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Old January 8th, 2006, 07:37 PM   #381
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WestJet business soars in busy 2005
James Stevenson
6 January 2006
The Toronto Star

CALGARY -- Discount air carrier WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it's well prepared for more expansion this year after ending 2005 on a strong note with a 15 per cent increase in passenger traffic in December.

WestJet said yesterday its revenue-passenger-miles, or the number of paid-for seats multiplied by the distance they flew, increased to 737.1 million - up from 641 million in December 2004.

For the full year of 2005, revenue-passenger-miles were up 26.8 per cent to 7.96 billion from 6.28 billion in the previous year.

"It is obvious from these results that WestJet's added capacity is being well absorbed in the marketplace as both our existing and new guests use our product," Sean Durfy, WestJet's executive vice-president of marketing and sales, said in a release.

Durfy said WestJet, Canada's second-largest airline behind Montreal-based Air Canada, is prepared to continue its aggressive growth plans this year with the addition of 12 more Boeing Next-Generation aircraft.

WestJet started flying regular scheduled routes to U.S. holiday destinations in 2004, but added its first overseas trips last month with flights to Honolulu and Maui.

WestJet's available-seat-miles - a key measure of capacity in the airline industry - grew 9.8 per cent in December to 942.2 million from 857.8 million in the previous year. For the full year, available-seat-miles grew by 19.1 per cent to 10.67 billion from 8.96 billion in the previous year.

The company's load factor, or proportion of seats filled, was 78.2 per cent compared to 74.7 per cent in December 2004. During the 12 months of 2005, WestJet's load factor was 74.6 per cent compared with 70 per cent during 2004.

Air Canada and its regional affiliate Jazz also had improved load factors in December. The mainline's load factor was 77.3 per cent, up from 75.2 per cent in December 2004, while Jazz's load factor rose to 69.7 per cent from 68.2 per cent.

Air Canada flew 3.4 billion revenue-passenger-miles in December, up 7.4 per cent from a year earlier. For the full year, revenue-passenger-miles were up 6.1 per cent to 44.2 billion at Air Canada.

Airline analyst Cameron Doerksen of Versant Partners in Montreal said WestJet will be well served by the retirement of all the older, fuel-guzzling aircraft this year.

A new reservations system, which has been in the works for more than three years, is also expected to increase revenues and lead to strategic partnerships with other carriers.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 01:59 AM   #382
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Air Canada loses bid to keep records secret: Court orders books opened in WestJet espionage lawsuit
Chris Sorensen
7 January 2006
National Post

Air Canada will have to open its books if it wants to proceed with a $220-million corporate espionage lawsuit against rival WestJet Airlines Ltd., an Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled.

Mr. Justice Ian Nordheimer earlier this week struck down an attempt by Air Canada's lawyers to vastly limit, or at least postpone, the disclosure of potentially sensitive documents about Air Canada's business.

WestJet argued the documents are needed to demonstrate Air Canada's claim that WestJet was able to compete more effectively on routes it shared with Air Canada because of information it is alleged to have stolen from a password-protected Web site.

Air Canada's lawyers, on the other hand, had tried to convince the court that WestJet was trying to gain further access into the inner workings of Air Canada's operations.

"In my view, it is an overstatement for Air Canada to assert that WestJet is seeking to 'examine in minute detail every aspect of Air Canada's operations,'" Judge Nordheimer wrote. "This is not, even at the outset, an unrestrained demand for an infinite number of documents."

Judge Nordheimer, nevertheless, did place some limitations on the quantity and type of documents Air Canada is required to produce. And, in a move that could raise more questions about the extent of WestJet's questionable behaviour, he ordered the Calgary-based carrier to produce documents relating to similar allegations of snooping on CanJet Airlines and the former Jetsgo.

Air Canada's suit argues that WestJet improperly gleaned confidential information -- namely load factor data, which tells an airline how well it is filling its planes -- by using the secret password of a former Air Canada employee to access an Air Canada employee Web site thousands of times between March, 2003, and March, 2004.

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

Indeed, there's more than a hint of irony in last week's ruling since Air Canada will now likely need to make public much more information about its business in order to proceed with its suit.

