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  1. All respondents were CBC employees
  2. Another CBC hate Air Canada story. What a surprise with already over 1000 comments from the wing nuts. CBC has really become a third rate news agency.
  3. Another interesting topic with lots of discussion If it's not obvious to fellow members that the CBC has a hate on for AC then you're not reading, watching, or listening to the CBC. Seems several "OMG" stories over the last couple of weeks. Capacity planning software at big airlines is a real science that is seldom off the mark in it's assessment of the no show factor and seat spoilage. There will always be passengers that change their plans or cancel them outright, the pay much more for that service. As for cancellation insurance as an alternative, it does not cover such things as, "I think I'll cancel that meeting in city X because I have a new commitment elsewhere". IMO, even if there was a big flashing message on the screen when people purchased the tickets that said THIS FARE DOES ALLOW FOR SEAT SELECTION PRIOR 24 HOURS BEFORE DEPARTURE. YOU MAY BE DENIED BOARDING. Some people would still buy that ticket then scream and kick later as well as call the good old CBC.
  4. You're kidding? IMO, Mr Kelly is clearly presenting alternative facts to help a non US carrier build their international business connectivity through Canada
  5. Lots of speculation with very few facts. The savings on outsourced maintenance are significant in in labour cost, productivity, and aircraft downtime. AC did the 767 nose drop twice, once in YZ and once in UL.
  6. Maybe it was a downpayment for the 20th EMB 190
  7. Actually Dave, they are called parents.
  8. Yes price is important, confidence in Bombardier is important, P&W pure power engines, etc. The deal has many interrelated parts. ACPPA is one hell of a dark cloud.
  9. The most important part of the deal, IMO. deal does, however, come with a pledge from Air Canada to do all heavy maintenance work related to the new planes at a facility in Quebec for at least 20 years. And as part of the agreement, the government of Quebec has agreed to drop a lawsuit against Air Canada that dates back to when the airline shut down its maintenance subsidiary known as Aveos, cutting 2,600 jobs in the process.Garneau added that Ottawa will now seek to clarify the law, known as the Air Canada Public Participation Act , which impacts similar litigations that may happen in the future.
  10. Conehead That may be your roll at Air Canada as an LAT/AME, but that is not the only product Air Canada markets. The main product after safe reliable travel is scheduled air travel. The passenger also pays for an on-board product such as seating, IFE, meals, etc. That is also how they differentiate their product from others. Do the current cabin modifications improve safety of the aircraft our enhance the on-board product? Most passenger expect safety from all airlines and I would suggest that make their choice of carrier based on many other factors.
  11. Good old CBSA serving the public. If you arrive at YUL on a busy weekend afternoon with all of the International, Caribbean, and US flights, you'll wait for a long time to clear customs. 75% of the desks are usually not staffed and the line up can fill the entire hall and spill onto the stairs and down the hallway.
  12. I wonder what Freedom they will operate this flight?
  13. Hello Marshall It would be nice if the new forum would actually be limited to Aviation related topics but somehow i think old habits die hard here. On the first page of this forum there are 8 of the 27 topics that have zero connection to anything Aviation related. My personal choice is to never read those threads. I would suggest a forum for "Non Aviation" discussion instead. Happy New Year
  14. Defcon, sounds like you did not go back and read the post. MONTREAL, Dec. 3, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of November, Air Canada reported a system-wide capacity increase of 9.5 per cent and a record load factor of 78.6 per cent, increasing from 77.7 per cent in November 2014. On this additional capacity, system wide traffic for November increased 10.8 per cent. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity and Air Canada rouge®. "I am pleased to report a record load factor of 78.6 per cent for the month of November," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Air Canada generated greater traffic in all markets served, led by international and U.S. transborder markets. These consistently strong results achieved after the traditional peak summer travel season demonstrate the effectiveness of our commercial strategy focusing on international growth and the strategic deployment of Air Canada rouge. In particular, our expanding global network provides us with a lower risk, diversified route portfolio that more than offsets the current economic slowdown in Western Canada. I would like to thank our customers for choosing Air Canada as their preferred carrier and our employees for taking care of them while transporting them safely to their destination." Defcon, to answer your question, it depends on the yield, November is traditionally a slow month but ACA did well anyway. The product that is maintained in the October and November time frame is the schedule. Regular service the travelers want. Would be nice if you could wave your magic wand and park aircraft and furlough staff but it does not work that way. The schedule is reduced, aircraft are in maintenance, staff are in training, and ACA did well anyways. The Christmas peak is coming and ramping up from you type of operation would not work. IATA offers an interesting course on operating a scheduled airline, it's called Air Mercury, and it was very enlightening.
  15. Go back and read this post Load factor of 78.6% of seats made available, sounds like a plan to me.