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Old November 6th, 2005, 04:29 PM   #281
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Plane engine catches fire, extinguished; bird blamed
6 November 2005

CALGARY -- Passengers on board an Air Canada flight experienced a few brief moments of terror Friday evening after an engine on their plane burst into flames shortly after takeoff.

The fire was extinguished after only a few minutes, and the plane circled Calgary for about a half-hour to dump fuel before making a safe landing.

Air Canada officials said late Friday that the fire was the result of a bird being sucked into the engine of the plane, which was on its way to Ottawa.

Stephen Hazel, sitting in a seat directly beside the engine that caught fire, said the sight of the flames caused an immediate adrenaline rush.

"I thought 'I could well die here,"' Hazel said. "We were still climbing very steeply and there was a very loud bang and I thought 'the engine exploded.'

"The noise stopped but I looked down and the engine was clearly on fire -- flames coming out the back, lots of sparks."

Police and airport staff received dozens of calls from Calgarians who heard the blast and saw a trail of flame spewing from the aircraft.

"There were sparks from the engine and underneath the wings," said Suzanne Van Maarion, who was walking her dog when she heard two loud explosions overhead.

"I really got a show... I thought they were going to crash," she added.

The Airbus A319 had 99 passengers and crew, Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said.

Arthur said the pilots on the flight followed normal procedure, which is to shut down the engine and return to the airport.

She said no injuries were reported.

Maintenance crews inspected the aircraft on the tarmac and reported the engine's fire extinguishers did not deploy, indicating there was no fire, said Arthur.

"The impact of a bird going through an engine may cause flames," she said, adding the airline is doing a thorough investigation.

Hazel, a frequent flier, said he and his fellow passengers calmed down after the flames were extinguished.

"I called out 'fire's out,' then people relaxed and started joking," Hazel said.

-- Canadian Press
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Old November 7th, 2005, 08:52 AM   #282
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I hope AC won't cut more free food on there flights!
Air Canada charging extra for meals

Beginning this week, passengers flying on Air Canada within North America in the lower-fare classes will have to pay for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Air Canada spokesperson Angela Mah says the move is simply an extension of what the airline started in 2003 when it scrapped meals for short- and medium-haul flights. Mah says the company needs to compete with airlines such as WestJet, which has always charged for meals. There's another change that took effect on Air Canada flights on Tuesday. Passengers who want pillows will have to pay $2.
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Old November 7th, 2005, 01:55 PM   #283
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Just flew from Vancouver to Ottawa with Air Canada, 5 hr flight: no food (paid $5 for a sandwich), one free coffee, film not worth watching - lots of dull commercials, minimal leg room/space between seats, barely any space in the corridor. Frankly, the food policy is unbelievably bad, but the passenger seat space issue is even worse! I would not recommend Air Canada, but within the country there is often little choice.
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Old November 7th, 2005, 08:59 PM   #284
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Air Cda Pilot Group Lodges Labor Complaint At Agency
7 November 2005

TORONTO (Dow Jones)--A group of Air Canada pilots has lodged a complaint with the Canadian Industrial Relations Board after the airline agreed to ask a federal mediator to review the process that established a seniority list.

The group, comprising former Canadian Airline pilots, argues that Air Canada has breached the Canada Labour Code by allowing a mediator to open up an existing agreement.

Air Canada is the mainline division of ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. (ACE.B.T).

The salvo by the former Canadian Airline pilots is the latest in an ongoing internal dispute in the Air Canada Pilots' Association stemming from a 2003 seniority integration award.

The so-called Keller award determined a seniority ranking for the airline's pilots, but was widely seen by many as favoring former Canadian Airlines pilots over Air Canada pilots. The two airlines merged in 1999.

The dispute came to a head earlier this year when some original Air Canada pilots voted against an agreement that established wages and working conditions for new Boeing Co. (BA) planes in order to raise awareness of their unhappiness

The rejection forced the airline to cancel the US$6-billion order. It was revived last week, however, after a federal arbitrator ruled in favor of the original wage agreement.

Related Web Sites: http://www.aircanada.ca and http://www.formercanadianpilots.ca
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Old November 10th, 2005, 10:59 PM   #285
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Air Canada's new Executive seats!

The day everyone has been waiting for is over. The new seats are unveiled for both Executive and Economy, also the North American executive seats. It is the best business class so far, beating Virgin's suite and NZ new suite. It look like the same but not. Here is the pictures, the TV screens are huge.

http://www.aircanada.com/en/about/me...irst_exec.html

Compare Virgin Atlantic and Air Newzealand suites with AC's new seats. They rock. The seats are designed by Contour.

Virgin Atlantic
http://www.airlinequality.com/Product/gallery-VS.htm

Air Newzealand
http://flatseats.com/Reviews/nz-spc-1.htm

Air Canada is truly on top now!
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Old November 10th, 2005, 11:09 PM   #286
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Here is the full news:

Air Canada unveils all new seating featuring industry-leading lie flat suites
MONTREAL, Nov. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today unveiled one of the
most innovative and comfortable in-flight experiences available with all-new
seating across its entire fleet, featuring an industry-leading lie flat seat
for its international Executive First customers. In addition, Air Canada is
outfitting its Executive Class cabins on North American routes with new
premium seats, and all of its Hospitality cabins fleet-wide will be
reconfigured with new seats offering personal seat back entertainment systems
with an increased choice of audio and video programming. Air Canada unveiled
the new seats at Air Canada parent company, ACE Aviation Holdings', first
annual meeting of shareholders, in Montreal today.
"The new seating unveiled today represents an important component of our
investment in a vastly superior in-flight environment and product for all our
customers," said Montie Brewer, Air Canada's President and CEO. "An extensive
refurbishment program beginning next spring will replace every seat in the
existing fleet with the newest, most comfortable passenger seating available,
including personal seat back entertainment, and a brand new look for the
interior cabin. These changes to our existing fleet taking place at the same
time as we introduce new, efficient and ultra-modern aircraft to our fleet
will result in a level of choice and comfort that sets a new standard for air
travel."

