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  1. Air Canada / Air Canada rouge Winter 2019 Long-Haul changes as of 16 July 2019 ‎Today, ‎July ‎19, ‎2019, ‏‎2 hours ago | Canadian Aviation News News provided by – link to full article By Jim Liu – Posted 17 July 2019 Air Canada in the last few weeks filed additional changes to its long-haul operation for winter 2019/20 season, including service operated by Air Canada rouge. Latest adjustment as of 16 July 2019 as follows. Montreal – Frankfurt 787-9 replaces A330-300 during following: 01DEC19 – 08DEC19, 18DEC19 – 05JAN20 Toronto – Frankfurt AC876/877 aircraft changes, 787-9 replaced by following: 27OCT19 – 30JAN20 777-200LR 31JAN20 – 27MAR20 777-300ER Toronto – Vienna Planned seasonal frequency adjustment from 7 to 5 weekly unchanged. 787-8 replaces -9 from 27OCT19 to 04FEB20 (-8 previously scheduled for entire winter season) Toronto – Zurich eff 27OCT19 787-9 continues operating (A330-300 previously filed 27OCT19 – 30NOV19) Vancouver – London Heathrow 27OCT19 – 16DEC19 787-9 replaces 777-300ER (787-9 in W18 operated in November only) Air Canada rouge changes: Toronto – Bogota eff 03DEC19 Increase from 6 to 7 weekly, 767 operating (previously scheduled from 17DEC19) Toronto – Cartagena eff 14DEC19 A321 replaces A319, increase from 2 to 3 weekly Previously reported Mainline changes: Calgary – London Heathrow Selected dates in Feb 2020 scheduled with 777-300ER aircraft, replacing 787-9 Montreal – Brussels eff 26OCT19 787-9 replaces previously filed -8 Montreal – Casablanca 27OCT19 – 14NOV19 767-300ER replaces A330-300, 3 weekly eff 07DEC19 Increase from 3 to 4 weekly for winter season Montreal – Rome Routine seasonal suspension from 31DEC19 to 29FEB20; Previously filed 787-8 service to be replaced by following: 28OCT19 – 30NOV19 787-9 02DEC19 – 30DEC19 A330-300 01MAR20 – 27MAR20 A330-300 Montreal – Sao Paulo Guarulhos eff 11DEC19 3 weekly 787-9, new route Montreal – Shanghai Pu Dong eff 27OCT19 787-9 continues to operate this route, replacing -8 Montreal – Tokyo Narita eff 27OCT19 787-9 continues to operate this route, replacing -8 Toronto – Dubai eff 27OCT19 Increase from 3-4 weekly to 5 weekly, 787-9 operating Toronto – Milan Malpensa eff 27OCT19 Service converted from year-round to summer seasonal. Previously planned 3 weekly 767 in W19 cancelled Toronto – Mumbai eff 27OCT19 Seasonal service resumption. Service operates 3 weekly from 27OCT19 to 06DEC19, instead of 4 weekly. 777-200LR operating Toronto – Rome eff 27OCT19 A330-300 replaces previously filed 787-8. Routine seasonal suspension scheduled from 05JAN20 Toronto – Santiago de Chile – Buenos Aires Ezeiza eff 27OCT19 777-300ER replaces 787-9 in NW18, 5-6 weekly Toronto – Sao Paulo Guarulhos eff 27OCT19 787-9 continues to operate 1 daily, replacing previously filed 777-300ER Toronto – Seoul Incheon eff 27OCT19 787-8 replaces -9, service operates 6 weekly for entire W19, instead of 4-6 weekly Vancouver – Auckland eff 12DEC19 4 weekly 787-8, new route Vancouver – Hong Kong eff 27OCT19 450-seater 777-300ER continues operating in W19, replacing previously filed 787-9 Previously reported rouge changes: Toronto – Quito eff 08DEC19 3 weekly 767, new route Comments (0)
  2. New, just released video of the Addison crash:
  3. No details as to their partner etc. Could be good news for consumers. Determination No. A-2019-138 July 18, 2019 APPLICATION by WestJet (applicant) pursuant to subsection 69(1) of the Canada Transportation Act, S.C., 1996, c. 10, as amended (CTA). Case number: 19-03594 The applicant has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for a licence to operate, through code sharing, a scheduled international service, large aircraft, in accordance with the Arrangement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway on Air Transport, set out in an Agreed Minute signed on January 23, 1977 (Arrangement). The Agency is satisfied that the applicant meets all the applicable requirements of subsection 69(1) of the CTA. The Agency also finds that the pertinent terms and conditions of the Arrangement have been complied with. Accordingly, the Agency issues the licence. Pursuant to subsection 71(1) of the CTA, the licence is subject to the conditions prescribed by the Air Transportation Regulations, SOR/88-58, as amended, and the following conditions: The Licensee is authorized to operate, through code sharing, a scheduled international service on the route(s) set out in the Arrangement. The scheduled international service is to be conducted in accordance with the Arrangement and any applicable arrangements agreed to between Canada and Norway.
