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    Hats off to the people who built it and to those who’ve kept it running safely for all those years.
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    Given Charlton Heston’s current situation, wouldn’t that be remarkably easy?
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    Speaking from experience (with no knowledge of this specific situation), terminations like this have, in the past increased confidence in WestJet leadership. I know that sounds odd, but that’s how I’ve seen it play out many times. The overwhelming majority of WestJet employees are die hard passionate employees who want the best for themselves and even more so the company. When they see other employees not pulling their weight or taking advantage of a certain situation, they get frustrated and want to see leadership from management to address these situations. If that was the case here, I would bet there is front line support for this. If that isn’t the case, then certainly it could help support the idea of unionization.
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    I think that is way too much for Viking to swallow.
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    Well, there was a few leaks...
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    Since the 'journalist' did not elaborate I will assume that the four were all Lefties.
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    More @CBCNews: Europe's Airbus to buy majority stake in Bombardier CSeries program. http://cbc.ca/1.4357572 Airbus will acquire a 50.01 per cent interest in the CSeries Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP), which manufactures and sells the plane. Bombardier will own 31 per cent and the Quebec government's investment agency will hold 19 per cent.
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    Probably would have been a better buy for WestJet than the ones they got from QF
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    Look at it this way... Captain Roger Ramjet, having flown for Giterther Airlines for 25 years isn't much use to the military when he has no idea of the regimented order of command in the Military, or the actual protocols that are prevalent in the Service. Besides that, most retired Air Carrier pilots are approaching the age of dirt so do not fall within the parameters the USAF wants and probably would not like the rules and regulations adhered to in the service......... seeing that, in the airline industry, they were God-Like for so many years.... It doesn't take many resources/training/money to freshen up a non-ancient Military pilot if he/she goers back to the "there's no life like it" .
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    "We can't get 20-plus years out of an old guy the way you could with a new guy,"
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    Kind of like selling 737's at attractive prices rather than actually designing and building a real next generation aircraft. Everything in the next Boeing stable of aircraft should be reverse engineered from the 787 platform of technologies. if Boeing wants to start reselling an old platform then start building a 757MAX.
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    French aviators credited with first transatlantic flight Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new signs are a recognition of a theory, far from proven, that Nungesser (left) and Coli really did complete their trans-Atlantic exploit Two French aviators have been officially honoured with Paris street signs saying they were the first to fly across the Atlantic. They are credited with beating American airman Charles Lindbergh, who achieved the same feat 12 days later, but in the opposite direction. Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli disappeared on board their biplane called The White Bird in May 1927. The duo - seen as heroes in France - were flying from Paris to New York. The exact location of their crash has never been discovered. But officials in Paris have unveiled new street signs bearing the names of Nungesser and Coli which accept the theory that the pair succeeded in their trans-Atlantic quest. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The White Bird disappeared during a transatlantic crossing attempt and the pair were presumed dead Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Charles Lindbergh is widely credited as having made the first solo non-stop transatlantic flight across the Atlantic - from New York to Paris in 1927 - in the monoplane Spirit of St Louis The BBC's Huge Schofield in Paris says that the theory is far from proven. Today the strongest argument in France is that the plane came down near the French territory of St Pierre et Miquelon, which is just off Newfoundland in Canada. Officials in Paris insist they are not trying to undermine Lindberg's achievement by updating signs in the city that previously stated the pair disappeared while crossing the north Atlantic in 1927 to stating unambiguously that they "crossed the Atlantic" on the 8 and 9 May. A researcher claims to have found telegrams from the US coastguard, dated a few weeks later, detailing the discovery of white biplane wings and speculating that they may be from The White Bird. There is even a suggestion the plane might have been shot down by the US coastguard, who at that time of prohibition were on the lookout for alcohol smugglers. But our correspondent says that until an actual part of The White Bird is discovered, no-one will ever know for sure.
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    The Democrat hole gets deeper and deeper... ” REPORT: Robert Mueller Was FBI Director When Agency Hid Evidence On Clinton-Russia Connection” http://www.dailywire.com/news/22398/report-robert-mueller-was-fbi-director-when-agency-ryan-saavedra?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=062316-news&utm_campaign=benshapiro
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    REPORT: FBI Hid Evidence Tying The Clintons To A Russian Bribery Scheme ” Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show. They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill. Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.” http://www.dailywire.com/news/22381/report-fbi-hid-evidence-tying-clintons-russian-ryan-saavedra?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=062316-news&utm_campaign=benshapiro
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    This thread is about income tax (and taxable benefits) not HST, AIF, and other fees on airline tickets. I bet the Libs counter with some kind of nominal value argument because obviously the seat has value, that’s why we covet pass travel as a perq. The low income retail and service employees would probably be able to wriggle out of it, but airline people eh I’m not so confident. We always, always get screwed. This is really the flip side of all the so-called boutique credits the CPC was criticized for. Typical Liberals, inventing boutique taxes that raise little, cost a fortune to administer, expand the bureaucracy, piss everyone off, and ultimately bury us in our own dung so deeply that we can’t accomplish anything of value anymore. But hey, tax “the rich” if it’s makes you feel good. Looking forward though to writing off all my unpaid deadheads as a what...capital loss? Negative income? I DH in J class. Think of the losses!
