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Old September 17th, 2007, 06:00 AM   #361
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IB did say they were interested in re-starting LAX and YYZ in N. America...
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Old September 17th, 2007, 06:06 AM   #362
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Yeah, I wanted to ask about Jet's 77W to YYZ. Is it regular from now on or was there a problem with the A332?
Tomorrow's Jet 77W is a pre-planned equipment change, for one day only. I talked to a couple of folks today, and nobody knows why. Could be a large group which required the larger airplane, could be a route-proving flight, could be a special cargo load, don't know. But it is a complicated thing for Jet, as there are different crews attached to the 77W vs. the A330.

Good deal for the spotters though! I also heard that Jet's future bookings out of YYZ are "very strong"..
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Old September 17th, 2007, 07:08 PM   #363
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Persistent rumours on Airliners.net are pointing towards a restart of Iberia's routes to Canada. Someone said that there will be great news for Canada coming soon.

I assume this route is YYZ? Does YUL have a chance?
You know better than to take every rumour on a.net at face value...
However...
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Old September 17th, 2007, 11:59 PM   #364
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You know better than to take every rumour on a.net at face value...
However...
Iberia is one of the rare airlines that seems to excite me the most... I remember coming with a Swissair MD11 back in 1995 with Iberia's DC10 at the gate beside ours at T2. Those were the days.

I'm moving to Madrid for a year in 2010-2011 so I hope we have a route by then!
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Old September 18th, 2007, 03:27 PM   #365
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New Emirates Skycargo service to open more world markets for Canadian goods

New Emirates Skycargo service to open more world markets for Canadian goods

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"Canadian companies will have greater opportunities to get their products to the burgeoning Middle East and Asian markets beginning 29th October when Emirates Airline starts non-stop service between Toronto and Dubai.

Emirates SkyCargo has provided air freight services to Canadians through its Calgary office for six years and now with its own direct flights beginning between Toronto and Dubai, Emirates will be able to connect Canadian customers to its vast route network worldwide."

Link:http://www.albawaba.com/en/countries/UAE/216977

Looks like the cargo hold of their 77Ws will also be full
Who knows, they may even try a dedicated freighter service to YYZ.
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Old September 19th, 2007, 05:56 PM   #366
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Good Morning/Afternoon.

Looks like another carrier (even though it is Candian) is starting service 3 times a week from Toronto via Montreal to Tunisia. I have attached the press release from today. This has been in the works for sometime but looks like they are finally getting off the ground.

Northern Lights Airlines Ltd. a Joint Venture of ICBS, signs exclusive agreement with Tunisian government
MONTREAL, Sept. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Northern Lights Airlines Ltd. a start
up charter airline 50% owned by ICBS Limited (PINKSHEETS: ICBM), today
announced that they have signed an exclusive agreement with the Tunisian
government for NLA's initial overseas routes, for both passenger and freight
service.
Direct flights will originate from Montreal and Toronto. The passenger
and freight revenue from this agreement is expected to exceed $40 million
dollars in revenue for Northern Lights Airlines. The company is expected to
extend this direct service from New York after the initial routes are
established.
Northern Lights Airlines will be working with the Tunisian Tourism
ministry to develope this new and exciting market. The company will be
offering Hotel and tour packages. The direct flight time is expected to be
eight hours and Tunisian offers world class accommodations at beautiful
Mediterranean sea side resorts.
"The opening of this new destination will allow Canadian and American
tourists the opportunity for something new and exciting. We want to be a
charter airline company that serves the most desirable tourism markets in the
world, and Tunisia is one of the best places to start," said ICBS President &
CEO Garth McIntosh, speaking from corporate headquarters in Montreal Tuesday.
McIntosh also stated "the airline plans to start operations with 3 leased
Boeing 767 aircraft."

You can visit NLA at: www.northernlightsairlines.com


Here is the direct link:

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/a.../19/c2527.html

And the rumours about JetBlue coming to YYZ and YUL are getting stronger and stronger. Expect an announcement in early October.
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Old September 19th, 2007, 06:53 PM   #367
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I know it's not April but this is a a joke right?
As they don't even have an Air Carrier License...
http://forms.cta-otc.gc.ca/AirLicenc...&Nationality=0

Also, these guys are using a First Choice Airways Boeing B763ER cabin photo from airliners.net and didn't even bother to remove the photo's copyright banner at the bottom.
Link to original: http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1196703/L/

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On a different note, I have an insider attending the Emirates' Roadshow that's in town today. Hoepfully I will get some info on the state of discussions for a revised UAE-Canada Bilateral.
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Old September 19th, 2007, 07:45 PM   #368
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That is absolutely horrible.. That website is stuck in the mid to late 90's:S

