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  1. Press Release Source: Air Canada; Air Canada - Corporate - Financial Air Canada Announces Management Reorganization and Reduction of Additional 300 Management and Non-Unionized Positions Monday July 14, 6:04 pm ET MONTREAL, July 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today the reorganization of its executive management team and the reduction of an additional 300 management and non-unionized positions bringing the total management and non-unionized job reduction to 1,100. "The additional management job reductions are consistent with the realignment of responsibilities at the executive level and our ongoing focus on a leaner, more efficient and cost effective operation," said Robert Milton, President and Chief Executive Officer. "As we restructure the airline to compete profitably in the new environment, we are eliminating a layer of executive management in many areas and pushing more responsibility down to the next level of management. Management ranks will be reduced by more than 25 per cent when the reorganization is completed," he said. The airline announced the following changes at the executive level: - Ross MacCormack, Senior Vice President, International & Alliances is retiring effective September 30, 2003 after 32 years with Air Canada. The International and Alliances group will report directly to Montie Brewer, Executive Vice President, Commercial. - Doug Port, Senior Vice President, Customer Service is retiring effective September 30, 2003 after 30 years with Air Canada. Effective October 1st, Brad Moore, currently Senior Director, Inflight Services will assume the role of Vice President, Customer Service. - Robin Wohnsigl, Senior Vice President, Air Canada Maintenance, will be leaving Air Canada to pursue other interests. Effective August 1, 2003, Jon Turner, currently General Manager, Aircraft Programs, will assume Robin's responsibilities as General Manager, Air Canada Maintenance and Aircraft Programs. - Steve Markey, Vice President, Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs will be leaving Air Canada to pursue other interests. Duncan Dee, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, will assume direct responsibility for the government relations and regulatory affairs portfolio. - Alice Keung, Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, has left the company to pursue other interests. Lise Fournel, President and CEO, Destina, will assume, on an interim basis, the Chief Information Officer portfolio. "The departing executives have, without exception, all made important contributions throughout their careers with Air Canada and we wish them well as they move into new phases of their careers and lives," said Mr. Milton. This realignment positions Air Canada as having the least number of vice- presidents of any international network carrier in North America. As part of the restructuring process, 1,100 management and non-unionized jobs are being eliminated contributing to an overall payroll cost reduction for this employee group of almost 40 per cent. The airline is currently implementing these job reductions on an ongoing basis with approximately 650 non-unionized positions already eliminated and a target for completion by the end of the year. For further information Isabelle Arthur (Montréal), (514) 422-5788 Laura Cooke (Toronto), (416) 263-5576 Angela Mah (Vancouver), (604) 654-7022 Internet: aircanada.com
  2. If it was just the small truck {and not a tanker} there is no jet fuel onboard. The are just fuel metering vehicles.
  3. America West Announces New Service to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Monday July 14, 2:00 pm ET PHOENIX, July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA - News), the second largest low-fare carrier in the U.S., announced today that it will initiate the only daily nonstop, roundtrip service between its Phoenix hub and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Oct. 20, 2003. Edmonton will be America West's fourth destination in Canada, where the airline currently provides low-fare service in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. America West offers affordable fares that do not require a Saturday night stay as well as flexible ticketing policies that allow unused tickets to retain their value for a year and allow customers to fly standby for free on the same day as their originally scheduled flight. "We are happy to capitalize on strategic opportunities to expand our service to Canada," said Dion Flannery, vice president, route planning, scheduling and Internet distribution. "Customers will appreciate our flexible and affordable fares." Representatives from America West and Edmonton International Airport have been working very closely to facilitate a smooth transition for the airline's new service. "We are proud to welcome America West to Edmonton," said Scott Clements, president and chief executive officer, Edmonton Airports. "America West's convenient connections to California and Mexico offer great new options for our region's business and leisure travelers." America West Express, which is operated by subsidiary airlines of Mesa Air Group, will provide the daily nonstop, roundtrip flights utilizing the popular 64-seat Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) aircraft, which features seating for six in first class and 58 in the main cabin. This new service will offer customers connections to 48 cities across the U.S. and Mexico. The flight schedule for the new service is listed below. Edmonton to Phoenix Phoenix to Edmonton Flight Departs Arrives Flight Departs Arrives 6717* 7:00 a.m. 9:25 a.m. 6712 7:10 p.m. 11:30 p.m. *Flight starts Oct. 21, 2003 Edmonton is America West's third new destination in 2003. The airline initiated service to Memphis, Tenn., in April, and Cancun, Mexico, in June. For more information or to make a reservation, call America West at 1-800-2-FLY-AWA (1-800-235-9292), log onto www.americawest.com or contact a professional travel agent. Customers can sign up for FlightFund at www.FlightFund.com , the frequent flyer section of www.americawest.com or by calling the FlightFund Service Center at 1-800-247-5691. America West's frequent flyer program is the winner of Inside Flyer magazine's prestigious Freddie Award for Best Elite-Level Program in the Americas. Mesa currently operates 124 aircraft with 889 daily system departures to 147 cities, 37 states, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas. It operates in the West and Midwest as America West Express, and provides regional airline service for other airlines in the U.S. The company, which was founded in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 3,000 employees. Mesa is a member of Regional Aviation Partners. Founded in 1983 and proudly celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2003, America West Airlines is the nation's second largest low-fare airline and the only carrier formed since deregulation to achieve major airline status. Today, America West serves 92 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
