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  1. Is there a reason this is his 3rd attempt to purchase an airlines and the other 2 attempts failed? ego driving airline purchases?? ONEX has already been in business with Westjet for awhile. They own one of the leasing companies that Westjet works with... I'd say its pretty likely that a few NDA's were signed during regular business dealings and then a few rounds of drinks started the conversation. Hopefully it doesn't end up like my time with my ex-wife. That started with a few rounds of drinks that turned out to be a lot pricier than I ever imagined.
  2. "Desperate" is a bit of a stretch. There a backlog of 5,000 orders and Airbus is booked solid for the A320NEO family for a very long time. Not really many options for the carriers to do but wait it out. Everything else Boeing makes is late so they are used to shuffling the cash around to pay bills and stall creditors. The MAX was the first Boeing delivered nearly on-time in a very long time and it was just a face lift.
  3. My guess is that Encore will get sold off with have a long term CPA with WJ mainline just like nearly every other regional in North America. They already have a CPA with Pasco.
  4. I hope that wasn't one of machines they recently did the life extension (120K hrs) on....
  5. This group is generally well educated (as are most pilots, etc) and they have a lot of spare time in cruise and hotels to read boring investment type documents. I know personally that my investing returns to a big hit in ROI when I left the flight line for an office job and my kids became soccer, hockey, swimming, dance fanatics. So did my exercise too until I figured out a routine. Lots of time in hotels is a great reason to read a prospectus, use the treadmill......and then drink beers. Warning, don't read a prospectus if your working early mornings a nap is inevitable....
  6. YYZ can take them. I saw the whole C3 fleet lined up at Pearson shortly after 911 and that was before the 24L was built
  7. Nothing too drastically changing for specs with the "NEW" 777, more efficient engines, better wing and upgraded systems & avionics. Meant to do the same mission but cheaper.
  8. Because it's British, typically under powered. Have they ever built a plane that couldn't use watermeth for a boost? It gets warm enough in the summer to need it.
  9. The B200 is the work horse of the north these days. Great range, reliable Pratt’s and there’s not much else out there that’s easier to fly. Lots of power and forgiving. It would be my choice for a personal airplane if I had the $$$. It’s about the best plane these low time pilots could be flying in the North and many have autopilots to help out. Several operators have upgrade the avionics and have put the G1000 avionics package ($400k) into these machines. An amazing upgrade that matches or exceeds what you’d find in a CRJ or Dash 8. VNAV descent to the LPV with moving map and synthetic vision. I always cringe when I hear about a plane with just two pilots onboard crash in what appears to be good weather. There’s too many planes that have crashed with people doing stupid things. I hope I am wrong.
  10. Why wouldn't they? It helped push back the Germans in WW2. They functioned on large quantities of low grade equipment vs smaller #'s of quality equipment. The Germans made amazing tanks. Their engineers and factories designed and built transmissions for tanks that would last +2 years before work was needed. Too bad the average life of a main battle tank was less than 6 weeks.
  11. Where I worked it was a popular job for the "seasoned" guys. Sure beat scrambling in the pits of the 37.
  12. Well stated. Everyone that commented here is a veteran travel, even more seasoned after years of standby. Many, many people rarely ever travel and even more don’t ever leave the country. It’s still a dropped ball by WJ as a customer service failure. Hotel had no idea they were coming despite being bussed there. The customer even acknowledged that airplanes break and understood that. This guy’s not a complete idiot and has valid points.
  13. Nothing for commuters. TC wouldn’t touch that one. They even removed the existing requirement for the pilot to show up rested/fit for duty (fatigue related) because it was not legally enforceable as per their legal.
  14. Using the current regs how would switching platforms ie A320 to B737 cause any serious crew planning issues vs rewriting the scheduling software for all fleets and subsequently likely adjusting departures times etc ?