brings up some very interesting points. There are a lot of "what-ifs" and, possibly, lost opportunities because of politics. I don't necessarily agree with all the points but they are certainly worth discussing. I still think, and hope, that there is a way to bridge commercial needs with public policy needs. Unfortunately, as you say, we are reliant on opportunistic politicians to whom load factors and ASMs are absolutely irrelevant unless they somehow deliver votes or favourable publicity.
I'd like to offer additional and, in some cases, alternative perspectives to some of Yyz717
A few weeks ago I read that Milton was considered one of the top 5 aviation CEOs on the continent. I don't recall where I read this. Did anyone else read this and do you recall the reasons given?
Unfortunately, the Asian crisis of the time did impact Canadian Airlines. Even though some of their traffic was VFR, they were still affected by the downturn and had to cut some services. It was one more thing that they didn't need.
I don't understand why you think comparing full-fare AA to full-fare AC is irrelevant. In my view, this was the first full-fare to full-fare comparison of similar carriers. We are usually offered full-fare to deep discount comparisons.
With regards to cabotage within the US, Air Canada has said that they are open to allowing US airlines cabotage rights within Canada if Canada receives the same rights within the US. The US government is not open to these rights because they are not interested in opening this door. Once you open that door, other countries will want to follow.
...but what about the decades that AC benefited from favourable route authority??
You're really stuck on this one , eh?
Why? US carriers, indeed all carriers, benefit from international route authorities granted to them by their own governments.
And, finally, as AF777
says, It's like a breath of fresh air to read
an article with a different perspective. There is a lot of questionable reporting with incomplete information that one often wonders where some reporters get their info. Are they merely quoting press releases because they have no time to do their own research? Ah, the joys of media convergence - but that's a completely different topic...
Every once in a while, you read a little something about the problems that Canada 3000 is having. This past week-end The Toronto Star had a few paragraphs about the problems WestJet is having. Generally, however, these are glossed over. As Yow
says above Milton can't be blamed for everything wrong with AC, but's he's not the saviour that the article portrays him to be. I also agree that WestJet's successes have been in some ways excessively hyped.