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Old November 11th, 2005, 04:57 PM   #301
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Unions attack payout plan
Insist cash should cushion wage cuts CEO Milton hints at stepping down

Rick Westhead
Toronto Star
11 November 2005

Air Canada's shareholders have approved a divisive payout to the company's investors that may be worth as much as $300 million, a year after the carrier emerged from bankruptcy protection after pressuring unions to surrender $1.1 billion worth of annual wage and benefits concessions.

The big-buck payout, given the go-ahead yesterday by shareholders at Air Canada's annual meeting in Montreal, is being scorned by the carrier's unions. They argue the dividend is shortsighted and puts the interests of powerful Wall Street hedge funds, investment banks and Air Canada's management ahead of its rank-and-file employees.

"We are getting hosed," said Paul Lefebvre, an Ontario president for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents baggage handlers and other ramp workers.

"If avian flu hits the trail, or there's a terror attack, or business starts laying people off or Bush decides to start another war, it would be good to have that cash on hand," Lefebvre said. "We should be keeping that capital for a rainy day."

Instead, at the urging of Robert Milton, chief executive of parent company ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., Air Canada has decided to pay out the likes of New York hedge fund Cerberus Capital Management LP, Deutsche Bank AG and General Electric Co.'s financing division.

"Those companies basically bought Air Canada for pennies on the dollar," Lefebvre said. "Milton is beholden to them. He owes his livelihood to them, so there's no question he would go along with this."

Milton told the lightly attended meeting that the company's workers incurred relatively small pay cuts compared to other North American airlines. He also noted that any payout remains subject to a board decision, and said no timeline has been set for that.

Some industry analysts backed the airline's move.

Research Capital Corp. analyst Jacques Kavafian said the unions were off base with their criticism.

"The problem the unions had was the money wasn't going to them," Kavafian said. "Air Canada has $2.5 billion in cash on hand. For an airline of its size, with its prospects, $1 billion is a good number to keep for a rainy day."

Kavafian described the payout plan as a "good way to reward those companies who had invested in the company."

Air Canada has resisted the request from unions to use any extra money to close its pension deficit. In a recent securities filing, Air Canada said its board at a Sept. 13 meeting "concluded that the passing of a special resolution is in the best interests of ACE Aviation."

Several airline union members said the payout has set a negative tone for coming contract negotiations. Unions have the right to begin negotiations on new collective agreements in January, and can officially reopen those agreements June 30, said Pamela Sachs, an official with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents Air Canada's 7,000 flight attendants.

"What this says is that the financial plan that they used to get concessions from us was way off," Sachs said. "We're going to be looking to get back the 13.5 per cent in concessions we gave up."

It's also possible that the payout could presage legal action, said Hugh O'Reilly, a lawyer for the Machinists.

Shareholder activist Bob Verdun denounced the resolution as merely a scheme "to push up share values to allow option holders to cash in."

Verdun said the money should go back to employees, or be re-invested in the company.

Milton responded that companies that treat shareholders well also do well for their employees.

Milton also told the meeting that ACE is forging ahead with plans to sell shares in its Jazz regional airline division, and in the aircraft maintenance division.

Milton, 45, head of Air Canada since 1999, also said yesterday that he might leave "sooner rather than later" after proving the company can compete.

"This long ago ceased to be much fun, so this is about proving that it'll work," said Milton.

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Old November 11th, 2005, 08:10 PM   #302
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Their schedule says 763.
I think they also use the A340.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 09:13 PM   #303
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Air Canada's New Seats










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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Looks nice but honestly like Emirates style better. It looks like you'd have to strain your neck to look out the window since you have to look behind you.

I've never been on Virgin Atlantic or Emirates first class so maybe I'm just talking out of my ass for now. This looks great for Air Canada. It's good to see them bump up to a world class style of First Class service.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 10:20 PM   #305
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Thats weird but interesting...
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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.
Who cares, their food was terrible anyways.
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I disagree.....the last 10 segments I've done with AC, the food was great......
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I've never been on Virgin Atlantic or Emirates first class so maybe I'm just talking out of my ass for now. This looks great for Air Canada. It's good to see them bump up to a world class style of First Class service.
.....This is AC Business class
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Here are the pictures of Air Canda's new International Hospitality seats with huge PTV's. Also the new North American Executive class. Also a front view picture of AC's new Business class seats with two FA's in the new Uniforms. All this pictures are from The ACE Aviations Shareholders meeting.

http://www.achorizons.ca/en/issues/2...vember/agm.htm

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Air Canada is on top of the world now. Look at the size of the PTV's.

