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Old August 18th, 2007, 09:56 PM   #701
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What does it need to fix/upgrade internally? It already serves most markets nicely.
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Old August 20th, 2007, 01:33 AM   #702
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Is YEG-LHR going to be 4X weekly for the winter sked.?
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Old August 20th, 2007, 01:51 AM   #703
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I think Jazz would be better off fixing/upgrading its service/routes internally first!
Try to fly out of Saskatoon on anything bigger than a tin can. I know Saskatoon isn't a huge market, but Air Canada seems to be the only major carrier that can't seem to flying something bigger than a regional jet out of there.

Seat availability is almost non existant out of Saskatoon on Air Canada. But yet no extra flights or larger flights are available.

Just be thankful you use Calgary to fly out of. At least you have service.
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Old August 20th, 2007, 04:35 AM   #704
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Doesn't WS serve Saskatoon?
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Old August 25th, 2007, 03:10 AM   #705
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LHR-YEG was suppose to be 4 x weekly for the winter sked, but due to solid bookings, it will be daily year-round with a 763. Good news for Edmonton.
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Air Canada Jazz to hire pilots from school
Airline Says New Program Will Not Compromise Safety

27 August 2007
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Faced with a growing pilot shortage, Air Canada Jazz has launched an experimental program to hire several cockpit crew every year straight from flight school, ushering in pilots with hundreds of hours' less experience than those traditionally recruited by the airline.

The program has left some current Jazz pilots "in an uproar," but the airline insists it can incorporate the less-seasoned aviators without compromising safety.

Experts say other Canadian airlines may have to resort to similar recruiting tactics as the booming air industries in Asia and Europe lure more and more experienced crew away from North America.

Mike Daugherty, 20, admitted he was "shocked" when the company made him a tentative job offer just after graduating this spring from Sault College's aviation program. He starts in September and could be co-piloting a Dash-8 or Bombardier Regional Jet by January.

Such graduates typically have about 250 hours flight time, as much as 50 hours of that on a simulator. A regular job posting that Jazz currently has on the Internet demands a minimum of 1,500 hours.

"There are individuals that might look at this as a negative thing, as a setback, just because we have lack of flight experience, which I totally understand," Mr. Daugherty said.

"That was my big question when this program first started: There's a whole bunch of us going in there with very minimal flight time. Is that going to pose a big problem? But we kind of make up for lack of experience with personal skills, management skills, and we're pretty adaptable."

The airline is still hiring more experienced pilots as well, but is testing out its new "partnership" with several community-college flying programs to try to avert any problems down the road, said Manon Stuart, a Jazz spokeswoman.

The eight college graduates, picked for being the top students at their schools, will get months of training at the airline before starting work as first officers, or co-pilots, on actual passenger-carrying flights, and will only do that if they are deemed fully qualified, she said.

Brian Shury, a Jazz captain and a spokesman for the pilots' union, the Air Line Pilots Association, said he believes the program can be implemented safely if proper steps are followed. Nonetheless, a risk assessment is being conducted to be certain, he said.

Not everyone at the company is happy about it, though.

"The line pilots at Jazz are in an uproar, even to the point of having unofficial petitions posted on pilot bulletin boards," said an employee who did not want to be identified. "Not only does the average pilot think that this hiring scheme is ludicrous, many line captains feel they are ill-prepared and ill-trained to monitor and manage ... these inexperienced co-pilots."

Ms. Stuart pointed to estimates that 17,000 extra pilots will be needed annually over the next 20 years just to accommodate the new aircraft that companies have ordered.

"The pool is depleting and is depleting rapidly."

Pilots for North American airlines that have frozen or cut back salaries to recover from post-9/11 financial woes are increasingly being poached by booming, and better-paying, companies in China, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East, said Capt. Shury. Popular discount carriers in Europe are also snapping up staff.

"The pilot shortage is going to be incredible," said Dan Mahoney, a former U.S. Airways pilot and aviation safety consultant. "Everyone is flying, they've got hundreds of aircraft on order and they need pilots ... As much as we have concerns [about hiring inexperienced pilots], there are no options for the airlines any more."

Some European carriers, including Lufthansa, have already started recruiting inexperienced flight-school graduates, said Mr. Mahoney.

The lack of experience can be mitigated to a certain extent with extra training, and training for the captains on how to teach novice crew members, he said.

There really is no replacement, though, for experience, said Capt. Shury. A pilot with a few thousand hours "has time to mature," would likely have handled one or more emergencies and experienced a variety of bad weather, he said.

Still, European airlines such as Austria's Tyrolean have instituted programs similar to Jazz's with apparent success, he said.

"We're certainly not going to sit back ... if we believe the program is not completely safe," added Capt. Shury.

Mr. Daugherty got his private licence as a teenager and studied at Sault College for three years after high school.

