Air Canada cancels Toronto to Mumbai flight in 2019

Air Canada launched Toronto to Delhi in 2015 as a non-stop flight. There was also an Air Canada Vancouver – Delhi non-stop flight started seasonally in 2016, which they repeated in 2017 as a seasonal flight again. They made Delhi to Vancouver flight year round from June 2, 2018. Air Canada will make it daily from June 2019. They subsequently added a flight between Toronto and Mumbai in 2017.

Toronto to Mumbai Air Canada

Air Canada currently operates Mumbai to Toronto flights four times a week using a Boeing 777-200LR with the following schedule,

AC 046 YYZ2040-2205(+1)BOM 77L x246
AC 047 BOM2345-0525(+1)YYZ 77L x357

Air Canada had launched this route with a Boeing 787-9 which used to operate three times a week. So this represents a capacity increase regarding frequency. Can’t say the same for aircraft. Air Canada’s Boeing 777-200LR has 40 Business Class seats, 24 Premium Economy seats and 236 Economy seats. The Boeing 787-9, on the other hand, has 30 Business class seats, 21 Premium Economy seats and 247 Economy class seats.

It does not seem like that the flight did very well for Air Canada. I pulled up the data over the past three reported quarters, and it showed a terrible picture.

Source: DGCA

If you look at the statistics, the passenger numbers were deficient. Only January to March 2018 quarter performed well. So it comes as no surprise that they are going to stop operating this route. Air Canada has announced that the last of this flight will be performed on March 30, 2019.

What bothers me are 2 two things:

  1. Air Canada could have operated the route seasonally. They did the same with New Delhi to Vancouver before making it year round.
  2. If the figures were so low, why add a fourth weekly rotation? Air Canada has added a fourth weekly rotation before axing the route.

Bottomline

With this cancellation, Mumbai loses an important Star Alliance flight. The flight was the only nonstop flight to Canada from Mumbai, and that should be the end of Air Canada’s operations out of Mumbai altogether.

Did you travel on Air Canada’s Mumbai to Toronto flight? How was your experience? More importantly, how were the loads on the plane?

Comments

  1. The Twitter feed of airlineroute indicates that, yes, this route will become seasonal.

    Route closes after upcoming winter season.

    Reservations reopen on/after 27 Oct 2019.

  2. It’s going to be seasonal. It’s not cancelled outright.

    According to their Q3 Investor Relations conference call, the Vancouver-Delhi route has simply performed better, so it was made year-round. This is essentially a trade in overall India capacity.

    Now, the Vancouver route’s success is somewhat surprising given that YVR-DEL is essentially just VFR with little or no business component–in fact Vancouver is basically a leisure travel station, with the main HNW travellers being real estate tycoons to/from China. On the other hand, YYZ-BOM must have had some corporate travel component, and the overall market size is not small at all–nearly 100K roundtrip.

    I think that after a few years, the flight will return year-around as India’s economic growth drives more business travel.

  3. I called up Air Canada call centre . They said that the flight will be seasonal ie only during winter.
    Had been in this flight last year. The loads were good though not so great. It takes time for such ULH to become popular.

  4. Would have done better if they released some saver business awards to star alliance. With air India out of jfk and Newark never having any availability they could have filled some empty seats for mileage passengers. Still not to late Air Canada !!

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