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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 while the second one asked me to hold and after 7 minutes I hung up. Way to go WestJet....... I don't care if it is you or not, its your name on the initial recording so you must be involved in some fashion. Anyone know what the heck is going on with this.
  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 Article
  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 of a collapse. I'm not talking about the people high up, I'm talking about the lower level director and managers. There are a couple of departments that have had a revolving door on the directors position. Every 12-18 months one gets punted and another one gets brought in. They have tried bringing in the UA people, employees from other departments that had no clue about what we did, people from outside the industry and now finally someone from within that was rewarded for previous hard work. Problem is that this person knows the job very well from a technical point but is not a manager in any shape or form. Herein lies the problem, this particular group have become unmotivated and quite frankly they are on the verge of revolt from being pushed and abused so hard. Good people have been previously pushed out of this position if they disagreed with the executive ranks on the direction taken. Management is no different than the front line people. I'm talking about the employees that actually do the work. All employees are being pushed so hard with little respect for them that we are already starting to see junior employees (who were once touted as the future of the company) leave. It is not hard to find good employment in today's economy. I've seen the executives stand up at meetings and say that they were going to be able to strong arm people like Travelocity. So far they have come up flat and it is costing them revenue. Perhaps not bums in seats but certainly higher yield.
  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: http://www.arrivalguides.com/GuidesFastche...lang=en&flag=en 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. Seniority is seniority. Boarding of the aircraft should be done on that and that alone. There should be no buying your way ahead of others. I still think that there should be a system that allows us to buy our way up into J (yes this is the CDN way) but we only pay that if we actually get it. Yes, this is a tough system on the junior employees, we were all there once and we paid our dues accordingly. I for one will be signing. I highly doubt that this is going to have any effect on the company. I firmly believe that employee relations are so far down their priority list when a few small changes to some of the benefits would go a long way to picking up morale.
  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 the lines this has broken down. Is it some midmanagement type trying to save a few bucks, I doubt it. It is more than likely that it is just poor approach to completeing the job that someone along the way is supposed to be doing. I've been on about a dozen flights in the last two months. Two of these have been international and while it saddens me to agree, there always seems to be some sort of customer service failure. One thought that had entered into my mind (as meagre as it may be). We seem to be getting more and more decision making managers from outside of the country and the company. Perhaps they approach this with the thinking from their native country that they can treat the customers this way and get away with it. If we keep going at the pace we are we'll have Montie on TV making a 180 day guarantee.
  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 look at the reality of the situation. The trading area of YYT has what...about 250k population and I think that this is generous. It just doesn't make sense to be putting a 767 into a market that is this small.
  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) Jack car up. Spend 30 minutes looking for jack stands. 5) Find jack stands under kid's pedal car. 6) In frustration, open another beer and drink it. 7) Place drain pan under engine. 8) Look for 9/16 box end wrench. 9) Give up and use crescent wrench. 10) Unscrew drain plug. 11) Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil: splash hot oil on you in process. Cuss. 12) Crawl out from under car to wipe hot oil off of face and arms. Throw kitty litter on spilled oil. 13) Have another beer while watching oil drain. 14) Spend 30 minutes looking for oil filter wrench. 15) Give up; crawl under car and hammer a screwdriver through oil filter and twist off. 16) Crawl out from under car with dripping oil filter splashing oil everywhere from holes. Cleverly hide old oil filter among trash in trash can to avoid environmental penalties. Drink a beer. 17) Buddy shows up; finish case of beer with him. Decide to finish oil change tomorrow so you can go see his new garage door opener. 18) Sunday: Skip church because "I gotta finish the oil change." Drag pan full of old oil out from underneath car. Cleverly dump oil in hole in back yard instead of taking it back to be recycled. 19) Throw kitty litter on oil spilled during step 18. 20) Beer? No, drank it all yesterday. 21) Walk to 7-11; buy beer. 22) Install new oil filter making sure to apply a thin coat of oil to gasket surface. 23) Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine. 24) Remember drain plug from step 11. 25) Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan. 26) Remember that the used oil is buried in a hole in the back yard, along with drain plug. 27) Drink beer. 28) Shovel out hole and sift oily mud for drain plug. Re-shovel oily dirt into hole. Steal sand from kids sandbox to cleverly cover oily patch of ground and avoid environmental penalties. Wash drain plug in lawnmower gas. 29) Discover that first quart of fresh oil is now on the floor. Throw kitty litter on oil spill. 30) Drink beer. 31) Crawl under car getting kitty litter into eyes. Wipe eyes with oily rag used to clean drain plug. Slip with stupid crescent wrench tightening drain plug and bang knuckles on frame. 32) Bang head on floorboards in reaction to step 31. 33) Begin cussing fit. 34) Throw stupid crescent wrench. 35) Cuss for additional 10 minutes because wrench hit bowling trophy. 36) Beer. 37) Clean up hands and forehead and bandage as required to stop blood flow. 38) Beer. 39) Beer. 40) Dump in five fresh quarts of oil. 41) Beer. 42) Lower car from jack stands. 43) Accidentally crush remaining case of new motor oil. 44) Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil spilled during steps 23-43. 45) Beer. 46) Test drive car. 47) Get pulled over: arrested for driving under the influence. 48) Car gets impounded. 49) Call loving wife, make bail. 50) 12 hours later, get car from impound yard. Money spent: Parts: $50.00 DUI: $2500.00 Impound fee: $75.00 Bail: $1500.00 Beer: $40.00 Total: $4,165.00 But you know the job was done right!
  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 shareholder is happy they will continue to pay these exhorbinant amounts.
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