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Old June 16th, 2012, 06:11 AM   #1161
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Doubt it will work. As long as it hires Canadian crew, their cost base will always be higher than Chinese carriers, who offer full service at a major discount.
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Old June 17th, 2012, 12:48 PM   #1162
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As I posted in another forum, I see this more of a move for AC to dismantle the "legacies" of a legacy carrier. AC has been toying with the idea of LCCs for a while now: they proposed a TATL LCC, but saw financial trouble with Transat. Then, they had an idea for one based in the Caribbean to take advantage of the North America to South America business. Now, they are proposing a TPAC one? Clearly, the location doesn't seem to matter. What seems to matter is the formation of a LCC.

By forming a LCC, AC can begin dismantling the airline into several smaller pieces and begin weakening the current union labour workforce. Then, if the LCC business isn't working back as planed, it can get refolded into the carrier (i.e. ACTango became a booking fare class type).
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Old June 21st, 2012, 05:34 AM   #1163
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Airbus and Air Canada make North America's first "perfect flight"
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Airbus and Air Canada are performing today North America's first "Perfect Flight" over international borders, with the goal of cutting CO2 emissions by more than 40 percent compared to a regular flight.


The commercial flight on an Airbus A319 aircraft from Toronto, Canada to Mexico City will combine the use a modern, state-of-the-art aircraft, powered by sustainable alternative fuels, guided by streamlined Air Traffic Management procedures and facilitated through best practice operations to under-pin the industry's four pillar strategy to tackle carbon emissions.

The Air Canada flight (AC991) is the second leg out of a series of four biofuel flights taking the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Raymond Benjamin to Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).


The flight combines best operational and environmental practices available today. Dubbed as "Perfect Flight", it includes:


1). Operation of the most eco-efficient aircraft family in its market segment.


2). Use of sustainable bio-fuel blend (a 50 percent blend) made from used cooking oil supplied by SkyNRG.


3). Optimized routings and flight altitude. In agreement with the Air Traffic Management authorities, the Airbus A319 will fly the most direct route, using the most efficient vertical flight profile and applying a Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) into Mexico City to save fuel and limit noise.


4). Combination of several eco-efficient operational procedures such as single engine-taxiing, external aircraft cleaning for improved aerodynamics, light weight cabin equipment and a neatly tailored flight plan.


"Today's flight with Air Canada proves that the aviation industry is in a strong position to reduce emissions and fly many more Perfect Flights," said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.



"To make this a day-to-day commercial reality, it requires now a political will to foster incentives to scale up the use of sustainable biofuels and accelerate modernization of the air-traffic-management system. We need a clear endorsement by governments and all aviation stakeholders to venture beyond today's limitations."


"Air Canada fully accepts its responsibility to reduce its footprint and our first flight using biofuel tangibly demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the environment. Since 1990 our airline has become 30 per cent more fuel efficient and we are determined to increase these gains through cutting-edge measures such as those being showcased with this Airbus A319 Toronto-Mexico City flight, our greenest ever," said Duncan Dee, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Air Canada.



As a leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus is in pursuit of the "Perfect Flight" and believes that its scale-up can start today to shrink the environmental footprint of an aircraft's flight to a minimum. More than 90 percent of Airbus Research & Technology investments are for the benefit of the environment.



Airbus is committed to meet the industry targets: to grow carbon neutral by 2020 while improving fuel efficiency by 1.5 percent per year.


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Old June 21st, 2012, 06:09 AM   #1164
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Old June 23rd, 2012, 09:08 AM   #1165
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China Eastern to codeshare on WestJet flights in North America
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Canada's WestJet has entered into a codeshare agreement with China Eastern Airlines, one of the largest airlines in mainland China.

Tickets are available for codeshare flights from July 1.


The codeshare agreement allows China Eastern Airlines to market and distribute WestJet-operated flights by placing its "MU" flight indicator on WestJet-operated flights within North America.


"We are very pleased to announce this code-share relationship with China Eastern Airlines," said John MacLeod, WestJet's vice-president, network management and alliances. "China Eastern is a high-quality airline and this code-share is an important step in our strategy to welcome on board new guests from around the world."


In addition to China Eastern Airlines, WestJet has codeshare agreements with American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, KLM and Korean Air.


