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Old January 16th, 2005, 05:14 PM   #21
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The A340-500 offers the longest range capability of any airliner, flying 313 passengers in a three-class cabin layout over 9,000 nm/16,700 km.
The 777LR is the longest ranged airliner, not the 350.
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Yes, the Airbus site where I got the information is wrong. The Boeing 777-300LR, for example, has a range of 9280 nm / 17,170 km.
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AIR CANADA HAS SEOUL: Air Canada will introduce non-stop flights between Toronto and Seoul beginning July 1. The airline will offer three weekly flights from Pearson International on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Air Canada will operate the new route using 282-seat A340-300 aircraft.

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Old January 16th, 2005, 08:30 PM   #24
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The 777LR is the longest ranged airliner, not the 350.
You meant 345 and not 350.
Anyway, the 777-200LR has a longer range that the 345, but it's not yet in comercial operation., so, by now, the 345 is the longest airplane flying. (Acording to www.airliners.net, it's first comercial flight has been delayed to 2006: " The 777-200LR was launched in 2000, but is now delayed until 2006.").

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Yes, the Airbus site where I got the information is wrong. The Boeing 777-300LR, for example, has a range of 9280 nm / 17,170 km.
It's not wrong. As I said, by now, it's the longest range airplane flying.
Btw, it's 777-200LR, not 300.

Anyway, these ultra-long range planes aren't selling very well.
The 345 has a total of 26 orders and the 772LR has only 5 orders. (however, Singapore Airlines has a large order for 777's which can be taken as any type of 777's, so Singapore will most likely buy some, probably to replace the 340-500, because it's better for an airline operate planes from the same model (777 in this case)).
I took those number from the airbus and boeing sites.
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Air Canada Expands Asian Network With Introduction of Codeshare Service to Vietnam

MONTREAL, Jan. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that it is expanding its Asian network with the introduction of codeshare service to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The new daily service via Hong Kong to Vietnam's largest city and commercial centre begins January 20, 2005. Air Canada operates twice daily non-stop flights from Toronto and Vancouver to Hong Kong, offering customers connections to the new codeshare flights operated with Boeing 747-400 aircraft by its Star Alliance partner, United Airlines.

"The addition of Vietnam as a new destination in Air Canada's growing Asian network is great news for travelers seeking improved access to this important market," said Yves Dufresne, Vice President, International, Alliances and Regulatory Affairs. "Together with our Star Alliance partner, United Airlines, we continue to seek strategic growth opportunities that complement our networks and offer consumers more benefits."

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Air Canada expands Asian Network with introduction of Codeshare Service to Vietnam

Air Canada is expanding its Asian network with the introduction of a codeshare service to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The new daily service via Hong Kong to Vietnam's largest city and commercial centre begins January 20, 2005. Air Canada operates twice daily non-stop flights from Toronto and Vancouver to Hong Kong, offering customers connections to the new codeshare flights operated with Boeing 747-400 aircraft by its Star Alliance partner, United Airlines.

"The addition of Vietnam as a new destination in Air Canada's growing Asian network is great news for travelers seeking improved access to this important market," said Yves Dufresne, Vice President, International, Alliances and Regulatory Affairs. "Together with our Star Alliance partner, United Airlines, we continue to seek strategic growth opportunities that complement our networks and offer consumers more benefits."
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Air Canada non-stops a hit

Air Canada’s double daily non-stop services between Sydney and Vancouver, introduced last month, have proved successful with Australian travellers to Canada.

Operated by Air Canada’s A340 long-haul aircraft, the flights have almost all been fully booked.

Airline manager Australia and New Zealand Jeannie Foster said that while the carrier knew Australian travellers preferred non-stop flights, it had been “pleasantly surprised” by the response.

“We set ourselves some ambitious commercial targets for the non-stops, so it’s more than gratifying to see those targets met,” Foster said.

Comments by Australians travellers on in-flight surveys have also been positive, with a number of passengers describing the experience as “best flight ever”.

The non-stops are supplemented on a daily basis by Air Canada 767 services which operate Sydney/Honolulu/Vancouver.

18 January 2005
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Navtech Inc. wins contract with Air Canada for crew scheduling system
Tue Jan 18,11:18 AM ET

WATERLOO, Ont. (CP) - Navtech Inc. has signed a long-term contract with Air Canada to provide a crew management system. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Flight attendants at Air Canada and its regional subsidiary, Air Canada Jazz, will use Navtech's system to indicate their scheduling preferences over the Internet. Navtech provides solutions for the planning and control of an airline's flight operations including dispatch and crew planning systems.

