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WestJet Encore Announcement Feb 11  
User currently offlineflyb From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 681 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8484 times:

Looks as though WS will be announcing their new schedules this coming Monday. Going to be interesting to see if they launch via YYC or YYZ. My gut is that we'll see start out west in their own backyard.

Source: http://www.theprovince.com/business/...uncement+Monday/7928626/story.html

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User currently offlineHawaiian763 From Canada, joined May 2009, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8357 times:

I think the original plan was to start out west and slowly work their way east. I'm thinking they'll start on routes where a 737 is too much, than expand their network with new routes. Personally I'm hoping they finally start YYC-YXC (Cranbrook) and crack the monopoly that AC has had on that route for years.

User currently onlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4878 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8311 times:

Any rumors on Encore transborder flying?


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User currently offline9252fly From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1381 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8181 times:

Quoting Hawaiian763 (Reply 1):
Personally I'm hoping they finally start YYC-YXC (Cranbrook) and crack the monopoly that AC has had on that route for years.

I don't see the YXC - YYC market that lucrative when one looks at AC summer schedule. 2 - 3 BEH a day doesn't constitute a significant opportunity. That's a total of up to 54 seats spread throughout the day and WS DH4 is likely to be configured with at least 74 seats.


User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5229 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8051 times:

Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 2):
Any rumors on Encore transborder flying?

I'm anxious to find out the answer to this question as well...

bb


User currently offlineflyb From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 681 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7911 times:

Rumour has it their will be 1-2 new US routes, and only about 2-3 new routes in Canada to mid-sized markets. As well as strengthening of the current market out East with the 737's. Saw that over on a different forum.

User currently offlinec172akula From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 996 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7883 times:

Quoting flyb (Reply 5):
Saw that over on a different forum.

A forum about skyscrapers by chance?


User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24075 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7794 times:

Quoting Hawaiian763 (Reply 1):
Personally I'm hoping they finally start YYC-YXC (Cranbrook) and crack the monopoly that AC has had on that route for years.

Don't think the demand exists. Even when YYC-YXC was Canadian and previously Pacific Western and previously Canadian Pacific, it's always been a monopoly as far as I recall. Most people prefer to drive, even though it's almost twice as far by road, but still not much more than a 4-hour drive.


User currently offlineflyb From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 681 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7686 times:

Facebook. Ha. They also confirmed YYC - DFW.

[Edited 2013-02-07 17:53:36]

User currently offlinebrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4058 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7654 times:

Quoting flyb (Thread starter):

Looks as though WS will be announcing their new schedules this coming Monday. Going to be interesting to see if they launch via YYC or YYZ. My gut is that we'll see start out west in their own backyard.

That is where my money is going, well not literally. I don't think that Encore is going to see eastern Canada until 2014. What with the limited number of aircraft available to them.



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User currently offlineflyb From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 681 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7648 times:

So per WS 2 US and 2 new canadian destinations. One new ns between existing markets. All found on their Facebook page along with Dallas announcement.

User currently offlineYXD172 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7628 times:

Also from Facebook, looks like YYZ-MYR. I'm betting on it going to the Q400, same as PD. A 737 just feels excessive on this route.


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User currently offlineflyb From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 681 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7609 times:

YEG-PHX year round as well

User currently offlinefidelidade From Brazil, joined Dec 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7562 times:

I can't be surprised. I met the guy who manages their network planning and he is very smart. I think he was also the guy who said to Gol to stop flying routes on 767 and focus on what is good.

User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2769 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7373 times:

I think Encore will eventually do the US but not right now since its way too fresh.
I would imagine new cities in Washington like GEG and possibly Montana to be potentials and also Utah, Minnesota and other existing routes served by competition. We have alot of Mormons living in this region. But that's for another time of speculation, for now gearing up to see what the big word will be!



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5014 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7281 times:

Quoting fidelidade (Reply 13):
I can't be surprised. I met the guy who manages their network planning and he is very smart. I think he was also the guy who said to Gol to stop flying routes on 767 and focus on what is good.

= Jaja. I think I know who you are talking about  . I am surprised WestJet has been able to keep him that long. I know he was close to leaving for one of the Middle Eastern carriers. Smart guy ... though, I must harass him on DFW! Isn't there already too much capacity with 2x on AA? Does the market need a 3rd flight?

Saludos,
A.



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User currently onlineyellowtail From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 5885 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 7237 times:

Well WS is giving a presentation about Encore at the ROUTES conference on Monday in CTG....


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User currently offlineflyb From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 681 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7154 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 15):
= Jaja. I think I know who you are talking about . I am surprised WestJet has been able to keep him that long. I know he was close to leaving for one of the Middle Eastern carriers. Smart guy ... though, I must harass him on DFW! Isn't there already too much capacity with 2x on AA? Does the market need a 3rd flight?

