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  1. On 3/27/2021 at 4:20 PM, Kargokings said:

    Looking at the near future?

    WestJet, JetBlue, Bamboo Airways Secure London Heathrow Slots

    From AirlineGeeks – link to source story

    March 27, 2021 | By Winston Shek

    On Friday, the Airports Council of the United Kingdom released its latest slot allocation report on its airports, including London Heathrow. The report listed multiple airlines that secured slots including JetBlue, Bamboo Airways and WestJet, amid a slowdown in air traffic at the busiest airport in the United Kingdom.


    WestJet obtained slots to London Heathrow for daily flights to Calgary and Vancouver. The Canadian carrier was allocated 732 slots, allowing it to start services as soon as May 1. Currently, the low-cost Canadian airline has slots at neighboring Gatwick that allow four daily services a day to Calgary, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. It is unknown whether WestJet will utilize Heathrow instead of Gatwick.

    The flights will operate from Terminal 2. From Heathrow’s Terminal Finder tool, it displays a slot for a 9 a.m. arrival and 11 a.m. departure for Vancouver service and 11:20 a.m. arrival and 1:20 p.m. departure for Calgary service.

    Tentatively, WestJet has filed a return to London at the end of May as the airline plans its return to transatlantic service when Canadian borders reopen. Last year, WestJet resumed 3x weekly service from Calgary to London Gatwick before canceling it due to the closure of Canadian borders.

    These flights will operate using WestJet’s Boeing 787-9 featuring 320 seats, including 16 business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 28 premium class seats in a 2-3-2 configuration and 276 economy class seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.

    According to Ed yesterday WJ has declined these slots as they were for 1 season only with no guarantee after the summer.  

  2. On 11/25/2020 at 9:03 AM, ILB said:

    The PAD is good.  Would like to see Canada follow that path, particularly the marked stick shaker CBs, and empowering pilots to pull them.  Unfortunate about the RNP AR prohibition.  Hope there's a way to get that authorization back.

    Where did you read about the RNP restriction?  Is it Canada or other country specific?  Too many documents to filter through to find that one detail. 

  3. If you look hard enough you’ll find something somewhere.  




    The Federal Court has ordered the Senate to pay a Montreal-area man $1,500 in compensation after he complained that his language rights were violated by the drinking fountains with English-language push-button labels he encountered on Parliament Hill.

    In a judgment delivered Thursday, Federal Court Justice Luc Martineau ruled the Senate of Canada failed to meet its obligations under the Official Languages Act because its drinking fountains had metal buttons embossed with the English word “PUSH.”




    Some of the fountains in the Parliament Hill building also included the equivalent word in Braille, but none of them had the French word “POUSSEZ.”

    On Sept. 26, 2016, Michel Thibodeau filed a complaint against the Senate after working in different buildings on Parliament Hill as a public servant from 1997.

    Thibodeau said he felt “like a second-class citizen compared to Anglophones, who had signage in the language of choice” when he passed the unilingual drinking fountains in the hallways of the East Block.

    In response to the complaint, signs with the text “To activate the water fountain, please push the button” and “Pour activer la fontaine d’eau veuillez appuyer sur le bouton” were installed above the drinking fountains in East Block.

    Richard Denis, the acting clerk of the Senate, also sent Thibodeau a letter thanking him for bringing the situation to their attention and expressing his “sincere regret.”

    Despite these steps, Martineau judged that the signage above the fountains did not fulfill the Senate’s obligations under the languages act because there was not “substantive equality” between the two languages.

    The judge agreed with Thibodeau’s position that he would have “no legal reason to complain if a bilingual self-adhesive label with the words “PUSH” and “POUSSEZ” was placed on the button of each unilingual fountain or if the English word “PUSH” was covered up with a thick enough self-adhesive label.”

    Martineau said English was still “predominant” because the fountains still had the buttons embossed with the word “PUSH” on them and no French equivalent.

    As a result, Thibodeau was awarded $1,500 in damages and his $700 court costs were covered.

    Because the Parliamentary buildings are currently undergoing restorations, Martineau expressed hope that his judgment will encourage planners to replace the unilingual drinking fountains with bilingual ones.

    It’s not the first time the Federal Court has ruled in Thibodeau’s favour.

    In August, Michel Thibodeau and Lynda Thibodeau were awarded $21,000 for having their language rights violated by Air Canada because their planes’ emergency exit door signs were in English only or the English font was larger than the French font. They also complained the seatbelts were engraved with the word “lift” only.

    In 2016, the Thibodeaus filed 22 complaints for offences under the Official Languages Act.

    With files from The Canadian Press

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  4. 4 hours ago, Malcolm said:

    If you get a chance to look, for some reason the flights are not showing up on the airport web page , arrival or departure just showing Delta. 

    According to the customer agent our bags are right in with the delta carousels.  We were at gate D9A today. 

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