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  1. Very clever move! So far Onex has played this really well and got Air Canada exactly where they want it. Its vanity is its great folly, and Onex is several moves ahead! Now, if only I could have a penny for every time Marshall started a thread about Swoop or WestJet!
  2. Some are too partisan to remember that much more interference and far worse damage has been done by Liberal regimes, including causing the bankruptcy of Canada 3000 and killing a democratic process for Toronto City airport expansion which is sorely needed in Canada's largest city. As for Air Canada strikes, this is yet another indication that multiple strong airlines in Canada are a necessity so that Air Canada staff can go on strike all they want without being forced back to work.
  3. I understand that with so many open (and secret) admirers (more added after your recent hiring spree) anything else may appear as "hatred". But no, just keeping a level playing field. And that is why, speaking to the discussion at hand, if Air Canada wants to take over another airline, it will have to make some hard choices, including giving up some things. When the dust settles, there will likely be other Canadian carrier(s) serving LHR and beyond.
  4. As this proposed merger will change the dynamics of the market, likely all options will be on the table; and all routes subject to scrutiny and possible modifications, including but not limited to LHR and HKG. The competition Bureau and other federal agencies, free from partisan politics and all cloak'n dagger, will have to examine the end product of the merger, weigh its impact on the market to ensure competition is not stifled in all sectors, not only to EU and Sun where the new airline will be very dominant, but also to the Pacific, Asia and Latin America where it can dump capacity in the market to stifle new entrants from gaining traction. One such example was YUL-FLL where Air Canada dumped so much capacity in its B767s to squeeze out the competition. That can't happen again.
  5. So basically do as you say, not as you do?!
  6. Not exactly sure from what point(s) in Canada, but of course it did serve LHR. However, lately on the Air Canada Employee forum whoever doesn't admire the liberals or Air Canada is a "troll"!! Here's the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadian_Airlines_destinations List of Canadian Airlines destinations From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This is a list of airports that Canadian Airlines flew to during the 1980s and 1990s until its demise. Contents 1 Asia 2 Europe 3 North America 3.1 Canada 3.2 Mexico 3.3 United States 4 Oceania 5 South America Asia[edit] People's Republic of China Beijing - Beijing Capital International Airport Shanghai - Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Kai Tak Airport (before 1998) Japan Nagoya - Komaki Airport Tokyo - Narita International Airport Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (before 1998) Philippines Manila - Ninoy Aquino International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Taiwan Taipei - Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (formerly Chiang Kai Shek International Airport) Thailand Bangkok - Don Mueang International Airport Europe[edit] Denmark Copenhagen - Copenhagen Airport France Paris - Charles de Gaulle Airport Germany Frankfurt am Main - Frankfurt Airport Munich - Munich Airport Hungary Budapest - Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport Italy Milan - Malpensa Airport Rome - Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport Netherlands Amsterdam - Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Russia Moscow - Sheremetyevo Airport Switzerland Zurich - Zurich Airport United Kingdom London Gatwick Airport Heathrow Airport Manchester Airport
  7. If Air Canada wants to merge with Transat and become the dominant carrier to EU and Sun, it needs to concede certain things in order to maintain a competitive landscape for Canadian consumers, even under a friendly liberal government. American And US Air Make Slot Concessions To Get Merger Past DOJ Challenge .. Under the terms of the settlement, the airlines will divest 52 slot pairs (which essentially give airlines the right to schedule departures and arrivals) at Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) and 17 slot pairs at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), along with certain gates and facilities used to support services at those airports. The airlines also agreed to divest two gates and support facilities at each of the following airports: Boston Logan, Chicago O'Hare, Dallas Love Field, Los Angeles International and Miami International. The divestitures will occur through a DOJ-approved process following the completion of the merger. Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/maggiemcgrath/2013/11/12/amr-corporation-and-us-airways-announce-settlement-with-doj/#7e0958444908
  8. And how did Air Canada get those slots to LHR? It probably inherited them from its crown corporation days. I believe Canadian used to also fly there which likely they inherited too. At any rate, the dynamics are changing in the market, WestJet is transforming into a legacy carrier, plus other airlines may be interested in LHR slots. And since Air Canada will have such a dominant position to the UK after this merger, LHR slots may become an issue for the Competition Bureau among other ones mentioned. Who is to say that in order to approve this merger, the Bureau will not require it to give up some of its slots. This happened in the U.S with Regan slots for instance.
  9. It is understood that we are talking about CANADIAN carriers.
  10. It matters not whether or not WestJet seeks LHR slots, there will be others. And since it's unlikely Air Canada ever paid for them, those slots will have to be surrendered, not sold, in order to maintain some competition. Air Canada and Transat's capacity combined gives the new airline a monopoly from anywhere in Canada to LHR and by far the dominant position to the UK and rest of Europe. It will also make it the dominant carrier to sun destinations. The competition Bureau likely, as it did during the merger with Canadian, will require Air Canada to substantially reduce (say a third?) capacity for a number of years (say 5 years) to allow new entrants gain some stability. It has happened before from YUL to Sun destinations where Air Canada dumped capacity in its B767s to flush competition out, that the Bureau should have enough precedent to stop it from happening again. Another requirement will likely be giving up space and gates at T3 in YYZ, and also opening up Aeroplan to another carrier as it happened in 2000 and opened it to Royal Airlines for a number of years. These are some of the concessions that the Bureau will likely mandate to protect the consumers. Canadians may recall back in 2001 the day before the bankruptcy of Canada 3000, Air Canada was selling tickets from Toronto to Montreal around $100, only to jack it up to above $800 the day after its bankruptcy. That can't happen again.
  11. Great! More regulations, taxes and fines...! No wonder Canadian carriers are unable to compete with their U.S counterparts.
  12. I wouldn't bet on 2020 at all! This merger, as proposed, is unlikely to be approved next year, even by a friendly liberal government. It eliminates competition and gives Air Canada a very dominant position in sun destinations and Europe, for instance a total monopoly between anywhere in Canada and LHR. Therefore, it likely requires extensive modifications and negotiations, including divesture of assets and routes. It is also possible that modifications will make the deal so unattractive to Air Canada that it will walk away from it altogether if the government can offer a "politically safe alternate".