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  1. 3 times today, from 3 different phone numbers I have received this thing that starts out "As you are a loyal WestJet customer you have qualified for a free gift from Westjet". The first time I just hung up but the last two I hit the good old number 1 to accept the offer. Of course there is the qualifications that you must be over 21 and (big surprise here) a credit card holder. After I let them go through their opening schpeel and I then challenge them on who they are and that all of my numbers are on the do not call list they get a little flustered. The first caller simply hung up on me w
  2. Perhaps its the class of people that WS serves that makes 250.00 ok.
  3. Greg is a very smart airline man. I always liked working with him. No one knows how they will make out in the top job but he is certainly more than qualified. There are always those that say, "well it should have been this person or that person". I am sure that there may be people disappointed but, imo, you won't find a fairer person that Greg.
  4. Apr 13, 2007 04:30 AM Chris Sorensen Business Reporter Michael O'Leary, the brash chief executive of European discount airline Ryanair, has put full-service airlines like Air Canada, British Airways and American Airlines on notice by bringing his unique brand of no-frills flying to the busy transatlantic. In a move that could cause air fares to plummet between Europe and the United States – and possibly Canada – O'Leary said yesterday he's planning to start a new no-frills carrier that would offer tickets for as little as $12 (U.S.) one-way between Europe and North America. TheStar Artic
  5. Deceased upgraded I can't imagine this happening inflight. Does AC or WS have policies for this?
  6. Couldn't see where this had been posted before. At the very least and interesting read. Gilmore vs Gonzales
  7. I can remember when Montie came into one of our marketing town hall meetings and explained to us how we were going this simplified fare structure and that the future was the internet. While he didn't say it directly, you could tell that he wanted to get to the consumer directly thereby avoiding the additional costs of any third parties in the transaction. I'm not sure that Travelocity is the best example to use here but it does illustrate how one vendor can affect your bookings. I think that you have raised another interesting concept in that the current management at AC is on the verge o
  8. This is clearly a sign that the Conservatives are not much better than any other political stripe. Promises mean little, if anything. We've seen them back peddle on a few smaller things but this is huge and will have a significant impact on my family. Surely they were not as naive to realize this during their campaign. If this takes away from their revenue base "to spend on priorities for Canadians", cut expenses in other ways. I have yet to see them make the government significantly smaller and more efficient like they said they would.
  9. I ran across this little site: It doesn't list anything in Canada but if you are interested in an overview of a number of other cities it gives you some of the hotspots, history, population, airport info, etc. for the destination that you select. I thought that in being that it was free I was going to get inundated with junk mail after entering my email address. I've ran at least a dozen different requests over the past few days and not one message from them. My apologies if this has been posted before.
  10. Looks like the UK is starting to relax the rules that were brought in during the last debacle they had there. BAA DFT
  11. A little bit of both but it was mostly due to loads
  12. I've done my fair share of commuting to work. Granted, I wasn't in the type of job that a flight could potentially not go if I didn't make it there. Still, you were expected to be at work on time. I don't think that anyone taking a job in the airline industry is so ill-informed that they can realistically think that they might have to move a few times throughout their career. If you choose to commute that is your choice. Why should the rest of us that are want to just travel on a C2 have to buy a C1 because the employee that has been there 20 years less than us decided to buy one. Se
  13. Thanks for the info. They finally called me back so I am good to go now.
  14. Were those hot water bottles for the fuel
  15. I have seen this information get intercepted midstream just like you explained it here. Oh Montie doesn't need to know this, I'll deal with it, our director (or directors god forbid....we seem to be getting so many) or vp would say. I do believe (as someone else said) that Montie is a well-intentioned person but he can only deal with information that he is given. Of course cost savings always play into things but I can tell you that when the costing of putting a blanket and pillow on each flight was done and approved, it is the intention of the company to fulfill that. Somewhere along th
  16. I know this is somewhat of an odd request. I am planning a trip to Africa and part of the itinerary involves travelling on Air Botswana. A travel agent told me that they had very restrictive baggage rules but couldn't tell me what they were. I can't seem to find anything with respect to baggage on their website. Perhaps one of our travel agent friends on here can explain further if they have the information. I've left a couple of messages on their phone line that is avaialbel here this week and no calls back. It's very weird that they don't even have an email link under their contact us.
  17. I use the C1 not to buy my way up the list but I need the legroom for a couple of bum knees. If you really want to level the playing field why not let us buy a C1 when travelling with a guest. I hate it when I have 30+ years of service and I decide to go somewhere with my girlfriend and then along comes someone with significantly less seniority with a C1 and we don't get on. Personally, I think the whole pass thing needs a revamping.
  18. For the very reasons that you have listed, they can't be anonymous. If they are it is just an avenue for people to bitch and complain about someone that they may have an axe to grind with. Mitch - I know that there is an informal system but there is no protection. I've seen someone come forward with an issue. Her life was made a living hell to the point where she finally resigned. This was in management where we are not afforded any protection from the union environment. So in the meantime we sit with our mouths shut to cover our butts.
  19. I suppose that this was the next logical step in this whole process particularly in light of the statement that the espionage case went to "the highest level of management". It will be interesting to see how this affects the share price. Perhaps something short term but I doubt it will have long term affect. One thing that I wish that AC would do is to initiate a "whistle blower" program like he alludes to in this article in the G&M. Not so much that they are doing anything illegal but moreso for jus stupid spending and decision making by middle management.
  20. I don't have to do it very often but on the rare ocassion that I am asked to fax something, it is a total pain in the rear to have to run down to Staples or similar. Does anyone have a suggestion on a faxing software that would run off of a DSL internet connection. I've looked and there are so many that I was hoping someone here had some experience. thanks much
  21. I haven't bothered to read all the posts on this subject. I'm sure there is an ongoing drivel between dagger and the WS folks. I think its about time that AC did this and hope they do more of it. It is a matterr of economics. I have flown 860&861 many times to LHR. While there are times when it is full, it was pretty much a safe bet that you could get there and back, except maybe in the peak of the peak in July and August. It's time that Montie and company started making decisions based on the results. I know there are alot of employees and civic leaders upset about this but loo
  22. Oil change instructions for women: 1) Pull up to Jiffy Lube when the mileage reaches 3000 miles since the last oil change. 2) Drink a cup of coffee. 3) 15 minutes later, write a check and leave with a properly maintained vehicle. Money spent: Oil Change: $20.00 Coffee: $1.00 Total: $21.00 Oil Change Instructions for Men: 1) Wait until Saturday, drive to auto parts store and buy a case of oil, filter, kitty litter, and cleaner and a scented tree, write a check for $50.00. 2) Stop by 7-11 and buy a case of beer, write a check for $20, drive home. 3) Open a beer and drink it. 4) Ja
  23. Those settings were already ok. I get a whole screen of stuff like this: It is the same no matter which computer I use.
  24. I can't seem to open attached photos anymore. I get a screen full of goobly gook crap. Suggestions?? I frequent a few other forums and have no issues with opening their images so I think it must be a setting here that I can't find.
  25. I'll agree that this is certainly alot of money and I would love to have the opportunity to try and live on it. If you look around at compensation of company executives for companies this large I think we'd find that this is not out of line at all, in fact could be dictated that it might even be a bit on the low side. The only people that can demand a reform of compensation is the shareholders. As employees we can do very little except come on forum boards and complain about it. Unless there is a wholesale change in corporate Canada and US it is unlikely to happen. As long as the sharehol