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  1. Those are some of the reasons the Conservatives are stuck in the opposition role for a while... It's not like they have a sizable opponent in Trudeau, yet they still are unable to find a leader with any traction with Canadians east of Saskatchewan.
  2. Apologies, I meant WS B737 flights.
  3. If you try to compare similar countries you will get a different picture. Try comparing the G7 countries or NATO countries with Canada. For your second statement, Country Oil reserves do not have much correlation with pump prices unless you have a nationalized market or some sort of a dictator regime. I don't detect any desire in your writings for such a market. It's an interesting list... Have a look at Norway at the extreme $$$ end... Good reserves, Gas producer and stratospheric prices. At the other end of the scale, you have Venezuala, Iran, Kuwait, Kazakhstan,Iraq, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Pakistan and the UAE with sub 1$US per liter gas. Those countries don't really appear as comparable. As far as comparables go... Gas in Europe, NZ, much of the eastern bloc is mostly higher than in Canada. The list has a few countries with lower prices that "could" be compared to Canada. The US, Australia, China, South Korea, Turkiye, Brazil, Japan all have cheaper gas... From most of the reading I have done, I am reaching the conclusion that high prices are going to be here for a while. The current Prime Minister is merely the figure head that was voted in prior to world prices sky rocketing. He's not going to fix it, and neither will a conservative government or the NDP...
  4. It's an opinion piece... We aren't in a closed economy. Look at the rest of the world prices and you will find Canadian prices are pretty much on par with the rest of the world. Even on a Taxation stand point, if Canada was the only country doing it it would constitute a valid point, yet most countries tax petrol and gas. Regardless of who gets elected, with the ESG movement their is a lack of investment in Oil and Gas (low Capex). Add to that the cutting off of Russian oil and you have the perfect storm for higher oil prices for year to come. No politician will change that even if it feels good to point to one for blame.
  5. Allo, Have you considered what oil prices are around the world? It seems disingenuous to blame a single politician for high fuel prices when they are up all over the world. https://www.globalpetrolprices.com/gasoline_prices/ Our bad lot of politicians can be blamed for lots of issues but fuel prices and inflation would be roughly the same under most government since they aren't local phenomenons. Prices are set at the international level.
  6. There probably won't be that much training required. What I am seeing is a net reduction in training times for all Aircraft Type Training. Trainings that used to last 2 months are now 5 weeks... The new engine is likely to be some sort of differences course. Engine courses were historically 5 days in order to cover Engine, Thrust Reverser and aircraft integration. I have seen them reduced to 2 days as of late. It's a scary trend happening in Canada... We seem to be drifting towards the American standard for training instead of the EASA standard.
  7. We aren't seeing Westjet in Montreal anymore.... What has happened? Even looking at the ADMTL website, I'm seeing 2 flights a day. Has WJ abandonned the YUL market?
  8. If Canada was serious about cutting emissions at airports, an easy starting point would be to limit APU operations on the ground. It's what happens all over the world. It forces Airports to actually have serviceable aircraft ground air conditioning (hot or cold) at each gate. It would save countless dollars in both Fuel and APU hours of operation.
  9. Hi Rich, Go for Pro-seal. It's what's inside most aircraft. https://www.ppgaerospace.com/Products/Sealants/Fuel-Tank-Proven-Standards/P-S-890-Class-B-Fuel-Tank-Sealant.aspx You can buy it in varying thickness and cure times. It's awful stuff to get off your hands so use gloves and maybe even barrier cream. I am pretty sure Aircraft Spruce And specialty will carry it. Éric
  10. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-omicron-more-to-do-1.6267817 Ottawa requiring covid testing for some travelers.
  11. This would appear to be a situation where you would expect to see the term "accountable executive" within the box of accused. Seriously, after all the crap over the years justifying ever increasing executive salaries, the accountability seems weak at best.
  12. While trains are not an aviation topic, it's a direct competitor. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/high-frequency-rail-project-1.6090930 It will be interesting to see this go ahead.
  13. Condition free funds worked wonders for Bombardier...
  14. What's wrong with Equity in the company? Isn't it a better arrangement (for Canadian citizens) than a corporate welfare "handout"?
  15. I wonder how the financial "help" will be given? Will the Fed get equity in the carriers? (like in the Lufthansa case) Will they find a way to lower operating cost through subsidies of airport infrastructure? maybe a reduction of NavCanada fees? What other strings will be attached? There isn't much information right now...
  16. Interesting read on business travel during and post pandemic. https://www.ft.com/content/867a5342-c94c-43f6-9783-a817443c9471
  17. The guy can barely put a sentence together when answering an unexpected journalist question. He doesn't appear well versed enough in the different subjects to discuss them. To give him the role of the puppet master pulling all the strings seem disingenuous. Harper seemed to be in that position, but to accuse Trudeau of that... The present PM appears to be a pretty spokesperson for the Liberal party but the person calling the shots?? The new minister will need a bit of time prior to getting acquainted with all that is going on in the transport world...
  18. That's a pretty nasty opinion piece... Lots of subjects mixed up in there. Social media influencers, moral compass, public health vs profitability, Air Canada Transat purchase, public money built flag carrier, lousy service and high prices, passenger horror stories, oversold flights, contempt for consumers, plane seating density, most complaints of any foreign airline and tax payer funded bailout. It's as if the journalist just vomited everything that irked him. It's a easy to single out AC the way the reporter did but what he is saying applies to most companies.
  19. Dagger, What are your thoughts on the possibility of government help to airlines having a negative effect on the recovery of these airlines. From a union centric point of view, of course the desire for wages to be paid and employment maintained is likely to be prominent. However what is the rational behind paying an employee to be at work if their is little demand for his labor? I think that's the point made above. The normal unemployment insurance channels should cover the needs of unemployed workers in the near term. From a business point of view, won't giving $$ to the airlines just prolong their quasi inevitable shrinking that will need to occur in order to "right size" prior to resuming growth? I'm sure all carriers have been shrinking in any way possible but what about long term commitments? Long term leases for aircraft that are unlikely to fly in the short term could prove to be an unsustainable drain on financial resources. If the government gives a package that increases liquidity at all carriers, won't that just be kicking the problem down the road? Just like paying for employees that aren't required by the present level of flying, don't those long term obligations need to be addressed? Is the near future outlook good enough to plan for a speedy recovery?
  20. Since it's the holidays and it involves Santa, an aircraft and an angry Moose...
  21. https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/boeing-wins-zero-new-orders-delivers-few-jets-and-loses-more-737-maxs/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=owned_echobox_f&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3uZFXE4ESAyWaLBHaoaoFA5CsLgI9wJSBRd2F4Oomh9nzTFo_LDzCynSY#Echobox=1605024239 The B737 flop... Over 1000 cancellations.
  22. Wrong type or engines on their -300. They are operating CF-6 equipped machines.
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