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  1. 22 minutes ago, Super 80 said:

    I do know an anonymous reddit post describing a nearly fantastical scenario that conflicts with the public statements of both Air Canada and the removed pax is just a little suspect.

    Actually, I find the anonymous Rediit post to be more reliable than the crap posted in the MSM.   Any info given by AC will intentionally be no-committal and vague.


  2. Yes!  The passenger runs to the media (or Gabor) and says, "I don't know why they treated me so poorly?  I was an angel who never did anything wrong.  Must be racism!"  Meanwhile the airline (or coffee shop or grocery store) can't say anything about the how the person was being a complete savage, running around throwing punches and swearing like a drunk sailor.

    My default position is that the person complaining on twitter, or the CBC, or facebook is a lying, low-life thief looking for a freebie.  Sometimes I'm wrong but not very often.

     

     

     

     


  3. Always stop watching when they get fundamental facts wrong.  At 2:10, start talking about bigger engines making the nose point up and about the MCAS being needed to counteract this.  Wrong, or at best, a gross simplification.    Yes, you could argue that the finer points are not needed for whatever the intended audience is.  This may be true but if the finer points aren't being covered in this part of the video how do I know that the finer points in other parts of the discussion are also not being covered?

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  4. 1 hour ago, J.O. said:

    By this apparently new standard, everyone wearing a ball cap or toque should be required to remove them while boarding. I can't wait to see the reaction to that!

    This is the current standard.  Announcements made before boarding commences that everyone must remove ball caps, etc.  I've even been asked to remove my uniform hat.  The reaction to that?  People remove their hats, what reaction would you expect.  I'm sure there's some eye-rolling but no adverse reaction that I've observed.  I am also regularly asked by US Border patrol to remove my uniform hat. 


  5. Regarding the second story: 

    1)  "Why did they make her remove the hijab at the gate, after passing security?"  Well, asking this question clearly shows these people have zero understanding of the difference between passenger screening and ID verification at the gate, nor any understanding of the requirements the airline is forced to follow.  

    2)  "But Fatima’s face was fully visible and despite her pleas, was not taken to a private area."  So, out of sight of the other passengers, around the corner and on the bridge isn't "private" enough?

    3)  "“What makes it so serious is the aspect that it involves, smells and feels like racism … targeting them because of what they look like or their religion.” - I wonder, does Gabor actually understand the meaning of the word "racism" or does he just throw it around because it gets people worked up?

    4)  Gabor added that if the airline thought she was a threat, they should have contacted police or security.  They didn't think she was a threat, they were checking her ID according to the regs.

    5)  etc, etc, 

     


  6. 14 hours ago, CanadaEH said:

     

    Profit share remains. 

    And how will you know if the new Onex/Westjet made a profit?  Private companies are not required to report financials and, even if they do, the reporting rarely meets the levels of detail needed to come to a conclusion.


  7. 19 minutes ago, Marshall said:

    I guess but if memory serves, the usual stockmarket reaction to WestJet showing a profit has been a fall in the price of the stock. 😀

    D'uh!  Why would the share price fall if the Onex deal is pending at $31.00?  Lots of shareholders are stupid but they aren't that stupid.


  8. 28 minutes ago, AIP said:

    What is Narcity anyway ???   Never heard of it.  Reportedly told ???  

    You spend an awful lot of time trying to dig this stuff up on AC ??

    Perhaps, you should try and get outside, enjoy the summer now that it is finally here !!  Won't be long before fall is upon us.

    Decaf may be an option as well.

     

    This story was also reported by CBC.  I don't think CanadaEh spends any time looking for stuff on AC and this is industry news so posting it is fair game.  I do however think that these types of stories say more about the entitlement attitudes and lack of self responsibility that characterize our modern society than they do about the airline industry.


  9. Buying a ticket on a no-frills (in Canada) is a wager - you will have a 95-98% chance of saving a few hundred dollars in exchange for tightly restricted rules and, perhaps, inconvenient departure times and a 2-5% chance of losing a few days to flight cancellations or paying many hundreds of dollars more to buy a ticket on another airline. If you must travel on certain days and/or don't have the financial resources/ability to buy a last minute full-fare ticket on another airline if required you shouldn't take the wager.  If your travel dates are flexible it's pretty fair wager.

     

     

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  10. 6 hours ago, mrlupin said:

    I would like to know the specifics as to:

    • How ACPA was formed?
    • How it was financed?
    • How was the new structure created?
    • How did the transition go?
    • What kind of hiccups were encountered?

