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Old April 26th, 2007, 01:03 AM   #121
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Virgin Atlantic to order 15 Boeing Dreamliner jets

CHICAGO (AFP) - The Boeing Company announced Tuesday that Virgin Atlantic has ordered 15 of its future 787 Dreamliners, the biggest order for the plane so far from a European carrier.

The order, worth some 2.8 billion dollars at list price, had been listed on Boeing's records as coming from an unidentified customer.

Virgin also took options for an additional eight 787s and purchase rights for an additional 20 of the aircraft, for a total bill of up to eight billion dollars.

The airline hopes to take delivery starting in 2011 and will capitalize on the plane's longer range by offering direct flights from Britain to Perth, Australia and Hawaii.

The British carrier also plans new routes for the planes, to Bangkok, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver.

"Virgin Atlantic is pleased to introduce the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as our aircraft of the future," said Steve Ridgway, chief executive officer of Virgin Atlantic, in a joint statement with Boeing.

"This revolutionary aircraft will bring a step change to the industry, substantially reducing environmental impact and incorporating innovative design and advanced technology, while providing an enhanced flying experience for our passengers," he said.

Virgin executives cited the quiet operation and fuel efficiency of the lighter-weight Boeing plane, which is 27 percent more fuel efficient than the comparable Airbus A340-300 jet, as environmentally responsible factors in their decision to go with the US manufacturer.

The Boeings will also be ready before the Airbus A350-XWB, the Airbus offering that Virgin could have selected.

Also on Tuesday, Air Canada announced the purchase of 23 Boeing 787s, bringing its total order for the Dreamliner to 37 jets, for delivery to begin in 2010.

Canada's largest carrier had agreed previously to buy 14 of aircraft to replace its aging Airbus A340 and A330 and Boeing 767 fleets in a deal worth an estimated 3.5 billion dollars.
That's good news. Virgin used to fly to Toronto until just shortly after 9/11. Branson has strong presence here so I'm sure he wants to get back into the Toronto market. I was reading today that the Toronto-London transatlantic route is one of the busiest long-haul routes in the world. JFK-LHR is THE busiest.
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Old April 26th, 2007, 01:24 AM   #122
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According to Airports Council International, as of April 16th YYZ is 14th in the world now in terms of international pax traffic (1,479,178), second only in N.A. to JFK (1,554,809), not that far behind. We've passed Miami and LAX in less than a year.
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Old April 26th, 2007, 06:31 AM   #123
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I would LOVE to see Virgin back to Toronto.

It's one of those airlines a world class airport "MUST" have
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Old April 27th, 2007, 06:15 AM   #124
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According to Airports Council International, as of April 16th YYZ is 14th in the world now in terms of international pax traffic (1,479,178), second only in N.A. to JFK (1,554,809), not that far behind. We've passed Miami and LAX in less than a year.
I must say that I am very surprised. Didn't think that YYZ figured that highly. Does this stat include transborder traffic with international traffic. If so, then I'm less surprised.

Great news on Virgin Atlantic. Would love to see them back at Pearson again, and especially with a 787.
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Old April 27th, 2007, 05:24 PM   #125
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I must say that I am very surprised. Didn't think that YYZ figured that highly. Does this stat include transborder traffic with international traffic. If so, then I'm less surprised.

Great news on Virgin Atlantic. Would love to see them back at Pearson again, and especially with a 787.
It most definitely includes transborder traffic as true international traffic is approx half of that. However, that's how every single other airport is measured too. International is considered anything not domestic so it's still a fair comparison in my mind.
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Old April 27th, 2007, 10:13 PM   #126
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Europeans have it easy for that... So should we imo.
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Old April 29th, 2007, 09:20 PM   #127
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Was just browsing the newswire website and came across this. Looks like there is another agreement that is going to be signed. More flights into Canada especially from Ireland.

Attention News/Assignment/Photo Editors:

Media Advisory - Canada takes its international air policy to new heights
OTTAWA, April 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Media photographers are invited to attend
a photo opportunity to acknowledge a new air agreement between Canada and
Ireland with the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities and His Excellency Declan Kelly, Ambassador of
Ireland to Canada.
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Date: April 30, 2007
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Minister's Office, 330 Sparks St, Place de Ville, Tower C
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For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613)
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Old April 29th, 2007, 09:30 PM   #128
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Go YYZ
Btw, I'm curious about the relatively new people mover system - is it really as bad as I've heard some people describe it?
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Old April 29th, 2007, 09:46 PM   #129
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People Mover

I have ridden the People Mover many times and I really have had no issue with it. In comparisson to other people movers (Frankfurt, Newark, Atlanta etc) it seems like the same to me. I rode it from Terminal 1 to 3. Seems just like the others to me.

I rode it after it had been running for quite some time. So maybe I missed the operational bugs.
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Old April 30th, 2007, 02:28 AM   #130
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Btw, I'm curious about the relatively new people mover system - is it really as bad as I've heard some people describe it?
I've never had a problem with it. It's WAY better than Park'n Fly!
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Old April 30th, 2007, 02:31 AM   #131
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Was just browsing the newswire website and came across this. Looks like there is another agreement that is going to be signed. More flights into Canada especially from Ireland.

