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Old March 11th, 2007, 07:50 PM   #581
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I believe AC is getting rid of the A345 entirely. India has been wiped off the network. Management decided to use long-haul aircraft to expand to China instead.
the 345 are very new aircrafts. Do we know if AC got them on lease?
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Up in till 2006 Air Canada operated daily from Glasgow to Toronto with a Boeing 767 but with increased competition on the route they pulled it.

Recently there has been rumours going around that Air Canada are set to return to the Glasgow-Toronto route but with an Airbus A319. Has anyone herd anything more on this?
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Does anyone know if AC will fly to Melbourne?
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Very slim chance, the Toronto/LAX/Sydney route was denied or something, so I guess nothing from the TO side. And I'm pretty sure YVR would never be able to handle that route.
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Air Canada plane does U-turn to Tokyo on false 'door open' alert

TOKYO, March 13, 2007 (AFP) - An Air Canada plane carrying 253 people did an emergency U-turn shortly after taking off from Tokyo's Narita airport Wednesday on a false alert that one of its doors opened in flight, an airport spokesman said.

The Airbus A340 took off from at 5:18 pm (0818 GMT) on a flight to Toronto but headed back "when it was indicated that a right front door was open," the spokesman said.

The jet touched down at the airport at 6:06 pm and departed again two hours later after safety checks, he said. "It was confirmed the door had remained shut."

All the 238 passengers and 15 crew members were safe.
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Wal-Mart to fly WestJet
March 21, 2007
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CALGARY – Canada's main no-frills airline has struck a deal to fly around executives from Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest discount department store and food retailer.

WestJet Airlines (TSX: WJA) announced a "preferred airline" link with Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) on Wednesday in a move the discount air carrier hopes will generate new revenues from expanded transportation and group services to the giant retailers' business travellers.

The Calgary airline said it hopes to use the new business with Wal-Mart to attract even more contracts with a broad range of corporate business travellers – anywhere from local to international organizations who want discount flights.

"As we continue to expand our service reach, we become an attractive option for many national and multinational corporations," said Duncan Bureau, WestJet's sales vice-president. "Wal-Mart is one of the most highly regarded organizations of our time."

Duane Futch, director of global travel services for Wal-Mart, said WestJet's discount business model "makes them a valuable business partner and logical choice for our company."

WestJet operates flights to 35 cities in North American and the Caribbean.

Wal-Mart is the world's biggest retailer with operations around the globe and more than 1.4 million employees.

In Canada, Wal-Mart operates more than 280 discount retail outlets, superstores and other branded department stores and has a workforce of more than 70,000 people.

In Wednesday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, WestJet shares rose seven cents to $15.20.
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wow all i see is good news for westjet, perhaps canada's southwest airlines? : well i enjoyed your news hkskyline, great job with the details
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I hope that they change their livery very soon. It's, like, they're proud to be cheap.
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WestJet adds flights following rival's withdrawal

CALGARY, Alberta, April 12 (Reuters) - WestJet Airlines Ltd. said on Thursday it would boost service from Vancouver, British Columbia, after a rival carrier ended scheduled service from the city.

WestJet, Canada's No. 2 airline, will add new nonstop flights to Toronto next month in a move it said was a response to Harmony Airways' decision last month to walk away from its scheduled routes because of rising costs and cutthroat competition.

WestJet said it will also add winter flights to Hawaii, Las Vegas and Palm Springs, California, in November.

"We recognize travelers' flight choices and flexibility were compromised after Harmony Airways announced ceasing their operations and flights to these locations," Bob Cummings, executive vice-president of WestJet, said in a release.

Harmony ended its Vancouver-to-Toronto service on March 30 and all other scheduled service on April 9.
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Air Canada reports record March traffic
Mainline passenger load factor of 83.8% - highest ever for March


MONTREAL, April 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada reported a record load factor
of 83.8 per cent in March 2007, the highest ever for the month.

The mainline carrier flew 5.0 per cent more revenue passenger miles
(RPMs) in March 2007 than in March 2006, according to preliminary traffic
figures. Capacity increased by 2.0 per cent, resulting in a load factor of
83.8 per cent, compared to 81.4 per cent in March 2006; an increase of
2.4 percentage points.

Jazz, from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity, flew 16.8 per
cent more RPMs in March 2007 than in March 2006, according to preliminary
traffic figures. Capacity increased by 12.0 per cent, resulting in a load
factor of 76.0 per cent, compared to 72.9 per cent in March 2006; an increase
of 3.1 percentage points.

