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Old December 6th, 2005, 08:37 PM   #361
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Air Canada's Mainline Fleet Nov. Traffic Up 5.5%
6 December 2005

MONTREAL (Dow Jones)--Air Canada, ACE Aviation Holdings Inc.'s (ACE.B.T) mainline fleet, reported a 5.5% increase in November traffic, to 2.878 billion revenue passenger miles from 2.727 billion a year earlier.

In a news release, the company said capacity rose 3.1%, to 3.767 billion available seat miles from 3.655 billion in November 2004. Load factor was 76.4% versus 74.6%.

The company said Jazz, ACE's regional subsidiary, flew 98.4% more revenue passenger miles last month than in November 2004. Capacity increased by 91.4%, resulting in a load factor of 69.3%, compared to 66.8% a year earlier.

North American traffic, on a combined basis for Air Canada and Jazz, rose 8.6%.

The company said that, in the year to date, the mainline fleet's traffic was up 6% and its capacity rose 2.4%. Load factor for the year to date was 77.7% for the mainline fleet.
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WestJet Converts Rights And Purchase Options For 7 Boeing Next-Generation 737 Aircraft
7 December 2005

CALGARY (Dow Jones)--WestJet Airlines Ltd.'s (WJA.T) board has approved the purchase of four additional Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft by converting purchase options with Boeing Co. (BA) into a firm delivery.

Financial terms weren't disclosed./

In a press release, WestJet said the 737 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in 2007. It also announced the exercise of purchase rights for an additional three 737 Next-Generation aircraft in 2008.

WestJet is a low-cost airline offering scheduled service throughout its 35-city North American network.
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Old December 11th, 2005, 08:51 PM   #363
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WestJet accused of being a spy '007 Project' stole information: AirCan
10 December 2005
The Globe and Mail

TORONTO -- Air Canada alleges that WestJet Airlines Ltd. ran an espionage campaign code-named the 007 Project to steal confidential data from the larger carrier's "evil empire," allowing WestJet to strategically launch flights to the United States.

In new court filings, Air Canada further alleges that WestJet's snooping was designed in part to thwart the Montreal-based carrier's emergence from bankruptcy protection.

Not only did WestJet spy on Air Canada and defunct Jetsgo Corp., but it also gained access to secret statistics at CanJet Airlines of Halifax, according to documents filed in the Ontario Superior Court.

Air Canada said the latest revelations came to light after court-appointed forensic auditors scrutinized hard drives seized from Calgary-based WestJet.

In April last year, Air Canada launched a $220-million lawsuit accusing WestJet of corporate espionage. WestJet denies any wrongdoing and none of the allegations has been proven in court.

Air Canada sought protection in April, 2003, under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, and emerged from bankruptcy protection in September, 2004.

Benjamin Smith, Air Canada's vice-president of planning, said in an affidavit that WestJet "attempted to undermine" the CCAA process.

Smith attached 24 exhibits to his affidavit, including a copy of an e-mail exchange between WestJet co-founders Mark Hill and Clive Beddoe, WestJet's chairman and chief executive officer.

Hill said in an e-mail from his BlackBerry, dated Sept. 11, 2003, that WestJet obtained a list of Air Canada's 200 weakest routes. If WestJet were to leak such information, "AC would have some serious back-tracking and explaining to do to potential investors, and would further weaken their credibility in all quarters," Hill said.

Another e-mail written by Hill, WestJet's former vice-president of strategic planning who resigned from the airline in mid-2004, points to the "evil empire" database, referring to Air Canada's load factors, or the proportion of available seats filled.

Code words used in the subject fields of e-mails included "Schtuff" and "Wayne," to alert recipients that the topic would be the 007 Project.

"WestJet and Hill often used the term 'evil empire' to refer to" Air Canada, according to Smith's affidavit, dated Nov. 28.

Various e-mails show that Air Canada's confidential data was used by WestJet to help plan transborder flights to the United States from Canada, Smith said.

Air Canada and a subsidiary allege their smaller rival hacked into a confidential website for Air Canada employees and retirees.

Forensic auditors have determined that Hill "was analysing the plaintiff's confidential employee website information in order to assist WestJet in expanding its routes into the United States," Smith said.

