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Old January 18th, 2008, 08:15 AM   #741
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Jumbo jet crossed plane's path moments before wild dive
17 January 2008
The Globe and Mail

A Seattle air traffic controller spotted a heavily loaded 747 crossing paths with an Air Canada jet just moments before the Canadian aircraft was thrown out of control at 35,000 feet, injuring 10 passengers.

According to sources close to the investigation, the Seattle controller ordered one of the planes to change altitude after noticing that the 747 was crossing paths with Air Canada Flight 190, an Airbus A319 en route from Victoria to Toronto last Thursday morning carrying 83 passengers and five crew members.

Moments after the controller issued his order, the Air Canada jet was pitched into a series of rolls and dives that threw passengers around the cabin and caused undetermined damage to the airplane, which diverted to Calgary for an emergency landing.

Although the planes met federally mandated separation requirements, the Seattle controller apparently believed weather conditions in the area might cause the Air Canada jet to hit the 747's wake turbulence, a powerful vortex of air that trails behind an aircraft as it flies. “He thought it was a little tight for the conditions,” a source said.

Investigators with the Canadian Transportation Safety Board acknowledged yesterday that they are considering wake turbulence as a potential cause. Real Levasseur, the TSB's chief of investigations, said there is “a high probability that an external force may have caused the incident.”

Although the investigators have so far refused to elaborate, sources close to the investigation say the Seattle controller spotted the potential for a turbulence encounter between the two jets after noting that weather conditions were nearly ideal for the creation of mountain waves, invisible aerial currents that form downwind of hills or mountains.

Because they contain wide bands of rising and falling air, mountain waves can make it difficult to predict how quickly wake turbulence behind an aircraft will dissipate.

The incident took place in Washington airspace about 120 kilometres south of Cranbrook, B.C., an area noted for wave activity. It is popular with glider pilots, who ride the rising parts of waves to altitudes of 25,000 feet or more.

Reports from investigators and from an airline pilot on the Air Canada flight as a passenger are consistent with a wake turbulence encounter, which commonly involves sharp rolling motions as an airplane enters the swirling air left behind by another aircraft. TSB investigators said the Air Canada jet was thrown sharply to the left and right, reaching bank angles as steep as 46 degrees – about twice the normal limit for an airline flight.

The pilot-passenger told colleagues on an aviation chat site that the aerial upset exceeded anything he had previously encountered. “All I know is that we were in smooth air in cruise when the plane rolled abruptly to the left followed by a roll reversal to the right,” he wrote. “It was nothing that I have ever experienced before. It was a very violent disruption. As you can imagine anything that was not strapped down was airborne. I was lucky that neither I nor my family was hurt.”

The Boeing 747, the world's largest jetliner until the launch of the Airbus 380 last year, is noted for its powerful wake, which easily rolls a light aircraft upside down. A fully loaded 747 (there are several versions) can weigh as much as 970,000 pounds – nearly six times as much as the Airbus A319 flown by Air Canada in last week's incident, which has a maximum takeoff weight of 166,500 pounds.

To determine whether an encounter with another plane caused the incident, TSB investigators have collected air traffic flight data recordings for the area from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. The information includes speed, altitude and flight-path data on all civilian and military aircraft flying in the area last Thursday morning.

Among the theories that have been discussed are the possibility that the aerial upset caused the Airbus's computerized flight control system to revert to a failsafe mode known as Direct Law.

A wake turbulence encounter and the presence of mountain waves have provided the most plausible explanations so far for the disturbing aerial upset.

Wake turbulence is created by an aircraft's wings as they pass through the air, and consists of two spinning vortexes that resemble horizontal tornadoes.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 04:26 PM   #742
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Canada airline sector poised for downturn-analyst

CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Canada's airline industry looks set to finally join the downturn in the United States, an analyst said on Friday as he cut his outlook on the country's major carriers, Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd .

Of the two, Air Canada, with its higher cost structure, will be particularly hard hit by lofty fuel prices and a slowing economy, Raymond James analyst Ben Cherniavsky wrote in a report projecting a tough 2008 for the sector.

