Firstly, I LIKE Canada 3000 and my favourite plane is the 757,
Now CMM are flying Trans-Atlantic scheduled services competing with the likes of Air Canada and British Airways on routes to the UK. While their A330s have a "scheduled" 8-abreast, 32" pitch layout, the 757s do not, retaining a charter 29" pitch.
I'm sure CMM's fares will be lower generally than the other airlines, but a scheduled service brings certain expectations. While a Canadian will probably know what to expect on a Canada 3000 757, a European is less likely to know the airline.
Having flown say Air Canada in the past, they'll be pretty shocked when they show up at Manchester to find their scheduled flight to Vancouver will be on a charter-configured 757 with 2 stops (Keflavik and Calgary)
Since Canada 3000 are positioning themselves to be Canada's second international airline, shouldn't they want to make a good impression from the start? If they don't they're going to have to work very hard to create a positive image later. I've only heard good reports on Canada 3000's service and their A320/330 seating, but their 757 seem to let them down.
It's not like in the UK where all the charters cram their planes to capacity, because the passengers know to expect this. When these airlines fly scheduled (a) they only do it on short-haul and (b) since nearly every passenger is British, they know what they're letting themselves in for, because they've had it before
It just seems there is a huge disparity between comfort levels on the 757 and A330, even though they fly the routes side by side. Surely Canada 3000 could have some 757s in "Atlantic" configuration with a bit more legroom. Since they'll make more money from scheduled flights, it shouldn't affect their bottom line, and it'll do wonders for their image!
Also, does anyone know if Canada 3000 is considering "Club 3000" or something similar on it's Atlantic routes. Not a full business class, more likely a premium economy type service.