Still, won't beat seeing this one parked at gate C31 at the old Airside C when traversing the circular drive at TPA.
Photo © Frank Schaefer
|Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 2):|
Well AC fans...enjoy it while it lasts...because I think Rouge is about to become the new norm on a LOT more routes than you're expecting.
|Quoting longhauler (Reply 3):|
Rouge is almost at is maximum allowable narrow body fleet. Some A319s are being returned as new A321s arrive soon to "top up" to 25 aircraft.
The B767 operation has another 8 a/c, then it too will be at its maximum 25 aircraft. (50 total). Most of that expansion will be new international leisure routes.
So no ... the only way a "LOT" more Rouge routes will appear, is if other Rouge routes disappear.
Like all leisure airlines in Canada, one will see the usual east/west transition in summer to north/south in winter.
|Quoting YXXMIKE (Reply 4):|
Is it possible for AC to take on additional capacity through sub contractors...such as CanJet or EnerJet or would that be a no-no under the CBA?
|Quoting avi8 (Reply 9):|
How can Rouge spare so much widebody capacity? I didn't now TPA had enough demand for a 767 to YYZ.
|Quoting avi8 (Reply 9):|
How can Rouge spare so much widebody capacity? I didn't now TPA had enough demand for a 767 to Top
AC has a very long history at TPA. They've been serving it for 65 years. It was their 4th U.S. destination (after New York, Chicago and Cleveland) and their only destination in Florida for many years as they didn't get rights to MIA until sometime in the late 1960s. TPA has also been the site of AC's call center for all of the U.S. for many years.
Inaugural flight ceremonies at TPA April 21, 1950. Canadair DC-4M North Star, the Rolls-Royce Merlin-powered, pressurized DC-4 variant with some DC-6 features. The schedule was twice a week originally YUL-YYZ-TPA. One flight continued to NAS and the other to KIN.
Inaugural DC-8 flight to TPA January 16, 1961:
And the inaugural Vickers Vanguard flight to TPA in April or May 1961:
AC's first DC-9 flight to TPA was July 1, 1966.
Here is a pic I got of AC 763 @ TPA
Photo © Ozell Stephens Jr
In winter...are you kidding?
In fact, they are TPA's longest serving airline.
That was before the 1952 terminal opened. I think the terminal at the time was along Westshore Blvd, maybe where that old icehouse building was, perhaps?
Anyone know why AC replaced Rouge with regular AC @ SRQ?
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
During peak times, there is simply not enough Rouge to go around. This summer was unusual though, as a lot of Rouge A319s were removed from service during off season to have the Premium Rouge cabins revised/installed.
That is why you see Mainline AC on some Rouge routes like YYZ-SAN, YYZ-CZM, YYZ-SRQ etc. As AC does not like to run both mainline and Rouge on a route at the same time due to brand confusion, the replaced routes are usually once a day or less.
Just because I stopped arguing, doesn't mean I think you are right. It just means I gave up!
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