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jmt18325 Oct 21, 2016 8:27 PM

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Originally Posted by nname (Post 7600151)
YVR-CAN was on AC's radar until CZ started the route first and ran it daily.


It was in their presentation as late as last year.

thenoflyzone Oct 21, 2016 8:50 PM

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Originally Posted by nname (Post 7600151)
YVR-CAN was on AC's radar until CZ started the route first and ran it daily.

I don't think AC shies away from competition. Look at all the routes they launched/are launching from YUL. CMN, NCE, MRS, LYS, ALG etc. All of which have competition.

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Originally Posted by nname (Post 7600201)
I still think SZX is still a better for AC though, as it is a hub for Star Alliance (ZH - Shenzhen Airlines).

Problem with China is, especially with the secondary cities, they are heavily Chinese P.O.S.

It will be harder for AC to compete with the local Chinese carriers out of these cities, then on the European routes out of YUL/YYZ.

This is why besides CAN, I don't think AC will venture too deep into interior China. Then again, who knows....AC is on a roll lately with all their intl expansion. They might have a trick or two up their sleeve when it comes to China, as they so eloquently showed with the launch of YUL-PVG.

Bourkky Oct 21, 2016 9:11 PM

Two days ago we finally got YUL's passengers numbers for July and August and today we get the third quarter results. Great summer for passengers numbers as September got a 10.1% increase over last year, witch makes a cumulative 9,8% increase for July, August and September over last year!

AÉROPORTS DE MONTRÉAL ANNOUNCES ITS RESULTS
FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2016

http://www.admtl.com/sites/default/f...-T3-2016-A.pdf

jmt18325 Oct 21, 2016 9:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thenoflyzone (Post 7600294)
I don't think AC shies away from competition. Look at all the routes they launched/are launching from YUL. CMN, NCE, MRS, LYS, ALG etc. All of which have competition.



Problem with China is, especially with the secondary cities, they are heavily Chinese P.O.S.

It will be harder for AC to compete with the local Chinese carriers out of these cities, then on the European routes out of YUL/YYZ.

This is why besides CAN, I don't think AC will venture too deep into interior China. Then again, who knows....AC is on a roll lately with all their intl expansion. They might have a trick or two up their sleeve when it comes to China, as they so eloquently showed with the launch of YUL-PVG.

To be fair, YUL-PVG was also on their map.

G.S MTL Oct 21, 2016 10:37 PM

September numbers out for YUL but don't have the breakdown yet

September - 1,462,134 +10.1%

YTD 12,789,430+6.8%

http://www.admtl.com/sites/default/f...-T3-2016-A.pdf


:)

SpongeG Oct 23, 2016 5:07 AM

WestJet and London: A mess or a success?

Airline's expansion has put bums in seats but company struggling with delayed, cancelled, diverted flights
By Tracy Johnson, CBC News Posted: Oct 20, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 20, 2016 5:00 AM ET

As WestJet struggles with the operation of its Canada-to-London routes, the last thing the airline needed was another grounded flight.

But that's just what happened Tuesday, when a WestJet flight from London's Gatwick Airport to Toronto was diverted to Greenland because of a potential mechanical problem. Passengers were given meal vouchers, and two aircraft were sent to Greenland to bring them to Canada.

This has become a familiar story for the airline. Earlier this month, two flights from Toronto to London were cancelled. According to flight-tracking website Flight Aware, a further three from London to Toronto were cancelled the same weekend.

...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/west...pact-1.3810374

eemy Oct 23, 2016 8:37 AM

A nice cheap way to visit Greenland. Unfortunately, the town of Kangerlussuaq is tiny and boring and the food at the airport there is quite possibly one of the worst ways to experience Greenlandic culture. It was originally a US air base (Sondrestrom, if that means anything to anyone)

ghYHZ Oct 23, 2016 11:20 AM

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Originally Posted by SpongeG (Post 7601238)
......Quoting from CBC:

WestJet and London: A mess or a success?

Airline's expansion has put bums in seats but company struggling with delayed, cancelled, diverted flights
By Tracy Johnson, CBC News Posted: Oct 20, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 20, 2016 5:00 AM ET

As WestJet struggles with the operation of its Canada-to-London routes, the last thing the airline needed was another grounded flight.......

I think you have to differentiate the '767 operation here from the Transatlantic '737s: St. John's to Dublin and Gatwick and Halifax to Glasgow. Day-in and day-out of near on-time performance all summer long and an extension of the '737 operation they have been doing so well in North America for years.

TorontoDrew Oct 24, 2016 11:52 PM

What is up with West jets new planes not having monitors on the back of the seats? I always bring my tablet but I feel bad for people who don't have them. If you rent one of their limited tablets they only have about a dozen things to choose to watch. It may be time to give Air Canada another shot.

Pinus Oct 25, 2016 1:48 AM

Some pretty impressive numbers for September out of JAR. Our airport clearly has the capability of sustaining international flights, excluding American destinations. Let's hope this trend keeps up and we see more non-stop international destinations come our way.

Winnipeg Richardson International Airport Flies High with Record September

October 21, 2016
September 2016 was a record month at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, as passenger volume increased 15.5% compared to September 2015. This represents the second largest year-over-year increase and the highest in more than a decade.

