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Old October 10th, 2007, 06:37 PM   #441
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AC to Madrid from YYZ

Just released on Newswire:

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/a.../10/c2222.html

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Air Canada announces new daily service to Madrid
Only daily, non-stop service between Toronto and Spain

MONTREAL, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that it will
commence non-stop flights to Spain with daily service between Toronto and
Madrid starting next summer.
"Spain is the world's second most popular tourist destination and an
increasingly important centre for international business. By adding Madrid to
our global network, Air Canada is broadening the already expansive scope of
its international network and increasing the options for travellers heading to
and from Europe through its Toronto hub," said Daniel Shurz, Vice President of
Network Planning at Air Canada. "Customers will not only enjoy flying on
aircraft with new interiors, including lie-flat beds in Executive First and
on-demand audio and video at every seat throughout the plane, but they will
also be able to take advantage of Air Canada's extensive connections from
Madrid to destinations throughout Spain on its partner airline, Spanair, and
to other European destinations on other members of the Star Alliance. In
Toronto, travellers will be able to make easy connections through our brand
new Terminal One facility, with In-Transit Pre-Clearance to reduce waiting
times at Canada Customs and our new Maple Leaf Lounge facilities for eligible
passengers."
Subject to government approval, the service to Madrid will begin June 15,
2008, with daily, non-stop flights between Toronto and Madrid using a Boeing
767-300. It will be the only non-stop service between Toronto and Madrid.
Timed for convenient connections, AC836 will depart at 9:30 p.m. and arrive in
Madrid at 10:55 a.m. local time. AC837 will depart Madrid at 12:30 p.m. and
arrive in Toronto at 3:05 p.m. local time. The flight is timed for convenient
connections through Air Canada's domestic, US and Mexico network.
Service will operate year-round and continue through the winter with
reduced frequency.
Air Canada's new in-flight product features lie-flat beds in its
international Executive First cabin, the only North American airline to offer
the comfort and privacy of lie-flat beds in business class. All customers
enjoy digital quality personal seatback entertainment systems with over
200 hours of video and audio on demand, as well as standard 110 volt
electrical outlets at every seat in Executive First and within reach of every
customer in Economy.

Montreal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air
transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 170 destinations on five
continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 14th largest commercial airline in
the world and serves 34 million customers annually with a fleet consisting of
335 aircraft. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, providing the
world's most comprehensive air transportation network.


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Old October 10th, 2007, 08:25 PM   #442
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Maybe AC knows something about IB's plans for YYZ and decided to fire a preemptive salvo??
Hmm... what do you think Filip?
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Old October 11th, 2007, 01:25 AM   #443
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If Shanhgai comes to Canada, how many Chinese carriers will be serving Canada?
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Old October 11th, 2007, 01:44 AM   #444
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That's a shame - with AC going to Madrid there is no chance for IB to come

That's what I thought yyzhyd - they wanted to outdo Iberia before they could stick their foot in the door.
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Old October 11th, 2007, 02:10 AM   #445
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with AC going to Madrid there is no chance for IB to come
well, it's not impossible, but probably less likely.

This is a definite blocking move by AC - pretty much the only new route they have announced recently. Iberia will be looking at YYZ from the perspective of Spanish originating passengers primarily, so you never know.

as for chinese carriers, right now there's Air China (YVR), China Eastern (YVR), Oasis (YVR), and Cathay Pacific (YVR & YYZ)..

oops, can't forget the Taiwanese carriers....China Airlines (YVR) and EVA Air (YVR)...

