Air canada stil pondering aus market
AIR Canada has big plans over the next 5 years, with the Asia Pacific featuring highly on the agenda as the airline looks to build its brand presence on the global stage. The airline has ramped up its expansion strategy following the delivery of its first Dreamliners last year, with new routes and classes on the agenda for 2015 and beyond. Air Canada general manager Australia and NZ Paul Mclean told travelbulletin that the new 787s formed the “foundation” of the airline’s growth, with the airline now in a better position to expand. He also signalled that the Asia Pacific was on the cards but was tight lipped on details. The airline has been “considering” Brisbane and Melbourne for some time, but Mclean hinted that Brisbane was gaining favour as a key contender. “We are targeting other markets in the South Pacific and Brisbane is of real interest,” he said, adding that a 787-9 would make the distance of a direct Vancouver flight.“we now have more capabilities and are assessing our options.” “We want to take on new routes and Australia has long been a strategic market for us that we want to grow,” he added. Mclean said Air Canada was also looking at options to connect Australians to int’l ports such as London with direct flights through Vancouver.