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Old March 4th, 2006, 06:40 PM   #441
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Air Canada launches non-stop Embraer E190 service between Edmonton and Montreal

EDMONTON, March 2 /CNW Telbec/ - A new Air Canada Embraer E190 jet took to the skies today from Edmonton non-stop to Montreal, launching daily, year-round service between the two cities.

"We know our customers appreciate the choice and convenience of non-stop flights year round," said Marc Rosenberg, Vice President, Sales and Product Distribution. "The addition of new, state-of-the-art aircraft to Air Canada's fleet allows us to deploy the right aircraft to meet travel demand, while offering more frequencies and superior comfort for our customers in Edmonton."

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

The 93-seat E190 aircraft is configured to provide a choice of two
classes of service with 9 window or aisle seats in Executive Class offering
39 inches of legroom, and 84 window or aisle seats in Hospitality service
offering 33 inches of legroom. The E190 has a cruising speed of 830 km/h and a range of up to 4,260 km with a maximum payload of 12,720 kg. Air Canada has firm orders for 45 E190 aircraft with additional options for up to 60 additional E190 aircraft.

"The introduction of the new Embraer jets is a clear demonstration of Air Canada's commitment to serving the growing air travel needs of our region," says Reg Milley, Edmonton Airports President and CEO. "We're pleased that the Edmonton-Montreal route is one of the first in Western Canada to receive the new E190 and the state-of-the-art comfort and entertainment it provides."

The renewal of Air Canada's North American fleet enables more non-stop flights and enhanced services for Edmontonians:

Edmonton-Los Angeles: daily non-stop flights starting May 1 with 75-seat
Bombardier 705 jet offering a choice of Executive Class or Hospitality
service.

Edmonton-Ottawa: one additional flight for a total of two daily non-stop
flights with 93-seat Embraer E190 offering a choice of Executive Class or
Hospitality service.

Edmonton-Winnipeg: one additional flight for a total of three daily
non-stop flights with 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-200.

Edmonton-Fort McMurray: one additional flight for a total of five daily
non-stop flights.

Edmonton-Grande Prairie: one additional flight for a total of five daily
non-stop flights.

From Edmonton, Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz offer more than 370 scheduled flights each week to 11 destinations across Canada and the U.S.
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WestJet's February Load Factor Increases to 80.8%

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - March 7, 2006) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) announced its traffic statistics for February 2006 today, featuring a 22% increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) to 727.3 million, up from 597.8 million in February 2005. Year to date, RPMs increased 21% to 1.469 billion from 1.212 billion in the same period in 2005.

Available seat miles (ASMs) grew 10% to 899.9 million in February 2006, up from 820.5 million in February 2005. Year to date, ASMs have increased 11% to 1.882 billion, up from 1.701 billion in the same two-month period in 2005.

WestJet's load factor for February 2006 was 80.8% compared with 72.9% in February 2005, featuring a 7.9% percentage-point increase. During the first two months of 2006, the company's load factor increased 6.8 percentage points to 78.0% compared with 71.2% during the same period in 2005.

"We are extremely pleased with our operating results for February, producing a year-over-year 22% increase in RPMs and an important increase in load factor." said Clive Beddoe, WestJet's President and CEO. "These numbers point to us producing stronger first quarter results than last year as we continue to see improvements in both load factors and yield."

"Today's announcement indicates that our marketing and operating strategies are working very well."

Marking its tenth anniversary this year, WestJet is Canada's leading low-fare airline offering scheduled service throughout its 33-city North American network. Named Canada's most respected corporation for customer service in 2005, WestJet pioneered low-cost high-value flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu on the majority of its fleet, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.
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AIR CANADA SILVER JETS TO GET DRESSED!

Heard from YYZ news that the silver experimented AC 767-300 will be getting back its original colour this month!

