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Air Canada To Start 6 New U.S. Routes  
User currently offlineBoeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2278 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3435 times:

Six new routes to open this year, Air Canada announced today.

Some make sense, at least one I can't explain: Greenville?

What is going on at AC? There seems to be a strange concoction of routing going on.

http://biz.yahoo.com/cnw/010426/a_aircanada_new_route.html



Free-thinking, left-leaning secularist
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User currently offlineBaec777 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1231 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3271 times:

http://biz.yahoo.com/cnw/010426/a_aircanada_new_route.html

Baec777  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3246 times:

I wonder how far off YVR-PHX and YVR-SAN are...

Is there YVR-LAS already?

Aaron G.


User currently offlineLubicon From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3238 times:

Too bad the YEG-SFO is only seasonal service. Perhaps they will keep it permanent if the loads are good. YVR-MIA also stands a decent chance of succeeding as does all the YYZ routes (AC funnels so much traffic through YYZ that they are bound to get decent loads). I have to wonder about YUL-LAS. It seems rather strange but who knows, maybe it will work.

On a side note, this is a lot of new routes for the year (they have added several others as well in the past few months) yet they are maintaining a zero growth forecast. They have also parked a bunch of planes. Fewer planes, new routes but zero growth. What have they cut out of their schedule to keep it at zero (I know of YEG-YUL and YEG-ORD).


User currently offlineAllee From Canada, joined Jun 1999, 478 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3232 times:

Why did AA cancel YVR-MIA service a couple of years ago?

User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 4952 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3204 times:

Again, Air Canada is in favor of Toronto with these small market routes, than lucrative well-established markerts such as Montreal-Edmonton/Edmonton-Chicago etc etc..Toronto-Norfolk is a nice idea, but where are their prioirites?

I think Montreal-Las Vegas will be a good addition. I also think that Vancouver-Miami will do quite well. Toronto-Greenville??...Im not so sure but whatever,,

Mark


User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3180 times:

YEG-SFO? That's a new to me. Like Lubicon said, it's only seasonal. Probably either it's a trial run or AC's trying to capture the leisure rather than the business travelers' market, I'll bet. Although AC may (or more likely may not) extend it to year-round service, I've lost faith in AC's strategy.

There may be a reason why AC's been cutting so many flights, including YEG-YUL and YEG-ORD: money. I've read in an article in the Edmonton Journal about YEG's loss of AC service to these two cities. According to the article, AC has said that it is more profitable to route passengers through YYZ. And this move coincides with AC's plans to keep its growth at zero since the merger and fuel price rises have eaten away at AC's profits. Not to mention the serious competition that's sprung up like grass in wet weather.

Still, I think AC's priorities are a little screwed up right now, and I'm certain that YEG's not the only airport in Canada getting pissed off at AC.

Toronto-Greenville, SC? I doubt this will last very long. At best it might be reduced greatly. Toronto-Charleston, SC looks much better since Charleston, SC is a tourist destination for its Old South historical charm and the subtropical climate. Norfolk's not a bad idea, either. YVR-MIA and YUL-LAS should do okay, hopefully. I think AC's already got plans for YVR-LAS, YYC-LAS, YVR-PHX and YYC-PHX fairly soon.

Samurai 777


User currently offlineNo YYC From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3144 times:

Indeed, it seems that AC's priorities are messed up. It is great that YEG is getting SFO service. However, I don't think that it will last much longer than this summer. Sadly, I see the SFO & LHR service coming to an end this fall. As an aside, is it true that all passengers connecting through YYZ will be forced to pay an airport improvement fee? If so, a lot of out-of-towners are going to pay for the new terminal out there.

User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 4952 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3130 times:

Agreed!!..I think it's fantastic that these new routes have sprung up.

However, I dont think for one minute that a YYZ-JAX or YYZ-Norfolk could be more profitable than a YUL-YEG, given that the load factor was at 75% or something like that.

However, I did hear that the YEG-ORD load factor was below 55% on a B737-200, so that aint the best of news.

Las Vegas Intl is getting 2 to YVR, 2 to YYC, 2 to YUL and one more daily to YYZ all in one year..wow!

mark


User currently offlineAfitch7881 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3124 times:

What kind of aircraft are going to be opperating the Greenville, charleston, and norfolk routes? I asume either DC-9 or CRJ? I wonder why AC hasnt upgraded the YYZ-BDL routes on at least one of the 5 daily to a CRJ, DC-9 or maybe evan a A319. I know AC doesnt have many CRJ's, but if smaller markets like the ones added recently might be getting one, than a biz market like BDL sure could use one. Just my oppinion.


Eric


User currently offlineBoeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2278 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3117 times:

Afitch,

I agree completely. That was my first thought. Sure, Hartford (BDL) has five daily Dash-8s, but one or two of those ought to support a jet, with all the business traffic.

I can't imagine Greenville getting a jet ahead of BDL, but then again, what has the range?



Free-thinking, left-leaning secularist
User currently offlineMah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32176 posts, RR: 72
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3107 times:

AA did not that well with MIA-YVR, but, it should be noted:

1) Vancouver and Miami are two very similar cities with Euro style cultures today.
2) Candians travel to Miami more than Miamians travel to Canada, and are more likely to fly the national airline.
3) Better connection for Western Canadians then YUL or YYZ.
4) Better timing.



a.
User currently offlineJohnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2561 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3072 times:

YVR-MIA would theoretically seem to be a great route. Pacific hub on one end and Latin American hub on the other end. Both business and leisure. Besides, how much time would it shave off of transiting via SFO or LAX?

User currently offlineSuperdawg From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 347 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3066 times:

trvlr,

YVR-PHX has already been announced along with YYC-PHX at the same time they announced YVR and YYC to LAS.

S'Dawg


User currently offlineAfitch7881 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3034 times:

Anyone know the quipment on these routes? I know the MIA, LAS, and SFO will probably be A320's, but how about the greenvile, norfolk, and charleston?

Eric



User currently offlineJonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3035 times:

MIA is A319

User currently offlineSpyderz From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3032 times:

I also heard that Air Canada plans to fly out of Abbotsford to Calgary using A319's. This would be in direct competition with WestJet.

User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3013 times:

A319s on Calgary - Abbotsford? Not so the last time I checked. AC will be using these damned F28s instead.

User currently offlineYaki1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3008 times:

I heard a rumor today concerning the two new Air Canada 767s at Boeing. Sounds like they are going to have a delivery ceremony at LAS on Memorial Day, must be the equipment they are planning on using for their new route. LAS sounded like a strange location until I read this thread.

User currently offlineDucker From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3007 times:

1) Living in CT, I would think that the CRJ or DC-9 would be ideal to YYZ, but the current 5X daily frequencies would be reduced with the larger equipment.
2) As for GSP, that seems to be a more booming business market, with BMW and Michelin, among others, a larger manufacturing presence than CHS or CAE, and perhaps geater population growth than the other metro areas.
3) As for the Tidewater (Norfolk-Va. Beach-Hampton-Newport News), this seems to be a growth area also. Manufacturing might be as large as the US Navy in this metro area also.
AC probably considers the amount of higher-fare business traffic when considering new routes. I think that that could be lead to a more profitable niche. Ralph


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