He predicted a return to red ink for Canada's biggest carrier this year.

Cherniavsky also downgraded WestJet to account for higher crude oil price assumptions.

The analyst chopped his 12-month price target on Air Canada to C$7 from C$13.50 and maintained an "underperform" rating.

He downgraded WestJet to "market perform" from "outperform" with a new target price of C$20, down from C$27.

Air Canada B series shares tumbled, 62 Canadian cents, or more than 6 percent, to C$9.33 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday. They have fallen by half in the past 12 months.

WestJet sank 55 Canadian cents, or 3 percent, to C$17.50. That represents an increase of more than 18 percent in the past year.

Both carriers benefited in 2007 from a strong domestic market and high demand for travel, which yielded strong load factors as both increased their capacities.

By contrast, U.S. airlines have struggled for months amid the worsening economic outlook and stubbornly high oil prices. Some have reduced their capacity.

"We believe it is going to be increasingly difficult for Canada's domestic airline environment to maintain its extraordinary resilience," Cherniavsky wrote in the report, entitled "2008 Outlook: Buckle Up!"

He said the country's virtual industry duopoly leaves the potential for fare increases, but he questioned the ability of airlines to keep boosting fares with the economy poised to weaken and capacity set to increase at the highest rate in four years.

"We believe that something has got to give," he said. "If it is not going to be fuel prices or the mounting pressures on economic growth, then we expect that it will ultimately have to be capacity growth."

Another analyst sees things differently for WestJet.

Versant Partners' Cameron Doerksen this week raised his rating on the Calgary-based airline to "buy" from "hold," with a 12-month target of C$23.50.

He pointed out the stock has fallen more than 20 percent since the start of 2008 and urged investors to take advantage of the sell-off and build positions.

Among positive factors for the company in 2008, WestJet is expected to enter into code-share arrangements with international carriers, boosting revenues.

In addition, fourth quarter 2007 and first quarter 2008 are expected to be up year-over-year, Doerksen wrote.

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Old January 29th, 2008, 06:38 PM   #743
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Co-pilot's illness forces Air Canada jet to land
Toronto Star
January 29, 2008
Brett Popplewell
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The co-pilot of an Air Canada flight from Toronto to London has been admitted into psychiatric care at an Irish hospital after "falling ill" in the cockpit during the flight.

Air Canada has revealed little about what happened on board the plane, but did say the pilot of flight 848 made an emergency landing in Shannon, Ireland, at 8 a.m. local time yesterday after his co-pilot became unwell.

Paramedics and a doctor were at the airport to treat the co-pilot, who has been reported by the Irish press to have suffered a nervous breakdown on board the flight.

"It's not unheard of, but it is pretty rare," said Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick of the emergency landing, adding: "At no time was safety an issue or compromised."

Fitzpatrick wouldn't elaborate on the medical emergency that struck the co-pilot, but said the pilot who landed the plane had followed procedure. Irish police would not comment on the incident, nor would other pilots with Air Canada except to say that fatigue issues were not common on a six-hour flight.

A spokesperson with the Irish Health Service Executive told the Irish Independent that the co-pilot was assessed upon landing in Shannon before being removed to the Acute Psychiatric Unit at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Ennis, County Clare, for further assessment.

The co-pilot remains in the unit, however, details of his condition are not known.

An unnamed source at the airport told the Independent the co-pilot began "acting in a peculiar manner and was talking loudly to himself." That same source said the co-pilot had to be restrained by other crew members and a passenger thought to be a member of the Canadian Forces.

Upon landing in Shannon, the 146 passengers on-board flight 848 were transferred briefly to local hotels but returned to the airport an hour later to reboard their plane, which was piloted by a replacement flight crew that had been flown in from Heathrow Airport in London.

The Boeing 767, which left Pearson International Airport just after 8 p.m. Sunday, arrived at Heathrow around 11:20 a.m. yesterday, seven hours behind schedule.



