I'd say that maybe we'd keep a few -200's and convert them into combi's but that would just keep our costs higher by keeping only a few -200's in our fleet. Scratch that idea.
You're right, it's not economical. Add on top of that the additional ground service equipment you'd need, and so on, it just doesn't make sense to keep the -200s even in a specialized form.
The range on the -200s is also a drawback if you'd want to start service up north.
Another thing to remember is that cargo is shipped based on contracts.
I'm well aware of that.....
Air North has almost all of the cargo contracts for YVR-YXY (8000lbs daily) so I would think that it would take some time for Westjet to start getting contracts for cargo up north.
I'm not as pessimistic. Canada Post already ships a large quantity of mail through WestJet pretty much every weekday. WestJet has the network to offer a "from anywhere, to anywhere" service for Cargo that Air North and the other carriers up there just wouldn't have.
I also don't think there's enough demand for Westjet to fly up north from anywhere out west. In Alberta doesn't Air North and Canadian North both fly there?
Yes, they fly to both YEG
I don't see Alberta being the largest source for traffic to the North, though; as it is now, I believe almost 50% of WS
' traffic through YYC
are connecting to other cities anyway. At least, that's the word.... feasibly, WS
could offer service to YXY
or YZF from any of its stations in Canada, and the connection traffic (which Air North and Canadian North don't have) and the local traffic combined should be enough to fill a daily aircraft out of either YYC
In Vancouver we only have Air North year-round and Air North and Air Canada in the summer. There was also talk a year back about Air North and Westjet forming a cargo feeding agreement whereby each airline can transfer cargo airside, plane to plane. Don't think that ever materialized.
Don't see why it wouldn't work, they both use the same cargo contractor in some stations if I'm not mistaken.....
The only thing about Caribbean expansion is that we have a huge partnership with Transat to fly there. Starting scheduled service there wouldn't be beneficial to either company and would probably do more harm than good to our partnership.
Well, it would also mean that WS
would assume more of the risk involved. Right now, if I understand it correctly, Transat basically buys the use of WestJet's entire plane and all its seats for the charters that they run. Before the aircraft has even left its originating station, WestJet has made money. Why mess up a good thing?