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Everything posted by j.k.

  1. Sensing weakness in the primary France to Quebec market player no doubt. Dump in a bunch of seats, pressuring Transat primarily.
  2. "High speed intercepts aren't really a tactic of the F35" I wonder what we were planning on doing with them? Sneaking up on the Russians slowly?
  3. Fails to conceal the what exactly? If you're going to "nevermind" it, just don't include it, that's what backspace is for. That's impressive that a 6 week intensive training course is conducted by some in this business, and we understand what that brings in terms of consistency and quality of service/product, but that's certainly not what's required to fill the position. I think your comparators are a little off... Rookie Doctors and Lawyers vs. Flight Attendants? If you say so...
  4. Perhaps Icelandair has been considering this action previously - Pilot FAs - you have to wait until the end... Please don't watch if you take offense easily... but the context seems right.
  5. Sorry to here all these people losing their jobs, but perhaps it's a creative solution to ensure the pilots can stay current, and the business can stay viable and respond timely to a recovery leading to an eventual recall. Otherwise perhaps everyone will be gone... Spool up time to get a new pilot trained and ready for the line is in the order of 3 months. FAs with minimum training? I'd guess 1-2 weeks?
  6. 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.
  7. There aren't any flight attendants either... all layed off. But most of the pilots haven't been trained away yet.
  8. Django Reinhardt. ... and he did it with only 3 fingers on his left hand.
  9. Preparing for a similarly drafted statement in the weeks ahead regarding another M&A.
  10. 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.
  11. I might have been a bit of hyperbole, but you have gone now the other direction. 3+/- at AC, I think Westjet is less.
  12. "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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. That sounds great, but how does it happen? In practice it will happen by displacing other people out of their jobs.
  16. 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)...
  17. I like the 350, but I understand an issue exists with cargo capacity.
  18. Transat just gave 30 day notice to all of their pilots.
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. 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...
  22. 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.
  23. Thanks for clarifying, I guess I knew that... must have just been thinking Georgian.
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