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  1. And.... the cup run is over... FORE!!!!!
  3. Does she walk? Does she talk? Does she come complete? My homeroom homeroom angel Always pulled me from my seat She was pure like snowflakes No one could ever stain The memory of my angel Could never cause me pain Years go by I'm lookin' through a girly magazine And there's my homeroom angel on the pages in-between My blood runs cold My memory has just been sold My angel is the centerfold Angel is the centerfold My blood runs cold My memory has just been sold My angel is the centerfold Angel is the centerfold Slipped me notes under the desk While I was thinkin' about her dress I was shy I turned away Before she caught my eye I was shakin' in my shoes Whenever she flashed those baby-blues Something had a hold on me When angel passed close by Those soft and fuzzy sweaters Too magical to touch Too see her in that negligee Is really just too much My blood runs cold My memory has just been sold My angel is the centerfold Angel is the centerfold It's okay I understand This ain't no never-never land I hope that when this issue's gone I'll see you when your clothes are on Take you car, Yes we will We'll take your car and drive it We'll take it to a motel room And take 'em off in private A part of me has just been ripped The pages from my mind are stripped Oh no, I can't deny it Oh yea, I guess I gotta buy it! My blood runs cold My memory has just been sold My angel is the centerfold Angel is the centerfold R.I.P. J. Geils.
  4. All they had to do was keep upping the ante. $2000 x 4 PAX would have done it almost certainly. The gate agents may not have that discretion though. Make no mistake, this is going to cost all of us in this industry going forward.
  5. It just keeps getting worse for United. It’s hard to find examples of worse decision-making and customer treatment than United Airlines having a passenger dragged from an overbooked plane. But United’s shabby treatment of Geoff Fearns, including a threat to place him in handcuffs, comes close. Fearns, 59, is president of TriPacific Capital Advisors, an Irvine investment firm that handles more than half a billion dollars in real estate holdings on behalf of public pension funds. He had to fly to Hawaii last week for a business conference. Fearns needed to return early so he paid about $1,000 for a full-fare, first-class ticket to Los Angeles. He boarded the aircraft at Lihue Airport on the island of Kauai, took his seat and enjoyed a complimentary glass of orange juice while awaiting takeoff. Then, as Fearns tells it, a United employee rushed onto the aircraft and informed him that he had to get off the plane. “I asked why,” he told me. “They said the flight was overfull.” Fearns, like the doctor at the center of that viral video from Sunday night, held his ground. He was already on the plane, already seated. He shouldn’t have to disembark. “That’s when they told me they needed the seat for somebody more important who came at the last minute,” Fearns said. “They said they have a priority list and this other person was higher on the list than me.” They said they’d put me in cuffs if they had to. Apparently United had some mechanical troubles with the aircraft scheduled to make the flight. So the carrier swapped out that plane with a slightly smaller one with fewer first-class seats. Suddenly it had more first-class passengers than it knew what to do with. So it turned to its “How to Screw Over Customers” handbook and determined that the one in higher standing — more miles flown, presumably — gets the seat and the other first-class passenger, even though he’s also a member of the frequent-flier program, gets the boot. “I understand you might bump people because a flight is full,” Fearns said. “But they didn’t say anything at the gate. I was already in the seat. And now they were telling me I had no choice. They said they’d put me in cuffs if they had to.” You couldn’t make this up if you tried. It shouldn’t make any difference where a passenger is seated or how much he or she paid for their ticket. But you have to admire the sheer chutzpah of United putting the arm on a full-fare, first-class traveler. If there’s anybody whose business you want to safeguard and cultivate, it’s that person. So how could United possibly make things worse? Not to worry. This is the airline that knows how to add insult to injury. A United employee, responding to Fearns’ complaint that he shouldn’t have to miss the flight, compromised by downgrading him to economy class and placing him in the middle seat between a married couple who were in the midst of a nasty fight