With files from Tamsyn Burgmann and Pat Flynn for the Irish Independent
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Old January 30th, 2008, 06:16 PM   #744
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He had a mental breakdown and wanted to 'speak to God'. =(
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Old February 5th, 2008, 06:15 PM   #745
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WestJet says January load factor rises to record

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 5 (Reuters) - WestJet Airlines Ltd's planes flew fuller in January, even though it added new aircraft, as the carrier benefited from continued traveler demand.

WestJet said on Tuesday its load factor, the proportion of aircraft seats filled by passengers, rose to 76.2 percent last month, up 0.3 percentage points from January 2007.

WestJet, Canada's No. 2 carrier, said the January load factor was a record for the month and marked the 30th straight month the airline has set load factor records.

"Our strategy of seasonally adjusting the deployment of our capacity continues to produce improved year-over-year results, Sean Durfy, WestJet's chief executive, said in a statement.

The airline's capacity, measured in available seat miles, rose 15.7 percent to 1.36 billion. Revenue passenger miles rose 16.2 percent from the same month a year earlier to 1.03 billion.

WestJet shares, which have risen 20 percent over the past 12 months, fell one Canadian cent to C$18.30 on Tuesday morning on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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Old February 7th, 2008, 10:01 AM   #746
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Old February 7th, 2008, 09:06 PM   #747
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Air Canada reports record January traffic

MONTREAL, Feb. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of January, system traffic
on a consolidated basis for Air Canada and Jazz rose 3.8 per cent on a
capacity increase of 3.7 per cent system wide. This resulted in a load factor
of 77.9 per cent versus 77.8 per cent in January 2007, a record for the month.

The mainline carrier flew 3.4 per cent more revenue passenger miles
(RPMs) in January 2008 than in January 2007, according to preliminary traffic
figures. Capacity increased by 3.3 per cent, resulting in a load factor of
78.7 per cent, compared to 78.6 per cent in January 2007; an increase of
0.1 percentage points.

Jazz, from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity, flew
8.1 per cent more RPMs in January 2008 than in January 2007, according to
preliminary traffic figures. Capacity increased by 7.8 per cent, resulting in
a load factor of 69.4 per cent, compared to 69.3 per cent in January 2007; an
increase of 0.1 percentage points.

"In January, we recorded the highest ever load factor for Air Canada and
Jazz, at 77.9 per cent. System wide traffic, on a combined basis, increased
3.8 per cent from the previous year, outpacing capacity growth," said
Montie Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer. "These strong results in
a traditionally slower travel month demonstrate disciplined capacity
management, combined with customers' increasing preference for Air Canada's
innovative fare products and new in-flight amenities as we renew the fleet. I
am particularly proud of our employees who worked hard to take care of
customers during a month of challenging winter conditions."

Details : http://micro.newswire.ca/release.cgi...3213-0&Start=0
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Air Canada owner approached on U.S. mergers - CEO

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 8 (Reuters) - ACE Aviation Holdings is looking at several ways to wring the most value from its Air Canada stake, including sales to private equity players and even a linkup with a U.S. airline, ACE's chief executive said on Friday.

ACE CEO Robert Milton said he still prefers the original plan of distributing the 75 percent interest in Canada's dominant carrier to shareholders before winding up the holding company structure, rather than buying back the minority.

But weakness in Air Canada's stock price has prompted ACE to keep all its options on the table, he said after the shrinking holding company reported a fourth-quarter net income of C$1.13 billion ($1.13 billion).

Milton told analysts on a conference call that he has been approached by private equity players and pension funds on ways that Air Canada could join the U.S. airline consolidation.

"In my view, as I watch the U.S. airlines scurrying around to merge, anybody that actually ties up with Air Canada gets a unique piece of geography relative to the way the U.S. guys would split it up," Milton said.

"So there has been dialogue with the U.S. space looking to change, and I don't think it's inconceivable that Air Canada could be part of it, and I think it would make a lot of sense for a U.S. airline to look at Air Canada."

