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  1. Assuming that the ULCC will use 10 738s from WestJet's existing fleet, I gather that about 10% of what is currently mainline capacity will be turned over to the new carrier. It'll be interesting to see where WS reduces mainline service.
  2. I'm surprised that WestJet kept the work in-house for as long as they did. Southwest is the only North American carrier I'm aware of that doesn't outsource its cabin provisioning.
  3. The Hilton and the Courtyard by Marriott are both within walking distance of one of the LGW terminals.
  4. I understood that Boeing was able to poach the order from Airbus at the last minute by agreeing to relieve us of most of the 190s as part of the deal.
  5. A very well-liked guy (at least among FAs). He made a lot of positive change.
  6. I'm sure they allocate as many seats as they're able to sell to the higher fares, but the prohibition of hidden city ticketing in the tariffs of most airlines suggests that such weird pricing is common. BA's fares to LHR are usually substantially higher than their fares to EU via LHR. KL usually charges more for YYZ-AMS than it does for YYZ-AMS-EU elsewhere. LAX-ORD-YYZ or LAX-NYC-YYZ on AA and UA is often less expensive than LAX-ORD or LAX-NYC on the same flights.
  7. AC might see some effect of a downturn in travel to the US given its current strategy of using its Canadian hubs to capture US-bound travel from overseas. Probably good news for us overall, though, if more seats on our international flights end up being sold to people actually travelling to Canada rather than transiting here. EU/Asia-Canada-USA fares are often lower than EU/Asia-Canada fares. I wonder if AC's rumoured interest in serving Iran will go away if Trump's travel ban that we aren't supposed to call a ban actually sees the light of day in some form. I'd expect that AC had hoped to attract a lot of traffic from California.
  8. I thought he preferred Breitbart.
  9. Sure, but I was addressing labour costs.
  10. I could be wrong, but my guess would be that given the low CAD$ and the pretty rich contracts awarded to pilots and FAs at the US airlines AC now enjoys lower labour costs even at the mainline carrier than its American competitors do. Certainly AC's pension plans are more generous, but wage rates are not. AC's cost advantage where it deploys Rouge must be humungous.
  11. Hehe, well yeah, but "interesting" from the perspective of an airline employee. Flying in Y class on a 787 or a 10-abreast 777 is pretty often described as "painful" too, but people want cheap seats and most of them aren't paying much for long haul travel nowadays.
  12. Is WestJet's first 737 MAX delivery still far enough out that there's no chance of this being an announcement of a TATL route from YUL with it? If the aircraft has the range for some TATL sectors from central Canada we might see both WS and AC doing some interesting things with the aircraft.
  13. I'll be surprised if it's a C series order. Didn't Saretsky more or less pronounce the aircraft as useless to Canadian carriers just shortly before AC placed its order?
  14. Looks a lot like the 1995 livery again.
  15. I'm sure there'll be the odd winner, but even if Trump hadn't already brought considerable chaos it'd be difficult to imagine such a cuckoo clock as President not being a net negative for the economy.