Year over year, system traffic on a consolidated basis for Air Canada and
Jazz, rose 5.9 per cent on a capacity increase of 2.9 per cent, resulting in a
load factor of 83.1 per cent; an increase of 2.4 percentage points.

"Air Canada achieved a record load factor of 83.8 per cent in March as we
continued to grow our customer base and the market for our products and
services remained very strong. Clearly, customers are expressing a growing
preference for Air Canada when they travel," said Montie Brewer, President and
Chief Executive of Air Canada. "In March, we took delivery of the first of
eight ultra-modern Boeing 777 aircraft that will be introduced to the fleet
this year, giving people more reason than ever to fly Air Canada. In addition
to our simplified fares, new seatback video systems and Executive First lie
flat seats, a key part of the experience remains the service our employees
provide and their hard work is winning the loyalty of travellers."

This discussion contains certain forward-looking statements, which
involve a number of risks and uncertainties. As a result of many factors
including acts or potential acts of terrorism, international conflicts,
government regulations and government mandated restrictions on operations and
pricing, fuel prices, industry restructuring, labour negotiations, the
economic environment in general including foreign exchange and interest rates,
the airline competitive and pricing environment, industry capacity decisions
and new entrants as well as external events, actual results could differ from
expected results and the differences could be material.

http://micro.newswire.ca/release.cgi...3213-0&Start=0
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 10:53 AM   #591
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WestJet Announces Its Highest March Load Factor in History
Press Release
APR 4, 2007 - 08:30 ET

Load factor of 85.2 per cent marks the airline's best March, capping a record first quarter

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - April 4, 2007) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced a March load factor of 85.2 per cent - a record high for the month. Results for March include an 18 per cent increase in available seat miles over March last year, demonstrating the airline's continued ability to add capacity and stimulate demand. WestJet's year-to-date load factor of 81.1 per cent marks a record first quarter, a significant achievement in a quarter where capacity increased 19% per cent.

Sean Durfy, WestJet President commented, "These results clearly establish WestJet as a national airline of choice. The past three months of record load factor indicate guests are choosing WestJet and that we are well positioned to successfully continue adding aircraft to our fleet. We have an additional five deliveries for new 737s confirmed before year-end, bringing our 2007 total to seven new aircraft.

"Our record first quarter traffic results show that our unique guest experience delivered by our WestJetters is meaningful for our guests. I would like to thank our people for their efforts throughout the first quarter."

March 2007 Traffic Results---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Per cent March 2007 March 2006 change----------------------------------------------------------------------------Load Factor 85.2% 81.9% 3.3 pts.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Available Seat Miles (ASM) 1,195.6 million 1,014.6 million 18%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Revenue Passenger Miles (RPM) 1,018.4 million 831.3 million 23%----------------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Per cent Q1 2007 Q1 2006 change----------------------------------------------------------------------------Load Factor 81.1% 79.4% 1.7 pts.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Available Seat Miles (ASM) 3,449.0 million 2,897.1 million 19%----------------------------------------------------------------------------Revenue Passenger Miles (RPM) 2,797.2 million 2,300.4 million 22%----------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Similar to January and February, we are pleased with RASM (revenue per available seat mile) for March, as this key measure continues to track to expectations," said Sean Durfy. "Our growth, specifically in Eastern Canada, will continue as we begin service into Kitchener-Waterloo, Saint John and Deer Lake starting in May."

This discussion may contain forward-looking statements and are subject to, and may be affected by, numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond WestJet's control. WestJet's results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to these differences include, but are not limited to: changes in government policy, exchange rates, interest rates, disruption of supplies, volatility of fuel prices, terrorism, general economic conditions, the competitive environment and other factors described in WestJet's public reports and filings. Forward-looking statements are subject to change and WestJet does not undertake to update, correct or revise any forward-looking information as a result of any new information, future events or otherwise.
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Old April 24th, 2007, 09:08 PM   #592
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Air Canada