Saludos,
A.

I think they will do just fine on that route, as many would rather fly WS over AA. Look at YYC-ORD, lots of capacity of that route, and they make it work. However, with AA increasing capacity on the route with a 737-800 it should be interesting. I think both airlines since they codeshare will work on getting connections through YYC more aggresively than before.


User currently offlineTennisace From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7055 times:

Quoting flyb (Reply 10):
So per WS 2 US and 2 new canadian destinations. One new ns between existing markets. All found on their Facebook page along with Dallas announcement.

I will hazard a guess that the 2 new Canadian destinations are in conjunction with the Encore announcement, and that they will be...........Penticton CYYF and Nanaimo CYCD (maybe Fort St. John CYXJ)


User currently offlinepoint2point From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 2634 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6918 times:

I would wonder if WS would consider DEN?

As of now, DEN will have nonstop flights to 9 Canadian airports (YVR, YEG, YYC, YXE, YQR, YWG, YYZ, YUL and soon the seasonal YMM) and these routes are all *A, with UA on the bulk of the routes and handful of AC flights to YYZ and YUL. Most of these can be more than a couple of flights per day. So there really is no competition on any of these, and I can imagine that UA gets some of its best yields at DEN with these.

So....... would there be any room for WS at DEN?



 


User currently offlineYYCSpotter From Canada, joined Jul 2012, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 6822 times:

Quoting Tennisace (Reply 18):
Penticton CYYF and Nanaimo CYCD

neither are very likely. It makes more sense for the to improve on flights to nearby hubs, such as YYJ for YYF, and YLW for YCD. those destinations are just to close to larger 'hubs' to support q400 flights... q100 or B1900 flights, maybe, but not q400



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User currently offline9252fly From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1381 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6760 times:

Quoting YYCSpotter (Reply 20):
neither are very likely

I would have to agree. WS has so many small market airports pandering for flights that I cannot but see a lot of disappointment when the announcement of destinations is made. Some will at a much later stage see WS service;it's just that I see service where it makes the most sense by filling in the holes in significant markets such as YWG to YQR and YXE. YEG-YYC is a pair that could use frequency over excessive B737 capacity.


User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5229 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6694 times:

From a comment I just saw on a totally unrelated thread, it seems possible that there might be some mainline route announcements made on Monday, as well as Encore news.

I hope that this is true and that more than one new trans-border mainline route will be revealed. The timing of this big press event is about right for some new summer routes...

  

bb


User currently offlineflyb From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 681 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6535 times:

Quoting SANFan (Reply 22):

Yes sounds like DFW and one more. Plus year round from seasonal on routes like YEG-pHX


User currently offlineyyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16228 posts, RR: 57
Reply 24, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6490 times:

Quoting point2point (Reply 19):
I would wonder if WS would consider DEN?

Unlikely, since DEN is a *A stronghold and well served from YYC already.

Quoting 9252fly (Reply 21):
I would have to agree. WS has so many small market airports pandering for flights that I cannot but see a lot of disappointment when the announcement of destinations is made.

Agreed. This will just be the INITIAL announcement though. There will be many more to come in the the next 2 years as all 20 Q400's are delivered.

Quoting SANFan (Reply 22):
From a comment I just saw on a totally unrelated thread, it seems possible that there might be some mainline route announcements made on Monday

YYC-DFW
YYZ-MYR (Myrtle Beach).



Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineTennisace From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6650 times:

Quoting flyb (Reply 10):
So per WS 2 US and 2 new canadian destinations.
Quoting Tennisace (Reply 18):
.Penticton CYYF and Nanaimo CYCD
Quoting YYCSpotter (Reply 20):
neither are very likely.

As someone else mentioned above, the Westjet Facebook page clearly states that there will be 2 new Canadian destinations announced. I am suggesting they will be Encore cities (CYCD & CYYF) and not new Mainline cities. Where else would WS mainline fly into???? Thoughts.........


User currently offlineYXD172 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6647 times:

Quoting yyz717 (Reply 24):

YYC-DFW
MYR (Myrtle Beach).
DFW for sure, but I don't know about mainline to MYR, that's a lot of capacity for that market. Right now, PD only flies 5x weekly in winter peak, 2x in the fall. It'll be an interesting route to watch, especially if they're announcing it now - this would indicate summer service, when PD doesn't fly the route at all!

[Edited 2013-02-08 21:14:07]


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User currently offlinerj777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1753 posts, RR: 2
Reply 27, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6884 times:
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Is there even a logo/livery for Encore yet?

