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  1. And now we have the pot calling the kettle black .... https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/08/30/covid-19-coronavirus-updates-toronto-canada-august-30.html The U.S. State Department is now urging Americans to "reconsider travel" to Canada due to what the Centers for Disease Control call "high" levels of COVID-19 infection. The new Level 3 travel advisory, issued today, marks a quick end to a three-week period when the warning to would-be travellers to Canada had been eased to "exercise increased caution." That Level 2 advisory coincided with Canada's decision to allow fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents back into the country. There was no specific reason given for the revised advisory beyond the CDC's notice, also issued today, which pegs Canada's current COVID-19 levels at "high." Only about 61 per cent of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated, compared with nearly 75 per cent of Canadians over the age of 12. The U.S. is maintaining its existing restrictions on non-essential Canadian travellers until at least Sept. 21, citing the ongoing spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19.
  2. Depending on what time your flight is, if you are flying domestic, both baggage check and security are absolute non events; we're talking single digit minutes for either. Certainly getting busier now, but no where near pre-COVID wait times.
  3. Actually, I believe that the cost of operating the Dash 300 is only 10% more than operating a Dash 100 (not per seat), meaning that its CASM is 20% less than the Dash 100, making it the preferred aircraft between the 2.
  4. Well, you guaranteed yourself an emergency row seat - you received what you paid for, so why would you deserve a refund ? If I moved to the row because it was empty, means I was on standby for that seat - and don't we all love being on standby ...
  5. And how about this - I'm on a cheap fare on AC, on board the aircraft, in my seat, and the "preferred" seats in the emergency exit row (which cost to select) are empty. I asked the flight attendant if I could move there - since in the unlikely situation there is an incident, it would be good to have someone there, I was told "No, it is company policy that unless you pay for an emergency exit row seat, you cannot sit there." .... So the emergency row seats were vacant the whole flight, on both sides of the aircraft ... interesting change of philosophy ...
  6. So while you can't book a flight on Air Canada due to the cut over either over the internet or through the call centre, trust WestJet to launch a seat sale ....
  7. In talking to an Air Georgian F/A, they are being interviewed by AC Rouge. Doesn't sound like they are getting automatic positions on the seniority list.
  8. It's really a useless metric if you use it to compare one airline vs another. For instance, some airlines outsource some of their maintenance eg. heavy checks, engine overhauls etc. while other airlines will do that work in-house. Then some airlines outsource their ramp or passenger handling, while others do it all themselves. It's only useful if you compare the same airline doing the same things period A vs period B. There are no really good metrics to compare airlines ... even RASM and CASM are affected by Average Stage Length (think manpower required to fly long haul international vs short haul domestic) so the only metrics that really count are RASM vs CASM in the same airline. I will guarantee you Porter's CASM is sky high vs AC or WJ, but their RASM will also probably blow AC or WJ away. Airlines with First Class, Executive Class, Lounges, Frequent Flyer programs etc. will all probably have higher CASMs vs those who don't, but then, hopefully, their RASM will be much higher as well.
  9. Though the smart crews will be thrilled to hear about increased job security and potentially higher salaries ...
  10. RASM is bound to decrease, but so should CASM with the densed up aircraft etc.
  11. Not that Management is blameless - as they allowed it to happen - but for years, at contract negotiation time, the pilot Unions and/or Associations would eat their young. The Executive of the Unions/Associations tended to be senior in seniority, and if Management said they could not afford a raise, or could afford X%, then the Unions/Associations would negotiate a deal which paid the senior pilots more, while allowing the company to reduce their starting wages for the unborn to compensate. This tactic was not unique to pilots, it's prevalent among all Unions/Associations. Obviously, this situation was not, and is not sustainable, and there is definitely no easy fix. Newton's Third Law always applies: For every action, there is an equal, and opposite reaction.
  12. Am I missing something ? The baggage retrieval area in most airports can be accessed by anyone in the general public, especially in the US. So anyone in the general public could have walked in, and inflicted the same damage as the guy who checked his gun. Unless you are going to have metal detectors for anyone coming into an airport, this tragedy of people being shot in a baggage retrieval area by someone is not preventable by having trigger locks, not shipping bullets etc. He could have been handed a gun, bullets etc. by an accomplice, or simply started the shooting in Anchorage before he boarded the flight. Unfortunately, this was a mentally sick man who seemed to snap at the wrong time for those in FLL. Very sad, but not uncommon. While we hear about some gun attacks, do you know the number of mass shootings that have occurred in the US in 2016 (a mass murder is defined as more than 4 or more people killed or injured in one attack, not linked to drugs) ? 385, More than 1 a day. http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/past-tolls And that's not a unique year - in 2015 it was 333. And so far in 2017, there has also been more than 1 a day. To quote Barack Obama “Earlier this year, I answered a question in an interview by saying, “The United States of America is the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense gun-safety laws — even in the face of repeated mass killings.” And later that day, there was a mass shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. That day! Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this.”
  13. So here's the difference between Canadian and American healthcare. A friend of mine developed prostate cancer. He went to his GP, who referred him to a specialist, who indicated that he needed surgery, and the Surgeon told him there was a 50/50 chance could save his sexual function. And he could do it in about 6 months. So my friend went to the Cleveland Clinic, who told him that his sexual function was not even an issue - they would guarantee that he would retain it, and was he available the next day? So for $20K, he headed down to Cleveland. They put him up in hotel next to the clinic, the next day escorted him to the clinic, to the operating room. The surgeon was using a robot assisted laparoscopic process, and was viewing what he was doing on a screen the size of the wall opposite him. He was doing 15 surgeries that day, and did 1500 to 2000 a year. The Canadian physician was proud that he did about 100 a year ... In medicine, much like flying, normally the more you do, the better the outcome. And better the equipment used, the better the outcome. Every community in Canada with a Hospital wants to have all of their surgeries done there, and as a result, we end up with very few true specialists, unlike the US. And our Physicians and Hospitals can only dream about the quality of the equipment some US Hospitals have and use. I'm not saying that they have a better healthcare system, but there are advantages, and not all cons to theirs. A number of my friends have headed south, and have paid big dollars to have work done sooner, and by a more experienced physician, with far better equipment.
  14. And anyone who thinks the Hamilton Airport is a Hamilton Airport, is sadly mistaken. It's actually almost half way to Brantford, and its population of less than 100,000. It's almost faster to drive from downtown Burlington to Pearson than to go to Munro. With the limited frequency out of the airport, it's a tough sell versus Pearson.
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