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Old January 28th, 2013, 04:12 AM   #1181
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....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.
Yes, this is a rule change announced by the government in late 2011 that airlines need to practise all-inclusive pricing for their advertisements.

Makes things a lot more transparent for flyers now.
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Old January 31st, 2013, 05:15 PM   #1182
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Porter Airlines finishes 2012 with record 2.45 million passengers
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TORONTO/January 7, 2013 – Porter Airlines wrapped up 2012 on a high, reporting a 64.3 per cent load factor for December. This is an increase of 0.4 points from last year.

For the calendar year, Porter carried 2.45 million passengers versus 2.13 million in 2011. This is an increase of 15 per cent. Load factor in 2012 improved 0.3 points to 62 per cent compared to 61.7 percent the year prior.

Figures for December show 121 million Available Seat Miles (ASMs) and 77.8 million Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs). ASMs grew 2.9 per cent from 117.6 million and RPMs increased 3.5 per cent from 75.2 million last year.

“Overall, Porter has finished 2012 by solidifying our gains for passenger numbers and load factor through the year,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “I want to thank our team for continuing to deliver a travel experience that is known to be distinct among our competitors. This emphasis on premium service will help us attract new customers and continue growing in 2013.”

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Old February 1st, 2013, 12:28 AM   #1183
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Old February 4th, 2013, 08:28 AM   #1184
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Air Canada launches regional service with Bombardier Q400s
Plans to use larger planes to increase capacity on key routes
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Posted: Feb 2, 2013 12:49 PM CST
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Air Canada to give some smaller cities fare breaks
WestJet regional carrier will lower airfares, CEO says

Air Canada launched its regional service in rival WestJet's backyard on Friday with the introduction of Bombardier Q400 turboprops.

The Montreal-based carrier said the first flights connected Calgary to Fort McMurray, Alta., Regina and Saskatoon. Nine additional routes will be added over the coming months.

Air Canada launched its regional service in rival WestJet's backyard on Friday with the introduction of Bombardier Q400 turboprops.Air Canada launched its regional service in rival WestJet's backyard on Friday with the introduction of Bombardier Q400 turboprops. (CBC)

Air Canada also said it plans to increase capacity on key routes in the spring and summer by using larger aircraft, adding flights to "meet strong demand" and roll out additional turboprops to routes in British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories, stated Marcel Forget, the airline's vice-president of network planning.

Capacity will be added to 18 routes involving Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, with some routes seeing a doubling in available seats. Capacity will also grow 24 per cent starting in May between Toronto and Fort McMurray.

The 76-seat Q400 planes will be operated by Jazz Aviation under the Air Canada Express brand and replace 50-seat CRJ100/200 jets.

More : http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/...ombardier.html
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Old February 5th, 2013, 04:14 AM   #1185
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Calgary man sentenced for bad behaviour on Air Canada flight
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Posted: Feb 4, 2013 4:20 PM MT
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A Calgary man whose unruly behaviour forced a London-to-Calgary flight to land in Edmonton last August was given a one-year probation term, fined $4,000 and ordered to pay $15,200 in restitution to Air Canada.

Justin Frank, 36, was sentenced in a courtroom in Leduc, Alta., on Monday after pleading guilty in November to charges of assault, mischief and failing to obey the instructions of a flight crew member.

He was also ordered to abstain from alcohol as a condition of his probation.

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Frank was a business class passenger on an Air Canada transatlantic flight on Aug. 20th when he became so abusive, he had to be restrained in his seat with wrist straps and duct tape by crew and passengers.

Frank smashed a television screen, was belligerent to passengers and crew members, and made lewd gestures and comments to a flight attendant, touching her breasts and buttocks.

Court had been told that Frank had been drinking bourbon from a one-litre glass bottle during the flight. Frank was fired from his job in the oil industry shortly after the flight.

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Old February 9th, 2013, 10:55 AM   #1186
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Old February 12th, 2013, 10:45 AM   #1187
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WestJet is starting new service to both Myrtle Beach and Dallas from Toronto and Calgary respectively.

