daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Airports and Aviation

Airports and Aviation » Airports | Photos and Videos



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old October 30th, 2010, 12:44 PM   #1001
Davodavo
inFocusDC.com
 
Davodavo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Donostia/Santander
Posts: 6,724
Likes (Received): 45

Air Canada's song

__________________
Webpage: inFocusDC.com – Please visit!!
Twitter: @inFocusDC – Please follow :-)

Last edited by Davodavo; October 30th, 2010 at 12:48 PM. Reason: ^^ Toronto Pearson International Airport
Davodavo no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old November 3rd, 2010, 08:48 PM   #1002
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,962
Likes (Received): 18222

WestJet To Start Paying Dividends; 3Q Profit Up 72%
4 November 2010

TORONTO (Dow Jones)-WestJet Airlines Ltd. (WJA.T) said it will begin paying quarterly dividends after its third-quarter profit jumped 72%, its 22nd straight quarter of profitability in an industry that's recovering from the global credit crisis and high oil prices.

Calgary-based WestJet will pay its first-ever quarterly dividend of 5 Canadian cents on Jan. 21 to shareholders of record on Dec. 15. The company also announced plans to buy back up to 7.26 million, or 5%, of its outstanding stock over the next year.

Investors applauded the news, sending WestJet shares up more than 4% in Toronto Wednesday. The stock is currently up 57 Canadian cents to C$13.36 on more than 760,000 shares traded.

In spite of a softening economy, WestJet, a low-cost carrier that's evolved into Canada's second-largest airline behind Air Canada, continues to fill seats while adding aircraft to its fleet, having rebounded from last autumn's turbulence when it ran into glitches transitioning to a new reservation system that makes code-sharing possible. Last month, WestJet announced its first code-share deal with Cathay Pacific Airways and its regional subsidiary, Dragon Air, and the first interline agreement with a U.S. carrier, American Airlines. The airline added four planes this year, with another expected by year's end, and continues to offer new destinations, adding to its winter schedule New Orleans, Santa Clara, Cuba and Grand Cayman Islands.

Third-quarter profit rose to C$54 million, or 37 Canadian cents a share, from C$31.4 million, or 24 Canadian cents, in the year-earlier period, the company said in a statement. Per-share results handily beat the mean estimate of 18 Canadian cents from analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

Revenue jumped 14% to C$684.6 million.

To boost revenue, the company said it will begin charging a C$20 fee for guests checking a second bag, starting on or after Jan. 19, effective with today's bookings. It will also drop the fee for third and fourth bags to C$50 from C$75. It said it's going to continue looking for additional revenue sources.

The airline said it also plans fourth-quarter capacity to increase 13% to 14% year-over-year which it expects to absorb while improving year-over-year revenue per available seat mile, or RASM. In October, the airline's load factor, the percentage of available seats filled, rose fractionally to 77.4% from the same month a year earlier. Traffic, or revenue passenger miles rose 13.4%, while capacity, measured in available seat miles, or ASMs, grew 13.3% over the same period.

WestJet expects the impact of adopting new accounting standards, known as International Financial Reporting Standards, or IFRS, to reduce its 2010 and 2011 earnings, compared to the Canadian generally accepted accounting principles, Chief Financial Officer Vito Culmone said on a post-earnings call.

The company declined to estimate the magnitude of impact, saying that it's still reviewing the numbers with its auditors. However, Culmone said he expects 2010 to "still be a very profitable year" under IFRS.

The majority of the IFRS impact is expected in two areas: maintenance expenses, and depreciation and amortization expenses, both of which will increase in 2010 and 2011 under IFRS, he said. As its 90-plane fleet is young, with an average age of five years, WestJet hadn't incurred any major overhaul maintenance costs until this past July. And, while the amount of the expenses are the same under both accounting methods, Culmone said it is the timing of their overhaul schedule and the fleet's young age that will result in greater expenses being recognized in 2010 and 2011 under IFRS than Canadian GAAP. The difference in expense recognition won't impact WestJet's cash flows, he added.

The impact of IFRS on net earnings after 2011 is expected to be favorable, as compared to Canadian GAAP, Culmone said.

Canadian companies, with fiscal years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2011, must report under IFRS next year.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 4th, 2010, 12:51 PM   #1003
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,962
Likes (Received): 18222

Air Canada adds flights from Toronto to New Orleans
31 October 2010
Canada Stockwatch

With the departure of AC 7971, Air Canada today inaugurated daily, non-stop service between Toronto and New Orleans. Flights to New Orleans will be operated with a 75-seat, Jazz CRJ 705 aircraft featuring executive- and economy-class service and seatback, personal audio-visual entertainment throughout the aircraft.

