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LCC Zoom To Introduce European Service

Fri Oct 24, 2003 2:21 am

Canadian LCC ZOOM, will introudce service to Glasgow & London-Gatwick.
Services will be available from Toronto, Ottowa, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver .
 
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RE: LCC Zoom To Introduce European Service

Fri Oct 24, 2003 2:28 am

They started transatlantic services to the UK this summer to Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester. Are they aquiring another aircraft then, because that 767-300 is heavily used as it is on the existing schedules.

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RE: LCC Zoom To Introduce European Service

Fri Oct 24, 2003 4:11 am

Here is the article

23 Oct 2003 15:31 GMT PRESS RELEASE: Zoom Air To Offer Transatlantic Flights


Copyright © 2003, Dow Jones Newswires


TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Ottawa-based Zoom Airlines today announced it will offer scheduled transatlantic flights to both Glasgow and London Gatwick airports in the United Kingdom (UK) from six Canadian cities beginning May 2004 with fares lower than the charter options available today.

Zoom Airlines will fly year-round, direct from Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver to Gatwick and Glasgow using its fleet of Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 268 seats - the same type of aircraft that Air Canada flies on these transatlantic routes.

Zoom Airlines is the first airline in Canada to offer an alternative to existing airline service to these UK destinations. This marks the first scheduled service Halifax travelers flying direct to Scotland and the first scheduled service for Edmontonians flying direct to London.

Zoom Airlines was founded in May 2002 by Scottish-born entrepreneur Hugh Boyle, now of Ottawa, and a team of travel and aviation experts. Boyle has a proven record in developing travel businesses which feature low fares and direct-to-consumer selling. His Direct Holidays was a brand leader in the UK, capturing ten per cent of the British holiday market, before Boyle sold it to Airtours (Sunquest's parent company). Boyle has hired Kristopher Dolinki, a former executive with Boyle's travel company to become Zoom's chief executive officer.

"There is tremendous opportunity for Zoom to penetrate a market that saw over 720,000 Canadians visit Britain in 2002 alone," said Dolinki. "Zoom Airlines will provide Canadian customers with the lowest scheduled fares and booking flexibility and convenience without sacrificing service, quality or comfort."

All flights will include full meal service and in-flight entertainment as well as a cabin configuration with increased seat pitch for economy passengers and a premium economy section with larger seats and even greater pitch for a superior in-cabin experience.

Additionally, Zoom's airfares are one-way enabling customers to fly into one destination and fly out of another at no additional cost, with no Saturday night stopovers or minimum/maximum stay.

"Zoom's business model could revolutionize the way airline tickets are sold in Canada," said Boyle, Chairman, Zoom Airlines. "Our approach to ticket sales is to sell direct to consumer -- skipping the travel agent - resulting in a more streamlined and cheaper product."

Furthermore, Zoom's approach to airfares is consistent with the model employed by the low cost carriers in Europe. The earlier a passenger books their flight with Zoom, the lower their fare will be.

"Canadians expect a quality scheduled service from their airlines," continued Dolinki. "Zoom Airlines delivers that quality at a reduced 'charter-type' price which makes us competitive in today's over-priced airline industry."

Travellers can book flights on the Web at www.flyzoom.com or by calling 1-866-FLY-ZOOM (359-9666).

About Zoom Airlines

Zoom Airlines is a privately held Canadian Airline focused on providing superior air service to the leisure travel market. It was incorporated in May 2002 by a team of travel industry veterans and is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. More information is available online at www.flyzoom.com.

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RE: LCC Zoom To Introduce European Service

Fri Oct 24, 2003 4:13 am

Didn't Zoom offer flights this past summer as a charter airline? I think this announcement is to say that they'll be doing much the same this coming summer but as a scheduled airline. Word is that Zoom will be purchasing an additional 2 767-300ER's.
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RE: LCC Zoom To Introduce European Service

Fri Oct 24, 2003 4:48 am

Do you expect that the colour will be the same on these new aircrafts? Or will they change the colours like Braniff did? Not that i remember Braniff or anything but i know that is what Zip coppied!

