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