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Old January 28th, 2006, 05:40 PM   #401
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WestJet drops San Francisco route
CanWest News Service
25 January 2006

CALGARY - WestJet Airlines Ltd. dropped another U.S. route this month, cutting San Francisco from its network after the route failed to attract enough business.

Flights to San Francisco -- one of the first planks in WestJet's U.S. expansion launched in the fall of 2004 -- ended Jan. 9, an airline spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

"It was not proving to be a profitable route," said Gillian Bentley, noting low interest from U.S. travellers and increased competition from other carriers.

The change follows other cuts in WestJet's aggressive expansion into the U.S., where it flies to mostly sunspots and leisure destinations. The airline previously cut its Toronto-Los Angeles route due to poor ticket sales, and pulled out of New York altogether after having difficulty getting additional time slots to compete with other carriers.

The airline has also said it's struggling to attract U.S. travellers, with traffic of Canadian origin representing over 97 per cent of the passengers on transborder flights. Still, the airline continues to add new destinations, including Las Vegas and Fort Myers, Fla., last fall, and Hawaii in December, its first overseas routes.
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Air Canada plane to Vancouver diverted to Calgary for check on nose wheel
27 January 2006
The Canadian Press

REGINA (CP) _ Fire crews and ambulances were on standby at Regina's airport Friday morning after the flight crew of an Air Canada jet reported a problem with the plane's nose wheel.

Officials decided Jazz flight 8571 from Regina to Vancouver would be diverted to Calgary, where the company has a maintenance facility, said airline spokeswoman Debra Williams.

The plane landed safely in Calgary and the 39 passengers moved to a different plane and continued to Vancouver.

The maintenance staff is investigating to see if there was an actual problem with the nose wheel, said Williams.

There were only momentary delays to other flights because of the incident, said Regina airport authority Rob Slinger.
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Air Canada move gives Embraer leg up
By BARRIE MCKENNA
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 Posted at 8:57 PM EST

From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

Bombardier Inc.'s bold move into 100-seater jets was probably doomed the day Air Canada — its most loyal customer — opted to buy similar planes from archrival Embraer SA of Brazil.

The purchase last year by Air Canada of dozens of 70- and 90-seat aircraft positions Embraer to be the Montreal-based airline's preferred supplier of larger regional jets.

Air Canada chose Embraer because its plane offered a wider fuselage, the potential to put in more than 100 seats and a larger business class cabin, shunning Bombardier's competing 90-seat aircraft, the CRJ 900.

Now, analysts said, Embraer is in an ideal position to snatch the market for 100-seat planes — if it ever takes off.

“This market has been the next big thing for some time,” said aircraft analyst Richard Aboulafia of Teal Group Corp. in Fairfax, Va.

Most of the action these days is in 70-seat jets, and in that market Bombardier is doing reasonably well, Mr. Aboulafia said.

But Embraer is dominating the still nascent market for larger planes. It has 440 firm orders for its so-called E-Jets, which range in size from 70 to 110 seats, plus options for another 362 planes. The largest of its aircraft offerings — the E190 — seats up to 110 people.

“They sized it very intelligently,” Mr. Aboulafia said.

The major customers for the Embraer E190 are Air Canada, which has ordered 45, and JetBlue Airways Corp. of the United States, which has ordered 100. Embraer has just begun delivering those.

“We believe this market has a lot of potential,” said an Embraer official, who declined to be named.

Bombardier, by comparison, has sold 64 of its 75-seat CRJ 705s and 20 of its 90-seat CRJ 900s.

The dilemma for Embraer and Bombardier is that as they build bigger planes they begin to move onto turf dominated by Airbus SAS and Boeing Co. The Boeing 737 and the Airbus A318 come in 120-seat models, and both companies can crank out more with relatively little effort, according to Mr. Aboulafia.

That has made it particularly tough for Bombardier to justify the massive investment needed to launch the C Series.

Mr. Aboulafia said there's always been a gap in the market for 100-seat planes. But companies that have tried in the past to fill the need have failed miserably. He pointed out that Fokker of the Netherlands went bankrupt trying and BAE of Britain also struggled.

“There shouldn't be a dead zone, but there is,” he said. “Companies have gone bankrupt trying to fill it.”

Even as it put its long planned C Series on hold Tuesday, Bombardier insisted the market for jets carrying 100 to 135 people remains highly promising. Bombardier has estimated that airlines will need as many as 6,000 of those planes over the next two decades.