  4. There are two or three other vendors for Sat TV available.
  5. For the last 7 years CP and AC had had inflight entertainmanet and WS had nothing but corny stale jokes and bad signing. So how did WS grow to have nearly 40 aircraft. Passngers choose on price, price, conveniance, and then price again. Onboard TV will bring in one or two more passengers, but only if the price is nearly equal. Charge 10 bucks a flight for the TV and see if it gets any more passengers.
  6. Best quote after the meeting: "I'm embarrassed by this. We must look like a bunch of prima donnas, arguing about who goes up 10 percent and who goes down 10 percent when the airline is basically going down in flames,"
  7. Cheap fares are the style. Currently on offer: SFO-SIN on UA $358usd all in SQ started it. SEA-BNA on AA $165usd IAH-EWR on UA $101usd
  8. Transat is not Air Transat. Transat includes the rather large tour operation in addition to the airline.
  9. "Milton's best play" Milton's best play would be to bail on this sordid mess and leave everyone at Air Canada to stew in their own juices. I bet he could get a job somewhere else for more money and less agrovation.
  10. For another perspective think of where AC was when Milton came. Air Canada was weeks away from bankruptcy when Hollis took over and brought Milton onboard. Between the two of them they made it a very interesting [and profitable ride] for a number of years.
  11. "With their shorter average stage length WS can produce a higher acft utilization than AC can" Not true: Generally the longer the stage length the MORE utilization you get. You are correct about turn times however. "This leads me to why AC wants smaller more cost efficient planes. This would increase our PLFs which in turn would bridge the gap between RASM (revenue per ASM) and CASM." The CASM of CRJ's is higher than great big airplanes. The advantage comes from Trip Cost IF you do not have enough passengers to fill the larger aircraft. Given a choice between operating 4xCRJ's or one 200 seat aircraft, take the 200 seat aircraft everytime.
  12. I suspect that there will always be some J/c because the International aircraft have to pick up some flights. But, all Narrow-bodies all Y is worth a kopeck or two in a bet.
  13. The Freedom fare is still a Y/c booking. There does not seem to be any movement on J fares yet.
  14. The treaty was written to favour Canadian air carriers not just Air Canada. CAIL could and did take advantage of the treaty until the AA pilots objected to all of the code shares and this then restricted what CAIL would/could fly.
  15. "...... I remember my AC friends joking about how fast the airline inaugurated service to Atlanta under open skies...." and he was a little &%$@! when some boot lickers started YUL-ATL with a DC9. The YYZ flights made sense, but he suspected that YUL was a dog and would have trouble even as an RJ route.
  16. #621 and 622 came from New Zealand.
  17. #621 and 622 came from New Zealand.
  18. Fin 604 sat on the North side of the 747 hangar in YUL for near a year and was missing major bits like flaps and engines. The word was that it would never fly again and the rumours of reasons why ran the gamut, right up to a cracked spar. Then one day they pulled it into the shed and it came out flying!!!! Who knows????
  19. Couple of points of clarification: "Hollis was Lucky" -Hollis got AC out of its last close encounter with CCAA. The company was days away from filing and he turned it around. Some one else called him a "Texas Gunslinger" -He was/is from Georgia. -Hollis left AC to start his own LCC in California. He has been with World since April 1999.
  20. "quote: the government has its hands in TWO of my pockets, not one ..unquote" Or TWO hands in my same pocket??
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