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Old October 11th, 2007, 03:37 AM   #446
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Looks like it will go up to 8... With the addition of China Southern and Shanghai... That's like 11 daily (including AC) flights! Wow!
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Old October 11th, 2007, 07:33 AM   #447
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That's a shame - with AC going to Madrid there is no chance for IB to come

That's what I thought yyzhyd - they wanted to outdo Iberia before they could stick their foot in the door.
I hear Iberia is a crappy airline anyway
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Old October 11th, 2007, 03:24 PM   #448
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If Shanhgai comes to Canada, how many Chinese carriers will be serving Canada?
Once again, I'll repeat....Shanghai Airlines is not coming to Canada anytime soon.
The application to the CTA is to request permission to codeshare on the existing Air Canada flights listed below.
AC 87 YYZ-PVG
AC 37 YVR-PVG
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Old October 11th, 2007, 09:39 PM   #449
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They will come eventually.
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Old October 11th, 2007, 11:16 PM   #450
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First you said "if" they come, now you're saying they "will" come. Which is it?

FYI
Following the Blue-skies agreements with Serbia/Croatia and Kuwait earlier this Summer AC has now applied for license to operate between Canada and the respective countries. Rulings can be found on the CTA site.

Does it mean imminent service by AC to BEG, ZAG and/or KWI?
Probably not.
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Old October 12th, 2007, 01:43 AM   #451
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First you said "if" they come, now you're saying they "will" come. Which is it?

FYI
Following the Blue-skies agreements with Serbia/Croatia and Kuwait earlier this Summer AC has now applied for license to operate between Canada and the respective countries. Rulings can be found on the CTA site.

Does it mean imminent service by AC to BEG, ZAG and/or KWI?
Probably not.
Air Canada in Belgrade would be mind boggling
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Old October 17th, 2007, 02:30 AM   #452
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Pearson Lowering Fees!

GTAA to trim landing fees at Pearson airport

TheStar.com - Business - GTAA to trim landing fees at Pearson airport

October 16, 2007
Romina Maurino
THE CANADIAN PRESS

Toronto's Pearson airport, long criticized for being one of the world's most expensive to use, is reducing its landing fees and terminal charges in a bid to attract more passenger and airline traffic.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which operates the airport, said Tuesday that landing fees charges to airlines will decrease by 3.1 per cent and terminal charges will drop by 4.7 as of Jan. 1.

"This is fantastic news for our airline partners," stated GTAA chief executive Lloyd McCoomb.

"By pricing Toronto Pearson more competitively we are able to decrease the cost of doing business, which is good for airlines, good for passengers and good for the region."

The move was cheered by travel groups and airlines, who have long pushed for a reduction in fees and charges by both airports and the federal government, saying they affect the competitiveness of Canada's air carriers.

"Air Canada is pleased by today's announcement that the GTAA is cutting fees at Toronto airport and we commend the authority for finding savings and alternative revenue sources," stated Montie Brewer, CEO of Pearson's largest tenant.

"(We) now ask the Federal Government to follow the GTAA's example by reducing the rents it charges airports each year ... Ultimately, this is a regressive tax that stifles economic growth."

Landing fees are charged to the airlines to operate at Toronto Pearson, the busiest airport in Canada, with 31 million passenger in 2006.

They are also passed on to travellers – raising their ire when they discover the ticket price skyrockets once taxes and airport fees are included. Some Canadians instead choose to drive to U.S. airports, such as Buffalo, to save on their flights.

Terminal charges, for their part, are set to cover the operating costs for the common areas in the passenger terminals.

Same Barone, CEO of the Air Transport Association of Canada, also highlighted the ongoing issues of airport rents, fuel surcharges and security costs – all constant sticking points between travel groups and the government.

"This year, Pearson will pay more than $150 million to Ottawa (in rent)," he said.

"Our passengers really are paying that additional tax back to Ottawa, which does nothing for stimulating traffic growth."

But, he added, ATAC is "always pleased to have the cost that gets passed through to our passengers reduced," saying the airport authority "does deserve quite a bit of credit for that achievement."

"We also encourage them to do more for travellers because we're in a very competitive environment."

The GTAA did say it would continue to work to make the airport competitive "through cost containment, revenue generation and by working with air carrier partners."
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Old October 17th, 2007, 02:35 AM   #453
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There's apparently an article out outlying that YYZ is a serious destination for TAP Portugal.. Good news as another airline will be added to our roster!

