|Quoting upwardfacing (Reply 49):|
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 48):
YVR-SIN is just too small a market from Canada and it's too far south to make a good connecting hub for much of the rest of Asia apart from equally small markets like Malaysia and Indonesia.
Right, but it has to be far higher-yielding, and as mentioned there are valuable connections on both sides of the route (many ASEAN capitals and major Canadian+US cities) that can help fill the plane.
Major US cities that would account for almost all the SIN traffic already have dozens of convenient one-stop connections on many carriers, and 4 of the largest US markets (JFK/LAX/SFO/IAH) also have SQ one-stop direct service and SQ has indicated they plan to restart nonstop EWR-SIN service at some point. I can't see much traffic wanting to connect in Canada, and if AC ever did start SIN service I can't see it being daily which would make it unattractive for business travel.
I expect the AC seasonal YVR-DEL service is to make use of surplus capacity during the time of the year when their major transatlantic markets are their weakest and fares are low, but it's the peak season to India. And even VFR passengers are often willing to pay somewhat more for nonstop service which will be many hours faster than quite a few other YVR-DEL one-stop connections.