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Old January 20th, 2011, 06:22 PM   #1821
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Any updates on Alitalia and their A330? I have the feeling the summer season will be operated with their 767, but when can we see their A330 in YYZ? Most of their North American routes switched to A330 from their old 767s. Maybe Boston still gets the 767.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 07:47 PM   #1822
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But none of the BA, LH, KL, and AF you quoted are top-class airlines. They carry a lot of passengers and as a result, would have a big group of loyalty program holders, but that is by no means any measure of how good their service is.
So you're in agreement that AC is much better than the average carrier.
As I said, AC nor many other carriers are anywhere close to SQ, CX, OZ's levels of service (i.e. top-class airlines).
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Old January 21st, 2011, 04:00 AM   #1823
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Not to mention AC's IFE is light years ahead of most of the European carriers who don't have seatback PTV's on domestic or short haul routes/aircraft.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 04:14 AM   #1824
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So you're in agreement that AC is much better than the average carrier.
As I said, AC nor many other carriers are anywhere close to SQ, CX, OZ's levels of service (i.e. top-class airlines).
No. I bundle AC as one of those typical carriers along the lines of BA, AF, KL, etc.

EK is not one of such typical carriers.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 04:15 AM   #1825
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Article: http://www.airport-business.com/2011...ronto-pearson/

January, 2011
GTAA investment driving growth at Toronto Pearson

Passenger figures for the nine-month period ending 30 September make for positive reading for the GTAA. Having handled throughput of just over 30 million in 2009, the first three-quarters of 2010 showed a year-on-year increase of 4.7% and the response of the airport authority is to continue its heavy investment.

“The capital programme is currently seeing around CAD$180 million (€134 million) invested annually between restoration and new initiative work and this will remain the case up until at least 2014,” explained Iannone. “Looking to the long-term, though, this investment will be measured in the billions as the next stage expansion is brought on line. We’re also constantly investing in small scale and recurring projects and these account for between CAD$30-50 million (€22-37 million) in any given year.”

Among the major works that are planned are the revitalisation of Terminal 3 and the construction of a sixth runway. “Terminal 3 is starting to grow old and it doesn’t fit within GTAA’s current strategies,” Iannone said.

However, this redevelopment is “about more than just making the terminal look a little newer”. For instance, the security screening areas will be redesigned in order to make them more customer-efficient and to improve the passenger flow. In addition, the retail offering in the terminal will also receive a facelift with a number of the facilities being relocated from landside to airside.

Enabling works
Before this can begin, however, a number of other projects will be undertaken, two of which in particular – the demolition of the Terminal 2 garage and the construction of a new apron – are vital to enabling the future developments.

Iannone said: “In early 2011 we’ll commence with the demolition of the Terminal 2 garage. The future Pier G required that the old Terminal 2 was demolished and we carried that out a couple of years ago. We retained the parking garage at the time for staff parking, but we have since built another parking garage which opened a year ago.

“The apron construction will be done during the summer months and this will cover an area of approximately 40,000sqm. It’s a very important project and it’s needed to suit the future Pier G. It will allow us to offer additional aircraft parking, which is at a premium as Toronto Pearson continues to grow and we anticipate that this will be finished by December 2011.”

He continued: “Pier G itself will have to be in operation as soon as we reach 38 million passengers a year. We don’t want to have it in place a year too early and we certainly don’t want to deliver it a year late, so we are monitoring this closely right now. This will include 22 new gates for Terminal 1 and the plan is for it to be operational in early 2017, but this is subject to constant review.”

As with the Pier G project, plans for a sixth runway at Toronto Pearson International Airport are intrinsically linked to the predicted increase in passenger numbers. Initially, the GTAA estimated that the new runway would be needed to cater for Pier G but this may now be delayed until the later construction of Piers H and I.

However, in reference to this, Iannone said: “It’s still very much in our plans to start on the new runway in 2014 and to have it operational by 2017, but this is also subject to change as we re-evaluate the traffic several times a year.”

While infrastructure development is key to the airport’s future growth, the GTAA has also emphasised the importance of reducing airline operating costs to ensure the expansion of the route network. For instance, in comparison to 2009, general terminal charges and landing fees were reduced by 10% in 2010. Furthermore, the GTAA also introduced a revised incentive programme to both attract new and expand existing services from Toronto Pearson.

As a result, during the first nine months of 2010, carriers operating at the airport either introduced new services or increased existing capacity on a total of 28 routes.

Allied with the authority’s relentless investment, Iannone explained that this will help to lay the foundations for the next ambitious milestone in terms of passenger growth.

“Our hope for the airport is that it can grow to in excess of 50 million passengers per year,” he said. “Our development plan gives us the capacity to attain this and by investing over a long period of time, we’re confident that we’ll achieve it once it’s viable.”
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Old January 21st, 2011, 07:14 PM   #1826
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Canada Losing Competitive Edge In Air Travel, Tourism - IATA
21 January 2011

TORONTO (Dow Jones)--Canada "is losing its competitive edge" in air transport, travel and tourism because of "excessive taxes," the International Air Transport Association, or IATA, said Thursday.

IATA called on the Canadian government to improve its global competitiveness by working with industry to address issues of taxation, regulation, security and the environment.

"Instead of having policies to welcome more visitors, Canada's excessive taxes turn them away," IATA Chief Executive Giovanni Bisignani said Thursday in a luncheon speech to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations.

Compared to the U.S., a visit to Canada is $160 more expensive, he said.

Canada has fallen to 15th in the most-visited rankings from eighth in 2002, he said.

IATA said Canada should abolish its system of Crown rents, which discourages visitors and encourages Canadians to start their air travels from the U.S.

