First of all KLM is scheduled to fly AMS
daily starting April 06, 2003 using a B767. In addition to this daily flight starting May 21/23 Martinair will have 2 weekly (B763) frequencies on this route as well. Air Transat is also introducing a once weekly with 1 stop (Calgary) starting May 15.
Martinair will do a twice-weekly YYC
starting May 19/22 with a B763. One of these flights will have a stop in Edmonton.
So if everything goes smoothly I would conclude that AMS
it's up for some good loads coming from Western Canada this summer.
I doubt that BA
can much longer sustain a B747-300 between YVR
simply because their late departure time from Vancouver (20:35 PM
) and late afternoon arrival at Heathrow (1:50 PM
) - would suggest that BA
is poised to cater to UK visitors only, rather than connecting travelers. On top of that AC
flight 854 is scheduled to depart Vancouver just half an hour earlier than the BA
flight. And as I mention above AC
is introducing its new 1:00 PM
departure to LHR
, which is in my opinion the ice on the cake.
I would agree that the demand for Frankfurt and Munich from Vancouver it's out there but AC
/LH are very happy with the current state of affairs. Only one flight daily could at times bring you more money (with less effort) provided that the only competition on the route are 3 other weekly flights by Air Transat (1 stop) and Condor Flugdienst.