  4. With A220 output set to climb, Airbus eyes additional facility in Mirabel News provided by the Montreal Gazette – link to full story The new line will likely start operating sometime around 2021, CEO Philippe Balducchi says. Airbus has ample land in Mirabel to expand. FRÉDÉRIC TOMESCO – July 18, 2019 About 2,500 employees now work on Airbus’s A220 in Mirabel, up from about 2,200 a year ago. PASCAL ROSSIGNOL / REUTERS Airbus is leaning toward building a new plant in Mirabel within about two years to speed up production of the jetliner formerly known as the C Series. The proposed pre-assembly facility will be tasked with preparing complete sections of the A220 plane before they are moved to the final assembly line. A decision on whether to proceed with the investment will be make in the coming weeks, according to Philippe Balducchi, chief executive officer of the Airbus Canada Limited Partnership. “Our goal with this pre-assembly facility is to protect the final assembly line,” Balducchi told the Montreal Gazette Thursday in a telephone interview from Toulouse, France, where Airbus is based. “We are very probably going to build this pre-assembly facility, and we will do it in Mirabel.” The new line will probably start operating sometime around 2021, Balducchi said. Airbus has ample land in Mirabel to expand, he added. “People who fly the A220 like it and they want more,” Airbus Canada CEO Philippe Balducchi says. JPG Airbus inherited Bombardier’s Mirabel facilities a year ago when it took control of the Montreal-based company’s C Series program, which it later renamed the A220. Bombardier retains a 34-per-cent stake in the partnership, while the Quebec government owns 16 per cent. About 2,500 employees now work on the A220 in Mirabel, up from about 2,200 a year ago. While hiring for the program will continue in the months ahead, “it won’t be massive,” Balducchi said. Having shipped 21 A220s in the first half of the year, Airbus is aiming to reach about 45 deliveries for all of 2019. Mirabel’s capacity is about 120 planes a year. Output should climb further next year when a second A220 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., begins deliveries. The first plane sections have already arrived in Mobile, and assembly work will begin in the coming weeks, Balducchi said. When fully operational, the U.S. factory will be capable of building up to 50 jets per year. In the meantime, Airbus has begun negotiating with suppliers in a bid to lower production costs of the A220 by more than 10 per cent. In exchange, Airbus can offer suppliers higher volumes as orders pile up for the jet. “This is a clear effort to reduce costs,” Balducchi said. “We’ve started engaging our suppliers on this, and have reached some agreements. We are looking for double-digit reductions, and we see a lot of potential. We’re also ready to discuss improvements and changes in design with our suppliers in an effort to reduce costs, as long as it doesn’t impact the performance of the plane.” Prospects for the A220 and its suppliers have been buoyed by last month’s announcement at the Paris Air Show that U.S. carriers Delta Air Lines and JetBlue were ordering additional units of the jet. “Delta already operates the plane, which shows that people who fly the A220 like it and they want more,” Balducchi said. “Today, we see appetite from airlines in every region of the world.” Airbus Canada’s CEO is also encouraged by recent commitments from leasing specialists Air Lease Corp. and Nordic Aviation Capital, which should result in the A220 being deployed at new airlines over the coming years. “ALC and Nordic are very influential lessors, and they are going to allow us to accelerate the dissemination of the plane,” he said. “In the future we will see new orders because of these successes we had in Paris.”