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saw this too, glad to hear it. That was a pretty ugly looking plane
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Old March 11th, 2006, 06:44 PM   #446
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Well, it was a 767-200, not -300, but this was a clear sign of desperate management. Everybody could have told them that this would lead to nothing.
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Air Canada launches 'Oil Express Pass' to/from Fort McMurray, offers oil patch workers convenience of new multi-trip flight pass

FORT MCMURRAY, AB and ST. JOHN'S, NL, March 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Less than three weeks after Air Canada announced 'Newfoundland Express' direct flights between Fort McMurray, Alberta and St. John's Newfoundland & Labrador beginning April 8th, the carrier today introduced a multi-trip Flight Pass specially tailored to meet the travel needs of oil patch workers in northern Alberta. By offering pre-purchased flight credits conveniently online, Air Canada's 'Oil Express Pass' simplifies planning travel for work and leisure between Fort McMurray and Atlantic Canada, select destinations in Eastern Canada and the southwestern United States.

Air Canada's 'Oil Express Pass' provides pass holders with six pre-purchased one-way trips, including connecting flights, to/from Fort McMurray and all points served by Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz in Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, as well as Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Phoenix, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Travel must commence or finish in Fort McMurray.

"Air Canada's 'Oil Express Pass' is designed to provide oil patch workers in northern Alberta, their friends and family with the peace of mind to travel for work or leisure whenever they want," said Sean Menke, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "This newest addition to our growing range of multi-trip Flight Passes offers great value for the simplicity and convenience it provides to plan travel between Fort McMurray and some of the most popular destinations in Eastern Canada and the U.S. Southwest. We look forward to introducing more multi-trip Flight Passes tailored to suit the
individual needs of our customers."

Flight Pass holders receive one Aeroplan Mile for every $3 spent, plus mileage accumulation. The 'Oil Express Pass' is now available for purchase for $2,334 including airport fees and charges, excluding GST and QST if applicable. The pass is valid for a one year period offering the booking conditions of Air Canada's everyday low Tango fare product, plus complimentary seat selection when done online.

Air Canada's multi-trip Flight Passes are available exclusively online at aircanada.com and through travel agents, for residents of Canada. Convenient online access through the customer's personalized Flight Pass at aircanada.com provides an easy and quick way to book travel and make changes. To purchase a pass, customers or their travel agent simply visit aircanada.com, click on 'Flight Pass' on the home page, and enter their Aeroplan membership number and personal identification number. Complete details on booking conditions are available at aircanada.com.

Air Canada's new 'Oil Express Pass' joins the carrier's growing range of 'North America Passes' featuring its popular 'Rapidair Pass,' valid on the carrier's frequent shuttle services between Toronto-Montreal and Toronto-Ottawa, its multi-user 'Small Business Pass' for companies and its leisure flight passes for sun seekers including 'Sun Pass East,' 'Sun Pass West' and 'Hawaii Pass' - now all offered on a permanent, year-round basis.

Air Canada has led the industry in launching multi-trip air passes that provide customers with the convenience to self manage frequent air travel using pre-purchased flight credits in a personalized online Flight Pass. In addition, Air Canada is the first network carrier in North America to have introduced everyday low, simplified online fares across its Canada and U.S. route network. It further simplified its value-driven fare products by eliminating Saturday stay and return fare requirements.

Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz operate more non-stop flights within Canada and to the United States than any other airline. Within Canada, the carriers operate more than 955 non-stop flights per day on 135 routes to and from 59 Canadian airports. Between Canada and the United States, the carriers operate more than 385 non-stop flights per day on 85 routes to and from 51 U.S. and 7 Canadian destinations. In 2005, an independent survey of more than 12 million international air travellers ranked Air Canada as the Best Airline in North America.
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Air Canada's Jazz eyeing U.S. partnerships-CEO
By Wojtek Dabrowski

TORONTO, March 14 (Reuters) - Air Canada's regional Jazz subsidiary has held partnership talks with U.S. carriers regarding transborder service, Jazz Chief Executive Joseph Randell said on Tuesday.

