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Old August 15th, 2007, 05:07 AM   #301
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Just one small news tidbit.....published in Air Transport World Aug 13......Russian cargo carrier AirBridge Cargo have requested, from the U.S. government, scheduled cargo flights from Moscow to Houston, Atlanta, and New York, including onward flights to YYZ..presumably they have asked the Canadians for permission as well...here's the news release...

"AirBridge Cargo said in a filing with the US Dept. of Transportation that it intends to operate 747-400ER freighter services beginning Nov. 1 to Atlanta, Houston Intercontinental and New York JFK and beyond to Toronto from Moscow and Krasnoyarsk."
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Old August 15th, 2007, 05:26 PM   #302
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Another quick note for all those people who asked about EK...
It's confirmed, they will indeed be operating out of the new T1.
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Old August 15th, 2007, 06:28 PM   #303
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I always thought they'd be a great posterboy for T1.. Couldn't see them anywhere else.

When I add new airlines to YYZ on Wikipedia, I automatically throw them into T3 (unless noted otherwise). Afterward, I noticed most new airlines are thrown into T1.
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Old August 15th, 2007, 07:38 PM   #304
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From the May/June 2007 edition of Toronto Pearson Today...
There is also a number of EK job postings in this issue if anyone is so inclined.

EMIRATES SELECTS TORONTO FOR
FIRST CANADIAN GATEWAY

"Responding to market demand, the
new route will provide a first direct link between Canada's
largest city and Dubai, providing also convenient, ongoing
access to the Middle East, Africa and the South Asian
Subcontinent,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum,
Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group . “We
anticipate this route will be very popular, connecting Canada to
our global network of soon to be more than 90 cities worldwide.”

“The GTAA and the airport community are looking forward to
welcoming the first Emirates flight in October,” said Steve Shaw,
GTAA Vice President, Marketing and Business Development.
“The airline has made a significant investment to expand services
in North America and we are pleased that Emirates understands
the value of flying into Toronto.”

Mr. Shaw also stated the potential economic impact of this
three times weekly service. He says using a per
passenger/annualized impact model, a Boeing 777-300ER with a
seating capacity of 354 at a 70 per cent load factor could represent
more than 38,000 passengers, business
revenues in excess of $33 million, 233 jobs, employment
income around $8.5 million and taxes of $5.6
million.

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http://www.gtaa.com/local/files/en/C...ayJune2007.pdf
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Old August 17th, 2007, 04:39 PM   #305
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Hey question:

What are the possibilities of Aer Lingus serving Pearson? With Air Canada giving "limited" service, and a push in travellers from Ireland to Canada (including the new blue skies) I'm surprised there is no rumblings from either AC or EI.

Care to shed some light on this, yyzhyd?
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Old August 17th, 2007, 07:31 PM   #306
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Well anything is possible. As much as I would love to see their lovely A330s at YYZ I doubt we will see them in the near future.
EI is in tough shape these days fending off FR takeover bids and pilots strikes.
They currently only fly to 5 long haul destinations: BOS, JFK, ORD, LAX and DXB.
They are however, planning expansion south of the border starting this fall with the addition of MCO, SFO, and IAD to the network. Depending on how those pan out they may try further expansion which could include YYZ.
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Old August 20th, 2007, 02:41 PM   #307
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from today's Air Transport World, Ethiopian Airlines are planning flights to YYZ, subject to an Air Service Agreement with Canada..there is actually a pretty sizeable population of Ethiopians in the Toronto area....

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Girma Wake told ATWOnline that the carrier is trying to get permission to fly to Toronto and hopes to fly to New York JFK, Chicago O'Hare and Atlanta. ET's current North American service comprises six-times-weekly flights to Washington Dulles. Wake said the carrier also is considering two more destinations in India and China, where it currently serves five markets combined.

Back in Africa, Ethiopian plans to open its new hub in Lome by October. "We will lease two 737-300s or -400s for this operation and try to fly from Lome to five stations," he said. Opening further hubs on the continent is under discussion, with Lusaka and Harare among the options. ET, which operates 24 Boeing jets and five turboprops, will take delivery of its 12th 767-300ER in about two weeks, with a 13th to follow. It introduce its first 787 in September 2008 and will take a second the following month. "By 2010, I expect to have a total fleet of 30 jets," Wake added.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 03:13 AM   #308
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With the continued immigration boom in Toronto, it is inevitable that direct flights to Africa will increase. I am surprised it hasn't happened already.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 06:02 PM   #309
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Ethiopian's thrice weekly service will no doubt be timed to arrive in ADD to provide optimal connections to destinations around the Horn of Africa.
Expect the service to be operated with the new B787s ET will start receiving in 2008.

