if it is a 200 series.
Quoting Irobertson (Reply 13): Their excellent service might be what's necessary in filling their planes, since though their intentions are to eventually connect to pacific routes, they have none as of yet. And I don't think there will be many people in Calgary planning on taking HMY from YYC to YVR and then on to YYZ when there's plenty of direct flights.
Well said - I think they should establish the Asian routes and then set up the regional network. Their prices on the YVR-YYC are not even competitive as of now.
Centrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3597 posts, RR: 21 Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1490 times:
Quoting Wolsingerjet (Reply 12): It looks like it will be either 763s or 332s from what I have heared.
Since they are already using Boeings maybe they will go for 763s but from the market/range stand point the A332 has the legs for really allowing expansion.
A 763 and A332 both would allow for Japan, Korea, Northern China and Australia via HNL.
But the A332 by itself can do all of China, Vietnam and with limits Thailand.
As for regionals. I would bet CRJs. Nothing about being from Canada but with getting slots and meeting their need. EMB would be good but they seem to be kind of full. Bombardier needs some orders on something.
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MD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7 Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1468 times:
Hello all ,
Quoting DFORCE1 (Reply 14): Do you think the aircraft that will be operating the YVR-YYC flights be painted in a Harmony scheme or will it remain Voyageur?
I would think it would be painted in HQ colors for brand recognition, but of course you never really know
Quoting Irobertson (Reply 13): except that Air Canada is the only airline in Canada buying from Bombardier (IIRC),
Quoting Centrair (Reply 15): As for regionals. I would bet CRJs. Nothing about being from Canada but with getting slots and meeting their need. EMB would be good but they seem to be kind of full. Bombardier needs some orders on something.
Well with the recent mass exodus of CRJ's at the same time, HQ/Voyageur can pick up some fairly new machines for a reasonable price Alot of new exotic airlines are planning or are picking up CRJ'S (Georgian National, Belavia, That new Mexican start up)