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Will West Jet Join One World?  
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2417 times:

Hi fellow a.netters,

I hear from a friend who works for IATA that WestJet are in talk with One world about joining the alliance since last summer! I just wanted to know if there was anymore news about this. WestJet entering OW would be advantagoeus since OW has been left without a Canadian network when Canadian was merged into air Canada.
However is its LCC model compatible with OW? (As you can see Aer Lingus decided to leave the alliance because due to its new LCC policy, there's no more realy use for it to be in OW!)

Regards
Bm


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User currently offlineJayce From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2396 times:

I think the LCC issue is a major concern. Can you imagine flying first or business class with CX from HKG to YVR and then hopping on a WS 737 to Winnipeg? I don't see WS will introducing a premium cabin any time soon, so it should be interesting to see what happens with this.

Also, wasn't there some issue with the WS reservation system?



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User currently offlineZschocheImages From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 151 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2295 times:

Quoting Jayce (Reply 1):
I think the LCC issue is a major concern

That's exactly what I thought too. They are one a different playing field as compared to the legacy carriers (I'm not saying that one is better than the other, they both serve their purpose).



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User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1726 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

I guess now that they have officially abandoned the new res system, the option of joining One World is moot.

At some point, they will have to make some tough decisions. AC will not be disappearing anytime soon. And there's only so much growth out there in the Canadian market since their foray into the US has been disappointing - unless they can find a partner!!


User currently offlineChock Head From Samoa, joined May 2002, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2089 times:

Quoting Yegbey01 (Reply 3):
I guess now that they have officially abandoned the new res system, the option of joining One World is moot.

At some point, they will have to make some tough decisions. AC will not be disappearing anytime soon. And there's only so much growth out there in the Canadian market since their foray into the US has been disappointing - unless they can find a partner!!

Actually the abandonment of the reservation system paves the way for this kind of thing...

What exactly are you basing their foray into the US as disappointing on? The US is doing very well.


User currently offlineYLWbased From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 831 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2070 times:

AC only provide a very limited destination with Executive Class Service, if you are flying on CX and wanna get a cnx to anywhere in canada, AC is your only choice if you book through cathaypacific.com, try it yourself. According to the CX staff station in YVR told me b4, oneworld member is not very please that CX.com offer customer to book on Star's airline's flight cnx(AC), that's why CX had approach WS to discuss the possibility to join OW as an "associate member". Let's all be fair, except for big cities (e.g. YVR,YYZ,YOW) most of the canadian cities are currently served by AC Jazz, since when did Jazz offer ANY form of Executive products? and the fact is, WS cabin and services is a lot more better then any AC Y class in any given date. and i do believe that WS WILL join OW as an associate member, just a matter of time.

YLWbased
(where AC DOES NOT provide Executive Services on a regular basis)



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User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1726 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

Quoting Chock Head (Reply 4):
Actually the abandonment of the reservation system paves the way for this kind of thing...

What exactly are you basing their foray into the US as disappointing on? The US is doing very well

how so??? The new res system was supposed to allow them to do the interlining...

The US market is limited to leisure destinations....How many routes have been killed? YVR-LAX, YYC-SAN, YYC-SFO, YYZ-LGA...

Without a partner down south, they can only capture the low yielding markets (LAS, MCO, FLL...)


User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1726 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

Quoting YLWbased (Reply 5):

Can you do some more research first???

Exec first + Exec class are avialable in almost all mainline and many Jazz markets and YYZ, YVR and YOW are NOT the only major markets...(YEG, YYC, YWG, YUL, YHZ...)


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1921 times:

Quoting YLWbased (Reply 5):
since when did Jazz offer ANY form of Executive products?

AC Jazz CRJ-705's have executive class cabins. Remember it's not just the seats we're talking about either, it's lounges, FFP, priority baggage handling etc. etc.

Quoting YLWbased (Reply 5):
WS cabin and services is a lot more better then any AC Y class in any given date.

I give credit to WS with their customer service, they are superb with this. But in terms of product AC's new XM seats/IFE are above and beyond WS product.

Another thing, I'd say the vast majority of pax connecting from CX to other cities in Canada will be going to the major centres. I'm not sure YKA and the likes are full of large ethnic, overseas traveling people....

Kris



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