Shares in ACE rose C$1.29, or nearly 6 percent, to C$23.55 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In a second day of big gains, Air Canada jumped C$1.07, or 11 percent, to C$10.73.

In recent days, it has been reported that Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines Corp could announce a merger as early as next week and that United Airlines and Continental Airlines Corp are in talks.

ACE executives have been planning to wind up the holding company by mid-year, but Milton said international pressure on airline stocks may affect the schedule.

He said he had not talked to Ottawa about proposing changes to federal legislation that limits foreign ownership in a Canadian airline to 25 percent. However, it may not be necessary for foreign private equity to get involved, he said.

"I think that there's plenty of money in Canada," Milton said.

In Ottawa, a spokeswoman for Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon said foreign ownership limits will apply to any redistribution of Air Canada shares.

But the most likely outcome for ACE -- which has also been reducing its stake in regional carrier Jazz Air , the Aeroplan frequent flier program and maintenance unit ACTS -- is a private equity buyout of the holding company's interest as well as the public float, said analyst Jacques Kavafian of Research Capital.

ACE's net income in the fourth quarter included C$1.3 billion in pre-tax gains from the sale of ACTS and secondary offerings of Jazz and Aeroplan. Operating income was C$46 million.

Last month, it completed a C$1.5 billion share buyback.
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WestJet sits on cash war chest as profit jumps

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 13 (Reuters) - WestJet Airlines Ltd's fourth-quarter profit nearly tripled as strong domestic demand, lower nonfuel costs and a tax gain led to better than expected results, Canada's No. 2 air carrier said on Wednesday.

WestJet Chief Executive Sean Durfy also said the Calgary-based company will conserve its fast-mounting cash this year as weakening North American airline industry conditions may yield some opportunities for the no-frills flier.

Canada's airlines have so far skirted the U.S. downturn, which has led major carriers there to cut back on capacity and to start merger talks.

Last week, Air Canada , the country's biggest airline, also reported strong quarterly numbers and said its revenues in the coming months should stay positive.

WestJet reported a cash tally of C$654 million ($654 million) at the end of 2007, up 73 percent in a year.

"Our cash position is very strong and we'd like to keep our balance sheet strong given the uncertainty of 2008," Durfy told analysts. "And if there's uncertainty, and if something does happen, it also lends opportunity, right?"

He didn't detail what opportunities WestJet might see on the horizon, although some industry experts have said a U.S. downturn and consolidation may mean good deals on aircraft.

WestJet, which has been expanding its network in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean, earned C$75.4 million, or 57 Canadian cents a share, during the quarter, up from year-earlier C$26.7 million, or 21 Canadian cents a share.

Excluding a C$33.7 million tax adjustment, earnings rose 56 percent to C$41.7 million, or 32 Canadian cents a share.

That beat the average forecast of analysts polled by Reuters Estimates by 5 Canadian cents a share.

Revenue was C$553.4 million, up 22 percent from C$452.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2006.

Full-year earnings rose 68 percent to C$192.8 million, or C$1.47 a share, from C$114.7 million, or 88 Canadian cents a share. Revenue increased nearly 22 percent to C$2.15 billion.

WestJet shares jumped 60 Canadian cents, or more than 3 percent, to C$17.90 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. They had gained about 12 percent over the past year.

The company's higher load factor and falling costs, excluding fuel, are commendable, especially given a 15 percent increase in capacity in the quarter, UBS Securities analyst Fadi Chamoun wrote in a note to clients.

During the period, passengers filled nearly 78 percent of available seats, an increase of 2.2 percentage points.

Durfy said WestJet's capacity will increase by 18 percent in the current quarter and 16 percent in 2008, as it takes delivery of another seven Boeing 737 jets. That will boost its fleet to 77 aircraft.

In the fourth quarter, overall costs rose by 2.3 percent as oil prices headed toward $100 a barrel. Excluding fuel, costs fell 2.6 percent as WestJet lowered expenses for aircraft and flight operations, interest and leasing, the company said.
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Interesting!

