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  1. Again, AC will only employ the amount of employees it needs. Currently there are way too many employees. I didn’t realize there was such a pervasive belief that junior people should be sacrificed to protect the senior from starting over.
  2. Again I understand the sentiment. This is a very tough situation. No one wants to see layoffs or failures. It’s not like AC employees aren’t already taking big hits. But the underlying message I am hearing from you is that you would prefer to see the consequences of this crisis on Tansat employees, transferred to junior AC employees rather than have Transat fail. Is that what you are saying?
  3. No. The market will support the jobs it needs. No more. No less. Absent a merger in your example company A would need to hire 2000. In the end there is no difference except those who take the brunt of the failure/ consolidation. Yesterday the Transat merger Was about job consolidations into job vacancies that had not yet been filled. Today a merger will be about distribution of those furloughed.
  4. For the sake of jobs? I appreciate the sentiment. But the industry will only support the amount of jobs the industry needs to operate. A merger won’t save jobs. It will simply redistribute who gets furloughed.
  5. I agree. I think everyone agrees. But that isn’t the real question. Consolidation and failures were on the horizon in the leisure industry before this current crisis. Now the process has been accelerated. Possibly hyper speed accelerated. Quite frankly I have only seen one airline restart after shutdown. It was WestJet in its infancy with very little capital overhead. How is any airline currently shut down going to have any kind of future bookings? The pertinent question is what will the future landscape of leisure travel in Canada look like? How can that future best be managed by government from a competitive point of view? Since airline failures are equivalent to consolidation, what realistic options do you think are out there to promote competition? I see two options. 1) Consolidation through failure. Or Consolidation through merger. or 2) Massive government bailouts for airlines like the US.
  6. AC pilot MOA 6 months - 162 furloughed. Given notice today. - Up to a maximum of 600 more layoffs depending on Retirement incentive uptake. - No lay-off until May 1 - Early Retirement incentive offer to 500 pilots - 55 hours per month
  7. I read it as well. CUPE states at least an 80% overall reduction in capacity for April.
  8. 50% reduction domestically. All trans boarder and overseas pretty much stopped. It’s far more than 50%. I can see a lot of capacity reductions through down gauging as well. My bet is that domestic ASM’s get reduced far more than the 50%. The final number? I don’t know but far greater than just a 50% overall reduction.
  9. After reading this thread my thoughts went back 20 years to a recorded telephone message, from Robert Milton, to all employees explaining the Canadian Merger. His explanation to employees was the Feds have made it clear we have no choice. Routes threatened etc. That would have been Jan 2000. Next came 911. Then SARS. Then Bankruptcy. Although I didn’t post at the time I remember being glued to posters like Don Hudson and Daggar. I was just new with AC and the stress was high. Two messages. 1) To those who are vulnerable right now. This will pass. AC pilots will do what it takes to keep furlough to a minimum in the mean time. Only listen now to people who you know have a good idea of what they are talking about. Forget the masses. 2) Dagger you must be old. . Actually about 20 years late but thank you.
  10. https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/norwegian-seeks-urgent-government-support/137253.article
  11. So how long until airlines involk force majeure? I’m starting to think an unpaid leave might be in my future.
  12. Interesting article about Boeing’s wiring submission. https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/faa-faces-dilemma-over-737-max-wiring-flaw-that-boeing-missed/
  13. My rule is that once a pairing everything comes off. Ehem.......the automation I mean.
  14. The fleet types appear to be migrating that way. A few aircraft are now getting Landing performance data via ACARS as part of the descent planning stage. The 737 is one of them. It is quite advanced as they can input a FICON report and the ACARS spits out contaminated landing distance data. So far the NB 320 doesn’t so long as certain criteria is met. That criteria is probably the same as prior to your retirement.
  15. Boestar, Your question is above my pay grade. All I know is what Max pilots at AC have told me. The AC Max simulator as of last fall does not replicate MCAS. Obviously this will be addressed with a training and software update. That would be required anyway as MCAS behaviour has been altered. My point was simply challenging the notion that there are not enough Max simulators to get the Max flying rapidly. The software update could be added to NG simulators as well. Flip a switch and train Max-8 MCAS differences.