User currently offlineYYZatcboy From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1003 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6889 times:
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Yep. You will find it on every Westjet aircraft. (Minus the Operated by Encore sticker)

Quoting rj777 (Reply 27):

Is there even a logo/livery for Encore yet?



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User currently offlineFiedman From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 29, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6610 times:

I got my fingers crossed for my home airport of Lethbridge YQL hasnt been the same since the Air Canada/Canadian Merger


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User currently offlineyyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16228 posts, RR: 57
Reply 30, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6586 times:

Quoting YXD172 (Reply 26):
DFW for sure, but I don't know about mainline to MYR, that's a lot of capacity for that market.

The Westjet facebook page let MYR out of the bag. I agree with you though -- it is a small market and wil likely only be seasonal service with less than daily service.



Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlinemultimark From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 31, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6569 times:

Quoting Hawaiian763 (Reply 1):
I think the original plan was to start out west and slowly work their way east. I'm thinking they'll start on routes where a 737 is too much, than expand their network with new routes. Personally I'm hoping they finally start YYC-YXC (Cranbrook) and crack the monopoly that AC has had on that route for years.

What monopoly? AC Jazz flies 3x daily and so does Pacific Coastal.


User currently offlineMEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1095 posts, RR: 13
Reply 32, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6555 times:

I expect Vancouver-Kamloops-Calgary to be operated by WestJet Encore.


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User currently offlineajhYXE From Canada, joined May 2011, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 33, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6475 times:

I'm holding out hope for YXE-YWG nonstop.   

Quoting point2point (Reply 19):
As of now, DEN will have nonstop flights to 9 Canadian airports

How much O&D traffic does DEN see on those routes? I would imagine a considerable portion of those PAX go there for connection purposes.



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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6729 posts, RR: 18
Reply 34, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6437 times:

I guess the likelyhood of RDU is low? How about the DCmetro?


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User currently offlinepoint2point From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 2634 posts, RR: 1
Reply 35, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6371 times:

Quoting ajhYXE (Reply 33):
How much O&D traffic does DEN see on those routes?

I'm able to find pax per day info listed between DEN and: YYZ - 253, YYC - 167, YVR - 150, YUL - 82, YEG - 73, YWG - 40, (YOW - 25), both YXE/YQR - 15, (YHZ - 11, YYJ - 10, YQB - 8, YLW - 5, YYT - 3, YXU - 2), YMM - 2.

Okay, maybe YYZ, YYC and YVR may have a chance if seasonal and less than daily, as WS can do with stations that it has? Also, DEN-Canada flights are fared quite high I believe..... possibly WS could stimulate demand with some lower prices?


 


User currently offlineNoise From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 36, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6115 times:

I expect WS to add YQL as a destination. Besides YQL, it's anyone's guess in my opinion. Maybe Fort St. John? Prince Albert?

User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5014 posts, RR: 55
Reply 37, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6083 times:

Quoting yellowtail (Reply 16):
Well WS is giving a presentation about Encore at the ROUTES conference on Monday in CTG....

= Do you know who is speaking at Routes?

Saludos,
A



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User currently offlineflyb From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 681 posts, RR: 0
Reply 38, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 5914 times:

From airlineroute.net

Update at 0210GMT 11FEB13

As per 11FEB13 GDS timetable and inventory display, WestJet reveals planned new routes as well as operational routes for its regional turboprop unit “ENCORE”. Reservations for these new routes are now open since 10FEB13, and the airline is expected to make the announcement as early as 11FEB13.

NEW WESTJET Mainline Routes
Calgary – Dallas/Ft. Worth eff 29APR13 NEW 1 daily service
WS1554 YYC1025 – 1458DFW 73W D
WS1555 DFW1545 – 1829YYC 73W D

Toronto – Myrtle Beach eff 02MAY13 NEW 2 weekly service
WS1154 YYZ0930 – 1135MYR 73W 47
WS1155 MYR1220 – 1414YYZ 73W 47

WestJet Encore
WestJet Encore begins operation from 24JUN13, and will be further expanded from 15AUG13, with a fleet of 78-seater Dash8-Q400 aircraft.

