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Old July 31st, 2007, 12:43 PM   #621
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Canadian airline profits forecast to soar in 2007

TORONTO, July 19 (Reuters) - Profits at Canada's airlines are expected to nearly triple this year, despite surging fuel prices and a drop in U.S. passenger numbers, as domestic business keeps picking up, a new report said on Thursday.

The Conference Board of Canada estimates that airline profits should rise by 180 percent by the end of 2007, compared with the previous year, reaching C$649 million ($622 million), as operating costs ease and demand continues to rise.

Report author and senior economist, Michael Burt, said the projected spike in profits was helped by both increasing demands for domestic flights and lower oil prices during the first quarter of the year.

"In January and February, oil prices were US$55 a barrel, a huge change in cost and there was a big uptake in profits," Burt said.

"Price increases, making better use of aircraft and ... utilizing 80 percent (of space) every month, and more point-to-point flights," he said, were instrumental in allowing airlines to maximize profits while reining in costs.

The report found that domestic demand in Canada climbed 9.9 percent in 2006, driven by a rise in business and leisure trips.

A Statistics Canada report released on Thursday revealed that Canadians had made about 606,000 trips to overseas destinations this May alone.

Travel to Canada from the United States fell by 6.7 percent in the first quarter of 2007, due to the strong Canadian currency and new U.S. travel regulations that led to huge passport backlogs and kept many Americans at home.

The Conference Board report also found that costs outpaced revenue growth last year, rising by 15 percent on higher oil prices and investment spending.

Fuel prices accounted for 25 percent of Air Canada's operating costs and 27 percent for WestJet Airlines , the report said.

Versant Partners analyst, Cameron Doerksen, said that airlines should take a more environmental approach when dealing with high fuel costs.

"If you look at WestJet, they have no fuel hedging and they've reported some very good profitability, so there are other things ... like making aircraft more fuel efficient," said Doerksen.

"WestJet already has an efficient fleet and Air Canada is adding more to their fleet. Those are ultimately the solutions," Doerksen said.

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Old July 31st, 2007, 01:57 PM   #622
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How many other airlines have you flown with?
Many international carriers. To name a few Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa. Domestic has been Air Canada and West Jet.

Air Canada is the only airline to damage my luggage. They are also the only airline to lose my luggage, or to miss connections with my luggage.

The flights themselves are ok, the staff are good. I just no longer trust them with my luggage.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 06:39 PM   #623
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Old July 31st, 2007, 06:45 PM   #624
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Air Canada is a good airline, but the fares are expensive!

A round-trip ticket from Hartford to Toronto costs almost $600 USD.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 08:15 PM   #625
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I would have thought Southwest Airlines but most any airline in the world can beat the U.S. Airlines in terms of service. Congratulations to Air Canada.
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My vote would go to Porter Airlines, but they aren't big enough to qualify for this ranking.
The people that were surveyed were international travellers. Porter or Southwest don't fly internationally.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 08:17 PM   #626
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Anyone knows when the 762s and A333 will start getting the new interiors?
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Old August 1st, 2007, 10:23 AM   #627
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they will most likely not.

767s are being retired, and the 343s are being returned off lease.
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Old August 1st, 2007, 07:11 PM   #628
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They seem to have the ugliest cabin crew possible. All of the flight attendants appear to be very wrinkly or are men pretending to be women.
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Old August 1st, 2007, 07:18 PM   #629
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That's cuz it is unionised. If you get the non unionised ones, like little regional ones that pay minimum wage, you get a lot of vacant blonde bimbos. If you want truly stunning stewardesses, you have to fly Yorkshire Airlines:

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Old August 1st, 2007, 07:41 PM   #630
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Air Canada is by far the best international airline in N.A. the closest competition would be from Continental.

Having flown over 300 times in the last 5 years and of those, 150 with AC I can say that AC is better in Coach/Economy than BA, KL, QF and a host of other "world class" carriers.

M.E. and Asian carriers (SQ, EK, EY, TG, etc.) however, are in a different league in terms of service.
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Old August 1st, 2007, 07:43 PM   #631
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And if you land at an airport like London, it is not necessarily your airline that loses your luggage.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 01:32 AM   #632
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And if you land at an airport like London, it is not necessarily your airline that loses your luggage.
True but if said airline ADMITS to not even loading luggage on the plane which they admitted too, pretty hard not to blame them.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 04:02 AM   #633
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I have to question this. Maybe it is just my luck but the only problems I have ever had flying are ALL with Air Canada.
Its North America, hence not surprising. You can't compare Air Canada to Asian airlines, thats just not fair.
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767s are not being retired until the 787s are delivered. And I was talking about the A333, not A343, which will be also flying until the 787s come online.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 11:37 AM   #635
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Air Canada's biggest competitor will be Virgin America come next year.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 03:03 PM   #636
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Canadian airline WestJet buying 20 Boeing jets
1 August 2007

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - WestJet will buy 20 Boeing 737 jetliners, the Canadian airline says.

WestJet is to receive 14 of the planes in 2012 and six in 2013. The deal is for 126-passenger 737-700s, with the option to convert to 162-passenger 737-800s.

The planes are in addition to the three new Boeing Co. 737 aircraft the company said it was purchasing earlier this month, for delivery in 2010. By 2013, WestJet plans to have a fleet of 87 aircraft.

WestJet currently serves 26 Canadian cities, 11 U.S. destinations and the Bahamas, but is rapidly expanding. By 2013, the airline said, it plans to fly to more than 60 destinations in Canada, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.
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How did Air Canada mange to wrestle other airlines out of this spot? Air Canada has horrible leg room! The seats are comfortable though. Personally, I try to avoid Air Canada as much as possible. It's expensivc! United has the best legroom for a North American airline.
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Why Virgin America?
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How did Air Canada mange to wrestle other airlines out of this spot? Air Canada has horrible leg room! The seats are comfortable though. Personally, I try to avoid Air Canada as much as possible. It's expensivc! United has the best legroom for a North American airline.
You're kidding right?
North American comparison using similar sized narrow-bodied aircraft.
US has 30" pitch on their A320s
UA has 31" pitch on their A320s (not incl. Economy Plus)
NW has 31" pitch on their A320s
CO has 31" pitch on their B737s
AA has 31" pitch on their B737s
DL has 32" pitch on their B737s
AC has 32" pitch on their A320s
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I think AC's A340s have 33-34 inches pitch. Also, their 777s have 18.5" wide seats, with 32" pitch. Pretty good.
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