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Air Canada increases Boeing 787 order to 37 aircraft; becomes North America's largest dreamliner customer
MONTREAL, April 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced it has
exercised existing options and purchase rights for 23 Boeing 787 aircraft,
bringing its total firm orders for the aircraft to 37 from the 14 originally
announced, with deliveries starting in 2010. Air Canada thus becomes the
largest North American customer for the Dreamliner, the world's most advanced
aircraft.
"As we take delivery of new, fuel efficient aircraft, we are removing
older aircraft from the fleet to create one of the youngest, most efficient,
customer-friendly fleets in the world," said Montie Brewer, President and
Chief Executive Officer. "The Boeing 787 aircraft features better operational
performance in terms of speed and flight range, providing us with the ability
to serve new markets that could not be previously served in an efficient
manner. With new Boeing and Embraer aircraft entering the fleet, we will
continue with our overall strategy of matching capacity with demand, which has
produced more than three consecutive years of record breaking load factors."
The revised agreement includes options for 23 Boeing 787 aircraft for a
total of up to 60 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. At the same time, Air Canada has
reduced its original Boeing 777 firm order and the related capital commitment
by two aircraft which were due to be delivered in 2009. The carrier is
scheduled to take delivery of a total of 16 Boeing 777s, in addition to one
leased from International Lease Finance Corporation, by the end of 2008. Air
Canada received its first Boeing 777 on March 30..
Air Canada's major fleet renewal program will see the carrier's existing
Airbus A340 and A330 and Boeing 767-300 and 767-200 aircraft replaced by
modern, fuel efficient and more customer friendly aircraft. The revised order
will enable the replacement of substantially all of the carrier's B767 leased
aircraft at the time of the expiry of the aircraft's operating leases. The
carrier estimates fuel usage and maintenance costs for a Boeing 787 aircraft
to be approximately 30 per cent less than that of a Boeing 767-300.
Air Canada continues to make progress on subleasing and/or returning
leased aircraft considered redundant to its fleet requirements and the airline
expects to meet its target to remove from service approximately 23 aircraft in
2007, including eight widebody and 15 narrowbody aircraft.

Carrier receives loan guarantee commitments from the Export - Import Bank
of the United States

Air Canada also announced that the Export-Import Bank of the United
States has provided the carrier with a Final Commitment for loan guarantees
for seven Boeing 777 aircraft which will be delivered in 2007 and a
Preliminary Commitment covering the remaining Boeing 777 aircraft which will
be delivered in 2008 and 14 Boeing 787 aircraft which will be delivered in
2010 and 2011.

Montreal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air
transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 170 destinations on five
continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 14th largest commercial airline in
the world and serves 34 million customers annually with a fleet consisting of
335 aircraft. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, providing the
world's most comprehensive air transportation network.
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And one more

Air Canada announces new daily non-stop service between Gander and Halifax
MONTREAL, April 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that it will
launch the only daily non-stop service between Gander and Halifax, effective
June 30, 2007. Flights will be operated by Air Canada Jazz using a combination
of 50-seat Bombardier CRJ regional aircraft and 37-seat Dash 8-100 aircraft
during the summer, becoming all CRJ service in winter.
"We are delighted to offer the convenience of the only non-stop flights
between Gander and Halifax," said Daniel Shurz, Vice President, Network
Planning, Air Canada. "The introduction of this year-round service will
further enhance service in Newfoundland and Labrador allowing for better
access to our expansive global network."
"We are very pleased that Air Canada has shown such responsiveness to the
demands of our market and is increasing its presence at Gander. We are looking
forward to ensuring the success of this service," said Gary Vey, President and
CEO Gander International Airport. "Air Canada has remained committed to Gander
International Airport since its inception as Trans-Canada Air Lines over
70 years ago and we look forward to a productive, prosperous relationship."
"Halifax's role as Atlantic Canada's air gateway is further strengthened
by the addition of these flights," notes Eleanor Humphries, President & CEO,
Halifax International Airport Authority. "We are very focused and committed to
growing and expanding air service for all Atlantic Canadians. This new Gander
service is further evidence of how airports working together can benefit their
communities."
A special introductory fare of $139 one-way is now available for purchase
at aircanada.com for travel between June 30, 2007 and August 31, 2007. Tickets
must be booked before May 7, 2007.

<<
Gander-Halifax Departs Arrives
AC8903 06:00 07:00
AC8905 15:10 17:10

Halifax-Gander Departs Arrives
AC8902 12:15 14:45
AC8904 22:55 00:45
>>

Both business and leisure travellers on these routes will enjoy more and
better connections, Aeroplan rewards, and an opportunity to use our growing
suite of flight passes for convenience and savings.
This new service complements existing daily flights between Gander and
St. John's. From Newfoundland and Labrador, Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz
offer more than 200 scheduled flights each week to 10 destinations across
Canada.
From Halifax, Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz offer more than 415
scheduled flights each week to 14 destinations across Canada.

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 30 million customers annually with a fleet consisting of
335 aircraft. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance providing the
world's most comprehensive air transportation network.

