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  1. And a 777 has a lower CASM than a DH8-300... doesn't matter if the route can't fill enough seats. Operating cost overall is higher.
  2. There aren't any flight attendants either... all layed off. But most of the pilots haven't been trained away yet.
  3. Django Reinhardt. ... and he did it with only 3 fingers on his left hand.
  4. Preparing for a similarly drafted statement in the weeks ahead regarding another M&A.
  5. Yeah. But we're in Canada and we're like the worst of the world for pilot pay. Plus the rest of the costs in Canada are higher than the rest of the world so it even inflates our pay% more. ie other staff and fees and taxes. As I said AC is 3%ish and WJ is likely less.
  6. I might have been a bit of hyperbole, but you have gone now the other direction. 3+/- at AC, I think Westjet is less.
  7. "helps the companies... to recover better on the other side" Why should labour take the hit for that? Pilot salaries are such a small part of the overall cost picture, you could work for free and it would amount to the company saving 1¢ on every dollar in their budget. So you devalue your pay to the point where everyone is hurting just to help the billionaires' equity fund? At the company that has been turning profits for 20 years? I would imagine the downbid into Encore is going to be quite the event for Westjet. I would be surprised if all the layoffs happen, the amount of training required likely can't be supported and by the time they ramp it up this crisis will be over. I applaud ALPA if they mostly maintained their pay. Unions are also about calling the management's bluff and not just giving it up. Onex isn't going to shut down WJ. Their company isn't at risk.
  8. Where are they supposed to park 148 aircraft? All the 737s have been parked in the US because you don't want them sitting the Canadian seasons. Same goes for these, how long will they sit now? I don't think any unions have a say on where aircraft are parked.
  9. IMO anyone going ahead of active employees on passes is wrong. That's what you find at most world legacy carriers. The handful of C1/B1 passes now out there are insignificant anyway. All the same, I pick very carefully where and when I'll go on a pass. If I need to be there, or need to get back, I just buy a ticket. It's not worth the stress on a trip watching your flight full up and worrying about getting back in time for work. I'd rather a raise than a pass I may or may not use.
  10. That sounds great, but how does it happen? In practice it will happen by displacing other people out of their jobs.
  11. MD2 said "FAIR" "DISADVANTAGED" "TILT THE PLAYING FIELD" Let's dispatch with terms like this... there isn't such a thing as fair in this country when one corporation is disadvantaged by a whole pile of ridiculous rules as to how and where it conducts it's business while others are totally exempt. Meanwhile one carrier is essentially given an airport, another abuses TFW & FLVC laws, and another, between corporate espionage cases, is essentially gifted highly coveted slots into one of the busiest airports in the US. That said, the best thing that could happen for AC, it's employees, and Canadians is for AC to walk away from the Air Transat deal. Let AT get itself out of this mess first, and when the economy has recovered maybe take another look at the acquisition... buying a moth balled airline with no revenue, no bookings, and an unlikely future at a time when cash preservation and survival of your own airline should be driving your decisions is ridiculous. And 1+1 does not equal 2.X in this deal, more like 1+1=1.5 at most. Not to mention that the 1.5 total would have been 6 months ago, currently 1 is only about .25, and the other is 0 (ZERO)...
  12. I like the 350, but I understand an issue exists with cargo capacity.
  13. Transat just gave 30 day notice to all of their pilots.
  14. I agree. And it would have to be "or more" to make it work, because if they do go ahead, even if financed by the Feds, then what? They have half their fleet parked, they are returning leases, delaying and cancelling deliveries, they have their own layoffs likely... the travel market is decimated, and now you have a whole other airline and labour force to start back up and somehow integrate? Maybe this worked in a market where both airlines are up and running more it less fair to well or better. But where one is to be shut down entirely and another is just trying to hang on?