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Old January 5th, 2005, 05:22 AM   #1
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World Vision Canada and Air Canada team up to aid tsunami victims


1/4/05
TORONTO, Jan 04, 2005 (The Canadian Press via COMTEX) --

The first relief agency flights from Canada to tsunami-stricken Indonesia are expected to take off from Toronto this week.

The first of the two Air Canada cargo flights will leave Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Tuesday, ferrying aid workers and more than 40,000 kilograms of desperately needed supplies.

A second plane will carry more than 85,000 kilograms of relief supplies to Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, on Wednesday, said Air Canada spokeswoman Laura Cooke.

The relief material, supplied by the World Vision Canada, is headed for Indonesia's hard-hit Aceh region.

"Things like dried food, water purification tablets, clothing, blankets, tarps, tents, medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, which might sound funny, but soap and that sort of thing are very important now because of the risk of disease," said Judy Burrell, a spokeswoman for World Vision Canada of the supplies.

"Some of it was on hand - we do store things in bulk ahead of time just in case - some if it did come from storage facilities, but the rest of it was donated by companies."

As of Tuesday, World Vision Canada had raised $8 million for the tsunami relief effort - part of the millions donated to charitable organizations by Canadians. The federal government has said it will match donations by individual Canadians up to Jan. 11.

Large charitable organizations say they prefer cash and not donations of food or clothing. They buy the items they need in bulk overseas, which reduces sorting, storage and shipping costs.

But Air Canada made an offer of two flights to World Vision Canada that the charity couldn't refuse.

"It was really terrific. We would rather people give us cash because you save a lot of money if you buy things there and in bulk. Transportation is a huge cost, but with Air Canada making this donation to us, we took advantage of it," said Burrell.

Air Canada made the offer after being approached by employees who were anxious to help in relief efforts following the Boxing Day natural disaster.

Cooke said the employees involved are helping out on their own time and will not be paid for the efforts, although she added the airline will cover their expenses.

Cooke could not say how many employees had volunteered.

"We had a significant number of employees come forward wanting to volunteer to be part of the mission. Whether that was as simple as working at the airport getting the relief mission organized, working on the ramp, or with the cargo, right down to the crews that will operate the flight," said Cooke.

She also said of our pilots taking the controls for a leg of one of the flights is a retiring captain who wants to make his last flight part of this relief flight.

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Airlines ask Ottawa for breaks on airport rents, foreign ownership
SIMON TUCK
6 January 2005
The Globe and Mail

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Canada's struggling airline industry called on Ottawa to help out the sector by reducing airport rents and loosening foreign ownership restrictions, while arguing that such measures would also stimulate the economy.

The industry says government policies are unnecessarily adding to costs and ticket prices, at a time when airlines are already burdened with high costs for fuel and security. Most airlines in Canada and throughout the world have been struggling since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, but domestic airlines have been unable to persuade Ottawa to make key moves to improve the industry's competitiveness.

“The industry is fundamentally in the doldrums,” said Eugene Hoeven, director of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), during a press conference in Ottawa. “If you can't manage your costs, and drive those unit costs down, then you're not going to be in it for the long haul.”

The industry also says it would benefit if federal limits on foreign ownership of Canadian airlines, which now stand at 25 per cent, were raised. Raising foreign ownership restrictions on the airline industry was seen last year as a key policy option as the government considered what to do about Air Canada's financial troubles. Hiking those restrictions would provide the airline — and its smaller rivals — with greater access to capital.

But the industry's main beef with the federal government is the rent that Ottawa charges the authorities that run the country's airports. Those rents, which were increased by another $18-million or 6.5 per cent on Jan. 1, were negotiated after the federal government transferred control of the facilities to the not-for-profit airport authorities more than a decade ago.

Cliff Mackay, chief executive officer of the Air Transport Association of Canada, said the airports get nothing for their rent money, but that the de facto tax adds between about 2 per cent and 6 per cent to the price of each airline ticket. “Clearly, this is a big deal for our industry.”

The rent issue has for years been a thorn in the side for airlines, but the industry believes it now has greater support among federal politicians for reducing rents.

Transport Minister Jean Lapierre said late last year that he'd like to freeze, and then reduce airport rents, but his plan was rejected by Finance Minister Ralph Goodale.


Feds hit Winnipeg airport with 2.5% increase in rent
Small compared to average 6.5% hike in other cities

Geoff Kirbyson
6 January 2005
Winnipeg Free Press

Geoff Kirbyson THE Winnipeg Airports Authority escaped relatively unscathed from new federal government airport rent increases announced yesterday, but its president and CEO is adamant its landlord is still charging too much.

