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  1. This is a sticker on my (now retired) tool box I just took... Not the first time this kind of scenario has occurred.
  2. As the long time super fan of WestJet that you’ve always been, I’ll pass on your concerns to HQ. We’ll have that pulled pronto!
  3. When I worked at CAIL there were quite a few people that referred to them as "The Hyundai of the sky" How wrong they were.
  4. Resurgent Boeing 737 MAX could trigger jet surplus, analyst warns Tim Hepher, Anshuman Daga 4 MIN READ HONG KONG (Reuters) - Airlines struggling to cope with the grounding of the 737 MAX could face a markedly different problem when Boeing Co’s (BA.N) best-selling jet is cleared to re-enter service: a switch to concerns about aircraft oversupply, carriers have been warned The U.S. planemaker has continued to produce the jet since it was grounded in March after two fatal accidents, and is expected to speed deliveries by 40%, to 70 units a month, when its factory doors reopen, in a bid to clear the backlog. Rob Morris, global head of consultancy at UK-based Ascend by Cirium, said the combination of any rapid rebound in deliveries, economic worries and an accumulation of market pressures dating back before the crashes could make it hard to absorb the jets. “Next year is the challenge. When the dam breaks and the MAX starts to flow, there are going to be a lot of aircraft,” Morris told financiers at a Hong Kong briefing late on Monday. “There could potentially be as many as 1,000 surplus aircraft next year.” The forecast is based on both a rebound in MAX deliveries and a potential glut of second-hand airplanes flooding back onto the market after standing in for the MAX during the grounding. The crisis has rekindled demand for older and less efficient jets, with airlines using more than 800 planes that are more than 15 years old, compared to conditions four years ago, Morris told the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers conference on Tuesday. TWO-YEAR LOGJAM Until now, most concern has focused on whether regulators would permit an orderly return to service by avoiding gaps in approvals by different countries. But Morris, who has warned a long up-cycle in aviation is nearly over, said there were also risks in opening floodgates too quickly, overwhelming fragile growth in travel demand. Still, he and other delegates at back-to-back aviation finance gatherings in Hong Kong agreed it would take Boeing 18 months or longer to deliver all the stranded aircraft. The operation will be one of the industry’s biggest ever logistical challenges and any glitches or delays could further brake supply. “Getting all those aircraft, that are currently parked, off the ground could take two years,” John Plueger, chief executive of Air Lease Corp (AL.N), told Reuters, adding he did not see fundamental changes as a result of the MAX’s return. “It is not as if all these MAX could be delivered over a one-, two- or three-month period ... so it is not an open floodgate and 350 planes all coming onto the market tomorrow,” he said on the sidelines of last week’s Airfinance Journal Asia Pacific conference. Boeing aims to return the 737 MAX to service in the United States by the end of 2019, after making software changes in the wake of the crashes, which killed 346 people. Europe’s top regulator said on Monday the airliner is likely to return to service in Europe in the first quarter of 2020. ADVERTISEMENT Analysts say more than 300 MAX aircraft have been produced since March, when commercial flights were banned and deliveries frozen. This could rise to 400 by the time it resumes service. Boeing is additionally expected to deliver close to 600 jets straight from the production line next year. It has indicated it plans to deliver up to 70 jets a month, equal to a previous record. Of this, analysts say around 20 are expected to be drawn from inventory parked at its factories and the rest newly built.
  5. I think this might be more than a shot-across-the-bow for both carriers. WJ has a somewhat aging 737-600 and -700 fleet that will need to be replaced in much the same way that Air Canada has a lot of older A319 and A320's. I can see one or both Goeing (you see what I did there?) to Airbus for their narrow-body requirements. I can't really see it for the wide-bodies though, AC has a fairly new fleet of 777's and a very new fleet of 787's and WJ has invested a lot into getting their initial 787 ops up and going. The wildcard for WJ could be the new owners who also have a leasing company with over 500 aircraft already. I can't think of a case where a company of Boeing's size has ever had this much self inflicted damage.