I just hope to hear some news from Iberia soon...
Though, it seems an almost daily occurance to have new routes/carrier announcements.
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Old September 19th, 2007, 10:32 PM   #369
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Icelandair YYZ schedule

Summer 2008 Schedule as per Amadeus
FI 603...dep KEF 1700.....arr YYZ 1855
FI 602...dep YYZ 2110.....arr KEF 0625+1

All flights operated with a Boeing B757-200.
Frequency is 5x week....every day except for Thu & Sat.
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Old September 20th, 2007, 12:36 AM   #370
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Yay! Icelandair became one of the pleasant surprises here.
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Old September 20th, 2007, 11:11 PM   #371
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That is absolutely horrible.. That website is stuck in the mid to late 90's:S

I just hope to hear some news from Iberia soon...
Though, it seems an almost daily occurance to have new routes/carrier announcements.
KLM increases connections between
important oil markets in 2007 winter schedule

Sept. 20, 2007
Excerpt:
"...In comparison with previous winter,
KLM will increase flight frequency
from Amsterdam to Toronto from seven
to nine flights a week..."

Link: http://www.ameinfo.com/132624.html

At this rate it won't be long before this route will be double daily year-round.
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Old September 21st, 2007, 12:30 AM   #372
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Almost daily.. this is insane!

Pearson; welcome to the 1990's!
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Old September 21st, 2007, 01:12 AM   #373
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"Almost daily"?

What's that suppose to mean?
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Old September 21st, 2007, 01:41 AM   #374
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Double daily I meant... Anyway.. Good news, with this new mix of carriers Pearson will ressemble itself in the mid 90's.
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Old September 21st, 2007, 06:23 AM   #375
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EK want open skies between Canada and the UAE

from today's Financial Post..

Dubai-based airline eyes daily flights to Toronto
Emirates carrier to add Venice, Sao Paulo this year

Scott Deveau
Financial Post


Thursday, September 20, 2007


Dubai-based Emirates Airlines is pushing for an Open Skies agreement between Canada and the United Arab Emirates to better serve trade and tourism between the countries.

Emirates will begin flying several times a week between Toronto and Dubai at the end of October, but the ever-expanding airline has its eye on daily flights to Canada's most populist city, according to Nigel Page, Emirates vice-president of commercial operations in the Americas.

"We have made no secret of the fact that we really do want to have daily service to Toronto," he said in an interview yesterday.

"At the moment we only have rights to three flights a week to Canada, which is obviously very restrictive."

Emirates is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. After starting with two leased planes in 1985, it now operates 108 aircraft and has another 112 on order. It is expected to place another order for about 100 more mid-sized planes in the coming months.

The airline serves 93 destinations in 59 countries, and will add Venice, Sao Paulo, Newcastle, and Houston this year, in addition to Toronto, its first Canadian destination, on Oct. 29.

"If a bilateral agreement between the UAE and Canada is liberalized, I believe we would look to other points in Canada," Mr. Page said.

Emirates' expansion plans, however, are stuck on the runway for the foreseeable future. Under the current air agreement with the U.A.E., there are six slots a week available for all U.A.E. airlines to fly to Canada, according to Lucie Vignola, Transport Canada spokeswoman. No airline from the country can fly more than three of those routes a week. Etihad Airways already flies three times a week between Toronto and Abu Dhabi.

When Emirates begins flights in October, it will be the first time the agreement has hit capacity since it was signed in 2001 and it is not a priority of the government to renegotiate it at this time, Ms. Vignola said.

Emirates argues that opening up the skies will not only help tourism between the countries, but would also open Dubai's US$46-billion economy to Canadian businesses.

There were about 115 Canadian companies doing business in the U.A.E. in 2006 -- about a 30% increase over the previous year -- from high-tech companies, such as flight simulator manufacturer CAE Inc., to consumer companies like Aldo and Bata shoes, to franchises such as Second Cup, Mr. Page said.

"Clearly, Canadian companies are seeing tremendous potential in the U.A.E.," he said.

He questioned the motives behind Canada's protectionist tactics when both its major carriers, Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd., are running a profit.

"The honest answer is, airlines were traditionally government-owned with the government quite often putting huge subsidies into the airlines. They wanted to protect their investment," he said.

"But today, many of these government-owned airlines have been privatized and therefore the rationale for restricting traffic rights really isn't there anymore."

Emirates has come under fire in the past for doing just that by both Australia's Qantas Airways and Air France, which accused the wholly-government owned airline of receiving unfair federal subsidies to fund its expansion into their respective markets.

However, Mr. Page said Emirates, which was started with a $10-million loan from the Dubai government, receives no subsidies and funds its expansion by being profitable every year, except its second, since it began operations.