Barry Rempel said the WAA's rent will increase by 2.5 per cent, or about $200,000, to $4 million in 2005.

"This is really just a tax. In our case, it's really the principle behind it as much as the amount," Rempel said in an interview.

Ottawa announced airport rents will increase by an average 6.5 per cent across the country, effective Jan. 1.

Rent in Montreal is expected to rise 30 per cent this year and landing fees at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, the country's biggest and busiest, is set to rise 17 per cent over 2004 rates.

Rempel said that when the government turned the operation of the country's largest airports over to regional authorities in the early to mid-'90s, the rents were designed to help bring Ottawa out of deficit.

"Now that's behind us. The rents don't have a policy reason behind them now," Rempel said.

He noted the total book value of Canada's major airports at the time was $1.5 billion. Since then, the airports have paid more than $2 billion in rent.

Joanne Sigurdson, president of Uniglobe Destination Travel Group in Winnipeg, said the 6.5 per cent rent increase across the country isn't huge, but airport rents are certainly one of the factors that go into the cost of airline tickets.

"I'm sure, one way or the other, the consumer will end up paying for the increase," she said in an interview yesterday.

Cliff Mackay, a spokesman for the Air Transport Association of Canada, said the rent increases hurt the tourism industry, the aviation sector and travellers alike.

"It is time for the federal government to stop treating air travellers like cash cows," Mackay said yesterday at a news conference that called on Ottawa to cut airport rents in its coming budget.

Higher rents add at least two to three per cent on the price of many airline tickets, he said.

Winnipeg is definitely on the low end of the rent scale compared to the rest of Canada's major airports. Toronto's Pearson airport has the highest rent for 2005 at $145 million, followed by Vancouver ($80 million), Montreal ($28 million), Calgary ($24 million) and Ottawa ($13 million). Both Edmonton and Halifax airport authorities will pay roughly the same $4 million as the WAA.

Rempel said the current formula at Winnipeg International, which is based on inflation and passenger traffic, calls for rent to nearly double from $3.8 million last year to $7.5 million in 2009, the year its new terminal building is scheduled to open.

Rempel said the WAA's ongoing fundraising efforts through the Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) for its new terminal building will not be affected by the rent increase.

Some airlines say higher fees mean a passenger flying from Toronto to Ottawa would pay almost as much in taxes and surcharges as the cost of the actual airfare.

WestJet, for example, has estimated that a passenger could pay as little as $41 for a one-way fare between the two cities on Jan. 10.

However, the traveller would have to shell out another $37.76 in extra charges, an amount equivalent to 92 per cent of the airline fare.

The add-on costs include a $15 airport improvement fee, $12 in navigational fees and insurance, $5.61 for air travellers' security charge and $5.15 in GST.

Rempel said the WAA is continuing its consultations with various groups from Winnipeg's business and arts communities, as well as the travelling public, regarding its new terminal building. He said they're providing feedback to initial concept drawings of the structure, a process that will culminate with a session open to the general public next month.

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WestJet Passenger Load Factor Rebounds in December
January 6, 2005

MONTREAL (Reuters) - WestJet Airlines Ltd., filled more seats in December than a year earlier, the company said on Thursday, as it appeared to recover from computer glitches that hurt flight bookings in November.

The Calgary-based no-frills carrier said its passenger load factor -- an indication of how successful it was in filling its planes -- was 74.7 percent in December, up from 73.6 percent in the year earlier month.

That was also a rebound from November, when problems with WestJet's Internet-based reservations system pushed its load factor to an all-time low of 58.5 percent from 64.1 percent a year earlier.

WestJet's passenger traffic growth also outpaced its rise in capacity for December, the company said.

Revenue passenger miles rose 34.5 percent in December from a year earlier, while available seat miles grew 32.4 percent from the year earlier month.

WestJet shares were off 5 Canadian cents at C$11.82 on the Toronto Stock Exchange at midday on Thursday.

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Air Canada to Introduce Non-Stop Service Between Toronto and Seoul
Builds Toronto Hub as Gateway to Asia




MONTREAL, Jan. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that it will introduce non-stop flights between Toronto and Seoul, further building its main Toronto hub with more non-stop services to Asia. Air Canada will operate three times weekly non-stop service from Toronto beginning July 1, 2005, complementing its daily non-stop flights from Vancouver to Seoul. With an elapsed time of 14 hours 15 minutes westbound and 12 hours 55 minutes eastbound, the non-stop flight will save travellers 3 hours 20 minutes compared to the Vancouver routing.

