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Old April 7th, 2009, 04:57 PM   #901
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Not to mention the much stricter language requirements AC is subjected to compared to WS. This adds a lot to labour costs.
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Old April 9th, 2009, 03:19 AM   #902
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It's official - Cargolux are starting YYZ ops effective April 20th....this from the Mississauga News....

Large European airline flying into Pearson

2009-04-08 17:58:57.000
Cargolux, Europe's largest all-cargo airline, is coming to Pearson International Airport.
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority announced today the large airline, which is based in Luxembourg, will begin service at Pearson on April 20.
Cargolux will offer a weekly freighter service into the airport on a B747-400 aircraft.
The new service will provide the Canadian market with some 50,000 kilograms of air freight capacity on each flight, the GTAA said.
"We are very happy to welcome Cargolux to Pearson," said Lloyd McCoomb, GTAA president and CEO. "There is a high demand for additional cargo service in Toronto and we're pleased to be able to respond to the needs of the businesses in the GTA, providing them with on-time and dependable shipping solutions."
The GTAA recently announced a 25 per cent reduction in cargo landing fees for all-cargo flights arriving at Pearson.
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Old April 9th, 2009, 03:38 AM   #903
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btw.....latest rumour.....CargoItalia will start a regular scheduled cargo flight between Milan (MXP) and YYZ effective May....equipment type will be MD11...
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Old April 9th, 2009, 04:06 PM   #904
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It's official - Cargolux are starting YYZ ops effective April 20th....this from the Mississauga News....

Large European airline flying into Pearson

2009-04-08 17:58:57.000
Cargolux, Europe's largest all-cargo airline, is coming to Pearson International Airport.
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority announced today the large airline, which is based in Luxembourg, will begin service at Pearson on April 20.
Cargolux will offer a weekly freighter service into the airport on a B747-400 aircraft.
The new service will provide the Canadian market with some 50,000 kilograms of air freight capacity on each flight, the GTAA said.
"We are very happy to welcome Cargolux to Pearson," said Lloyd McCoomb, GTAA president and CEO. "There is a high demand for additional cargo service in Toronto and we're pleased to be able to respond to the needs of the businesses in the GTA, providing them with on-time and dependable shipping solutions."
The GTAA recently announced a 25 per cent reduction in cargo landing fees for all-cargo flights arriving at Pearson.
For all the spotter's, I hope it'll be a daytime arrival/departure.
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Old April 9th, 2009, 09:40 PM   #905
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yyzhyd, unfortunately, the only spotters who will be able to enjoy this flight are those with insomnia....from the Cargolux website....

Cargolux Expands Service To Canada

Luxembourg, 8th April 2009
Effective 19 April 2009, Cargolux will start a new weekly B747-400 freighter service to Toronto/Ontario.

CV 7767 will be operated every Sunday out of Luxembourg, with departure at 06.05 p.m. and arrival in Toronto on Monday morning at 01.45 a.m. Departure from Toronto, CV 7771, is at 03.45 a.m., with return via Prestwick, arriving in Luxembourg on Monday evening at 07.30 p.m. All times are local times.

This new scheduled service provides important main deck trans-Atlantic capacity, thus supporting the positive economic development of this region, especially for the transportation of oversize pieces of varying commodities. Furthermore it offers new possibilities for the transportation of dangerous goods that can only be carried on board cargo aircraft. From Europe to Toronto, mainly general cargo is expected.

'We are very happy to welcome Cargolux to Toronto Pearson', states Lloyd McCoomb, President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. 'There is a high demand for additional cargo service in Toronto and we are pleased to be able to respond to the needs of the businesses in the Greater Toronto Area, providing them with on-time and dependable shipping solutions.'

Cargolux has served Eastern Canada since 1995, with a market presence in Quebec and Ontario via its General Sales Agent, Hermes. Apart from the new service to Toronto/Ontario, Cargolux serves Calgary/Alberta on Mondays and Fridays out of Luxembourg, with arrivals on Tuesday and on Saturday mornings, where mostly oil drilling equipment, meat and general cargo are loaded for European destinations.
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Old April 9th, 2009, 09:53 PM   #906
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The new Canada - Japan Air Agreement is official....wonder what happened to the South Korea deal?

No. H 057/09
For release - April 9, 2009

Canada and Japan expand bilateral air transport agreement

TOKYO — The Government of Canada has reached an agreement with Japan to expand the existing bilateral air transport agreement between the two countries. The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, announced that this agreement will benefit trade, tourism and investments in Canada's economy.