and refused to be seated next to each other. “They argued the whole way back,” Fearns recalled. “Nearly six hours. It was a lot of fun.” David Dao, United passenger who was dragged from plane, says he's still in the hospital Back in Southern California, he consulted his lawyer and then wrote to United’s chief executive, Oscar Munoz, who commended airline workers after the passenger-dragging incident “for continuing to go above and beyond to ensure we fly right.” Fearns requested a full refund for his flight from Kauai and asked for United to make a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice. This is how rich guys do it. He received an email back from a United “corporate customer care specialist” apologizing that Fearns apparently had an unpleasant experience. But, no, forget about a refund. As for that charitable donation, what are you kidding? A hard no on that. Instead, the service rep offered to refund Fearns the difference between his first-class ticket and an economy ticket — about a week later, as if that wasn’t the first thing they should do in a situation like this — and to give him a $500 credit for a future trip on the airline. “Despite the negative experience, we hope to have your continued support,” the rep concluded. “Your business is especially important to us and we'll do our utmost to make your future contacts with United satisfactory in every respect.” I reached out to United and asked if anyone cared to comment on Fearns’ adventure in corporate catastrophe. No one got back to me. Julia Underwood, a business professor at Azusa Pacific University, said United’s actions in both the dragged-off-the-plane episode and with Fearns reflect a coldhearted mindset utterly devoid of compassion for customers. “They’re so locked into their policies, there’s no room for empathy,” she said. As a result, Underwood said, situations that should be manageable spiral out of control and result in unnecessarily messy PR disasters. “What United and all companies need to do is to train and empower workers to deal with specific issues as they arise,” she said. “Don’t just follow whatever is written in your policies.” I couldn’t agree more. United is neck-deep in trouble this week because its workers are clearly out of their depth in handling out-of-the-ordinary events. You have to think someone on the flight crew would have been able to step up, if given the trust and authority to do so by the carrier. Fearns said three different members of the crew on his middle-seat, economy-class return to L.A. apologized for how he was treated in Hawaii. But they said they were unable to do anything. He’s now considering a lawsuit against United — and he certainly has the resources to press his case. I asked if he’ll ever fly United again. Fearns could only laugh. “Are you kidding?”
  6. Very cool indeed! Any chance you could show us a pic of Smoky 02? I've got a bit of Convair 580 time myself.
  7. No discussion is required. Thanks for your consideration.
  8. I hope the guys that did the "United breaks guitars" video do one for this!
  9. You want a hug?
  10. You just can't make this **bleep** up...
  12. I am always leery of those who use their own personal moral high ground as a reason to end any debate. I work in the US quite a bit and it's much more prevalent there than in Canada but Canadians are certainly not immune.
  13. I've seen a few older 737NG's that had been handed around like this and I'll tell you, they were in pretty rough shape. Nobody takes any responsibility, just do the minimum until you can hand it over at the end of the season.
  14. I have a 16 year old...
  15. It's not possible if the airplane is in a serviceable condition.
  16. You meant every delayed Air Canada flight would come with WestJet pizza, right?
  17. Le transporteur de Calgary WestJet devrait acquérir le voyagiste intégré Transat A.T. affirme sans détour Turan Quettawala, de Banque Scotia. «Notre analyse suggère qu’une transaction serait bénéfique tant sur le plan stratégique que financier et qu'elle apporterait de nombreuses synergies et des avantages concurrentiels sur les marchés internationaux», écrit l’analyste dans un rapport. WestJet pourrait offrir une plus-value aussi élevée que de 90% pour mettre la main sur les actions de Transat et encore y trouver son compte, avance-t-il. WestJet pourrait offrir jusqu'à 10$ par action (une plus-value de 45 à 90%) pour Transat et ajouter de 25 à 30% à ses propres bénéfices, calcule M. Quettawala. Le rapport daté du 13 février trouve peu d’écho en Bourse pour l’instant. L’action de WestJet(Tor., WJA,22,48$) est stable mardi matin, tandis que celle de