"With today's launch we are now offering customers non-stop service to New Orleans, one of the most exciting tourist destinations in the U.S. As well, there are important business connections between New Orleans and Canada that this new route should strengthen. Customers will enjoy the choice of two classes of service, the opportunity to collect and redeem Aeroplan miles, and, for those who are eligible, lounge access and concierge service," said Marcel Forget, vice-president, network planning at Air Canada. "This route, the only non-stop daily service between the two cities, also further enhances our Toronto hub at Lester B. Pearson International Airport where our operations are centralized in a single terminal with streamlined customs procedures, making it an extremely convenient gateway to and from the U.S. and an ideal transfer point for domestic, transborder and international travellers connecting to our extensive global network."

Air Canada offers the only non-stop, daily service between Toronto and New Orleans. Flight AC7971 will depart Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport at 10 a.m. and arrive at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport at 12:10 p.m. Flight AC7972 will depart New Orleans at 12:45 p.m and arrive in Toronto at 4:30 p.m.

"The New Orleans tourism community is thrilled about the return of the Air Canada Toronto flight," said Stephen Perry, president and chief executive officer of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Canada is our No. 1 international visitor destination. This flight increases our capacity to welcome both leisure visitors as well as meeting and convention attendees. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with this very important market."
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 4th, 2010, 08:12 PM   #1004
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,962
Likes (Received): 18222

Air Canada tops forecasts as traffic, revenue rise

OTTAWA, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Air Canada reported a bigger than expected quarterly profit on Thursday, as Canada's No. 1 airline increased its lucrative business travel traffic and continued an aggressive cost-cutting plan.

Riding a recovery in air travel, the Montreal-based airline said the results also reflect gains in international markets, notably on its Pacific flights.

On the ropes last year as it faced a hefty debt and recession-driven downturn in demand, Air Canada said it has already met its C$300 million annual savings target for 2010. It currently projects C$350 million in savings for 2011, toward its C$530 million target.

The airline reported its third-quarter operating income climbed to C$327 million ($327 million), nearly five times year-earlier levels of C$68 million. Closely watched earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and aircraft rent, or EBITDAR, rose to C$581 million from C$320 million.

National Bank Financial analyst Cameron Doerksen credited better cost control for the robust operating income and adjusted earnings per share, which "handily" beat his estimates.

"Although the beat relative to consensus was modest on the EPS line, we believe the outperformance on an operating basis could drive positive momentum in this stock this morning," UBS analyst Tasneem Azim said in a note. Azim had forecast EBITDAR of C$554 million.

Net income fell to C$261 million, or 91 Canadian cents a share, from C$277 million, or C$2.44 a share, a year earlier.

Excluding a C$90 million foreign exchange gain in the latest quarter and a C$295 million gain a year earlier, adjusted earnings came to 64 Canadian cents per share, compared with a loss of 19 Canadian cents last year.

Azim expected adjusted earnings of 46 Canadian cents a share, while Doerksen forecast 40 Canadian cents.

Revenue rose to C$3.02 billion from C$2.67 billion, largely in line with analyst estimates.

Air Canada B shares were up 2 percent at C$3.91 on the Toronto Stock Exchange late Thursday morning. The stock has surged about 215 percent so far this year.

PASSENGER TRAFFIC CLIMBS

Passenger revenue increased 13 percent due to a 9.7 percent climb in traffic and 3.2 percent improvement in yield, or average revenue per paying passenger per mile.

Capacity was 8.2 percent higher, reflecting international growth, as the airline better utilized its existing fleet.

Passenger revenue per available seat mile, a key industry measure, rose 4.7 percent. Premium cabin revenue was up nearly 26 percent and represented nearly one-third of passenger revenue gains.

Unit cost, or operating expenses per available seat mile, fell 5.3 percent, excluding fuel costs.

The company said it plans to boost 2010 capacity by 6.5 percent to 7 percent over 2009 and cut unit costs, excluding fuel, by 4 percent to 4.5 percent. Previously, it forecast a 6 percent to 7.5 percent capacity increase and 3.5 percent to 4.5 percent cost decrease.

Air Canada, whose closest rival is the country's No 2 airline, WestJet , said it will focus on debt reduction over the next two years. With no new plane deliveries scheduled until 2013, capital spending will be restrained.