    Thanks

    My reason to ask why you wanted to know was to assess whether or not I wanted to take the time to write up the answer.  Sorry if that's blunt but it would take some effort to compose a lucid answer and its nice weather outside - hah!  Anyway, good thing I asked for clarification because I know exactly none of the information you seek.  I could give some information about the "why" ACPA was formed but now I see that information is not pertinent and so I'm happy I didn't write some long-winded post that would end up being peripheral.

    To comment on your motivation I'll say this - Good Luck.  I have long felt (from my position as a pilot) that the AMEs (LIATs?) have been poorly served by their being grouped with the ramp staff - it's not right and should be rectified.  Perhaps you could reach out to ACPA HQ and ask for some guidance?  I could even put some feelers to look for someone that might have the information if you wish - no promises though.  Send me a PM if you would like.

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  11. 5 minutes ago, mrlupin said:

    Hello,

     

    I'm looking for some information on the formative period prior to the creation of ACPA and during it's rise to become the bargaining agent for the Air Canada Pilot group. Is there reading material on this subject? I'm not looking for names specifically, it's more a question of understanding the reason for formation and the process to get there.

    PM me if it's simpler that way.

    Thanks,

    What is your reason for asking?


  12. Also in the same statement, Boeing chairman and chief executive Dennis Muilenburg, said: "This is a defining moment for Boeing. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the flight crews and passengers who fly on our airplanes.

    Hollow words based on the corporate decisions made by the company in it's development/rollout of the Max.  "We totally care about safety" says the company after it's been caught compromising safety.


  13. 7 minutes ago, thinair said:

     

    I see your point, but I’ve been through this rodeo 5 times now. I get it. Air Canada wins, even when they lose. 

    Everyone else in the Canadian airline industry sucks the hind tit. 

    Throw me a bone so at least I don’t have to be a Walmart greeter in my retirement. Not that’s there is any thing wrong with being a greeter.

    LOL

     

    Well, that's not really what I'm saying.  Haha.  Just replying to MD2's comment about everything AC is bad.  AC was poorly run and hobbled with all sorts of impediments and, let's be honest, much of Westjet's success was due to those factors.  Not all of course, hardworking, energetic employees who went above and beyond was certainly key to WS's success too but as we've seen over the last few years the situation has reversed to some degree.  I don't wish anything negative for Westjet - there's certainly room for both companies.  What's that saying; the best system of government is a benevolent King, the worst system of government is an evil King.  Well, Westjet just got taken over by a King so the question is; what kind of King is he?

     


  14. On 5/13/2019 at 1:46 PM, MD2 said:

    WestJet is a much better choice than Air Canada/Canadian would have been in 1999 for Onex because, as bad as some may think it is, it has far better labour relations than a merged Air Canada/Canadian would have had; it has far lower costs, stronger presence in the leisure market, a lot of room to grow, and on top of all, it knows how to make money.

    Wouldn't bank too much on the "far better labour relations" - lots of discontent amongst the pilots based on my random discussions with Westjet pilots and the huge number of them that have applied, and been hired, by AC.  As for the rest of it; the "far lower" costs have become "little bit lower costs, the "stronger presence in the leisure market" has become "slightly stronger presence in the leisure market", "lots of room to grow" must be balanced against the stronger entrenched competitors and "knowing how to make money", well, not nearly as much and as easy as before.  Many, many ways this could go badly.  As the reports suggest, it's likely that some of the costs associated with the buyout will be downloaded to WS and if Onex cancels or reduces the profit-sharing or if the last vestiges of the "Owner" culture disappear the ability to make money could disappear too.  I have many friends at WS and I hope this goes well for them but on the whole I think this is a negative for the employees.


  15. 10 hours ago, Kip Powick said:

    Equality, my man, equality.

    The public perception of the two persons would be..................... for equality ..... man/woman  ..........and  would assume .........receptionist = female...............janitor = man😉

    Are you saying that a woman is not capable of being a janitor?  I hope not because a woman can do anything a man can do you know!


  16. I remember riding in the back of a Westjet flight and the PA included something along the lines of; "Welcome onboard our newest 737 MAX"  Heavy emphasis on the "Max".  I'll bet that changes to "welcome onboard Westjet flight xxx" to avoid having a stampede of guests heading for the door.