Calgary – Edmonton eff 15AUG13 1 of 7 daily service replace Mainline operation
WS3252 YYC1220 – 1311YEG DH4 D
WS3253 YEG1715 – 1803YYC DH4 D

From 15SEP13, overall service increases from 7 to 9 daily, with 4 of 9 daily operated by Encore
WS3250 YYC0600 – 0651YEG DH4 D
WS3252 YYC1220 – 1311YEG DH4 D
WS3268 YYC1450 – 1541YEG DH4 D
WS3291 YYC1745 – 1836YEG DH4 D

WS3251 YEG1050 – 1138YYC DH4 D
WS3273 YEG1615 – 1703YYC DH4 D
WS3253 YEG1715 – 1803YYC DH4 D
WS3292 YEG2245 – 2333YYC DH4 D

Calgary – Fort St. John eff 24JUN13 NEW WestJet service
WS3101 YYC1600 – 1639YXJ DH4 D
WS3100 YXJ1030 – 1300YYC DH4 D

Calgary – Grande Prairie eff 15AUG13 NEW 1 daily nonstop service
WS3248 YYC2030 – 2154YQU DH4 D
WS3249 YQU0600 – 0717YYC DH4 D (eff 16AUG13)

Calgary – Nanaimo eff 24JUN13 NEW WestJet service
WS3109 YYC1100 – 1143YCD DH4 D
WS3108 YCD1230 – 1457YYC DH4 D

Schedule varies after 15SEP13

Calgary – Regina eff 15AUG13 1 of 4 daily service replace Mainline operation
WS3296 YYC0815 – 0943YQR DH4 D
WS3289 YQR1015 – 1148YYC DH4 D

Calgary – Saskatoon eff 24JUN13 Overall service increases from 4 to 5 daily
WS3241 YYC1650 – 1805YXE DH4 D
WS3246 YXE1835 – 1953YYC DH4 D

Edmonton – Grande Prairie eff 15AUG13 1 of 2 daily service replace Mainline operation
WS3252 YEG1345 – 1451YQU DH4 D
WS3253 YQU1530 – 1632YEG DH4 D

Vancouver – Fort St. John eff 24JUN13 NEW WestJet service
WS3102 YVR0815 – 0959YXJ DH4 D (eff 25JUN13)
WS3103 YXJ1710 – 1855YVR DH4 D

Vancouver – Victoria eff 24JUN13 NEW WestJet service
WS3103 YVR1925 – 1955YYJ DH4 D
WS3102 YYJ0715 – 0744YVR DH4 D (eff 25JUN13)

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User currently offline9252fly From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1381 posts, RR: 0
Reply 39, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 5652 times:

Quoting flyb (Reply 38):
WestJet reveals planned new routes

I'm sure the WS media folks will be none to pleased to have this information out before they had a chance to have a launch event in the coming days. Looking through the initial routes for the start-up division,I must say they seem well thought out and I'm impressed. It's no surprise that they chose to launch services in the western part of the country considering that PD and AC are already in a dogfight in the east.


User currently offlineBridYYC From Canada, joined Dec 2008, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 40, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 5600 times:

I was really hoping YYC-SEA and YVR-SEA would be on the list.

User currently offlinecyeg66 From Canada, joined Feb 2011, 190 posts, RR: 1
Reply 41, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 5574 times:

Quoting 9252fly (Reply 39):

It's no surprise that they chose to launch services in the western part of the country considering that PD and AC are already in a dogfight in the east.

Well, it is a bit of a surprise to me since I was convinced of their urgent need on the YYZ-LGA route.



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User currently offlinetguman From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 430 posts, RR: 2
Reply 42, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 5548 times:

So one of the Q400's is going to go from YYC-YXJ change flt # and fly YXJ-YVR-YYJ, remaing overnight then fly YYJ-YVR-YXJ change flt# and fly YXJ-YYC.


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User currently offlinecgagn From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 43, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 5474 times:

According to Flightaware a Bombardier Q400 demo plane flew into YYC on Sunday and Monday will fly YYC-YXJ-YCD.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BBA5


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User currently offlineNoise From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 44, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 5331 times:

As I predicted, Fort St. John was added. However, I'm veeeeeery surprised YQL wasn't on that list.

User currently offlineYXD172 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 45, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5222 times:

Well, I take it back, I guess that they do see demand for a 737 to MYR. Increased use on YEG-YYC isn't much of a surprise, but YXJ-YYC definitely is to me! No service there at all currently, not even CMA.


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User currently offline9252fly From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1381 posts, RR: 0
Reply 46, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5108 times:

Quoting YXD172 (Reply 45):
Increased use on YEG-YYC isn't much of a surprise, but YXJ-YYC definitely is to me! No service there at all currently, not even CMA.

9M has a daily flight YYC-YEG-YXJ-YYE and return.


User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3460 posts, RR: 4
Reply 47, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4992 times:

Will the Q400s have personal IFE? I'm guessing not as it's not normally installed on the Q400 planes.


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User currently offlineflyb From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 681 posts, RR: 0
Reply 48, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4968 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 47):

I doubt it was none of WS new aircraft do, as they are looking for a new IFE solution. Tablets are the current solution.