The company will also face labor talks, as union contracts are set to expire in the first quarter of 2011. There has been "good dialogue" with the unions, which hold 17.5 million Air Canada shares.

"They understand well the value of working collaboratively," Chief Executive Calin Rovinescu said on a conference call with analysts.

Separately, Air Canada posted a record load factor of 80.3 percent for October, up from 79.6 percent a year earlier. System traffic rose 9.3 percent as capacity rose 8.3 percent.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 5th, 2010, 04:30 AM   #1005
spongeg
Registered User
 
spongeg's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Coquitlam/Rainbow Lake
Posts: 8,039
Likes (Received): 1742

Air Canada to add new Vancouver-Tokyo flight

BRENT JANG — TRANSPORTATION REPORTER
From Friday's Globe and Mail


Air Canada (AC.B-T3.880.041.04%) is taking advantage of the expansion of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, preparing to add a daily non-stop flight from Vancouver to Japan’s capital, part of the carrier’s Asia-Pacific growth strategy to plump up profit.

The new Vancouver-Haneda route will begin Jan. 29, complementing Air Canada’s current daily service between Vancouver and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. Connections to partner airlines are available to fly to places such as Bangkok and Singapore.

Air Canada has been heartened by its existing transpacific routes, which helped the carrier’s third-quarter operating profit jump nearly five-fold to $327-million, with a boost in leisure and business-class travellers. Revenue climbed 13.3 per cent during the hectic July-to-September travel period, aided by the smarter deployment of planes.

UBS Securities Canada Inc. analyst Tasneem Azim said the airline is showing improvements in revenue per available seat mile, or RASM, a key industry measure of unit revenue.

Overall traffic increased 9.7 per cent in the third quarter, and the momentum carried into October. Traffic on the carrier’s routes between Canada and the Asia-Pacific region surged 25.1 per cent last month to 838 million revenue passenger miles, compared with the same period in 2009.

Total October traffic rose an average of 9.3 per cent to 4.2 billion revenue passenger miles, as consumers returned to the skies after last year’s recession. Air Canada’s load factor, or the proportion of seats filled by paying customers, climbed last month to 80.3 per cent from 79.6 per cent.

In Tokyo on Thursday, B.C. Transportation Minister Shirley Bond said Air Canada’s Vancouver-Haneda route will raise the profile of Vancouver International Airport. She set an ambitious target to boost total traffic going through the Vancouver airport to 28.4 million passengers in 2020, or a 75-per-cent surge from 2009.

...

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe...rticle1785216/
__________________
below it all
spongeg no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 5th, 2010, 05:59 AM   #1006
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,962
Likes (Received): 18222

Ah .. so a lot of airlines are adding Haneda service. I presume that's not at the expense of their Narita service?
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 5th, 2010, 09:09 AM   #1007
Davodavo
inFocusDC.com
 
Davodavo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Donostia/Santander
Posts: 6,724
Likes (Received): 45

Quote:
Originally Posted by hkskyline View Post
Ah .. so a lot of airlines are adding Haneda service. I presume that's not at the expense of their Narita service?

Not by now.
__________________
Webpage: inFocusDC.com – Please visit!!
Twitter: @inFocusDC – Please follow :-)
Davodavo no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 5th, 2010, 06:00 PM   #1008
Davodavo
inFocusDC.com
 
Davodavo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Donostia/Santander
Posts: 6,724
Likes (Received): 45

Quote:
Disguised man boarded Air Canada flight: officials



A young man is in detention in Vancouver after he allegedly boarded an Air Canada flight in Hong Kong last week disguised as an old man.

The incident is detailed in a confidential Nov. 1 Canada Border Services Agency bulletin obtained by American news channel CNN.

The bulletin says the passenger was seen at the start of the flight as an elderly Caucasian man, wearing a brown leather cap, glasses and a thin brown cardigan. He also appeared to have young-looking hands and was carrying the boarding pass of a U.S. citizen.

It appears the man had been wearing a silicone head and neck mask. During the flight, he went into the washroom and emerged as "an Asian-looking male who appeared to be in his early 20s."

The bulletin calls it an "unbelievable case of concealment." They say it appears the man swapped boarding passes with a 55-year-old American citizen in Hong Kong.

After landing in Vancouver, Border Services Officers escorted the man off the plane where he "proceeded to make a claim for refugee protection," the bulletin said.

