idjim319 wrote:Moving past the executive pay issue, I have some questions. What is AC going to realistically fly this summer? There are two networks at play -- Air Canada Mainline and Rouge. Given Rouge was allowing AC to grow hugely into secondary markets, what does AC plan to do without the 767s. For example, Berlin, Prague, and Budepest seem essential destinations for an airline like AC trying to be another global airline, drawing from US customers.
Is there any chance of those 767s being brought back for awhile. There must be more A333 or even A332 available at attractive prices. The fleet commonality is there.
AC needs a plane to serve routes that don't require the signature cabin. I flew Rouge NCE-YUL and it was exactly right for my vacation. I don't see may people paying full J on that same route.
I’m unsure whether the 767s will ever be back, given that the pilot group has been retrained and the frames were getting up there in age and would require replacement from the mid-2020s. Without the 767s, AC will be short on capacity for years to come, they’re running 77Ws on YYZ-MCO during the holidays for example to make up for the shortfall, but once international traffic normalizes there’s likely better places to deploy those heavy frames than a less than 3-hour flight.
I think the best replacement is likely A330s in a PY/Y configuration, which they can use for sun destinations in the winter and secondary Europe for the summer. The big question is whether the frames will be operated by Rouge or Mainline. I don’t think many European Rouge markets can support 28+ J seats.