  5. Canadian Aviation News ‎Today, ‎July ‎18, ‎2019, ‏‎4 hours ago Air Canada Named Among the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces for Fourth Consecutive Time ‎Today, ‎July ‎18, ‎2019, ‏‎4 hours ago | Canadian Aviation News Provided by Air Canada/CNW MONTREAL, July 18, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada has been ranked among the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces for the fourth year in a row for its commitment to employee engagement by Achievers, an employee social recognition company. Air Canada Named Among the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces for Fourth Consecutive Time (CNW Group/Air Canada) “We are thrilled with this recognition from Achievers as it affirms we remain on the right track fostering our employee culture to position Air Canada as a forward-thinking company. We believe culture is a competitive advantage, thus having an engaged workforce is an important business priority for us. We have continued to further evolve our culture to provide our 33,000 employees the opportunity to act as entrepreneurs and take responsibility as they deliver excellent service to customers. Our employees’ engagement is a significant reason why Air Canada was recently rated the Best Airline Staff in Canada in addition to Best Airline in North America by the widely-respected Skytrax World Airline Awards,” said Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Senior Vice President, People, Culture and Communications at Air Canada. The Achievers award is the most recent recognition Air Canada has received for human resources, corporate culture and employee engagement. Other awards this year include the following acknowledgements: Receiving the inaugural award for Diversity in Leadership at the 2019 Airline Strategy Awards presented in London, England. The prize recognizes an airline organization that promotes diversity among its senior leadership team; Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in Canada (2019) for the sixth consecutive year by Mediacorp Canada Inc for Air Canada’s unique employee support and engagement programs; Recognized as one of Montreal’s Top Employers for 2019 for the sixth consecutive year by Mediacorp Canada Inc. as having exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies, as compared to others in their industry and region; Recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2019 for the fourth consecutive year by Mediacorp Canada Inc. Air Canada was recognized for its partnerships to create inclusive workplaces for employees from five diverse groups: women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ2) people; Among the 20 most attractive company brands that Canadians want to work for and actively seek out when looking for work in Canada, according to the Randstad Employer Brand Research independent survey. Additional information about Air Canada’s People and Human Resources is in the “Employees” section of the 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report at: Comments (0) Jazz Aviation’s Captain Nick Seemel honoured with ALPA’s Air Safety Award ‎Today, ‎July ‎18, ‎2019, ‏‎4 hours ago | Canadian Aviation News Provided by Chorus Aviation Inc./CNW HALIFAX, July 18, 2019 /CNW/ – Jazz Aviation LP (‘Jazz’), a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘Chorus’) (TSX: CHR), is proud to announce that the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (‘ALPA’) presented Captain Nick Seemel with its prestigious Air Safety Award for his outstanding leadership in aviation safety. Captain Seemel was honoured with this award at ALPA’s 65th Air Safety Forum held today in Washington, D.C. A Jazz Aviation pilot for more than 30 years, Captain Seemel is a leader whose work to enhance safety in Canadian aviation has earned him the respect of his fellow pilots and airline management. “Captain Seemel has devoted his career to improving aviation safety and his hard work has made Jazz a better place for all employees,” said Captain Steve Linthwaite, Vice President – Flight Operations at Jazz. “We thank him for his unwavering commitment to safety and congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition.” In his role as the Air Safety Coordinator for ALPA Canada, he leads a team of pilot volunteers whose focus is to ensure the highest standards of aviation safety. A strong advocate for safety reporting programs, he assisted in instructing ALPA pilots on the implementation of safety management systems, the non-punitive safety reporting