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Old February 11th, 2012, 02:43 PM   #1141
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A Canadian government plane in Guangzhou from : http://pic.feeyo.com/posts/556/5563764.html

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Old February 19th, 2012, 06:57 PM   #1142
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WestJet employees approve regional airline
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Posted: Feb 8, 2012 10:37 AM ET

WestJet employees have voted overwhelmingly to endorse the company's plans to launch a regional subsidiary starting in 2013.

"There are not many organizations that would put such a strategic decision in front of the employees for their input and approval," said Antonio Faiola, a WestJet flight attendant that represents employees on the company's board of directors.

WestJet chief executive Gregg Saretsky said he's pleased that 91 per cent of non-union employees, known internally as WestJetters, voted in favour of the proposal. The proposal includes the purchase of up to 40 smaller turboprop aircraft.

"The opportunity presented to WestJetters has been very well received and I thank them for their input and consideration," said Saretsky.

WestJet says now that the plan has been endorsed by its employees, it will send request for proposals to two airplane manufacturers to make those smaller aircraft: Bombardier, which makes the Q400 currently in use by Porter Airlines, and ATR, which makes the ATR 72-600.

Profit falls

WestJet is raising its dividend by 20 per cent, as the airline reported Wednesday that profits fell 4.3 per cent in the fourth quarter.

The Calgary-based company said the quarterly dividend will climb a penny to six cents per share, to be paid on March 30.

WestJet posted lower profits of $35.6 million, or 26 cents per share, compared to $37.2 million, or 26 cents per share in the comparable period of 2010.

The results beat average analyst expectations of 20 cents per share, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters.

Revenue grew 12.9 per cent to $721.5 million from $692.2 million.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 05:30 PM   #1143
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Looks like this AC jet will find a new home.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 07:53 PM   #1144
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Old February 21st, 2012, 03:11 AM   #1145
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Looks like this AC jet will find a new home.
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It looks incredibly odd and lonely.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 03:00 AM   #1146
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WestJet sets new single-day record today

Students and families return home from mid-term break

CALGARY, Feb. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced it will fly 52,992 guests today, setting a new single-day record for the airline. The previous record, set on December 22, 2011, saw 52,397 guests fly across the airline's network.

The new single-day record follows a busy week for travel which saw students at many Canadian post-secondary institutions head out for mid-term break. In provinces with a Family Day holiday, families took the week off to enjoy a warm-weather vacation.

"We love to welcome our guests on board and with each new record, it's clear that more Canadians are choosing our low fares and high value, our great guest experience and to travel with our fun and friendly WestJetters," said Bob Cummings, WestJet's Executive Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Guest Experience. "We would like to thank our growing base of business travellers and, for this week in particular, students and their families for choosing to fly with us. We hope they had a fabulous break and we look forward to welcoming them on board a WestJet flight again in the very near future."

On average, WestJet flies approximately 40,000 guests on 425 flights per day. To reduce line-ups and save time, especially on busy travel days like today, WestJet offers four convenient check-in options:

Web check-in is available at westjet.com. Guests can check in from 24 hours to 60 minutes before scheduled departure.

Mobile check-in allows guests to check in with a cell phone from 24 hours to 60 minutes before scheduled departure.

Self-serve check-in kiosks are available at most Canadian and U.S. airports in WestJet's network from 24 hours to 60 minutes before scheduled departure. Select serve-serve kiosks also offer self-serve bag-tagging, allowing guests to print and attach their bag tags as part of their check-in process.

Traditional counter check-in is available in all airports. Our friendly WestJetters are always happy to greet guests and help them on their way.
About WestJet
WestJet is Canada's favourite airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 76-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada's best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. Named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion, WestJet offers increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 98 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 37 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

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Old February 27th, 2012, 03:19 AM   #1147
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It looks incredibly odd and lonely.
Is it a B767 non ER? I used to think they need those 767s before the 787s start coming in.
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Old March 8th, 2012, 05:17 PM   #1148
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Air Canada March Break strike looms: ‘If we hit the lines, this airline is grounded’
Published On Wed Mar 07 2012
Toronto Star

Air Canada’s 8,600 baggage handlers, mechanics and ground crews are threatening to strike next Monday, possibly leaving March Break travellers stranded.

