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Old May 18th, 2011, 11:25 PM   #1081
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Old May 20th, 2011, 06:03 AM   #1082
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Air Canada pilots reject tentative labor agreement

TORONTO, May 19 (Reuters) - Pilots at Air Canada Inc rejected a tentative labor agreement on Thursday, sending the union and the airline back to bargaining.

In the meantime, both parties said it would be business as usual for Canada's No. 1 carrier.

The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA), which represents 3,000 pilots at the airline, said that 67 percent of its members that voted cast ballots against the tentative deal.

"The pilots have spoken," Captain Paul Strachan, president of the ACPA, said in a statement. "We must return to the bargaining table to address their concerns."

He said the union would consult its members over those concerns before going back to the table. In the interim, he said the pilots would operate as usual under their existing contract, which expired on March 31.

The union said 98 percent of eligible pilots took part in the vote.

It did not provide specific details on the pact, which had been delayed because some pilots found it "controversial."

An analyst at National Bank Financial said the deal proposed a 12 percent wage hike over four years and would have put new hires in a defined contribution pension plan, versus the current defined benefit plan.

It also proposed the creation of a new low-cost leisure subsidiary, "crewed by lower cost employees."

Shares of Air Canada were down 0.83 percent at C$2.39 in light trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday afternoon.
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Old May 20th, 2011, 06:17 PM   #1083
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You can find the answer on AC's timetable : http://www.actimetable.com/AC.pdf

5 weekly from YYZ using 763.
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Old May 27th, 2011, 10:58 AM   #1084
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Air Canada unions talk pension options; CUPE open to possible new low-cost carrier
27 May 2011
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Air Canada unions have been discussing alternatives to the company's proposal to move new hires into a different pension scheme.

At the same time, the head of Air Canada's flight attendants union said Thursday he is open to the possibility of a proposed low-cost carrier at the airline, provided management can find a model that works for union members.

Jeff Taylor, president of the Air Canada Component of CUPE, said leaders of the airline's four largest unions have brought in their experts to come up with alternative pension proposals that would help alleviate the pressure of the airline's $2.1-billion solvency deficit with minimal impact to employees.

He said, at this point, he is "totally against" management's proposal to move new hires into a defined-contribution pension plan rather than the existing defined-benefit plan.

"We're working collectively within the four union groups to come up with some alternative," he said.

He would not elaborate on what was being considered, but said the unions are not interested in a twotier scheme.

Meanwhile, Mr. Taylor, who delivered a speech at CUPE Ontario's annual convention in Toronto Thursday, said he had not ruled out supporting a low-cost carrier (LCC) at the airline.

Management has said the LCC is key to its growth strategy until it starts to receive its new Boeing 787s in late 2013. The LCC would allow Air Canada to add leisure markets not now viable with its existing cost structure.

Singapore Airlines announced Thursday it would be launching a low-cost subsidiary airline to take on Qantas Airways Ltd.'s budget airline, Jetstar.

But the plan has come up against stiff opposition from Air Canada's pilots, who rejected their own tentative agreement last week, in part because of the plans for paying LCC employees less and giving them different work rules.

Mr. Taylor said CUPE, which represents 6,800 flight attendants at the airline, would not consider it in its present form.

"They did present us with a package, but that's not what we're going to be considering," he said. "If we do consider that, we'll probably be tweaking it and working within the confines of our own collective agreement."

Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada's chief executive, has said that for the LCC to be viable, it would have to have lower wages and different work rules for employees.

"It's sort of on hold right now," Mr. Taylor said. "But the company has to be viable at the end of the day, or else we don't have jobs."

Mr. Taylor said CUPE is not interested in sacrifices for new hires. "We're going to protect all the new hires. It's the right thing to do," he said.

CUPE returned to the bargaining table Thursday afternoon with Air Canada's management.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 04:55 PM   #1085
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Air Transat has a new livery :'(.. saw it on airliners.net .... its totally different and really bland.. Its something we all got to get used to.

