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757's In Canada

Sat Feb 10, 2001 10:46 am

I am becoming increasingly curious as to why several Canadian airlines are considering discontinuing their 757 fleets. I recently read a post which stated, know that Royal and C3 were one they would be getting rid of their 757's. Also in Wings: Canada's National Aviation Magazine, I read an article about Air Transat which stated they were in the process of deciding what to with their
757's, if anything.

C3, Royal and Air Transat are the only airlines in Canada which operate the 757, and they are all getting rid of them or considering it. Why is this occuring so suddenly? I have flown on a C3 and Air Transat 757 and they both seemed to be superb aircraft? So I guess my question is: Why?

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PS. Please don't turn this into a 757 bashing thread!

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RE: 757's In Canada

Sat Feb 10, 2001 11:15 am

The 757 is a superb aircraft, efficient and powerful, infact it is my favourite.

But it is the most competitve type for the long routes Canadian carriers use the aircraft on, range-wise a Trans-Atlantic flight is not a problem for the 757, but passengers increasingly want a widebody aircraft for longer flights.

As Canada 3000/Royal and Air Transat convert many of their Trans-Atlantic flights from charter to scheduled service, they have to compete with Air Canada, British Airways and Virgin etc to some extent - to compete effectively widebodies are essential.

The 757 is an ideal aircraft for shorter sectors within Noth America and to the Caribbean, and I would expect the aircraft to be retained for those flights. But the type appears destined to be replaced by A310 and A330 aircraft on Trans-Atlantic services.

The same situation applied in the UK a few years ago, all the major charter irlines used the 757 extensively on Trans-Atlantic services to the USA, Caribbean and Far East. They have now been replaced on those services by 767s, A330s and DC-10s. But the 757 fleets have not been reduced, they have just been redeployed on more short/medium-haul flights.

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RE: 757's In Canada

Sat Feb 10, 2001 11:22 am

What about Icelandair?, they fly the 757 to the US.
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RE: 757's In Canada

Sat Feb 10, 2001 12:39 pm

I also wonder why they are all getting rid of 757. 757 is very powerful and is best suit for short/ medium range flights incl. flights to Europe and the Carribeans.

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RE: 757's In Canada

Sat Feb 10, 2001 10:41 pm

Personally, I think that C3 is not going to move any planes untill they get going and access what they need and what works. They are fully aware of what aircraft they have got now and they know where it can fly. They need to adjust to the demands, I see no aircraft movement for some time. Maybe they won't use a 757 or two, or have some 732 sitting around, but not untill they get their longrange planns going, I see the same aircraft serving C3.

Atleast they can try diffent aircrafts on long hauls, ie. replace a 757 for 2 months with at A330 and see the impact, does it make more money, and maybe in the time of year it will, so they have to play the demand, keep the planes as full as possible!

I don't think that people want to fly a widebody, nor do they not. The general public wants a good deal on a safe aircraft to get them to their desired destination, thats it! Even if you had a Dash 8 which had to make 3 stops to a remote destination, I bet you would stilll have interest in that flight. Differ your self from the competition thats where its at!


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