Air Canada and Jazz operate an average of over 1,300 flights per day.
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Labour dispute grounds Air Canada flights

TORONTO -- A labour dispute has grounded all Air Canada flights in and out of Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

Connie Turner, a spokeswoman with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, says the airline has told them about an unscheduled job action.

Turner has been told the action involves ground crews.

There's no word on how many flights and passengers are affected.

Toronto TV station CFTO reports passengers waiting at the airport have been told to go home.
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Air Canada to launch Non-Stop Service between Beijing and Toronto

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Effective June 2, 2005 Air Canada is to introduce a non-stop service between Toronto and Beijing, further building its main Toronto hub with more non-stop flights to Asia and creating the first-ever direct link between eastern Canada and mainland China. Air Canada will operate four non-stop flights per week from Toronto to the Chinese capital, complementing its daily non-stop flights to Beijing and Shanghai from Vancouver, and twice daily Hong Kong flights including new non-stop service from Toronto.

In addition, in response to increased demand on its Vancouver-Shanghai route, Air Canada will replace its 189-seat Boeing 767-300ER service with larger 282-seat A340-300 aircraft during the peak demand season beginning June 1, 2005. With these new services, Air Canada is boosting its seating capacity between Canada and China by 16 per cent and providing freight forwarders with 45 per cent more cargo tonnage from one year ago.

"China is the fastest growing aviation market in the world, and Air Canada's global network is well positioned to meet the needs of international travellers and freight forwarders. With the introduction of the first non-stop service to Beijing from our main Toronto hub, Air Canada is bringing the Americas that much closer to mainland China," said Montie Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Growing our non-stop services to China from both eastern and western North America provides customers more flexibility and choice. Combined with our major expansion of services throughout Latin America, also via our Toronto hub, Air Canada offers international travellers between Asia and South America the added convenience of avoiding U.S. transit visa requirements."

With an elapsed time of 13 hours 20 minutes westbound and 13 hours eastbound, Air Canada's new Toronto-Beijing service will save travellers more than three and a half hours in each direction compared to the Vancouver routing. Air Canada will operate the new route using 282-seat A340-300 aircraft. With a 10:00 departure from Toronto on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday arriving in Beijing at 11:20 the next day, flight AC031 is timed to offer convenient morning connections from points throughout Air Canada's extensive global network, particularly in eastern Canada, the United States and Latin America. The eastbound flight, AC032, leaves Beijing at 13:20 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and arrives in Toronto at 14:20 the same day, providing maximum connecting options throughout the Americas.

With the addition of Toronto-Beijing non-stop service, Air Canada will offer customers up to 13 non-stop flights per day in each direction between Canada and eight destinations in Asia. From its main hub in Toronto, the carrier operates non-stop flights to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul and Delhi, the only non-stop link between North America and India. From its Pacific Asian gateway in Vancouver, Air Canada serves Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Seoul with daily non-stop flights.
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Strike Grounds Air Canada Flights

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TORONTO -- A labour dispute has grounded all Air Canada flights in and out of Toronto's Pearson International Airport...................

TORONTO (AP) -- Air Canada flights out of Toronto were grounded Wednesday night after ground crew workers at the country's largest airport walked off the job and disrupted the travel plans of thousands of passengers.

The ground crew at Toronto's Pearson International Airport were angry after the airline disciplined several employees, apparently over a dispute about clocking out when their shifts end.

The walkout at Air Canada, which just emerged from bankruptcy last fall, has disrupted the travel plans of thousands of people.

About 60 flights were delayed and 19 were canceled by the labor disruption, the first major dispute between the carrier and its workers since Air Canada emerged from bankruptcy protection Oct. 1.



"At this point, all I can say is that it is related to disciplinary action taken by the company against a number of employees" on Wednesday, Air Canada spokeswoman Laura Cooke said.

Bill Trbovitch, a spokesman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents the ground crew, said the dispute centers on "a long-standing issue" over how employees punch out at the end of a shift.

Trbovitch said the employees weren't expected to return to their jobs Wednesday night.

Air Canada is the country's largest air carrier. The Montreal-based company emerged from bankruptcy protection last fall with fewer planes, less debt, a smaller work force, an infusion of new capital and a focus on no-frills travel domestically.

