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  1. That sounds great, but how does it happen? In practice it will happen by displacing other people out of their jobs.
  2. 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)...
  3. I like the 350, but I understand an issue exists with cargo capacity.
  4. Transat just gave 30 day notice to all of their pilots.
  5. 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?
  6. I think it seems that Eustache has just been sitting back, doing little, and counting his chickens before they hatched... Bookings and earnings down? not my problem. Approving raises in a softening market/economy while losing money? not my problem. Writing guarantee no lay off LOUs? not my problem. He also doesn't seem to want to be decisive and steer the boat too much in the face of this rapidly changing situation, but if he doesn't he'll topple it altogether. As was said, cash preservation has to be the top of every airlines' goals right now, and if he can't be a custodian of his own situation until the deal closes, that seems negligent and poor faith. I can't see AC following through on a deal where the company has been allowed to fail in the months since it was written, nevermind the fact that AC will be parking a sizeable portion of their own fleet and possibly laying off a large number of staff, I imagine they may find that they could use $700 million to keep their own house in order in the months ahead.
  7. Seems a fair enough policy. You are obliged to allow American citizens to enter their home country, you are not obligated to accept anyone else. I think this whole thing is overblown though...
  8. I listened on the radio this afternoon to people complain about this. They had the opportunity on the screen in front of them to protect themselves in the event something like this happened... fully refundable fares were presented to them, along with other options with no cost or low cost changes right up to the point of departure. Of course they could have bought travel insurance... When people buy tickets and their plans have to change, whether or not it's their "fault", that's just the way it goes... Should have paid the extra few bucks and got the fare that covered changes. First world problems... too bad, no vacation, and they have to eat the price of a plane ticket. Life goes on, good thing you're not quarantined in a collapsing hotel.
  9. Thanks for clarifying, I guess I knew that... must have just been thinking Georgian.
  10. I heard there aren't any Beech's flying AC routes anymore.
  11. 50:1 seating 40:1 passengers I'm not sure the exact regulation wording, but I don't think you can switch back and forth between them on a sequence of flights.
  12. Absolutely this was intentional. How can there be any doubt... straight out climb on the departure path from the international airport. Several departures before it - cargo and ME countries. Iran and the Ayatollah with Russian hardware into a plane of Canadians and Iranian-Canadians going to Canada, plus a handful of Ukranians and other Westerners...
  13. I think comparing the model T to an airliner is the wrong analogy. That's like a Wright Flyer... Maybe something like a 1960 Buick Riviera... or any Detroit automobile from that era would be a more parallel comparison... There are a lot of 40-60 year old cars still on the road. Big steel bumpers and lots of metal... I'd rather take a hit it one of those than a 2019 Kia with an airbag.