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  1. And often a certain group portrays consequences of its actions not as such, rather as discrimination, which given the realities of the world is quite ironic! WestJet was right on the money to remove him and more so to ban him just as they forewarned the travelling public, let alone people on employee passes who are supposed to be very discrete and helpful to the crew! The more he goes on the more embarrassing for him and the poor soul that gave him the pass! Now all of a sudden he is "stranded"!! Pay for a ticket like everyone else and get on with life Mr. cheap!
  2. I tend to agree, with much contradiction and little inspiration, don't exactly see the point of this interview!
  3. True, some consolation I suppose, but disappointing that it's not presented to the world by a Canadian company that originally designed this game-changing aircraft.
  4. What (some) people don't seem to understand is that whatever portion labour costs represents, it is the only one that airlines can control. Such mistrust of management seems to linger on at WestJet among some which will be to their own detriment. Clearly this is not something specific to WestJet and airlines around the world have slashed their capacity and work hours along with it to respond to the falling demands. In this environment it would be reasonable to assume that WestJet pilots too agree to reduce their hours in order to keep more of their colleagues at work and also reduce the c
  5. Indeed, another Avro Arrow it seems. All that effort, ingenuity, and time to benefit Airbus, not Bombardier, its workers, shareholders, and Canada in general for all its support.
  6. Why would THIS in particular be more interesting than the multitude of flights that Air Canada has been doing all along, including to Europe, the epicenter of the pandemic! Although it is good that government agencies have finally understood scientific data or perhaps were simply buying time before to purchase masks from China, quite ironic!
  7. I doubt the downturn would affect their "senior" captains who are on the B787 and likely left alone if they hope to reignite their aspirations any time soon. This will likely trigger major reshuffling of crew bases and positions which will be expensive for the company and messy for the pilots. My guess is that all posturing will come to naught and the pilot group will have no choice but to follow the example of other airlines for reduced hours. The company makes some savings in that and other staff too who are put on CEWS. Of course WestJet group will need all the help they can get on the
  8. The Canadian made C series of aircraft were always known to be a game changer by those who could perceive potential, just like the Q400, welcome world!
  9. That arrangement is interesting in that it had different motivations, benefits and pitfalls for the three parties involved. Encore pilots were clearly motivated to advance their career prospects by potentially leap frogging other direct hires for upgrades at WestJet. Their pitfall is their suppressed bargaining powers for improving work conditions. As well the downward pressure on their members now from the displaced pilots. WJ pilots were enticed by a bonus or perhaps some genuinely trying to help the company. They may have also thought it discourages the company to lay off large nu
  10. No I don't, it just coincided with it, and to that coincidence is what I was referring. And there are other similarities which I hope do not come to pass for WestJet. And to be fair, at the end ALPA was more cooperative than other unions. I have no reason to believe that the demise of Canada 3000 was any different as analyzed by the Competition Bureau.
  11. If the deal was in stock exchange, it may be unaffected, but if it was in cash, it will likely be renegotiated. It would also depend on their motive, an attempt to eliminate competition or an attempt to replace Rouge would require different strategies now. At any rate, it is unlikely the deal would close as envisioned before.
  12. Sadly, you presume to know more than you actually do! Some union reps, once "elected" to office become divorced from the realities of line staff and fall into self aggrandization and intrigue! At any rate, I hope ALPA doesn't become the kiss of death for WestJet that it was for Canada's former second largest airlines, Canada 3000. Although difficult, divorcing a union is possible if it doesn't serve the needs of the people. Good luck to WestJet people.
  13. Emirates' approach is interesting in that they essentially shut down operations, along with the country, for about a month and now are slowly coming back to life. Cargo operations seems to be in full swing and passenger ops is slowly following. All staff took reduced hours and pay by 50% for three months. No wrangling to prolong the pain! Notwithstanding the recent drop in stock prices, 52 week lows will be tested again when financial results are announced. Likely there will be casualties. In Canada, Transat is the first likely one, however as they were after the Azure incident and 911,
  14. Well rudder, since you're such an ALPA proponent, perhaps you can share the wisdom why is it that your organization does not give its members a break during tough times in the dues it collects and why does it not provide top up pay to its furloughed pilots? I believe CAW does, or at least used to. Employees involved may mean well but are taken advantage of in essentially a pyramid scheme with a clever slogan that "members decide their own fate by volunteerism", which essentially means they do all the hard work while their dues disappear! If these organizations dedicated professionals to d
  15. You and other devoted members can applaud ALPA all you want, but the fact is that the approach of "calling management's bluff" will work to pilots' own detriment. It is also divorced from the current realities of the market when clearly there is very little flying and very few passengers. This is evident in arrangements that other airlines have had including Air Canada, U.S carriers, Emirates all have slashed their hours to reflect the realities of the market and save cash. Unless you are of the opinion that your management concocted the Covid 19 to reduce your hours, in which case there are a