"It's an opportunity, it's something that we will look to take advantage of," Randell told Reuters in an interview. He added that no deal appears imminent because of regulatory hurdles.

"It's a two-edged sword where, on one hand, it's difficult for us to operate in the U.S., on the other hand it is difficult for U.S. operators to operate in Canada," he said.

Consequently, a reduction in restrictions, including ownership rules, would have to be two-sided as well, "on a fair and equitable basis," he said, adding that a cut to government red-tape over ownership could create "opportunities to operate, purchase (and) merge."

As of Feb. 1, Jazz flew to 56 destinations in Canada on Air Canada's behalf, but to only 22 destinations in the United States. It has a fleet of 131 aircraft, which it will grow to 135 by July, Randell said.

Jazz is 79.7 percent owned by Air Canada parent ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. and 20.3 percent owned by Jazz Air Income Fund , which started trading in February. ACE raised a gross total of C$250 million ($217.4) from the fund offering.

Randell also noted that another area of growth for Jazz, which currently derives most of its business from selling capacity to Air Canada, is its charter and maintenance, repair and overhaul business.

The oil boom in Canada's west, for example, has spurred charter demand.

"In Western Canada, we're doing charter work for the oil companies," he said.

Randell also said Jazz is ideally suited for the low-tax income trust structure, where most of a company's profits flow through to investors, who are then taxed on the earnings.

He said Jazz is insulated from most variable costs faced by airlines, which are passed on to Air Canada under the carriers' 10-year capacity purchase agreement. These include all-important fuel costs, airport user fees and navigation fees.

The costs that Jazz is responsible for, which it negotiates with Air Canada and on which it is paid a markup by the carrier, include wages, salaries, maintenance expenses and aircraft leases.

"We've worked to make those very predictable," Randell said. For instance, about 50 percent of Jazz's cost base is labor. That expense is negotiated with unions in multiyear collective agreements, which keeps them stable, he said.

"A very small amount of our costs are actually unpredictable or subject to variation," he said.

FUND UNITS STALL

For all of Jazz's predictability described by Randell, investors have not been too eager to bid up the trust's units since its IPO. First offered at C$10 each, they were at C$9.25 on Tuesday on a very thin volume of 12,060.

Analysts and investors have said this is due in part to the fact that airlines have historically been notorious underperformers. They have struggled with high costs of fuel, as well as demand which plunged after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, and the SARS outbreak in Canada. Air Canada itself visited bankruptcy protection for 18 months before emerging in September 2004.

So, aside from confidence in Jazz's business model, what does Randell say to those who bought into Jazz's IPO only to see the units languish?

"We have no explanation for the change," he said, adding that Jazz was at the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday "and we were told that it's sometimes not unusual for initial offerings to drop off a little bit and then come back. But, again, I'm not forecasting what's going to happen here, other than we're confident in our business and our business plan."

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ACE Aviation to sell 7 million Aeroplan units

MONTREAL, March 17 (Reuters) - Air Canada parent ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. said on Friday it intends to sell 7.1 million units of Aeroplan Income Fund under a previously announced special distribution to its shareholders.

ACE said the 7,085,111 Aeroplan units to be sold consist largely of those that cannot be distributed to U.S. shareholders of ACE. The Montreal-based company said it may begin selling the units on March 24 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

On Feb. 16, ACE approved a C$266 million ($231 million) special distribution to its shareholders of units of Aeroplan, which holds a stake in Air Canada's customer loyalty points program.

The distribution of 0.18 Aeroplan unit for each class A variable voting share, class B voting share and preferred share of ACE is being made as a return of capital. It amounts to about 10.1 percent of Aeroplan units.

ACE is distributing 20.2 million Aeroplan units all told. Of that, 13.1 million units will be delivered to ACE shareholders and the remaining 7.1 million units will be sold on the exchange.

After taking into account the distribution, ACE will have a 75.5 percent stake in Aeroplan LP, while Aeroplan Income Fund will hold 24.5 percent.

