Originally Posted by Hot Rod
to be honest, SEA is a smaller spoke than YVR.
Yeah. Myabe a smaller spoke. Also a bigger hub for most thngs anyway. Royal Air Maroc via New York to Casablnca. One more European destination than Vancouver. And of course, Emirates to Dubai.
As far as I'm concerned, for Vancouver it could just as well be QATAR Airways. That takes away any of the stigma surrounding EK or Dubai itself.
This is great for ongoing flights to Nairobi, Jo'burg, and such.
Right now there are numerous flights on EK Dubai - India / Various cities. I think if / when a 787 over the pole reg. service to India is introduced, (and there is a market in Vancouver) the feds might allow something like Qatar Air.
The Persian Gulf region over on the other side of the planet, makes a great connection point (at its airports) to other places on the other side of the planet, it's not really very complicated.
Another great destination for mid east and African connections, as I've said, would be Istanbul, (YVR reps will tell you that) though I doubt that's in the cards for many years.