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Old September 7th, 2005, 11:03 PM   #241
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It's hardly low-cost, compared to European carriers such as Easyjet, Ryanair, AirBerlin, etc...
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Yes, I have yet to see 1-dollar fares on Westjet or other North American low cost carriers. Ryanair has them all the time! However, it is low cost from a North American standpoint.
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WestJet Announces Fuel Risk Management Strategy
08 September 2005

CALGARY (Dow Jones)--WestJet Airlines Ltd. (WJA.T) has implemented a fuel-risk-management strategy using financial instruments to help mitigate the effects of volatile fuel prices.

In a news release, the low-cost air carrier said this approach "addresses the unique challenges airlines face with respect to the sale of advanced tickets in an environment where future costs are uncertain."

It noted that passengers typically purchase seats for travel well in advance of their planned travel date, and that the price paid for those seats is partially based on the price of fuel on the date of purchase. Because of the rapidly increasing price of fuel in recent months, the actual cost to fly a passenger can be considerably higher on the date of travel than it was when the seat was sold.

To mitigate the effect of volatile fuel prices, WestJet has bought forward a portion of its exposure to USGC Jet Fuel in Canadian dollars over a term and quantity that relates to the airline's advanced ticket sales. It said that, for the months of September, October and November, WestJet has fixed about 40%, 20% and 10%, respectively, of its expected fuel consumption at a rate of 70.7 Canadian cents a liter.
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Air Canada launches North America Unlimited Pass, 'an airline industry first?

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September 13, 2005



MONTREAL (CP) - Air Canada says it will offer the airline industry's first-ever subscription to unlimited flights.

The price of the two-month pass is $6,998, plus tax.

The Montreal-based carrier (TSX:ACE.B) said Tuesday its new North America Unlimited Pass lets pass holders fly as often as they wish - for a two-month period from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 - to more than 100 destinations served by Air Canada and subsidiary Air Canada Jazz in Canada and the continental United States.

The pass will be available for purchase for two weeks starting Wednesday.
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Old September 20th, 2005, 03:59 AM   #245
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Air Canada takes over Ottawa-Hamilton route
By Ottawa Business Journal Staff
Mon, Sep 19, 2005 9:00 AM EST



Air Canada is moving into territory formerly occupied by discount rival WestJet, introducing daily non-stop service between Ottawa and Hamilton's John C. Munro Airport.

Air Canada Jazz is offering three daily non-stops between Ottawa and Hamilton aboard 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet aircraft. The airline will also offer four daily non-stops between Hamilton and Montreal.

The airline says the new routes are being introduced to respond to new market opportunities made possible with the renewal of the carriers' fleets that has begun with the delivery of new Embraer and Bombardier jet aircraft.

"The arrival of next-generation jet aircraft in our North American fleets has allowed Air Canada and Jazz to re-deploy existing aircraft to these new routes," says Air Canada vice president Marc Rosenberg. "Our customers in Hamilton and the Niagara Region will now benefit from more point-to-point, non-stop flights, more jet service and the lowest fares on an everyday basis."

WestJet had originally made Hamilton its Ontario hub when its moved into eastern Canada, but later switched operations to Toronto's Pearson International.
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Old September 20th, 2005, 05:19 AM   #246
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Back when WestJet used Hamilton as a hub, which by the way is the only time WestJet ever made a profit, made big earnings using Hamilton to Ottawa and Montreal.

It's only a smart business move for Air Canada to step in and take that market over. Hence all flights today from Jazz at Hamilton airport was booked solid.
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Pilots open door for Air Canada to re-order Boeing jets

MONTREAL, Sept 23 (AFP) - Three months after Air Canada pilots forced the airline to cancel an order for 32 Boeing long-range jets, the two sides agreed to reconsider the 6-billion-US-dollar purchase, officials said Friday.

The airline said in a news release it had reached an agreement with the Air Canada Pilots Association on an arbitration process "to resolve all issues" related to the acquisition.

