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What If? - Canadian Airlines

Thu Jan 22, 2004 9:04 pm

I am posting this thread to see what you people would think if Canadian Airlines was still in operation today what aircrafts would they be flying.

I have thought about this many times and they would have eventually have had to replaced the Boeing 737-200 what aircraft would replace this one maybe an Airbus A319 or Boeing 737NG. And on the Canadian Regional routes the Fokker 28s I think the perfect replacement for them would be the Bombardier RJ-200 or even the RJ-700 in my opinion. And Also The Boeing 747-400 I think would have eventually been replaced by now or within the next few years and if so I think they might have replaced them with the Airbus A330-300 or even possibly the Airbus A340-300.

What do you guys think?
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RE: What If? - Canadian Airlines

Thu Jan 22, 2004 9:25 pm

I think you're being unrealistic. Considering Canadain was continuing to add to their A320 fleet, there's no reason to think they'd opt for the 737NG. While future orders for other A32S family aircraft (A318, A319, A321) would've been a strong possibility, the B732 would've been around for awhile (these aircraft weren't that old -- most of them were delivered in the late 1970s/early 1980s). The B763 was replacing the DC-10 1:1. The B744 was the backbone of the Asian network - again, there's no reason to think the aircraft would've been retired.
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RE: What If? - Canadian Airlines

Fri Jan 23, 2004 1:44 am

Had CP survived, it would likely have remained financially weak which would have limited its ability for fleet renewal. The 732's would likely still be around. The D10's would likely have been replaced by addl 763's. Perhaps a small fleet of 319's would have been added.

One of the last CFO's talked about the 777 as being a possible fleet addition but this was nothing more than wishful thinking.

Hell even those ancient F28's would likely still be flying.
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RE: What If? - Canadian Airlines

Fri Jan 23, 2004 1:52 am

I agree with the last two responses. CP was both financially weak, and also somewhat conservative with respect to fleet expansion. The 744's would definitely still be in the fleet, unless they proved to be too big, and were replaced with 767's. The DC-10's would likely be gone. The A32X fleet would steadily grow, and slowly replace the ageing 732 fleet. In the lower end of the fleet, I don't think they would be in a position to get RJ's, and neither was that really the backbone of their operation. They'd continue operating the F28's for a while longer, until they would be able to increase their presence in that end of the market. Otherwise, they might contract out that flying to independent operators, such as Air Canada does with Air Georgian, Central Mountain Air, etc.
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RE: What If? - Canadian Airlines

Fri Jan 23, 2004 5:07 am

AC would still be making money and all AC employees would still have their jobs!!

As for their fleet, I think the DC-10s were starting to be fazed out prior to the takeover and were being replaced by B763s. I agree the B744 would still be running and the Airbus fleet would be growing and replacing the B737's. On the regional side maybe they would have looked at the ERJ-145s like Intercanadi>n did before they went under. I think they actually ordered 6 of them!!