process that has contributed to greatly advance aviation safety in North America. “Captain Seemel is a dedicated Jazz employee who demonstrates collaboration, teamwork and the pursuit of safety excellence which has benefited us all and will continue to drive our safety culture for years to come,” said Captain Bob Palmer, Vice President – Safety, Quality and Environment at Jazz. “It is an honour to work closely with such a committed safety representative.” Captain Seemel is a line training captain at Jazz Aviation. He continues to share his world-leading expertise on safety management systems as a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Safety Management Panel, which is currently reviewing and amending international standards. The ALPA Air Safety Award is presented yearly to recognize outstanding contributions by ALPA members in the field of air safety. ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing more than 62,000 pilots at 35 airlines in Canada and the United States. Comments (0)
  6. Boeing takes $5bn hit over grounding of 737 Max 1 hour ago Image copyright Reuters Boeing is taking a $4.9bn hit to cover the costs of the grounding of its 737 Max aircraft after two deadly crashes. The charge is set to wipe out profits when the world's biggest planemaker posts quarterly results next week. In a statement, Boeing also said its "best estimate at this time" is that 737 Max will return to service in the last three months of this year. A crash in Indonesia in October, followed by another in Ethiopia in March, killed 346 people in total. Boeing is facing one of the worst crises in its history after its best-selling aircraft was grounded worldwide after the disasters. Crash investigators have concentrated their efforts on the aircraft's control system and Boeing has been working with regulators to roll out a software upgrade. The manufacturer, facing intense scrutiny over the regulatory clearance for the aircraft to fly, has cut the monthly production rate from 52 to 42 as airlines hold off purchases. Most of the $4.9bn charge will be used to compensate Boeing's customers for schedule disruptions and delays in aircraft deliveries."We are taking appropriate steps to manage our liquidity and increase our balance sheet flexibility the best way possible as we are working through these challenges," Boeing chief financial officer Greg Smith said in a statement. Also in the same statement, Boeing chairman and chief executive Dennis Muilenburg, said: "This is a defining moment for Boeing. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the flight crews and passengers who fly on our airplanes. "The Max grounding presents significant headwinds and the financial impact recognised this quarter reflects the current challenges and helps to address future financial risks." Cancelled flights Boeing said it continues to work with aviation authorities to get the 737 Max back into the air, which it hopes will be in the fourth quarter of 2019. Image copyright AFP Image caption Grounded Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max aircraft parked at the Southern California Logistics Airport But the statement added: "This assumption reflects the company's best estimate at this time, but actual timing of return to service could differ from this estimate." Boeing also warned that if this timetable slips, and its anticipated resumption of deliveries to customers is delayed, that this "could result in additional financial impact". However, in a speech on Thursday, the US transportation secretary appeared less certain that the aircraft would be cleared to fly again this year. Elaine L Chao said the Federal Aviation Administration, "is following a thorough process, rather than a prescribed timeline... the FAA will lift the aircraft's prohibition order when it is deemed safe to do so." She was not referring directly to Boeing's statement. Analysts knew that Boeing faced a heavy financial cost following the disasters and had been awaiting clarity. Boeing's share price rose 2% in after-hours trading on Wall Street after the announcement, a sign that investors are comfortable with the charge. In April, Boeing halted share buybacks. The planemaker said that lowered production due to the grounding of the 737 Max fleet globally had cost it an additional charge of at least $1bn so far. On Thursday, Southwest Airlines, the biggest user of the 737 Max, joined its US rivals in cancelling more flights until early November. The move also prompted the low-cost carrier to freeze new pilot hiring.
