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What is it with AC getting so patriotic?

Old Oct 28, 19, 7:04 am
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What is it with AC getting so patriotic?

It more or less started with the Sandra Oh commercials, but we also have Calin which, in his last two EnRoute columns focused heavily on the economic impact that AC has on the Canadian economy and "Canadian identity".

I like it... but the skeptic in me is wondering what this is really about...
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Old Oct 28, 19, 7:08 am
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AC playing the patriotic card doesn't seem new at all in my books....
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Old Oct 28, 19, 7:17 am
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Originally Posted by SparseFlyer View Post
AC playing the patriotic card doesn't seem new at all in my books....
Indeed as a few other examples in recent years spring to mind.


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Old Oct 28, 19, 8:55 am
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During Olympic broadcasts when the only advertisers can be Olympic sponsors (or Canadian Olympic Team sponsors) the only transportation ads you'll see are from Air Canada (and Chevrolet I guess)

That said, Air Canada has been milking "Go Canada Go" for so many years as I've been watching the Games, so it's not a new marketing angle they've been doing. Until they get outbid to transport elite Canadian athletes or the Olympics end up collapsing over itself, I can't see Air Canada losing the patriotic aspect when it comes to the Olympics. I bet an Air Canada commercial ran in between periods leading up to Crosby's golden goal, or at the half when CANWNT won bronze in London, which is why it's burned into my head that AC flies our flag to the Olympics (effective marketing, eh?)

https://olympic.ca/press/air-canada-...c-partnership/

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Edit: also, Tim Hortons plays the patriotic card as well, and anecdotally I see that it attracts many foreigners to try the brand when they visit Canada or encounter a store abroad, even if us Canadians are more insightful to how the chain's quality has declined over the years. I'm far from a marketing expert, but perhaps AC is employing this strategy (in tandem with others) to encourage more non-Canadians to connect with AC?
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Old Oct 28, 19, 9:19 am
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Isn't it part of the "job" of being the nation's flag carrier?
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Old Oct 28, 19, 3:25 pm
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Originally Posted by YOWCDNFF View Post
It more or less started with the Sandra Oh commercials, but we also have Calin which, in his last two EnRoute columns focused heavily on the economic impact that AC has on the Canadian economy and "Canadian identity".

I like it... but the skeptic in me is wondering what this is really about...
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