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Old November 12th, 2005, 12:22 AM   #310
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I hope those economy class PTVs have an off switch. Otherwise an overnight flight is gonna be lit up like Times Sqaure while everyone is trying to sleep. Don't get me wrong, I'm loving the direction that Air Canada is going in.
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Those PTVs are way bigger than I expected....heck they are so good I'm posting a pic of them

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The ptv is touch screen. you would find the switch in the main menu.

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These seats are the ones on the new Embraurs. I don't know if the International will be same or different.

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That is a hard one....but I don't think they will be the same.
Taken from the news release....
long 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.


It said that the Airbus and Boeing fleet will get seats made by B/E, while Embraers are getting C&D made seats. Further, it said adjustable head rest, and the pics of the Embraers don't show that.
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Air Canada welcomes successful conclusion of Canada-U.S. Open Skies Agreement

MONTREAL, Nov. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today welcomed the successful conclusion of an Open Skies Agreement for Canada and the United States. The agreement was reached in Washington late on Thursday November 10, following discussions involving officials from the Canadian and U.S. Governments as well as representatives of Canadian and U.S. airlines and airports.

"We are pleased negotiations involving Canada and the U.S. on this important aviation agreement have resulted in such a successful conclusion," said Robert Milton, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada's parent company, ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. "Air Canada has long advocated the further liberalization of our shared skies so that we can better link our expanded North American network to our growing international network. In fact, this revitalized agreement allows us to enhance and capitalize on our cooperative arrangements with our Star Alliance partners, particularly on the transatlantic and transpacific markets.

"I commend Canada's Transport Minister Lapierre for his vision and his stewardship of this important agreement which will see tremendous benefits or consumers and airlines, as well as contribute to economies of both countries.

"This new agreement with Canada's largest trade and aviation partner will ensure the North American industry is in step with current international airline policies. It will create substantial benefits for consumers by generating more choice and will contribute to the long-term health and competitiveness of our North American industry."

Air Canada operates more non-stop flights between Canada and the U.S. than any other airline. Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz and its commercial partners operate more than 385 non-stop flights per day on 79 routes to and from 50 U.S. and 6 Canadian destinations. Air Canada extends its network within the United States even further with its Star Alliance partner, United Airlines. In 2005, an independent survey of more than 12 million international air travelers ranked Air Canada as the Best Airline in North America.
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Old November 15th, 2005, 08:45 PM   #316
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Air Canada pilots' list change revives row
Ex-Canadian Airlines flyers lose in revision Mediation effort aimed at assuring jet order

Rick Westhead
Toronto Star
15 November 2005

A pilots seniority list devised when Air Canada bought former rival Canadian Airlines International Ltd. five years ago has once again been altered, this time as part of an effort by the carrier to win union approval of an important order for jets.

In a report released yesterday, mediator Martin Teplitsky announced the latest changes to Air Canada's seniority list, which, according to one veteran pilot, favour so-called original Air Canada pilots and will likely mean that those who once flew for Canadian Airlines will fall perhaps several hundred places down Air Canada's seniority list.

Captain Rob McInnis, a former Canadian Airlines pilot, said the one-time Air Canada rivals "have lost a lot" thanks to Teplitsky's tentative changes.

McInnis, for instance, who was Number 120 on Air Canada's pilots seniority list, falls to Number 198, while pilots with less experience are more likely to fall further down the seniority ranks, he said.

Seniority is used to determine which pilots get first choice on routes, vacation time and even days off.

"We thought this was a done issue, but it just won't go away" McInnis said, adding his splinter group of about 1,000 pilots has asked the Canada Industrial Relations Board to reject Teplitsky's decision.

Air Canada was willing to reopen the controversial debate over seniority because it wanted the blessing of the Air Canada Pilots Association for a $6 billion (U.S.) order for 18 Boeing 777s and 14 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

The union, which represents all of the airline's 3,100 pilots, narrowly rejected a labour pact to fly new aircraft because of lingering resentment over the seniority issue.

Many original Air Canada pilots, some of whom have gone so far as to start a group called the Red Pilots for Seniority Justice, have been upset over a seniority list developed by arbitrator Brian Keller. His list, developed in 2003, replaced rankings devised in 2001 by another arbitrator, Morton Mitchnick.

Keller's list went too far in favouring the one-time Canadian Airlines pilots, say some original Air Canada pilots.

A pilots association spokesperson wasn't available for comment.

"I recognize that no result will be completely satisfactory," Teplitsky wrote in his 15-page decision, acknowledging, "the rancour associated with (the dispute) appears to have intensified over time.

"For the former Canadian pilots, a date-of-hire list would be considered by them as the only correct result. However, the (board) ruled that a date-of hire-list was not appropriate. This ruling must be accepted. Equally, for the Red Pilots, this result is not what they would have hoped for."