Transat(Tor., TRZ,5,18$) gagne 5,5%. «L'action de Transat a touché un creux en 52 semaines lundi. Elle se trouve au même cours qu'en 1992 et se situe bien loin du sommet de 35,75$ touché en septembre 2007.» « L'action de Transat se trouve au même cours qu'en 1992 » L'évolution de l'action Transat sur dix ans. Difficile de dire si les dirigeants de WestJet voudraient considérer une telle transaction, admet l’analyste. Par contre, les actionnaires de Transat seraient sûrement ouverts à une telle possibilité après des années sans rendement en Bourse pour le voyagiste. Avec l’expansion de WestJet à Montréal et Québec et les difficultés rencontrées par Transat ces dernières années, cette spéculation n’est pas nouvelle. Divers analystes y font allusion à l’occasion depuis 2014. En mars 2014, Doug Cooper, de Beacon Securities, voyait dans Transat une belle cible pour WestJet ou Air Canada. Il faisait miroiter les avantages d’une consolidation pour la rentabilité de l’industrie. Selon M. Quettawala, WestJet pourrait percer le marché européen plus rapidement et à moindre coût et obtiendrait potentiellement un meilleur pouvoir d’imposer ses prix pour les vols transatlantiques et vers le Sud. La société pourrait ainsi mieux rivaliser Air Canada et Rouge. L’analyste en rajoute en affirmant que les mérites de placement de WestJet s’amélioreraient du fait que l’acquisition réduirait les coûts et le risque de son expansion à l’étranger. WestJet pourrait densifier son service à l’international à moindre coût que par l’expansion interne de sa propre flotte d’appareils. Le transporteur bénéficierait d’un réseau déjà établi en Europe notamment. Les vols transatlantiques de Transat ne sont pas aussi rentables que WestJet le voudraient, mais les mauvais rendements de Transat tiennent au fait qu'elle concurrence des transporteurs qui offrent des vols réguliers. WestJet pourrait remédiier à ce désavantage. WestJet obtiendrait aussi une part de marché instantanée de 20% sur les vols transatlantiques et de 23% pour les vols vers le Sud tout en éliminant un concurrent. Ensemble, les deux transporteurs auraient 45% du marché du Sud pendant l'hiver et 25% de celui des vols transatlantiques pendant l'été. «Bien que le maillage des deux cultures d’entreprise comporte un risque, il pourrait aussi se transformer en avantage avec l’ajout de plus de salariés bilingues aux divers postes de service à la clientèle», fait valoir l’analyste. WestJet mettrait la main sur un voyagiste disposant de liquidités excédentaires de 150 millions de dollars, sans avoir à émettre de titres de dettes ou des actions. La flotte louée d’Airbus330 et de Boeing737 de Transat ne serait pas un obstacle puisque WestJet pourrait utiliser les appareils Boeing pour certaines de ses destinations, revendre certains Airbus 310 ou envisager l’ajout des appareils A330neo à sa propre flotte, éventuellement. "WestJet obtiendrait 14 Airbus330 et leur baux annuels de 70M$ par année pour 300M$ alors qu'il lui en coûterait 3,5G$US pour acheter des appareils neufs ou 800M$US pour acheter des appareils usagés", précise l'analyse. Transat possède aussi des hôtels au Mexique et dans les Caraïbes d’une valeur de 150M$ que WestJet pourrait revendre, croit aussi l'analyste. Les économies administratives, d’exploitation et d’entretien pourraient atteindre 10% de la valeur de la transaction, estime aussi M. Quettawala. Cette analyse exclut la valeur d’autres actifs tels que les droits d’atterrissage à l’étranger, le potentiel d’une meilleure la gestion des revenus ou encore la valeur intangible de la marque Transat au Québec. M. Quettawala termine son analyse en affirmant que les mérites d’une telle union sont suffisants pour contrebalancer les risques potentiels qui y sont associés, nommément le fait que les employés de Transat sont syndiqués. La transaction pourrait aussi soulever l’opposition du gouvernement du Québec, en particulier si l’offre de WestJet était hostile.
  18. No kidding, about as basic a task as they come.
  19. Most of us spent more time acquiring our skills than pilots. We didn't get to drone along in the hangar for 12 hours and then adjust a table tray you know! We were actually expected to work the whole time.
  20. Now that's funny! I can NOT imagine a less romantic place than there!
  21. Don't forget Greenland!
  22. I hear ya'! When we still had the -200's every relamp was a breath holding event!
  23. Probably right and the result would be California and New York would elect every president, every time.
  24. Wow! I get a lot of koolaid talk but this one I haven't heard. 7262 NM with about 500 quality resort destinations enroute and we own that b!tch!