China Eastern Airlines is a member of the SkyTeam alliance and has codeshare agreements in place with several other SkyTeam members, including Delta Air Lines.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 05:31 PM   #1166
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Old July 27th, 2012, 08:15 PM   #1167
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Old August 12th, 2012, 05:57 PM   #1168
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Old August 13th, 2012, 01:55 AM   #1169
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wOW wow! Thanks for the picture.


Btw looks like Air Canada is looking into creating LC longhaul with their 767s birds. Lots of talk on airliners.net.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 04:59 AM   #1170
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Btw looks like Air Canada is looking into creating LC longhaul with their 767s birds. Lots of talk on airliners.net.
I took a ride on the renovated 767 across the Atlantic back in 2009 and was quite impressed how great the old bird looked inside. Wouldn't mind trying them again once they turn LCC.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 05:54 AM   #1171
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I took a ride on the renovated 767 across the Atlantic back in 2009 and was quite impressed how great the old bird looked inside. Wouldn't mind trying them again once they turn LCC.
Hmm I will put a link when I find it, but some Air Canada insiders are saying that it will be 270 pax configurated B767 as LC model.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 06:40 AM   #1172
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Hmm I will put a link when I find it, but some Air Canada insiders are saying that it will be 270 pax configurated B767 as LC model.
Ah .. so it will be all Y I presume!
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Here, it says AC fleet and LC thing,

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo....main/5534627/
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Old August 20th, 2012, 04:16 AM   #1174
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Ah .. so it will be all Y I presume!
I doubt they can make any profits with all Y.... I know they will outsource the staff, but still. Correct me if I am wrong.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 05:37 AM   #1175
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I doubt they can make any profits with all Y.... I know they will outsource the staff, but still. Correct me if I am wrong.
Yea ... think it's an excuse to reduce labour costs by creating yet another new airline in a separate legal entity.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 06:10 AM   #1176
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Yea ... think it's an excuse to reduce labour costs by creating yet another new airline in a separate legal entity.
I highly doubt it will do any good because the new B787s will make losses just as their main backbone fleet. That's if they run the company as they used to. I think they are fed up with small leisure long haul start ups, so They want to try something before they are forced to get their house in order.
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Yea ... think it's an excuse to reduce labour costs by creating yet another new airline in a separate legal entity.
Any idea what AC may do with their A330?
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Old August 29th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #1178
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Any idea what AC may do with their A330?
No idea.

Here's AC @ PVG :

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Crapping on Air Canada has become a national pass-time for a lot of Canadians, but I for one like AC and feel they stack up well against several foreign carriers, including Asian ones that have a well-deserved reputation. I'm happy to see them get this distinction:

http://www.eturbonews.com/33201/air-...nd+traveler%29


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Air Canada gets highest Skytrax ranking
Air Canada becomes the only international four-star airline in North America



Jan 24, 2013

MONTREAL, Canada - Air Canada has become the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. The much-coveted rating is considered an airline industry benchmark and is based on detailed, independently conducted quality analysis by Skytrax across more than 800 different areas of airport and onboard product and service delivery.

"I am very pleased that Air Canada has become the only international network carrier to have achieved this significant industry benchmark," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "This coveted Four-Star ranking reflects the professionalism and skill of Air Canada's employees in taking care of our customers and delivering an award winning product that continues to set industry standards. This is a proud achievement for Air Canada's airport and onboard product and service delivery teams that we will strive to improve upon as we continue to build one of the world's best airlines."

More information on the Skytrax Airline Star Ranking is available at www.airlinequality.com.

In 2012, Air Canada was ranked for a third consecutive year "Best International Airline in North America" in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers conducted by independent research firm Skytrax. According to the 2012 Canadian Business Travel Survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, Air Canada was the preferred airline for more than 79 percent of frequent business travellers in Canada. In 2012, readers of Global Traveler magazine voted Air Canada "Best Airline in North America," the readers of Business Traveler voted Air Canada "Best North American Airline for International Travel" and "Best In-Flight Services in North America," and the readers of Premier Traveler voted Air Canada "Best North American Airline for Business Class Service," "Best North American Airline for International Travel" and "Best Flight Attendants in North America."
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Old January 27th, 2013, 10:04 PM   #1180
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Taxes included....

....thank baby jesus that Air Canada et al have to include taxes and fees in their adverts and booking websites now. It was so irritating before when they advertised a low fare and then, after selecting it, you found out it was substantially higher.
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