He is due to appear at an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing.
http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/an/loc...ub=CalgaryHome
__________________
Webpage: inFocusDC.com – Please visit!!
Twitter: @inFocusDC – Please follow :-)
Davodavo no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 11th, 2010, 04:29 PM   #1009
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,962
Likes (Received): 18222

Air Canada to charge for second checked bag
The Canadian Press
11 November 2010

MONTREAL -- Air Canada has followed the lead of rival WestJet and will begin charging fliers who check a second bag on trips within Canada and to the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Canada's largest carrier said a $20 fee will be charged for passengers buying economy class tickets as of Thursday for flights beginning Jan. 19, the same day that WestJet will begin levying the fee.

The first checked bag remains free for both airlines.

Calgary-based WestJet Airlines Ltd. said last week that it would begin charging for the second checked bags, although it also reduced the fees it charges for the third and fourth checked bags.

Air Canada said it will match Westjet's $20 fee for Canadian and some foreign routes but it will continue to charge $30 for second bags checked on flights to the United States, and $50 on flights to Europe and beyond.

The baggage fees don't apply to Air Canada Prestige, Elite, Super Elite members or Star Alliance Silver and Gold members.

Air Canada passengers flying executive and first class will continue to be able to check three bags at no additional costs, regardless of destination.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 16th, 2010, 07:41 PM   #1010
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,962
Likes (Received): 18222

WestJet, Air Canada launch service to New Orleans
Porter heads to Myrtle Beach
Excerpt
9 November 2010
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Travellers intent on getting a taste of the culture and cuisine of New Orleans now have new options on getting there from Toronto, with both WestJet and Air Canada introducing flights.

WestJet has launched seasonal non-stop service four times a week, continuing until April. One-way fares start at $99 plus fees and taxes. WestJet Vacations is also offering packages to the Big Easy from $359 for air and three nights accommodation.

Air Canada has inaugurated the only daily non-stop service between the two cities. The airline is promoting the fact that it offers the choice of two classes, plus the chance to collect and redeem Aeroplan miles.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 21st, 2010, 04:58 AM   #1011
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,962
Likes (Received): 18222

Agency quashes WestJet limit on baggage claims
20 November 2010
Winnipeg Free Press

Travellers worried about their luggage should rest easier thanks to a ruling handed down by the Canadian Transportation Agency.

After a challenge from Winnipegger Gábor Lukács, the agency has voided WestJet's international baggage liability policies. He argued that compensation for jewelry and other valuables inside luggage lost or damaged in transport should not be limited to the maximum set by the airline. That limit now falls under Articles 17(2) and 19 of the Montreal Convention, an industry standard with a limit of $1,800 per passenger per bag.

"The point is that it doesn't matter what you have in your suitcase... the cap is in place already," Lukács said. "That is what was voided."

Lukács said the $1,800 is now being used as an interim limit enforced by the CTA, the governing body that regulates the airline industry. WestJet has been ordered to adjust its international tariffs within 45 days.

A WestJet spokesman said the airline is reviewing the decision.

Lukács, a University of Manitoba mathematics professor, has been down this road before with the CTA and the airline industry. He is still awaiting a final ruling on a claim against WestJet regarding its $250 domestic baggage liability, having won his initial challenge against the airline's policy earlier this year.

Lukács already claimed victory over Air Canada for damage to his baggage in May 2009.

He is the same professor challenging the university over its decision to award a PhD to a student with exam anxiety.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 21st, 2010, 05:05 AM   #1012
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,962
Likes (Received): 18222

Transat has found a sweet spot in transatlantic market
20 November 2010
National Post

A faster-than-expected recovery in international travel bodes well for Transat A.T., said Martin Landry, Desjardins Securities analyst.

In the first 10 months of 2010, international tourist arrivals reached 642 million, up 7% year over year, and on pace to set a new record for the year, the latest World Tourism Organization figures show.

While the bulk of that growth has come in the Asia Pacific, which has helped boost the prospects of Air Canada in recent months, there has also been growth in the Caribbean, France, and the U.K. where Transat, the country's largest travel tour operator, competes as well, Mr. Landry said.

July and August arrivals in the Caribbean are up 3.3% compared to a year ago, he noted. September is showing even stronger demand in places like the Dominican Republic [+7.2%] and Cuba [+12.3%], Mr. Landry added.

WestJet Airlines has also dedicated a lot of its capacity growth to those routes.

"In Europe, the numbers are not as impressive, but are definitely trending upward," Mr. Landry said in a note to clients. "It appears that Transat has found a 'sweet spot' in the transatlantic market, where the company benefits from reduced competition and a product offering that is somewhat unique and commands sustainable pricing. We believe it may take some time before a competitor can establish a similar product offering in the transatlantic market; hence, we expect Transat to generate solid profitability again in that market in [fiscal 2011]."