For example, Judge Nordheimer ordered Air Canada to provide "all documentation" relating to a firm that Air Canada hired to investigate WestJet's alleged misdeeds. That presumably includes the decision to hire people to root through the garbage of Mark Hill, a WestJet co-founder and former executive who left the company in connection with the lawsuit.

As well, Air Canada is also ordered to provide documents relating to communications between several Air Canada executives, including Robert Milton, the CEO of parent company ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. and Montie Brewer, the CEO of Air Canada.

WestJet has already suffered the embarrassment of having internal communications made public through the courts. Last month, Air Canada submitted an affidavit by one of its executives that included several emails retrieved from WestJet's computer hard drives. The e-mails, some of which were copied to Clive Beddoe, WestJet's CEO, discussed a "007 project" and mused about undermining Air Canada's restructuring by leaking closely guarded information about its business to the media.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 02:00 AM   #383
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Air Canada Dec. Traffic Up 7.4%
5 January 2006

MONTREAL (Dow Jones)--Air Canada, ACE Aviation Holdings Inc.'s (ACE.B.T) mainline air carrier, posted a 7.4% increase in December traffic to 3.40 billion revenue passenger miles from a year earlier.

In a news release, the airline said its year-to-date traffic increased 6.1% to 44.18 billion revenue passenger miles.

It said its December capacity increased to 4.40 billion available seat miles from 4.21 billion a year earlier.

Year-to-date, capacity increased to 55.17 billion available seat miles.

It said its overall load factor was 77.3% in December compared with 75.2% a year ago. Year-to-date, load factor increased to 80.1% from 77.5% a year ago.

ACE Aviation's regional carrier, Jazz, saw December traffic rise 86.1% to 255 million revenue passenger miles and year-to-date traffic rise 48% to 2.49 billion revenue passenger miles compared with a year earlier.

It said Jazz's December capacity increased 82.1% to 366 million available seat miles and year-to-date capacity increased 33.9% to 3.50 billion available seat miles compared with a year ago.

Jazz's load factor increased to 69.7% in December from 68.2% a year ago and increased to 71.1% in the year to date from 64.3% last year.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 11:55 PM   #384
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Air Canada to introduce Toronto-Shanghai non-stop flights; continues expansion of service to China

MONTREAL, Jan. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that effective
June 16, 2006 it will introduce non-stop service between Toronto and Shanghai.
Air Canada will operate three non-stop flights per week between Toronto and
China's largest city, complementing its Toronto-Beijing non-stop service
launched in June 2005, and its daily non-stop flights to both Shanghai and
Beijing from Vancouver. Air Canada also operates twice daily flights to
Hong Kong including non-stop service from Toronto.
"With the introduction of the only non-stop service to Shanghai,
Air Canada continues to expand its services to meet the needs of travellers
and freight forwarders in the fast growing China market," said Ben Smith, Vice
President, Network Planning. "Together with our non-stop Toronto-Beijing
service and daily non-stop flights to China via Vancouver, Air Canada is
improving access to China for customers throughout North and South America via
our main Toronto hub."
Air Canada will be the only carrier offering non-stop service between the
largest commercial cities of Canada and China. With an elapsed time of
14 hours 45 minutes westbound and 13 hours 40 minutes eastbound, Air Canada's
new Toronto-Shanghai service will save travellers more than 3 hours in each
direction compared to the Vancouver routing.
Air Canada will operate the new route using 286-seat A340-300 aircraft.
With a 10:15 departure from Toronto on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday arriving
in Shanghai at 13:00 the next day, flight AC071 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, AC072, leaves Shanghai at 14:45 on Monday, Thursday and
Saturday and arrives in Toronto at 16:25 the same day, providing maximum
connecting options throughout the Americas.
With the addition of Toronto-Shanghai non-stop service, Air Canada will
offer customers up to 13 non-stop flights per day in each direction between
Canada and seven destinations in Asia. From its main hub in Toronto, the
carrier operates non-stop flights to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul, and
Delhi via Zurich. From its Asia Pacific gateway in Vancouver, Air Canada
serves Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, and Seoul with daily non-
stop flights.