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RE: LCC Zoom To Introduce European Service

Fri Oct 24, 2003 5:02 am

For the love of god please NO! I don't need to see anymore flying purple dildo's in our skies, let alone a BIG one!!  Smile
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RE: LCC Zoom To Introduce European Service

Fri Oct 24, 2003 5:13 am

I'm still a bit amazed at this press release. Things really moving quickly and positively for Canadian air-travel choices nowadays  Smile

Year-round to and from YEG though.. I wonder if that's maybe not pushing it a bit. YHZ a bit easier to rationalise in that regard, though it too may be a bit iffy on a year-round basis as well.

Anyway it sounds great for starters. Hope they can make each and every route work as advertised!
 
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RE: LCC Zoom To Introduce European Service

Fri Oct 24, 2003 5:29 am

No chance they'll start services to Italy? Italy-Canada market is heavily under served at the moment, just AZ and AC is also withdrawning their codeshare agreement in favor of feeding through FRA and MUC with Lufthansa, AirOne and Air Dolomiti doing the job.

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RE: LCC Zoom To Introduce European Service

Fri Oct 24, 2003 5:45 am

YEG instead of YUL sounds weird, too... Why nothing out of YUL?
 
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RE: LCC Zoom To Introduce European Service

Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:40 am

As a charter Zoom would fly YVR-YEG-LGW, the flights were always full. I imagine they will do the same thing for sheduled service
 
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RE: LCC Zoom To Introduce European Service

Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:48 am

Zip and Zoom? My God what have we come to?

Regarding the Montreal service on Zoom to Europe: Do you think they'll give YMX a try later when they are more established or is that airport too far out for them to take a risk? Maybe they are saving YMX for future growth which would mean that it would be best to stay out of YUL for the time being until more aircraft can be acquired.

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RE: LCC Zoom To Introduce European Service

Fri Oct 24, 2003 7:07 am

ZOOM will also operate charter flights YYZ-POS commencing November 11th. 2003. However, I'm not sure of the frequency nor the length of service. Website also shows flights to Barbados and Grenada... All fairly close together and common stops/connecting points for other carriers who service the caribbean. With ZOOM's limited fleet, I wonder if they'll do all three islands in one trip. YYZ-BGI-GND-POS... or some variation thereof (uh... 4).

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RE: LCC Zoom To Introduce European Service

Fri Oct 24, 2003 7:59 am

Coronado990 -- Zip and Zoom? My God what have we come to?

The increasingly-funky LCC universe, that's what ! And let's face it, "Tango" ,"Canada3000" and "Jetsgo" --complete with big green happy face on the vertical stabiliser-- are not exactly a whole lot more highbrow either  Smile


Regarding the Montreal service on Zoom to Europe: Do you think they'll give YMX a try later when they are more established or is that airport too far out for them to take a risk? Maybe they are saving YMX for future growth which would mean that it would be best to stay out of YUL for the time being until more aircraft can be acquired.

YMX is supposed to be shutting down to passenger ops, as soon as next year (who knows exactly when, but whenever Transat who currently pretty much have the passenger terminal to themselves ship out, that's about going to be that).

As for Zoom in Montreal , I think it's a flip-side to the way things are now for KL and AF and folks in Ottawa wanting to fly them. "Capitol Express" coach buses --complete with airline liveries, lol-- shuttle back and forth between YUL and Ottawa since it's really not far away. Zoom is Ottawa-based already so it's sort of not that far for Montrealers to go if they want to use this service. Other aspects are that YUL already has two daily LHR nonstops, one from AC and the other (probably the 'best in class' option for most worldwide travelers) being BA's flight 094. Then, not nearly as many Anglo-Saxon-heritage residents in Quebec these days as there were even twenty or especially thirty years ago, so the 'friends and family' market has shrunk over the years. Then also YUL's (badly-needed) international gate, Customs and arrivals areas aren't ready yet and won't be for another year or so at the earliest. Whereas Ottawa's (apparently-brilliant) brand new terminal just opened up for business only a couple weeks back.

 
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RE: LCC Zoom To Introduce European Service

Fri Oct 24, 2003 8:03 am

Is Zoom the first LCC since Laker to fly oversea's? Just curious.
 
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RE: LCC Zoom To Introduce European Service

Fri Oct 24, 2003 8:33 am

Since when were Zoom a low-cost-carrier?  Confused

They're a Canadian charter airline that has branced into scheduled Trans-Atlantic services, just like Wardair, Canada 3000, Royal and Air Transat among others before them!

Plus, they're offering both Premium Economy and Economy class cabins, just like Club Transat etc...

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