"Subject to a satisfactory outcome, Air Canada would then re-engage Boeing to conclude an agreement on the acquisition of 777 and 787 aircraft," the company stated.

"We have to resolve the seniority issue first," Jean-Marc Belanger, president of the Montreal pilots union local, told AFP.

In June, the pilots rejected a tentative labour contract that would have allowed the Canadian airline to buy 18 Boeing 777 aircraft and 14 new 787 Dreamliners.
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Air Canada Delays Jazz Spinoff
September 30, 2005

Air Canada parent ACE Aviation said on Friday it would delay its plan to spin off its Jazz regional airline into an income trust.

ACE said it will proceed with an initial public offering in the Jazz Air Limited Partnership through an income trust structure only when market conditions warrant.

Prospects for Canada's income trust market have cooled since the federal government slapped a moratorium on providing advance tax rulings on the tax-advantaged sector. Income trusts avoid some corporate tax because they redirect their cash flow to investors, who are taxed on that income.

ACE, which successfully spun off a piece of its customer loyalty points program Aeroplan into an income trust, had planned to complete the Jazz income trust conversion in the third quarter. As it did in the Aeroplan spinoff, ACE planned to keep a stake in the regional carrier.

ACE said its preparatory work to file a preliminary prospectus for Jazz has been completed and the document was ready for submission.

Jazz flies a fleet of 93 aircraft -- Bombardier regional jets and turboprops -- to 71 destinations in Canada and the United States.

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Old October 5th, 2005, 03:26 PM   #249
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ACE planning special dividend
Parent of Air Canada may pay $300 million
Timing of proposed distribution surprising

David Paddon
04 October 2005
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The plan by ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. to return up to $300 million to its shareholders is surprising in terms of timing, but the parent of Air Canada, Jazz and Aeroplan can easily afford to do so, analysts said yesterday.

Steve Garmaise, an analyst at Genuity Capital Markets, noted that it was only in April that the Montreal-based company issued shares and debt to fund its business operations.

"Generally, you don't turn around six months after you've raised money and say that you're looking to give some of it back," Garmaise said.

But much has improved for the airline operator over the past while, chiefly the success of the spinoff of its Aeroplan loyalty program into an income trust, paving the way for ACE Aviation to proceed with plans for more spinoffs, he said.

ACE Aviation had announced plans to convert its Jazz regional airline subsidiary into an income trust, but put the spinoff plan on hold last week due to current uncertainty over Ottawa's policy on trusts.

Assuming the Jazz and other anticipated spinoffs go ahead as expected, ACE Aviation will have more than enough cash to buy new planes and eliminate a pension deficit over 10 years as negotiated in bankruptcy court, he said.

The one real concern, Garmaise said, will be that the contemplated plan to repay shareholders will make talks with unions more difficult when the wage provisions of current labour contracts come up for negotiation in 2006.

"Clearly, this is something that could make that discussion more difficult," Garmaise said. "On the other hand, they have put through their first-ever profit-sharing formula with the unions."

Cameron Doerksen, an analyst at Versant Partners Inc. in Montreal, agreed that ACE Aviation has plenty of cash for its needs, especially if the Jazz and technical services spinoffs go ahead.

Demand for air travel has improved since Air Canada emerged from creditor protection at the end of September 2004, he noted.

"So they have that going in their favour. Offsetting that, I suppose, is the price of oil, which has really gone in the wrong direction," Doerksen said.

He wouldn't speculate on the likelihood that ACE Aviation will ultimately decide to distribute the $300 million to its shareholders, as outlined in a regulatory filing ahead of the company's first post-restructuring annual meeting Nov. 10. The proposal, which is being structured as a reduction of ACE Aviation's stated capital, will require approval by two-thirds of the shareholders' votes cast at the meeting.

"Although the reduction of capital would permit the payment of distributions in cash or in securities of a publicly traded entity, determining to proceed with any such action would involve a careful review of ACE Aviation's financial position and liquidity requirements and a number of other considerations," the Sept. 30 regulatory filing says.

