Jfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 7348 posts, RR: 7 Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4671 times:
Dl is doing very well in SA. Flying to most main cities in each country. They have truly shown us the way away from teh traditional Miami and JFK gateways. Houston with Continental and United at IAD also have service to Lati America.
Luisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4431 times:
What happened to rumors that AC was going to fly to PTY? Canada is the third largest tourist market for Panama after the US and the EU. PTY gets A330s and A310s from Transat and Westjet also flies to PTY. Anybody have any info? (BTW I know PTY is technically in Central America)
CayMan From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 905 posts, RR: 9 Reply 19, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4209 times:
AC has had YYZ CCS and aparently tried to build the route, with some success. Part of their problem has been total inconsistency in flight times and frequencies. They have operated the flight as a stand alone, then later combined it with POS (making it a triangle route YYZ POS CCS or YYZ CCS POS).
First of all, AC needs to pick a standard dep/arrival time and stick to it they seem to change it weekly almost and recently they have had ridiculous arrival times sometimes 2-3AM! On another post somebody said this was because of runway work but that makes no sense.
AC has a very extensive US, European and Asian network out of the YYZ mega hub, which will grow even more. Plan is to create in YYZ a "sterile" transit area, so that intl transit pax (for example Vzla to Europe or Asia) would not need any Cdn visa to transit through YYZ.
This would seem to be a huge competitive advantage over US majors given ever increasing difficulty for Vzlans to get US visa, plus the hassle of passing through US Immigration even if you have one.
Any of the posters here have any thoughts on how well the YYZ CCS service does for AC and whether they should build it as a transit route for above reasons? O&D traffic between Vzla and canada is pretty decent because of a fast growing Vzla population in canada, mostly in Toronto but a few in Montreal and Vancouver as well, in addition to Western canada oil region.
CCS is supposedly part of AC plan to build themselves in latin America. But they need to get a set fliight time and stick to it. Plus it would be nice to drop the POS stop one one way leg. If I recall the YYZ CCS route is combined with POS largely because of a limited number of A319s suitable for a long over water flights. Other than bumping the flight up to a 762ER or a 763 (unlikely) I don't think there is anything in the AC fleet other than the A319 suitable for this route, given range and over ocean flying. At this point at least it would not likely be economically feasible to assign a 762ER or 763 to the route and those aircraft are all assigned elsewhere. The A320s and A321s are not rated (from what I remember reading) for this flight, given distance and over water requirements.
I have often thought that YYZ PMV CCS might be a great route if the bilaterals permitted it. There is an ever growing number of Europeans traveling to Margarita. Admittedly there are several direct to PMV charters from various European destinations but a large number of Europeans still arrive via CCS, either directly on some European carrier or many still via a US carrier through the USA, if the price is right. If AC could offer Europe-YYZ-PMV at a competitive fare this would generate some business especially with STAR feed in Europe. Europe and Canada are now discussing open skies as well.
This route might have some merit in the other direction as well, for example PMV to Europe traffic, the market in Margarita of Venezuelans going to Europe may not be extremely large, but it is there and if AC could offer a competitive price on a connection to Europe or Asia they could well capture some of this.
The bottom line is that any airline that can offer international connections, while avoiding transiting the USA, is only going to grow their business. It is either to difficult for Vzlans to get a US visa or even if they have one many foreign nationals do not care for the US Immigration process if it can be avoided.
AirbusfanYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1406 posts, RR: 29 Reply 20, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4184 times:
Quoting CayMan (Reply 19): AC has a very extensive US, European and Asian network out of the YYZ mega hub, which will grow even more. Plan is to create in YYZ a "sterile" transit area, so that intl transit pax (for example Vzla to Europe or Asia) would not need any Cdn visa to transit through YYZ.
YYZ's "sterile" transit area has opened in T1 Pier F (International Pier)
RP TPA From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 829 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4133 times:
Quoting AirbusfanYYZ (Reply 20): YYZ's "sterile" transit area has opened in T1 Pier F (International Pier
OK....I think I can answer this one without putting my foot in my mouth.
The way T1 is set up now, a passenger still has to go thru a document check upon arrival. All necessary visas are needed to enter canada, even if just changing planes. For example, USA-YYZ-INTL, once you deplane you can walk to the international gate area, show your passport and onward boarding pass (or ticket) and go to the gate. In the reverse case (INTL-YYZ-USA) you can bypass Canadian formalities and head straight to USA pre-clearance. If you're going INTL-INTL (eg: GRU-YYZ-PEK), it's just about the same as USA-INTL. You'll deplane, go thru a quick passport check, and go right back to the INTL gate area. However, you'll still need all docs necessary to enter Canada, even though you never actually leave the transit area. Most important, if a visa is needed to enter Canada (eg: a Brazilian passport holder arriving from Brazil and connecting to China), then that visa is required to transfer through.
What Kaz is refering to is a true sterile area which the airport, immigration authorities, and Air Canada hope to have implemented soon. If and when that happens, then a transit visa will no longer be needed if remaining in the sterile area.
Arrow From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 2582 posts, RR: 2 Reply 24, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4033 times:
Quoting 777jaah (Reply 23): NO, he wasn't...................which is something between unbelievable and extremly funny.
C'mon guys, give him a break. More than once I've seen writers in Canada's so-called national newspaper -- the Globe and Mail -- talk about Vancouver's magnificent view of the Rocky Mountains (which are actually about a day's drive away). I think he was pretty embarrassed by his geographical goof, which is more than I can say for the Globe.
Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
25 CayMan: Thanks for that detailed clarification and info. If memory serves, there was some sort of pilot project in YVR by which a true in transit project wou
26 Avianca: what is urgently needed that AC upgrades CCS / BOG flight to a daily operation .... in order to be more intresting for connecting passengers....
27 RP TPA: That's what I get for typing without thinking. I wasn't totally sure where Colombia was, but I knew it was near Costa Rica and Panama....hence the "C
28 Avianca: dont worry, btw, Panama was before part of Colombia..... so RP TPA was not thinking so wrongly..... cheers y saludos
29 RCS763AV: You could have at least spelled it right... From the Colombia standpoint, AC has been either the carrier with the best load factors in the market, or
30 Avianca: really intresting how airlines are mixing the prices... they are charging 1300 UDS for BOG-YYZ-BOG but you can find for the same price (or little mor
31 777jaah: Heck no, I bet you'll never forget where is colombia, that proves a.net is a "huge ocean of knowledge" I know many pax choose DL and AA for that purp
32 RP TPA: That's right.....rub it in!!! And to think I almost wrote "Columbia" earlier, before I noticed that the spelling didn't quite look right.
33 Avianca: yes they do, found on a randoom date not bad fares with them. just over 900 USD return including taxes.... Fri 1-Jun-07 Bogota (BOG) Depart 12:40 am
34 CayMan: Is BOG not daily? I agree that to really make the route work it likely should be. As to CCS, it probably should be daily as well but before that AC n
35 AirCanada014: Don't forget future expansion to South America and Central America for AC. San Salvador, Guatamala City, Georgetown, Quito and Guayaquil.