issue in regards to the collapse of AC
is the fact Canadians will effectively lose most of the ability to fly from various Canadian cities to the USA.
This is where UA
through its Star Alliance connections could really benefit; what will happen is that instead of AC
planes flying flights to the USA they'll be UA
A319's, A320's, 737-300's, 737-500's and 757-200's, using former AC
gates at various airports throughout Canada. It could be quite lucrative for UA
in this temporary situation, since USA-Canada traffic is quite considerable.
As for international traffic, AF
could handle the traffic to Europe, while CX
could handle the traffic to Asia.
In terms of Canadian domestic traffic, I think WestJet, JetsGo, CanJet, and a few others will take some time to get the additional capacity necessary to rebuild the traffic lost from the fall of AC
; you might see UA
(and possibly AA
) pitch in using temporary cabotage rights to fly Canadian domestic flights until the newer Canadian domestic carriers get enough capacity on their own.