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Old August 13th, 2008, 06:56 AM   #661
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Cathay cuts Toronto flights :

Cathay Pacific announces further capacity redeployment spurred by high fuel prices
11 August 2008
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Cathay Pacific Airways today announced a new round of capacity redeployment to help offset the impact of high fuel prices on the airline. The move includes reducing the number of the flights to North America by 10, while adding eight new flights to Australia and upgrading to a bigger aircraft for 14 European flights each week. Overall, the changes result in no change in planned capacity at the airline.

This is the second wave of redeployment brought about by the need to limit the impact of high fuel prices and switch aircraft to routes with greater revenue potential. In July the carrier announced it will add four new flights a week to Dubai and Bahrain, while reducing Toronto services by three a week and Vancouver by four a week. In addition, New Zealand will go back to a twice-daily service from the winter while the service between Hong Kong and Riyadh will fly direct, rather than route through Bahrain.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler said: “The extent of the impact fuel prices are having on our business was underlined when we announced a loss of HK$663 million in our interim results last week. We have to maximise our earnings during this difficult period which is why are moving our capacity. However, while we are reducing services on some routes, we will continue to maintain the integrity of our network, reshaping it where necessary to ensure we fly aircraft to where we can cover our costs and also make some money.”

In the latest redeployment, the carrier will suspend the daily CX884/5 service to and from Los Angeles with effect from 26 October. The route will then operate as a double-daily service until winter 2009 when the suspended service will be reinstated on four days a week, moving back to daily by December 2009.

In Canada, the Vancouver route will be served by 14 flights a week instead of 17 as the CX836/5 service will be suspended from 26 October. The airline currently operates three flights daily but this will drop to 17 with effect from 16 September.

Consistently high demand to Australia is leading the airline to considerably enhance its services to the country. Perth will become a daily service with two additional flights a week from 26 October, while Brisbane will move from a daily service to 10 flights a week. Sydney, currently served by 25 flights a week, will move to four flights each day.

In a move to maximise revenue potential on key European routes, Cathay Pacific will also upgrade two existing services. The daily flight to Amsterdam will change from an A340-300 to the larger Boeing 747-400 from 26 October, as will the daily CX253/4 flight to and from London.

Cathay Pacific is committed to continuing to develop Hong Kong’s position as one of the world’s leading international aviation hubs. Earlier in the year the airline added 20 flights a week to India to help further develop its home city’s hub role.
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Old August 13th, 2008, 11:54 AM   #662
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Neither is imminent... but my best guess would be PR in YYZ.
but PR should improve its services first...MNL to YVR and v/v were both not very pleasant experiences...and their codesharing with AC to YYZ is not that good either...i had to pay for excess baggage at AC even if my flight was codeshared with an international flight...
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Old August 14th, 2008, 06:00 AM   #663
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Cathay cuts Toronto flights :

Cathay Pacific announces further capacity redeployment spurred by high fuel prices
11 August 2008
Press Release

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced a new round of capacity redeployment to help offset the impact of high fuel prices on the airline. The move includes reducing the number of the flights to North America by 10, while adding eight new flights to Australia and upgrading to a bigger aircraft for 14 European flights each week. Overall, the changes result in no change in planned capacity at the airline.

This is the second wave of redeployment brought about by the need to limit the impact of high fuel prices and switch aircraft to routes with greater revenue potential. In July the carrier announced it will add four new flights a week to Dubai and Bahrain, while reducing Toronto services by three a week and Vancouver by four a week. In addition, New Zealand will go back to a twice-daily service from the winter while the service between Hong Kong and Riyadh will fly direct, rather than route through Bahrain.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler said: “The extent of the impact fuel prices are having on our business was underlined when we announced a loss of HK$663 million in our interim results last week. We have to maximise our earnings during this difficult period which is why are moving our capacity. However, while we are reducing services on some routes, we will continue to maintain the integrity of our network, reshaping it where necessary to ensure we fly aircraft to where we can cover our costs and also make some money.”

In the latest redeployment, the carrier will suspend the daily CX884/5 service to and from Los Angeles with effect from 26 October. The route will then operate as a double-daily service until winter 2009 when the suspended service will be reinstated on four days a week, moving back to daily by December 2009.