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. Air Canada is a
founding member of Star Alliance providing the world's most comprehensive air
transportation network.
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Old January 11th, 2006, 04:32 PM   #385
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Jazz IPO expected to net Ace Aviation $201-million
Bloomberg News
11 January 2006

ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., owner of Canada's largest airline, expects to raise as much as $201-million from an initial public offering of its Jazz regional carrier, the country's biggest income trust IPO in almost four months. ACE plans to sell 17.5 million income trust units for $10 each in the Jazz Air Income Fund, according to sale documents distributed to investors. Banks managing the sale have an option to sell another 2.6 million units after the transaction closes the week of Jan. 30. The Jazz units, which will be sold the week of Jan. 23, will make monthly payouts equal to 9.5% to 10.5% a year. That compares with the average dividend yield of 7.6% for the 71 members of the S&P/TSX Capped income Trust Index. "The higher interest rate than what we were expecting will make it even more attractive," said Karl Moore, a business professor at Montreal's McGill University who specializes in the airline industry.

"There's going to be a good response in the marketplace." The sale of as much as 20% of the Halifax, N.S.-based airline values the carrier at $1.13-billion, assuming the 9.5% payout yield, the documents said. Jazz will pay out 90% of its cash flow to investors.
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Old January 13th, 2006, 04:59 AM   #386
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Air Canada to introduce Toronto-Shanghai non-stop flights; continues expansion of service to China

MONTREAL, Jan. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that effective
June 16, 2006 it will introduce non-stop service between Toronto and Shanghai.
Air Canada will operate three non-stop flights per week between Toronto and
China's largest city, complementing its Toronto-Beijing non-stop service
launched in June 2005, and its daily non-stop flights to both Shanghai and
Beijing from Vancouver. Air Canada also operates twice daily flights to
Hong Kong including non-stop service from Toronto.
"With the introduction of the only non-stop service to Shanghai,
Air Canada continues to expand its services to meet the needs of travellers
and freight forwarders in the fast growing China market," said Ben Smith, Vice
President, Network Planning. "Together with our non-stop Toronto-Beijing
service and daily non-stop flights to China via Vancouver, Air Canada is
improving access to China for customers throughout North and South America via
our main Toronto hub."
Air Canada will be the only carrier offering non-stop service between the
largest commercial cities of Canada and China. With an elapsed time of
14 hours 45 minutes westbound and 13 hours 40 minutes eastbound, Air Canada's
new Toronto-Shanghai service will save travellers more than 3 hours in each
direction compared to the Vancouver routing.
Air Canada will operate the new route using 286-seat A340-300 aircraft.
With a 10:15 departure from Toronto on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday arriving
in Shanghai at 13:00 the next day, flight AC071 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, AC072, leaves Shanghai at 14:45 on Monday, Thursday and
Saturday and arrives in Toronto at 16:25 the same day, providing maximum
connecting options throughout the Americas.
With the addition of Toronto-Shanghai non-stop service, Air Canada will
offer customers up to 13 non-stop flights per day in each direction between
Canada and seven destinations in Asia. From its main hub in Toronto, the
carrier operates non-stop flights to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul, and
Delhi via Zurich. From its Asia Pacific gateway in Vancouver, Air Canada
serves Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, and Seoul with daily non-
stop flights.

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. Air Canada is a
founding member of Star Alliance providing the world's most comprehensive air
transportation network.
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Old January 13th, 2006, 05:02 AM   #387
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Air Canada to introduce Toronto-Shanghai non-stop flights; continues expansion of service to China

