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  2. Boeing marked a key milestone in its relationship with China s aviation industry today, delivering the first aircraft from its 737 completion and delivery centre in Zhoushan. View the full article
  3. Boeing marked a key milestone in its relationship with China s aviation industry today, delivering the first aircraft from its 737 completion and delivery centre in Zhoushan. View the full article
  4. Business news in brief Arkansas Democrat-GazetteDrones part of review into jet damage. Grupo Aeromexico is investigating whether a drone slammed into a Boeing 737 jetliner as the aircraft approached its ... View the full article
  5. DEFCON

    777 Tail strike...Hkg

    Consider the location of the landing gear, the most forward point of impact damage, the position of the tail skid, the geometry of the fuselage keel between the latter two points and their respective angular relationships to the runway surface.. It would seem that the most forward damage could only be imparted if there was a significant vertical component to the touchdown?
  6. Chorus Aviation Inc (CHR) Plans Monthly Dividend of $0.04 Fairfield CurrentChorus Aviation Inc (TSE:CHR) declared a monthly dividend on Wednesday, November 21st, Zacks reports. Investors of record on Friday, November 30th will be ... View the full article
  7. I don't see how you can guarantee your return relying on base fares plus additional, discretionary optional charges. But perhaps that is why WestJet showed a loss recently. Normal pricing would have the base fare being a break even number and the rest would be gravy or if you prefer the profit margin. In other words the total fares charged for a flight must be equal or greater than the cost of operation. Ancillary revenues then, if purchased by the passengers, generate a profit. Maverick not trolling, simply stating my POV and regarding trolling, I guess I can accuse you of the same. I guess though you might be in Marketing or a yield analyst so maybe I must defer to your superior knowledge but Things do change but the basics do not. . So it seems to me base fares (all tickets sold on the flight) must be no less than the break even (cover all costs) level. Ancillary revenue can not be guaranteed.
  8. Didn’t know what to post this under, but it’s kind of an interesting :
  9. Rare WWII Hawker Hurricane plane restoration almost complete Global NewsIt has taken years to re-build, but a rare World War II Hawker Hurricane fighter plane being restored in Alberta is almost ready to be unveiled. View the full article
  10. The comparison cannot be base fare to base fare - it's not how airlines price their service.
  11. No, Malcolm. That's not how it works. The fares are almost always loss leaders. It's the ancillary revenue that's everything. Allegiant has been probably the most profitable airline in the US for years and they did it flying gas-guzzling MD-80's. I know lots of people that flew BLI-LAS for less than $20 each way. Of course they got their AC or WJ buddy's that were flying standby to take their bags but that's another story. They gamed the system and that's fine. My old physiotherapist is Irish and she always talked about taking Ryanair from Dublin to Faro for pocket change with her friends and buying underwear and soap when they got there. I'd like to think you're just trolling but I see you really haven't grasped how the landscape has changed and that's okay. You're retired and it's to be expected I suppose.
  12. RE everything costs money over and above the fare but that is only if you take the extras ….. so the comparison should be and should remain base fare to base fare. In your world you would also add in a extra bag or two, some snacks on board, a couple of drinks etc. that would only end up comparing apples to oranges.
  13. Chorus Aviation Inc to Issue Monthly Dividend of $0.04 (TSE:CHR) PressOracleChorus Aviation Inc (TSE:CHR) declared a monthly dividend on Wednesday, November 21st, Zacks reports. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 30th ... View the full article
  14. You're right WestJet has changed. Some people made suggestions and guesses - some were wrong, some were right. WestJet today/tomorrow isn't the WestJet of yesterday. Not sure what point you're trying to make? On the surface it's easy to suggest there are similarities of WS vs. AC circa 2002 or whatever and Flair vs. Swoop/WestJet. I say there isn't. Back then AC's costs were around 40% higher than WJ. Back then AC was losing billions of dollars a year. Back then AC launched Tango and Zip - really, just repainting some planes and not doing much else to lower costs (I stand to be corrected, I don't recall any initiatives that drove lower costs for either). Back then pricing was more or less all-in - none of the ancillary fees you see today. The environment today is very much stripped down. In the ULCC space - a space that hasn't been touched since Flair started operating - you pay for a seat and that's it. What's it worth? I don't know the answer. But everything else costs money - a drink, your bag, a boarding pass, a change fee, preferred seat, etc. Swoops costs are significantly lower than WJ's and in-line with Flairs. I watched back in 2004-2005 when Jetsgo decimated the Canadian industry. People criticized WJ for taking too long to react to the competition (Jetsgo). The launch of Flair and others (Jetlines? Whatever the Enerjet is attempting to launch as) forced WJ to react. WestJet couldn't compete with Flair - it's costs are too high (there's a similarity for you!). Launching Swoop was a competitive move to be competitive and open up a new market. I'll be the first person to admit I am wrong if Flair succeeds in its suit. I just don't see it happening.
  15. Malcolm

