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Air China does not (yet) have fifth freedom rights between Montreal and Havana.


The more curious part of the routing is the Montreal to Havana sector. So far Air China does not have fifth freedom rights between Montreal and Havana, meaning the Montreal-Havana sector – on Air China's 311-seat 777-300ER – will probably incur large losses. Even with local pick-up rights, Air China may struggle to achieve profitability on the sector.


The Montreal-Havana route is virtually unserved; in 2015 the only scheduled flights are from Air Transat, offering only two during the year. Most Canadian-Cuba services bypass the capital of Havana and instead serve resort destinations, such as Varadero. Varadero has the most seats of any Cuban airport to Toronto and Montreal. However, as Varadero is about 60 miles from Havana, Air China could work with operators to sell Havana with onward ground connections to other Cuban destinations, provided Air China receives local pick-up rights. Air China would likely offer low fares and have the advantage of its widebody service whereas most other Canada-Cuba services are flown on narrowbodies.


Shanghai and Hong Kong top un-served Asian markets from Montreal.


Montreal hopes Air China's route will spur other Asian carriers to look more closely at Montreal, following the domino affect observed at Boston where JAL's Tokyo Narita service there was followed by Hainan Airlines to Beijing and Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong. Montreal and Boston have different demand profiles, with Boston being stronger by most accounts. But Montreal should be able to secure more Asian services in the medium-term.


Montreal should receive more Asian services with time


Although there do not seem to be any further Asian flights in Montreal's near future, the pace of change in the Asia-North America, and particularly from China, makes predictions dangerous. Air China's service will certainly bring more attention to Montreal and could accelerate other airlines' plans. Montreal does face the operational challenge of having a night curfew. Both Cathay Pacific and EVA Air have departures during midnight hours from Toronto. These flights arrive back in Asia in the morning, allowing a full work day or onward connections.


China shows solid visitor growth to Canada while Japanese and Korean arrivals fluctuate.


Over the long-term, the trend of Asian growth is unfailingly up and Montreal can reasonably anticipate at least steady growth from North Asia.



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Yes. Hoping for more good news over the next few months.


Air Canada usually releases it's summer schedule/additions in late September.


I'm sure theres something for YUL. Rouge to Casablanca would be great, honestly I don't know how people still fly with Royal Air Maroc. I can't even count the times I've noticed this flight arrive several hours late and leave the next day.

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La Havane a été rajouté aux routes vers le Sud de Montréal pour cette été chez air Transat et si la demande est bonne, ca portait devenir un vol à l'année longue j'imagine.

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Air China et Air Canada annoncent jeudi qu'elles se préparent en vue du lancement, en septembre prochain, d'un nouveau service sans escale entre Pékin et Montréal.


Il s'agira de la première liaison transpacifique du genre à être offerte entre l'Asie et Montréal.


Elle sera exploitée par Air China à compter du 29 septembre, d'abord assurée à raison de trois fois par semaine au moyen d'un 777-300ER de Boeing.


Air Canada ajoutera son code à ces vols qui seront mis à la vente en vertu d'une entente d'exploitation à code multiple au cours d'une première phase.


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And it's official http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1544671/air-china-to-launch-beijing-montreal-flights-in-cooperation-with-air-canada


You will notice that evil anti-montreal air canada had a huge part to play in this!


Au niveau des coûts et des revenus, comment ça fonctionne, un "codeshare"? Les 2 compagnies se séparent les coûts et les revenus au prorata des ventes effectuées par chacun des partenaires? À 50% chacun? Ça varie chaque fois selon l'entente?

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