“We are delighted that the market has responded so well by absorbing increased available seats to all destinations,” said Pascal Bélanger, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “We will continue to work diligently in positioning our community’s needs with our travel partners to add required capacity.”

Visitors and travellers through the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport took advantage of new pricing and routes to push the increased volumes through our facilities. Routes such as London-Gatwick, Toronto and Las Vegas were a boon for business travellers, family groups and those exploring our captivating country.

With 60 direct destinations for this year and more to come, our community airport is on a journey to new heights.

Source: http://www.waa.ca/media/news/article...cord-september

jmt18325 Oct 25, 2016 3:03 AM

Delta seems to be doing fine, so we can sustain MSP.

isaidso Oct 25, 2016 5:13 AM

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Originally Posted by TorontoDrew (Post 7602640)
What is up with West jets new planes not having monitors on the back of the seats? I always bring my tablet but I feel bad for people who don't have them.

Interesting. I feel bad for people who can't cope for a few hours without a gadget in front of them. Not having one is a nice break from it all imo.

lubicon Oct 25, 2016 5:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TorontoDrew (Post 7602640)
What is up with West jets new planes not having monitors on the back of the seats? I always bring my tablet but I feel bad for people who don't have them. If you rent one of their limited tablets they only have about a dozen things to choose to watch. It may be time to give Air Canada another shot.

That is a reflection of their new inflight entertainment system which is essentially a streaming service to your device now rather than having dedicated seat back monitors. Saves weight, allows for redesigned seats, and way more content and the ability to personalize it somewhat. It was driven largely by changing technology and tastes, plus the fact that the satellites that hosted their previous content were changed and the inflight TV would not work outside Canadian airspace anymore and thus rendered their old system useless on a large number of flights.

https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel.../entertainment

Loco101 Oct 26, 2016 3:15 AM

I'm not talking about the Pearson airport specifically but:

When visiting Toronto I am now staying at hotels near the airport and taking the Union-Pearson (UP) Express train to go downtown. It's a lot cheaper for hotel rooms and so much easier to get downtown. The train ride is exactly 25 minutes to Union Station. There are two very short stops. (I think the stop stations are Weston and Bloor) All I did was walk to the Value Parking lot, get on the airport link train, get off at Terminal 1 and right there is the UP Express train which leaves every 15 minutes. I could have taken the hotel's free shuttle van to Terminal 1 but the weather was nice and it took less than 10 minutes to walk to the Value Parking lot.

Does anyone else out there do that? It's nice being able to pay less than $100 per night for a room and not having to pay huge cab fares to get downtown.

srperrycgy Oct 26, 2016 5:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lubicon (Post 7603261)
That is a reflection of their new inflight entertainment system which is essentially a streaming service to your device now rather than having dedicated seat back monitors. Saves weight, allows for redesigned seats, and way more content and the ability to personalize it somewhat. It was driven largely by changing technology and tastes, plus the fact that the satellites that hosted their previous content were changed and the inflight TV would not work outside Canadian airspace anymore and thus rendered their old system useless on a large number of flights.

https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel.../entertainment

One of my two flights had WestJet Connect on it today and it was cool to use. I used my iPhone and the streamed channels came through great. I didn't need to buy the internet access though. If I was going further than YVR, I might buy the access next time.

1overcosc Oct 26, 2016 6:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Loco101 (Post 7603838)
I'm not talking about the Pearson airport specifically but:

When visiting Toronto I am now staying at hotels near the airport and taking the Union-Pearson (UP) Express train to go downtown. It's a lot cheaper for hotel rooms and so much easier to get downtown. The train ride is exactly 25 minutes to Union Station. There are two very short stops. (I think the stop stations are Weston and Bloor) All I did was walk to the Value Parking lot, get on the airport link train, get off at Terminal 1 and right there is the UP Express train which leaves every 15 minutes. I could have taken the hotel's free shuttle van to Terminal 1 but the weather was nice and it took less than 10 minutes to walk to the Value Parking lot.

Does anyone else out there do that? It's nice being able to pay less than $100 per night for a room and not having to pay huge cab fares to get downtown.

I did that once last year. It's a great way to go.

p_xavier Oct 26, 2016 4:29 PM

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Originally Posted by 1overcosc (Post 7603972)
I did that once last year. It's a great way to go.

I stay at the Germain ALT hotel since the UP Express opened. Comes about $150 cheaper and it's a nice hotel.

Innsertnamehere Oct 26, 2016 5:35 PM

especially since you can get the same day return fare on the UPx.

Canadian74 Oct 27, 2016 4:00 PM

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Originally Posted by TorontoDrew (Post 7602640)
What is up with West jets new planes not having monitors on the back of the seats? I always bring my tablet but I feel bad for people who don't have them. If you rent one of their limited tablets they only have about a dozen things to choose to watch. It may be time to give Air Canada another shot.

They don't give complimentary meals either on 10 hr London flights..... :(
That's a new low

Even Rouge doesn't do that

SpongeG Oct 27, 2016 7:30 PM

i don't use westjet at all now, i don't get why people like them, do the perky aka annoying flight attendants really make people want to choose them? oh yay they like to sing over the intercom sometimes, please just shut up and bring me a snack


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