“I believe if we hit the lines, this airline is grounded,” said Dave Ritchie, Canadian general vice-president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, told reporters. “Unfortunately the public is going to be inconvenienced.”

However, Ritchie conceded Labour Minister Lisa Raitt may intervene, as she has in previous disputes involving other unions at Air Canada in the past year.

“I’m pleading with the minister. Let us do our job,” said Ritchie, referring to having the union and company negotiate a deal.

If Raitt does force some legal maneuver to block the union, Ritchie said they would obey the law.

“We will respect the law. We have no other choice. Will we like it? The answer is no,” he said.

In the House of Commons, Raitt said the government is concerned about this, given it’s the busy travel time.

Raitt, who has not indicated her next step, encouraged the parties “to step back from the breach, to go back to the table and to, indeed, find their way around a work stoppage and restore confidence to the travelling public.”

At Pearson airport, many travellers heading off on March break vacations on Wednesday were doing so not knowing that the strike date of 12:01 a.m. Monday was set.

Roma Huculak and Victor Korotky of Etobicoke were heading to Florida with their daughters Katrina, 10, and Mia, 5.

“At least we’re getting there. So if we have to stay for an extra few days, that’s okay,” Huculak said.

Katrina is scheduled to perform Ukrainian folk dancing at Disney’s Magic Kingdom as part of Arkan Dance Company next week.

Katherine More was dropping off her daughter Glenys Robinson, 17, who is heading off on a 10-day school trip to Italy with about two dozen Richmond Hill classmates.

“I’m hoping she doesn’t get stranded there,” More said. “The trip is booked. What can you do?”

The union says it is highly unlikely that the airline could operate without its members, who do everything from moving cargo and luggage to signing off that an aircraft is airworthy.

The last strike by machinists’ union was in 1987, which grounded the airline, and lasted 20 days.

Air Canada’s chief operating officer Duncan Dee said in a statement that the notice of strike action during the peak March Break travel period will cause uncertainty for thousands of customers.

“The lines of communication remain open and we are hopeful that there remains sufficient time to avoid a work disruption,” Dee said.

The strike date came after a tentative four-year deal was rejected last month by nearly two-thirds of the membership. They then gave their union a 78 per cent strike mandate.

Ritchie said his members who were hoping to make gains after making concessions including letting Air Canada waive certain pension payments.

“They are absolutely disgusted that this corporation will not recognize that they have given to the point they are no prepared to give any more,” he said, noting top executives have earned huge bonuses.

The airline’s 3,000 pilots are also in a legal strike position, though they have said they do not want a strike. The two sides in that contract dispute held talks on Wednesday.

After question period in Ottawa, NDP MP Yvon Godin, who is labour critic, said Raitt should facilitate negotiations.

“She should not get mixed in free bargaining and legislate people back to work. That’s the freedom of people to be in the union, freedom of organization and freedom of negotiating a collective agreement,” said Godin.

“The problem is if the government gets involved, every time there’s a dispute, that will make the worst strikes in our country that we ever see,” he said. “Business will say ‘we don’t have to negotiate a contract, we don’t have to negotiate, the government is going to do it for us.’

Liberal human resources critic Rodger Cuzner said urging parties to get back to the table is probably what any government would do.

“The trouble is what’s taken place prior to this particular labour agreement and the fact that the government has brought forward legislation, back to work legislation on two occasions prior, so you know, it sort of melts that iceberg that the union stands on,” he said, adding the union knows she’ll be willing to come back with it again.
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Old March 29th, 2012, 01:53 AM   #1150
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Air Transat Unveils New Cabins And New Club Class

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^^Refurbished A330?

