Samurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2457 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3641 times:
Greyhound Air never operated DC-9s at all. It had a few 727-200s, operating mainly on routes such as Calgary-Hamilton, Edmonton-Hamilton, Calgary-Vancouver. It was intended to be a discount airline like WestJet, except it was meant to supplement bus routes since Canada is a very large country to travel across.
Greyhound Air was scrapped by Laidlaw in September, 1997, the same company that owns Greyhound Canada after operating for only a year. And business was brisk. Why? Because Laidlaw's shareholders didn't want to be in the airline business and they felt that this airline was losing too much money despite good load factors and passenger number predictions. Hundreds of passengers got stranded almost without warning. This meant that a discount airline got shot down by a few filthy rich investors who didn't have to worry about AC and CP's high fares at the expense of so many passengers who otherwise cannot afford to fly! The very least that Laidlaw could have done was to sell Greyhound Air to another capable owner.
Fortunately, there already was a new and aggressive Calgary-based discount carrier with an expanding 737 fleet in green, black and white colors...
Planenutz From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1281 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3584 times:
Interestingly, Greyhound Air, nor its parent company Laidlaw, owned or operated the aircraft. All of the 727s were owned and operated by a company called Kelowna Flightcraft, based in Kelowna, British Columbia. The pilots and flight crews were all employed by Kelowna Flightcraft. So, essentially, Greyhound Air was never "its own" airline. I always thought that this arrangement was a little bizarre.
There were a couple of great adds though. One, showed a Greyhound dog lifting its leg on the front landing gear of an airplane with the caption: "We're starting to mark new territory." It appeared in newspapers all over Canada and was hilarious.
AC183 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 1532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3563 times:
Greyhound was started in 1996 with Kelowna Flighcraft operating the 727-200 aircraft, and Greyhound Lines of Canada selling the tickets. It was hubbed through Winnipeg, with 4 banks of connecting flights per day (2 westbound, 2 eastbound), and also a small number of other nonstop flights. In addition to Winnipeg they served Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Toronto and Ottawa. In 1997 Laidlaw bought Greyhound Lines, but weren't interested in the airline. This is unfortunate, as for although they were expecting to lose money over the next winter, they were quite profitable in the summertime. I don't have loads for the other stations, but I do know that in the month before they shut down their Hamilton loads were 91%. Essentially it was a good airline that Laidlaw just wasn't interested in continuing (conventional knowledge is that "there's no money in the airline industry" - ironically, although Greyhound is a money-maker, some of Laidlaw's other diversification efforts have been disasters...)
Note that Kelowna Flightcraft is the company that flies 727F's for Purolator Courier in Canada.