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  1. Porter would have bought the C series aircraft when it was still fully Canadian and showcased its urban capabilities years ago had it not been for the unilateral decision of liberals to end a transparent and democratic process that was underway. That would have likely made a substantial difference for the program and sustained it as a Canadian enterprise. In this new environment, it makes more economical sense to go with the E series, especially since they will not be flying from city airport. If a new federal government is supportive of the original Porter plans, they may be resurrected.
  2. Jazz, AC, and above all ALPA! ?
  3. In spite of the usual whitewash from some AC crowd, this is a legitimate concern about how the federal government is going to balance regulating the industry against making a profit on its investment. It is mind boggling that the liberals not only have failed Canadians on every level in handling the pandemic, but they also stubbornly refuse to support the industry as a whole like other developed countries. This stems from their socialist agenda to appear different from other “capitalist” (read Trump administration) countries and their usual pursuit of favouritism. Public or private, an airline is affected the same from the government’s inane and arbitrary interference and as such must be compensated by the entity which restricts it from conducting business. Some seem to think that it is ok for private companies to continually pay for the government’s mismanagement on the account that they may appear “rich” to them! What a communist perspective!
  4. Due to lack of action and support from Justin and his liberal government, Canadian carriers have already lost 24% of international market share to foreign carriers and will likely lose more since U.S market has rebounded to nearly 50% of 2019 capacity and EU to over 35% while Canada languishes below 10%.
  5. In other words people, pardon me “peoplekind” would vote the same way while expecting different results?!! The more pertinent question is would Canadians want to have the liberals continue in office in light of their performance during the pandemic, more specifically managing the economy, vaccine acquisition, specific aid for industries most affected such as aviation? It is quite peculiar that instead of an industry-wide aid package, the federal government has chosen an airline specific aid which makes it one of the largest shareholders in its previous crown corporation again! That makes fair regulation of the industry even more challenging.
  6. Curious why you think that, even if somehow there is another miracle for Justin!
  7. 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!
  8. I tend to agree, with much contradiction and little inspiration, don't exactly see the point of this interview!
  9. 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.
  10. 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 cost to their airline so it has a stronger position on the other side of the recovery. Airlines with more of their cash reserved and more of their workforce retained will be able to grow quickly during the recovery. WestJet has done well while it was growing and making money, this is a real test for them as how they manage this crisis when they clearly be losing millions of dollars every day. For instance Canada 3000 was great in managing itself during growth but didn't have much experience as how to operate in an environment of losing money in 2001. That trophy seems to belong to Canadian and Air Canada!
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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 other side as they will be in for some tough competition from a known player who no doubt is securing very agreeable terms and will sprint into action just in time. The release of the new Max may just coincide with the initial stages of a recovery. Talk about good timing!
  14. 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!
  15. 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 numbers, although that remains to be seen. The pitfall for them is a seniority system out of step with experience of its current members which may prove demoralizing for some. WJ management was largely motivated to address its recruitment challenges at the regional level. Its pitfall is now the challenge of shuffling during a downturn. It will be interesting to see how this will play out and what lessons it brings.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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, the Quebec government may try to help them. That will play a role in the fate of Sunwing too. WestJet may be another casualty of recent events in that its plans and aspirations may be modified for some time as it may have to give a stronger role to Swoop in its recovery.
  20. 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 do the work such as legal matters, counseling for employees, it may have been worthwhile. But during crises staff are often left wondering about their fate with no access to professionals to actually guide them. That is why such organizations do not belong to modern times. With all new technologies, employees are much better served with a direct all-inclusive connection and relationship.
  21. 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 an abundance of conspiracy theorists you can join. One would even stipulate that working cooperatively to reduce the financial impact, is a condition for participating in government subsidies. Some airlines have shut down their operations altogether, and this is a better way to preserve cash to help them recover better on the other side. And helping their companies recover better on the other side is what employees would want to do in order to have a financially healthy company to return to. This paranoia that management is only there to screw the poor workers into destitution is a dangerous approach that will make for an antagonistic confrontational work environment that will harm the workers more than any other group. Also, keep in mind that as far as controlling costs go, employee cost is the only cost management can negotiate and control, otherwise fuel, airport fees, navigation fees, taxes, are all external. Lastly, during these hard times did ALPA give you a discount on their dues? Likely not! Do they pay you back any portion of your dues once you're laid off? Perhaps not! What is their approach for furloughed pilots these days? I recall post 911 they shut down their web site for out of work Canada 3000 pilots and left two days after! I wonder what their plan is this time?!!
  22. Speaking of realities, it is the current reality of the market, all industries, that are reducing hours to keep more people on the payroll and reduce the impact. It also helps the companies that while reducing their current financial burden, they remain largely intact to recover better on the other side. Besides, one would have thought unions are about well "unity", one for all and all for one! Perhaps not so much!
  23. Judging by recent large layoffs and other news, it seems that WestJet Group continues to be challenged by its labour relations as evidently its pilot group has not been able to garner as cordial a relationship with its management as Air Canada has. Unless they can follow the clear pattern that is emerging in aviation and other industries to mitigate layoffs by agreeing to reduced hours, and foster a more cooperative relationship with management, turmoil will continue. Not only by the virtue of its cash reserves, but more importantly seemingly better labour relations, Air Canada will be able to weather this storm better.
  24. Well I wasn't suggesting that. No lasting and meaningful change will come through force. There already appears to be glimmers of hope in some cities in China that people are beginning to see that perhaps eating all walks of life and worse yet, mixing them together in rusty cages and power-washing their urine and feces into other old rusty cages is probably not very sanitary or smart! The change, like this one, has to come from within and through education. They can learn from this, SARS, MERS, H1N1, etc. In the meantime, the rest of the world can have the resolve to condition their relationship and trade upon a common standard of life. If they do it for enriching uranium, they can do it for preserving nature and animals too.
  25. I think you're absolutely correct. A "friend" is hardly the figure of authority and all insight for a company, especially since most have a very tainted glass through which they view the world. As you say, Swoop is the new WestJet while it endeavors to be something better and bigger. The sooner people at WestJet get this and support it, the more successful they'll be.
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