Looks like I got lucky to board their newly refurbished A330. (If that is it)



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That looks nothing like their bright and airy rendering!
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Old April 18th, 2012, 05:49 PM   #1153
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A330 has a 3-3-X configuration?
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Old April 18th, 2012, 07:46 PM   #1154
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That looks nothing like their bright and airy rendering!
Yeah I just saw the video again, and it's not what I was expecting.
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[QUOTE=YU-AMC;90539117]Looks like I got lucky to board their newly refurbished A330. (If that is it)



Those are Ex-Mexicana's birds that's why they have high density configuration and PTV's
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Old April 19th, 2012, 07:16 AM   #1156
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Bombardier’s Q400 faces dogfight for WestJet fleet order
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Published Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2012 7:22PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2012 7:26PM EDT
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WestJet Airlines Ltd. (WJA-T14.530.352.47%) is facing a tough decision for its new regional fleet – fast planes made in Canada, or fuel-sipping foreign models.

The Calgary-based carrier is expected to pay as much as $1-billion on 40 new turboprop aircraft for planned short-haul flights. Bombardier Inc.’s Q400 has long been seen as the leading contender. But now a European rival is jockeying to win the order, claiming its plane is superior.

The Q400 burns up to 47-per-cent more jet fuel on shorter routes than the French-Italian ATR 72, the European manufacturer argues, highlighting that the foreign-built turboprop will provide substantial reductions on soaring fuel bills amid stubbornly high oil prices.

Montreal-based Bombardier’s emphasis on its Canadian content, including parts from the West and Quebec, is designed to sway WestJet. By contrast, European aerospace giant EADS co-owns the ATR joint venture with Italy’s Alenia Aermacchi.

WestJet initially favoured the Q400, assembled at Bombardier’s Downsview plant in Toronto, but an aggressive campaign by the ATR 72 team has tightened the race to supply WestJet with the 40 planes at a lower purchase price, industry insiders say.

The airline asserts that it needs the regional arm to improve profit and increase the number of destinations served. In January, WestJet confirmed its plans to launch the new division in 2013 to battle Air Canada, hoping to lure passengers in smaller markets and also increase flight frequencies on some existing routes.

WestJet knows that the Q400 can attain faster speeds and has a longer range, but the company has to weigh that against the fuel-efficient mileage achieved by the foreign plane, said one aviation consultant, who noted that the ATR 72 could potentially add 13 extra minutes to a trip from Toronto to Montreal that takes 70 minutes on the Q400.

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Bombardier spokeswoman Marianella de la Barrera said the Q400 seats more passengers than the competing plane, so that has to be factored into any analysis. WestJet is considering configurations that would place 68 seats in the ATR 72 and perhaps 76 seats in the Q400.

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Addison Schonland, a partner at aerospace consulting firm AirInsight, said the Q400 has 4.6 cents in fuel costs per available seat mile, compared with the ATR 72’s 6.3 cents. He also pointed out that the Q400’s maximum cruising speed of 667 kilometres an hour outpaces its rival’s 510 km an hour.

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Expansion-minded WestJet is steadily growing in commercial and charter markets. On Wednesday, WestJet said it signed a deal to fly charter flights for Thomas Cook Canada Inc., just days after the leisure travel firm discontinued its contract with Jazz Aviation LP.

WestJet said the new pact will allow the carrier to provide extra seat capacity for passengers who book on Thomas Cook’s Sunquest Vacations unit next winter. “As an expansion to its successful two-year, Canada-wide partnership with Thomas Cook, WestJet will be the only airline providing capacity for Thomas Cook’s tour operator arm in the Canadian market,” the airline said.

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Air Canada’s reset: Advice to help the airline straighten up and fly right
Published On Fri Apr 20 2012
Toronto Star

Get back to bargaining. Admit being off course. Be more paranoid.

As Air Canada moves to restart negotiations with its pilots in hopes of salvaging the worsening relationship, management experts call it a good first step for an airline troubled by everything from toxic labour relations to steep fuel prices to nimble competition.