  6. You know that’s not going to happen. I believe though that it’s the end of the big orders. I doubt they will build all that’s ordered now and will start a clean sheet aircraft after the dust is settled. It’s really not a bad aircraft just has too many compromises inherent to its age. It’s really the same problem that Airbus has with the A320 series just not so pronounced. Some carrier, perhaps even Southwest is going to make a huge order for the A220 and that’s when things will get interesting.
  7. Protesters to begin five days of drone disruption at Heathrow Sep 12, 2019 Victoria Moores Heathrow Pause Environment protest group Heathrow Pause plans to disrupt flights at London Heathrow Airport for at least five days from Sept. 13 by illegally flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, within the airport’s exclusion zone. The group opposes Heathrow’s expansion plans and wants to draw attention to the impact of rising emissions on climate change. Unauthorized drone activity within Heathrow’s 5km (3.1 mi.) exclusion zone is illegal. The campaign group plans to fly toy drones within the exclusion zone, from before the airport opens on Sept. 13. The drones will then be flown at regular intervals to keep flights grounded. “We currently anticipate that we have the numbers [of drone-pilot protesters] to keep the action going from Friday [Sept. 13] through until Tuesday [Sept. 17] at the earliest, and quite possibly beyond,” Heathrow Pause said Sept. 9, via messaging platform WhatsApp. Heathrow Airport said it is working closely with authorities and expects to remain open Sept. 13, without compromising safety. “We will be using our drone mitigation and detection systems, dynamic situation assessments and our partnership with the authorities to minimize any intended disruption,” the airport said in a statement. The Metropolitan Police said anyone caught flying a drone without permission within the exclusion zone will be arrested and prosecuted. “This group of activists have stated their intention to fly drones illegally near Heathrow airport on Friday morning [Sept. 13], with the sole aim of causing significant disruption to planned flights. Far from this being a lawful protest, this is the deliberate and criminal targeting of an essential part of the UK’s national infrastructure that thousands of people rely on every day and it will not be tolerated,” Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Laurence Taylor said Sept. 11. The Metropolitan Police said it has a “robust policing plan” in place, to avert or minimize disruption and respond rapidly to any criminal activity. “Protesters should note that endangering the safety of an aircraft is a very serious offense that can result in a long jail sentence,” the Metropolitan Police said in an Aug. 29 statement. At just before 1900 local time on Sept. 12, Heathrow Pause said five of its members have been arrested in targeted police raids, including drone pilots and a media coordinator. “Five people have now been arrested before a drone has flown; we are not yet sure of the charges. The Heathrow Pause action will carry on exactly as planned, peacefully and non-violently, regardless of today’s events. We have contingency measures in place.” Heathrow Pause has been transparent about its plans and has met with the police and airport representatives over recent weeks. The lightweight drones will be flown within the exclusion zone—but they add the flights will be below 6 ft. away from flightpaths and Heathrow will be given at least an hour’s notice of any activity. Once the action is complete, the drone pilots will call police, inform them of their location and surrender themselves for arrest. In late 2018, flights at London Gatwick Airport were halted over a period of days by drone activity. Victoria Moores
  8. Bit more detail here. Why is this not being called a case of domestic terrorism?
  9. You know there is the possibility I'm posting tongue-in-cheek, right? For the record, I've never heard a peep about WJ wanting Heathrow slots...
  10. Won't need to do that, AC, as part of the ACPPA can have all the TATL from Quebec. Then they can focus on proper English/French signage and announcements. WestJet can deal with the anglo-centric parts of Canada. It's really the only fair way to do this. Even Gabor Lukacs would give this plan two thumbs up!
  11. I suspect that 30% of AC's LHR slots will be soon turned over to WestJet. It's the only fair way to protect the Canadian consumer. All those shiny new 787's WJ has coming will fit into there nicely.
  12. Not really. The CFM56-7B is as about as solid an engine that's ever been, multiple daily cycles have not been problematic at all. That being said, should the 737 Max ever be cleared to fly again the start cycle on the LEAP-1B is longer than the average Hawaiian inter-island leg so it's unlikely they'd ever be used in that role. Quote Edit Options
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