Damn trumped again! Saw the news tidbit on airlinersroute but saw it had already been posted.. I need to be more proactive. I think I have a slight timezone advantage as most if his postings come through between 6pm and 9pm my time which is 2am - 5am YYC time. This is a good source of info and gives me about 1/3 of my scoops!
Originally Posted by Cage
I get the coolness factor, but eye candy aside seeing the MD11 last summer brought a pit of dispair into my stomach.
The YVR-CDG route was actually never an L10 or an L15. Only 762.
I hear you about the economics, but the aesthetic aspect still plays selfish with me. The MD11 is a truly beautiful plane. So getting to see it over the years was a bonus. One of the few types of planes I haven't flown on ever.
I also hear you about the timing of the MD11. Perhaps that was a sign that they were considering pulling YYC. However, the MD11 remained on the YVR route for quite some time. Although YVR is now going to be the new 777-200ER.
I reckon the LH decision to pull YYC had something to do with KLM's increase in capacity to YYC. Upguaging to the 333 twice a week also shows they must be confident in YYC.
Although Europe capacity will still be significantly lower than 2 years ago, I think capacity appears to be really balanced now.