User currently offlineYXD172 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 49, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4818 times:

Quoting 9252fly (Reply 46):

9M has a daily flight YYC-YEG-YXJ-YYE and return.

Oops, I didn't realize that flight originated in YYC. It'll be interesting to see what happens to 9M then.



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User currently offline9252fly From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1381 posts, RR: 0
Reply 50, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4727 times:

Quoting YXD172 (Reply 49):
Oops, I didn't realize that flight originated in YYC. It'll be interesting to see what happens to 9M then

They're likely to feel pricing pressure and ultimately their yields on the flight will drop. It's a question of how much profit margin will exist when that happens. It wouldn't surprise me if WS at a later stage adds another flight from to YXJ from YEG. When that happens, I would imagine 9M will exit that market.


User currently offlineFlaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1227 posts, RR: 4
Reply 51, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 4712 times:

I was pretty confident that Grand Prairie would be on that list. There never seems to be an empty seat on the AC Dash 8's but usually only a 50-60% load factor on the WS 737's. That is from my experience though, others may vary. Glad to see they are going with the 400 on both YYC and YEG too. Although I find YYC to a much nicer airport than YEG immigration at YYC can be a nightmare so I usually transfer at YEG.

User currently offlineflyb From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 681 posts, RR: 0
Reply 52, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 4617 times:

Quoting Flaps (Reply 51):

Ha I thought I was the only one that did that. When I lived in the States I always went through YEG if I could. Have to say that it's much nicer now than last year this time.


User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24075 posts, RR: 22
Reply 53, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week ago) and read 4288 times:

Quoting flyb (Reply 38):
WestJet Encore begins operation from 24JUN13, and will be further expanded from 15AUG13, with a fleet of 78-seater Dash8-Q400 aircraft.

If the 78 seats is correct, that's one more row of seats than the Jazz Q400s which have 74 seats. How will the seat pitch compare? The SkyRegional Q400s operated for AC from YTZ have a very spacious 70-seat configuration, like Porter's.

Quoting tguman (Reply 42):
So one of the Q400's is going to go from YYC-YXJ change flt # and fly YXJ-YVR-YYJ, remaing overnight then fly YYJ-YVR-YXJ change flt# and fly YXJ-YYC.

For the first 2 months starting in June when they seem to have only 2 Q400s, it looks like one operates YYJ-YVR-YXJ-YYC-YXE-YYC, and the other YYC-YCD-YYC-YXJ-YVR-YYJ, with one overnighting in YYC and the other in YYJ.

The aircraft that overnights in YYJ has a long rest of almost 4 hours in YYC before the round trip to YXE, and the other one that starts the day with YYC-YCD -YYC doesn't do anything before 11 AM. Assume they need the downtime for crew training for the additional aircraft arriving in August..


User currently offlinemultimark From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 54, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week ago) and read 4268 times:

Is Encore using the same dated livery as WS mainline?

User currently offlinekiramakora From Argentina, joined Aug 2006, 546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 55, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4173 times:

Quoting multimark (Reply 54):

Is Encore using the same dated livery as WS mainline?

Well they think their strong brand obviously is an advantage, and I like their livery.

Quoting yellowtail (Reply 16):
Well WS is giving a presentation about Encore at the ROUTES conference on Monday in CTG....

Were you at the presentation? It was electrifying. Their young network leader is tremendous and I think the audience appreciated what he had to say. I am surprised he has not been poached to a larger airline by now. This is an airline to watch for sure.


User currently offlineYYZAMS From Canada, joined Feb 2011, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 56, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4040 times:

I wonder if Porter could start a satellite operation out west to soak up some western markets and then slowly connect its flights east.

Has any airline done this in NA without having a flight intertwine the other hub?


User currently offlineflyb From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 681 posts, RR: 0
Reply 57, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3960 times:

Quoting YYZAMS (Reply 56):

As awesome as that would be I think it would stretch them to thin, and take them out of their niche.


User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 58, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3844 times:

Quoting flyb (Reply 38):
Vancouver – Victoria eff 24JUN13 NEW WestJet service
WS3103 YVR1925 – 1955YYJ DH4 D
WS3102 YYJ0715 – 0744YVR DH4 D (eff 25JUN13)

Well, this is pretty useless without a morning outbound departure if they really want to compete with AC. I assume a morning flight would be added asap with more a/c deliveries.

This has to be one of the busiest air routes in the world what with 8P, the ho operators getting in on the act and the floatplanes.



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User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24075 posts, RR: 22
Reply 59, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3836 times:

Quoting YYZAMS (Reply 56):
I wonder if Porter could start a satellite operation out west to soak up some western markets and then slowly connect its flights east.