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Old August 21st, 2007, 06:10 PM   #310
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I heard of Ethiopian for a while now... Good to know it's actually happening!
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Old August 27th, 2007, 04:45 PM   #311
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Interesting thread on airliners....apparently New Zealand and Canada may be working on a blue skies agreement, with possible addition of NZ to YYZ...note replies #24 and #26 in the thread....

http://www1.airliners.net/discussion...6&s=yyz#menu51
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Old September 6th, 2007, 01:55 AM   #312
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Just an FYI, Jet Airways inaugural flight from New Delhi arrived /ontime/ at YYZ today. Registration for the A330-200 was VT-JWG. It was gated at Terminal 1. Jet will apparently upgrade from 5 x's weekly to daily, effective December 5th.

Nice looking plane!
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Old September 6th, 2007, 03:32 PM   #313
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Just an FYI, Jet Airways inaugural flight from New Delhi arrived /ontime/ at YYZ today. Registration for the A330-200 was VT-JWG. It was gated at Terminal 1. Jet will apparently upgrade from 5 x's weekly to daily, effective December 5th.

Nice looking plane!
I can't wait to see it myself...
Starting late Oct the flight will be switching to a MAA-BRU-YYZ routing still with 5x weekly.
So I assume that the daily from Dec 5 is still the Chennai (Madras) routing
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Old September 6th, 2007, 07:35 PM   #314
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TTC chair sees future airport link by streetcar
Giambrone envisions new line along Eglinton

September 06, 2007
Tess Kalinowski transportation reporter
Toronto Star

In the future, the better way to get to Pearson could be the TTC.

TTC chair Adam Giambrone says Transit City, Toronto's plan for an extensive streetcar network, would provide a direct link via Eglinton Ave. to the airport.

Giambrone admits the Greater Toronto Airports Authority might want to focus on a direct rail link. But with no new roads being built to the airport and no new parking planned, public transit makes sense. "Without transit, their model for being a large regional hub doesn't work," he said.

Toby Lennox, the GTAA's vice-president of corporate affairs, backed that up when he told Toronto council's planning and growth management committee yesterday that a transit link to Pearson is essential. A $35 million transit station was built next to the new Terminal One, and all that's needed now is a the line to bring in customers. "We don't want it to become a museum," he said.

Giambrone doesn't discount the possibility of a direct rail link with downtown Toronto, but the controversial plan to build one is considered functionally dead by many. Two years into the process, it remains stalled in the early stage of an environmental assessment and is bitterly opposed by a Weston residents' group that believes the increased rail traffic would destroy the neighbourhood.

The "Blue 22" service, which was to be run privately by SNC Lavalin, is being overseen by GO Transit, which would build the infrastructure. GO could not operate the service because its mandate is only for commuter rail, said Imants Hausmanis, GO project manager.

Hausmanis says business travellers won't want to spend an hour on the TTC but will pay $20 to do the trip in 20 minutes. "I know people talk about Blue 22 and say Blue 22 is dead, but I've got tell you, nobody is going to be able to foreclose the link between Pearson airport and downtown," Lennox said. "And Blue 22 was a great opportunity. Maybe it's going to be a little different. Maybe it's going to be something else."

An airport rail service was one of 52 transit projects promised by the province in a June announcement of $12 billion in funding for GTA transit by the end of the next decade.

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Old September 7th, 2007, 01:32 AM   #315
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I can't wait to see it myself...
Starting late Oct the flight will be switching to a MAA-BRU-YYZ routing still with 5x weekly.
So I assume that the daily from Dec 5 is still the Chennai (Madras) routing
But you can connect at BRU to 5 Indian destinations, including DEL and BOM.
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Old September 7th, 2007, 04:59 PM   #316
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Blue Skies Agreement between Canada & New Zealand

Looks like there is a new "Blue Skies" agreement between Canada and New Zealand....first announcement just came across the New Zealand wire service...