  7. an update: Supreme Court won’t hear WestJet appeal in harassment case News provided by – link to full story By The Canadian Press – 18 July 2019 WestJet Airlines has lost a legal bid to put an end to a proposed class-action harassment lawsuit. The Supreme Court of Canada refused today to hear WestJet’s arguments to quash the suit launched by a former flight attendant. Mandalena Lewis alleges she was sexually assaulted by a pilot while on a stopover in Hawaii in 2010 and that the airline breached its anti-harassment promise in her contract. Her lawsuit proposes to represent all current and former female WestJet flight attendants whose employment contracts included the airline’s pledge. The airline failed in the B.C. courts to scuttle the action, prompting it to argue the Supreme Court could provide clarity on whether a court or the Canadian Human Rights Commission is the proper forum for systemic sexual harassment allegations. Following its usual practice, the high court gave no reasons for refusing to hear the case.
  8. I was wrong, it will now be called a maintenance hole.
  9. Uncommanded fuel transfer diverts Rouge 767-300ER 18 July, 2019 SOURCE: Flight Dashboard BY: David Kaminski-Morrow London Investigators are inspecting an Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER after it experienced the uncommanded transfer of fuel between tanks. The aircraft (C-GDUZ) had been operating from Athens to Montreal on 16 July. Transportation Safety Board of Canada says the twinjet, powered by General Electric CF6 engines, had been climbing to cruise altitude when the crew identified a "slight" fuel imbalance. The crew carried out actions from the quick-reference handbook to try to rectify the situation. But the board says the pilots subsequently determined that an uncommanded transfer of fuel – at the rate of 2.6t/h – was taking place between the left-hand main tank and the centre tank. The aircraft climbed to around 32,000ft but, as a precaution, diverted to London Heathrow where it landed at about 18:15. None of the 257 occupants was injured. The board says the twinjet has been undergoing inspection by the carrier's maintenance personnel.
  10. Can not answer for Malcolm but as for me I was never exposed to them, no connection to PWA....
  11. I guess the new terms will be "personhole", "people power" etc. California city bans 'manhole,' other gender-specific words from code ‎Today, ‎July ‎18, ‎2019, ‏‎2 hours ago Berkeley, Calif. has adopted an ordinance to replace terms such as 'manpower' and 'manhole' with gender-neutral alternatives in the city code. In aviation the term "cockpit" has fallen out of use and is most often replaced by "Flight Deck", despite the origin of the term "Cockpit"
  12. it never bothered me but for those that are, AC has a good rating.
  13. Not buying the F-35 is looking like the way to go. eed Martin F-35 and F-22 to miss 80% mission capability rate 17 July, 2019 SOURCE: Flight Dashboard BY: Garrett Reim Los Angeles The US military’s fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor stealth fighters will fail to meet a 80% mission capability rate by September 2019 as directed by US Department of Defense (DoD). Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis ordered the USAF and US Navy (USN) in September 2018 to increase mission capable rates for the F-35, F-22, F-16 and Boeing F/A-18 to more than 80% by the end of September 2019. The mission capability rate is defined as the percentage of a fleet of an aircraft that are able to perform at least one assigned mission over a period of time. Mark Esper, who is nominated be secretary of defense, wrote in prepared testimony for the US Senate Armed Services Committee’s confirmation hearing that the USAF’s leading combat aircraft are not expected to meet the 80% mission capability rate. “The F-22 fleet is still challenged by the lack of low-observable maintenance capacity, exacerbated by the extreme damage at Tyndall Air Force Base from the effects of Hurricane Michael,” he says. “Although F-22 mission-capable rates are improving, the fleet is not expected to achieve the 80% goal this year. Improving mission capable rates for both fleets required additional funding investment for this fiscal year.” The F-35, which has also struggled with operating costs, also will not meet the required mission capability rate, says Esper. “Transparency (canopy) supply shortages continue to be the main obstacle to achieving this,” he says. “We are seeking additional sources to fix unserviceable canopies.” Lockheed Martin had previously told FlightGlobal that canopies were one of the stealth aircraft’s trouble areas, resulting in higher operating costs. GKN Aerospace is the manufacturer of the F-35 canopy. Lockheed Martin’s other combat aircraft, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, is expected to exceed the 80% mission capability rate goal. That is the result of the USAF increasing its parts supply and adding maintenance shifts. The USN is also on track to meet the 80% mission capability rate goal for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler by September 2019. Esper says to meet the DoD goal the USN reformed its periodic inspection processes, added extra maintenance personnel, improved the process for component production, and bettered supply chain data collection and circulation, among other initiatives.