The resolution gives ACE Aviation's directors authority to determine the exact amount of the capital reductions and distributions, if any, but limits the total to $300 million. ACE Aviation shares slipped 61 cents to close at $34.90 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
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Air Canada reports eighteenth consecutive month of record load factors for September on 7.2% capacity growth

MONTREAL, Oct. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada reported a system load factor of 80.4 per cent in September 2005. The mainline carrier flew 8.8 per cent more revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in September 2005 than in September 2004, according to preliminary traffic figures. Overall, capacity increased by 7.2 per cent, resulting in a load factor of 80.4 per cent, compared to 79.2 per cent in September 2004; an increase of 1.2 percentage points. In the domestic market, capacity increased by 1.9 per cent and traffic increased by 4.1 per cent resulting in a domestic load factor of 81.0 per cent - a 1.7 percentage point increase year over year.

Jazz, ACE's regional subsidiary, flew 68.6 per cent more revenue passenger miles in September 2005 than in September 2004, according to preliminary traffic figures. Capacity increased by 61.8 per cent, resulting in a load factor of 69.0 per cent, compared to 66.2 per cent in September 2004; an increase of 2.8 percentage points.

North American traffic, on a combined basis for Air Canada and ACE's regional carrier, Jazz, rose 12.3 per cent.

"In September, for the 18th consecutive month, Air Canada once again achieved record load factors -- a clear confirmation of consumers' preference for the Air Canada product," said Montie Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer. "I am very proud of our employees who are winning over more and more customers. Our North American traffic performance was particularly strong with Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz together reporting a 12.3 per cent increase over last year, concurrent with increased capacity as we proceed with the renewal of our North American fleet."
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Air Canada to expand services to India
12 October 2005


Air Canada is to expand its service to India with the launch of daily codeshare flights to Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. Flights will commence 30 October 2005 and be operated by the carrier's future Star Alliance partner SWISS via Zurich.

The same day, Air Canada will introduce its own daily flights from Toronto to Delhi via Zurich, on which SWISS will sell seats on a codeshare basis. Tickets for these flights are already available for purchase.

The growth of Air Canada's network to India via Switzerland will allow the carrier to re-introduce year-round service to Zurich from Toronto while improving its schedule to Delhi with an increase to daily flights, replacing its current three-times weekly non-stop service from Toronto. In addition, Air Canada will offer daily flights from Montreal to Zurich on a codeshare basis, operated by SWISS.

"This is great news for Air Canada customers as we improve air service between Canada and India, facilitating travel and trade in this important market," said Yves Dufresne, Vice President, International, Alliances and Regulatory Affairs. "Together with SWISS, our future Star Alliance partner, Air Canada will offer expanded choices and convenient schedules linking Toronto and Montreal to both Delhi and Mumbai with convenient one-stop service. Moreover, our customers will additionally benefit from the re-introduction of non-stop services between Toronto and Zurich on a year-round basis featuring our premium Executive First product."
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Air Canada airlifts relief supplies to Guatemala for Hurricane Stan survivors

MONTREAL, Oct. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - In response to the devastation brought by tropical storm Stan in Central America, Air Canada has been working with World Vision to support relief efforts in the region.

Air Canada today dispatched a dedicated relief flight from Toronto to Guatemala City, Guatemala containing more than 12,000 Kgs of relief supplies, including over a thousand tents collected by World Vision Canada. This shipment of tents destined for the San Marco, Solola and Chimaltenango regions will allow the thousands of displaced people living in temporary shelters to return to their location of residence and begin the reconstruction of their homes.

In addition, the relief flight will carry a shipment of diapers and baby formula provided by Shoppers Drug Mart; non-perishable foods provided by Quaker Canada, CARA Operations Ltd., and Unisource Canada Inc.; and, various supplies including baby bottles and formula donated by Loblaws. These items will be distributed by the CONAVIGUA (National Organization of Widows of Guatemala) and by the MOJOMAYA (Mayan Youth Movement) local non-governmental organizations in Guatemala.

