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Air Canada Expands Regional Services with Luxury Motorcoach Land-Air Connections

Old Feb 21, 2024, 6:07 am
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Air Canada Expands Regional Services with Luxury Motorcoach Land-Air Connections

YHM and YKF are getting bus connections to Pearson
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Old Feb 21, 2024, 6:56 am
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This is really interesting to me. I live in Guelph, and Kitchener airport is about 15 minutes away from me. I'm willing to give it a try; big issue is timing.
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Old Feb 21, 2024, 7:04 am
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Flights will earn SQX. But YHM-YYZ won't be the shortest route in the AC network; YCD-YVR should come in a few miles shorter.

Can't book it separately from the flight, so no ability to do SQS runs that should be largely IRROPs-free.

Too bad there's no J cabin. I wonder what the boarding zones will be...
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Old Feb 21, 2024, 8:02 am
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oh this is exciting, as I live in KW, so going to YKF and taking a bus to YYZ is a no-brainer at least for me. Don't have to deal with the moron's on the road.

Gonna try and give this a try as well.
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Old Feb 21, 2024, 8:48 am
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Originally Posted by kronos80
Don't have to deal with the moron's on the road.
Unless AC hires them as bus drivers!

While certain luxury coaches have this down to a science (limousine bus in Japan, S. Korea, and UAE come to mind in that order), I think expectations here should be tapered accordingly.
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Old Feb 21, 2024, 8:56 am
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Originally Posted by expert7700
Unless AC hires them as bus drivers!

While certain luxury coaches have this down to a science (limousine bus in Japan, S. Korea, and UAE come to mind in that order), I think expectations here should be tapered accordingly.
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Haha, yeah true !

I looked at one booking from YKF to YYC in late May, which has a 4 hour layover in YYZ, so I suspect not applicable to the 3 hour lounge rule, since it looks to be treated as a connection/layover. But only time will tell when this service starts going and ppl use it.
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Old Feb 21, 2024, 8:59 am
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A+ to Air Canada for innovative thinking though.
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Old Feb 21, 2024, 9:29 am
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Originally Posted by Adam Smith
Too bad there's no J cabin.
Looks like the entire cabin will be "J"...........

.....with 36 spacious, leather seats in a two-by-one configuration.....
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Old Feb 21, 2024, 10:12 am
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Iím in the KW area and Iím really excited for this the inconsistency of driving time to pearson (Iíve had it take between 50 minutes and 2 hours in the last two weeks alone) and the lack of proper public transit make this really appealing since it includes IRROPs protection and should decrease the amount of time I waste before a flight out of Pearson. Also maybe an easy way to get some extra signature suite time if I feel so inclined on a particular trip (hopefully they keep considering it a true connection as they seemingly havenít made a carve out for it yet?).

Also I took a Quick Look at the pricing and it seems to only add about $100 round trip which compared to the now $240 round trip cost of a cab plus IRROPs protection for traffic make it seem 100% worthwhile when Iím travelling alone and even with a companion or the family could definitely make sense. Overall Iíll definitely have to try this out for myself but Iím hoping it lives up to expectations and honestly wished they were starting service earlier as I have quite a few upcoming trips before may where Iíd love to try this out.
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Old Feb 21, 2024, 10:14 am
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Originally Posted by tracon
Looks like the entire cabin will be "J"...........

.....with 36 spacious, leather seats in a two-by-one configuration.....
Yeah, I read that. It feels like preferred seats in Y to me though
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Old Feb 21, 2024, 10:25 am
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The interesting thing is the pricing, some flights I tried, there's no extra cost to add on the bus.

Others like this flight from Vancouver, is way cheaper if you end it in Toronto rather than Kitchener (cheaper to spend the $120 on a taxi)

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Old Feb 21, 2024, 10:28 am
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Originally Posted by InTheAirGuy
A+ to Air Canada for innovative thinking though.
This guy's been rolling to and from YUL for quite some time - TBH I was surprised to see it keep showing up once AF launched CDG-YOW.

I believe they run a similar service to Quebec City.

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Old Feb 21, 2024, 10:49 am
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I love the idea of it, but am not convinced it will be revenue neutral, much less profitable.
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Old Feb 21, 2024, 10:53 am
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Originally Posted by InTheAirGuy
This is really interesting to me. I live in Guelph, and Kitchener airport is about 15 minutes away from me. I'm willing to give it a try; big issue is timing.
Ditto - same for me.

Is there SQS or other points benefits associated with the bus segment?
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Old Feb 21, 2024, 10:55 am
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Completely and utterly useless for Hamilton. The bus goes to the AIRPORT which is in the middle of nowhere, not to the DOWNTOWN BUS TERMINAL.
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