CanadaEH --Hawaii has been a hot rumour in the past year and Clive Beddoe has said that Westjet will be going transborder within a year. Since Hawaii is part of the States, would that be considered transborder?
Faraway-transborder, but still transborder!
I think it's within the realm of possibility. Hawaii's just another possible (and highly exotic) sun destination candidate , for wintertimes in the highly-cyclical Canadian air travel leisure market. And all of the Canadian low-cost carriers have generally quite young flight and cabin crews -- it's fun for them to "see the World" a bit in the course of just doing their jobs. Jetsgo flies to a bunch of sun destinations in the States and beyond, even little Canjet offering service to Florida.
But about the ETOPS issue (and cost factor): I agree it wouldn't make sense to pay for a couple or more planes to get the certification, just
to go to Hawaii and back once a day or something , especially if it's just for wintertimes. However
... how about if the plan is to get about a half-dozen or so planes certified , so as to be able to fly in a couple years' time... all the way to Europe
?! WestJet's increasing its base in YHZ
(Halifax) -- nonstops from Montréal start up in just a couple weeks`time -- and what if in two years or so during summertimes they were to offer flights like YYZ
, or to FRA
, or any number of other places across the Pond. Okay yeah it`s more hassle than a nonstop but if they turned the plane around quickly at YHZ
while refueling and offered hot prices (or even , gasp, perhaps some kind of frequent-flyer plan) then it may prove quite popular. Not to mention there`d be PTVs for everybody -- Air Canada doesn`t offer that one.
If they go through the trouble of certifying a bunch of their 73Gs for Europe, they sure as heck could use a few of them on during (non-summer-season) Hawaii runs --maybe YYZ
routings . While paring down European service for wintertimes, with the remainder . While the following summer it goes back the other way again as demand for Europe travel is higher.
Halifax Airport is even putting the finishing touches on a big expansion project (brand new arrivals area for both Int`l and domestic flights, new central concourse and retail area). So that part would only help as well.