MONTREAL, Jan. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that effective
June 16, 2006 it will introduce non-stop service between Toronto and Shanghai.
Air Canada will operate three non-stop flights per week between Toronto and
China's largest city, complementing its Toronto-Beijing non-stop service
launched in June 2005, and its daily non-stop flights to both Shanghai and
Beijing from Vancouver. Air Canada also operates twice daily flights to
Hong Kong including non-stop service from Toronto.
"With the introduction of the only non-stop service to Shanghai,
Air Canada continues to expand its services to meet the needs of travellers
and freight forwarders in the fast growing China market," said Ben Smith, Vice
President, Network Planning. "Together with our non-stop Toronto-Beijing
service and daily non-stop flights to China via Vancouver, Air Canada is
improving access to China for customers throughout North and South America via
our main Toronto hub."
Air Canada will be the only carrier offering non-stop service between the
largest commercial cities of Canada and China. With an elapsed time of
14 hours 45 minutes westbound and 13 hours 40 minutes eastbound, Air Canada's
new Toronto-Shanghai service will save travellers more than 3 hours in each
direction compared to the Vancouver routing.
Air Canada will operate the new route using 286-seat A340-300 aircraft.
With a 10:15 departure from Toronto on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday arriving
in Shanghai at 13:00 the next day, flight AC071 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, AC072, leaves Shanghai at 14:45 on Monday, Thursday and
Saturday and arrives in Toronto at 16:25 the same day, providing maximum
connecting options throughout the Americas.
With the addition of Toronto-Shanghai non-stop service, Air Canada will
offer customers up to 13 non-stop flights per day in each direction between
Canada and seven destinations in Asia. From its main hub in Toronto, the
carrier operates non-stop flights to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul, and
Delhi via Zurich. From its Asia Pacific gateway in Vancouver, Air Canada
serves Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, and Seoul with daily non-
stop flights.

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. Air Canada is a
founding member of Star Alliance providing the world's most comprehensive air
transportation network.
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No need to repost the article...just say that it was posted before
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Old January 14th, 2006, 07:21 AM   #389
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Air Canada Innovations

Air Canada Innovations

Oxygen Systems (1930s)
Air Canada was one of the first airlines to have its entire fleet of unpressurized aircraft equipped with fixed oxygen systems for use by flight crew and passengers, using the rebreathing bag principle.

Numbering Control (Beginning in 1940)
Air Canada developed and used a standard format and numbering control for the preparation of technical instructions which was adopted in principle by the Air Transport Association of America and issued on June 1, 1956

Black Box (1958)
Air Canada pioneered the development of the multi-channel flight recorder to be installed on DC-8/Vanguard aircraft. The multi-channel recording system of greater capability which was eventually widely adopted by the industry - as the "black box".

By-pass engine (April 1, 1960)
Air Canada was the first airline to recognize the validity of efficiency claims for the by-pass engine principle and the first airline to use the by-pass engine in civil operation

De-icing - Electric de-icing (1961)
Air Canada introduced in Canada of aerodynamic surfaces with the introduction of the Vanguard aircraft in 1961.

Reservations Automation (1961)
Air Canada implemented in 1961 the first stage in automation of reservation inventory which was a world first as well as a Canadian original, fostering tremendous growth in computer/communications airlines processes.

Jet Freighter (October 1963)
Air Canada was the first airline to operate a jet freighter with the introduction of the DC-8.

All-turbine fleet (April 12, 1963)
Air Canada became the first major airline with an all turbine fleet which allowed an increase in productivity and reduction in maintenance costs.

Non-Smoking Airline (December 7, 1987)
Air Canada became the first airline in the world to introduce a system-wide Non-Smoking policy

Airbus A320 (January 1990)
Air Canada was the first airline in Canada to operate the Airbus A320.

Telephones at arm's reach (1992)
Air Canada became the first airline in the world to offer all its customers telephones at arm's reach on all of its aircraft.

Electronic ticket (December 1995)
The Electronic ticket made its debut in Canada when Air Canada began testing the service on selected Canadian routes. It was phased in across Canada and on transborder routes during 1996.

Airbus A319 (December 1996)
Air Canada was the first North American carrier to operate the Airbus A319, the first of which was introduced on the Toronto-Boston route.

E-mail sell-offs (February 12, 1997)
Air Canada became the first major airline in Canada to offer E-mail sell-offs with AC WEBSAVER.

Electronic ticket (January 23, 1997)
Air Canada led the way in bringing electronic ticketing to travel agents.

Express Check-in (August 30, 1999)
Air Canada became the first airline to introduce self-service Express Check-in Kiosks in Canada.

Interline electronic ticket (June 14, 2000)
Air Canada and United Airlines introduced the world's first interline electronic ticket.