Air Services Agreement to Benefit Air NZ Customers

Friday, 7 September 2007, 8:03 pm
Press Release: Air New Zealand

New Air Services Agreement to Benefit Air New Zealand Customers
Air New Zealand has welcomed today’s announcement by Prime Minister Helen Clark of a new “Blue Sky” Air Transport Agreement between New Zealand and Canada.

Air New Zealand Group General Manager Norm Thompson said today the agreement successfully negotiated by the Government would provide a great platform for the airline’s further expansion into the Canadian market.

Air New Zealand begins a direct year-round service to Vancouver in November. It will offer three flights a week during the peak travel periods between November-March and July-August, and is likely to offer twice-weekly services for the remainder of the year.

Under the current arrangements, Canadian and New Zealand airlines are each restricted to operating four flights a week.

“Today’s agreement removes the bilateral barriers limiting our ability to further develop this market. We look forward to working with our Star Alliance partner Air Canada to extend our reach and offer Kiwis more travel choices. This will have fantastic benefits for our tourism industry and our customers in both markets,” Mr Thompson says.

Already 46,000 Canadians visits New Zealand and 16,000 Kiwis travel to Canada each year - even before the commencement of a direct service.

“Today’s agreement is another pillar strengthening the bilateral bridge between the two nations,” says Mr Thompson.
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Old September 7th, 2007, 05:28 PM   #317
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PEARSON MAY HIT CAPACITY BY 2027

Kelly Patrick
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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Toronto's Pearson International Airport will hit capacity in less than 20 years, according to an assessment from the agency that runs the country's largest airport.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority [GTAA] makes that forecast as part of a new long-term plan it will submit to Ottawa by the end of this year.

"This will be the first time that a master plan for Toronto Pearson airport projects the fact that Pearson airport will reach its capacity," Toby Lennox, the vice-president of corporate affairs for the GTTA, told council's planning and growth committee yesterday. "We will be able to reach a certain size at roughly 50 million passengers and at that point other alternatives will have to be explored."

In an interview, he predicted Pearson would reach capacity by "2025 or 2027," despite $4.5-billion in improvements and expansions to the facility since 1996.

The Pearson forecast will likely bring renewed attention to a hotly contested plan to build a new airport in Pickering. The federal government has considered the idea of constructing another international airport in Pickering since 1972, when it bought and set aside 18,000 acres of land in Pickering, Markham and Uxbridge.

Most recently, Transport Canada, which owns the Pickering airport lands, ordered a "needs assessment study" for a potential airport on the site.

In May, Transport Canada awarded the contract to conduct the study to the GTAA.

The study is due at the end of this year -- the same time as Pear-son's 2008-2030 master plan.

Paula Fairfax, a Transport Canada spokeswoman, said in an e-mail that the "capacity of Lester B. Pearson International Airport is also being evaluated," as part of the Pickering study. However, Transport will not make a final decision on the airport until 2009 at the earliest.
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Old September 7th, 2007, 05:34 PM   #318
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Rumours have it JetBlue is starting a Toronto route by the end of 2007.
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Old September 7th, 2007, 05:54 PM   #319
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Two years into the process, it remains stalled in the early stage of an environmental assessment and is bitterly opposed by a Weston residents' group that believes the increased rail traffic would destroy the neighbourhood.
Lazy reporting at its worst - the reporter literally made this up. The Weston residents group opposes a private express rail link that closes streets crossing the tracks in Weston (thus damaging the community) and doesn't stop in the area. They favour a rail link that makes stops on the way downtown and would be closer to a real rapid transit line. They're the ones who pushed for an EA that examines all options, including a subway or European-style regional rail on the Weston sub. They even made a map showing possible stations. IMO, that's the best option for transit to serve the airport, not light rail on Eglinton.
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Old September 7th, 2007, 05:56 PM   #320
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But you can connect at BRU to 5 Indian destinations, including DEL and BOM.
Canadian74,
Not yet...
But based on Naresh Goyal's press conference on Tuesday he stated 9W actually plans for 8 Indian destinations ex-BRU: DEL, BOM, MAA, BLR, HYD, CCU, ATQ, and AMD.

yyzer,
You beat me to it... expect an upgrade to daily AKL-YVR service next year.

Filip,
Jetblue people were in Toronto recently... they love the large numbers of people from the GTA who fill up their planes ex-BUF. But I honestly haven't gotten any scoop of any finalized YYZ plans. It would be interesting indeed if they entered the market.
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