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DrNest May 2, 2017 6:45 PM

Great news for WestJet. I was only recently thinking that it would be good for them to get some 787s for longer/more popular routes.

jmt18325 May 2, 2017 7:28 PM

YWG served over 1M passengers in Q1 for the first time ever on growth of 5.5% over last year:

http://www.waa.ca/media/news/article...ults-unaudited

p_xavier May 3, 2017 1:21 PM

New Montréal to Lima and Phoenix flights.



https://finance.yahoo.com/news/air-c...130500976.html
Quote:


MONTREAL , May 3, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today the continued expansion of its international network with the addition of non-stop Montreal - Lima * service, its first Montreal link to the southern hemisphere. The carrier is also capitalizing on strong seasonal demand to Arizona by introducing new non-stop Montreal - Phoenix service. Flights are now available for purchase at aircanada.com and through travel agents.

"Air Canada is continuing its global expansion with the launch of Montreal - Lima , our first South American route from our Montreal hub that will offer travellers from Quebec and Atlantic Canada convenient access to Peru . This new route will complement our existing year-round flights from Toronto , and strategically position Air Canada as an important player in the growing market between Montreal and Latin America . South America will be the third new continent Air Canada serves from Montreal in two years, after Africa ( Casablanca and Algiers ) and Asia ( Shanghai .)," said Benjamin Smith , President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. "We are also pleased to announce Montreal - Phoenix flights providing even more choice for our customers looking to escape Canadian winters. With these new routes we are reinforcing our presence in the Québec leisure market and Montreal as a key hub for U.S. destinations."

"These new direct services with Lima and Phoenix are excellent news for Montreal and its economy. They will facilitate travel and exchange between our respective cities and demonstrate the importance of Montreal as a major international intersection. I would also like to point out that the link to Lima is the first Air Canada flights to South America , which opens the door to a new and very promising market for Montreal . Thank you to Air Canada for contributing so actively to Montreal's international reach, "commented the Mayor of Montreal , Mr. Denis Coderre .

"With the addition of Lima to its Montreal network, Air Canada is again showing us its desire to develop Montréal–Trudeau as a strategic hub," said Philippe Rainville , President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal. "We are grateful and we enthusiastically support its efforts, among other things by constantly improving our airport facilities and making them more efficient."



Route


Seasonal Service


Aircraft


Frequency

Montreal-Lima*


Dec. 16, 2017 – May 27, 2018


282-seat Boeing 767-300ER (Rouge) featuring Premium Rouge and Economy class service


Twice weekly

Montreal-Phoenix


Feb. 22, 2018 – May 28, 2018


136-seat Airbus A319 (Rouge) featuring Premium Rouge and Economy class service


Three times weekly

*subject to government approvals



All new routes are timed to optimize connectivity at Air Canada's Montreal hub to and from the airline's extensive network across North America and globally. All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

So far in 2017, Air Canada has launched new international services between Montreal - Shanghai , with Vancouver - Taipei , Vancouver - Nagoya , Vancouver - Frankfurt , Vancouver-London Gatwick, Toronto - Mumbai , Toronto - Berlin , Toronto - Reykjavik , Montreal - Reykjavik , Montreal - Tel Aviv , Montreal - Algiers and Montreal - Marseille inaugural services to begin in the weeks to come.

G.S MTL May 3, 2017 1:27 PM

Wowwwww lima !!! Amazing !

MolsonExport May 3, 2017 1:49 PM

Nice. I got a direct flight from Toronto to Lima a few years ago. Heaven. Longest distance that I ever traveled without jetlag (same or nearly same time zone).

kwoldtimer May 3, 2017 1:53 PM

A bit of competition for COPA's Montreal - Panama City flights, although it's hard to beat PTY for ongoing connections.

thenoflyzone May 3, 2017 2:34 PM

YUL technically already had South America service, with TS to CTG, but nonetheless, it's nice to see YUL get deep South America service, and before BOS too !

AC is expanding insanely quick internationally this year.

So far in 2017, Air Canada has launched new international services between Montreal-Shanghai, with Vancouver-Taipei, Vancouver-Nagoya, Vancouver-Frankfurt, Vancouver-London Gatwick, Toronto-Mumbai, Toronto-Berlin, Toronto-Reykjavik, Montreal-Reykjavik, Montreal-Tel Aviv, Montreal-Algiers and Montreal-Marseille inaugural services to begin in the weeks to come

kwoldtimer May 3, 2017 2:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thenoflyzone (Post 7792964)
YUL technically already had South America service, with TS to CTG, but nonetheless, it's nice to see YUL get deep South America service, and before BOS too !

