No way YVR-BKK/SIN/KUL would be profitable, they're way too long of routes. TG and MH couldn't even make LAX work, and it's doubly insulting for TG since Los Angeles has been nicknamed "Thailand's 77th province" (largest Thai community in the U.S.)
Canada is a low-yielding market in general, and doesn't have close ties with Singapore. Maybe because our immigrant population mostly comes from India/China, rather than SE Asian countries. Many overseas Chinese have set up businesses in SE Asia
, so there are lots cheap flights between the PRC and BKK/KUL/SIN/CGK/SGN/HAN. Let alone the established non-PRC players like Cathay, EVA, JAL/ANA, Korean...
It is true that there's a large Filipino community in YVR/YYZ/YWG, but most Filipinos in Canada are working-class and as such fall into the price-sensitive VFR camp, rather than business travel demand--the Philippines is an extremely poor country. PR has been able to find a comfortable niche attracting the O&D market, thanks in no small part to the laissez-faire approach by the Filipino government. This is something that Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia could learn from. I can't see Air Canada being interested, either, since they have plenty of Star Alliance partners (CA, BR, NH) that can provide 1-stop services from YVR at bargain basement fares.
And then there's SQ/UA's dumping to SFO and LAX to consider. To be honest, I'm amazed SQ could even make 4x weekly to SEA work on top of the triple daily
+ 3/week to SFO, and 10x weekly to LAX. I am at a loss as to why it works, too, since I don't know enough about the Puget Sound's economy.
To be honest (and this is getting off-topic), I wonder why there are so many more Filipino immigrants in the U.S. and Canada compared to Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian immigrants. Maybe the strong English proficiency in the Philippines (a legacy of being a U.S. colony) plays a part? Filipino migrants here in Vancouver work like slaves and remit their earnings back home to help their families (one hour of minimum wage work in BC, $13.85, is equivalent to about a day's wages in the Philippines).
Anyway...getting back on topic, I'd like to see
- YVR to one superhub (DXB, AUH, DOH or IST), restricted to 3 flights per week. Maybe 4/week. at most if connecting demand to India is healthy. I can't see YYC happening. The Fort Mac wildfires in 2016 permanently crippled Alberta's oil production, and U.S. shale plays will keep oil prices low into the distant future.
- A flight between Seattle and Australia
- British Airways and KLM returning to Addis. Currently there's no Oneworld connection between North America and Ethiopia). Addis is hot and high so a 787-8 might be dicey. I don't think a 787-9 would be appropriate since it's too premium heavy (LH flies the 343 to Addis, which has no F cabin). I'd also like to see MUC-ADD at some point.
- More flights from Europe/Asia to Hyderabad. Software exports in Telangana were ₹1 lakh crore in FY2019, about $11 billion US, and most of those exports were destined for the U.S. and Canada. Amazon's largest office anywhere in the world opened in Hyd this August, housing 15,000 engineers. And India's largest Amazon fulfillment center is near the airport. This should be a slam dunk. And yet, BA is the only nonstop carrier from Europe, while there are no flights from Asia outside of ASEAN countries. Not even from Hong Kong!
- More Europe-Islamabad flights. Islamabad was designed as a planned capital a la Brasilia or Canberra, it's the center of political and military power in Pakistan, and that means the city is well-secured with modern infrastructure. Security has improved by leaps and bounds since the Marriott bombing 11 years ago. And considering how thorough BA's security team is, greenlighting LHR-ISB is a huge seal of approval.
- More flights between Taiwan and India! Considering how India hates the PRC, I would have thought they'd forge closer ties with Taiwan. But there are only 3 flights between Taiwan and India a week.
I can't see a return to Karachi for many years though. The fighting between political factions isn't as extreme as compared to 2011-15, but the last major terrorist attack in the city wasn't too long ago, the Chinese consulate bombing, which will have been exactly a year ago the Saturday after next. The security holes at KHI are bad. That the Taliban was able to breach KHI security should speak volumes. European airlines won't even entertain the proposal until KHI is locked down, and there can be crew hotels that are as secure as the Serena, PC, Ramada or Marriott in Islamabad (this includes secure escorts from the airport to the hotel). I'm not even sure if insurers are willing to underwrite a Hull All Risk policy for a flight to Karachi. Until then, I think they'd rather leave KHI to the ME4 and TG. Not to mention Pakistan in general is low-yielding.