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    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transatlantic_flight_of_Alcock_and_Brown
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    . Airbus takes Bombardier to the cleaners with C Series deal Mon Oct 17, 2017 - The Globe and Mail Eric Reguly - European Bureau Chief LONDON - You've got to hand it to the brilliant, Machiavellian minds at Airbus. In one fell swoop, like an eagle swooping down on a dove, Airbus Group SE has seized the world's most technologically advanced small passenger jet, the Bombardier C Series, for nothing – as in zero, zilch, nada – even though Bombardier Inc., with a little help from its government friends, had sunk about $6-billion (U.S.) into developing the product. In doing so, Airbus has neutered a potentially strong competitor and dealt a blow to arch-rival Boeing Co., which has no plane that can compete with the C Series. It gets better. Bombardier, not Airbus, is still on the hook for as much as $700-million in funding for the C Series over the next three years. Airbus doesn't even have to assume any of Bombardier's debt, which has climbed in recent years to almost $9-billion (Canadian), nearly double its market value. For Airbus, the deal is money for nothing, C Series for free. And by the way, Airbus, which is 11 per cent owned by the French government and touted as a European corporate champion, had the sweet joy of exposing U.S. President Donald Trump as a true chump. When the U.S. administration slapped preliminary import tariffs of 300 per cent on the C Series a couple of weeks ago, the plane was effectively shut out of the world's biggest commercial jet market. Facing catastrophic losses on the slow-selling C Series, poor, hapless Bombardier had no negotiating power. Airbus could write the deal it wanted. And yet you could argue that Bombardier made the best of an impossible situation and that the Airbus deal actually presents good prospects for Bombardier, for Quebec and for Canada. The C Series is to be owned 50.01 per cent by Airbus, 31 per cent by Bombardier and 19 per cent by the Quebec government, which in 2016 sunk $1-billion (U.S.) into the project after it was overwhelmed by delays and cost overruns. The optimistic case says it's better for Bombardier and Quebec to own almost half of a plane that stands a good chance of selling, now that Airbus's formidable global marketing, financing and servicing power is behind it, than 100 per cent of a plane that that was stuck in the hangar. In theory, the C Series could sell a few thousand jets over its life span – the order tally so far is only 350 – allowing Bombardier and Quebec to recoup their investment, perhaps even earn a return on that investment. The pessimistic case says that Bombardier and the taxpayers of Canada and Quebec, who have propped up Bombardier in general and the C Series in particular for years, got taken to the cleaners. This case is more compelling. Remember, the C Series is to become an Airbus product owned by a European company with zero allegiance to Bombardier or Canada, even though it will be happy to take Bombardier's $700-milllion to cover the C Series' losses for the next two years. Might the Canadian or Quebec taxpayer be forced to cover some of these losses? That scenario cannot be ruled out, all in the name of protecting manufacturing jobs in Quebec. Which leads us to Alabama, of all places. Airbus recently opened a plant in the state to assemble the company's workhorse A320 jet for the North American market. Airbus intends to add a C Series assembly line in Alabama to serve the plane's U.S. customers and circumvent the Commerce Department's murderous tariffs. (Though Boeing, which called for the tariffs, is bound to use every one of its conniving ways to ensure any non-U.S. parts do not enter the country duty-free.) There is a reason that Airbus chose Alabama for its assembly plant; it's a cheap place to do business, where "right to work" laws discourage unions. You can bet that if Airbus finds it less expensive to pump out the C Series in Alabama than Quebec, it will do everything in its power to transfer production to Alabama, unless, of course, Quebec fights back. And how would it do that? By offering to subsidize production north of the border to keep Bombardier's Quebec jobs from vanishing into the night. Bombardier is Quebec's, and Canada's, premier engineering and technology company. Quebec won't let those jobs go easily. Two years ago, Bombardier and Airbus spent months negotiating a deal that reportedly would have seen Airbus finance the remaining development costs of the C Series in exchange for a controlling stake in the project. Note the date: It was a year before anyone could imagine that Donald Trump and his "America First" agenda could take over the White House. (The deal went nowhere.) At the time, Bombardier had some negotiating power. But as soon as the C Series got slammed with the tariffs, it was game over and Airbus was able to negotiate a sweet deal that will see Bombardier – and perhaps the Canadian and Quebec taxpayers – still write the cheques for a product over which it has lost control. Airbus was brilliant. It owns the finest piece of Canadian aerospace technology on the market, and it got Bombardier to subsidize the deal. .
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    Let's understand this: The US market for the CSeries is way over-hyped. American and United have made their peace with Boeing on narrowbodies. American recently expressly declined interest in CSeries. Southwest is all Boeing all the way, and not interested in the CSeries size class. Aside from JetBlue, there really aren't any large customers out there to be had in volume. The non-US market, on the other hand, appears to be huge. A number of Asian and African airlines have strong interest in the CSeries, so for Bombardier-Montreal, I would rather have the primary mandate for non-US sales than a primary mandate for US sales. The Airbus plant in Mobile will be there for US orders and overflow. What concerns me is Bombardier's ability to keep funding updates on the Q400 (the stretch with new PW engines in particular) and the CRJ lineup. Airbus has no involvement there. What intrigues me - and which the press hasn't picked up on - is that once Airbus owns or leases the CSeries facilities in Montreal, will it assign other projects to it, especially if Canada is a good customer. The feds already awarded Airbus a contract for a new patrol aircraft fleet. Airbus is part of the Eurofighter consortium, so imagine if Canada were to buy Eurofighters (not likely, but still...) they could be assembled in Montreal. Lots to digest in this deal, and I suspect i will make a lot of news in a lot of ways before it matures.
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    I sincerely hope Donald Trump is invited to the first delivery out of Mobile, red hats for everyone just to remind Boeing that they did this by hitching their wagon to Trump.
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    Malcolm and Kip, my utmost respect to you guys and your wives. Through thick and thin, richer or poorer may you continue for many more years in love. I'm stil with my first wife, also my BFF.
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    Only another Liberal would believe that.
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    ...Oh yes, I know...that last foot and the sudden stop after the last foot. DC9-15 onto YSB30...I recall the captain saying it was the first time he'd seen the dust rise at the other end of the runway...