Charter flights?

jmt18325 May 3, 2017 3:09 PM

Vancouver - Melbourne (although for a very short season) is also exciting.

G.S MTL May 3, 2017 3:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kwoldtimer (Post 7792987)
Charter flights?

... I don't think so... I believe it is part of the regular scheduled flights. 1 weekly winter only.

LeftCoaster May 3, 2017 5:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by G.S MTL (Post 7792872)
Wowwwww lima !!! Amazing !

Really exciting, though I am quite surprised. What is the LIM-YUL market like? I don't really see those cities having too deep of ties?

Excited for the YVR-Melbourne route, this one has been a long time in the making and I would be shocked if this 2 month trial didn't get extended.

TorontoDrew May 3, 2017 5:45 PM

Here is a fun little link for you aviation enthusiasts. Each dot represents an airport. When you click on a dot it will show you all the direct connections that can be made from that airport.

http://www.flightconnections.com/

thenoflyzone May 3, 2017 6:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LeftCoaster (Post 7793147)
Really exciting, though I am quite surprised. What is the LIM-YUL market like? I don't really see those cities having too deep of ties?

Tourism is the main draw of this flight. And we know french Canadians like to travel abroad. In recent years, Peru has established itself as one of the world’s most interesting and unique tourism destinations. Machu Picchu alone draws thousands of tourists every year.

AC clearly has access to just how many Quebecers connected in YYZ for the LIM flight, and so with enough demand, the route is launched. It also helps that according to the 2011 census, the largest Peruvian Canadian population lies in Quebec. Negligible really, (roughly 15,000 back then) but still worth mentioning.

Cargo uplift might also be a factor and should help round up the profit margins of this flight. Peru is the world's main exporter of asparagus. It's a half a billion dollar industry every year, and why an airline like DL sends the 777 down to LIM during certain periods.

Quote:

Originally Posted by kwoldtimer (Post 7792987)
Charter flights?

No, as was said, these are scheduled flights. Most of TS's network is scheduled, contrary to popular belief.

zahav May 3, 2017 11:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TorontoDrew (Post 7793194)
Here is a fun little link for you aviation enthusiasts. Each dot represents an airport. When you click on a dot it will show you all the direct connections that can be made from that airport.

http://www.flightconnections.com/

This is an awesome site, thanks for sharing! I wonder how often it's updated? We shall see when the new AC destinations gets added!

cyeg66 May 4, 2017 2:59 PM

YUL-LIM, nice! :tup: Watch out for those Lonomia caterpillars... :)

Surprised they didn't have a (seasonal) PHX flight before. Didn't know that.

p_xavier May 4, 2017 3:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cyeg66 (Post 7794289)
YUL-LIM, nice! :tup: Watch out for those Lonomia caterpillars... :)

Surprised they didn't have a (seasonal) PHX flight before. Didn't know that.

It did earlier in the decade but was underperforming so it was cancelled.

p_xavier May 4, 2017 3:38 PM

YUL growth of 8.1% YoY in March for a total of 1 481k.

begratto May 4, 2017 4:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cyeg66 (Post 7794289)
YUL-LIM, nice! :tup: Watch out for those Lonomia caterpillars... :)

Surprised they didn't have a (seasonal) PHX flight before. Didn't know that.

I don't know why that is, but my impression is that Arizona as a vacation destination isn't as popular with Québécois as it is with the rest of Canadians. People just don't think about going there. I know very few people in Quebec who have been to Arizona, while many of my colleagues in Ontario go there, mostly those who enjoy golfing.

hipster duck May 4, 2017 5:05 PM

^Do Quebeckers prefer beaches? Arizona's big negative is that there's no beach. The other negative is that the dead of winter (i.e. Dec- early Feb) is not really all that warm (5C nights, 16C days, some chance of rain).

The Phoenix area really shines (literally) in November and from mid-February to mid-April.

TorontoDrew May 4, 2017 6:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zahav (Post 7793684)
This is an awesome site, thanks for sharing! I wonder how often it's updated? We shall see when the new AC destinations gets added!


This site is even better. It shows all commercial jets in the air. Also if you choose your airport it will isolate all the flights coming (blue) and going (green) associated with that airport.

Zoom out on the map after.
https://flightaware.com/live/airport/CYYZ


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