The Red Pilots will benefit from Teplitsky's decision to eliminate a so-called discount that was applied by Keller and reduced the value of the seniority of the former Air Canada pilots.

But, the Red Pilots had sought more sweeping changes than Teplitsky was willing to agree to.

The former Canadian Airlines pilots boycotted Teplitsky's mediation process and had complained to the federal labour board that pilots association inappropriately demanded a new seniority list.
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Air Canada offers buy-in-bulk savings of up to 70% with new Flight Passes
15 November 2005


Air Canada today launched four new Flight Passes offering buy-in-bulk savings for leisure travellers, with up to 70% off already discounted airfares for travel within Canada until March 31, 2006, and to popular sun destinations including Hawaii until September 30, 2006. The new Flight Passes are available for purchase today until December 30, 2005. To promote the new Flight Passes, Air Canada is offering Aeroplan members 2,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles, in addition to one Mile for every $3 spent, plus mileage accumulation.

"Our newest Flight Passes, designed with leisure travellers in mind, raise the bar in buy-in-bulk savings for air fares," said Sean Menke, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "We plan on continuing to expand our range of innovative online products, based on the rapidly growing number of customers choosing our multi-trip pass products for the exceptional value they provide. Subscribing to air travel with online convenience underlines Air Canada's commitment to lead the way by putting control back in the hands of consumers."

Air Canada's four most recent Flight Passes offer additional savings for leisure travellers with flexible travel dates: a "Weekend Flight Pass" with savings up to 70% off Tango fares for travel on Saturdays and Sundays to points within Canada; a "Discounted Flight Pass to the Sun" with savings up to 60% off Tango Plus fares for travel on mid-week days from Eastern Canada to popular sun destinations; in addition to a "Flight Pass to the Sun - West" with savings up to 60% off Tango Plus fares for travel from Western Canada to popular sun destinations; and a "Flight Pass to Hawaii" with savings up to 35% off the carrier's already discounted excursion fares for travel from Western Canada to Hawaii.

Weekend Flight Pass

- For travel to all points in Canada served by Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz, eligible for electronic ticketing.
- Valid for travel on Saturdays and Sundays only, January 9 - March 31, 2006.
- Pre-purchase four flights for $796 ($199/flight), or eight flights for $1499 ($187/flight), plus GST (and QST for residents of Quebec).
- Complimentary online advance seat selection.
- Aeroplan mileage accumulation: 50% Non-status Miles, in addition to Bonus Miles and purchase incentives.

Discounted Flight Pass to the Sun

- For travel from Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Phoenix and Las Vegas.
- Valid for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays only, January 9 - September 30, 2006.
- Pre-purchase six flights for $1098 ($183/flight), plus GST.
- Aeroplan mileage accumulation: 100% Status Miles, in addition to Bonus Miles and purchase incentives.

Flight Pass to the Sun - West

- For travel from Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg to Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Las Vegas.
- Valid for all days of flights, January 9 - September 30, 2006.
- Pre-purchase six flights for $1434 ($239/flight), plus GST.
- Aeroplan mileage accumulation: 100% Status Miles, in addition to Bonus Miles and purchase incentives.
- Complements Air Canada's "Flight Pass to the Sun - East" valid from Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Flight Pass to Hawaii

- For travel from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton to Honolulu, Maui and Kona.
- Valid for all days of flights, January 9 - September 30, 2006.
- Pre-purchase four flights for $1460 ($365/flight).
- Aeroplan mileage accumulation: 100% Status Miles, in addition to Bonus Miles and purchase incentives.

Air Canada's Flight Passes are available exclusively online at aircanada.com and through travel agents, for residents of Canada.
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Burning plane fuels campaign
Union fights bid to cut attendants
Air France crash used to cite safety risk

Rick Westhead
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19 November 2005

The federal government's bid to allow Air Canada and other airlines to pare the number of on-board flight attendants would compromise passenger safety, according to a shocking and risky advertising campaign being rolled out by the union representing Air Canada's flight attendants.

One of the union's newspaper ads features a picture of passengers spilling out of the burning Air France jet. An accompanying caption reads: "Passenger Safety at Risk."

"A full crew of 10 highly trained and fast acting flight attendants saved everyone on Air France Flight 358 after it crashed in Toronto this summer," the ad says. "Even though flight attendants are safety professionals who save lives, Ottawa is poised to cut the required minimum number of flight attendants by up to 25 per cent.

"With fewer hands on deck, do you like these odds?"

Transport Canada spokesperson Lucie Vignola said the federal government is considering changing flight attendant requirements to bring Canada in line with other countries that belong to the International Civil Aviation Organization.

For instance, Vignola said, both the U.S. and France require one flight attendant for every 50 passengers.

