FP_v2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1572 times:
Out of curiosity I decided to check the fare prices of both AC and westjet for the route YLW-YVR. The cost of travaling on westjet is $47 while on a AC F28 the fare is $250. Could someone explain how AC is able to attract passangers with fares that are 4-5 times greater that that of the competiton?
C172Akula From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 993 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1511 times:
I think AC survives because of their reputation. I know that must sound stupid with the recent view that the media has of AC as the "big mean monopoly". But they give a level of service that is above the no frills flying at westjet. I have yet to be on an AC flight that hasn't had a full meal service, all though I am sure some of the shorter routes don't have it for practical reasons.
Personally I don't like the fact that AC is being labelled as some evil force, if Canadian had aquired AC through the original Onex takeover bid, the same thing would be happening but with the Canadian name.
Cr-J From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 49 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1500 times:
On very short haul route, practically the Air Canada RapidAir between Toronto,
Montreal and Ottawa, only snacks(pretzels) are offered in flight as well as beverage. If the flight is flew in the morning, a mini size breakfast with scrambbled eggs, sausage and hash brown would be supplied, without the fruit plate.
I choose Air Canada rather than no frills because of the entertainment they offered, the meal and a better seats offered on AC.
Like the trip between Kelowna and Vancouver, whatever aircraft would be capable to fly that distance though. So, I would prefer WestJet rather than Air Canada in your case.
C172Akula From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 993 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1493 times:
I also think the business traveller picks up on the fact that AC has a much more modern and comfortable fleet for travelling. I'd take an A319/20 anyday over the older 737-200's, of course right now you may end up on an old Canadian jet, but that will be remedied in time.
Iceair757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1468 times:
Westjet, can be cheaper, the same price, or more expensive, depending on factors such as fare & booking restrictions. As an example, currently for tomorrow on a day return YLW-YVR-YLW, the fare on AC is $327.42 - but the fare on WJ for the same day & route is actually $278.21 - cheaper yes, but not by that much. If you wish to book reasonably far ahead, and stay a Saturday night (in mid-April for example), the fare on AC is $138.03, while on Westjet it is $154.09.
Westjet has a great product, and is generally an excellent value. Remember though, that it seems every time AC lowers their fares to match a competitor they are accused of anti-competitive behaviour - that doesn't provide much incentive.