Has any airline done this in NA without having a flight intertwine the other hub?

Many years ago (1940s/50s) CP operated a network within Quebec serving about 10 points that had no connection to the rest of the CP network. Those routes had been inherited from one of the dozen or so small carriers that were merged when Canadian Pacific Air Lines was formed in 1942. CP traded those Quebec routes to TCA in the mid-1950s in exchange for TCA's Toronto-Mexico City route which they wanted to get rid of. At the time of that transaction, TCA's only destination in Quebec was Montreal. That trade permitted CP to connect eastern Canada to their YVR-MEX-South America route.

For a couple of years the only way you could get from YYZ to YVR (CP's headquarters) on CP was via MEX as government-owned TCA had a monopoly on the transcontinental domestic routes. CP was finally permitted to operate a token one flight a day between YVR and YUL with stops at YWG and YYZ in 1958.


User currently offlineyyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16228 posts, RR: 57
Reply 60, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3711 times:

Quoting YYZAMS (Reply 56):
I wonder if Porter could start a satellite operation out west to soak up some western markets and then slowly connect its flights east.

Porter has mentioned (a couple of years ago) that expansion west to YWG was an option (presumably YTZ-YQT-YWG) but it has not been mentioned recently.

Air Ontario used to have a Dash 8-300 years ago "based" in YQT to operate YWG-YQT (at the time it was the only Air Ontario service to YQT and YWG) so periodically the Q300 was ferried to YYZ and rotated within the fleet. Their route network had this unusual YWG-YQT route off by itself. Jazz now regularly ferries Q300's between East and West.

Conceivably Porter could start a Western satellite operation separately from the rest of their network. Competition would be tough though with the entrenched AC and WS networks, and the relative unknown Porter brand out West. Porter has not taken a new Q400 since 2011 and has no more on order, and their network growth has thus stalled. Seems like they are working on revenue growth thru yield and LF improvements alone now, rather than fleet/destination expansion.



Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineNoise From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 61, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3581 times:

I would say keep Porter In Central and Eastern Canada for now. There are still plenty of places they don't fly to yet in the east, including YXU, YFC, YSJ, YYG, YYG and YKF. Once they've properly served central and eastern Canada then they can consider serving Manitoba westward.

User currently offlinethenoflyzone From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2253 posts, RR: 12
Reply 62, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3410 times:

looks like YYZ is getting a good chunk of the new 737 routes that the DH8's are opening up.

Straight from airlineroute.net

http://airlineroute.net/2013/02/11/ws-caribbean-s13/

WestJet in Summer 2013 season (from May 2013) is expanding operations to The Caribbean as well as Central America, with service to Liberia in Costa Rica and Port of Spain converting to year-round service. A number of Caribbean routes from Toronto will see additional flights added, compared to Summer 2012.

New Year-Round Routes:
Toronto – Liberia
WS2742 YYZ0910 – 1223LIR 73W 5
WS2743 LIR1315 – 2031YYZ 73W 5

Toronto – Port of Spain
WS2772 YYZ2325 – 0504+1POS 73W D
WS2773 POS0605 – 1149YYZ 73W D

Note in the airline’s press release, it stated Aruba will be converted to year-round, however this already went into effect since 2011.

Additional service increase:
Toronto – Cancun Service increases from 7 weekly to 8 weekly
Toronto – Kingston Service increases from 3 weekly to 4 weekly
Toronto – Montego Bay Service increases from 8 weekly to 10 weekly
Toronto – Puerto Plata Service increases from 1 weekly to 2 weekly
Toronto – St. Maarten Service increases from 1 weekly to 2 weekly
Toronto – Varadero Service increases from 2 weekly to 3 weekly

On separate note, Airline Route‘s report on 10FEB13 regarding WestJet and Encore’s Planned Summer 2013 season has been revised as of 1800GMT, which include following new route that was not included in the post when it first appeared, as well as daily e-mail summary:
Toronto – Fort McMurray eff 16JUN13 NEW 3 weekly service
WS309 YYZ2145 – 2344YMM 73W 147
WS308 YMM0100 – 0635YYZ 73W 125



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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1781 posts, RR: 10
Reply 63, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

Quoting multimark (Reply 54):
Is Encore using the same dated livery as WS mainline?

The promotional material would suggest so:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 59):

Very interesting history!

Quoting yyz717 (Reply 60):
Competition would be tough though with the entrenched AC and WS networks, and the relative unknown Porter brand out West.

I don't think Porter would be able to compete out west, especially with Encore setting up shop. I would equate it to CMA trying it's hand in Ontario and Quebec. It would have to really stretch its fleet utilization and the marketing efforts just to get a little bit of awareness would be a hell of an uphill battle.