In-flight E-mail (December 2000)
Air Canada became the first commercial airline to enable passengers to send and receive e-mail on their laptops while in flight, as well as surf websites.
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Old January 14th, 2006, 07:27 AM   #390
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Thats pretty cool, but i'm still waiting to see how the post 2000 period turns out.
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Old January 14th, 2006, 03:05 PM   #391
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I've had a pretty good run flying with AC recently. Good job!
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Very good. I've never flown AC but they have been recommended to me.
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I've only flown a couple of times in my life. To Australia and back. Sorry to say the Air Canada leg on the return from Vancouver to Saskatoon was the worst part. Lost my luggage. Three hour delay in Vancouver.
Hope things have improved as I am off to Russia and Kazakshtan this spring. Might have to skip AC and try someone else?
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Old January 17th, 2006, 04:17 AM   #394
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ACE Aviation Sees Strong Interest For Jazz IPO
By Monica Gutschi
16 January 2006

TORONTO (Dow Jones)--Investors have snapped up units of Jazz Air Income Fund, buying the entire initial public offering before company officials even began their road show.

ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. (ACE.B.T) had hoped to raise up to C$201 million by selling up to a 20% stake in its regional carrier. It offered 17.5 million units of the Jazz Air at C$10 each, and gave banks managing the sale the option to buy an additional 2.6 million once the offer closes Jan. 30.

Market sources say the offer was well-received by both retail and institutional investors, especially following the success of Aeroplan Income Fund (AER.UN.T) last year.

"It sold out pretty quick," said Harry Levant, an independent trust analyst with IncomeTrustResearch.com. "I think they timed it pretty well."

The Jazz IPO is the first large income trust to hit the market since September, when the Canadian government suspended advance tax rulings on income trusts amid a review of the investment vehicles.

The Jazz IPO was to have been launched that month, but ACE Aviation Chairman Robert Milton suspended the offering until there was greater clarity on the outlook for income trusts. Once the Canadian government announced it wouldn't tax trusts, the Jazz IPO was among the first out of the gate.

Jazz officials began their road show Jan. 10 in Montreal, and pricing on the IPO is expected Jan. 23.

Market sources say the offer was sold out within minutes given the expected cash yield of 9.5% to 10.5%, and the track record provided by Aeroplan. Those factors "would make it very attractive," said a market source.

Montreal-based ACE Aviation sold a 14.5% stake in its Aeroplan frequent-flyer program for C$287.5 million through an IPO last June. The units have since risen about 30% in addition to the monthly distribution.

That IPO had been marketed with an expected yield of 7.5% to 8.5% but in response to strong investor demand, settled at the bottom end of the range. Observers say some investors were left with a bad taste in their mouths when ACE lowered the Aeroplan yield rather than raise the size of the issue. Levant said that may have reduced institutional demand for the Jazz issue, in addition to some investors' trepidation about the feasibility of an airline fitting the income-trust profile.

Income trusts pay no corporate taxes; rather, they channel the bulk of their cash to unitholders in the form of monthly distributions. The investment vehicle primarily suits mature and stable industries.

The National Post newspaper carried a column Monday warning against relying on the Jazz units as a "dependable source" of monthly income.

But Levant said that ACE Aviation, the parent of Air Canada which emerged from bankruptcy protection in September 2004, has had a "clean start" amid strong industry conditions.

And an industry source said Jazz is less exposed to the traditional volatility of the airline sector, as it has a Capacity Purchase Agreement with Air Canada which guarantees a minimum number of flight hours. Jazz provides about 96% of Air Canada's regional airline capacity.

ACE Aviation is also expected to spin off a stake in its maintenance division later this year as part of an ongoing program to obtain value from its business units.

Company Web Site: http://www.flyjazz.ca
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Jazz Air Drops Yield For IPO
Demand Seen Strong

By Andy Georgiades and Ben Dummett
20 January 2006

TORONTO (Dow Jones)--Jazz Air Income Fund has dropped the expected yield of its initial public offering, confirming market talk of strong demand for the trust units.

According to a term sheet dated Jan. 20, the expected yield range is now 8.75%-9.50%, down from the previous range of 9.5%-10.5%.

"That's a substantial drop," said one institutional investor. "It's a big indicator of demand."

The size of the offering has also been increased. The fund is offering about 22.5 million units at C$10 each, for proceeds of C$225 million, not counting an over-allotment option granted to the underwriters representing 15% of the offering, the term sheet says. Originally, the company planned to raise C$175 million from the sale of 17.5 million units, excluding the over-allotment option.