New Executive First lie flat seat on international routes

Air Canada's new Executive First seat will provide international
customers with luxurious first class comfort and service for a business class
price. The key feature will be the introduction spring 2006 of a revolutionary
lie-flat seat designed and manufactured by Contour Premium Aircraft Seating.
The comfortable armchair and ottoman will transform into a truly lie-flat
bed measuring six feet three inches (191 cm) long and up to 31 inches (79 cm)
wide at the shoulders.
Other features of Air Canada's new Executive First suite of amenities
will include:

- Individual suites separated by 43 inch (109 cm) high privacy screens.
- Direct aisle access for all passengers made possible by a unique
herringbone layout.
- Seat transforms to horizontal bed with electronically adjustable
pillow.
- Spacious seat with lumbar support and massage feature.
- Oversized tray table for dining and working.
- In-seat personal video and audio entertainment system.
- In-seat power for portable electronic devices.
- Multiple storage areas, including under footstool with 1550 cubic
inches (3937 cubic cm), in addition to overhead bin.

New Executive Class seating on North American routes

With the delivery of Air Canada's new Embraer 175 aircraft since summer
2005, Embraer 190 aircraft to begin in November 2005, and Air Canada Jazz
CRJ-705 aircraft, Air Canada is introducing a new standard of premium class
comfort in North America that will be offered in all Executive Class cabins
across its entire North America fleet.
Starting in spring 2006, the Executive Class cabins in the rest of
Air Canada's North America fleet, comprising Airbus A319, A320, A321 and
Boeing 767-200 aircraft, will be outfitted with industry-leading first class
seating designed and manufactured by B/E Aerospace.
Features of Air Canada's new Executive Class seating in North America
offer first class comfort and style for a business class price, including:

- Generous legroom with 38 inch (96.5 cm) seat pitch.
- Enhanced seat comfort.
- Aisle or window seating with no middle seat.
- Personal in-seat video and audio entertainment system.
- In-seat power for portable electronic devices.
- Adjustable head and foot rests.
- Oversized tray table for dining and working, plus large cocktail trays.

New Hospitality Class seating network wide

Along with the introduction of personal seat back entertainment systems
at every Hospitality seat fleet wide, Air Canada is also enhancing seating
comfort for all its Hospitality service customers on all routes. The new
Hospitality seats, part of the carrier's fleet wide refurbishment program, are
designed and manufactured by B/E Aerospace. Executive Class and Hospitality
cabin seats in Air Canada's Embraer aircraft, currently in operation, are
designed and manufactured by C & D Aerospace.
Features of Air Canada's new Hospitality seating include:

- Enhanced seat comfort.
- In-seat personal video and audio entertainment system.
- In-seat power for video and electronic devices at arm's length.
- Adjustable head and foot rests on Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft.

Montréal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air
transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 150 destinations on five
continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 14th largest commercial airline in
the world and serves more than 29 million customers annually. In 2005, an
independent survey of more than 12 million international air travelers ranked
Air Canada as the Best Airline in North America. Air Canada is a founding
member of Star Alliance providing the world's most comprehensive air
transportation network.

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Old November 10th, 2005, 11:32 PM   #287
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Which AC plane will first have been refurbished and be operational?
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Old November 11th, 2005, 12:08 AM   #288
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Most Likely 767, 777-300ER, 777-200LR, then 787. Maybe the 333's might get them as well, since they are the last Airbusses to go. But for sure Airbuses will be getting the new Eco seats with PTV's.

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Old November 11th, 2005, 02:00 AM   #289
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Why are they refurbishing the 767 when they will be replaced in the next few years?
And what about the A343's?
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Old November 11th, 2005, 02:02 AM   #290
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They are sooo nice. IMHO, the colour scheme is the best out of the three.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 02:13 AM   #291
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seems sorta sterile to me... but i like economy so whatever lol. nice and spacious.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 02:25 AM   #292
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Why are they refurbishing the 767 when they will be replaced in the next few years?
And what about the A343's?
They still have a good 5+ years in them, plus they are being replaced by the 787, which will come to AC around 2010, so they will need to make sure their product is up to date. The refurb is due to commence early spring.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 04:51 AM   #293
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to bad the price difference between the regular seats and those is so vast. Im flying from Victoria to Toronto for xmas one driection its costs, $250 for basic seating $1300 for executive!
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Old November 11th, 2005, 05:00 AM   #294
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Laying down horizontally looks sweet!
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Old November 11th, 2005, 05:09 AM   #295
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mmmm...lie-flat seat...
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Old November 11th, 2005, 05:10 AM   #296
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In the AC's new seats, you can recline your seat in many ways, but in VS and Air New Zealand you can only turn it into a bed. The one reason South African Airways seats are compared better to VS and NZ seats are because they are flat bed and also can recline in many ways. This is one mistake Contour made when designing the seats for VS and NZ, but they figured it out when it came to AC. Also the foot stool is covered a lot in the AC seats than VS or NZ.

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Old November 11th, 2005, 05:20 AM   #297
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looks cool, but nothing beats SAA, yet nobody bothers to replicate them
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True, but that is because the room wasted in the pitch causes less J class seats than the Herringbone style seats
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Old November 11th, 2005, 06:58 AM   #299
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Does anybody know what plane is used on the Delhi-Toronto sector?
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Does anybody know what plane is used on the Delhi-Toronto sector?
Their schedule says 763.
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