Smith alleges WestJet gained access to confidential data from CanJet and Jetsgo, and that WestJet found it "both useful and valuable" to obtain Air Canada's "real-time, flight-specific" information.
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Old December 15th, 2005, 07:10 PM   #364
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Air Canada's flight attendants 'outraged'
Pilots' preference angers union Labour contract may be void, it says

Canadian Press
15 December 2005

The union that represents Air Canada's flight attendants is angry over what it says appears to be the airline's failure to live up to a disclosure agreement reached in May 2004 during tense labour negotiations.

In an open letter to Air Canada senior vice-president Rob Reid, union leader Pamela Sachs wrote that a Nov. 15, 2005, letter that he wrote to cabin personnel raises questions that may make the flight attendants' current contract void.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is asserting Reid's letter shows the union wasn't informed about a provision for preferred seating on flights that the pilots union negotiated for its members at about the same time.

"We would never, absolutely never, have signed off on that agreement had that been brought to our attention," Sachs said yesterday in a telephone interview from Montreal.

"A pilot with six months of seniority with Air Canada supersedes a flight attendant with 35 years of seniority. And our members are frankly outraged."

Reid's letter suggests the pilots' perk was negotiated while the airline was under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act at time when the flight attendants should have seen all Air Canada's agreements with other unions, Sachs said.

"We would never have agreed to something that disadvantaged our members so (much)," Sachs said. "We would not have signed on the bottom line."
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Montreal welcomes first two Embraer 190s
On Dec. 15, our first two Embraer 190s fins 301 and 302 arrived in Montreal from S Josdos Campos (Brazil). These two aircraft are the first to be delivered equipped with the new state-of-the art IFE system that will become standard throughout our fleet i.e. 8.9-inch-wide digital TVs with touch-screen controls featuring audio and video on-demand at every seat. The IFE system will be operational in January. Other amenities include roomy overhead bins and cabin interiors that offer plenty of head room, extra-wide aisles and Air Canada's new seating and cabin design. The E190s are configured to provide a choice of two classes of service with nine seats in Executive Class and 84 in Hospitality Class.

With these deliveries, Air Canada becomes the first North American airline to operate two different Embraer models ?we currently operate 14 Embraer 175s with delivery of one more expected in January 2006. We will have four 93-seater E190s delivered by the end of this year with final delivery of all 45 E190s on order scheduled to be completed by early 2008.

The addition of these two Embraer Jet types to our fleet will increase our operational flexibility by allowing us to tailor aircraft size to market demand, thereby giving Air Canada a strong competitive edge in the domestic and transborder market.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 05:22 PM   #366
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Air Canada lawsuit 'malicious': WestJet
Jason Kirby
17 December 2005
National Post

VANCOUVER - Clive Beddoe, CEO of WestJet Airline Ltd., spoke out yesterday about the corporate espionage lawsuit filed against the airline by rival Air Canada, calling it "malicious," while at the same time indicating the actions of some WestJet employees were "inappropriate."

Air Canada filed documents last week as part of its $220-million lawsuit that contained e-mails sent to senior WestJet executives, including Mr. Beddoe. The lawsuit claims the e-mails, which discuss a "007 project," are part of an alleged effort by WestJet to steal Air Canada's confidential information.

Mr. Beddoe, in Vancouver as part of a charity event to deliver a planeload of toys to sick children at a local hospital, initially declined to comment on the revelation of the e-mails or the allegations.

"All I can say is judge us by the integrity of the organization that we are, and not by the malicious ways in which we've been depicted by our competitors," he said.

Mr. Beddoe said the lawsuit, which has not been proven in court, has not hurt WestJet's public image, judging by the company's strong performance.

But he did say some employees betrayed the company's trust by taking things "too far."

"We're a company that believes in trusting people and I would always rather trust people than not trust people," he said. "Sometimes when you trust people, you get burned, and sometimes people make mistakes. That's just life, but it's not our corporate style."

He acknowledged the company is paying for those mistakes.

"When the odd person does something that is inappropriate, we're going to get slapped for it," he said.

WestJet has argued it did not break any laws by gathering data on its rivals.

Mr. Beddoe arrived from WestJet's Calgary head office on one of the last remaining planes from the company's original fleet of aircraft. Westjet has retired virtually all of its 737-200 series jets to replace them with newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft.

Mr. Beddoe said WestJet plans to grow the airline at a rate of six or seven new planes a year.

It is a popular belief among some analysts that WestJet will have a hard time repeating its past growth rates because there is less room to grow in Canada.

