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  1. FYI in case any of the WS lurkers on the board had not heard.

    Kevin Hollands passed away in July. Great guy who will be missed. All the ramp guys and airports people (especially in the early days) knew him as the really nice guy.

    Had the opportunity to get to know him a bit, first class person.

  2. Gabor has a Facebook page that is nothing g but bitching about airlines, some issues legit, some not.

    I enjoy the circle jerk here to take shots at WS. Usually most airline employees sort of stick somewhat together and try to understand what happend or have empathy instead of the pile on.

  3. 2 minutes ago, Super 80 said:


    But boy is Saretsky invested in the ULCC bogeyman!

    New Leaf is proving that people will eat a crap sandwich to save a dollar. Still lots of people at WS who remember Jetsgo and what that did to the business, flight passes for profit share, reduced margins, etc.

    A well funded ULCC with good operations will severely screw with both carriers.

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  4. Couple things I found interesting with this.

    Clive is rarely quoted in the media on the business anymore. By having the first person quoted be Clive instead of Gregg it is a deliberate tactic to sell this internally. Clive is still pretty much universally beloved, Gregg universally respected.

    Lots of internal chatter on the front line about how this is great and that this is like Encore part 2. I don't think the realization is there yet that this is designed to undercut the cost of their labor as well. I don't see how they can operationally have the same people check in for both airlines. The guest confusion on what service they would be getting and what fee structure could be a bit of a customer service nightmare.

    Release says they are negotiating with pilots. This says to me that there will be new crop of FA being hired on the higher density aircraft. I don't see how this works unless you really cleave it off from the mothership and have a whole new staff with lower expectations, no ESP, no profit share, etc.I don't think you can even have the WS name attached to it.

    I think it will also extend to service recovery and employee empowerment, no picking up the hotel on weather delays, no front line agent cutting a break on re-accomodation, wouldn't surprise me to see contracted out Canadian staff either.

  5. 1 hour ago, Malcolm said:

    In any event, WestJet has claimed responsibility along with the costs of repair. Congrats to then for being right out front.  However you have to wonder why the quick acceptance of guilt unless of course there was a known problem with the aircraft that may have dropped the ice. 

    Or it could be that they just decided to do the right thing and there is not some conspiracy.

  6. 2 hours ago, blues deville said:

    Doesn't every station/base manager have some kind of IROPs fund to deal with these events? Especially a diverted aircraft. 

    Times have charged Malcolm. Earlier in Feb I flew AC from YVR to YYZ. 777 2pm departure. Arrived at the gate with time to spare only to find it delayed 35 mins. Not a problem. Eventually it was a 1h10m delay and the reason from the gate agent over the PA was "not enough groomers to clean the plane". There were probably 4 or 5 gate agents handling this flight and the entire flight/cabin crew hanging out behind them. Even two ramp guys waiting to roll wheelchair pax. Once upon a time they all would have jumped onboard to help tidy it up. I have feeling the Westjet "pizza pilot" would have been in there collecting newspapers and folding seat belts. 

    Probably more of a union issue with one member not wanting to take work from another member.

  7. 7 hours ago, Johnny said:

    I always get a kick out of guys like this, experts in Leadership.  Having a brief look at his own CV, I don't see much depth in that area? 

    Could not agree with this more. WS is in love with the guy and his "power of why." Ask some folks at the head shed about all the Simon Sinek they have had to watch.

    He has marketed himself with TED Talks as some sort of marketing guru. I do not question his intelligence at all, just the slurping of everything the guys says as gospel.

  8. 100K for 90 feet would by nothing bug a POS.

    I had thought all vessels in FLA are supposed to have registered markings whether a sport fishing boat or Jet Ski.

    If some are determined to think that Castro lived humbly to fulfill a preconceived notion that is fine by me.

  9. Hi UD

    I will bow out of this one at this point but Forbes has had Castro on their Billionaires list for years. Unsure why you are determined to portray Castro as living a life of humility when by all appearances he did not.

    As with most political message board arguments I don't think either of us will change the other's mind.

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  10. Hi UD 

    In terms of Castro living humbly there are plenty of links on line. I generally don't like to get into an arguement of dueling links but his lifestyle is described here, nit sure how humble I would call it.


    Without getting in to a existential arguement about freedom I would still submit that we in the US and Canada have far more freEdom than any Cuban, think it is conspiratorial and paranoid ro suggest otherwise.

    The people you mentioned as jailed were given due process, they didn't find themselves in a jail or in front of a firing squad with no recourse as so many Cubans did.

  11. I do not consider myself a right wing ideologue by any stretch but do take exception with the comment of whose to say which way is better.

    Ask most Russians if they would go back to Soviet rule and you would get a resounding Nyet. Putin rules with an iron fist but economic prospects far better than under communism. Without individual property rights you can't have a middle class and a decent society, no property rights under communism (or on Reserves for that matter but a different post entirely.)

    Not a fan of The Patriot Act but last I checked journalists were not getting thrown in jail and people are free to associate with, and say whatever they like. Free to dissent as well as the protests taking place can attest.

    I don't know your point on the US and Guantanamo Bay but the issue is more than just degrees of being a tyrant.

    I don't think the portrayal of him as a dictator is wrong. No challenge to his rule and ruled how he saw fit without tolerating ANY dissent.

    I think there is probably some romanticizing of him because I think most people would admire someone who stood up to the US for so long. Let's not let rooting for the underdog distract from the fact that he killed or imprisoned gay people, journalists and political dissenters, seems pretty tyrannical to me.

  12. Having spent a bit of time in HAV I am not sure you would get a consistent answer about Castro from Cubans.

    He seemed to be looked upon as a beloved grandpa by some whose time had passed by. There was also out and out hatred as many realised they were being kept down by a system designed to oppress.

    I think there is probably some room in the debate about Castro to note that he did some good but it MUST be acknowledged that he created a police state where many dreams of middle class status were basically impossible to acquire unless you were politically connected.

    There are plenty of sites out there that catalogue Castro's human rights abuses that are not "US propaganda" He was a tyrant who loved a lavish lifestyle at the expense of his people.

    The fact that our PM did not release a statement acknowledging that he was more than "controversial" showed a level of ineptness that I found surprising and disappointing. 

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  13. Those people in Fort Mac should give all those tickets back and publicly denounce WestJet for giving a free concert.

    Under no circumstances should a company, or the people that work there be allowed to do something nice for anyone as the keyboard brigade will rush in to rightly denounce it for the cheap, exploitative ploy that it is.

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