Quoting yyz717 (Reply 60):
Porter has not taken a new Q400 since 2011 and has no more on order, and their network growth has thus stalled.

They were far too keen to eat up the rest of those slots at YTZ over the past 12 months. Don't they have less than 10 left?

Quoting Noise (Reply 61):
There are still plenty of places they don't fly to yet in the east, including YXU, YFC, YSJ, YYG, YYG and YKF.

Of those, the only one I see as being viable is YYG.

I don't see YFC or YSJ working because I don't believe the market exists for more than one YTZ/YUL-New Brunswick route. I'm not sure where you would fly from YXU that isn't already served. In good weather you can get from YKF to YYZ in 45 minutes, so I can't see PD justifying entering that market.

Quoting thenoflyzone (Reply 62):

So they're only using that boosted 737 capacity for vacation destinations? I have to admit I'm a little disappointed...



Flying refined.
User currently offlineyxu737 From Canada, joined Jan 2012, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 64, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3252 times:

Porter would like to fly into YXU but the airport authority isn't willing to give into what they want (no ramp fees, advertising money).

User currently offlineflyb From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 681 posts, RR: 0
Reply 65, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3217 times:

I do wonder how CMA is going to respond to this. Right now if you don't know about them, they are "hard" to book with since you actually have to go to their website. Hopefully that changes. They are easy to fly with since they work so closely with Air Canada.

User currently offline9252fly From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1381 posts, RR: 0
Reply 66, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3155 times:

Quoting yxu737 (Reply 64):
Porter would like to fly into YXU but the airport authority isn't willing to give into what they want (no ramp fees, advertising money).

I'm sure they'll cut a deal eventually. Jazz is closing it's YXU maintenance facility this summer and the hangar may be of interest to Porter. Does the hangar have some history related to Mr Deluce?


User currently offlinebrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4058 posts, RR: 1
Reply 67, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3038 times:

Quoting yxu737 (Reply 64):
Porter would like to fly into YXU but the airport authority isn't willing to give into what they want (no ramp fees, advertising money).

There has to be more to YXU then that, although I have heard that too. They have lost service to DTW, supposedly because of low yields and AC claiming they could not make any money as well on their YYC run. I always have wondered why YXU has never had much interest from other airlines and destinations.



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User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24075 posts, RR: 22
Reply 68, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3009 times:

Quoting brilondon (Reply 67):
I always have wondered why YXU has never had much interest from other airlines and destinations.

That's often a problem for airports like YXU that are so close to a much larger airport served by dozens of carriers and hundreds of daily flights. It's hard to offer a competitive schedule and network from the smaller airport when you're within a 2-hour drive of an airport with a much wider choice of flights and destinations and probably lower fares due to all the competition.


User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 69, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2977 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 59):
Quoting YYZAMS (Reply 56):
I wonder if Porter could start a satellite operation out west to soak up some western markets and then slowly connect its flights east.

Has any airline done this in NA without having a flight intertwine the other hub?

Many years ago (1940s/50s) CP operated a network within Quebec serving about 10 points that had no connection to the rest of the CP network. Those routes had been inherited from one of the dozen or so small carriers that were merged when Canadian Pacific Air Lines was formed in 1942. CP traded those Quebec routes to TCA in the mid-1950s in exchange for TCA's Toronto-Mexico City route which they wanted to get rid of. At the time of that transaction, TCA's only destination in Quebec was Montreal. That trade permitted CP to connect eastern Canada to their YVR-MEX-South America route.

Also Pacific Western back in the day. There were separate Alberta and Coastal divisions, with no connection between the two. Coastal also operated to a couple of spots in the Yukon, IIRC. But I might be incorrect about that.



Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
User currently offlineyyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16228 posts, RR: 57
Reply 70, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2883 times:

The start of MYR seems to coincide with the seasonal end of Porter YTZ-MYR service.

Quoting yxu737 (Reply 64):
Porter would like to fly into YXU but the airport authority isn't willing to give into what they want (no ramp fees, advertising money).
Quoting brilondon (Reply 67):
There has to be more to YXU then that, although I have heard that too. They have lost service to DTW, supposedly because of low yields and AC claiming they could not make any money as well on their YYC run. I always have wondered why YXU has never had much interest from other airlines and destinations.
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 68):
That's often a problem for airports like YXU that are so close to a much larger airport served by dozens of carriers and hundreds of daily flights.