Anil Verma, a labour relations professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, said returning to the bargaining is a smart decision, but it can’t be typical talks.

“They have to go back with a proposal to substantially reformulate the relationship. They have to break from the past,” Verma said, adding it would very difficult for a company to admit the course they were on was “disastrous” but that’s what good leadership must do.

He added when the company asks its unions for help to restructure, it should put in writing a commitment to a return to certain benefits and wages when specific financial conditions are reached.

“It requires a complete turnaround in attitude towards the other side,” Verma said.

Air Canada has been plagued with labour turmoil for the past year that resulted in a brief three-day strike by customer-service agents last June.

Later when the flight attendants threatened to walk off the job, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt blocked the move, and the dispute was settled by arbitration.

Similarly, on the eve of March break, Raitt also intervened when it looked like the 8,600 baggage handlers and machinists were set to strike as the company was planning to lock out its 3,000 pilots.

The federal government later passed back-to-work legislation, blocking any job action and ordering the disputes be settled through arbitration.

That move angered employees, and prompted a wildcat strike by baggage handlers on March 23 and a pilot sickout on April 13.

With the busier travel periods of spring and summer approaching, the airline wants to end any uncertainty that can hurt bookings.

Add on financial challenges of rising fuel prices, a higher Canadian dollar and a weak economy, some analysts have wondered whether the airline is headed back into bankruptcy court.

York University business professor Fred Lazar said Air Canada needs senior management to approach all its unions and outline the options of continued fighting and ending up in bankruptcy court.

“The other path is to sit down and work together,” said Lazar.

In that scenario, Air Canada would spell out plans including a new discount carrier, which some pilots worry means a path to lower pay and different work rules.

As a sign of goodwill, managers should offer to cut their salaries significantly for two or three years, as well as corporate overhead costs, he said.

If Lazar was advising unions, he would recommend getting government onside with a pension expert to work out a pension deal.

And he said unions should ask for an ownership stake, say 10 or 15 per cent to be put in trust, and for the current board of directors to be replaced.

Despite all the gloomy news, CAW economist Jim Stanford is not convinced that the airline is headed into Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act again, noting load factors remain good, and Air Canada continues to do well among business travellers and on international routes.

Even though the airline’s pension obligations are significant at $13 billion, it ended 2011 with $2 billion in cash.

“I don’t see anything imminently dire,” Stanford said.

Nick Bontis, a business strategy professor at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business, thinks Air Canada will continue to survive, but it needs to learn to become more paranoid.

Large companies tend to be more bureaucratic and less nimble, less able to adapt to looming change or competition, he said.

Examples include Blockbuster, which was caught flat-footed when Netflix arrived with a revolutionary way of watching movies. Similarly, Kodak, which is in bankruptcy protection, wasn’t prepared for the arrival for digital photography. Sony, which once stood for innovation from televisions to the Walkman, is now struggling.

“As the CEOs and senior managers who have the responsibility to guide and navigate the ship of these large organizations, you have to wonder, were they not listening,” said Bontis, noting customers and employees must have been giving them feedback.

Bontis said Air Canada needs to prepare for the possibility of fundamental change in the airline industry — cabotage.

That’s a policy in which foreign airlines are permitted to operate on domestic routes.

“Air Canada has to be on their toes. They have to have full outright paranoia. Where are the markets? What routes do they need,” he said, noting WestJet Airlines is nipping at Air Canada’s heels.

“Air Canada will survive because WestJet is a fantastic competitor,” Bontis said. “If Air Canada had a monopoly, there would be no need for paranoia.”
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Has anyone else noticed that Air Canada has become a lot stingier with upgrades recently? Even last year, 15 empty seats in J a week before flight meant a guaranteed upgrade. Now, it's looking like they'd rather have an empty seat up front than upgrade Elite and Super Elite. Or worse, they letting their own staff take J seats instead of paying customers.
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Those are Ex-Mexicana's birds that's why they have high density configuration and PTV's
yEAH I just saw it. Btw it's only 2-3 years old, but it does not have webcam mounted on the belly like Alitalia's A330...
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Air Canada is shifting its strategy for launching a discount operation, focusing on locating a new low-cost international carrier in Vancouver in a bid to tap into the potential of Asian destinations.