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Old May 28th, 2011, 06:22 PM   #1086
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Another airline joins the parade of airlines with a bland livery. Why does it seem airlines are painting their planes white with an ugly looking tail job?
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Old May 28th, 2011, 11:21 PM   #1087
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Not sure how this fell of my radar, but:

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Changes to the minimum mile accumulation
Effective for travel as of August 1, 2011, the minimum number of Aeroplan Miles accumulated based on distance flown on Air Canada and Star Alliance member airline flights is changing from 500 to 250 miles:

For distance flown up to 249 miles, Aeroplan members will earn 250 Aeroplan Miles.
For distance flown of 250 miles and more, Aeroplan members will earn miles according to the actual miles flown
Since the mile accumulation varies with the fare option purchased, the minimum number of 250 miles will also vary accordingly:

Tango: 25% of 250 miles = 63 miles
Tango Plus: 100% of 250 miles = 250 miles
Latitude: 100% of 250 miles = 250 miles
Executive Class (lowest): 125% of 250 miles = 313 miles
Executive Class (flexible): 150% of 250 miles = 375 miles
This new policy will not impact Air Canada Super Elite, Elite and Prestige members, nor customers travelling on Rapidair flights between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Montreal or Ottawa, or between Toronto City Airport and Montreal as they’ll continue to earn a minimum number of 500 Aeroplan Miles.

See examples:

Example 1: Flights between Vancouver and Victoria
Here's how many Aeroplan Miles you will earn for the distance flown on an Air Canada one-way flight between Vancouver and Victoria with the purchase of a Tango Plus fare. The distance travelled between Vancouver and Victoria represents 38 miles.

For travel before August 1, 2011:

All members = 500 Aeroplan Miles
For travel as of August 1, 2011:

Aeroplan Members = 250 Aeroplan Miles
Air Canada Top Tier Members = 500 Aeroplan Miles
Since the Aeroplan Miles that you accumulate qualify for an Air Canada Top Tier Status, you will also earn the same amount of Air Canada Status Miles.

Example 2: Rapidair flights between Montreal and Toronto Pearson
Here's how many Aeroplan Miles you will earn for the distance flown on an Air Canada one-way flight between Montreal and Toronto Pearson with the purchase of a Tango Plus fare. The distance travelled between Montreal and Toronto Pearson represents 314 miles. For travel before or after August 1, 2011, the minimum mile accumulation will remain unchanged at 500 Aeroplan Miles for all members.

Since the Aeroplan Miles that you accumulate qualify for an Air Canada Top Tier Status, you will also earn the same amount of Air Canada Status Miles.
(Air Canada, 2011)

Not so much of a big deal, especially considering that 500 miles are pretty much meaningless. Those who earn status via short haul flights do it through number of flight segments anyway, but still, it's a change for the worse.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 11:31 PM   #1088
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Yeah, definitely one of the worse designs I've ever seen. A welcome message on their tails are really meaningless.
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Old May 31st, 2011, 04:46 AM   #1089
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TORONTO - A tentative collective agreement ending a strike by Air Canada front counter staff includes wage increases, but it will be up to an arbitrator to settle a contentious dispute over pension plans for new hires.

Canadian Auto Workers union president Ken Lewenza said the tentative deal includes higher wages and addresses quality of life and other issues raised by workers.

But he said the agreement does not settle the issue of defined benefit pensions - the major stumbling block in the negotiations.

Lewenza said the union agreed to send the pension issue to an arbitrator in order to minimize the strain on the 3,800 workers who were on strike.

"For us to prolong the strike as a result of future hirees would absolutely make no sense at this time but it will give us an opportunity in future years to bargain on behalf of those new hires," Lewenza told a news conference shortly after the union announced that a deal had been reached.

The tentative agreement means customer service agents and other staff who walked off the job Tuesday will return to work Friday.

The main sticking point in the dispute was over pension plans, with Air Canada wanting to put new hires on a defined contribution plan versus a defined benefit pension.

Defined benefit plans provide retirees with a predictable income, but they expose employers to additional costs if their pension funds doesn't have enough money to pay promised benefits.

With defined contribution plans, the company's contribution is limited to a set, negotiated amount and payouts to retirees depend on the performance of the underlying investments. It normally costs the company less money.

"Do I feel good about passing on a risk to new generations of workers that deserve our representation today? The answer is, I'm not happy about that," Lewenza said. "But at the end of the day bargaining is tough and you have to make tough decisions."

Lewenza said there would be "very slight modifications" to the current pension plan, which would become effective in 2013. Further details of the deal will not be released until a ratification vote is held in the coming days.