Air Canada employees have worked around the clock to prepare and dispatch the donated Airbus 321 and voluntary crew. The Air Canada Airbus A321 is the largest narrow-body aircraft in its fleet. All usable space in the belly and the cabin will be used to transport relief supplies.

"On behalf of Air Canada all of the ACE group of companies, I want to express our sadness, and extend our sympathy and support to the vast number of people affected by this devastating event," said Robert Milton, Chairman, President and CEO of ACE Aviation Holdings. "Once again, Air Canada is doing its part in the international relief effort by bringing much needed material and humanitarian supplies to those in need of assistance following this major disaster in Central America."

To help in this relief effort NAV CANADA and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) will both respectively waive domestic overflight fees and landing and aircraft parking fees.

Since the beginning of the year, Air Canada and the entire ACE group of companies have already collaborated with World Vision in support of relief and reconstruction efforts in countries devastated by the tsunamis. Air Canada also participated, along with U.S. member airlines of the Air Transport Association, in a voluntary airline industry initiative to support rescue and relief operations in the region ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Air Canada will continue to work closely with Canadian aid agencies to provide humanitarian aid to disaster victims around the world as required, including Pakistan, should the transportation of relief supplies from Canada to earthquake victims in that country be deemed appropriate.
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Air Canada Cargo donates cargo flight to airlift World Vision relief supplies to Pakistan

MONTREAL, Oct. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - A donated Air Canada Cargo relief flight departed Toronto earlier today destined for Islamabad, Pakistan carrying more than 160,000 lbs of World Vision relief supplies in response to the devastating earthquake in South Asia and the urgent need for relief supplies in Pakistan.

The World Airways MD11 all cargo aircraft carried World Vision supplies destined for the hardest-hit regions, including the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Air Canada employees worked around the clock to prepare and dispatch the aircraft, loading 150 pallets of supplies containing 4,094 World Vision tents capable of sheltering between four and eight people, 5,520 tarps, generators, and emergency lights.

"It is with equal amounts of sadness and pride that we embark on yet another relief mission with World Vision," said Robert Milton, Chairman, President and CEO of ACE Aviation Holdings. "On behalf of Air Canada Cargo and all of the ACE group of companies, I want to extend our deepest sympathy and support to the immense number of people affected by this catastrophic event."

To help in this relief effort, World Airways provided heavily discounted lease rates, NAV CANADA and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) will both respectively waived domestic overflight fees and landing and aircraft parking fees.

"Children and their families are desperately waiting for these materials," said Dave Toycen, president and CEO of World Vision Canada. "Air Canada's generosity is helping us ensure that the basic needs of thousands of people affected by the earthquake are met. The supplies delivered today will have a huge impact, particularly in response to the needs of children who require special care and support during emergencies."

Since the beginning of the year, Air Canada and the entire ACE group of companies have already collaborated with World Vision in support of relief and reconstruction efforts in countries devastated by the tsunamis. Air Canada also participated, along with U.S. member airlines of the Air Transport Association, in a voluntary airline industry initiative to support rescue and relief operations in the region ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. On October 13, Air Canada dispatched a dedicated relief flight to Guatemala in conjunction with World Vision.
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Is air canada adding the inseat video onto their plane now?
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Well the plan was to start the narrowbody fleet starting fall(which is now) and the widebodies in early 2006....but I don't know what is really happening..........
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I believe the first narrowbodies to receive the AVOD are actually the new Embraer 190s which have yet to be delivered. From what I understand (I forget if I read it on airliners.net - may not be credible) the company that is providing the technology for the PTVs is having trouble meeting deadlines, so the first E190 that was supposed to be delivered next month will now be delivered in December.

Again, not really an answer, as I have no clue what is happening with the rest of the fleet. Hopefully the refits will start soon if they haven't already.
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The only route with PTVs is the Toronto - Hong Kong one.
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Air Canada to axe Glasgow flight
21 October 2005
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Air Canada has confirmed that it will not run its summertime-only Glasgow-Toronto service next year.