And of course GREAT NEWS! Even if the reduction is negligible..
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Finally!

But is it still the most expensive airport in the world?
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Old October 17th, 2007, 02:39 AM   #455
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"This year, Pearson will pay more than $150 million to Ottawa (in rent),"
Imagine, having to pay almost $500,000 dollars, per day, in rent, for which you get basically no services.....
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Old October 17th, 2007, 02:44 AM   #456
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Imagine, having to pay almost $500,000 dollars, per day, in rent, for which you get basically no services.....
When I think of what Pearson could do with NO rents... Or even with minute subsidies (like VIA gets for example) I get a headache... I know, I shouldn't strain myself but the possibilities are endless! How can Pearson achieve its goal of becoming the largest international hub in North America with this sort of destruction - not by foreign competitors but by the domestic government... I do NOT understand what kind of country we live in.
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Pearson's goal is to become North America's largest international hub? I didn't knew that! Cool!
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Old October 17th, 2007, 03:59 AM   #458
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Pearson's goal is to become North America's largest international hub? I didn't knew that! Cool!
Premier North American hub.. sorry
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Old October 17th, 2007, 04:04 AM   #459
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I think it's absolutely disgusting how much the Federal government taxes Toronto's airport, i mean every other airport in Canada got a tax reduction excepts its biggest and most important airport...wow makes a lot of sense. and plus the government just had a 14 billion surplus this year um ya i think they can afford to lower the rent just a tad! Ridiculous!!!

It's a good thing that the GTAA is lowering fees alitllte but its not enough, they need to strive for more and fight the government! Our economy and airport can be so much more powerful!
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Old October 18th, 2007, 05:52 PM   #460
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AC Expanding YYZ-Caracas & YYZ-Port of Spain

Attention Business/Financial Editors:

Air Canada expands service to Venezuela and Trinidad - New flights will provide non-stop service, better connections

MONTREAL, Oct. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada is expanding service to
Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago this spring with designated, non-stop
flights to each country that will provide greater convenience and better
connections for travellers.
"Air Canada is meeting the growing demand for both business and leisure
travel between Toronto and Caracas, Venezuela, and Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Where previously we had a single flight serving both cities, this spring we
are enhancing our service by commencing separate, non-stop flights for each
destination. This will result in faster travel times, better connections and
overall increased ease of travel for our customers," said Daniel Shurz, Vice
President of Network Planning at Air Canada. "Customers travelling to and from
Venezuela and Trinidad will be able to take advantage of Air Canada's
extensive domestic, transborder and international network by connecting
through our Toronto hub."

Caracas
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Beginning April 6, 2008, Air Canada will launch the only non-stop service
between Toronto and Caracas with flight AC075, which will depart Toronto each
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 5:35 p.m. and arrive in Caracas at
10:45 p.m. AC076 will depart Caracas at 11:45 p.m. and arrive in Toronto at
5:25 a.m.

Port of Spain
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Starting April 8, 2008, Air Canada flight AC073 will depart Toronto each
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 4:55 p.m. and arrive in Port of Spain at
10:25 p.m. Air Canada flight AC074 will depart Port of Spain at 11:25 p.m. and
arrive in Toronto at 5:25 a.m.
Air Canada will operate both flights using a 120-seat, Airbus A319
aircraft. The aircraft offers Executive and Economy Class travel and all
customers will have access to digital-quality personal seatback entertainment
systems with over 200 hours of video and audio on demand, as well as standard
110 volt electrical outlets available to every seat. Travel will be eligible
for Aeroplan accumulation.

Montreal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air
transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 170 destinations on five
continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 14th largest commercial airline in
the world and serves 32 million customers annually with a fleet consisting of
335 aircraft. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, providing the
world's most comprehensive air transportation network.
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