But Mr. Beddoe said the airline sees opportunity in both domestic and cross-border routes.

"The other guys have 20-odd flights a day from Vancouver to Toronto and we've got four or five," he said. "There's plenty of opportunity to add additional flights as we get new aircraft."

He said the company has a list of cross-border destinations it intends to fly to, but would not provide details, citing competitive reasons.
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Old December 18th, 2005, 03:27 AM   #367
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Air Canada inaugurates non-stop service to Santo Domingo, offers up to 20 weekly flights to Dominican Republic
MONTREAL, Dec. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - With the departure today of Air Canada
flight AC976 to Santo Domingo via Toronto, the airline increased its service
to as many as 17 flights per week to the Caribbean nation from cities across
Canada. The non-stop Santo Domingo service will operate three times weekly
from Toronto to the Dominican Republic capital during the winter and spring
holiday peaks and two flights weekly for the balance of the year.
"With the introduction of non-stop scheduled service to Santo Domingo,
one of the Caribbean's most popular destinations for leisure and business, Air
Canada becomes the only carrier to operate scheduled service between Canada
and Santo Domingo," said Ben Smith, Vice President, Network Planning, Air
Canada. "In addition to offering consumers more choice of air-only or Air
Canada Vacations package options, we are also offering our customers the
fastest elapsed travel time by almost two hours to Santo Domingo. Air Canada's
new service to Santo Domingo also gives business travelers and freight
forwarders direct access to this important market on a year-round basis."
Air Canada's new Santo Domingo flights operate three times weekly on
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Air Canada flight AC976 leaves Toronto at
13:00, arriving in Santo Domingo at 18:05, and flight AC977 leaves Santo
Domingo at 19:05 arriving in Toronto at 22:40. The carrier operates the new
route using 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft in a two-cabin configuration
offering a choice of Executive Class and Hospitality service.
In addition to the new service to Santo Domingo, Air Canada operates non-
stop flights to Puerto Plata and Punta Cana from cities across Canada:
Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Moncton and Halifax. Air
Canada customers may purchase air travel only or Air Canada Vacations' all-
inclusive holiday packages through travel agents in Canada.

Montréal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air
transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 150 destinations on five
continents. Its subsidiary Air Canada Vacations, one of Canada's leading tour
operators, offers vacation packages including air transportation, hotel
accommodation, car rentals and cruises, to more than 90 destinations. Canada's
flag carrier is the 14th largest commercial airline in the world and serves
more than 29 million customers annually.
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Air Canada inaugurates daily non-stop service to San Diego, offers up to 20 daily flights to California

VANCOUVER, Dec. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - With the departure today of Air Canada
flight AC 8420 to San Diego from Vancouver, the airline increased Air Canada's
service to up to 20 daily flights to California from cities across Canada. Air
Canada Jazz operates the new daily non-stop San Diego flights with next-
generation, made-in-Canada Bombardier CRJ-705 aircraft, featuring 10 Executive
Class and 65 Hospitality seats.
"We are delighted to introduce non-stop scheduled service to San Diego, a
key California destination for leisure and business," said Ben Smith, Air
Canada's vice president responsible for network planning at Air Canada and
Jazz. "The addition of new jet aircraft to the Air Canada Jazz fleet allows us
to pursue new market opportunities, deploy the right aircraft to meet travel
demand, and offer the best schedules with the lowest fares on an everyday
basis."
AC 8420 departs Vancouver at 08:15, arriving in San Diego at 11:15.
AC 8421 leaves San Diego at 11:50, arriving back in Vancouver at 14:50.
The CRJ-705 aircraft feature all-leather seating and are configured in
two classes of service with 10 window or aisle seats in Executive Class
offering 37 inches of legroom, and 65 window or aisle seats in Hospitality
service offering an industry leading 34 inches of legroom. All seats will be
equipped with Air Canada's new in-seat personal entertainment system. The
Bombardier CRJ-705 aircraft has a cruising speed of 880 km/h and a range of
more than 3,500 km with a total payload of 7,778 kg including a cargo payload
of 700 kg. Air Canada Jazz will operate a fleet of 15 CRJ-705s by
December 2005.