As part of its restructuring, Air Canada cut roughly $1.6 billion a year in operating costs, half of that in concessions from employees.
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Air Canada Bag Handlers in Toronto Return to Work After Strike

Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Air Canada baggage handlers returned to work last night after a four-hour strike at Toronto's Pearson Airport that caused some flights to be delayed, the airline and workers' union said.

The strike, prompted by the airline's attempts to take disciplinary action against several employees, resulted in the cancellation or delay of an undetermined number of U.S. and domestic flights, Air Canada spokeswoman Laura Cooke said in a telephone interview. International flights resumed yesterday evening, she said.

Striking baggage handlers returned to work after Air Canada's management promised it wouldn't take disciplinary action against them, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said in a statement sent by Canada News Service.

Paul Lefebvre, president of Local Lodge 2323, didn't return a phone message left after hours seeking comment. Cooke said she was unable to be more specific about the baggage handlers' grievances.

The Montreal-based airline emerged from bankruptcy protection Sept. 30 after spending 18 months negotiating new financing and labor agreements.

Shares of ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., parent company of Air Canada, rose 35 cents to C$36.35 at the close of trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
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Labour-management relations still boiling at Air Canada, unions say
Thu Jan 20, 4:40 PM ET

TORONTO (CP) - A wildcat strike that temporarily crippled Air Canada operations at the country's largest airport this week was isolated and involved a local dispute, but represents a boiling over of strained labour relations that have simmered since the big air carrier's restructuring, union leaders say.

Air Canada emerged from bankruptcy protection last October and is now back on the path to profitability, operating with much lower debt and a leaner workforce that has allowed the Montreal-based airline to start looking at expanding international routes.

The company launched a new marketing drive. Airplanes were painted. New uniforms were designed for pilots, flight attendants and other staff. A lavish spectacle featuring Quebec singing star Celine Dion was held as chairman Robert Milton showed off the changes.

But labour relations haven't improved much, if at all, according to several unions who spent 18 months in heated talks that resulted in $1 billion in concessions from workers.

"We're looking for more than a fresh coat of paint on an aircraft," said Pamela Sachs of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents Air Canada's flight attendants. "We're looking for a more solid, stable environment of employee relations. And I think (Wednesday) is pretty typical of what's brewing beneath the surface."

Although Air Canada is the country's dominant carrier, the company faces a difficult airline market, where soaring jet fuel costs, discount fare competition, high labour costs and rising airport security fees and other charges remain major obstacles to profitability.

Bill Trbovich, spokesman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said there's a morale problem at Canada's dominant air carrier.

"It's very bad," said Trbovich, who represents the workers who went on the four-hour illegal strike Wednesday in Toronto.

"A lot of it comes down to respect for your workers and respect for the collective agreements that you sign and management's not doing it."

A representative of a third union who asked not to be identified said the company has "lost the confidence of the employees" and that mistrust of management remains rampant.

According to Trbovich, whose union represents 11,600 Air Canada employees across the country, ground crew workers in Toronto felt slapped in the face by the splashy public relations gala held in October to unveil the company's new colours.

"We lost over 2,400 members through the restructuring and people took a pretty hefty pay cut," Trbovich said Thursday. "Then they come along and they repaint the airplanes, spend $1,400 per uniform on new uniforms for flight attendants and captains, and then bring in Celine Dion for who knows how many millions to go and sell the airline to the public.

"You can't do things that way."

In the dispute Wednesday, more than 100 Machinists members - including those who work on tarmacs guiding planes to terminals - abruptly walked out when the company suggested it may fire workers who had been improperly punching out at the ends of their shifts. The strike ended after a "fresh start" agreement in which the company agreed not to fire anyone but warned workers could be dismissed for misusing punchcards in the future.

Air Canada president Montie Brewer tried to put a positive spin on the negative publicity, saying it "demonstrates the requirement to evolve the way we deal with each other as employees.

"Hopefully this event provides us with the opportunity to drive forward the process of change towards an environment based on trust and respect for each other."

But Sachs said the fact management knew about the issue for several months before the strike - video surveillance above punch clocks had been in use since late November - shows the company isn't properly communicating with employees.

"I think this company is set up to circumvent the union, I don't think the have any interest in working for the union at all," she said.

Sachs has her own recent beef with Air Canada. In December, the company said it overpaid flight attendants about $600,000 for meal allowances and was prepared to go to collection agencies to get it back. The airline has since agreed not to go that route and a process for overpayments and underpayments is being voted on by flight attendants this month.