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Air Canada adds daily flights to Salt Lake, San Diego
18 March 2006
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Air Canada continues to expand into the U.S. with two new daily services to Salt Lake City and San Diego from Toronto.

Non-stop service to Salt Lake City using 75-seat Bombardier CRJ-705 aircraft operated by Air Canada Jazz will start June 2. On July 1, Air Canada will reintroduce daily, non-stop service to San Diego from Pearson International, using 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

The schedules are: Toronto-Salt Lake City, AC8651 leaves Toronto at 6: 20 p.m., arrives in Salt Lake City at 8: 50 p.m. AC8652 leaves Salt Lake City at 9 a.m., reaching Toronto at 2: 45 p.m. Toronto-San Diego: AC779 leaves Toronto at 9: 10 a.m., arriving in San Diego at 11: 28 a.m. AC780 leaves San Diego at 12: 15 p.m., arriving at Pearson at 7: 48 p.m.
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Labour disputes give Jazz the blues
Mechanics warn of work slowdown Could cause flight delays at Pearson
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20 March 2006
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Flight delays could hit Air Canada Jazz as early as today as a long simmering dispute between the airline and its mechanics boils over.

Employee complaints about management, ranging from harassment to racial discrimination - including the alleged posting of a "Whites Only" sign on an office door at Toronto's Pearson International Airport - have been joined by anger over a new company rule obliging mechanics to use electronic time cards.

Last Tuesday, as many as 21 mechanics went home in protest over the time-card policy and now face disciplinary hearings today and tomorrow they say could trigger a work-to-rule campaign. If that happens, they say the result would be lengthy delays at Canada's busiest airport.

A Jazz spokesperson yesterday denied allegations of racism among management and insisted there will be "absolutely no impact" to scheduled flights as a result of unhappy mechanics.

"We can't elaborate on an internal situation involving employees," says Debra Williams, who said there were fewer than 20 mechanics who booked off work last Tuesday due to illness. "With anything like that, we'd work through it with the union."

The employees who walked off the job last week say they did so in a show of solidarity for an employee who was suspended the same day for refusing to use the time-card system. Several spoke to the Star on condition of anonymity.

Jazz has won a ruling from the Canada Industrial Relations Board that the mechanics who walked off the job a week ago did so illegally.

"One by one, we went in the office and said we were sick," said Sean Kemsley, a Jazz mechanic who faces a disciplinary hearing tomorrow. "Most of us ... are so sick to death and stressed out from this crap, (we said) 'If you're going to send one of us home, you're going to send all of us home.' "

If the airline now terminates some or all of those mechanics, Jazz may face a debilitating slowdown, employees and a union official said.

"We're talking about mechanics doing things to the Nth-degree; it's an attempt to slow down operations," said Anne Davidson, a bargaining official with the Canadian Auto Workers, which represents Jazz mechanics.

Grant Anastas, a Jazz mechanic in Toronto who isn't among those facing disciplinary action, says there's strong support for colleagues who walked off the job.

"We went through the company, we went through the union and we're stalled," he said. "We're not treated as professionals. It's constant abuse. And I fix aircraft that fly my family, your family, everybody. I want to make sure they're done right."

Jazz has about 750 mechanics stationed across the country with more than 150 in Toronto.

In an interview with the Star, one mechanic who has worked for Air Canada for more than five years, said Jazz typically completes maintenance on 18 to 20 jets in a 12-hour shift. With a work to rule, it could pare that figure to 10, he said.

"I think you'll find (Jazz) mechanics will become the most diligent mechanics you will ever find. They will follow our maintenance procedure manual to the tee. If that means a job takes four hours they'd normally do in two or three, they'll take the four hours."

Further highlighting how tense relations between the mechanics and Air Canada have become, the Canada Human Rights Commission is expected in coming months to hear a complaint filed by a former employee, fired last year, who charges an Air Canada supervisor hung a sign titled "Whites only" outside his office. Davidson confirmed the complaint had been filed.