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 daily flights 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
travellers ranked Air Canada as the Best Airline in North America.
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Air Canada launches new routes from Calgary, inaugurates non-stop services to Orlando and Abbotsford
CALGARY, Dec. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today launched two new routes
serving Calgary with the inaugural of non-stop services to Orlando and
Abbotsford.
"The introduction of these new non-stop services is great news for
Calgarians who will now enjoy the convenience of direct flights linking
Calgary with Orlando, one of the most popular destinations in Florida, and
daily non-stop flights to Abbotsford, the fastest growing area in British
Columbia," said Ben Smith, Air Canada's vice president responsible for network
planning at Air Canada and Jazz. "The addition of new jet aircraft to the
Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz fleet allows us to pursue these new market
opportunities and deploy aircraft to meet travel demand with the best
schedules and offer the lowest fares on an everyday basis."
Air Canada's Calgary-Orlando seasonal flights offer convenient weekend
departures on Saturdays and Sundays, departing Calgary at 08:30, arriving in
Orlando at 15:15. Flights are operated using 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft
offering a choice of Executive Class and Hospitality service.
Air Canada Jazz now operates three daily non-stop flights between Calgary
and Abbotsford with made-in-Canada Bombardier jet aircraft.
From Calgary, Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz offer 677 scheduled non-stop
flights weekly to 34 destinations across Canada, US, Europe, Mexico and the
Caribbean, more than any other carrier. Daily non-stop flights to Las Vegas
were launched in October, and the first Bombardier CRJ-705 in commercial
service was inaugurated in June from Calgary to Houston. In 2005, an
independent survey of more than 12 million international air travellers ranked
Air Canada as the Best Airline in North America.
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Air Canada to launch daily non-stop service between Montreal and Denver

MONTREAL, Dec. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced the
introduction of non-stop flights between Montreal and Denver. Beginning
June 16, 2006, Air Canada will operate year-round daily non-stop service
creating an important and strategic link between two Star Alliance carriers'
hubs and their extensive networks. Flights are conveniently timed to offer
travellers a wide range of connecting flights in Montreal to and from: Ottawa,
Quebec City, Rouyn-Noranda, Sept-Iles, Moncton, Fredericton, Saint John NB,
Deer Lake, St. John's NF, Sydney NS, Halifax and Charlottetown, and on United
Airlines operated flights in Denver to and from: Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake
City, and San Diego. Air Canada becomes the only airline to offer this direct
service cutting existing air travel time by approximately two hours. Tickets
are now available for purchase at aircanada.com or through travel agents.
"The introduction of daily non-stop Air Canada flights between Montreal
and Denver is great news for Montrealers and consumers in eastern Canada
seeking value and convenience in air travel to Denver, whether for business or
vacation," said Ben Smith, Vice President, Planning. "With arrival of new,
modern and fuel efficient aircraft in our North American fleet we are able to
offer on a codeshare basis with our Star Alliance partner United Airlines more
choice of connections to and from destinations in the Southwestern United
States."
Air Canada's new Montreal-Denver non-stop service will be operated using
its spacious 93-seat Embraer E190 jet with a choice of Executive Class and
Hospitality service, and Air Canada's new personal entertainment system that
is being introduced fleet-wide, and features 8.9-inch wide digital in-seat
monitors with touch-screen controls offering audio and video on demand
programming at every seat.

Montreal Denver Denver Montreal
AC1071 08:30 10:40 AC1072 11:20 16:50

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 daily flights 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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Air Canada welcomes its first Embraer 190 aircraft
22 December 2005


Air Canada welcomed the most recent addition to its North American fleet as its first Embraer 190 departed Ottawa for Orlando on its inaugural flight last night.

Air Canada becomes the first North American airline to operate two different Embraer E-Jet models, the E175 and the E190.

The new Embraer jets are outfitted with Air Canada's new personal entertainment system that is being introduced fleet-wide, and features 8.9-inch wide digital in-seat monitors with touch-screen controls offering audio and video on demand programming at every seat. Other amenities include Air Canada's new seating and cabin design with in-seat power within reach of every customer, no middle seats, spacious overhead bins and cabin interiors that offer plenty of head room with extra-wide aisles.

The 93-seat E190 aircraft is configured to provide a choice of two classes of service with 9 window or aisle seats in Executive Class offering 38 inches of legroom, and 84 window or aisle seats in Hospitality service offering 33 inches of legroom.

