Dash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2742 posts, RR: 11 Posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1303 times:
00:00 EDT Tuesday, June 04, 2002
Air Canada's discount brand Tango has temporarily slashed fares on the Toronto-Montreal-Ottawa triangle, as two new airlines prepare to do battle for budget passengers in the East.
Tango's Web site is advertising one-way fares of $69 between Toronto and Montreal or $59 between Toronto and Ottawa. The fares are $30 lower than Tango's usual best rates, but are only available between June 6 and 9 -- before upstarts CanJet Airlines and Jetsgo Corp. enter the fray.
Air Canada said it is offering reduced fares this weekend because it has seats left over after adding capacity in and out of Montreal for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.
But the investor behind Jetsgo -- who vowed last week that his $89 Toronto-Montreal fares would be the lowest available -- said he suspects Air Canada has another motive.
"I'm just bewildered. We haven't seen $69 fares ever since the demise of Canada 3000," said Michel Leblanc, the president and general manager of Jetsgo, which is launching service June 12.
"It doesn't add up. There's got to be a hidden agenda of some kind. I don't know what it is."
Jetsgo put its tickets on sale last week with a temporary two-for-one seat sale between Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Winnipeg and Vancouver. The airline will use three 160-seat Boeing MD-83s.
CanJet Airlines, a division of Halifax-based IMP Group Ltd., is expected to start selling tickets this week. IMP chairman and chief executive officer Ken Rowe has scheduled a press conference today in Halifax to provide details of the launch. Mr. Rowe has said the new airline will fly between Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax and St. John's on four Boeing B737 aircraft.
Air Canada's Tango has also introduced $94 one-way fares for travel through June 16 on Calgary-Winnipeg and Winnipeg-Edmonton flights. By yesterday afternoon, the seat sale fares were already sold out on most flights out of Winnipeg and on the Eastern triangle.
Air Canada spokeswoman Laura Cooke said Air Canada has not determined if it will have similar seat sales after Jetsgo and CanJet launch service. Air Canada maintains it has the right to match competitors' fares, but competition law prevents a dominant carrier from matching fares on a money-losing basis.
Noise From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1768 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1202 times:
This is what makes me hate AC. They are just trying to exterminate the others. It's legal, but wrong and I dislike it! Let the others have a chance to survive, you already have a freakin' monopoly, what more do you want, AC?
Dash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2742 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1170 times:
Well its not much of a stand to just say something because they aren't going to feel words if you disagree with the most recent actions taken by AC then you should do what sunbird is doing. Keep in mind though this is only a seat sale so prices will go back up but not to $99 dollars.
Yow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1129 times:
I did a little research last night, b/c I had to book a YOW-YYZ flight. The $59 Tango fare is only a promotion for the June 6-9 weekend. Even then, the cheapest I could find was $66.50 each way. For June 22, the best I could do was $76.50 one-way ($132, taxes included). Mainline was only an extra 15 bucks so I went with them. I would have chosen CJ but that's still a few days before their launch date into YOW.
If they ever try this after CanJet's startup they will surely be slapped with a cease and deceist order by the feds.