While he cautioned that there is an excess of capacity to winter destintions this year, Mr. Landry raised Transat's target price to $20 a share, from $17 previously, on the encouraging figures from the UNWTO.

He has a "buy" rating on the stock.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 26th, 2010, 09:40 AM   #1013
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,962
Likes (Received): 18222

New tour entrant prepares for takeoff
Maple Fun Travel to offer packages to Japan in 2011

26 November 2010
National Post

A lack of competition across the Pacific this year has buoyed Air Canada's earnings in recent months, but it is also attracting a number of new competitors to the market.

One tour operator, Maple Fun Travel Inc., being launched by Jacques Kavafian, a former Bay Street analyst, aims to begin selling packaged tours between Canada and Japan next year.

Maple Fun Travel is being built through the acquisitions of Vancouver-based Maple Fun Tours Ltd. and Tokyo-based Ryoko Club, providing a sales force in both countries.

The company intends to begin selling packaged tours on one dedicated chartered plane, four times a week between Vancouver and Osaka and Nagano, Japan, before expanding to Montreal in the fall, Mr. Kavafian said. All the funding is in place to begin flying in June 2011, he said.

But Mr. Kavafian would not say who would be operating the aircraft or what sort of plane would be used, only that an announcement was imminent.

At least one operator, Transat A.T., had been competing for the business, but others, like Calgary-based Enerjet, had dropped out, an industry source said.

Maple Fun Travel will bring together a disparate group of players, including WestJet cofounder Mark Hill as its chief operating officer and former Air Canada executive Robert Peterson as its chief financial officer. Both men worked at WestJet and Air Canada during their high-profile spying dispute a few years ago.

The men have put their differences aside to try to take advantage of the opportunities Air Canada has been capitalizing on this year to Asia due to a lack of competition.

In the first nine months of the year, the country's largest carrier has seen a 31% increase in passenger revenue on its Pacific routes, in particular to China, on the back of a 22% increase in traffic and a 7% improvement in yields. The third quarter proved especially strong with yields up 17%and passenger revenue up nearly 38%.

By contrast, Air Canada's system-wide passenger revenue has been up 10% year over year in the first nine months of the year, with traffic up 8.4% and yields up only 1.6%. The company has seen improved demand on almost every route, with the exception of Korea, and added new service to Tokyo and more frequency to China from the West.

While the Pacific has certainly been a boon, Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu has warned about increased competition on the routes in the months ahead.

"The U.S. carriers, particularly, are adding a lot of capacity, which typically translates into reduced yields," he said in an interview this month.

But it is not just U.S. carriers that are eyeing the Pacific. Ontario financier James Hultquist-Morrissey also has plans to launch a charter airline to South Korea, XPO Airlines, in the spring of 2011.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 29th, 2010, 06:35 PM   #1014
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,962
Likes (Received): 18222

WestJet sought $1,000 limit for lost luggage
Airline ordered to allow customers to declare higher values

26 November 2010
Calgary Herald

WestJet recommended a $1,000 limit for lost or damaged luggage in arguments with the Canadian Transportation Agency over compensation for passengers.

The airline even provided a list of a hypothetical bag and its contents, including $200 for the luggage, $75 for shoes, socks worth $10 and underwear tagged at $25, pants for $100 and shirts valued at $75.

However, the agency last week voided the airline's baggage liability policies, which means people will now be eligible for up to about $1,800 in compensation should the airline lose or damage their luggage, instead of $250.

The ruling, calling the $250 limit unreasonable after a complaint was lodged, applies to domestic flights and brings WestJet's liability closer in line with Air Canada, which provides $1,500.

WestJet argued a number of points rejected by the Canadian Transportation Agency, including that Air Canada passengers have more expensive luggage because they pay more to fly business class, and that claims from domestic flights would be lower because those trips are typically shorter than international travel.

In proposing the $1,000 limit, the airline pointed out that it could still provide a higher amount and often used flight travel credits or a mix of cash and credits as compensation.

WestJet stated, according to the CTA, that between January 2009 and January 2010 91 per cent of baggage claims resulted in a payment of less than $1,000 and that 62 per cent of total claims paid out $250 or less.

However, the agency determined "a substantially heavier burden" wouldn't be placed on the company by increasing the limit above $1,000.