Last year, the airline had a record profit of US$942-million.
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Old September 21st, 2007, 03:14 PM   #376
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from today's Financial Post..

Dubai-based airline eyes daily flights to Toronto
Emirates carrier to add Venice, Sao Paulo this year

Scott Deveau
Financial Post


Thursday, September 20, 2007


Dubai-based Emirates Airlines is pushing for an Open Skies agreement between Canada and the United Arab Emirates to better serve trade and tourism between the countries.

Emirates will begin flying several times a week between Toronto and Dubai at the end of October, but the ever-expanding airline has its eye on daily flights to Canada's most populist city, according to Nigel Page, Emirates vice-president of commercial operations in the Americas.

"We have made no secret of the fact that we really do want to have daily service to Toronto," he said in an interview yesterday.

"At the moment we only have rights to three flights a week to Canada, which is obviously very restrictive."

Emirates is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. After starting with two leased planes in 1985, it now operates 108 aircraft and has another 112 on order. It is expected to place another order for about 100 more mid-sized planes in the coming months.

The airline serves 93 destinations in 59 countries, and will add Venice, Sao Paulo, Newcastle, and Houston this year, in addition to Toronto, its first Canadian destination, on Oct. 29.

"If a bilateral agreement between the UAE and Canada is liberalized, I believe we would look to other points in Canada," Mr. Page said.

Emirates' expansion plans, however, are stuck on the runway for the foreseeable future. Under the current air agreement with the U.A.E., there are six slots a week available for all U.A.E. airlines to fly to Canada, according to Lucie Vignola, Transport Canada spokeswoman. No airline from the country can fly more than three of those routes a week. Etihad Airways already flies three times a week between Toronto and Abu Dhabi.

When Emirates begins flights in October, it will be the first time the agreement has hit capacity since it was signed in 2001 and it is not a priority of the government to renegotiate it at this time, Ms. Vignola said.

Emirates argues that opening up the skies will not only help tourism between the countries, but would also open Dubai's US$46-billion economy to Canadian businesses.

There were about 115 Canadian companies doing business in the U.A.E. in 2006 -- about a 30% increase over the previous year -- from high-tech companies, such as flight simulator manufacturer CAE Inc., to consumer companies like Aldo and Bata shoes, to franchises such as Second Cup, Mr. Page said.

"Clearly, Canadian companies are seeing tremendous potential in the U.A.E.," he said.

He questioned the motives behind Canada's protectionist tactics when both its major carriers, Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd., are running a profit.

"The honest answer is, airlines were traditionally government-owned with the government quite often putting huge subsidies into the airlines. They wanted to protect their investment," he said.

"But today, many of these government-owned airlines have been privatized and therefore the rationale for restricting traffic rights really isn't there anymore."

Emirates has come under fire in the past for doing just that by both Australia's Qantas Airways and Air France, which accused the wholly-government owned airline of receiving unfair federal subsidies to fund its expansion into their respective markets.

However, Mr. Page said Emirates, which was started with a $10-million loan from the Dubai government, receives no subsidies and funds its expansion by being profitable every year, except its second, since it began operations.

Last year, the airline had a record profit of US$942-million.
LOL...
EK stated their desire for an open skies agreement with Canada over 5 years ago. Good to see the Post has finally picked up the "news flash"
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Old September 21st, 2007, 08:18 PM   #377
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KLM increases connections between
important oil markets in 2007 winter schedule

Sept. 20, 2007
Excerpt:
"...In comparison with previous winter,
KLM will increase flight frequency
from Amsterdam to Toronto from seven
to nine flights a week..."

Link: http://www.ameinfo.com/132624.html

At this rate it won't be long before this route will be double daily year-round.
Winter 2008 Schedule as per Amadeus
---------
KL 691...dep AMS 1330.....arr YYZ 1550
KL 692...dep YYZ 1815.....arr AMS 0730+1

All flights operated with a Boeing B777-200.
Frequency is daily

---------
KL 695...dep AMS 1810.....arr YYZ 2025
KL 696...dep YYZ 2220.....arr AMS 1135+1

All flights operated with a Boeing B777-200.
Frequency is 2x week....every Fri and Sun.
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Old September 24th, 2007, 10:53 PM   #378
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Apparently Copa Airlines of Panama is to start a YYZ route next year.
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Old September 24th, 2007, 11:39 PM   #379
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All these new routes for YYZ..Amazing!

P.s won't all these new flights translate into a big increase in passenger traffic at the airport ?
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Old September 25th, 2007, 01:10 AM   #380
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I don't expect more than 4% growth in pax nos. for Pearson, atleast this year.
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