"We have absolutely zero tolerance for any kind of discriminatory behaviour like that," said Jazz's Williams. "We have policies in place to deal with situations such as that."

The battle over the use of a card to swipe in and out on shift changes first surfaced when a number of Air Canada ramp workers and mechanics walked off the job on Jan. 19, 2005, in what the company described as an illegal job action.

At the time, employees and union officials said the company alleged it had become standard practice for some workers to falsify the time sheets of colleagues who have allegedly left work early or in some cases haven't shown up at all.

Jazz mechanics say the company hasn't followed through on a pledge to notify them on pay stubs whenever their so-called time bank was docked for lateness or other infractions.

With a fleet of 130 planes, the current Air Canada Jazz was created in 2002 with the merging of AirBC, Air Nova, Air Ontario, and Canadian Regional. Jazz operates routes between 70 North American cities and is one of the world's largest regional carriers.

Some of the mechanics who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the 1,500 union members may seek to sever ties to their current union, the CAW, because it hasn't supported the employees on their electronic time-clock complaint.

"We resigned for the simple fact that our union wasn't supporting us," said one mechanic who spoke with the Star on condition of anonymity. "We're just not getting any support."

The CAW's Davidson defended Jazz on the time-card issue, saying the information has been inconsistent on pay stubs because of a glitch, but that Jazz has agreed to provide the biweekly printouts on its own.

"We have advised other employees to use the swipe cards," she said. "Not using them borders on insubordination - that's the company's view of it."

Davidson said Pearson International has become a cocktail of tension and venom between employees and Jazz management. A number of mechanics working there "are quite a militant sort of group," she said.

In a bid to ease relations at the Toronto airport, Davidson said the company and union have agreed to hire a former administrator of Canadian Airlines' employee assistance program to determine why so many disputes have erupted between Jazz and its mechanics.

"This is not a terrible employer," Davidson said.
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It seems that Air Canada's Boeing order will look like this:

777
200LR--13
300ER--3
200F---2

787
800--14
http://www.aircanada.com/en/about/in...NBF_060321.pdf

Mind you, Air Canada has options to go as many as 90+ aircrafts later on
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I believe AC has revised its 777 order to:

200LR--12
300ER--4
200F--2

It was posted on airliners.net
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Yup, I think you're right....but I am still amazed at the number of LRs they are getting
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Also Air Canada revised the 787 orders as well. They will be getting both the 787-8 and 787-9. They may also consider to include the new 787-10 from boeing in the options list.

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'Hard' to raise wages at Air Canada, ACE's Milton warns
Alexandre Deslongchamps
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30 March 2006

OTTAWA - ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., owner of Air Canada, will find it "hard" to increase wages in labour contract talks this year because other carriers have reduced pay, chief executive Robert Milton said yesterday.

"The unions and the employees want pay increases," Mr. Milton told reporters in Ottawa. "It's very hard to look at that kind of a change given that in most places around North America wages are going down very, very significantly."

Canada's largest airline is preparing for talks with about 25,000 employees at five unions representing workers such as pilots, ground crew and flight attendants. Their contracts, which expire in 2009, allow for wage negotiations this year and prevent a lockout at the Montreal-based company or a strike by employees.

No talks date has been set, an Air Canada spokeswoman said.

The Air Canada Pilots Association, the union representing about 3,100 pilots, is seeking to recoup some of the wages lost when Air Canada reorganized while under bankruptcy protection, which it exited in October, 2004.

"The company is profitable again. That they can afford to distribute $250-million to their shareholders is a sign that the company's making great progress, so we're looking for some acknowledgement of that," union spokesman Carl Mavromichalis said yesterday in an interview.

Mr. Milton said any wage increases may be determined by an independent arbitrator.

ACE shares fell 45 cents to close at $34.72 in Toronto yesterday.
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