The Machinists are also upset with 180 layoffs of heavy maintenance mechanics and technicians this month in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montreal, Trbovich said.

Observers say the Toronto strike was likely an isolated incident, but the company must continue working to improve relations with employees.

"It was a tough year or two that they had been through and it was a lot demanded of the workers in order to bring Air Canada back to the point where it has a future," said Karl Moore, a business professor at Montreal's McGill University. "There was a lot emotion . . . It's an area where they have to keep an eagle eye on, without a doubt."

Rick Erickson, an independent airline analyst based in Calgary, said workers will get some of what they lost in the restructuring back as Air Canada veers back to profitability, as many analysts anticipate.

"There are snapback clauses in the various labour agreements that were signed that as the airline performs, so do the benefits, and I think we're going to see some of those snapback clauses come back sooner than expected because Air Canada has improved so well," he said.
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Air Canada strike raises eyebrows: Same old carrier?
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21 January 2005
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The brief but crippling wildcat strike by Air Canada's Toronto ground crews, launched in the wake of a company investigation of employee time card abuses, has raised new questions about the restructured airline's ability to overcome a history of caustic labour relations and successfully implement its new business plan.

Air Canada was left scrambling yesterday to resume its operations at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, where 300 employees walked off the job Wednesday night and paralyzed traffic at the airline's main hub.

The work stoppage, which cancelled and delayed dozens of flights and left thousands of passengers stranded, has some observers wondering whether the curtain had been thrown back on the "new" airline, revealing some of the rot that sent it into receivership two years ago.

"This shows that employees are still disgruntled and that anything can happen," said Jacques Kavafian, an analyst at Research Capital Corp. "I think the unions have to discipline their members, because without disciplinary actions, they can do it again and get away with it."

Air Canada emerged from bankruptcy protection last September with virtually no debt and a cost structure that had been reduced by more than $2-billion on an annual basis, which included $1.1-billion in wage and job concessions from its workforce.

Since then, the airline has been posting month after month of improved air traffic results while shares of ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., the airline's holding company, have steadily climbed.

In other words, until last night, things looked relatively bright for Air Canada, which was warned by the judge that oversaw the company's bankruptcy protection to mend the "us-versus-them mentality" that existed between management and the airline's unions.

"This is just one thing that happened now," Mr. Kavafian said. "But the big issue is what will happen in two months?"

Air Canada, however, downplayed the long-term impact of the illegal work stoppage on its business.

"This was a localized incident and the job action was related to a very specific issue," said Laura Cooke, a spokeswoman for Air Canada.

"There was absolutely no justification to stage an illegal strike over this issue and ultimately impact our customers in this way," Ms. Cooke added.

The issue in question was an apparently long-standing practice of employees abusing the time card system by punching in and out other workers who had left their shifts early or, according to one Air Canada source, not coming in to work at all.

Air Canada acknowledged in a memo to employees yesterday that "this fraudulent activity was likely condoned by some of our management personnel," and called the practice an "institutional form of corrupt conduct [that] cannot be tolerated."

Boyd Richardson, an assistant deputy for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents some 11,000 Air Canada workers including the ground crews involved in the wildcat strike, said the company used a hidden video camera to investigate the problem and gathered evidence against some 140 workers. "They had two things on the cameras. They had video tape of people swiping multiple cards. But they had also found, in a common storage area close to the time clocks, approximately 85 time cards that they felt shouldn't have been left there."

He said the union tried to strike a bargain with the company that would have effectively put all union members on notice, but said that management appeared intent on disciplining employees it had gathered evidence against.

The airline said in a statement to employees the company reached an agreement Wednesday night to end the work stoppage by giving the workers in question "a fresh start," but warned that "any transgression in the future will result in immediate termination."

Some analysts were quick to label the strikers as a rogue group that did not represent the union and were unlikely to impact what has otherwise been a remarkable turnaround for Air Canada in recent months.

"Let's face it," said Horst Hueniken, an analyst at Westwind Partners Inc. "Some people cheated and you want management to just sit there and do nothing? What needs to be paid attention to is whether there is pattern here. And so far there is not."