The Ottawa native figured he would get a job doing fire patrols in Northern Ontario then progress to air ambulances before winning his dream airline job.

Training at the college was on a Czech single-engine plane called a Zlin 242-L and the twin-engine Piper Seminole.

He acknowledged that Jazz's 37-seat Dash-8 and the 50-seat Regional Jet are quite different vehicles.

Each one is "a bigger aircraft, flies a little faster and carries a few more people," he said. "I almost want to say it's like night and day, but there are some similarities."
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Old September 13th, 2007, 07:33 PM   #707
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WestJet planes flew fuller in August

MONTREAL, Sept 6 (Reuters) - WestJet Airlines Ltd.'s planes flew fuller in August as the discount carrier's passenger traffic rose faster than its network capacity, the company said on Thursday.

WestJet said its load factor, the proportion of aircraft seats filled by passengers, rose to a record 88 percent in August from 84.5 percent a year earlier. Passenger traffic rose 20 percent, while capacity increased 15 percent.

"We anticipate this positive trend to continue as we take delivery of two more aircraft before the end of the year, bringing our fleet size to 70," said WestJet President and Chief Executive Sean Durfy.

WestJet shares were up 35 Canadian cents, or 2.2 percent, at C$16.25 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday morning.

($1=$1.05 Canadian)
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Old September 24th, 2007, 03:52 PM   #708
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Flight passes to China started by Air Canada
21 September 2007
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Air Canada says it's introducing multitrip flight passes to China, promoting savings of up to 40 per cent off regular economy ticket prices. Non-stop flights to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai are being offered from Toronto and Vancouver. The six-credit passes are valid for one year. Air Canada said yesterday that its introductory price starts at $2,548 from Western Canada (about $425 for a one-way trip, including taxes and charges) and $3,598 from the East (about $600 each leg). The offering marks Air Canada's first flight passes to Asia, said Charles McKee, Air Canada's marketing vice-president. AC.B. (TSX) fell 10 cents to $11.60.
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 03:04 PM   #709
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AC 345s gone this month...

Air Canada's A340-500s will no longer be part of the fleet in a week.
C-GKOL is in Singapore getting repainted into TAM colours
C-GKOM's last day with AC will be Oct. 12th, also going to TAM.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 01:28 AM   #710
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Air Canada won't have any quads by this time next year... 100% twins!
A343s will be gone by then. I remember travelling on one those few years back YYZ-DEL non-stop.
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Old October 18th, 2007, 04:36 AM   #711
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Air Canada jumps 5 percent as outlook improves

CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Air Canada shares jumped 5 percent on Wednesday, extending gains on the strength of the domestic currency and healthy traffic numbers.

Air Canada's A series shares were up 62 cents at C$13.45 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, their highest since late July.

The stock has climbed 17 percent this month as the Canadian dollar surged to parity with the greenback, although Air Canada stock is still well below last year's offering price of C$21 a share.

Earlier this week, Research Capital Corp analyst Jacques Kavafian raised his rating on the country's dominant carrier to "buy" from "hold", citing a strong forecast for passenger traffic and yields in the Canadian airline sector.

In addition, Air Canada's debt is largely denominated in U.S. dollars, meaning a strong Canadian currency cuts its servicing costs, he said.

The upgrade followed another positive report last week by BMO Capital Markets, which also cited an improving outlook for the carrier. It increased its rating to "outperform" from "market perform."

The airline, majority-owned by ACE Aviation Holdings Inc , said early this month that its revenue passenger miles were up 3.6 percent so far this year, beating a capacity increase of 2.8 percent.

Shares of Air Canada's main competitor, WestJet Airlines Ltd , were up 9 Canadian cents at C$17.47 on Wednesday.
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Air Canada plane makes unauthorized runway entry as JAL plane arrives
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TOKYO, Oct. 21 -- An Air Canada passenger plane, bound for Vancouver, entered a runway at Kansai International Airport without traffic control permission on Saturday just before a Japan Airlines plane was about to land on the runway, but an accident was averted after the JAL plane aborted its landing, the transport ministry said Sunday.

The ministry's Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission, however, rated the case as a serious incident with the risk of an accident and sent three investigators to the airport.

The incident follows a similar one on Oct. 5 involving an All Nippon Airways plane that landed on a runway different from the one air traffic controllers directed it to at Osaka International Airport, which is located closer to the Osaka metropolis than Kansai airport. No accident occurred in that case either.

According to the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry, Air Canada Flight 36, a Boeing 767 service with 216 passengers and crew members, was instructed by an air traffic controller to hold its position just before the runway to accommodate the arriving JAL Flight 2576, a Boeing 767 with 243 passengers and crew members, from Naha, Okinawa Prefecture.

