In my opinion, no. The Cdn air transport industry can not support six major carriers. Especially with woefully managed CanJet going up against Royal, WestJet, Can 3000, and AC in the east. Roots may or may not make it, but if they can get through the first two years or so, chances are probably pretty good that they will be around for the long haul. I'll cross my fingers, but I won't hold my breath.
I doubt CanJet will ally with AC, just because of the outcry that would raise among the Cdn travelling public. They'd see it, no matter the circumstances, as big bully AC imposing itself on poor wee CanJet. Plus, the two airlines have a bit of a history. Remember when CanJet wanted AC to change all it's fares (upwards) *before it got started* so CJ could 'have a fair go'?? (What ever happened to AC's right to compete?) As well, didn't they lobby the federal government to force AC to virtually cease all it's ops in the maritimes, and raised such hell over it that they delayed their startup, thereby missing the summer season of 2000? (Great management, IMHO
I'm not 100% positive about some of the last paragraph, specifically why CJ was lobbying the gov't and missed Summer 2000, but I think that what I said was the case. Please do correct me if I'm wrong; I'd love to know the actual cause of the startup delay if that isn't it.