Pricing is expected on Jan. 24, with closing on Feb. 2.

ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. (ACE.B.T), operator of Canada's largest airline, Air Canada, will hold about 77%-82% of the outstanding units of Jazz, a regional air carrier, upon closing.
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Fluffy can't fly Air Canada this summer, airline rules
Pet travel ban bid to bolster efficiency

CanWest News Service
21 January 2006
Calgary Herald

Pet owners planning to fly Max, Simba or Sadie across Canada this summer can forget about using the country's largest passenger airline after Air Canada announced it has imposed a pet travel blackout between June 20 and Sept. 10.

The ban on carrying animals as checked baggage follows a similar blackout used by Air Canada and WestJet during the recent Christmas holiday period. WestJet has no plans to restrict pet travel this summer.

Air Canada officials say the ban is needed to keep costs down and make the airline as efficient as possible during peak travel periods when it faces huge demands on its cargo space.

"It may not be a popular decision, but it's the responsible thing to do," said airline representative Angela Mah.

She said animals travelling in a plane's cargo hold require a certain amount of oxygen, and only so much luggage can be carried to ensure the air circulates properly.

"The luggage restriction could inconvenience other passengers because we could be forced to off-load luggage to accommodate the oxygen requirement," Mah said.

Small animals that meet size and weight requirements can travel in the cabin with their owners, providing they stay in a soft-sided carry-on that can slide under a seat. Mah said owners of larger pets can still fly them across Canada this summer by using Air Canada Cargo, a freight service that provides a specialized live animal travel program.

She said with record-high fuel costs recently, it was critical for the airline to review all its procedures and become as efficient as possible.

"Customers keep telling us that they want low fares," Mah said.

"In order for us to continue doing that, we have to streamline our operations and continue to reduce costs."

WestJet representative Gillian Bentley said the airline has imposed a Christmas holiday pet travel ban for the past seven years, but feels no need to introduce one this summer.

"We don't think it's required because we don't see the same volume of extra baggage handled at that time of year," she said.
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Air Canada files to fly Los Angeles-Sydney non-stop

MONTREAL, Jan. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that as a
result of new market opportunities presented by the recently expanded Open
Skies Agreement for Canada and the United States, the airline will apply to
Canadian and Australian authorities to commence daily Toronto-Los Angeles-
Sydney service. Flights would commence during the first half of 2007 with the
delivery of Air Canada's new Boeing 777 fleet featuring industry-leading
lie-flat suites in the Executive First cabin and personal entertainment
systems at each customer's seat throughout the aircraft. Air Canada already
operates between the U.S. and Australia on its Vancouver-Honolulu-Sydney
service using existing route authorities.
With an elapsed westbound time of 21 hours and 15 minutes, Air Canada's
Toronto-Sydney flights via Los Angeles would offer the fastest elapsed time of
any airline from eastern Canada to Australia, shaving three and a half hours
off current Air Canada routings and also offering one-stop service from all
business markets across Canada. The daily flights would serve Canadian,
American and Australian consumers as well as freight forwarders, seeking
convenient and competitive air transportation between Canada and Australia,
the United States and Australia, and Canada and the United States. Air Canada
plans to work with its Star Alliance partners, Air New Zealand, United
Airlines and US Airways, through schedule coordination and codeshare services
to offer customers increased choice and convenience.
"The recently concluded Open Skies Agreement for Canada and the United
States opens new opportunities for Air Canada to enhance service for consumers
and business in Canada, the United States and international markets, such as
Australia," said Ben Smith, Vice President, Network Planning. "We look forward
to working with Canadian and Australian authorities to derive maximum benefits
for our customers in all three countries. 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, and
further capitalize on our cooperative agreements with our commercial partners.
In addition to offering all our customers faster access to and from Australia,
same plane service from our main hub in Toronto will raise the bar in premium
in-flight comfort using our new 777 fleet."
The Toronto-originating flights would be timed to offer convenient
connection possibilities in Los Angeles to and from Montreal, Edmonton,
Calgary and Vancouver, as well as to and from points throughout the United
States via Los Angeles on flights operated by Air Canada's Star Alliance
partners, United Airlines and US Airways.
An Open Skies Agreement for Canada and the United States was concluded
November 10, 2005. The agreement comes into effect September 2006. In addition
to providing for more choice and competitive pricing for consumers, the
agreement allows for carriers of each country to carry passengers via the
other country to third countries, referred to as "fifth freedom" rights, such
as Air Canada proposing to serve Australia via the United States.
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Air Canada flight attendants score victory in wage fight
Tracey Tyler
Toronto Star
27 January 2006

Air Canada flight attendants won a crucial victory yesterday in a battle that began 15 years ago, with a complaint that Canada's largest airline is discriminating against them by paying them differently than pilots and mechanics.

