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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
  16. 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!
  17. 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
  18. 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 r
  19. 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.
  20. These are the areas that need immediate attention by those currently working in the industry and perhaps a more unified and coherent voice is needed. Simply "exempting" crews from the 14 quarantine while it adds flexibility for carriers, does nothing to protect the crews. One tangible and meaningful way to support the crews and carriers is that the government pays for the seats around aircrews should they need to deadhead to shield them, as well to provide assistance to airlines for crew medevac flights should they get sick away from home. Another one would be providing separate and easy
  21. There was once a great airline called Canada 3000, well liked and I believe profitable in all its quarters except the last one. Unlike some airlines that know how to operate in perpetual losses and bail-outs, it simply didn't know how. In the aftermath of 911, in mounting losses and a tight credit market, it needed the government to "co-sign" its 75 million loan. The Liberal government wanted such intrusive controls that Canada 3000 decided it wasn't worth it to continue. It ceased operations. That gave Transat a much needed lifeline engulfed with mounting pressures of the Azure Glider. S
  22. By my observation it's less of a matter of food supply and more to do with superstition in that part of world and "special powers" of things. Look at ivory illegal trade and how almost every piece of smuggled ivory ends up on some shelf in China. It's really sad and a new, perhaps government sanctioned, education and illumination is required to free the masses from the shackles of dogma and superstition.
  23. Not everyone seems to agree though. Some seem to like taxpayers paying for Air Canada's ambitions, which the Competition Bureau says is not good for consumers! As for the second part, choice 2 is the easy way out and clearly preferred by those who are less prepared financially, but not really a long term solution; neither is it fair for the government to bail out Air Canada or Transat in perpetuity, as it did Canadian. People talk about saving jobs with emotions, however if the market cannot support those jobs, neither should the government. Tests like this separate healthy companies from
  24. For whom? Consumers can't tell Air Canada what to do with its money, but they certainly can dictate the conditions under which it can make acquisitions when it affects competition, as they certainly can also, expect it to do with its own money, not taxpayers. That is all.
  25. My point exactly! It should not be referred as that, whereas it is quite appropriate to call the recent pandemic the "China" or "Wuhan" virus. As such, when the situation is under control, the rest of the world would be well within its right to seek closure of wet markets in China and other Asian countries in an effort to bring themselves in line with modernity as a condition of continued business and relationship.