"The arrival of this new generation of jet to the Air Canada fleet allows us to offer superior comfort for our customers in North America," said Ben Smith, Vice President, Network Planning, Air Canada. "We will deploy Embraer's E190 state-of-the-art aircraft to pursue strategic market opportunities in Canada and in the Unites States while offering customers a premium travel experience with enhanced space, comfort and convenient schedules."

As additional aircraft join the fleet, the E190 will be used primarily in key Canada-U.S. transborder markets including Toronto-Boston, Toronto-Newark, Toronto-LaGuardia, Calgary-New York (JFK), Ottawa-Fort Lauderdale, Ottawa- Orlando, Montreal-Denver, as well as certain domestic routes such as Toronto- Kelowna, Toronto-St. John's, Montreal-Edmonton, and Montreal-Calgary. Air Canada currently operates its new 73-seat E175 aircraft on: Toronto-Washington D.C. Reagan National Airport, Toronto-Atlanta, Toronto-Boston, Toronto-Newark, Montreal-LaGuardia and Montreal-Chicago.

The E190 has a cruising speed of 830 km/h and a range of up to 4,260 km with a maximum payload of 12,720 kg. Air Canada has firm orders for 45 E190 aircraft with additional options for up to 60 additional E190 aircraft. By year-end there will be four E190s in service joining the 14 E175 already operated by Air Canada
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Air Canada comes off a strong year; expects more altitude in 2006
13:54:06 EST Dec 28, 2005
ALLAN SWIFT

MONTREAL (CP) - After its first full year since emerging from a humiliating 18 months of bankruptcy protection, Air Canada found itself with an embarrassing problem on its hands: $300 million.

Having a wad of cash is an anomaly in North American aviation - at least for the so-called full service carriers like Air Canada.

The Montreal-based airline distinguished itself among the continent's aviation industry for its strong balance sheet. It accumulated $361 million in net profits in the first nine months of 2005, while most other carriers have fallen into bankruptcy protection, teeter on the brink, or have just emerged.

That was achieved despite a year that continued to be tough for the industry as a whole, mainly as a result of soaring fuel prices, the second-largest cost for an airline.

Calgary-based WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) also posted strong profits in 2005, but Air Canada's discount rival has been a consistent money-maker anyway, thanks to its low cost base.

Besides churning out profits, Air Canada's parent company ACE Aviation Holding (TSX:ACE.B) raised $287.5 million when it sold 14.4 per cent of its customer loyalty program Aeroplan (TSX:AER.UN) in an initial public offering in June.

There are more spinoffs coming, to provide more cash for ACE and boost its stock values.

ACE announced Nov. 28 it will turn the Jazz regional carrier into an income trust.

This will be followed by an initial public offering for Air Canada Technical Services (ACTS), its maintenance arm that has captured third-party aircraft overhaul contracts.

"The year kicks off with the efforts on Jazz," Milton said in an interview.

"ACTS remains a focus which looks to be about a year away as it develops its own independent financial statements," he said, noting that Aeroplan's and Jazz's separate bookkeeping eased their spinoff.

"The other key focus obviously is Air Canada," Milton said. He pointed to new Embraer aircraft being added to the fleet and onboard amenities being installed such as seats that drop into beds for overseas flights and video screens on the back of every seat.

Milton even bragged that discount carriers like WestJet and Southwest will have to watch out for the mainline carriers coming out of bankruptcy with a lower cost base.

Karl Moore, professor of business strategy at McGill University, agreed that the cost difference between the two Canadian carriers has been cut dramatically.

Jazz will up the competition with its new Canadair and Embraer jets coming into service, and in addition, WestJet is starting to face problems typical to any growing company.

"WestJet is facing a more competitive Air Canada," Moore said; "but on the other hand they have a good culture and a good CEO in Clive Beddoe."

"Can they continue to maintain their culture in the face of a much bigger employee base? The Southwest (Airlines) example suggests you can."

Air Canada's surplus cash is something of an embarrassment because ACE shareowners voted to allow ACE to distribute the money to its investors.

The airline's 32,000 employees, who took pay cuts to help the airline get back on its feet, feel they are owed part of that money.

Paying the post-bankruptcy shareholders - concentrated in a few large institutions - also rubs salt in the wounds of thousands of original Air Canada investors who lost their shirt when the company sought court protection.

CEO Milton loves to crow about his airline's performance and he makes no apology that the shareholders should be rewarded.

He said airlines that treat their shareholders well also do well for employees.

