Maybe AC should have thought "outside the box" on this one
That might be good if Air Canada planned to make a stop each way at Fiiji on the route. With a non-stop northbound, how are people supposed to get back to Canada? And if the route did include Fiji stops in both directions, and half the passengers got off at Fiji, I dare say the Fiji-Sydney run would lose a lot of money.
If QF does indeed notice a decline in traffic because of this nonstop, I'd fully expect a competitive response to be forthcoming.
I don't believe QF
is even flying to Canada right now. I believe it codeshares on AA
to points in Canada. If that business is significant, it could take a hit, but for people travelling SYD
, they face a stop and change of planes somewhere in North America with AC
. What this would do for the Toronto-destined passenger is making AC
's service a bit quicker than a LAX
connection. And because of the frequency of YVR
flights, it should make for shorter connecting time in YVR
. But it's not a huge advantage, although the AC
nonstop does remove all interaction with US customs and immigration. QF
trip via LAX
means one extra visit to customs.