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Old March 9th, 2013, 06:36 AM   #1188
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Air Canada sees fewer empty seats in February
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Posted: Mar 7, 2013 11:56 AM ET

Air Canada reported Thursday that its planes were fuller in February.

The country's largest airline said it had a system load factor — a measure of how full its flights were for the month — of 79.8 per cent for February, up from 76.8 per cent a year ago.

The increase came as system traffic as measured by revenue passenger miles decreased 0.7 per cent and capacity measured as available seat miles slipped 4.4 per cent with one less day in the month compared with 2012.

"The difference in capacity and traffic from the previous year is attributed almost entirely to the additional day of operations reported for the February 2012 leap year, making those year-over-year comparisons less meaningful," Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu said in a statement.

Air Canada said its Canadian flights had a load factor of 84.1 per cent compared with 81.1 per cent a year ago, while flights to the U.S. improved to 80 per cent from 78.4 per cent in February 2012.

The results at Air Canada compared with a load factor of 86.1 per cent at rival WestJet Airlines Ltd., up from 82.7 per cent a year ago.

WestJet's passenger traffic for February increased by 7.3 per cent, while its capacity grew 3.1 per cent.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 08:16 PM   #1189
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Old April 9th, 2013, 11:25 PM   #1190
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Porter may buy jets that can fly across Canada
Toronto-based carrier close to deal for CSeries jets from Bombardier


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Posted: Apr 9, 2013 9:00 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 9, 2013 2:25 PM ET

Toronto-based Porter Airlines may be close to a deal to buy $2 billion worth of CSeries jets from Bombardier, a major deal that could see the regional carrier significantly expand the range of destinations it can fly to, and lead to much larger jets flying in and out of the city's island airport.

According to the Wall Street Journal and other reports, Porter will finalize a letter of intent to buy up to 30 CSeries jets from Montreal-based aerospace firm Bombardier.

In December, Bombardier hinted it was close to a deal with an unnamed North American carrier to buy 30 of the forthcoming jets, with an option for as much as 18 more. Media reports Tuesday suggest that company is Porter, and the deal could be announced as early as Wednesday.

In a press release with the headline "Porter Airlines to spread its wings," the airline says it will host a press event at noon on Wednesday.

But when pressed for further details by CBCNews, a spokesperson for the airline would only say "While there are many reports and much speculation at the moment, we cannot confirm anything."

Currently, Porter exclusively flies Q400 turboprops out of Toronto's Billy Bishop Island Airport. The range of Q400s is roughly 2,500 kilometres, which allows Porter to serve destinations across eastern Canada and parts of the United States.

The range of a CSeries jet is more than 5,400 kilometres — wide enough to extend Porter's reach across Canada, the U.S. and to Caribbean destinations.

As it stands, a jet such as the CSeries would not be able to fly out of Toronto's island airport for a variety of reasons, including that it cannot take off and land on the airport's 1,219-metre runway, and jet engines do not meet the airport's stringent rules about noise.
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Assuming Porter can get the approvals for runway extensions at YTZ to allow full use of the new C-Series planes from Bombardier this is where they plan on expanding their services to:

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Old April 11th, 2013, 03:25 AM   #1192
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Assuming Porter can get the approvals for runway extensions at YTZ to allow full use of the new C-Series planes from Bombardier this is where they plan on expanding their services to:

That would be awesome to see a YTZ-SFO flight on a Bombardier C-series aircraft! It will then compete with AC's 5x daily service to YYZ, and it will mean Toronto will be much closer from San Francisco, given that Toronto City (Billy Bishop) Airport is much closer to Downtown than Pearson. Hopefully, that rotation would be at least 2x daily: one daytime, the other nighttime (red-eye from SFO).
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Old April 11th, 2013, 06:40 PM   #1193
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Good luck convincing the stakeholders to allow these aircraft to fly out of the island airport!
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Quite true; Toronto City Council and a good chunk of the population are extremely rigid about what they will/will not allow in the city. They're intent on sanitizing Toronto and turning it into a nanny state. We're lucky to have an airport at Billy Bishop at all.