"New non-stop service to Seoul from our main Toronto hub brings eastern North America that much closer to Korea, and strengthens Air Canada's position as a carrier of choice between North America and Asia," said Ben Smith, Vice President, Planning. "Our growth in non-stop flights between Toronto and Asia complements our extensive choice of non-stop services from our main Asia gateway in Vancouver, and offers customers more flexibility and choice in their travel planning. Combined with our major expansion of services
throughout Latin America, also via our Toronto hub, Air Canada offers international travellers between Asia and South America the added convenience of avoiding U.S. transit visa requirements."

Air Canada will operate the new route using 282-seat A340-300 aircraft. With a 09:45 departure from Toronto on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving in Seoul at 13:00 the next day, flight AC065 is timed to offer convenient morning connections to and from points throughout Air Canada's extensive North American network, particularly in eastern Canada and the United States. The eastbound flight, AC066, leaves Seoul at 14:40 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and arrives in Toronto at 14:35 the same day, providing maximum connecting options.

With the addition of Toronto-Seoul non-stop service, Air Canada will offer customers up to 12 non-stop flights per day in each direction between Canada and eight destinations in Asia. From its main hub in Toronto, the carrier operates daily non-stop flights to Hong Kong, Tokyo and Delhi, the only non-stop link between North America and India. From its Pacific Asian gateway in Vancouver, Air Canada serves Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Seoul with daily non-stop flights, as well as Taipei on a codeshare basis.
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Air Canada to Introduce Non-Stop Service Between Toronto and Seoul

7 January 2005


Air Canada is to introduce non-stop flights between Toronto and Seoul. The airline will a operate three times weekly non-stop service from Toronto beginning July 1, 2005, complementing its daily non-stop flights from Vancouver to Seoul. With an elapsed time of 14 hours 15 minutes westbound and 12 hours 55 minutes eastbound, the non-stop flight will save travellers 3 hours 20 minutes compared to the Vancouver routing.

"New non-stop service to Seoul from our main Toronto hub brings eastern North America that much closer to Korea, and strengthens Air Canada's position as a carrier of choice between North America and Asia," said Ben Smith, Vice President, Planning. "Our growth in non-stop flights between Toronto and Asia complements our extensive choice of non-stop services from our main Asia gateway in Vancouver, and offers customers more flexibility and choice in their travel planning. Combined with our major expansion of services throughout Latin America, also via our Toronto hub, Air Canada offers international travellers between Asia and South America the added convenience of avoiding U.S. transit visa requirements."

Air Canada will operate the new route using 282-seat A340-300 aircraft.

With a 09:45 departure from Toronto on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving in Seoul at 13:00 the next day, flight AC065 is timed to offer convenient morning connections to and from points throughout Air Canada's extensive North American network, particularly in eastern Canada and the United States. The eastbound flight, AC066, leaves Seoul at 14:40 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and arrives in Toronto at 14:35 the same day, providing maximum connecting options.

With the addition of Toronto-Seoul non-stop service, Air Canada will offer customers up to 12 non-stop flights per day in each direction between Canada and eight destinations in Asia. From its main hub in Toronto, the carrier operates daily non-stop flights to Hong Kong, Tokyo and Delhi, the only non-stop link between North America and India. From its Pacific Asian gateway in Vancouver, Air Canada serves Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Seoul with daily non-stop flights, as well as Taipei on a codeshare basis.
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WestJet to Commence Service between Calgary and Palm Springs
JANUARY 6, 2005 - 11:00:00 ET

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 6, 2005) - WestJet will commence its new non-stop service from Calgary to Palm Springs, California on January 7. WestJet will offer a twice weekly non-stop flight between Calgary and Palm Springs, with connecting service available from other Canadian WestJet destinations. Beginning February 5, WestJet will increase transborder service between Calgary and Palm Springs by one flight per week. These flights will operate until April 3, 2005.

WestJet currently offers approximately 395 scheduled non-stop departures per week from Calgary to 22 destinations in Canada and the U.S. Other non-stop warm weather locations include Calgary to Fort Lauderdale, Calgary to Orlando, Calgary to Los Angeles, Calgary to San Francisco, and Calgary to Phoenix. Sean Durfy, WestJet's Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales, said today, "We are very excited to be launching our new non-stop service from Calgary to Palm Springs on Friday. This twice weekly non-stop service to Palm Springs is the final phase of our previously announced expansion into the U.S. market. Over the past few months WestJet has added service to eight U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Tampa, and finally, Palm Springs."