"We are very pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with the CAW," Duncan Dee, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Air Canada, said in a statement. "The agreement will help ensure the long-term sustainability of Air Canada while maintaining industry-leading compensation and benefits for our employees."

Travellers had seen minor delays but no major disruptions since the strike began.

The tentative four-year settlement came less than an hour after the federal government tabled back-to-work legislation that would have forced the striking employees back on the job next week.

The airline is still facing other labour disputes. Pilots rejected a tentative agreement earlier this year that contained new rules permitting Air Canada to establish of a low-cost carrier.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Union of Public Employees - which represents 6,800 Air Canada flight attendants - has asked for a conciliator to assist in its contract talks.

Mechanics will be back at the bargaining table with Air Canada in July, said Dave Ritchie with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

But his union won't bargain any differently with the airline because Ottawa threatened the CAW with the back-to-work bill and potentially could do the same with them.

"We can't let intimidation come into the bargaining session," said Ritchie.

National Bank Financial analyst Cameron Doerksen said Thursday's deal sets a benchmark for Air Canada's other unions to come to an agreement sooner.

"With one agreement now in place ... we believe the tone has been set for better progress towards reaching new contracts with all of the unions," he wrote in a research note.

Labour Minister Lisa Raitt said the government intervention gave both sides the final push needed to reach a deal.

"We're very pleased with how it unfolded and I know that putting the legislation on the order paper ... was a tool that was needed in order to focus the parties and narrow the issues," she told reporters.

But Lewenza railed against the government's move to announce back-to-work legislation within 24 hours of the strike, even though Air Canada said there had been no significant decline in business.

The federal opposition argued there was no emergency requiring swift action and the government should have never tabled legislation.

NDP leader Jack Layton said government legislation was biased towards the employer, and Liberal leader Bob Rae accused Ottawa of interfering with the union's ability to defend pensions.

Earlier, Raitt said the country's economy would have been damaged by a prolonged strike. She said major disruptions would likely occur next week if workers did not return.

She denied the government was setting a precedent by intervening in the strike so quickly after it began and so soon after winning a majority election.

"When there's going to be a prolonged work stoppage that is going to effect the Canadian economy, and that's going to impact on Canadians, the government is going to give their intention on how we're going to react," she said.

Raitt said the decision would have been the same even in a minority government.

With files from Julian Beltrame and Pat Hewitt

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Air Canada discontinues Iqaluit flights
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Posted: Jul 4, 2011 1:35 PM CT

Air Canada says it is discontinuing its service to Iqaluit next month, after offering flights to and from Nunavut's capital city for just over a year.

Officials with the national airline told CBC News they are pulling out of Iqaluit effective Aug. 1 because the route was not profitable enough in face of rising fuel costs and other factors.

"Air Canada will be discontinuing its nonstop daily flights — which ran from Montreal, Ottawa [and] Iqaluit — for commercial reasons, as the route did not meet the profitability targets which were set," Air Canada spokesperson Angela Mah said Monday.

Air Canada, under its Jazz banner, launched the Iqaluit route on March 28, 2010, making it the third airline to offer daily flights to and from the territory.

First Air also flies between Iqaluit, Ottawa and Montreal, while Canadian North offers daily flights between Iqaluit and Ottawa. Both airlines also fly to northern communities.

Mah said Air Canada is now contacting customers who had booked flights for after Aug. 1 to reschedule them on Canadian North flights.

Air Canada is working with Canadian North to allow passengers to travel on one ticket between the North and South, Mah said.

Mah said the airline may consider relaunching the Iqaluit route if fuel prices drop and other factors change, but she would not say if competition from First Air and Canadian North was one of the factors that led to the cancellation.
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Ottawa couple gets $12K in Air Canada bilingualism lawsuit
Updated: Wed Jul. 13 2011 6:35:50 PM
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TORONTO — Air Canada must pay $12,000 and apologize to an Ottawa couple after admitting it failed to provide them with services in French, a Federal Court judge ruled Wednesday.

However, the judge decided against imposing punitive damages, saying the carrier has tried to comply with its obligations under the Official Languages Act.

The case arose out of two trips Michel and Lynda Thibodeau made in the first half of 2009 between Ottawa and the United States.

