Hey guys, a couple of responses...
JAGFlyer just went out on a limb and said "SAA is needed here. There is a good amount of South Africans. Possibly with an A340?"
May I say exactly what do you base your assumptions on? Airlines don't necessarily make money flying to cities where large amounts of expats from the airline's country have settled. Ever heard the airline term VFR? VFR traffic is generally low yielding (ie, the seats aren't sold at a premium, if they were... they'd be empty ) Note the large amounts of .... Portuguese, former Yugoslavians, Palestinians, Persians, Indians, Vietnamese etc who reside here. Now ask yourself if the main air carrier from ANY of those countries flies here... SAA is NOT needed here, there are not too many South African expats in Toronto when compared with other nationalities. If SAA was so "needed" here, they'd be flying here already.
Onto a favourite topic of discussion for me, Virgin's return to YYZ
. Can I see it happening? DEFINITELY, can I see it happening out of LGW
again? DEFINITELY, would they be hard pressed for find business traffic initially? OH
HELL YEAH, how can you compete with AC
/BA who have multiple dailies into LHR
with 1 daily into LGW
? ANSWER... You DON'T! VS
has never been afraid of capturing VFR/Tourist traffic and believe, there is enough of that going to the UK ever summer to grab a piece of. VS
's fares down in 2001 when they entered this market, and those prices have effectively stayed down. VS
seems to be able to operate on lower yields than does BA
and most likely the previous AC
(the new AC
ain't lookin bad you know). Is LGW
low yielding? YES, but I think VS
would do VERY well against the likes of Zoom and Air Transat based on in flight product alone, it would just be a question of them being able to lower their fares even more to the standards of those carriers mentioned, and still make money. We will have to wait and see but I definitely see VS
returning to YYZ
, in the not too distant future on top of that.
Anyways, sorry for boring you all.