Originally Posted by deasine
Honestly though, with the exception of India, I can't see how gulf-state carriers can "add" to the destinations network. DOH/DXB/AUH, given their geographical location relative to cities on the west coast, are only reasonable alternatives to one-stop flights to India. For all other Asian destinations, it makes much more sense to fly via the Pacific. On the East Coast, however, there are a lot more opportunities. So honestly, I sort of fail to see how QR, EK, and EY can profit from providing service to YVR and YYC.
Does the world air market out of YVR stop at India and China? Having a destination like DOH is the perfect transfer point not only to other parts of the middle east, but also Cairo, Cape Town, Jo'burg..... It may not seem profitable RIGHT now, but wait a few years as Vancouver grows, and the destination markets along with it.
If not the Gulf States, then Istanbul would make a great connection point, too, but that's another dead issue; right now, anyway.