They argued they could not get service in French when they checked in, at the boarding gate and aboard the flight, and that an announcement about a change of baggage carousel was made only in English.

The Ottawa couple each sought $25,000 in compensation.

"The applicants' language rights are clearly very important to them," Madam Justice Marie-Josee Bedard said in her ruling.

"The violation of their rights caused them a moral prejudice, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of their vacation."

Under the Official Languages Act, Air Canada is required to communicate and provide services in both official languages where there is significant demand in the minority language.

Air Canada conceded the Thibodeaus had four legitimate complaints, but argued they did not suffer damages that should be compensated.

The judge disagreed.

"I recognize that it is impossible to be perfect, and despite all efforts, there are always likely to be flaws," Bedard wrote.

"Awarding damages in this case will serve the purpose of emphasizing the importance of the rights at issue, and will have a deterrent effect."

After considering the various factors at play, Bedard set the amount at $6,000 each -- $1,500 for each of the four admitted breaches.

At the same time, she rejected the Thibodeaus request to award $500,000 in exemplary and punitive damages, which they based in part on what they described as arrogance on the part of Air Canada's employees.

Thibodeau expressed disappointment with the amount awarded, saying it's the third time a court has ruled in his favour against Air Canada over the years.

"'For a major company like that to continue violating the rights of francophones year after year, you have to hit them hard," Thibodeau told The Canadian Press.

Bedard found the carrier had acted in good faith and was trying to do better, but agreed the breaches pointed to a systemic problem.

"The breaches in question cannot be characterized as being isolated or out of Air Canada's control," the judge noted.

Bedard ordered the carrier to make "every reasonable effort" to fulfil all its duties under the languages act.

She also said the carrier had to implement a monitoring process to allow it to identify and document occasions where its planes do not have the required bilingual personnel -- a requirement triggered if one in 20 passengers wants services in French.

The francophone advocacy group Imperatif Francais welcomed the ruling.

"We hope that Air Canada will get the message and stop insulting francophones and the French fact in Canada," Imperatif president Jean-Paul Perrault said.

As of March 15, 2010, 47 per cent of Air Canada's flight attendants were bilingual as were about one-quarter of its airport employees in contact with the public, court heard.

Also, 59 per cent of its call-centre employees were bilingual.

In its draft letter of apology to the Thibodeaus which was submitted to the court, Air Canada general manager Chantal Dugas said the carrier was striving to do better.

"I would like to assure you that Air Canada and Jazz take their language responsibilities very seriously and are constantly working to offer their clients service in the official language of their choice," Dugas said.

The Montreal-born Thibodeau, who has lived in Ottawa for the past 15 years, called it "extremely important" for him to be able to live in French.
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WestJet, Porter both see rising ‘revenue passenger miles’
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July 06, 2011

Both WestJet (TSX: WJA) and Porter Airlines have reported increases in revenue passenger miles in June, but WestJet saw a slight contraction in its load factor while Porter enjoyed a significant increase.

WestJet said Wednesday that its load factor — a measure of capacity usage — declined 2.5 points to 75.7 per cent as available seat miles increased 9.2 per cent to 1.7 billion and revenue passenger miles rose 5.8 per cent to almost 1.3 billion.

“Although loads were slightly down for June . . . we are comfortable with the balance achieved between yield, growth and our load factor,” said WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky.

“We are pleased with the advanced bookings for July and August, and the pricing environment continues to be strong,” Saretsky added.

Porter, Canada’s third-largest scheduled carrier which is based at Billy Bishop Airport in downtown Toronto, said its load factor improved 12.4 points to 64.6 per cent.

Passenger numbers — 203,000 last month compared with 136,000 in June 2010 — available seat miles and revenue passenger miles all set records for the second consecutive month, the company said Wednesday.

Porter said revenue passenger miles increased 47.9 per cent to 75.3 million, while available seat miles were up 19.5 per cent at 116.6 million.

“These excellent results include our single busiest passenger day on June 30, prior to the Canada Day and (U.S.) Independence Day long weekends,” said president and CEO Robert Deluce.
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I would love to see Air Canada at BOG with a bigger plane.