Embraer is similarly optimistic about the market for 90- to 120-seat jets. It has forecast airlines will buy as many as 3,000 of the planes.
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 07:00 AM   #404
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Air Canada launches new flight passes to simplify travel for businesses of all sizes
1 February 2006


Air Canada is expanding its line of innovative, multi-trip pass products to enable companies, ranging in size from small businesses to large corporations, to better manage travel while simplifying the booking process for employees.

The 'Flight Pass for Small Business' is tailored for use by small-to-medium sized firms and contains 30 flight credits that up to eight different employees can use over a three month period.

For large corporations, Air Canada has introduced the 'Corporate Pass' offered exclusively to its best corporate clients on a negotiated basis. Each 'Corporate Pass' can be used by up to 300 employees over a three month period. To suit a corporation's travel needs, an unlimited amount of one way trip credits for travel within various geographic zones in Canada and between Canada - USA may be purchased, simplifying the management of travel costs.

'Flight Pass for Small Business' and 'Corporate Pass' are available in two fare options, Tango Plus, Air Canada's best value fare, or the Latitude fare, for maximum flexibility. Regardless of fare type, Aeroplan members earn 100% Air Canada Status Miles. Travel must be on e-ticket available flights operated by Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz flights.

Convenient online access through the customer's personalized Flight Pass provides a quick, easy way to book travel and make changes, as well as enabling the corporation or travel agent to book, track and manage all user activity
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ACE Aviation completes Jazz Income Fund offering

MONTREAL, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Air Canada parent ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. said on Thursday that Jazz Air Income Fund completed its C$235 million ($206 million) initial public offering of units.

ACE said it expects net proceeds of C$222 million, which it will use for general corporate purposes.

ACE said the fund issued 23.5 million units at C$10 each. The income fund will acquire a 19.1 percent interest in Jazz Air LP, Air Canada's regional carrier.

Jazz operates a fleet of 120 aircraft to 56 Canadian and 17 U.S. destinations. ACE Aviation will retain a controlling interest in Jazz Air LP.

The fund gave underwriters an option to buy up to 3.5 million more units at the offering price for 30 days to cover over-allotments. CIBC World Markets and RBC Capital Markets acted as joint bookrunners in the underwriting syndicate.

Jazz Air LP also completed C$150 million of secured syndicated credit facilities, and drew down about C$115 million of it on the closing of the offering.

Jazz Air Income Fund distributions will be paid monthly, with the first expected on March 15 to unitholders of record on Feb. 28.

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Air Canada welcomes improved access to Toronto City Centre Airport
2 February 2006


Air Canada today welcomed the announcement by the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) of improved access to the Toronto City Centre Airport (TCCA).

The TPA today announced the construction of new Ferry Passenger Transfer Facilities as well as the acquisition of a new ferry capable of carrying more vehicles and passengers to TCCA.

"As Toronto City Center Airport's longest serving passenger airline, Air Canada is pleased that the TPA has decided to improve access to the airport. This decision will allow Air Canada, through its regional partner, Air Canada Jazz, to re-instate flights previously cancelled due to the lack of demand caused by inadequate access to the airport under the existing ferry service," said Ben Smith, Vice-President, Network Planning, Air Canada.

With the improved access to Toronto City Centre Airport, Air Canada said it will pursue a substantial increase of frequencies between that airport and Ottawa as well as the reinstatement of flights to and from Montreal. The carrier will also examine the feasibility of additional flights between TCCA and other regional destinations in Canada and the U.S.
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Air Canada launches 'North America Air Passes'
2 February 2006


Air Canada has introduced a range of one- year multi-trip passes that give consumers unprecedented freedom to travel everywhere Air Canada, Jazz and their regional partners fly throughout Canada and the United States.

Consumers can choose from among eight passes, each providing complete access within a specified geographic zone in Canada and the continental United States. Each one-year pass is valid for 10 or 20 one-way trips, including connecting flights, based on the carrier's Latitude fare benefits that offer superior flexibility such as complimentary changes and cancellations, advance seat selection and eligibility for confirmed online upgrades 24 hours in advance.

To promote the new Flight Passes, Air Canada is offering Aeroplan members 2,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for 10 credit passes and 5,000 Aeroplan Bonus Miles for 20 credit passes purchased on aircanada.com by March 31, 2006, in addition to one Mile for every $3 spent, plus mileage accumulation.