In a 7-0 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada said the salaries and working conditions of flight attendants, who are mostly women, can be compared with those of pilots and mechanics, who are mostly men, because all three groups work in the same "establishment."

Air Canada argued they did not work in the same establishment because they were governed by separate collective agreements. If the airline's argument was accepted, it would have prevented the case from going forward.

The case now returns to the Canadian Human Rights Commission for an investigation into the complaint in what is expected to be a lengthy hearing.

Yesterday's decision appears to settle what the court called a preliminary but "important" question in all pay equity cases and has implications for all employees working for federally regulated companies, including banks, Crown corporations, interprovincial trucking companies, VIA Rail, the federal public service and national museums.

The flight attendants brought their complaint under the Canadian Human Rights Code, which governs federal employers. Other companies are governed by different legislation and it is unclear how yesterday's ruling affects them.

If the court had agreed with Air Canada, it would have created "a significant stumbling block" for other groups of female workers who believe they are being illegally underpaid, said Douglas Wray, a lawyer representing the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which filed the complaint for flight attendants.

The Canadian Human Rights Act says employers are guilty of discrimination if men and women are paid differently for performing work of equal value in the same establishment.

Under the commission's guidelines, those working in an establishment include employees covered by a common personnel and wage policy.

Air Canada argued that flight attendants, pilots and mechanics are not governed by a common personnel and wage policy because they belong to distinct bargaining units covered by separate collective agreements.

As a result, the flight attendants can't be compared to the two male-dominated groups.

In essence, Air Canada argued that collective agreements are "the defining source" of personnel and wage policies, the court said yesterday. That approach would turn collective bargaining into a tool for entrenching discrimination, the court said.

In 1998, a panel of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal agreed with Air Canada's position, which effectively put a stop to the flight attendants' case. The Federal Court of Canada later agreed with the tribunal's decision, but the company was handed a defeat when that finding was overturned by the Federal Court of Appeal. Air Canada appealed that finding to the Supreme Court.
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Air Canada Plans Qantas Challenge On Los Angeles Route
27 January 2006

CANBERRA, Jan 27, 2006 (Dow Jones) -- Air Canada (ACNA.YY) plans to challenge Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) between Sydney and Los Angeles, the lucrative route also coveted by Singapore Airlines Ltd. (S55.SG).

Air Canada said it will ask the Australian and Canadian authorities for the rights to offer daily Toronto-Los Angeles-Sydney flights using long-range Boeing 777 aircraft during the first half of 2007.

Despite Singapore Airlines seeking access to the route for nearly a decade, only Qantas and UAL Corp.'s (UALAQ) United Airlines are authorized to fly the trans-Pacific route.

The Australian government is conducting a review of its aviation policy, including whether to allow Singapore Airlines access to the route dominated by Qantas.

Singapore Airlines wants permission from Canberra to pick up passengers in Sydney or Melbourne and then fly to the U.S. West Coast, as it seeks to grow earnings amid strong competition and soaring fuel costs.

Using its current rights, Air Canada flies Sydney-San Francisco-Toronto and Sydney-Hawaii-Toronto, according to a spokeswoman for Australian Transport Minister Warren Truss.

"The recently concluded Open Skies Agreement for Canada and the United States opens new opportunities for Air Canada to enhance service for consumers and business in Canada, the United States and international markets, such as Australia," Air Canada Vice President Network Planning Ben Smith said in a statement.

Australia is yet to receive an application for air rights from Air Canada, Truss' spokeswoman said Friday.

"If and when an application comes in we'll look at it but at this stage it's not going to have an effect on our aviation review," she said.
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