So I was doing some searches for flights on aircanada.com, and found something really interesting!!! I searched for A Toronto to Kolkata (India) flight, July 28-Aug 22, and this is what I got:

AC858: Toronto (YYZ) - London (LHR) connecting with

BA147: London (LHR) - Kolkata (CCU)

This is not a codeshare flight, simply Air Canada selling BA flights on their website!!! I was shocked! Does this have something to do with AC trying to get more passengers on their YYZ-LHR flights? I also found such offerings on flights from Toronto to Chennai, and on certian flights to Australian destinations, with Qantas connections. Some of these were listed under a button on the top of the page that says: "Other booking options are available for this itinerary. View additional booking options. " I had never seen this before. Does anybody know what all of this is about?
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Old February 25th, 2008, 12:05 AM   #751
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Does anybody know what all of this is about?
I know US Airways do/did sell FlyGlobespan flights on there website like this, for connections such as PHL-GLA-AMS.
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Hmm.. It just seems especially strange to me, since Air Canada isn't exactly "friends" with BA, and they could simply offer codeshare flights with Jet Airways, or a Star partner (I don't know if any star members fly to Kolkata). In the past, AC has even filed complaints about BA... They are both very competitive over the YYZ-LHR routes and the onward European/Asian/African connections.
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So I was doing some searches for flights on aircanada.com, and found something really interesting!!! I searched for A Toronto to Kolkata (India) flight, July 28-Aug 22, and this is what I got:

AC858: Toronto (YYZ) - London (LHR) connecting with

BA147: London (LHR) - Kolkata (CCU)

This is not a codeshare flight, simply Air Canada selling BA flights on their website!!! I was shocked! Does this have something to do with AC trying to get more passengers on their YYZ-LHR flights? I also found such offerings on flights from Toronto to Chennai, and on certian flights to Australian destinations, with Qantas connections. Some of these were listed under a button on the top of the page that says: "Other booking options are available for this itinerary. View additional booking options. " I had never seen this before. Does anybody know what all of this is about?
I thought BA's India network is much stronger than Lufthansa's, which may be why they'd rather sell more on their YYZ-LHR leg to India-bound passengers now that they don't fly there themselves. Better capture some of the traffic than have them use BA all the way. But then, wouldn't it be cheaper to book BA all the way from YYZ to India?
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yeah, its weird...AC is also selling BA seats to tons of African and Middle Eastern Destinations too! I think that this must be some sort of a stunt to try and boost their YYZ- and YUL- LHR load factors. Thats the only explanation I have!
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Notice the pattern though - for destinations that are not covered by their network, they will rather sell a flight to a local hub then they can head off to their final destination from there.
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Air Canada's India service launched

Air Canada launched its latest flight to India yesterday as part of an existing codeshare agreement with Jet Airways.

The service to Chennai takes the number of Indian cities served by Air Canada from three to four. Daily flights to Chennai are operated via Brussels and depart from Toronto. The carrier's routes to Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore connect with Jet Airways at London Heathrow.

Daniel Shurz, Vice-President of Network Planning at Air Canada, said: "We are pleased to offer our customers more choice and convenience when travelling to India, in cooperation with our partner, Jet Airways.

"With the addition of service to Chennai, and expanded options of traveling to India via London, in addition to Frankfurt or Zurich with our Star Alliance partners, Air Canada customers benefit from a vast choice of daily, year-round flights to and from the communities we serve across Canada, and four major destinations in India."

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So I sent Air Canada an email, and here is the reply I got:

Response (Susan Rabbitte) - 02/29/2008 06:06 PM
Thank you for the additional information.

I have done the same search and I get AC/BA as well as the only choice, however LH and SA are the first choices in the reservations system.

It doesn't make sense as you say, and I have forwarded your information to the Web Enhancements team so that it can be corrected. If they respond with an explanation, I will pass it on to you, but I suspect that they will just fix it.

Thanks for taking the time to let us know about this, I appreciate your efforts.