The carrier denied that competition from low-cost rivals was forcing it to abandon its link to Scotland.

Two rival airlines, Zoom and Thomas Cook Airlines, which operates flights for Canadian Affair, have made big inroads into the Glasgow market, putting pressure on Air Canada.

But a spokesman said the decision was due "to fleet changes". Air Canada has emerged from bankruptcy protection, but has been unable to update its fleet and is short of aircraft.

Uncertainty also surrounds Air Canada's summer-only Manchester-Toronto service, which was temporarily handed to BMI while it was under bankruptcy protection.

"We have made no announcement in respect of Manchester," said the spokesman.
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Budget rivals move in as Air Canada scraps direct flights from Scotland after 60 years
TOM GORDON OTTAWA and CAMERON SIMPSON
27 October 2005
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AIR Canada yesterday axed its daily flights from Scotland amid fierce competition from budget carriers.

The airline, which had served Scotland formore than 60 years, flew daily to Toronto from Glasgow, usually from May to October.

Kevin Johnson, spokesman, said: "Due to changes in advance of next year's schedule, Air Canada has decided that it will not be providing a direct service from Glasgow to Canada during 2006.

"We are committed to the Scottish market and will continue to offer convenient connections to a range of daily services to Canada from London Heathrow. We will honour our commitments to customers and will offer alternative flight options for those affected by this schedule change."

The move came despite soaring demand for flights to North America, which led to air traffic from Glasgow to Canada rising 10-per cent last year to a record high.

Toronto is the second most popular long-haul destination from Glasgow afterDubai.

The news broke as Jack McConnell visited Ottawa to strengthen links with exiles and other figures in North America.

After talks between the first minister and Hugh Boyle, chairman of Zoom airline, the budget carrier announced it was expanding its direct Scotland to Canada flights. Mr Boyle said Zoom would add a further service from Glasgow to Toronto for next summer, increasing the number to three a week.

He said: "This new service demonstrates our commitment to provide year-round low-cost scheduled and direct services from Glasgow to Canada. I was delighted to tell the first minister that we have tremendous support from the public both in Canada and Scotland."

Another budget carrierwas also quick to react. Glasgowbased Canadian Affair, which charters flights from Thomas Cook Airlines, said it would operate five flights a week to Toronto starting on May 1, increasing to seven days a week from June 27 to September 20.

Mr McConnell said: "We knew obviously that they have been cutting costs and having problems for some time, so we were aware that a decision was imminent. It's a disappointment, but these things are going to happen and we need to constantly aggressively promote Scotland as a direct route destination.

"The carriers might change but I want to increase the number of routes not decrease it."
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Air Canada takes delivery of Embraer's 100th E-Jet
24 October 2005




Embraer delivered its 100th E-Jet last week, an Embraer 175 belonging to Air Canada. The airline has already placed nine jets of this model in scheduled passenger service. Delivery of the 100th Embraer 170/190 aircraft comes only 19 months after Embraer’s first E-Jet delivery.

Air Canada takes delivery of Embraer's 100th E-Jet

“The delivery of our 100th E-Jet is a great achievement for our new family of aircraft. We are honored that Air Canada, our first worldwide Embraer 175 operator, is receiving this commemorative airplane,” said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer's Executive Vice-President, Airline Market. “With 60 Embraer E-Jets on firm order - 15 Embraer 175s and 45 Embraer 190s, Air Canada is uniquely positioned to reap the benefits of this new family of aircraft, specifically designed for the 70 to 110 seat market.”

Air Canada ordered 15 Embraer 175s, with deliveries to be completed in January 2006. Configured to offer premium comfort and service to 73 passengers in two classes, the carrier’s new airliners have nine Executive seats plus 64 Hospitality seats, and offer an inflight entertainment system with individual screens for all passengers.

Air Canada also has 45 93-passenger Embraer 190 aircraft on firm order.
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