It's apparently one of the most successful routes for AC in South America.
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I’m not the only person who thinks Canada would be a better country without Quebec. The recent ruling by a French Canadian Judge in a Federal Court held that a French Canadian civil servant working in Ottawa, should receive $12,000 from Canadian taxpayers because he wasn’t offered a soft drink on an Air Canada flight in French has rubbed the sore yet again.

The ruling was based on the Official Languages Act, introduced by French Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1969 as one of his first priorities after his 1968 election. That Act requires that Canadians are entitled to receive service from the federal government in both English and French. Of course it doesn’t get any use in Quebec, our only unilingual province, where English is discriminated against in favour of the French language.

After the Official Languages Act became law, Trudeau pushed bilingualism, the main result of which has been a large increase in the number of French Canadians employed in the Ottawa civil service. It did nothing to stem the rise of the separatist movement in Quebec, which elected the Parti Quebecois and Rene Levesque in 1976. Neither bilingualism nor the $8 billion the rest of us have been forced to pay into Quebec EVERY YEAR, has prevented this discontented, ungrateful, unpatriotic province, which is disinterested in the rest of the country, from howling its dissatisfaction in any way that might get still more money out of Canadian wallets. Thus this ridiculous award to a French Canadian who claims a right to have his soda pop delivered in French.

To paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald, the French are not like you and me. They are a very different sort of people, and in the main they don’t care if they don’t play well with other Canadians. They call their legislature in Quebec City a National Assembly, and their premier a Prime Minister. They conduct themselves politically as a separate nation, except of course for all that money they get from the rest of us.

Many Canadians view the Quebec situation emotionally and irrationally. “My Canada includes Quebec”, and all that. Looked at sensibly, it is easily seen that Quebec has become a tail that wags the Canadian dog. Federal politicians need Quebec votes to win elections and know that shovelling money to the Quebecois is how to get the votes. It is not, however, the way to earn patriotism, honest politicians, or a sharing attitude from Quebec.

Canada needs a national dream and national ideals. Things like E Pluribus Unum, “from many, one” as the Americans have. We can’t have such a national ideal in Canada, because of course Quebecers have no intention of becoming one with the rest of Canada. In fact it is hard to think of any sort of national ideal that we could adopt that wouldn’t be objected to in Quebec. That’s why we claim to be a mosaic rather than a melting pot. We have to be a bunch of rigid tiles fitted together, rather than a blended society where everyone is Canadian first.

The English defeated the Irish at the Battle of the Boyne, and absorbed Ireland into the United Kingdom. The French were defeated at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, and eventually absorbed into Canada. Some 232 years after the Battle of the Boyne, after centuries of refusal to accept English rule, the Irish formed the Irish Free State which eventually became the Republic of Ireland. It is now 252 years after the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, and for all of those years Canada has suffered from Quebecois discontent. It is time that we reconsidered the contract which we call the Constitution, and separate Canada from Quebec.

Canada will become a better country, with a single language and national dreams and ideals we can all live with, and Quebec will be able to forge its own destiny in any way it sees fit. The transition problems will have to be the subject of another column, but they are by no means insuperable. And there won’t be any more $12,000 soda pop awards.

Brian Purdy is a Queen’s Counsel who spent more than 30 years working in criminal law. He is a retired general counsel with the federal Department of Justice, and lives in Calgary
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Smoke in oven sends Air Canada jet back to Sydney
28 July 2011

SYDNEY (AP) — An Air Canada flight returned to Sydney airport on Thursday after crew members saw smoke coming from an oven in the galley, an airline official said.

No one on Flight AC34 was injured in the incident, which forced the pilot to dump fuel before safely landing the plane in Sydney, said Jeannie Foster, Air Canada's general manager for Australia and New Zealand.

"There was smoke seen by a crew member in an oven so the captain made the right decision and decided to come back to Sydney to check it out as a safety precaution," Foster told The Associated Press.

"They had to dump fuel because it's a very heavy airplane with 15 hours worth of fuel to get to Canada," Foster said.

She denied earlier reports of a fire breaking out on board.

"There was no fire at all," she said.

There was no damage to the Boeing 777 and no smoke entered the cabin, Foster said. Engineers who examined the plane determined a faulty oven caused the smoke and removed the appliance, she said.

The flight, which was bound for Vancouver and Toronto, returned to the air later Thursday afternoon.

Australian air safety investigators said they don't plan to investigate the incident.
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