Air canada stil pon­der­ing aus mar­ket

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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.

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