I do agree the banana bread is a not enough no doubt. It’s probably the number 1 complaint in the food department. The meals are definitely small but the quantity is there. Like a lot of things in aviation it’s subjective. I’ve heard stories about LH and AF catering being terrible. We could have a convo all day on it.
Just going to point out that AC had announced an economy meal overhaul in February. CR doesn’t strike me as the type to invest in Y unless he sees an RoI. Suggests that this was aimed at addressing an identified problem, rather than being a solution in search of a problem.
As for crunching more seats in, other than DL what airline North American carrier hasn’t? Not disagreeing it can be uncomfortable. But again I’ve heard the same about UA and AA.....
You asked for cost-cutting measures - that’s one of them. The 30” pitch 787 being deployed on 15 hour flights is a special type of ... bad. I’m pretty sure it’s in the minority there - perhaps DY.
They don’t close the curtain because I’m guessing it allows for continuity of what I’m not sure just a guess.
Besides the point. Not offering Y blankets on a $1800 transcon red eye on the other hand ... or for that matter offering that bread-like thing (it isn’t “bread” by any objective measure) as PY breakfast. And then there’s Y. Thats not to say it isn’t a successful model - AC is/was making good money.
To be clear, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with CR positioning AC to capitalize on the DY/FR crowd and Y spillover from better carriers - it’s a smart play under certain market conditions (e.g. when demand outstrips supply). Let’s just not pretend that CR has made it a top carrier for the vast majority of its pax (who fly in Y).
Now when it comes to cabin cleanliness I’m sure passengers would rather make their tight connection then worry about an extra clean plane. Having said that no doubt the airplanes were filthy at times not discounting that.
Bit of a false dichotomy. LX, LH etc keep their planes clean and allow for 45 min MCTs. Doing LH Canada-MUC-EU is an altogether different proposition to flying AC anywhere-AC hub-domestic. Connecting from LH to AC in PY or Y can be jarring in terms of upkeep (seat condition) and cleanliness. Occam’s razor suggests it’s simply down to cost-cutting.
I could def see OTP being affected by the winter climate Canada gets. A lot of those other airlines in that study don’t have to deal with the extremely harsh and cold winters that we have for 6 months of the year..... it makes OTP difficult as it is. Can’t say it doesn’t affect OTP when you have a foot of snow on the ground and the airport can barely keep up with winter ops and deicing. And WestJet doesn’t have the same number of aircraft that AC has.
This is year-round OTP. WS was at 80%. Besides, winter in Canada has been a known phenomenon since aviation came to Canada. OTP has been pretty bad for years. 2019 was worse YoY than 2018 and so on. That’s down to a calculated decision to cut aircraft downtime to a minimum. It’s fine insofar as it hasn’t hurt AC’s bottom line so far, but it won’t win plaudits. (I personally found it amusing when AC pilots tried to blame Eurocontrol for departure delays after AC ended up in the penalty box due to a late inbound into the EU forcing it to miss its departure slot, so some plaudits haha)
Anyway, I don’t know why CR chose now to leave, but it makes good sense from his perspective. The post-COVID market is going to be unpredictable. We don’t know which way J travel is going to go. We don’t know what Y demand is going to look like for a few years. And, crucially, we don’t know how the demand/supply equation will change for Canada.
If demand recedes and international carriers act aggressively - particularly the TK/AI types who’re looking at launching new routes to Canada even now - the current AC strategy of counting on Y overspill to offset the negative effects of a low-cost Y product might need a rethink. Eminently sensible that it happens under someone who hasn’t been wedded to that strategy for a decade. What worked in 2019 may not work in 2021 etc.