    Aviator Crabbing Season in the UK

    Changed the title of my first post. Cheers
  16. Malcolm

    Trump 2.0 Continues

    back in 1967,when working at Pearson, I lived fairly close to the airport and waked to the airport when on early shift (weekends) as I could not afford a car and the transit service did not start up until much later in the day. Good old brownstone apartments.
  17. Sort of under the heading of do not **bleep** on your own door step. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/whistler-conference-oil-1.4946354?cmp=rss Oilpatch stays home from B.C. conference after Whistler mayor calls for climate-change compensation Cenovus is the latest energy company to opt out of a investment conference in Whistler, B.C., after the mayor of that community called on Canadian Natural Resources to help compensate them for the costs of climate change. CIBC tells clients it is considering the location of its conference held annually in Whistler
  18. deicer

    Trump 2.0 Continues

    Malcolm, I appreciate your concerns and although I don't live in Toronto but nearby, all I can say is that if you are from not here, the hustle and bustle can be intimidating and scary. Much like every major city. However when it comes to the big crimes, it mostly involves the bad guys going after each other. Consider is a form of 'Roach Control'
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  20. Me too....kind of ignored the post a few times for that reason. After watching the clip, I was surprised and some nice displays of airmanship, especially around the 8:10 mark and 18:00 with some nice technique displayed by the EMB 145 (?). The 757 at 19:00 was surprising, nose about 20* off centreline...never could bring myself to try that.
  21. The US Air Force is aiming to improve how efficiently it uses its fuel by collecting data on consumption across all of its fleet. View the full article
  22. The US Air Force is aiming to improve how efficiently it uses its fuel by collecting data on consumption across all of its fleet. View the full article
  23. Delta Air Lines is focusing on international opportunities in 2019, as it heeds economic forecasts of a potential slowdown at home. View the full article
  24. Delta Air Lines is focusing on international opportunities in 2019, as it heeds economic forecasts of a potential slowdown at home. View the full article
  25. I guess April 1st came early in Whistler. However if they are serious, they will quickly initiate horse drawn transportation to their ski site, along with horse powered lifts. ‎Today, ‎December ‎14, ‎2018, ‏‎9 minutes ago Mayor of B.C. ski town sends letter to energy companies asking them to pay for effects of climate change ‎Today, ‎December ‎14, ‎2018, ‏‎9 minutes ago | Tyler Dawson EDMONTON — The mayor of Whistler, B.C., the ski resort town near Vancouver and a major destination for international travellers, has written to 20 international energy companies — including two with bases in Canada — asking for money to compensate for the effects of climate change on the community. The letter, dated Nov. 15 and signed by Mayor Jack Crompton, requests that the companies “begin taking financial responsibility for the climate-related harm caused in our community by (their) products.” “We are writing to ask your company to commit to pay a fair share of the costs of climate change being experienced by Whistler. Communities around the world are increasingly expecting you to take responsibility for your products,” says Crompton’s letter. “We look forward to discussing how you will do so.” The list of companies to which Crompton sent the letter includes Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and the Calgary offices of PetroChina. The other recipients include four Russian companies, including Gazprom, owned by the Russian government, five from the United States, including Exxon Mobil and Chevron, and companies based in countries like Italy, Brazil and France. In the copy of the letter addressed to CNRL president Tim McKay, Crompton argues that Whistler, with around 12,000 permanent residents — and a few thousand seasonal workers — will bear a heavy burden as a result of climate change. In 2018, the letter says, the town spent $1.4 million on “wildfire protection” and predicts that climate modelling means less snow will fall on the ski area, harming the main local industry. CNRL declined the Post’s request for comment, but talk of the letter has bounced around downtown Calgary in recent weeks, eliciting chuckles from those who work in the oil and gas industry. In the energy publication BOE Report, Terry Etam wrote: “Whistler spends heavily to attract tourists from around the world, perhaps you would like to step up and declare your responsibility for, and contribution to, increased CO2 emissions?” In a statement to the Post — provided in response to a request for an interview with the mayor — Crompton acknowledged that Whistler “benefits greatly from visitors who are able to travel here because of fossil fuels.” Most visitors to the town — it receives three million annually, the letter says — motor along the Sea to Sky Highway, which was expanded for the 2010 Winter Games. More than 22,000 cars travel the highway each day, according to the municipality’s transportation report. And Whistler’s 12,000 residents themselves have more than 7,000 registered passenger vehicles. “Our goal was not to ignore our own role in climate change but to encourage change and action on climate change,” said Crompton’s statement. Cameron Proctor, the chief operating officer of PrairieSky Royalties, a firm that manages royalty lands, told the Post they were disappointed in the tone of the letter sent to CNRL and, as a result, was no longer going to attend a major investor conference CIBC is putting on in Whistler in January. “We think that there’s a lot of misinformation energy floating around out there about Canadian energy,” Proctor said. “There’s not a lot a lot we can do today to correct that misinformation … but one thing we can do is vote with our feet and vote with our wallets.” CNRL spokeswoman Julie Woo confirmed Friday that they’ve backed out as well, but she had no additional comments when asked why they had made that decision. Gibson Energy, as well, told the Post they were no longer going to attend the conference. In a video posted on Facebook Thursday night, Crompton said the purpose of the letter was to join a call to action on climate change. “I sincerely regret that anyone felt unwelcome,” he said. West Coast Environmental Law, a firm which has helped draft letters for other municipalities, worked with Whistler on the letter and provided mailing addresses for the energy companies. Andrew Gage, a lawyer with the firm, said the goal was to start a conversation about who ought to pay for the effects of climate change. Other jurisdictions have tried more heavy-handed tactics; San Francisco and Oakland, for example, actually sued oil companies in a high-profile case that a U.S. federal judge dismissed earlier this year. This, Gage said, hasn’t yet happened in Canada, but the firm is hopeful it will. “We have massively increasing costs that communities are facing due to climate change,” Gage said. “I guess the question is, how are we as taxpayers going to pay for these huge, increasing costs?” The municipality has not received any responses to its letters. • Email: tdawson@postmedia.com | Twitter: tylerrdawson
  26. Wolfhunter