Douglas Reid a professor at Queen's School of business, said the incident shouldn't be blown out of proportion, but added the airline's future health will depend on better labour relations.
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Air Canada Wildcat Strike An Isolated Event - CEO

January 21, 2005

A wildcat strike by Air Canada workers in Toronto that stranded and embittered hundreds of passengers was an isolated event and not a sign of broader problems, the airline's chief executive said on Friday.

"This is a very localized issue, on the ramp in Toronto, and really revolved around people who had done something that any person with common sense knows was very wrong," Robert Milton told reporters.

"The actions of a very small group on a very localized basis was very unfortunate for everybody else that represents Air Canada".

The Montreal-based airline emerged from 18 months of bankruptcy protection as a restructured entity owned by ACE Aviation Holdings on September 30 after changes that included major concessions from its unions.

But baggage handlers and other ground crew staged an illegal four hour walkout on Wednesday, paralyzing Air Canada's operations at its Toronto Pearson hub, after a dispute over alleged abuse of punching out time cards.

Milton, in Toronto to promote his memoir "Straight from the Top: The Truth About Air Canada", was asked if he could reassure customers such a stoppage will never happen again.

"There are so many variables in life and in running an airline, whether there's weather and so on, but I fully stand behind the reliability of Air Canada," he said.

He said strong sales are an indication that passengers still have faith in the airline. Air Canada has reported record load factors in recent months, filling a greater percentage of available seats than ever before.

Milton appeared at the event with Onex CEO Gerry Schwartz, who launched a hostile takeover bid for Air Canada in 1999 shortly after Milton became CEO.

Milton resisted the offer, but Schwartz said the two have since become friends, and he was now glad the bid had failed.

In early 2003 Onex agreed to buy just over a third of Air Canada's Aeroplan travel loyalty program, but it withdrew the offer when the airline entered creditor protection. Schwartz said Onex would still be interested in a deal.

"It's a good asset and we would be very happy to talk to Air Canada about it if they ever decided that they want a partner or (to) sell it. I've never discussed Aeroplan with Mr. Milton since they came out of bankruptcy," he said.

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Old January 22nd, 2005, 08:18 PM   #37
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Building Air Canada Cargo
ED MCKENNA - ASSOCIATE EDITOR
24 January 2005
Traffic World

Air Canada Cargo is poised to launch a new freighter service less than a year after restarting all-cargo operations and separating from its former parent last September.

The new service will be used to expand the carrier's capacity, not just replace airlift taken out of the market, said Gerry Simpson, director of cargo marketing and business development. The service will use wet-leased aircraft.

Simpson wouldn't specify destinations, beyond saying the service would be international. "China is very high on the list of potential opportunities for us, and Hong Kong has long been a good market for us," he said.

Along with new capacity, the service will add impetus to Air Canada Cargo's efforts to rebuild its identity with freighter operations before potentially assembling and operating its own freight fleet for the first time in more than a decade.

To that end, the company crafted a leasing strategy that would give it the opportunity to evaluate aircraft and routes for future freighter service.

The program also is at least a nod to the growing popularity and importance of freighters in the marketplace, Simpson said. In the past few years, all-cargo traffic has grown substantially as belly traffic has declined, according to the International Air Transportation Association. Simpson cheered the prominence of all-cargo service in the U.S.-China bilateral agreement. "We certainly hope we will be able to see the same type of [arrangement] in the near future between Canada and China and other countries."

The company's cargo strategy was developed as the airline weathered an 18-month stint in the Canadian equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In that period, "we were able to make an arrangement with our pilots that would allow us to do some ACMI [Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance & Insurance] or wet-lease flying," Simpson said.

When Air Canada emerged from bankruptcy last September, its cargo unit became an independent company. That break set "the groundwork to do more of it in the future," said Simpson.

So far, the carrier's wet-lease strategy has been targeted at replacing capacity lost to the downsizing effort on the passenger side, said Simpson. In November, for example, the airline started MD-11 freighter service with aircraft from Gemini Air Cargo between Toronto and Frankfurt. That replaced cargo capacity lost when Air Canada replaced 747-400 combination aircraft with smaller A330s.

Similarly, the carrier launched four weekly freighter flights from Hamilton to Calgary and on to Vancouver, using wet-leased 727-200 aircraft from Cargojet, after downsizing the passenger equipment used on those services.

The 727-200 has proven to be "the right airplane" for the Canadian domestic marketplace, Simpson said. Meanwhile, "the MD-11 has actually given us about 16 percent increased capacity" on the international service.

