Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29469 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5562 times:
Quoting YYCspotter (Thread starter): With westjet regional launching in 2013 with Q400NextGen aircraft, what cities do you think they will serve from their main hubs in Calgary (YYC) and Toronto (YYZ)?
Look at routes AC is currently operating with Jazz Dash 8s and CRJs that WS doesn't currently serve. That should give you a pretty good idea of potential WS Q400 markets.
I expect they will also be used quite extensively on current WS routes where demand doesn't warrant a 737 except at very low frequency which isn't attractive to business travellers.
canadianpylon From Canada, joined May 2003, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5076 times:
I know in some early articles about the WestJet Regional cited the fact that 'prairie capitals' weren't connected in the WestJet universe. IE. YWG-YQR was specifically cited. I could see YWG-YXE, YWG-YQR, an expansion of YWG-YQT, and the possible reintroduction of YWG-YTH (Thompson).
When they used to fly YWG-Thompson, and subsequently withdrew, the said the market was better served by smaller aircraft with more frequency than the WestJet 1X Daily flight.
Always looking for the longest route with the most transfers.
I think so too. More flights to Seattle to access the cheaper transpac/US flights available in the states. I also see Winnipeg as a mini hub and a southern daily milk run, (both ways), from Victoria to Thunder Bay...and many, many points between.
SEA is pretty much covered by AS and AC in the summer, but maybe having WS on that route might make those flights more competitive considering AS can get quite pricey sometimes.
I'm surprised one city that hasn't been mentioned is Cranbrook (YXC). Cranbrook has been pushing to bring WS to the area for quite a few years and now that the Q400 is coming, now's the chance for that to finally happen. If WS could fly YYC-YXC or YVR-YXC, than they could give AC a run for their money on a route that they pretty much own (over $500 to fly YYC-YXC round trip right now is an absolute rip off).
ykaops From Canada, joined Nov 2010, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4614 times:
I am going to throw this out there and say YYC-DEN it's a fair distance but the Q400 is capable.
YVR-YCG ( a big NEGATIVE)
YVR-YYJ ( doubtful)
YVR- YXC, YKA, YLW, YXS (likely as point to point or through flights)
YVR-YPR, YXT, YXJ, YQQ, YBL , YYE, SEA, PDX, GEG, SMF ( new city candidates)
Thinking YKA-YEG may be reintroduced with flight carrying onto YMM
YYC-YEG, YQU, YQR, YXE (likely)
YYC-YMM, YLW, YKA ( additional added frequencies to current offerings with multiple segments vs single B737 aircraft)
YYC-DEN, SEA, PDX, SLC, GEG , BOI , YXJ, YXS, (new routes)
RWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4575 times:
Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 7): I hope WS Express will fly YYC - SEA/PDX and maybe (but just maybe) YVR-SEA/PDX
Yeah, me too, but as others have pointed out is AS doesn't like to give much here in the Pacific NW, and WS would likely have to enter a lengthy pissing match with QX & AC to retain a decent slice of the market share.
Oddly, YYC-PDX doesn't have a direct contender, maybe like NK did recently, they begin with OR & WA services, starting in PDX, maybe it'll be easier and more welcoming than a battle on any other route. If it works add some more flights.
That's a bit of a risky gamble flying non-stop routes into Washington and Oregon, especially with the large presence of AS there. My guess is WS will probably focus on the smaller cities within Canada first before expanding south of the border.
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