YXU is caught between a rock and a hard place (DTW and YYZ). Both offer too many flight options and a short drive. Although, UA remains at YXU. Citi Express and Air Ontario both flew YTZ-YXU, so perhaps we will see Porter on the route also. YKF as mentioned is too close to YTZ. YYB (North Bay) might be an expansion option for Porter. When YTZ gets pre-clearance, then we will likely see Porter expand further.



Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineNoise From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 71, posted (1 year 2 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2805 times:

Quoting brilondon (Reply 67):
There has to be more to YXU then that, although I have heard that too. They have lost service to DTW, supposedly because of low yields and AC claiming they could not make any money as well on their YYC run. I always have wondered why YXU has never had much interest from other airlines and destinations.

Looking at the stats provided by Statistic Canada on their website, YXU-NYC marketing is roughly 8K pax per year. Not much, yet it's one of their larger US markets. I think the UA YXU-ORD is perfectly fine...and DL on YXU-LGA/JFK could maybe work too, but that's it. For now, YXU can hope for what happened to YEG a few years ago (2006?) when passengers suddenly realized the convenience of flying out of Edmonton instead of driving down to Calgary to catch a flight...hence the reason why we saw consecutive years of double digit-growth at YEG during the mid-2000s. With that growth came an increase in service, and YEG has become the airport of choice for Edmontonians.

Until residents of London start using their little, convenient airport, things will remain the same.


User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24075 posts, RR: 22
Reply 72, posted (1 year 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2624 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 69):
Also Pacific Western back in the day. There were separate Alberta and Coastal divisions, with no connection between the two. Coastal also operated to a couple of spots in the Yukon, IIRC. But I might be incorrect about that.

One mid-1950s timetable shows YXY as a "charter base". I don't think PWA ever had scheduled service to the Yukon.

I remember when PWA finally connected the coastal services to the rest of their network in 1968 when CP transferred their southern B.C. routes and a few other B.C.points to PWA as part of the deal that gave CP somewhat increased access to the transcon route. Those ex-CP routes included the milk-run YVR-YLW/YYF-YCG-YXC-YYC which for years was CP's only service to YYC (once a day) apart from a couple of YVR-AMS flights that stopped in YYC.

PW also started YVR-YKA-YYC-YXD with their first 737-200 in December 1968. They were the first Canadian carrier to order the 737 but CP was the first to put it into service about 2 months before PW.


User currently offlineyxu737 From Canada, joined Jan 2012, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 73, posted (1 year 2 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2467 times:

I think eventually porter will cut a deal but those are things they are looking for right now in order for them to come to YXU and as far as the hangar the only two I have heard is bombardier as a final completion centre and the other is fanshawe college and sault college starting maintenance program there.

User currently offlinedrgmobile From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 578 posts, RR: 0
Reply 74, posted (1 year 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2225 times:

So much interest in speculating, but not a word on the actual announcement! The Encore unit will start service with flights to Fort Saint John from Calgary and Vancouver, Nanaimo from Calgary, and will connect Victoria and Vancouver.

User currently offlineflyb From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 681 posts, RR: 0
Reply 75, posted (1 year 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2210 times:

Quoting drgmobile (Reply 74):

If read the whole thread you would see that it was already released


User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2032 posts, RR: 6
Reply 76, posted (1 year 2 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2186 times:

Quoting flyb (Reply 65):
I do wonder how CMA is going to respond to this.

Unless Encore expands service to YYE, 9M will likely continue to operate their YYC-YEG-YXJ-YYE sched. Still plenty of money to be made.



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5014 posts, RR: 55
Reply 77, posted (1 year 2 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

Interesting routes and destinations. I found this release on FlightGlobal interesting:

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...ern-canada-launch-timeline-382239/

Saludos,
A



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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9564 posts, RR: 11
Reply 78, posted (1 year 2 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 77):
Interesting routes and destinations. I found this release on FlightGlobal interesting:

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...ern-canada-launch-timeline-382239/

Saludos,
A

Too bad you must be a member to be able to open that article  

A388


User currently offlinekiramakora From Argentina, joined Aug 2006, 546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 79, posted (1 year 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

This is some of what the article says. I have cut it because of rules here.

"WestJet's new regional subsidiary Encore will begin evaluating service to eastern Canada nine months after launching flights this June. Arik De, manager of network planning at Calgary-based WestJet, says that there is not a timeline for beginning service in eastern Canada beyond when it will begin evaluating opportunities in the region, at the Routes Americas 2013 forum in Cartagena today. Encore aircraft could be based in either Toronto or Montreal he says, adding that they the carrier sees significant opportunities in Quebec.

.....

"Anything within range of the Q400 is possible," says De.

....

De says again that any destination within range of the Q400 is "fair game". He includes Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington DC in a list of potential destinations in the USA that Encore could serve in the future."


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