"Our simplified North America Passes represent a huge advance in increasing freedom and flexibility for our customers, by bringing our entire Canada and US networks within reach of every community we serve," said Sean Menke, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "Together with our recently launched multiple user Flight Passes designed specially for businesses and their employees, we will continue to expand innovative online products by giving our customers the choice of Flight Passes that best suit their individual needs."

Air Canada's new 'North America Passes' offer complete access to all points within eight geographic zones using just one credit per one-way trip, including all connecting flights:

Canada East Pass: Travel between and within Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador).

Canada West Pass: Travel between and within Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon.

Canada East-West Pass: Travel between and within British Columbia, the Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.

Cross Canada Pass: Travel anywhere within Air Canada's extensive domestic Canada route network.

U.S. Commuter Pass: Travel between Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and: LaGuardia, Newark, Boston and Chicago. Also includes travel on Air Canada's Rapidair services between Toronto-Montreal and Toronto-Ottawa.

Eastern Pass: Travel on all Canada East Pass routes PLUS, travel between Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Quebec and 36 U.S. cities including: Boston, LaGuardia, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington National, Dulles, Baltimore, Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers and Palm Beach.

Western Pass: Travel on all Canada West Pass routes PLUS, travel between British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and 14 U.S. cities including: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Minneapolis, Dallas and Houston.

North America Pass: Travel anywhere within Air Canada's extensive domestic Canada and U.S. transborder networks.

Air Canada's new 'North America Passes' join the carrier's growing range of multi-trip passes featuring its popular 'Rapidair Pass,' valid on the carrier's frequent shuttle services between Toronto-Montreal and Toronto- Ottawa, and its leisure passes to sun destinations including 'Sun Pass East,' 'Sun Pass West' and 'Hawaii Pass' - now all offered on a permanent, year-round basis.
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Air Canada move gives Embraer leg up

By BARRIE MCKENNA

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 Page B6

WASHINGTON -- Bombardier Inc.'s bold move into 100-seater jets was probably doomed the day Air Canada -- its most loyal customer -- opted to buy similar planes from archrival Embraer SA of Brazil.

The purchase last year by Air Canada of dozens of 70- and 90-seat aircraft positions Embraer to be the Montreal-based airline's preferred supplier of larger regional jets.

Air Canada chose Embraer because its plane offered a wider fuselage, the potential to put in more than 100 seats and a larger business class cabin, shunning Bombardier's competing 90-seat aircraft, the CRJ 900.

Now, analysts said, Embraer is in an ideal position to snatch the market for 100-seat planes -- if it ever takes off.


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"This market has been the next big thing for some time," said aircraft analyst Richard Aboulafia of Teal Group Corp. in Fairfax, Va.

Most of the action these days is in 70-seat jets, and in that market Bombardier is doing reasonably well, Mr. Aboulafia said.

But Embraer is dominating the still nascent market for larger planes. It has 440 firm orders for its so-called E-Jets, which range in size from 70 to 110 seats, plus options for another 362 planes. The largest of its aircraft offerings -- the E190 -- seats up to 110 people.

"They sized it very intelligently," Mr. Aboulafia said.

The major customers for the Embraer E190 are Air Canada, which has ordered 45, and JetBlue Airways Corp. of the United States, which has ordered 100. Embraer has just begun delivering those.

"We believe this market has a lot of potential," said an Embraer official, who declined to be named.

Bombardier, by comparison, has sold 64 of its 75-seat CRJ 705s and 20 of its 90-seat CRJ 900s.

The dilemma for Embraer and Bombardier is that as they build bigger planes they begin to move onto turf dominated by Airbus SAS and Boeing Co. The Boeing 737 and the Airbus A318 come in 120-seat models, and both companies can crank out more with relatively little effort, according to Mr. Aboulafia.

That has made it particularly tough for Bombardier to justify the massive investment needed to launch the C Series.

Mr. Aboulafia said there's always been a gap in the market for 100-seat planes. But companies that have tried in the past to fill the need have failed miserably. He pointed out that Fokker of the Netherlands went bankrupt trying and BAE of Britain also struggled.

"There shouldn't be a dead zone, but there is," he said. "Companies have gone bankrupt trying to fill it."

Even as it put its long planned C Series on hold yesterday, Bombardier insisted the market for jets carrying 100 to 135 people remains highly promising. Bombardier has estimated that airlines will need as many as 6,000 of those planes over the next two decades.