In Canada, the Vancouver route will be served by 14 flights a week instead of 17 as the CX836/5 service will be suspended from 26 October. The airline currently operates three flights daily but this will drop to 17 with effect from 16 September.

Consistently high demand to Australia is leading the airline to considerably enhance its services to the country. Perth will become a daily service with two additional flights a week from 26 October, while Brisbane will move from a daily service to 10 flights a week. Sydney, currently served by 25 flights a week, will move to four flights each day.

In a move to maximise revenue potential on key European routes, Cathay Pacific will also upgrade two existing services. The daily flight to Amsterdam will change from an A340-300 to the larger Boeing 747-400 from 26 October, as will the daily CX253/4 flight to and from London.

Cathay Pacific is committed to continuing to develop Hong Kong’s position as one of the world’s leading international aviation hubs. Earlier in the year the airline added 20 flights a week to India to help further develop its home city’s hub role.
I assume this means that it will cut the Anchorage stop-over flight more so than the non-stop. Anyone hear anything different and the timing of this?

On another note, the GTAA announced its second quarter results and it looks like a 5.7% increase over the same period last year, the biggest increase coming from the international sector, 13.2%.
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Old August 14th, 2008, 03:19 PM   #664
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I assume this means that it will cut the Anchorage stop-over flight more so than the non-stop
Exactly right...the three weekly flights that stopped in ANC are going, and the 7 x's weekly nonstops will remain...
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Old August 18th, 2008, 04:37 AM   #665
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Does anyone know if Icelandair's route cut to Toronto is permanent or are they only going to be doing summer seasonal service? I've heard both.
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Old August 18th, 2008, 06:50 AM   #666
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They're cutting the route?
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Old August 19th, 2008, 02:02 AM   #667
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They're cutting the route?
I know, it' sad! Like everything else on the planet, the excuse is rising fuel costs, which is strange since fuel costs seem to have stabilized at least for the time being. I thought it was a fairly popular flight though so my guess is that it may only be a seasonal cut.

On another note, any word on when THY is starting their route from Istanbul?
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Old August 19th, 2008, 02:41 AM   #668
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From what I've read it seems to be seasonal, so no need to shed tears... I'm sure the route will be back to year round after the fuel crises slows.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:25 PM   #669
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Another victim: From YYZ news

Transaero to cancel---effective September 24th, Transaero are going to stop flying between Toronto and Moscow citing high fuel costs as the prime decision factor.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 06:22 AM   #670
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Now that we have spent the last 10 pages talking about which airlines will be coming to Pearson and who aren't...Does anyone know what is going to happen on the lands at Airport and Derry Rd.'s? They have been clearing earth, leveling things and preparing for something? I have driven past a number of times over the entire year and it always looks the same- dirt and lots of machinery, but no signs of any development or impending development.

I remember there was a plan floated a year ago or so, whereby the GTAA wanted to sell the land to developers for office space and more storage/cargo etc. I hope that their plans, however they turn out are not extremely short sighted.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 08:09 AM   #671
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A multiple storey parking garage for GTAA employees.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 02:57 PM   #672
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That land is large enough to house another terminal the size of the T3. I hope that they do not use that space for a parking garage or businesses. If they're concerned about running out of space in the future, then they need to utilize every inch of land that they have availble to them for terminals before even considering looking to Pickering for anything.

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Now that we have spent the last 10 pages talking about which airlines will be coming to Pearson and who aren't...Does anyone know what is going to happen on the lands at Airport and Derry Rd.'s? They have been clearing earth, leveling things and preparing for something? I have driven past a number of times over the entire year and it always looks the same- dirt and lots of machinery, but no signs of any development or impending development.