"The union is just trying to keep jobs," she said.

But Jim Thompson, a spokesperson for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents Air Canada's 6,700 flight attendants, said, "This is about the last line of defence for safety and security issues being cut by up to 25 per cent."

Currently, Canadian law requires airlines to have one flight attendant on board for every 40 passengers. Transport Canada is considering a move to change that ratio to one attendant for every 50 passengers, although the ratio differs for different types of aircraft.

On the 297-passenger Airbus 340, for instance - the plane used on Air France flight 358 - eight flight attendants, a one to 40 ratio, would be required because the wide-body plane has eight exits. But an Airbus A320, with a maximum 140 passengers, could have three flight attendants, down from the current minimum of four, a 25 per cent reduction, said Thompson.

Several advertising industry executives questioned CUPE's decision to publish the ads - particularly as Air Canada and other airlines enter the busy holiday travelling season.

"Why remind people about to buy a ticket that these horrible things can happen when you do fly?" said Randy Stein, a partner with Grip Ltd., a Toronto ad agency. "It's a curious decision."

Stein said while many passengers feel empathy for flight attendants, who "deal with planes full of cranky passengers," the ads could backfire by making passengers "feel manipulated."

For Air Canada, the country's largest carrier, the ads mark the latest sign of tension between management and labour. Air Canada is desperate to cut costs, and has gone so far as to strip paint and primer from one jet to make it lighter and save fuel.

Air Canada spokesperson Laura Cooke said that just because Transport Canada reduces staffing minimums, the carrier wouldn't necessarily reduce the number of on-board flight attendants. "It's really going to depend on the aircraft type and the route," she said, adding that the airline exceeds the regulator's requirements on some routes.

Vignola said any changes to the flight-attendant requirements wouldn't happen for months. "In no way is this imminent."

The ads are initially scheduled to run in The Hill Times, an Ottawa newspaper aimed at federal politicians and lobbyists.

CUPE may later advertise in mainstream daily newspapers and on the Internet, Thompson said.

CUPE's Thompson insisted the campaign is based on safety concerns. Transport Canada decides whether to cut flight attendant staffing requirements based on "theoretical paper exercises called risk analysis.

"What they should be doing is waiting for the Transportation Safety Board to finish its study of the Air France crash," Thompson said. "It's a real live example and we think there's a concrete link between the fact that there were 10 flight attendants on board and the survival of all the passengers and crew."

In a Nov. 9 memo circulated to Air Canada flight attendants, CUPE officials argues that the attendants "are safety and security professionals who save lives in the event of an evacuation or attempted terrorist attack."

The memo points out that there were 10 flight attendants on board the doomed Air France Airbus 340 for 297 passengers, which represented a one to 30 ratio, exceeding the French requirement. "Only eight flight attendants would be required on a Canadian carrier under the proposed Transport Canada rules on such wide body aircraft."

The issue of flight attendant staffing on Air Canada flights first surfaced in May, when the carrier and CUPE clashed over plans to cut the number of flight attendants on flights between Canada and Europe.

In a May 5 letter to the union obtained by the Toronto Star, Air Canada official Susan Welscheid said Air Canada would consider in coming months expanding the cost-cutting move to include other international routes, such as flights to Central and South America and Asia.
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WestJet Reacts to New Open Skies Treaty
Corporate Press Release

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 11, 2005) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) CEO Clive Beddoe commented today on the Federal Government's announcement that it has completed a new Open Skies Agreement with the United States.

"I think this is a good step forward for our industry and for consumers, though of course there is still much work to be done by both governments in order to ensure the Agreement is a success." said Beddoe. "I do, however, want to congratulate Transport Minister Lapierre for reaching this Agreement with the United States."

For the new Open Skies deal to reach its full potential for consumers and industry alike, the US and Canadian governments must ensure that a level playing field is established for all carriers, for example by providing fair and adequate access to American airports and airport facilities. During the negotiations, both countries have agreed they are willing to tackle access problems.

"Ensuring fair access is crucial to the ultimate success or failure of Open Skies. I certainly look forward to working with the Minister and the necessary government departments to do just that", said Beddoe.

Negotiated in Washington over the past week, the Agreement will take effect in September 2006 and will be subject to review three years after implementation. WestJet supports the September start date and subsequent review.

"This will provide an opportunity for all carriers to examine their route networks, and to develop and market new destinations for Canadian travelers," said Sean Durfy, Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing at WestJet."It will also provide the opportunity to examine new strategic alliances with other carriers."

WestJet is Canada's leading low-cost airline offering scheduled service throughout its 35-city North American network. Named Canada's most respected corporation for customer service in 2005, WestJet pioneered low-cost high-value flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu on its 737-700 fleet, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travelers.
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