Embraer is similarly optimistic about the market for 90- to 120-seat jets. It has forecast airlines will buy as many as 3,000 of the planes.
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Old February 4th, 2006, 06:06 PM   #409
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Air Canada pays the price for enforcing boarding rule
Duncan Thorne
CanWest News Service
4 February 2006

EDMONTON - Air Canada's $1,482.92 cheque is in the mail to Craig McIntyre, after a little prodding from a federal tribunal.

"It's been a huge battle," Mr. McIntyre said from his Sherwood Park home yesterday.

"It" happened on May 17, 2004, when Mr. McIntyre dropped teenage sons Eric and Scott at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport for a flight to Edmonton.

It was 8:10 a.m., 45 minutes before the departure of flight AC 181, Mr. McIntyre said.

Back then Air Canada was recommending that passengers check in 60 minutes before flights. It required they be at the boarding gate with 25 minutes to spare.

Mr. McIntyre saw that there was no line-up that morning. He watched his sons walk up to the check-in desk, tickets in hand.

He left the terminal and hopped in his car. But something made him want to make sure Eric, then 17, and Scott, 16, were OK.

He spotted them at a pay phone, where they were trying to call him.

Mr. McIntyre said: "When my son Eric goes to the counter they say, 'No, you're too late. Go over there and buy new tickets.'

When Mr. McIntyre disputed the decision with the bilingual check-in staff they started talking about the case between themselves in French, he said.

He was eventually able to buy the boys tickets on a WestJet flight, no more than 15 minutes before its departure. The cost: $1,482.92.

Air Canada has contended Eric and Scott arrived at check-in too close to 8:30 a.m., the airline's deadline for being at the boarding gate.

The Canadian Transportation Agency, which licenses the airlines, accepts Mr. McIntyre's version.

It found that Air Canada was within its rights to enforce a rule that passengers be at the boarding gate 25 minutes before departure. But it said the airline could not turn away the McIntyres merely for missing a recommended check-in time.

It ordered Air Canada to pay Mr. McIntyre to cover the cost of the replacement WestJet tickets.
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Air Canada January Load Factor 78.1%
7 February 2006

MONTREAL (Dow Jones)--Air Canada's mainline carrier flew 3.50 billion revenue passenger miles in January, up 2.7% from 3.41 billion a year earlier.

In a press release, the company said its load factor was 78.1% in January, up from 77.7% a year earlier.

For the Jazz regional airline, traffic totalled 259 million revenue passenger miles, up 80% from 144 million a year earlier. The load factor slipped to 66.2% from 67%.
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WestJet January Traffic Up 20.8%
7 February 2006

CALGARY (Dow Jones)--WestJet Airlines Ltd. (WJA.T) recorded a 20.8% increase in traffic last month, to 741.8 million revenue passenger miles from 614.3 million in January 2005.

In a news release, the company said its capacity rose 11.6% to 982.6 million available seat miles from 880.6 million a year earlier.

January load factor was 75.5% versus 69.8%.

WestJet is a low-fare airline.
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Airline told to consider disabled
Debra Black
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9 February 2006
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Air Canada has received a mild slap on the wrist for failing to provide a woman who had knee surgery with a wheelchair despite the fact she asked for one when she reserved her flight.

The airline has been ordered to issue a bulletin to its employees at Pearson airport within 30 days reminding them to be sensitive to the needs of travellers with disabilities, according to a decision by the Canadian Transportation Agency.

The action comes after a complaint about a flight taken by Ingrid Polacco to London, England, from Pearson on March 5, 2003. She had requested a wheelchair because she had recently undergone bilateral knee replacement surgery. When it came time to board the flight, no wheelchair was to be had.

"Things fell a little below what we would normally provide," Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said yesterday.

"Air Canada does take its commitment to special-needs people very seriously. ... In this case, we regret Mrs. Polacco's experience was unsatisfactory. ... Before she even filed her complaint, we did acknowledge our shortcomings and offered her a travel voucher."

The ruling requires the bulletin "reinforce the importance of initiating discussions with persons with disabilities who have requested assistance, such as wheelchair assistance, to ensure that their needs and abilities are clearly understood and to ensure that uninformed assumptions are not made, for example, the ability of a person to walk."

Fitzpatrick said the airline will comply with the ruling.

Air Canada has improved its services since Polacco's experience, Fitzpatrick said, with the establishment of a special-assistance team for travellers with all types of special needs.

The night Polacco reported to the airport for her flight was one of the busiest travel days at Pearson. She was told to go to the wheelchair desk but was not provided with a wheelchair.