I remember there was a plan floated a year ago or so, whereby the GTAA wanted to sell the land to developers for office space and more storage/cargo etc. I hope that their plans, however they turn out are not extremely short sighted.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 05:05 PM   #673
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Looks like Jet Airways has announced a second daily flight to Toronto, this time from Bangalore (Bengaluru) also via Brussels. Flights are to start on Oct 31st. Somehow other airlines seem to be weathering the oil storm better than others.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 05:52 PM   #674
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Looks like Jet Airways has announced a second daily flight to Toronto, this time from Bangalore (Bengaluru) also via Brussels. Flights are to start on Oct 31st. Somehow other airlines seem to be weathering the oil storm better than others.
Not exactly.
Jet Airways' new flight 9W 132 is a terminator service from Bangalore to Brussels (i.e. doesn't continue onward to North America) allowing pax to connect onto the North America bound flights.
Jet is also making some changes to their existing N.A flights by swapping the origin city of the YYZ and JFK flights. The EWR flight remains unchanged.

9W 230 DEL to YYZ - Effective Oct. 31
9W 228 BOM to EWR - No Change
9W 226 MAA to JFK - Effective Oct. 31 and downgauged to an A330-200
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 05:55 PM   #675
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A multiple storey parking garage for GTAA employees.
Isn't that going up on Viscount?
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 12:56 AM   #676
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Not exactly.
Jet Airways' new flight 9W 132 is a terminator service from Bangalore to Brussels (i.e. doesn't continue onward to North America) allowing pax to connect onto the North America bound flights.
Jet is also making some changes to their existing N.A flights by swapping the origin city of the YYZ and JFK flights. The EWR flight remains unchanged.

9W 230 DEL to YYZ - Effective Oct. 31
9W 228 BOM to EWR - No Change
9W 226 MAA to JFK - Effective Oct. 31 and downgauged to an A330-200
Thanks for clarifying.
Is there still no word on THY start date?
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Old September 4th, 2008, 04:35 PM   #677
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Air India changes days & routing of YYZ flight

Air India is making some changes to their Toronto flight.
The routing will change from ATQ-BHX-YYZ to ATQ-LHR-YYZ
The new schedule is effective Oct. 31, see below:

AI187
Depart Amritsar (ATQ) 6:40AM Tue/Fri (9:15AM on Sun)
Arrive Toronto (YYZ) 3:45PM Tue/Fri (6:15PM on Sun)

AI188
Depart Toronto (YYZ) 10:30PM Fri/Sun (8:50PM on Tue)
Arrive Amritsar (ATQ) 1:35AM+2 Fri/Sun (11:55PM+1 on Tue)

Frequency: Tue, Fri and Sun
1 stop via London (LHR)
All flights operated by Boeing B777-200ER
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Old September 11th, 2008, 06:38 PM   #678
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If memory serves me correct, TAM is part of the Star Alliance. So, I just read that TAM has applied for and received a license to operate into Canada. Would this be just a code share with Air Canada or will they bring their own aircraft?

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http://www.cta-otc.gc.ca/rulings-dec...-A-2008_e.html

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Decision No. 457-A-2008
September 10, 2008

APPLICATION by TAM Linhas Aereas S.A. carrying on business as TAM Airlines pursuant to subsection 69(1) of the Canada Transportation Act, S.C., 1996, c. 10, as amended, for a licence to operate a scheduled international service between points in Brazil and points in Canada.
File No. M4212/T370-4
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TAM Linhas Aereas S.A. carrying on business as TAM Airlines (the applicant) has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (the Agency) for a licence to operate the service set out in the title. The application was complete on September 2, 2008.

The applicant has been designated by the Government of Brazil, pursuant to the provisions of the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil on Air Transport signed on May 15, 1986 (the Agreement) to operate the route(s) specified in the Agreement.

The applicant filed an affidavit attesting that within the twelve months preceding the filing of the application it did not contravene section 59 of the Canada Transportation Act (the CTA) in that it has not sold, caused to be sold or publicly offered for sale in Canada transportation in respect of the applied for air service without holding the required licence. The applicant has also undertaken in respect of the air service applied for that it will not contravene section 59 of the CTA prior to the issuance of the applied for licence. The Agency is not aware of any evidence that the applicant contravened section 59 of the CTA within the preceding twelve months.

The Agency has reviewed the application and is satisfied that the applicant meets the requirements of subsection 69(1) of the CTA. The Agency is also satisfied that the pertinent terms and conditions of the Agreement have been complied with.

