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  1. Admittedly, it's been awhile since I looked at any covid numbers, last time most places had flattened or declining. Looking at it now, and yeah, still a mess in a lot of places. I guess what I should be alluding to is similar to the European approach, in allowing unrestricted travel to safe(r) countries.
  2. Air Canada weighs aircraft cancellations https://www.reuters.com/article/us-air-canada-results/air-canada-weighs-order-cancellations-blames-travel-restrictions-after-second-quarter-loss-idUSKCN24W1HB Surprising if it's the 220, they seem very happy with it, aside from the altitude restriction. However, only 7 of the 45 have been delivered at the end of June, I could see deferrals. And given they are downsizing and considering further order cuts, recent finances and current restrictions, I would be very surprised if the TS deal goes through. The share price already reflects that to pre sale announcement. A US comparison of months cash on hand. https://crankyflier.com/2020/07/30/figuring-out-how-much-cash-the-airlines-are-really-burning/
  3. I agree with the indefinite quarantine. I get the US closure, but most everywhere else is under control. And I definitely agree with you Trudie will claim victory this year for reducing carbon footprint. We already know he doesn't care for certain job & GDP producing sectors, likely open the borders/skies to foreign carriers to "promote competition". On a side note, I do see AC looking for a Director of Government Affairs. Guessing the old one got sacked for obvious reasons. https://careers.aircanada.com/jobs/5418123-director-government-affairs
  4. It was a peaceful shooting, nothing to report here
  5. Sadly the masses don't catch onto the numerous false flag events, created by individuals or organized groups. Don't expect the media to properly report on it, because, hey, 'hate' is a headline grabber and the current meta to further far left agenda. When there's nothing to protest and riot about, make something up or make it happen.
  6. The gov't really seems to not want to listen to AC whatsoever, not even a care. They view them as an inconvenience rather than an economic driver. Maybe, a rebrand is in order. Something along the lines of "WE Bombardier SNC Airlines". A mouthful, but golly will it ever get the liberals attention and the cash flowing quickly!
  7. The US seems to be on it's way to getting every citizen infected. Maybe that's an unfortunate good thing (aside from the deaths), to get it over with. The death rate is lower in the US compared last time I checked to here (4% verses our 8%). It could be that the US economy will get going faster than here, where we will continue to isolate as a country well into 2021 (CEWS has been extended to December with a possibility into 2021). Our economy is going to make Greece (circa 2010) look prosperous.
  8. Yes, since I had to search "Trudeau in India". The point is, he is willing to please foreign countries more often than not, Canada. And time and time again aside from Bombardier, he has neglected the aviation sector.* *The opinions of of this author do not necessarily reflect those of other users nor AEF. Reader discretion is advised.
  9. Look at how few people die on weekends. The cure is simple, 7 day weekends.... a lot of us are already living that.
  10. Air Creebec stepping in to fill the AC void from cancelled routes. https://canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com/2020/07/08/air-creebec-hopes-to-fill-the-gap-in-regional-routes-left-by-air-canada/ Wait, what? So you want to provide the "bad service" AC provides?
  11. I actually like the livery, it's different. I agree that it's not the best aircraft for the job, and in a high density seating even with the new lighter seats. According to their site they are equipping LPV in them, quite the investment for the few times it may pay off. https://owg.com/en/our-fleet/ It also took me some time to figure out what OWG meant, and wasn't until the following article I found out. Not the best market/brand name IMO. Their strategy is also based on the non package vacation travellers. I dunno, there's a reason why TUI has hotels, and Transat is/was heading in that direction, both big long time players in the leisure travel. Not a company who did a few contract charters for Sunwing and then decided to enter the market. Would be best to cater to both the package and non package travellers, not just the I would guess smaller segment. Wish them well in their new venture. https://www.lapresse.ca/affaires/2020-07-07/un-nouveau-transporteur-aerien-quebecois-nait-en-pleine-crise.php French article, in English : The gamble of launching an airline in the midst of the industry's worst crisis since its inception is audacious, but Nolinor says it has been working there for two years. Based in Mirabel, the company is known for serving Quebec's Far North, particularly for the benefit of mining companies. When Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft were grounded last spring, Sunwing called on it to operate certain flights. "We realized that people appreciated our service and that it was not outside of what we were able to do," says its president, Marco Prud'Homme. It added to the project that we had already started with the idea of diversifying our income. » Good time COVID-19 certainly presents a lot of challenges for air carriers, but it has created opportunities for Nolinor. "It's going to make us all get to the same starting line," says Prud'Homme. I don't know when the industry will come back, everyone is in the dark, but it gives us the opportunity to be on the same level as the others. » There are also concrete benefits. The crisis has freed up slots and boarding gates everywhere, including at Montreal-Trudeau Airport, where OWG plans to have access to regular gates. A niche OWG does not define itself as a low cost carrier, also known as low cost in the industry. "One of the definitions I hate the most is low cost," says Prud'Homme. There is nothing that is cheap in aviation. If you edit your Excel file and tell yourself that no glitch is going to happen, it doesn't make sense. » The company sees itself more as a "traditional" service, where you buy your ticket and expect a certain service," says Prud'Homme. "When you look at how the airlines behaved with people who wanted a refund, I think there is room to attract sympathy. We do not intend to replace anyone, but to carve out a niche position. The reason we have come to the Charter of Passenger Rights is that, somewhere, the companies have taken passengers for granted. » In particular, Nolinor intends to build on its experience to make OWG a one-time carrier. Three planes Nolinor announced in May the acquisition of three used Boeing 737-400 aircraft. They are the ones who will be destined for OWG. These are its three largest aircraft, which already held a dozen 737-200 and a 737-300. According to the businessman, their acquisition could have been made at a third of the cost of a 737-800, a newer model, predecessor of the MAX and still widely used all over the world, at least before the crisis caused by COVID-19. Using next-generation seats, up to 50% lighter, OWG's aircraft will be able to carry as much as the 737-800, Prud'Homme argues, a significant advantage. "It's a pretty conservative project, we're not jeopardizing our business," he says. The new company has already filed its schedules and obtained the authorization of the airports concerned. Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau officially approved its creation on Monday afternoon. However, the precise list of destinations served will not be communicated for another week or two. "We have chosen a popular destination where you can take market share without becoming the number one public enemy of other carriers," says Prud'Homme. The company, whose name is derived from the name "Off We Go" used during the development of the project, intends to focus only on the sale of airline tickets, not that of vacation packages. "Before COVID, there was an interesting rise of people who were going to rent houses on site. I look at all the young people here who go on vacation, they are not interested in resorts. They want to leave with their backpacks, rent a house. And in the coming year, I'm not sure that it's the people 70 and over who are going to travel the most. » The strategy is completely in contrast to the strategy that Transat was working to deploy before it was the subject of an offer to purchase from Air Canada, namely the construction of its own hotels. Transat saw this as the only way to improve its profit margin, which was almost nil in aviation. "Transat's strategy, I never understood it," says Prud'Homme.
  12. A week or so ago China had confirmed cases of Swine flu again. This week the Bubonic plague is back in fashion. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/china-confirms-case-of-bubonic-plague-in-inner-mongolia/ar-BB16mhja?OCID=ansmsnnews11
  13. Our glorious leader doesn't get it, and still no signs of financial help. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/topstories/canada-pm-disappointed-by-air-canada-move-to-suspend-domestic-flights/ar-BB16j1K0?ocid=msedgntp
  14. Most probably complained and vowed never to fly AC again. Their wish has come true.