The same person who complained about the $250 limit also wants West-Jet to allow passengers to declare their bags worth more than the limit and pay for additional coverage. WestJet says its new reservation system doesn't allow it to offer that service, but the CTA has said it must allow for declarations of excess valuation at a reasonable supplementary charge within 90 days.

A week ago, the agency issued an order based on WestJet's rules around what can be packed in checked baggage for international travel.

The complaint took issue with wording that said the airline wouldn't be liable for the loss or damage of items such as fragile or perishable articles, money or business documents, which shouldn't be placed in checked bags.

WestJet was given 45 days from Nov. 18 to provide different language.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 15th, 2010, 11:27 AM   #1015
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,962
Likes (Received): 18222

WestJet eyes revenue boost in deal with British Air
9 December 2010
The Globe and Mail

When passengers on British Airways PLC arrive at Canadian airports next year, they will be able to seamlessly transfer to WestJet Airlines Ltd. flights under a new deal that has landed the Calgary-based carrier its biggest overseas partner.

The “interline” agreement clears the way for WestJet and British Airways to co-operate on ticketing and baggage handling in early 2011, making it easier for customers flying to Canada to hop aboard a connecting flight operated by WestJet.

WestJet spokesman Robert Palmer said Wednesday that customers will be able to buy seats through a single British Airways booking to Canada. British Airways serves airports in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.

WestJet will focus on collecting some of the estimated 3,400 British Airways customers who fly to Canada daily on average, capturing connecting traffic that should bolster WestJet's revenue and also hoist British Airways bookings. “Seats are not available for sale until early next year,” a British Airways spokeswoman said.

The WestJet-British Airways pairing has taken years to come to fruition, delayed while WestJet weathered woes with upgrades to its computer reservations system. In late 2006, British Airways chief executive officer Willie Walsh paid a courtesy visit to Calgary for talks with WestJet chairman Clive Beddoe.

WestJet already has inbound interline deals in place with Air France-KLM, Taiwan's China Airlines and, effective last month, American Airlines Inc. of Fort Worth, Tex. Another prospective partner is Dubai-based Emirates Airline, but Mr. Palmer said there are “no negotiations with them at the moment.”

Interlining is seen in the airline industry as the first move toward even closer ties down the road, often leading to full-fledged “code-sharing,” where airlines are able to sell fares on each other's flights through electronic ticketing. Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. started a code-sharing arrangement with WestJet in October.

WestJet now has agreements with British Airways, American Airlines and Cathay, which are three of the founding members of the Oneworld alliance of global carriers. Canadian Airlines International Ltd. belonged to Oneworld before Air Canada acquired the money-losing carrier in 2000. Air Canada is part of the rival Star Alliance.

PI Financial Corp. analyst Chris Murray said WestJet's link with British Airways is notable because of the carrier's passenger traffic. The London-based airline transports roughly 1,200 more travellers daily on average into Canada than Air France's 2,200 passengers a day. “This is the first step amongst many, and these relationships will evolve over time,” he said, adding that connecting traffic is important for WestJet because of the higher-yielding business customers arriving from foreign flights.

An official in WestJet's investor relations department informed Mr. Murray that British Airways is in the midst of developing marketing efforts to support ticket sales in 2011.

WestJet is seeking to lure more business travellers with new partnerships and the introduction earlier this year of its frequent flier program.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 22nd, 2010, 05:01 PM   #1016
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,962
Likes (Received): 18222

WestJet lease of bigger plane spurs long-haul talk
22 December 2010

VANCOUVER , Dec 21 (Reuters) - WestJet Airlines Ltd's announcement on Tuesday that it will lease a big long-range plane has sparked speculation the airline is thinking of abandoning its commitment to a single-type fleet of planes so that it can fly longer-haul routes.

WestJet, Canada's second-biggest airline, said on Tuesday it will operate a leased Boeing 757-200 to provide nonstop service between its base in Alberta and Hawaii from mid-February to end-April next year.

Until now, WestJet has operated a fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, flying to destinations in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico.

The single-type fleet has been a key plank in its low-cost strategy as flying only one type of plane reduces costs such as training and maintenance.

But the 737's range is limited and WestJet could be looking for avenues to expand.

"We view the news as an indication that WestJet may introduce larger aircraft into their fleet going down the road in an effort to compete on longer-haul routes," RBC Capital Markets airline analyst Walter Spracklin said.

"Other airlines are growing significantly in international routes due to the sizable demand. We know these are profitable routes," he said.