WestJet serves the 24 Canadian cities of Victoria, Comox, Vancouver, Abbotsford/Fraser Valley, Prince George, Kelowna, Grande Prairie, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Windsor, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton, Halifax, Gander and St. John's, and the eight U.S. cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Tampa, Orlando, Fort
Lauderdale and New York. The airline operates a growing fleet of 54 aircraft featuring 36 new Next-Generation Boeing 737-700 aircraft.
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Air Canada Sets December Passenger-Load Record
January 10, 2005

TORONTO (Reuters) - Air Canada filled more seats in December than a year earlier, with its passenger load factor setting a record for the month, the country's largest airline said on Monday.

Passenger load factor is a key indicator of an airline's financial performance, measuring the average number of seats sold as a proportion of those available.

Air Canada's system-wide load factor rose to 75.2 percent in December, a record level for the month, from 72 percent a year earlier.

Passenger traffic at Montreal-based Air Canada's mainline carrier rose 1 percent, while capacity fell 3.3 percent.

Air Canada emerged from 18 months of court protection at the end of the third quarter with a pared back network, fleet and work force.

At Jazz, Air Canada's regional subsidiary, passenger traffic rose 6.2 percent, while capacity fell 7.4 percent. Its December load factor rose to 68.2 percent from 59.4 percent in December 2003.

Restricted voting shares of Air Canada's parent company, ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., rose 10 Canadian cents to C$34.50 in Toronto on Monday on volume of about 237,000.

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Air Canada reports best-ever December load factor: 75.2% of seats filled

January 10, 2005



MONTREAL (CP) - Air Canada, having downsized and restructured, has reported its best-ever December load factor, with 75.2 per cent of its seats filled with paying passengers.

The airline said Monday it flew one per cent more revenue passenger miles last month than in December 2004, while its capacity was down by 3.3 per cent. The system-wide load factor of 75.2 per cent compared with 72 per cent a year earlier.

On flights within Canada, capacity was cut by 10.1 per cent and the load factor increased eight percentage points to 77 per cent.

For the full year, Air Canada (TSX:ACE.RV) - which emerged from bankruptcy protection in October - said its load factor was 77.5 per cent, up from 73.8 per cent in 2003.

Its biggest domestic competitor, WestJet Airlines, reported last week that its December load factor was 74.7 per cent, up from 73.6 per cent in December 2003.

WestJet (TSX:WJA) said its full-year load factor was 70 per cent, compared with 70.6 per cent in 2003.
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Air Canada fills record 75.2% of seats in December

Last Updated Mon, 10 Jan 2005 18:43:36 EST
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MONTREAL - Air Canada recorded its best-ever December load factor, filling 75.2 per cent of its seats with paying passengers, the airline announced Monday.

The airline said it flew one per cent more revenue passenger miles last month than in December 2003 while reducing capacity by 3.3 per cent.

On flights within Canada, capacity was cut by 10.1 per cent and the load factor increased by eight percentage points to 77 per cent.

Air Canada (TSX:ACE.RV) said its load factor for the full year was 77.5 per cent, up from 73.8 per cent in 2003.

Its main domestic competitor, WestJet Airlines, reported last week that its December load factor was 74.7 per cent, up from 73.6 per cent for the same month in 2003.

WestJet (TSX:WJA) said its full-year load factor dipped to 70 per cent from 70.6 per cent.
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Air Canada Flies Canadian Artists to 'Canada for Asia' Benefit

MONTREAL, Jan. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada said today that in addition
to relief assistance already offered following the Southeast Asian tsunami
disaster, it is providing free air transportation to Toronto for all of the
entertainment celebrities participating on location in Canada for Asia, a live
national broadcast event on CBC Television and CBC Radio One to benefit
tsunami-stricken Asia.

A few of the 35 stars that will be flying on the wings of Air Canada will
be Bryan Adams, Jann Arden, Neil Peart of Rush, David Usher and all three of
the Trailer Park Boys (Julian, Ricky and Bubbles). Canada for Asia will air
live from the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto, Thursday, January 13,
from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET on CBC Television and CBC Radio One, and will
feature an all-star Canadian entertainment lineup including Tom Cochrane, Blue
Rodeo, Anne Murray, Rush, Molly Johnson, Oscar Peterson, the Barenaked Ladies,
Bruce Cockburn, and, in a special segment direct from Las Vegas, Céline Dion.