    Trump 2.0 Continues

    I think you are right. I'm planning an "Iron Butt" run called "Trans Canada Insanity" as a precursor to the next Hoka Hey sometime in Mid June next year. Maybe a separate thread is in order. The venue and date are pretty easy, but, as always, it's hard to accommodate all schedules. I'm willing to risk a brief foray into the bowels of Toronto unarmed if you are.... but beware, JD awaits!
  27. Survey suggests Canadians still feel warmth for 'Baby It's Cold Outside' The Canadian Press Published Friday, December 14, 2018 3:52PM EST Last Updated Friday, December 14, 2018 4:00PM EST TORONTO -- A new survey suggests most Canadians have warm feelings for the holiday song "Baby it's Cold Outside," despite controversy over its lyrics. The national poll by Campaign Research found 72 per cent of respondents disagreed with radio stations that pulled the song from airwaves because some listeners found the lyrics upsetting. Canadians older than 45 were most likely to disagree, with 75 per cent opposed to a ban, while those aged 18 to 24 were most likely to agree, with 26 per cent supporting a ban. Related Stories 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' pulled from some Canadian radio stations U.S. radio station stops playing 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' amidst MeToo movement Radio stations owned by Bell Media and Rogers Media pulled the classic duet from playlists earlier this month. Interpretations of Frank Loesser's 1944 jazz standard often feature a male singer trying to persuade a female singer to stay inside, with lines that include, "Baby, don't hold out," "Say, what's in this drink?" and "The answer is no." The CBC temporarily pulled the tune from two holiday playlists, but restored it within days after audience backlash. Corus Radio stations have kept the song on its playlists. The online study involved 1,494 randomly selected Canadian adults who are members of Maru/Blue's online panel Maru Voice Canada. The questions were part of a monthly omnibus study conducted between Dec. 11 and Dec. 13. Participants were given incentives to respond. Culture expert Robbie MacKay, a lecturer at the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen's University, says unease around the song reflects growing sensitivities to gender politics in the MeToo era. He's not surprised that younger people seem most likely to challenge the song's deeper meaning. "Especially with millennials, if they're in post-secondary institutions they've been more sensitized recently to the MeToo story and the MeToo idea," says MacKay, who teaches a course called the Social History of Popular Music. Nevertheless, he doesn't believe the song is about consent as much as public perceptions, given that the object of affection continually makes reference to their reputation. The song is open to many interpretations, he adds, and should not be evaluated solely by its lyrics. "One thing that I make clear with my students is, when we are trying to figure out what a song means there's a whole bunch of different elements of the meaning. Not only do we have lyrics, but we have to listen to the music that accompanies the lyrics to find out whether the music suggests that the lyrics are ironic or whether the lyrics are sincere or whether they're playful," MacKay says from Kingston, Ont. "At the same time, all of us as listeners and viewers bring our own perspectives in this mix as well. Whatever a song means is always a co-construction between the creator and the receiver." Regionally, the poll found support for the ban weakest in Atlantic Canada and Alberta, where more than 80 per cent of residents disagreed. The panellists were selected to reflect Canada's age, gender and regional distributions. The results were weighted by education, age, gender, and region, and in Quebec, language. MacKay didn't read too much political significance into a radio station's decision to play or not play the song. "We can't blame any radio station who is worried about the commerce of the situation. There are so many Christmas songs to choose from, why would you bother to air something that you knew was going to turn some of your listeners off?" But he bemoaned blanket bans that cut off the chance to delve into societal concerns. "It denies a conversation that maybe has to happen. It's an important conversation," he says.
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