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Old Feb 21, 01, 12:21 am   #1
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AC will be operating the TPE flight

Just randomly checking out schedules for my flight to Hong Kong on late March.

AC will begin operating the Taipei flight on its own A340-300s. I am curious on how AC is going to utilize the extra Boeing 747s.

Still don't understand on cutting the YVR-HKG flight from twice daily to once daily. That route is always busy and one single Boeing 747 may not be enough.

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Old Feb 21, 01, 12:47 am   #2
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It's not really a surprise as AC is slowing taking over CP's most profitable routes.

CP already have 2 of their 747s sitting around in YVR now, I noticed that one is sitting in the hanger getting some maintenance work done and another one is just sitting on the tarmac.

I wouldn't be surprise if AC decide to sell CP's 744 away and use the money to buy some more A340. The A340 are more fuel efficient and easier to fill than 747s.

I am not surprise that AC is only operating one YVR-HKG flight. That flight will only fill up entirely during Chinese New Year, Summer months and christmas. It's hard to fill up 2 planes (747 + A340 = almost 800 seats everyday) during months like March, April... Their low loadings are evident when they offered YVR-HKG as a web specials last week. AC is intending to return to operating 2 flights when summer time comes around. They are not planning to operate it as an overnight flight anymore {AC 11/12}, it will depart in the afternoon instead of late night and will arrive HKG late night around 11pm -> (More stupid moves by AC).
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Old Feb 21, 01, 2:49 am   #3
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True enough Empress, but one has to look at the YVR-HKG route in context. Even though it flies two flights a day between these two cities, CX relies on onward/inbound JFK passengers to keep its second flight filled, while AC does not have that benefit and must rely on inbound passengers from its various western Canadian centres [and those from YYZ when that direct/non-stop is booked to capacity]. Also, CP relied on feed via YVR from AA which no longer exists. AC doesn't get such a feed since its US partner, UA, already flies to HKG itself. This means YVR may not be as much of a hub for US inbound/outbound passengers on this route. And on a regional basis, SEA offers competition for a lot of passengers heading to the far east.
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