"This expanded agreement will be of considerable benefit to Canadian business," said Minister Day, who is in Tokyo for a series of meetings aimed at opening new opportunities for Canadian exporters and investors. "This agreement will permit Canadian citizens to fly directly to regions in Japan outside of Tokyo, making their travel more efficient. As well, it will help create new jobs for our economy, expand market potential and build connections for our citizens across the important Asia-Pacific Gateway."

"This new agreement marks a major shift toward a broader and more modern approach for air services between Canada and Japan," said Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird. "The expanded arrangement will allow Canadian airlines and airports opportunities to offer competitive prices to travellers, helping to create jobs and boost our economy."

This expanded agreement allows airlines to offer unlimited services between Canada and any city in Japan outside of the Tokyo area. It also allows, for the first time, under certain conditions, access to Haneda Airport, Tokyo's metropolitan airport. The agreement further includes modernized aviation safety and security provisions and provides mechanisms for airline prices to adapt faster to market fluctuations.

This new agreement marks further progress in the Government of Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI). The $1 billion APGCI is a national initiative that focuses on ensuring Canada's competitiveness in global commerce, including air services, while also benefiting local communities by improving the safety, security and environmental sustainability of the transportation system in the long term. In the two years since the Government of Canada launched this initiative, strategic infrastructure projects valued at over $2.6 billion have been announced across all four western provinces, including a total federal contribution of almost $1 billion from the APGCI and other sources.
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Old April 27th, 2009, 05:35 AM   #907
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Hey Guys! It seems as though pearson is making some progress lately. Just a quick question, is Air China supposed to be coming soon to toronto? And are there any more updates regarding pearson airport?
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Old May 6th, 2009, 10:14 PM   #908
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Canada - EU Open Skies Deal Signed

Canada and the European Union officially signed an Open Skies agreement today...not sure how much this will affect YYZ, because most carriers already had route authority here, but it is still good news...here is the CBC report..

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Canada and the European Union formally signed a deal Wednesday that will liberalize air travel between the two regions and should lead to more trans-Atlantic flights.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper inked the pact with the EU during his summit with European leaders in Prague this week, despite lingering tensions regarding the new ban by the 27 continental countries on Canadian seal products.

"This [agreement] will lower prices and give more choices for people travelling between Canada and Europe," said the Prime Minister's Office in a news release announcing the signing.

Opening the skies a step at a time
The two sides came to an agreement on the so-called "open skies" pact earlier this year, a four-phase deal that will make it easier for airlines to service trans-Atlantic destinations and hold ownership positions in foreign carriers.

In the first phase, Canadian and European airlines will be allowed to fly to any cities in the two regions. Prior to the agreement, Ottawa was forced to negotiate bilateral treaties with individual countries covering specific destinations.

That cumbersome system resulted in Canada without an air agreement at all in eight countries — Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The next phases entail the reduction of foreign ownership barriers, which will allow airlines to own pieces of other carriers or set up new subsidiaries in various countries.

The final stage of the EU agreement would see flyers allowed to carry passengers between two points within a foreign country, a practice known as cabotage.

New deal, more flying
The European Union said the Canadian agreement could mean as many 500,000 more passengers travelling along these routes in the rest of 2009 and a further 3.5 million flyers in the next few years.

All told, the EU expects nine million more people to fly between Canada and the 27 continental nations, an increase of approximately 40 per cent, worth $120 million U.S. in additional economic activity.

The European countries represent the second largest air travel market for Canada after the United States.
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Old May 30th, 2009, 01:43 AM   #909
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EK A380 Starts June 1

Just a reminder to Toronto folks, Emirates start their scheduled A380 service to YYZ on Monday.....
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 02:51 AM   #910
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The first Emirates A380 to Toronto (YYZ) operated today, June 1st....registration was A6-EDB, and here is a shot of it taxiing in to the gate, compliments of cgpcg..

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Old June 2nd, 2009, 06:45 AM   #911
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WOW!!! EMIRATES A380 IS FINALLY HERE!!!!

Speaking of Emirates, does anyone have any pictures of the Emirates desks at terminal 1, and the emirates gate in terminal 1 as well?
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 09:30 AM   #912
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Big bird alights in T. O.
2 June 2009
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The sun broke out of yesterday's grey skies for just a moment, as if to herald the massive plane landing at Pearson International Airport.

The 489-seat Airbus A380, one of the most luxurious jumbo jets in the world, landed its first commercial flight in Canada yesterday at Terminal 1.

The two-level luxury aircraft, on which first-class seats will set you back $9,000 to $13,000, round trip, flew in from Dubai right on time at 3:45 p. m. and was greeted by two arching water cannons.

"It was like a beautiful big bird coming out of the sky," said awestruck Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion.