Accordingly, the Agency will issue to the applicant a licence to operate a scheduled international service between Canada and Brazil.

Pursuant to subsection 71(1) of the CTA, the Agency deems it appropriate to include the terms and conditions set out below in the licence to be issued pursuant to this Decision.

The licence to be issued pursuant to this Decision shall be subject, in addition to the conditions prescribed by the Air Transportation Regulations, SOR/88-58, as amended (the ATR), to the requirements to hold a Canadian aviation document issued by the Minister of Transport, and to have prescribed liability insurance coverage as set out in section 7 of the ATR, and to the following terms and conditions to which the licence is made subject pursuant to subsection 71(1) of the CTA:

1. The Licensee is authorized to operate the route(s) set out in the Agreement.

2. The operation of the scheduled international service authorized herein shall be conducted subject to the provisions of the Agreement and to any applicable arrangements as may be agreed to between Canada and the Federative Republic of Brazil.

3. Unless terminated at an earlier date in accordance with the CTA or the Agreement, this licence shall terminate at the termination or expiration of the Agreement, or upon the effective date of any amendment to the Agreement which shall have the effect of eliminating the rights herein authorized.
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Old September 12th, 2008, 09:49 PM   #679
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JJ isn't part of Star Alliance just yet, but both parties have positioned themselves for that eventuality.

With respect to the CTA Ruling; this is not for code-share operations. Therefore I would expect to see their A330s arriving into Pearson possibly in time for Summer '09.

There had been speculation this would happen, since Brasilian nationals still have to deal with Transit Visa issues when connecting in the USA. Therefore transitting via YYZ/Canada is very attractive.

I'll see what I can find out about frequencies and timings...
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Old September 19th, 2008, 12:27 PM   #680
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Airport plan in holding pattern


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The Greater Toronto Airports Authority says it is pushing back plans to build a new pier at Pearson international airport. Pearson operator cites turmoil in financial markets as next development phase is temporarily shelved


September 19, 2008
Chris Sorensen
Toronto Star Business Reporter

The operator of Pearson International Airport has temporarily shelved the next phase of the airport's development amid the ongoing credit crunch and turmoil in financial markets.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which recently completed a $4.4 billion redevelopment project that included a new terminal, was supposed to sit down in a few months and begin contemplating a new pier that would mainly service airlines flying to the United States.

The project is estimated to cost between $800 million to $850 million. But CEO Lloyd McCoomb said yesterday the project is now off the table because of the financial crisis centred in the United States that has put a deep freeze on debt markets.

"We were looking at starting next year with the design ... and we were thinking of starting construction by 2011 and being finished by 2014," McCoomb said.

"But all that's on full hold until we see how this thing plays out."

McCoomb's comments came as the U.S. Federal Reserve and central banks in Canada, Europe and Japan agreed yesterday to support global money markets with $180 billion.

The move was an effort to restore investor confidence as efforts continued yesterday to contain the crisis to a handful of U.S. financial firms that made bad bets on home mortgages.

As for the GTAA's existing debt load of $7 billion, McCoomb said the bonds have "performed amazingly well through all of this," which he attributed to the fact that the GTAA was an investment in infrastructure.

There are other headwinds on the horizon for the country's biggest airport.

Passenger traffic through Pearson is up more than 5 per cent this year, but McCoomb said the forecast is for a 2.5 per cent drop in passengers in 2009 because of cumulative impact of a slowing economy and historically high fuel prices on airlines.

"I'm not crowing," he said of this year's strong numbers. "I'm expecting that we're going to feel this sooner or later."

In June, Air Canada said it was cutting back on its flying by 7 per cent and slashing up to 2,000 employees in order to offset ballooning fuel bills.

Then, last month, Ottawa-based Zoom became the latest Canadian carrier to shutter operations and file for bankruptcy protection, citing high fuel prices and "aggressive" creditors.

McCoomb noted that the GTAA cut landing fees charged to airlines this year by 3.1 per cent and terminal fees by 4.7 per cent – the first time in the authority's history that fees were reduced.
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