|Quoting Emirates773ER (Reply 44):|
AC could not make it because it offered a poor product with high fares, I haven't met a desi yet who will fly air canada intentionally. PIA is defiantly not cheaper than Qatar Airways flying out of Toronto, a simple search can tell you that.
It's funny. People keep saying South Asians are cheap. And they keep wondering how EK, EY and QR can sustain flights to Canada. Yet, nobody has put 2 and 2 together yet. People are willing to pay for what they perceive to be good value in service. South Asians are cheap towards AC because they don't perceive AC's offering and Star Alliance's schedule to be that great. But you'll get tons of folks that are willing to pay more to travel EK, EY, QR or 9W.
I agree. Ever since the arrival of EK, EY, 9W and a revamped Air India, AC has become the absolute last choice (even behind Air India shockingly), as the airline of choice for getting to India.
That said, this may not be that big a deal. If AC prefers it's Chinese business, and that's what's paying its bills so be it. But they shouldn't be shocked, when flights to several European destinations are a lot lighter since all those connecting South Asian pax are now discovering the joys of bypassing Star Alliance's European hubs.