Instead, according to the decision, an Air Canada agent helped her to the departure gate with her luggage. Polacco had to walk to the security area and beyond to her gate and then to the aircraft using her cane.

In her submission, Polacco said "all other passengers with disabilities were provided with wheelchair assistance."

The decision said Polacco, who could not be reached for comment, found the walk to the aircraft and finding her seat without assistance "extremely painful, particularly as she was carrying a bag containing her duty-free products in addition to using her cane."
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Air Canada parent posts loss, plans job cuts
By Robert Melnbardis

MONTREAL, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Air Canada parent ACE Aviation Holdings reported on Friday a fourth-quarter loss on high fuel costs and unveiled plans to cut nonunion jobs by 20 percent.

ACE Aviation said it expects the reductions in management and other nonunion staff to be mainly at Air Canada, the nation's largest airline, and its cargo unit, as well as at its ground handling and maintenance services.

The company expects to record job cut costs in its first quarter.

At year end, ACE Aviation had 33,100 full-time employees, including union and nonunion workers, up from 32,000 a year earlier.

ACE Aviation is the holding company for Air Canada, which emerged at the end of September 2004 from 18 months of bankruptcy protection.

In its fourth quarter, the company said it lost C$103 million ($89 million), or C$1.02 a share, compared with a year-earlier profit of C$15 million, or 17 Canadian cents a share. The fourth quarter is traditionally a weak one.

Revenue rose to C$2.3 billion from C$2.06 billion as Air Canada flew more passengers and fuller planes.

ACE Aviation said its quarterly operating loss widened to C$35 million from C$3 million a year earlier. It did not immediately provide a per share figure for operating loss.

Analysts were looking for ACE Aviation to lose 46 Canadian cents a share in the fourth quarter, before items, according to Reuters Estimates.

ACE Aviation said aircraft fuel costs were its biggest expense increase in the quarter from a year earlier, soaring C$146 million, or 34 percent.

Ownership costs, comprised of aircraft rent and depreciation, also rose as Air Canada added 41 aircraft, including regional jets from Bombardier Inc. and Embraer SA .

The company said it planned to pay out C$54.5 million in employee profit sharing for 2005.

ACE Aviation, the first major airline company to spin out its customer loyalty points program, and which recently spun out Air Canada's regional carrier, Jazz, said it will look for ways to monetize its Air Canada Technical Services unit.

"While progress has been made at ACTS in terms of developing the business as a stand alone company, more work remains to be done," ACE Aviation said in a statement.

The company said it will also look for ways to enhance the value of other subsidiaries.

At Air Canada's yield, a closely watched measure of average passenger revenue for each revenue passenger mile flown, was 17.9 Canadian cents in the latest fourth quarter versus 16.9 Canadian cents a year earlier.

Passenger load factor, which measures the average number of seats sold as a proportion of those available on flights, rose to 76.7 percent from 75.5 percent.

ACE Aviation's restricted voting shares closed at C$35.22 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday, 18 percent below their year high of C$43.03.

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Air Canada Opts for Boeing Integrated EFBs on All New 777s and 787s

Air Canada plans to install Boeing class-3 EFBs (electronic flight bags) on all new B-777s and B-787s ordered by the airline, making it the first airline in North America to operate such a system that is fully integrated with the airplane's avionics.

The airline says it will have EFB systems installed, certified and delivered on all eighteen of the 777-300ERs, 777-200LRs and 777 freighters, as well as the fourteen 787s, it ordered last November. (Boeing is making the EFB standard equipment on the 787.) The airline should receive its first EFB-equipped 777 in 2007 and its first 787 in 2010.

Boeing considers its EFB a core technology of its "e-Enabled" vision of how aircraft in the future will be one component of an electronically connected aviation enterprise, along with airline ground and ATC systems, operating together in virtual real time. Its EFB uses hardware developed by Astronautics Corp. of America (ACA), and software developed by Boeing, itself, and its Jeppesen subsidiary. 02-10-2006.
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Air Canada's Fuel-Saving Metallic Jets

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Old February 15th, 2006, 10:07 AM   #418
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that reminds me American Airlines... are they trying to use... energy from the sun??

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Old February 15th, 2006, 10:52 AM   #420
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No paint = lighter planes = savings on fuel. Cathay Pacific is considering doing the same for their 747 freighters.

Sure looks ugly though. With the painted nose cone and engine cowling, it looks like it's cobbled together from spare parts.
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