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Air Canada MEL-HNL Suspension  
User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2077 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1644 times:

No surprise realy, but AC will suspend their 3x weekly MEL-HNL sector of their HNL-YYZ flight at the end of May. Continental couldn't make MEL-HNL work a decade ago, so I don't know what possessed AC to think otherwise (did they really think there was enough Star Alliance Ansett traffic to be had ex MEL)?

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User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16248 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1599 times:

I understood this as somewhat seasonal. Most Canadians venture to OZ in the northern winter. Not sure about MEL-HNL seasonality for Aussies travelling to HA though.

I bet AC HNL-MEL will be back in Oct/Nov.

IMHO




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineRINDT From Germany, joined May 2000, 930 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

Exactly Neil... that's why it's a suspension instead of an outright cancellation.

The average loads for MEL-HNL-MEL in the northern winter were over 80%, with a good chunk of biz passengers right from YYZ. So it's a money maker in the winter time, just not the summertime...

-Rob




What other people think of you is none of your business!
User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2077 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1556 times:

And 2 AC MEL Airport staff got made redundant.
Sorry guys, the route is a dud. The comments made by AC's Area Manager Australia were quite amusing- she cited the problem as the inability to re-educate MEL pax/travel agents to book a direct flight as opposed to a change of airline/aircraft in Sydney. She must have been drunk in the pub to come up with that excuse!


User currently offlineAl From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

ETA Unknown put fingers to the board and bashed out:
"The comments made by AC's Area Manager Australia were quite amusing- she cited the problem as the inability to re-educate MEL pax/travel agents to book a direct flight as opposed to a change of airline/aircraft in Sydney. She must have been drunk in the pub to come up with that excuse!"

Not so - just check United's daily MEL-SYD-SFO flight. There are many pax booked each day as MEL-SFO then connect down to LAX - they don't think to book MEL-SYD and connect there to the nonstop to LAX.
Many agents do indeed need a good kick up the proverbial - many of them wouldn't know a PTA from a ETA in my experiences with them over 21 years.
Cheers/Regards.
Al.


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