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  1. https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/air-transat-and-westjet-to-cooperate-on-transatlantic-codeshare-872565139.html
  2. "When you look at how the airlines behaved with people who wanted a refund, I think there is room to attract sympathy. We do not intend to replace anyone, but to carve out a niche position. The reason we have come to the Charter of Passenger Rights is that, somewhere, the companies have taken passengers for granted. » "Transat's strategy, I never understood it," says Prud'Homme. Pretty arrogant statements from the guy whose company was found potentially violating the rules of the federal subsidy... https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2020/05/14/une-entreprise-a-tente-de-profiter-des-failles-de-la-pcu
  3. Maybe more than you think if hotels have to operate at less than full capacity because of social distantiation, amongst other considerations..
  4. That article could be seen as a “subtle” message to whoever has to officially weigh-in on the AC/Transat transaction... just sayin’...
  5. What many here seem to be forgetting is that the ONLY reason why Rouge was brought in was to drive AT to the ground. In fact, when you read the competition bureau’s report, most of the instances where there is duplication of routes is where Rouge introduced service specifically to give AT a ride for their money. When someone mentions Transat getting “lifelines”, they seem to forget how many lifelines AC has been given over their existence, all but to end up starting a leisure carrier whose sole purpose was to kill the competition. Amusingly, after about 6 years of Rouge operation and Transat losing money because of Rouge’s aggressive program, AC, for whatever reasons, finally realizes that the Transat brand is worth acquiring, because if they don’t someone out west might be interested. Now, because of this pandemic, which affects everyone, but especially this business, there might be a chance that the deal falls through and that, what seemed like a chance for Transat to carry on doing business in whatever shape or form AC would have decided after trying to get rid of us for so long, ends up being the end of it all for us at AT.
  6. We’ll just keep and fly our 330s instead...
  7. Sorry for the french article, I’m sure english media will pick it up soon enough. https://www.lapresse.ca/affaires/entreprises/201908/23/01-5238422-les-actionnaires-de-transat-approuvent-la-vente-a-air-canada.php Transat shareholders approve at 95%
  8. That’s Indonesia for you...
  9. Works very well in most european countries.
  10. AT: Best Leisure Airline in the world. https://www.worldairlineawards.com/worlds-best-leisure-airlines-2018/
  11. Exactly! Some 330s being replaced but overall more planes with more seats that a 737, so all-in-all it will be an increase in capacity and frequency throughout the network, especially Europe.
  12. Just came out this morning... https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/changes-to-air-transats-fleet---carrier-signs-agreement-to-lease-seven-new-airbus-a321neos-686665781.html
  13. Westjet have been flying the ‘37 to GLA and DUB for a while now and they’ve just started CDG with a MAX. I would argue that the 321 will be much more comfortable than the 737, especially those window seats... As an FYI, the configuration on those 321NEO-LRs will be 12 Club/187 ECO.
  14. Funny, I didn’t hear anyone shout....
  15. I believe it. Not too long ago, I was deadheading on an Encore flight from YUL to YYZ and, thanks to the fact that the flight was more than half empty, I had to move because of the smell of the passenger sitting right in front of me, sharp looking young man but unbearably bad smelling...
  16. And all this so people get to spend yet more time with their eyes glued on their smartphones/tablets!?!?!?
  17. Nothing going on, except for many flights to Cuba cancelled until 10/31. In fact, if you read today's press release, you'll find that instead of returning some of our 330s as the leases were coming to an end, we've actually managed to renegotiate terms and are going to keep them longer, that on top of getting new 321NEO-LR and the deal with Thomas Cook for more 321s...
  18. Conspiracy is a strong word, but favoritism comes to mind...
  19. I'll give you a different perspective... A small sample of what happened in YOW. All these aircraft were enroute to YUL and had to divert to YOW due to weather. They all wanted fuel. WJA542 landed at 1641 from YVR. Departed at 1836 ACA669 landed at 1654 from YHZ. Departed at 1925 ROU1963 landed at 1658 from MRS. Departed at 1945 TSC711 landed at 1703 from CDG. Departed at 2140 TSC157 landed at 1708 from BRU. Departed at 2259 KLM671 landed at 1712 from AMS. Departed at 2058 ACA318 landed at 1715 from YYC. Departed at 2221 TSC445 landed at 1717 from MRS. Departed at 2157 ROU1651 landed at 1727 from MIA. Departed at 2103 AC865 landed at 1730 from LHR. Departed at 2002 TSC507 landed at 1754 from FCO. Departed at 2207 KLM landed after two TSC flights but was refueled before both of them. ACA318 landed after two TSC flights but was refueled before one of them. ROU1651 landed after three TSC flights but was refueled before all three. AC865 landed after three TSC flights but was refueled before all three. Get the picture ? Also, a colleague told me that gnd ctl kept shuffling them around on their own power to accomodate other companies, and that the fueler even said to him he was to prioritize others before AT... " Stairs had nothing to o with it. They needed fuel. The flight from BRU obviously landed with minimal fuel, after perhaps holding YUL and diverting to YOW. Then instead of being parked, they were moved around from point to point with engines running in order to clear the way for other departing and arriving aircraft. YOW ramps are uncontrolled, so these were not ATC requests. Rumor has it they shut down engines several times and had to crank em back up, because local authorities asked them repeatedly to move to accommodate other aircraft. That whole time they were requesting and not obtaining fuel. They advised YOW several times that they were running out of fuel. That didn't help. They didn't want customs, or a gate, or water, or stairs, or mechanical help. They wanted fuel, fuel that was being provided to others but not to them. Several aircraft that landed after them were refueled before them and left, while they were still unsuccessfully clamoring for fuel. The APU eventually shut down due to fuel exhaustion....... And Air Transat makes headlines......... "
  20. They are starting to replace the older ones with newer copies... As for the 737s, there are rumours regarding replacing them with A320/A319s, but nothing confirmed yet.
  21. http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/air-transat-signs-an-agreement-to-lease-10-new-airbus-a321neo-lrs-633797283.html
  22. Are you guys for real? This has gone way beyond the leftie/rightie scope....
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