Milton claims the North American industry has only one example - Southwest Airlines - where shareholders have done consistently well, and where "employees have the best existence in the industry at this stage."

"Every other example I could give you is one where shareholders have done badly and the employees have done disastrously."

Aside from more stock issues for ACE assets, there will be more changes in store in 2006 for Canadian aviation:

-Coming into effect in September, 2006, a new clause in the Open Skies Agreement will allow carriers from Canada and the United States to pick up people and goods in the other country and move them to third countries.

-The year will also see more court hearings into allegations of corporate espionage by WestJet and Air Canada against each other.

-WestJet announced it will complete in 2006 a new reservation system that will allow it to make alliances with other airlines.

-The International Air Transport Association predicts another difficult year for the world's airlines, with a return to improved profits only in 2007 following six years of heavy losses - depending on the price of fuel.

- This also may be the year Milton decides he wants a different challenge.

A fighter by nature, he fought off a takeover bid by Onex Corp., took over bankrupt Canadian Airlines, suffered through the effects of the 2001 terrorist attacks, and kept Air Canada going through 18 months of bankruptcy protection.

With all the challenges behind him, he told a news conference after the annual meeting in November: "This long ago ceased to be much fun."

"Sooner than later, I look forward to riding off into the sunset."
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WestJet plans include customer perks, alliances with other airlines
CEO denies firm is morphing into a full-service carrier
26 December 2005
The Globe and Mail

WestJet Airlines Ltd. will introduce a reservation system that offers new perks for consumers next summer and start forming alliances with other carriers in the fall, says chief executive officer Clive Beddoe.

A new computer reservation network will allow WestJet to tailor fares and perks to target more passengers willing to pay extra. The strategy includes luring business travellers, pitting WestJet squarely against Air Canada in the quest for corporate passengers in the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal triangle.

“It's a very large software system. It's a huge project. Our hope is that by the summer of 2006, we'll have it in place. We have been limited in the past from offering service upgrades or refundable tickets or multiple changes without fees,” Mr. Beddoe said in a year-end interview.

The 2006 project means that Calgary-based WestJet will look more like a full-service carrier as it flies away from its roots as a no-frills discount airline, analysts say.

But Mr. Beddoe played down concerns that WestJet is morphing into a full-service carrier that's similar to Calgary-based Canadian Airlines International Ltd., which struggled financially in the 1990s before being taken over by Air Canada in 2000.

“Some people worry that we're going to make the same mistakes that Canadian Airlines did, and I say, ‘No, we're not, because we have a much lower cost structure.' And it's not frills that we'll be adding. It's convenience,” Mr. Beddoe said.

The WestJet co-founder said he wants to give consumers more fare options and flexibility to make changes. For instance, travellers would be able to choose bundled goods and services by paying a fee in return for a sandwich, drink, advance seat selection, in-flight movie on a personal TV screen and the ability to rebook flights at reduced or no charge.

The changes will push WestJet's business model for fares toward Air Canada's system, which already bundles user-pay perks. However, WestJet will stick with its single-class seating system, compared with executive and economy classes at Air Canada.

Mr. Beddoe also said WestJet, which doesn't belong to any airline alliance, will be seeking partnerships beginning in the fall of 2006. Montreal-based Air Canada belongs to the Star Alliance while Canadian Airlines — before it merged with Air Canada — took part in the Oneworld grouping.

Mr. Beddoe declined to comment on whether WestJet would join Oneworld. But National Bank Financial Inc. analyst David ****** said he expects WestJet to seek alliances with several Oneworld members such as Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., British Airways PLC and American Airlines Inc. or join the grouping as a “junior partner.”

WestJet needs to reach alliance deals to raise its load factor — the proportion of available seats filled.

In the first 11 months of this year, Air Canada had a load factor of 80.3 per cent, compared with 74.2 per cent at WestJet. But WestJet could fill more of its seats as it gains connecting travellers from small regional airlines in Canada and signs so-called “interline” pacts with foreign carriers no longer linked with Air Canada, analysts say.

Analysts also predict that the new reservation system will clear the way for WestJet to work more closely, perhaps in 2007, with low-cost carriers in the United States such as Southwest Airlines Co. and JetBlue Airways Corp.

WestJet currently has co-operation agreements with Japan Airlines and Air China.