Attention News/Assignment/Photo Editors:

Media Advisory - Canada takes its international air policy to new heights
OTTAWA, April 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Media photographers are invited to attend
a photo opportunity to acknowledge a new air agreement between Canada and
Ireland with the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities and His Excellency Declan Kelly, Ambassador of
Ireland to Canada.
<<
Date: April 30, 2007
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Minister's Office, 330 Sparks St, Place de Ville, Tower C
>>



For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613)
991-0700
That's good news. The more open skies agreements the better, but when is Canada going to sign an open skies agreement with the UAE. We seem to be the last country to jump on that bandwagon for some reason. Emirates is practically throwing themselves at YYZ and everyone's hands seem to be tied. It's starting to piss me off a little.
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Old April 30th, 2007, 02:45 AM   #132
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So, it looks like it is final. Got this from the Irish boards.

New air-transport deal between Ireland and Canada
28/04/2007 - 08:44:40

The Minister for Transport Martin Cullen has announced a new Irish Canada Air Transport Agreement, which will maximise access connections with key business and tourism markets there.

Air Canada currently operates a summer service between Toronto and Shannon and Dublin however the new agreement will provide for services between any point in Ireland and any point in Canada.

Minister Cullen said that from a tourism perspective it is important to encourage Canadians to come to Ireland.

Despite a substantial Irish community, less than 100,000 Canadians visit Ireland a year.

That compares to over 800,000 from the UK.

The agreement is to take effect immediately on a provisional basis.
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Old April 30th, 2007, 03:43 AM   #133
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Is it possible we'll see Aer Lingus? They've recently gone on a major expansion in the USA.
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Old April 30th, 2007, 03:53 AM   #134
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It looks like Aer Lingus will finally (after 25 years of trying) get access to YYZ, and AC will finally be permitted to discontinue the mandatory stop in Shannon....this will be a good deal for both sides....
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Old April 30th, 2007, 04:09 AM   #135
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Wow, I'd love to see Aer Lingus in Toronto! Their beautiful green planes are really something to see. And Virgin too! We're on a roll!
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Old April 30th, 2007, 08:15 PM   #136
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Open Skies Agreement between Canada and Ireland

Attention News Editors:

Canada's new Government announces Blue Sky agreement with Ireland
OTTAWA, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable David
Emerson, Minister of International Trade, today announced an Open Skies
agreement with Ireland under the Government of Canada's Blue Sky policy.
The previous bilateral agreement on air services with Ireland, which has
been in place since 1947, has been replaced by a new agreement permitting
fully flexible airline operations with strong aviation safety and security
provisions.
"This new arrangement is a very positive development in our long-standing
air transport relations with Ireland. I am pleased to have this new agreement
between Canada and Ireland in place, " said Minister Cannon. "The removal of
market access restrictions will lead to the introduction of new air services
between our two countries, providing more choices for Canadian passengers,
shippers, air carriers and airports."
The new agreement will allow air carriers to provide services between any
city in Canada and Ireland. Canadian carriers will be allowed to use Ireland
as a platform to serve a third country and vice versa. It will also allow
airlines to react quickly to market conditions in the setting of their prices
and frequency of services.
"This new agreement will support the growth of the strong business ties
between Canada and Ireland, and will also facilitate travel for Irish tourists
coming to Canada," said Minister Emerson. "This agreement will also create
more opportunities for Canadian business to export and invest in Ireland."
The new agreement takes effect immediately. This is the third Open Skies
agreement signed as part of this Government's Blue Sky policy.



For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613)
991-0700; Karyn Standen, Communications, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613)
993-0055; Jennifer Chiu, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of
International Trade, Ottawa, (613) 992-7332; Transport Canada is online at
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Old April 30th, 2007, 10:09 PM   #137
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Anyone know if Air Canada is still flying summer non-stops between Toronto and Amsterdam? Can't seem to find that info anywhere.
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Old April 30th, 2007, 10:11 PM   #138
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YYZ - AMS

AC is not flying to AMS this summer. They have deployed the aircraft on other runs.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 08:04 AM   #139
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All these open skies deals are amazing. Pearson is becoming a great airport for travelling to other places quickly and conveniently with more direct flights than ever.

The one major beef I have with Pearson is the absense of public transit connections what so ever. The 58A Malton and the 192 Rocket are not what I call airport transit services. One takes almost an hour to make the run (and for some retarded reason doesn't start at Lawrence station but at Lawrence West), while the other is not convenient for 95% of travellers heading to the airport oh and the 20 minute headways suck!

I wish GO would travel more often to Pearson. I can't believe more people are not clamouring for better service to the airport. It's absolutely ridiculous.
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Old May 4th, 2007, 07:22 AM   #140
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Is Etihad still slated to start flying here in August with their own aircraft (operating out of T1?)
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