Plans call for the new entity to take over Air Canada's overseas flights in and out of Vancouver on wide-body aircraft. Some pilots and flight attendants will be from Canada and others could be based offshore.


Vancouver has emerged as the focal point because Asian markets offer the best growth prospects while the euro zone debt crisis has relegated Europe to a lower priority for Air Canada.


"Vancouver has been an underperforming market for Air Canada on international routes," said one industry official. "Air Canada is trying to figure out how to make Vancouver work."


The quest to attract more traffic to and from Asia will pit the Air Canada-backed entity against carriers that already have a strong customer base, such as Cathay Pacific Airways.


In an effort to start the discount carrier by the spring of 2013, Air Canada is seeking to bring in an airline partner and a financial investor to avoid having to obtain approval from its pilots' union to forge ahead.


The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) possesses veto power over any new venture controlled by the Montreal-based carrier. But Air Canada envisages an ownership structure that would keep its stake at less than 50 percent, while giving minority stakes to a foreign airline and a financial player yet to be confirmed.


Air Canada chief executive officer Calin Rovinescu first disclosed plans for a low-cost carrier based in Central Canada in April 2011, targeting markets in Europe initially, and later Mexico and the Caribbean.


But the country's largest carrier has run into resistance from ACPA and watched tour operator Transat A.T. Inc. struggle amid fierce competition to fly travellers between Central Canada and Europe.



Air Canada has now turned its attention to reinventing its presence in Vancouver, which would serve as the new operation's base for service to and from China, Japan, South Korea and other Asian countries.


Air Canada will remain a member of the Star Alliance of airlines and still handle domestic flights in and out of Vancouver, as well as provide service between Vancouver and the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.


Mr. Rovinescu was in Vancouver last week during a meeting of the Star Alliance. He met with a senior B.C. government official to provide a briefing on Air Canada's vision for raising Vancouver's profile as an international aviation hub.


There will be an impact on employees in Vancouver at Air Canada, but new jobs will be created at the low-cost operation, so the airline is banking on political support in British Columbia for the transition.


While Air Canada declined comment Tuesday, Mr. Rovinescu said last week at the company's annual meeting that "we are evaluating various low-cost carrier business models."

Ben Smith, Air Canada's chief commercial officer, is spearheading the project to make Vancouver the centerpiece of the discount unit's launch.

Under the original strategy, Air Canada would have signed a code-sharing pact with its planned low-cost division to co-operate on flight reservations and baggage handling, but a revised proposal calls for the West Coast entity to be effectively independent and have the flexibility to align with a partner that doesn't necessarily belong to the Star Alliance.

Union leaders are upset that Air Canada wants to borrow major elements of the strategy deployed by Australia's Qantas, which runs the low-cost operation Jetstar with airline partners in an array of Asian markets, including service to Japan, Singapore and Vietnam.


Qantas has expansion plans slated next year in a Hong Kong-based joint venture with China Eastern Airlines Co. Ltd. for China, Japan and South Korea.


Vancouver is currently served by Asian carriers such as Cathay, Japan Airlines, Korean Air and Taiwan-based EVA Airways.


Mr. Smith has held meetings with prospective partners such as Cathay, Air China Ltd. and International Airlines Group, parent of British Airways and Spain's Iberia, but a deal remains elusive.


Air Canada would like to sign up a partner from China, though it is also possible that the Vancouver-based joint venture could instead involve a European-based carrier such as Virgin Atlantic, which is 51 percent owned by British billionaire Richard Branson and 49 percent by Singapore Airlines.
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