“Air Canada gets a huge amount of traffic from its alliances and from its code-share partners. We get a nominal amount from Japan Airlines and Air China,” Mr. Beddoe acknowledged.

He said that by Jan. 6, WestJet will have retired its last Boeing 737-200 aircraft from its fleet. The carrier, which is phasing in newer Boeing models such as the 737-600, forecasts that it will have 64 planes in its fleet by the end of next year, up from the current 57 aircraft.

High fuel prices will continue to pose a challenge for WestJet, and the rivalry with Air Canada will stay intense, but the grounding of Jetsgo Corp. in March has been a welcome break for both remaining major carriers, Mr. Beddoe said.

On the issue of battling Air Canada in the courts, he said the larger airline's $220-million lawsuit — which alleges WestJet engaged in an elaborate spying campaign —isn't going away any time soon.

“I don't think it's coming to any resolution. It's continuing down this very slow and arduous path,” Mr. Beddoe said.

He said he isn't impressed by Air Canada's claims that it has bounced back smartly since emerging from bankruptcy protection in September, 2004.

Air Canada is benefiting from artificially low labour costs and aircraft leases, but that could change as workers who took wage cuts seek raises and plane lessors renew contracts, Mr. Beddoe said. “Air Canada beat up on its employees and aircraft lessors, but sooner or later, it's going to have to pay the piper.”
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Air Canada simplifies fares to / from the United Kingdom
4 January 2006


Air Canada's simplified fares are now available for the first time for flights to and from London Heathrow and Manchester. To celebrate this move, Air Canada is offering special low fares to London Heathrow from Canada starting as low as $418 return until January 11, 2006, for travel between January 9-April 4, 2006 and April 15- May 18, 2006.

"The introduction of simplified fares for transatlantic flights to and from Air Canada's largest European gateway is great news for customers seeking value and clear choices," said Sean Menke, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "Air Canada is a leader in North America for simplifying fares and using web technology that puts control back in the hands of consumers. Expanding the benefits of transparent, value-based pricing to international destinations is the next logical step."

Consumers are choosing Air Canada's simplified fares at aircanada.com in increasing numbers due to instant access to the lowest available fares and the ability to select from a choice of simple, distinct fare types that each offers a bundle of value-added benefits. Air Canada's redesigned international fare structure for flights to and from London and Manchester greatly simplifies travel booking with just four fare categories: Tourist, Leisure, Latitude Plus and Executive First fare products that offer best-value one way and return travel:

Tourist

- Deep discounted round-trip fares
- Available for special promotions
- No advance purchase required; non-refundable
- Seat selection at the airport only
- No changes or stopovers
- Saturday night minimum stay; two month maximum stay
- No Aeroplan mileage accumulation
- Bonus of 500 Aeroplan Miles for booking on aircanada.com

Leisure

- Everyday discounted round-trip fares
- No advance purchase required; non-refundable
- Complimentary advance seat selection
- Change fee of $200, plus additional fare difference if applicable
- Just $100 for same-day changes at the airport, with no additional
charges for fare difference
- One stopover option available for $50
- Saturday minimum stay; 12 month maximum stay
- Aeroplan mileage accumulation: 100% Aeroplan Status Miles
- Bonus of 1,000 Aeroplan Miles for booking on aircanada.com

Latitude Plus

- Fully flexible one-way fares
- Complimentary unlimited changes any time
- Fully refundable; no change fee
- Complimentary advance seat selection
- Unlimited stopovers
- Eligible for Aeroplan upgrade to Executive First
- Aeroplan mileage accumulation: 100% Aeroplan Status Miles
- Bonus of 2,000 Aeroplan Miles for booking on aircanada.com

Executive First

- Fully flexible one-way fares
- Complimentary unlimited changes any time
- Fully refundable; no change fee
- Complimentary advance seat selection
- Priority check-in, priority baggage handling and priority boarding
- Seating in Executive First cabin
- Complimentary access to Maple Leaf Lounges
- Extra baggage allowance
- Aeroplan mileage accumulation: 150% Aeroplan Status Miles
- Bonus of 3,000 Aeroplan Miles for booking on aircanada.com

Air Canada offers more than 100 flights per week from seven cities across Canada to London Heathrow, in additional to seasonal summer services to Manchester.
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Does anyone know if that means every route, including the St John's - Heathrow Link
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^ Try booking a sample itinerary on AC's website to find out. I doubt that $418 return price will last very long.
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