The pilot on the Air Canada plane, however, did not repeat the air traffic controller's instruction to wait -- as normally done -- but instead said ''Position 24L,'' the code for the runway, and then entered the runway, the ministry said. The incident took place at around 6:10 p.m.

The air traffic controller thus ordered the JAL plane to undertake its landing again, the ministry said.

The Canadian plane, at the instruction of the controller, moved to a taxiway and took off about 10 minutes later, according to the ministry.

The controller asked the pilot just before the takeoff whether the pilot had obtained permission to enter the runway, and the pilot replied he thought it had been granted and repeated the instruction to that effect, the ministry said.

The JAL plane was about 2.7 kilometers from the border of the runway at an altitude of about 130 meters when the instruction was issued, the ministry said. It landed 15 minutes later.

The incident at Osaka International Airport, otherwise known as Itami airport, is thought to have resulted from a misunderstanding by both the pilot and air traffic controller over the runway for landing, although the ministry is still conducting investigations.
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 07:05 AM   #713
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Air controller quizzed over close call
23 October 2007
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Investigators of the Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission began questioning an air traffic controller Monday after a Canadian-airplane entered a runway without permission Saturday at Kansai Airport.

Air Canada Flight 36 entered the runway without permission from the controller, causing Japan Airlines Flight 2576 to abort its scheduled landing. The Construction and Transport Ministry instructed airport offices across the nation to ensure air traffic controllers repeat their instructions when communicating with pilots.

The commission will examine radio communications between the controller and the two pilots and flight data.

According to the ministry, the Air Canada plane was instructed by the controller to hold its position before the runway. However, the pilot did not repeat the instruction, saying instead, "Position, 24L."

Air traffic controllers had been using the phrase "Taxi into position and hold" until last autumn, so the pilot might have misunderstood the controller's instructions.

The commission will investigate why the controller did not ask the pilot to clarify what he meant and failed to repeat the instructions to the pilot.
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Air Canada expands service to Venezuela and Trinidad - New flights will provide non-stop service, better connections

MONTREAL, Oct. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada is expanding service to
Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago this spring with designated, non-stop
flights to each country that will provide greater convenience and better
connections for travellers.

"Air Canada is meeting the growing demand for both business and leisure
travel between Toronto and Caracas, Venezuela, and Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Where previously we had a single flight serving both cities, this spring we
are enhancing our service by commencing separate, non-stop flights for each
destination. This will result in faster travel times, better connections and
overall increased ease of travel for our customers," said Daniel Shurz, Vice
President of Network Planning at Air Canada. "Customers travelling to and from
Venezuela and Trinidad will be able to take advantage of Air Canada's
extensive domestic, transborder and international network by connecting
through our Toronto hub."

Caracas

Beginning April 6, 2008, Air Canada will launch the only non-stop service
between Toronto and Caracas with flight AC075, which will depart Toronto each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 5:35 p.m. and arrive in Caracas at 10:45 p.m. AC076 will depart Caracas at 11:45 p.m. and arrive in Toronto at 5:25 a.m.

Port of Spain

Starting April 8, 2008, Air Canada flight AC073 will depart Toronto each
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 4:55 p.m. and arrive in Port of Spain at
10:25 p.m. Air Canada flight AC074 will depart Port of Spain at 11:25 p.m. and
arrive in Toronto at 5:25 a.m.

Air Canada will operate both flights using a 120-seat, Airbus A319
aircraft. The aircraft offers Executive and Economy Class travel and all
customers will have access to digital-quality personal seatback entertainment
systems with over 200 hours of video and audio on demand, as well as standard 110 volt electrical outlets available to every seat. Travel will be eligible for Aeroplan accumulation.

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 32 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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Old October 28th, 2007, 11:47 PM   #715
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hi guys.. just a quick question, it seems that Air Canada doesn't really have a fixed plan regarding specific type of aircraft to be used on a specific route eg. B763ER is solely for Munich route... what's the reason behind this? Can someone come up with like a list of what aircraft is being used for which route? I was browsing on airliners.net and i saw air canada sending their 77W to Frankfurt which is usually served by using B763ER, A330, or A343...thx in advance for the answers
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Embraer E175/E190, Airbus A319/A320/A321 -- Domestic (Canada), USA, Carribean
Airbus A330 -- Europe and a few Asian routes.
Airbus A340 -- European, Asian, and maybe some South American (not sure).
Boeing 767 -- Domestic, USA, Carribean, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia.
Boeing 777 -- Domestic, Europe, Asia, Australia.

For detailed information, see the AC website.
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Embraer E175/E190, Airbus A319/A320/A321 -- Domestic (Canada), USA, Carribean
Airbus A330 -- Europe and a few Asian routes.
Airbus A340 -- European, Asian, and maybe some South American (not sure).
Boeing 767 -- Domestic, USA, Carribean, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia.
Boeing 777 -- Domestic, Europe, Asia, Australia.