At least we can buy liquor on Sundays now.
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Quite true; Toronto City Council and a good chunk of the population are extremely rigid about what they will/will not allow in the city. They're intent on sanitizing Toronto and turning it into a nanny state. We're lucky to have an airport at Billy Bishop at all.

At least we can buy liquor on Sundays now.
really? So tell me: what aircraft types can operate out of Billy Bishop at the moment, aside from the Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 that Porter operates? And what is the likelihood of Billy Bishop operating the C-series aircraft, in your opinion?
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really? So tell me: what aircraft types can operate out of Billy Bishop at the moment, aside from the Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 that Porter operates? And what is the likelihood of Billy Bishop operating the C-series aircraft, in your opinion?
I am sure a few bigger birds such as an EMB E170 could probably take off from that airport, but when it's loaded with cargo and fuel, in that case it's a different ballgame. Maybe an E170 could be a stretch, but I think an E145 could for sure.
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I remember when Dash-7s were flying there.
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really? So tell me: what aircraft types can operate out of Billy Bishop at the moment, aside from the Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 that Porter operates? And what is the likelihood of Billy Bishop operating the C-series aircraft, in your opinion?
For the most part, Billy Bishop is limited to business jets, light aircraft, and turboprops due to allowed decibel levels and runway length. There are 44 Ward Councillors plus the mayor, so 23 must vote in favour of the airport improvement (runway lengthening).

17 came out against the expansion, 7 are in favour, and the rest undecided. Toronto City Council typically shows a similar pattern. About 35-40% of City Council tend to vote down most large scale development; often without even looking at a proposal. They want Toronto to resemble the city of their youth and fight proposals that would alter their notion of what Toronto should be.

I suppose every city has these types that want their home town frozen in time, but it gets a little tiring when they tie up the development of the city for their own selfish reasons.
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Billy Bishop is limited to business jets, light aircraft, and turboprops due to allowed decibel levels and runway length. There are 44 Ward Councillors plus the mayor, so 23 must vote in favour of the airport improvement (runway lengthening).

17 came out against the expansion, 7 are in favour, and the rest undecided. Toronto City Council typically shows a similar pattern. About 35-40% of City Council tend to vote down most large scale development; often without even looking at a proposal. They want Toronto to resemble the city of their youth and fight proposals that would alter their notion of what Toronto should be.

I suppose every city has these types that want their home town frozen in time, but it gets a little tiring when they tie up the development of the city for their own selfish reasons.
So 7 in favor and 20 are undecided... how can you convince at least 16 of them to decide in favor of expanding Billy Bishop? And I think we should bring this up instead on the YTZ/YYZ airports thread since this is a bit off-topic. That is a more localized issue than airlines, but I hear what you mean with business jets and light aircraft (including turboprops).

However, the bigger problem lies with this: Bombardier and Embraer are already creating smaller jets that can be as powerful as a regular jet aircraft, but it can carry less people and can fly as far as, say, the A319 or B737, if not better. I think it's with the politicians and "local interests"... I mean, I support local interests, but I also want to see progress too.
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There was a similar uphill battle to get turbo-props/Porter set up at Billy Bishop. Most, including myself, didn't think it would get approved. I'm hopeful of a repeat experience. Despite only 7 in favour, the 20 undecided likely represent councillors who are open to reason and rational arguments.

Porter has been a success and Torontonians seem to have very positive things to say about having a downtown airport. Pearson is expensive and many would welcome having more destination options out of Billy Bishop... which jets would make possible. If the Porter statement that the new jets wouldn't be noisier than the turbo props is accurate, the only real issue is runway expansion. Honestly, I can't see what valid reason there might be for saying no, but we'll just have to watch it play out.

I don't think local politicians think about the broader implications for Canada by supporting Bombardier, but the benefit is obviously there. It's my hope that the 20 undecided will see the bigger picture: increased air connections for Toronto, a stronger Toronto based Porter, more jobs at Billy Bishop, and helping our biggest aerospace manufacturer.

It should be noted that there has been an airport there for decades while the condos are new. I'm not oblivious to local concerns, but you don't move into an area then try to shut down industry that already exists there. It's absurd. If these people wanted peace and quiet, they shouldn't pick the centre of the biggest metropolis in the country in which to live.
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