Air Canada has already collaborated with World Vision in support of
relief and reconstruction efforts in countries devastated by the tsunamis by
sending two dedicated relief flights to Indonesia carrying more than
280,000 lbs supplies from World Vision and the carrier's caterer, CARA Foods.
In addition, Air Canada is working with the Canadian Red Cross to collect
donations from passengers on board its flights until the end of January.

"Every effort counts and we at Air Canada and every other company of the
ACE family are proud to be doing our part in the international relief effort
to help rebuild some of those shattered lives in Asia and Africa," said Robert
Milton, Chairman, President and CEO of ACE Aviation Holdings. "This benefit
event is a great opportunity for Canadians to show their support and
generosity, in solidarity with charities and with the broadcast and
entertainment industry."

"World Vision's efforts to provide relief and long-term rebuilding for
the tsunami victims will require years of commitment and millions of dollars,"
said Dave Toycen, President of World Vision Canada. "One of the most important
ways we can get the help to those who need it most is to develop strong
partnerships with organizations like Air Canada. Over the past weeks, we have
worked together to get the critical, initial aid out to the victims. The Air
Canada team's quick and generous response to this relief effort has been truly
impressive."

Proceeds collected though the broadcast will go to World Vision, The
Canadian Red Cross, UNICEF, Oxfam Canada, Care Canada, Save the Children
Canada, Development and Peace and Oxfam Quebec.

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Air Canada To Cut 180 Maintenance Jobs

anuary 14, 2005

Air Canada will lay off 180 maintenance workers, or 4.7 percent of that employee group, as part of it cost-cutting plans, the airline said on Friday.

The Montreal-based airline said the cuts, out of a maintenance contingent of some 3,800, were part of its continuing restructuring. Most of the layoffs were slated for Vancouver, but some will come in Winnipeg and Montreal.

The airline emerged from 18 months of bankruptcy protection at the end of September with a work force of about 29,000, about 10,000 fewer than it had in early 2003.

"The restructuring is sort of ongoing, where things are still happening, so there might be more," said Isabelle Arthur, an Air Canada spokeswoman.

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Vancouver bears brunt of Air Canada layoffs
Posted Jan 14 2005 08:08 AM PST - CBC News

VANCOUVER - Air Canada maintenance employees in Vancouver are the hardest hit in the company's latest round of layoffs, with 130 workers losing their jobs at YVR.

Another 50 maintenance workers in Winnipeg and Montreal are also being laid off.

A spokesperson for Air Canada says these are only temporary layoffs. John Reber says these notices are part of job reductions announced during the restructuring of the company last year.

But union spokesperson Fred Hospes says these latest layoff notices come as a surprise, because Air Canada employees have already undergone a lot of downsizing.

"We've had six to 10 rounds of layoffs, and you figure that the company has restructured itself. and that it's going to bring some stability," he says.

"And you get to the first part of the new year again and you're faced with another round of layoffs."

The employees will be out of work by the end of the month.

Hospes says the executive of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers plans to meet with Air Canada on Friday to see if there's any way of saving at least some of the jobs. obs.

Earlier this week, Air Canada reported its best-ever December load factor. The airline said it flew with paying fliers in 75.2 per cent of its seats. That was up from 72 per cent in the same month last year.
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Old January 16th, 2005, 02:20 AM   #18
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Would the Air Canada 340-500's be capable of doing Toronto-Singapore non-stop?
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Old January 16th, 2005, 04:24 AM   #19
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The A340-500 offers the longest range capability of any airliner, flying 313 passengers in a three-class cabin layout over 9,000 nm/16,700 km. It is possible for the A340-500 to fly nonstop from Toronto - Singapore. However, the market isn't big enough to fly between these two cities nonstop. Instead, Air Canada has decided to deploy its first A340 on the Toronto - Hong Kong route.
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Old January 16th, 2005, 05:26 AM   #20
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The A340-500 offers the longest range capability of any airliner, flying 313 passengers in a three-class cabin layout over 9,000 nm/16,700 km. It is possible for the A340-500 to fly nonstop from Toronto - Singapore. However, the market isn't big enough to fly between these two cities nonstop. Instead, Air Canada has decided to deploy its first A340 on the Toronto - Hong Kong route.
Thanks for the information and i certainly understund why they don't do the root if it's not market appealing.
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