In addition, the airline has been able to haul different types of cargo, such as large very heavy pieces of steel, he said. With the MD-11, it can now carry a number of automobiles rather than just one or two, he said.

It also gives more upper-deck lift to a market that has seen relatively few freighter operations since Air Canada dropped out of the all-cargo market in the early 1990s. "It is a great move for Air Canada," said John O'Brien, president Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association.

Some smaller players and the express carriers have filled in some of the domestic lift but Sharon Richmond, manager of air imports and exports at Air World Express, a Mississauga, Ont.-based forwarder, says shippers need better connections to Europe and Asia. Because of tight capacity on long passenger routes to Hong Kong, she said, AWE often is "forced to use less direct alternatives, such as Cathay Pacific Airways service, which goes through Chicago."

O'Brien expects the demand to grow as security restrictions in the United States push some air freight north of the border. "There is very little upper deck space available from and to Canada, so most of air freight is coming via the United States," where a snag at Customs can put a shipment on hold for weeks, he said.
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Air Canada: Toronto - Beijing non-stop 4 times weekly

"Effective June 2, 2005 Air Canada will introduce a new non-stop service between Toronto and Beijing.

Air Canada will operate 4 non-stop flights per week from Toronto to Beijing.
Herewith complementing its daily non-stop flights to Beijing and Shanghai from Vancouver, and twice daily Hong Kong flights.

Air Canada will replace its 189-seat Boeing 767-300ER service with larger 282-seat A340-300 aircraft during the peak demand season beginning June 1, 2005 on the Vancouver-Shanghai route.

Air Canada will offer customers up to 13 non-stop flights per day* in each direction between Canada and eight destinations in Asia:
From Toronto to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul and Delhi.
From Vancouver Air Canada serves Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Seoul with daily non-stop flights.

Air Canada will operate the new route using 282-seat A340-300 aircraft. With a 10:00 departure from Toronto on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday arriving in Beijing at 11:20 the next day, as flight AC031.
The eastbound flight, AC032, leaves Beijing at 13:20 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and arrives in Toronto at 14:20 the same day.

13 non-stop flights per day* in each direction means 13 X 7 x 2 = 182 flights weekly...."
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Air Canada Strike Halts Some Toronto Flights

January 20, 2005

A brief wildcat strike on Wednesday stranded thousands of passengers at Canada's busiest airport, Toronto Pearson, where dozens of North American flights were canceled before ground crews returned to work around 8:15 p.m. EST (0115 GMT).

Air Canada canceled the flights to and from Pearson Airport after workers walked off the job earlier in the day.

"It relates to disciplinary action taken by the company against a number of employees," Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said. "We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience."

Officials at the airport told passengers waiting for information that all the flights -- some of which had previously just been delayed -- were canceled.

Frustrated passengers had started to make emergency plans, looking to other airlines to get them to their destinations or searching for space in area hotels.

Air Canada had also begun rebooking passengers on flights scheduled for Thursday morning.

Arthur said several international flights, which were delayed but not canceled, might still depart.

CBC News reported on its web site the dispute started on Wednesday afternoon after the airline, Canada's biggest, disciplined employees over clocking out at the end of their shifts.

Air Canada said the wildcat strike was being carried out by members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW).

Connie Turner, spokeswoman for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority which operates Pearson, said the dispute involves ground service employees, including baggage handlers and workers who guide planes on the tarmac.

"We'll continue our airport operations with our other airlines and Air Canada will have to deal with what they have to deal with," she said.

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Monday January 31, 12:03 PM EST
Air Canada To Expand Fleet For Intl Network - News Report

TORONTO (Dow Jones)--Air Canada plans to purchase 50 wide-body aircraft to service its expanding international network, the Financial Times reported Monday.

The newspaper said the airline, a division of ACE Aviation Holdings Ltd., is considering either the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner or the Airbus A-350, each with capacity for about 250 passengers. The new aircraft would replace the airline's older Boeing 767s.

A spokeswoman for Air Canada declined immediate comment.

The airline has been rapidly expanding its international network, launching new flights to Asia and Latin America.

Earlier this year, ACE Aviation's chief executive, Robert Milton, said the airline was looking for used Boeing 767s to add to its fleet.

Air Canada will also begin taking delivery later this year of the first in a planned order of up to 105 regional jets from Bombardier Inc. of Canada and Embraer S.A. (ERJ) of Brazil. The smaller regional jets will service the airline's domestic and transborder markets.
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