Best Regards,

Susan Rabbitte
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On what routes they have their A340S now? Just wanted to know. The W77 does HKG.
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WestJet in hard fight for corporate flyers
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'Currently, no plans to add a business-class'

4 March 2008
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Watching WestJet Airlines Ltd.' s battle for business travellers in Canada is a bit like watching the little guy in a fight with one arm strapped behind his back.

The Calgary carrier's relatively small fleet of all-economy 737s has put it at a considerable disadvantage in winning corporate clients to Air Canada with its top-notch business offering.

WestJet, however, has recognized the importance of the market and is fighting to boost its share.

While leisure travel provides the bulk of the business for most airlines, it is the consistency of business travellers that keeps them aloft in tough economic times. WestJet has no plans to add a business-class section in the near future, but that hasn't stopped it from making its fleet more attractive to corporate clients with the addition of live TV, satellite radio and making its seats leather and larger.

"We're doing incredibly well in the leisure market," said Duncan Bureau, West-Jet's head of sales and business development. "The business traveller represents a significant opportunity."

WestJet estimates that roughly 40% of its traffic is currently business travellers. In order to boost that figure, the airline has formed a small corporate sales team, which has signed up more than 1,000 clients in the past 18 months, including Wal-Mart and the Hudson Bay Co., by offering them performance-based incentives and other perks like access to third-party lounges.

At the same time, it has increased its offerings to corporate travel management companies like American Express, Carlton Wagonlit, and Vision 2000.

Next spring, the airline will have its own loyalty program when its agreement with BMO/Air Miles expires in April, 2009, Mr. Bureau said, although details are still being hammered out.

U.S. low-cost carriers such as Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways have been faced with a similar challenge with their single-class configurations.

This has forced them to be more creative in how they win business travellers, including offering fully refundable fares, front of the line boarding, and the ability to buy better seats on the plane for business travellers. Mr. Bureau said West-Jet is looking at offering similar incentives.

But Robert Kokonis, president of AirTrav Inc., a Toronto-based aviation consulting firm, says if WestJet is serious about winning the hearts of corporate clients, it needs to increase the number of business destinations and frequency to those destinations.

"They need to increase their penetration," he said.

He added that yesterday's announcement that WestJet would begin selling tickets on Expedia.com will not only be a boon for U.S. point of sale for leisure travellers, but will include the airline on Expedia's corporate travel site, which should make it more competitive in the one or two U.S. business destinations it plans to add a year.

Spurring the need for WestJet to get a competitive business product is the fact that the airline is looking to sign up international carriers, such as Cathay Pacific Airways and British Airways, to so-called interlining deals, where it would shuttle their inbound passengers across its network in Canada.

However, concerns have arisen about transferring first-class passengers from those airlines to what amounts to a premium economy airline with WestJet.

While Mr. Bureau said he wouldn't rule out WestJet adding a business class in the future, he thinks the airline offers a competitive product already for any such interlining deals, particularly on short-haul routes.

"Currently, there is no plan to add a business class," he said. "But I think what we've learned at WestJet is to never say never."
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I wonder why didn't they dump the fuel and then land back in Calgary, rather than go 3 hours east to land in Toronto?

Flight diverted to Toronto after tire blows
March 12, 2008
THE CANADIAN PRESS

An Air Canada flight from Calgary to London was diverted to Toronto after the aircraft blew a tire during takeoff, a spokesman for the airline said Wednesday.

Flight 850 with 225 passengers and 13 crew members on board landed at Pearson International Airport shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday without incident, police and airport officials said.

Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said the aircraft had left Calgary at 9:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

After it blew a tire during takeoff authorities decided to divert it to Toronto for safety reasons, he said.

"When the plane leaves Calgary it's loaded with enough fuel to fly to London so that's very heavy and you're not able to land a very heavy aircraft," Fitzpatrick told The Canadian Press.

"So they left Calgary and they flew to Toronto so the plane would be lighter for landing," he said.

The aircraft are designed to operate without a full complement of tires and the pilots are trained to fly and land a plane safely with a flat tire, Fitzpatrick said.

He said the passengers will be put on another Air Canada plane to continue their voyage to England later this morning.
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