For detailed information, see the AC website.
hehe yes Canadian74 I did take a look at AC's website but the reality in the field is sometimes quite mind boggling that's why I asked the question. I heard somewhere that AC is actually quite famous for swapping fleet at the very last moment...
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hi guys.. just a quick question, it seems that Air Canada doesn't really have a fixed plan regarding specific type of aircraft to be used on a specific route eg. B763ER is solely for Munich route... what's the reason behind this? Can someone come up with like a list of what aircraft is being used for which route? I was browsing on airliners.net and i saw air canada sending their 77W to Frankfurt which is usually served by using B763ER, A330, or A343...thx in advance for the answers
The routes where you will find AC swapping out aircraft types (e.g. 777 for 343) at the last minute is primarily restricted to:

YUL/YOW/YVR Domestic
NYC/ORD/BOS Transborder
LHR/FRA International

The reason for this is the fact there is multiple frequencies to each location and depending on the requirement they will swap with most efficient aircraft.

AC also swaps aircraft types depending on seasonality of the route, both in terms of the loads they expect and the flying conditions encountered.

By no means are they "famous" for doing this as this is a normal practice for most airlines with a diverse fleet.
BA will send their B763, B744 and B772s to YYZ depending on that day's requirement, same with KLM which has sent their B744, B74M (combi), B772, and MD11 at various times.

Hope that helps.
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hmm that does make sense.. thanks for your answer yyzhyd! can't wait to try AC product this coming December on their Amsterdam-Munich-Toronto-Frankfurt-Amsterdam )
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Pilot refuses to let diabetes keep him grounded
He's insulin-dependent, but Air Canada pilot has managed to resurrect his flying career
Toronto Star
1 November 2007

Two weeks from flying high to end of career.

That's the time it took for Stephen Steele, an Air Canada pilot, to lose his licence. It would be 16 years before he would fly again.

In 1986, two weeks after his annual checkup showed his blood sugar to be normal, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

"I was thirsty and urinating. I thought I had a throat infection," he says.

Steele, now 51, thinks a virus could have kicked off the diabetes.

He had a "honeymoon" with oral medication for six months but it wasn't enough to control the disease. Since then, he has been insulin-dependent.

Under federal government regulations, Steele was deemed "non-medically certifiable" - unfit to fly. However, Air Canada kept him on as a part-time flight simulator instructor.

Still a young man, Steele decided to pursue a new career. He settled on law and was called to the bar in 1992. He worked full time in a litigation practice in Mississauga and, in order to remain in the aviation industry, held on to the instructor's job with Air Canada.

But with two young children, he found it was too much work, so when an opportunity came up with Cathay Pacific to teach simulation in jet airliners, the family moved to Hong Kong. They stayed for eight years.

"When I give presentations about diabetes, this is when I talk about how diabetes changed my life for the better," says Steele, who gives motivational talks at hospitals.

His message is that having diabetes isn't the end of the world. In his case, if everything had gone according to the original script, he would never have studied law and the family would never have had the marvellous Hong Kong experience.

Meanwhile, back in Canada, Alberta pilot Eileen Bahlsen, also a diabetic, decided to fight to get her recreational pilot's licence back. She and the Canadian Diabetes Association mounted a legal action based on discrimination against diabetics.

The case went to the Supreme Court of Canada, but the woman lost her bid to retrieve her licence.

"But the case made Transport Canada realize it had to review its regulations," Steele says.

In 1992, the government began working with physicians and the diabetes association. Ultimately, licence guidelines were revised so diabetics who could prove they can control their condition would be considered for certification.

Also, during these years, treatment for diabetics was improving. Now, there is home blood-sugar testing, more reliable insulins and efficient insulin pumps.

Steele was able to prove that he could effectively control his glucose levels and that he should be considered for recertification.

So, in 2001, 15 years after being grounded, Steele got his licence back - making him the first insulin-dependent airline captain in the world to be licensed. (There are now 15 diabetics in Canada medically certified as commercial pilots.) Canada is still the only country that allows type 1 diabetics to fly commercially.

As exciting as Hong Kong was, Steele's heart was still in the clouds and he returned to Canada in 2002. Thanks to his Hong Kong job, he was up-to-date and he started flying again that year. But it is not always an easy journey. He has to take a blood test every hour. "On a 13-hour flight to Tel Aviv and back again, that's a lot of holes in my fingers," he says.

Safety measures also include a supply of rapid-acting supplemental glucose on the aircraft, and the fact pilots fly in pairs. And every six months, Steele's licence expires and, to renew it, he must show Transport Canada that his blood sugar is under control.

Steele is an advocate for the international licensing of insulin-dependent commercial pilots.

"Pilots in the United States, Australia, France and Russia are using me as a precedent to get their regulatory authorities to change the rules," he says.
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