"The rents are making it hard for us to compete with some of the border airports, and we're working with the government on that," Vito Culmone, WestJet Airlines Ltd.'s (WJA.T) chief financial officer, said at a CIBC World Markets conference in Whistler, B.C.

"It's a difficult situation. We don't see significant changes in the short term," Culmone said.

IATA's Bisignani also urged Canada to oppose Europe's plans to bring international aviation into its emissions trading scheme and support a global approach through the International Civil Aviation Organization. Cash-strapped European countries are using the environment as "an excuse to raise taxes," he said.

According to IATA, aviation accounted for 650,000 Canadian jobs and $71 billion in spending in 2009.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 11:20 PM   #1827
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Virgin America is ending flights to YYZ on April 6th.

That was quick...
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Old January 22nd, 2011, 12:35 AM   #1828
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Virgin America is ending flights to YYZ on April 6th.

That was quick...
A little bit tragic.
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Old January 22nd, 2011, 05:05 AM   #1829
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Sad news. The Financial Post article states that the Toronto-West Coast market was small. My guess was that they weren't able to compete with AC's 5 daily flights (one of which is a 767) to LAX and their 4 dailys to SFO. Doesn't seem like that small a market - saturated maybe, but not small.
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Old January 27th, 2011, 06:27 AM   #1830
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The GTAA website has posted that MS is beginning June 1st, but on Egyptair's website there is nothing yet. In other words, Toronto is not part of the route map nor can you book a ticket. Has anyone heard anything as to when you can make a reservation for this flight?
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Old January 27th, 2011, 07:03 AM   #1831
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The GTAA website has posted that MS is beginning June 1st, but on Egyptair's website there is nothing yet. In other words, Toronto is not part of the route map nor can you book a ticket. Has anyone heard anything as to when you can make a reservation for this flight?
The flights have been bookable for several weeks now on the various GDS systems.....
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Old January 27th, 2011, 03:00 PM   #1832
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The flights have been bookable for several weeks now on the various GDS systems.....
Okay thanks. Just weird that it wouldn't be bookable on MS's own website.
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Old January 28th, 2011, 09:21 PM   #1833
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Article: http://www.balkans.com/open-news.php?uniquenumber=91296

Serbia: Summer charter flights from Belgrade to North America with Ryan International Airlines B767-300

EX-YU Aviation News - 28.01.2011

Ryan International Airlines will commence summer charters from Chicago Rockford International Airport and Toronto’s Pearson Airport to Belgrade. Each service will operate once per week with a Boeing B767-300, Serbian media report. Both flights will be served via a technical stop in Shannon, Ireland. It is expected that seats will be sold to tour operators who will then resell tickets to passengers. Flights are scheduled to commence in June. On Monday, the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate issued an operating license to Ryan International, granting it permission to begin the Belgrade flights. Services between Belgrade and Toronto will be resumed after 5 years. Skyservice operated flights between the two cities in 2006. On the other hand, there have been no flights between Belgrade and Chicago since 1992.

Ryan International Airlines is a charter airline which also serves the United States Army and several other departments of the United States Government.

Meanwhile, later today, it is expected that Croatia will be granted a category 1 rating by the US Federal Aviation Administration, in turn allowing Croatian registered airlines to commence flights to the United States. An as yet unnamed airline is expected to innagurate flights between New York and Zagreb, according to Zagreb Airport’s CEO, this year. An announcement in regards to the future service could be made later today.
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Old January 28th, 2011, 11:23 PM   #1834
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^ It still is a long shot for Belgrade flights. On top of that, their 767 birds are well over two decades old...
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Old February 1st, 2011, 07:24 PM   #1835
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I doubt that EgyptAir will now lauch flights to Toronto in June given the current situation in Egypt
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 05:10 AM   #1836
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I doubt that EgyptAir will now lauch flights to Toronto in June given the current situation in Egypt
I think they still will. We're talking 5 months from now but if it is delayed it might only be by a couple of months.
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 05:17 AM   #1837
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Article: http://www.caboodle.hu/nc/news/news_...ash=e63e797e3d

Budapest-Toronto charter flights to operate this summer

Direct flights between Budapest and Toronto will be resumed this summer, airport operator Budapest Airport told MTI on Tuesday.

The first charter flight leased by Panorama Travel and Tours will touch down on Budapest's international Ferihegy airport on May 29, 2011.

The 253-seat Boeing 767-200 leased from Air Italy Group will operate once a week. It will land in Budapest on Sunday morning and leave for Toronto early in the afternoon.

Malev, Hungary's flag carrier, operated scheduled flights between the two cities from 1999 to 2008.
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 07:22 AM   #1838
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I know this is not necessarily YYZ news but it's indirectly related. Qatar Airways is starting service to YUL this summer, forgoing Toronto. Interesting decision...

http://www.businesstraveller.com/new...rvices-in-june
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Old February 4th, 2011, 02:27 AM   #1839
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Yep, I have heard that as well.
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Old February 4th, 2011, 03:37 AM   #1840
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I know this is not necessarily YYZ news but it's indirectly related. Qatar Airways is starting service to YUL this summer, forgoing Toronto. Interesting decision...

http://www.businesstraveller.com/new...rvices-in-june
A very strange decision indeed....there are only about 30-35 passengers per day from Montreal to India, and even less to Pakistan and Sri Lanka....not enough to fill one 777 per week, let alone 3 - and that's if they get all the traffic, which they wouldn't....Toronto's numbers are 20-30 times Montreal's regarding total passenger numbers to South Asia.

Montreal does have a fairly large Arab population, but they are all from Beirut or North Africa, which would involve a 1300 mile 'backhaul' from Doha - no one is going to want to do that....so I find it very strange that they are planning flights to YUL....and I am sure that it came as a big surprise to their Canadian sales office, which is located in downtown Toronto....
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