Air Canada , WestJet's bigger rival, boosted operating income five-fold in its most recent quarter, partly because of strong demand on international routes.

WestJet said there was no truth to the talk that it would add variety to its fleet to fly further afield.

"This is not the beginning of a new fleet type or a fleet change, but rather, a clear demonstration that we have the creativity, flexibility and commitment to assert our competitive advantage in the market, particularly in Alberta," spokesman Robert Palmer said.

The winter and spring months are a popular time for Canadians to escape to warmer destinations such as Hawaii. WestJet last spring also operated a nonstop flight from Alberta to Hawaii using its own 737-700 aircraft, but it could not sell all the seats due to weight and fuel constraints.

WestJet is leasing the 757-200 from North American Airlines, a charter air service provider and a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings [GLALG.UL].

North American will provide pilots, flight attendants and maintenance engineers to operate and service the aircraft.

WestJet's stock was down 1 Canadian cent at C$13.70 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday afternoon against the trend of a firmer market.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 22nd, 2010, 08:15 PM   #1017
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,962
Likes (Received): 18222

Robert Milton gives up job as president of ACE Aviation, remains CEO
22 December 2010
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Robert Milton is giving up his job as president of ACE Aviation Holdings, but will remain chairman and chief executive of the company that holds a minority stake in Air Canada.

Brian Dunne, will assume the role of president and will retain his duties as chief financial officer.

The company declined to explain the reasons behind the change, which takes effect Jan. 1.

Nor would a spokesman indicate if Milton will take a pay cut or how Dunne's salary would change.

Earlier this month, ACE Aviation (TSX:ACE.B) said it was further reducing its once majority stake in Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) with the sale of 44 million shares of the airline for $162.8 million, taking ACE another step towards a complete windup.

The Montreal-based company said it has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters led by Canaccord Genuity Corp. and including RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and TD Securities Inc.

Canada's largest airline will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of its B shares at a price of $3.70 each.

The transaction, which is expected to close around Dec. 23, will reduce ACE Aviation's total stake in Air Canada to 11.15 per cent, from approximately 27 per cent.

ACE was formed in 2004 to be the airline's parent company as part of Air Canada's court-supervised restructuring.

There have been expectations that ACE Aviation Holdings will eventually be dissolved after disposing of its assets, although there's no firm timetable.

ACE Aviation has previously spun off the Aeroplan (TSX:AER) frequent flyer program and regional airline Jazz Air (TSX:JAZ.UN) as well as the technical service division.

ACE Aviation shares closed at $13, up 10 cents in Tuesday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Air Canada shares gained 10 cents, or 2.85 per cent, to $3.61.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2010, 12:10 AM   #1018
Davodavo
inFocusDC.com
 
Davodavo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Donostia/Santander
Posts: 6,724
Likes (Received): 45

__________________
Webpage: inFocusDC.com – Please visit!!
Twitter: @inFocusDC – Please follow :-)

Last edited by deasine; December 23rd, 2010 at 02:48 AM.
Davodavo no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2010, 05:38 PM   #1019
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,962
Likes (Received): 18222

Special flight has passengers home for Christmas
Air Canada rescues snowbound travellers, but 'thousands' still stranded in London
23 December 2010
The Toronto Star

Molly Lowson, an 18-year-old university student stranded in London, England, was desperate to get home to Toronto for the holidays.

And she finally made it in the wee hours Wednesday, thanks to some artful dodging and hasty work by Air Canada, which put on its first special relief flight since the Haiti evacuation.

Lowson feels embarrassed to admit it now, but she and others discovered a tunnel leading from the arrivals area to the departures area in snow-plagued Heathrow Airport and "snuck in" Tuesday to put her name on an Air Canada standby list.

BAA, the operators of Heathrow, would not let people into the departure area without a confirmed ticket for that day's travel in a failed bid to prevent airport congestion and chaos.

The problem was that Lowson was booked to leave Dec. 28 - the first flight she could get to Toronto.

Her frantic efforts paid off when Air Canada got late clearance from the Heathrow operators for one additional slot.

The airline deployed a 767 in Paris to London and arranged for the special rescue flight that got more than 150 Toronto-bound passengers home by 3 a.m. Wednesday.

"It was an extraordinary event," said Air Canada executive Duncan Dee of getting takeoff and landing clearance for Air Canada Flight 2059 past curfew times. "Unfortunately, many other people will not get home for Christmas."

"It was the right thing to do," Dee said. "Trying to get people home for Christmas is a pretty noble reason."