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/a.../24/c8347.html
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I believe AC is getting rid of the A345 entirely. India has been wiped off the network. Management decided to use long-haul aircraft to expand to China instead.
The AC A345 cabin looks pretty shabby from pictures and refurbishing them might be too expensive so AC might as well drop them, and they're gas guzzlers compared to the 777. So dropping them seems the logical choice. Though the A345 in AC colours look great!
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The AC A345 cabin looks pretty shabby from pictures and refurbishing them might be too expensive so AC might as well drop them, and they're gas guzzlers compared to the 777. So dropping them seems the logical choice. Though the A345 in AC colours look great!
The cabin isn't anything special, although they have PTVs. But the selection of entertainment is very poor even though the touch screen and the maps are pretty good.





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Supposedly, AC has canceled their order for 2 777 freighters...Do they intend on using 787's for freight purpose now?

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I think the Dreamliners will be pretty different in their interior design, but I kind of wish they would have gotten a couple of the new 747-8's- I love that plane and the thought of it not being in AC's fleet anymore just saddens me.

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WestJet Announces Record April Load Factor
Capacity and revenue indicators remain strong as airline's momentum continues

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - May 3, 2007) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced its April load factor of 82.8 per cent, exceeding last year's April load factor of 78.5 per cent and setting a new high for the month. April's results include a 16 per cent increase in available seat miles and a 23 per cent increase in revenue passenger miles.

Sean Durfy, WestJet President commented, "Beyond the considerable year-over-year improvement in domestic load factor, our U.S. and Caribbean transborder deployment strategy delivered strong load factors in April. We are continually optimizing our fleet deployment, benefiting from our previous experience. This has enabled WestJet to significantly increase capacity and launch into new destinations with favourable results. In May, as we transition a portion of our capacity back to domestic flying, we are tracking to successful new destination launches that will bring WestJet to Kitchener, Ontario, Saint John, New Brunswick, and Deer Lake, Newfoundland."

April 2007 Traffic Figures
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Air Canada parent posts loss
Fri May 11, 1:04 PM

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Air Canada parent ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. reported a loss on for the first quarter on Friday, with the results burdened by charges and lacking the C$220 million ($198 million) gain that pushed the company to a profit a year earlier.

ACE, a holding company, also said it would give a bigger slice of two subsidiaries to its investors.

It will spin out a total of C$463 million worth of units in regional carrier Jazz Air Income Fund and Aeroplan Income Fund , which controls Air Canada's frequent-flyer program.

The move, effective May 24, will be the third time ACE has cut its stake in its holdings. In March, it distributed C$603 million in shares and units of Air Canada, Aeroplan and Jazz. That followed on a spin-off of part of its interest in Air Canada last November.

The distributions are part of a plan to give ACE investors C$2 billion worth of the company's holdings. The company said C$1.5 billion has been returned to shareholders so far.

It may also sell off part of its holdings in Air Canada Technical Services, or ACTS, an aircraft maintenance company.

"The monetization process of ACTS is progressing well," Robert Milton, Air Canada's chief executive, said on a conference call. "We anticipate announcing a transaction midyear."

ACE said it had a first-quarter net loss of C$72 million, or 70 Canadian cents a share, compared with a profit of C$118 million, or C$1.12 a share, in the year-earlier quarter, which included C$220 million in gains from the initial public offering of Jazz units.

Excluding unusual items, ACE's operating loss was C$20 million, compared with C$29 million in the year-before period.

Operating revenue rose 5.7 percent to C$2.65 billion.

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Plane's landing gear collapses on Pearson runway
Sun. May. 20 2007 6:00 PM ET
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The main landing gear of an Air Canada Jazz plane collapsed while on a runway at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Sunday afternoon, but none of the 37 passengers or crew were injured.

The aircraft, flight AC8911, arrived from Moncton, N.B., at about 12:30 p.m.

The cause of the mechanical failure is not yet known, said Lorrie McKee, a spokeswoman from the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

"The Transportation Safety Board is investigating," McKee told CTV Newsnet.

The affected runway was closed.
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Swiss to start Zurich - Delhi service

Swiss to start Delhi services
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Swiss International Air Lines will launch daily Zurich-Delhi service on Nov. 25 aboard A330-200s. Delhi will be Swiss`s second Indian destination after Mumbai.

This is the same route that Air Canada stopped flying recently citing "poor" loads (they apparently retained Toronto - Zurich sector while cutting the onward flights to Delhi). Swiss's plans to fly Zurich - Delhi follows Jet Airways's announcement to fly Delhi - Brussels -Toronto and Air India's plans to increase Delhi - Birmingham - Toronto frequency. Good to see that other airlines have quickly moved into the void AC has created - and that clearly shows AC's "poor load" argument has not been that convincing.
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