  14. How to avoid germs on airplanes, and why Naomi Campbell gets it wrong Published Wednesday, July 17, 2019 11:36AM EDT How dirty are airplanes? And what can passengers do to avoid the germs that may be lurking in every corner of the aircraft? Those questions might be on travellers' minds following a pair of viral videos offering two very different takes on in-flight hygiene. Supermodel Naomi Campbell posted a video to Youtube in which she details her pre-flight cleaning routine, explaining that she wipes down "everything" that could possibly come into contact with her body – from the back of the seat in front of her to the window. She also pulls out a replacement seat cover and a facemask. In the other video, an unidentified passenger is seen using a foot to swipe an in-flight entertainment system's screen while reclining in an airplane seat. While Campbell's extensive cleaning might seem excessive to the casual observer, one germ expert says there is some benefit to it. "There's actually science to what she's doing. It's not all craziness," Keith Warriner of the University of Guelph told Testing has shown that seat pockets are the most likely places on an airplane for E. coli fecal indicators to be found. Researchers at Drexel University say other in-flight germ hotspots include tray tables, bathrooms, blankets, pillows, touch-screen entertainment systems and in-flight magazines. Warriner did spot one obvious flaw in Campbell's ritual, noting that if she does happen to come across any bacteria, she is "basically displacing it from one place to another" by swiping the same alcohol-based wipe across all the surfaces. "If you want to kill bacteria, you've got to put sanitizer on, leave it for a set amount of time, let it work, and you don't get that with alcohol wipes," he said. As for the foot-swiping video, Warriner says initial grossed-out reactions may not match up to the relative lack of danger actually posed by the situation. Unless the swiper has a contagious foot fungus, Warriner's concern is more for them – and the potential germs they could pick up by touching airplane surfaces with their feet – than other passengers. "I wouldn't be overly concerned, but obviously I wouldn't encourage it," he said, adding that hands are more likely than feet to spread germs to others. HOW CLEAN IS THE CABIN? Aviation consulting company Skytrax runs the World Airline Awards, which includes a category each year for cabin cleanliness. It named Taiwan-based EVA Air as having the world's cleanest airplane cabins this year, followed by Japan Airlines. No Canadian airline cracked the top 20, although Air Canada was found to lead all North American carriers in cabin cleanliness. Air Canada says that its aircraft filter and replace the cabin air "far more than any home or office building" and that studies have shown in-flight air to be "well within acceptable health levels" when it comes to microbes, airborne particulates and other concerns. Similar claims are made by leading airlines across North America, but even healthy air can contain germs. U.S. researchers have found "large flight-to-flight variations" when testing for microbes in the air and on the surfaces of commercial aircraft. Overall, though, the researchers concluded that all the planes they took samples from were clean enough that spending a few hours in one was no worse for microbial exposures than spending the same amount of time in an office. Warriner's recommendations for any flyers concerned about germs include: keeping food out of seat pockets, using sanitizing towels when touching latches and fixtures in airplane washrooms, and wearing facemasks with the white side facing outward. The team at Drexel says avoidance is the best solution, urging passengers to bring their own blankets, pillows and entertainment options if at all possible. EVA Air wins top accolade from customers for having the Cleanest Aircraft Cabins Passengers rated the standards and quality of cleanliness in the aircraft cabin for airlines. Cleanliness and presentation of seat areas, tables, carpets, cabin panels and washrooms all contribute towards the final results. Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in Africa 2019 South African Airways Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in Australia/Pacific 2019 Air New Zealand Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in China 2019 Hainan Airlines Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in Europe 2019 Swiss International Air Lines Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in North America 2019 Air Canada Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in South America 2019 Azul Airlines Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in the Middle East 2019 Qatar Airways