Travellers who could board the flight quickly or those who were within close proximity of Heathrow were called first.

"We didn't have a lot of time to get ahold of people," Dee said. "When facing a backlog of potentially thousands of people, you have to be as fair as possible, but you also have to be realistic."

For Lowson, it meant the difference between getting home in time for Christmas or leaving Dec. 28.

Her ordeal began Saturday when she boarded a plane that never left the ground.

"Everyone started cheering and clapping when we took off," Lowson said.

"But after that, people just pretty much fell asleep. We were all past the point of anger."

Air Canada said Wednesday that it is now operating its full schedule to London, but clearing the backlog will take more than a week after it was forced to cancel at least 35 flights between the U.K. and Canada, a move that affected more than 8,000 travellers.

Dee said it's not known how many Air Canada passengers will miss Christmas at home, but he estimates that it's "in the thousands."

Dee said the operators of Heathrow will have to answer some hard questions after being forced to close the runways for three days.

The week-long disruptions in London will result in significant costs to Air Canada that will be reflected in fourth-quarter results in March, he added.

BAA has been heavily criticized for not having enough de-icing fluid to handle the emergency, and the CEO, Colin Matthews, has pledged to forgo his bonus this year so he can focus on restoring confidence in the airport authority.

"Fifteen centimetres of snow would not have shut Pearson down," Dee said. "Under-resourced would be an understatement.

"It would probably be akin to the storm surges in the Maritimes a couple of days ago and people trying to use a teaspoon to get their basements bailed out."
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2010, 05:39 PM   #1020
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,962
Likes (Received): 18222

Aeroplan to warn benefits will expire
Members may lose rewards points in three years

23 December 2010
The Globe and Mail

Aeroplan Canada plans to issue consumer alerts on its website in 2011 to notify members that thousands of their reward miles are in danger of expiring within three years.

In the past, Aeroplan members have been able to take as many years as they wished to diligently save up for their dream trips on Air Canada or one of its Star Alliance partners, knowing their points would never expire.

But Aeroplan's website states “general terms and conditions” for continued membership, including a warning that mileage piled up in an account will lapse seven years after accumulation.

Unfortunately, the caution is buried in the fine print, said Patrick Sojka, chief executive officer at rewardscanada.ca, which tracks a wide range of loyalty programs. He is encouraged, however, that Aeroplan will be sounding the alarm in 2011 for members to cash in their points to obtain reward flights.

For Aeroplan members who have been hoarding, it means that the clock is ticking down on their points because any mileage earned before 2007 carries a “date stamp,” a reference to the seven-year expiry rule that will cancel pre-2007 miles on Dec. 31, 2013. “Use them or lose them” is Aeroplan's mantra.

Mr. Sojka said that since consumers face a flood of restrictions on an array of loyalty programs, it's understandable that many members would have only a vague memory about an important Aeroplan decision back in 2006 – points accumulated prior to 2007 expire on Dec. 31, 2013. And starting Jan. 1, 2007, miles automatically have a seven-year expiry from the month that those miles are collected.

“Some people will be mad and aggravated about the seven-year expiry rule,” Mr. Sojka said. “There will be some consumers who will learn about this in 2011 for the first time.”

Aeroplan is considering disclosing the number of vanishing miles in individual accounts, a move that would alert members who log onto the Aeroplan website, subject to software compatibility bugs being ironed out, industry officials say.

Aeroplan spokeswoman Isabelle Troitzky said no decision has been made yet on the precise method to notify consumers, but the loyalty company is committed to ensuring its members “have more options to access information on the status of their miles.”

She added that Aeroplan is still studying the option of developing software for its website to incorporate the expiry data, but “unfortunately, we are not at the stage when we can provide information on the strategy or implementation.”

Aeroplan is owned by Groupe Aeroplan Inc. , which became a publicly traded company in 2005 after being spun off from ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., which owns 11 per cent of Air Canada. The Montreal-based airline founded Aeroplan in 1984, and there are now more than five million active members of the frequent flier program. Air Canada and Aeroplan now operate at arm's-length.

Many Aeroplan members book their flights months in advance, locking up seats on flights during the most popular travel times. For spring break of 2011, for example, key routes are already booked up for reservations that require the least number of points to redeem reward flights.

Mr. Sojka notes that Aeroplan releases seats 355 days in advance of Air Canada departures, seats that will be especially coveted from 2011 through 2013 as points get closer to lapsing.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
air canada, canada, north american airlines, star alliance

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 02:17 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium