Orca767 From Canada, joined Mar 2010, 1 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 8414 times:
Just noticed that Air Canada opened an office in downtown Moscow, Russia. Checked their timetable but do not see any direct flights this summer. Not sure if this was mentioned on here before. Does anyone have any news whether the airline is about to start direct service from YYZ or YUL to DME? SVO is out of the question since it is SkyTeam hub. My guess would be 3 or 4 times weekly service on a B763. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks folks!
YXD172 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 8013 times:
(All speculation) It does look like they're starting a new route. Air Canada doesn't even have offices in all of the countries that they already serve, and I don't know of any in countries that they don't serve. Also, SU is no longer flying to YYZ, so AC may be picking up the slack, although I got the impression that the route was mostly VFR and therefore more difficult to profit from.
That said, how does Russia compare to the rest of Europe as far as booking online vs. in person? If booking in person is much more common in Russia, AC may just be trying to grab a greater proportion of PAX and get them onto AC flights with connections through Star hubs.
Radial engines don't leak oil, they are just marking their territory!
pnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2373 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 7830 times:
Watch for Moscow to launch when the 787 arrives and the priority routes are looked after. In the meantime with new cross Atlantic partnership with the key 4 Star airlines, AC will be able to sell LH flights to FRA or MUC, and then on a LH or AC metal to a Canadian destination. There is quite a bit of business travel, but it has been growing slower than expected. If the partnership works as envisioned it might make an actual AC aircraft necessary. IF volume is significant enough a direct flight would be considered.
Dash8Pilot From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7560 times:
Air Canada operates an office in Dhaka, Bangladesh as you can guess they do not fly to DAC. I went to the office to find out what it was about. They sell tickets with Air Canada connections.. (Eg Dac to Hkg on a code share then HKG to YYZ with AC)..
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 27736 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7305 times:
Quoting Dash8Pilot (Reply 3): Air Canada operates an office in Dhaka, Bangladesh as you can guess they do not fly to DAC. I went to the office to find out what it was about. They sell tickets with Air Canada connections.. (Eg Dac to Hkg on a code share then HKG to YYZ with AC)..
And those types of offline offices are probably operated by general sales agents, not AC staff.
SKAirbus From Norway, joined Oct 2007, 1956 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6786 times:
I think Russians still prefer booking in person.. Even in Hungary it was impossible to book Malev flights online for Hungarian residents until a few years ago. Had to be done in person. Only tickets booked abroad could be bought online.