The plane's first-class compartment holds 14 suites, each with sliding doors, wood-and gold-lined panelling, a mini-bar, flat-screen television, and a leather chair that vibrates, massages, and folds out into a bed. Headsets in first class come in velour bags. Dinner is served in silver baskets and on porcelain white plates.

The A380, the largest passenger plane ever built, also holds two bar lounges, one on each floor.

Two shower spas for first-class passengers offer visitors 25 minutes to shower and pamper themselves, as the flight offers complimentary toiletries and Bvlgari perfume. The shower is also complete with the telling "max. two occupants in shower" sign fixed to the door.

Seventy-six business-class seats, costing $4,500 to $9,000, give passengers smaller, but still private, spaces, with mini-bars and flat-screen televisions.

Economy seats, 10 in each row holding large TV screens, complimentary pillows and blankets, and free toys such as hand puppets and colouring books for children, run between $900 and $2,500.

Captain and pilot Dave Heino, a Burlington native, said the plane's landing was smooth.

He flew over the Burlington airport where he trained as a pilot in 1980.

"I was hoping we would land that way," he said. "We lucked out. It was nice, we flew right over it."

Mr. Heino said he trained on four-seater Cessna planes, a far cry from the gigantic plane with its 80-metre wingspan which he handled yesterday.

"It's just a regular airplane until you get it on the ground, and then it's big," he said.

Not everyone was impressed. Yohan Vinned, a 49-year-old chartered accountant and real estate investor who flies frequently from London to Toronto and Dubai said he usually flies business class but didn't think the A380's business class was worth the money.

"It's cluttered, it feels like there's too much hardware," he said. Mr. Vinned has flown in economy class on the A380's flights from London to Dubai. He said Canadian airlines need to upgrade to stay competitive.

Emirates is allowed three flights into Toronto a week by the Canadian government. The airline's airtime in Canada is restricted due to subsidies it receives from the United Arab Emirates government, which is building the airline's new hub in Dubai.

The airline has lobbied the Canadian government to lift the restrictions. Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, said he is meeting with Transportation Minister John Baird today to lobby for increased airtime.

"We've been arguing with Transport Canada for many, many years," he said. "It's not really going anywhere.... The argument is, if this carrier comes into Canada, Air Canada will finally go bankrupt," he said. "To put that argument at our door is ludicrous."
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 05:47 PM   #913
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another interesting article on the A380 at YYZ....

http://torontoist.com/2009/06/a380_s...0Pic=5#gallery
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Old June 4th, 2009, 08:48 AM   #914
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Emirates slams "ludicrous" Canadian restrictions

OTTAWA, June 3 (Reuters) - Dubai's Emirates airline slammed "ludicrous" Canadian restrictions on Wednesday that limit the largest Arab carrier to just three weekly flights to the entire country.

Transport Canada says that if the airline were allowed any more flights, it would hurt national carrier Air Canada and its international partners. Emirates currently flies only to Toronto.

"The notion that a few extra flights a week to a destination that the national carrier doesn't even choose to serve will have any type of impact on their bottom line is clearly ludicrous," said Emirates President Tim Clark, calling the limits "protectionism of the worst kind".

Clark told the Economic Club of Canada that boosting Emirates flights would increase tourism and trade at a time of economic crisis.

"Opportunities are being missed simply because the transport options are not there," said Clark, saying load factors on the three flights were around 95 percent.

He said the airline would also like to fly to Calgary and Vancouver.

Emirates drew headline on Monday when the airline's 486-seat Airbus A380 super-jumbo made its maiden scheduled flight to Toronto's Pearson International Airport from Dubai.
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Will Emirates be upgrading the number of flights soon in toronto?
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Old June 5th, 2009, 04:28 AM   #916
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Will Emirates be upgrading the number of flights soon in toronto?
Don't think so - they don't have the approval to fly any more flights, which I think is the primary driver for sending the A380 over.
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I wish air canada would for once stop complaining! I don't think they have ever heard the word "competition". lol.
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Air Canada is probably concerned because Emirates is likely going to wipe out expansion to India, which seems to be a key market given the large Indian population in Canada.
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Old June 5th, 2009, 05:16 PM   #919
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I wish air canada would for once stop complaining! I don't think they have ever heard the word "competition". lol.
Please reread posts #855 & #857 to understand why the "Air Canada Complaining" and the "Competition" arguments you raise are baseless and a fallacy when it comes to Emirates.
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Please reread posts #855 & #857 to understand why the "Air Canada Complaining" and the "Competition" arguments you raise are baseless and a fallacy when it comes to Emirates.
Oh yes, sorry if I have offeded any Air Canada fans/ members on that false point I made.

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