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  1. Well, sometimes actions lead to unexpected consequences. But I don't think this would spark people to join a union who weren't already considering it
  2. My sense is that the Westjet announcement is a defensive measure that will launch - or not - depending on the development of the marketplace. i.e. new entrants, or moves by AC. My hunch is there will be no rush to launch if there is no obvious benefit. So if new entrants don't get off the ground, or expand current schedules, it can be delayed, but left out there as a deterrent.
  3. Like I thought, P&W's issue is affecting more than just deliveries of the engine, but also has some performance issues to clean up. https://airwaysmag.com/airlines/report-spirit-a320neo-engine-troubles/ April 10 06:112017 Print This Article by Benjamin Bearup 0 Comments Updated: Wednesday April 12, 2017 1:05pm EDT Spirit Airlines, the United States launch customer for the Airbus A320neo, continues to face challenges with the Pratt and Whitney engines that power their A320neo fleet. For months, Spirit has had to park multiple A320neo aircraft on various occasions to perform unplanned engine swaps. While having one or two aircraft out of service is common for an airline the size of Spirit, the problem recently got much worse. Just this weekend, three out of five A320neos in the Spirit fleet were out of service with the same engine problem. The engine issue is described as “Engine Oil Chip Detected”. According to sources familiar with the situation, cold temperatures have caused the bleed system to freeze shut on occasion. Due to this issue, Spirit Airlines has told pilots not to fly the A320neo above 30,000 feet in order to reduce strain on the PW1000G engines. This appears to be the same problem facing Indian airlines Indigo, who also recently restricted pilots from flying the A320neo above 30,000 feet. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has become a parking lot for Spirit A320neo aircraft in recent weeks. As seen in the photo below, three A320neo aircraft have been placed in temporary storage. Two of these aircraft appear to have windows, engines, and landing gear covered. In order to continue flying their full schedule, Spirit Airlines will begin to outsource flying to charter airline Miami Air. In a message to Spirit Airlines pilots, the Spirit Airlines Master Executive Council (MEC) said “As you may be aware, on Friday the VP Flight Operations notified the MEC Chairman of Spirit’s intent to contract out revenue flying utilizing Miami Air pursuant to CBA Section 1.B.2. The initial plan was one round-trip flight each on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, the MEC was first notified of the intent to use Miami Air again on the 9th and later in the evening we were notified of the intent to Miami Air again on the 10th. The company asserts that this outsourcing is due to the A320 Neo aircraft being out of service and therefore currently operating without any spares. The MEC went on to say, “our attorneys are monitoring this situation closely to ascertain the true cause of this situation, the Company’s intent, and identify any potential violations of the CBA.” A Spirit spokesperson reached out with a correction to our story: “The information on the bleed air valve freezing is incorrect. We are flying at 30,000 feet to provide a better ambient pressure differential for the number 3 Bearing compartment lift off seal contact issue. To be clear, these engine issues are limited to our NEO aircraft which represents only 5 planes in our fleet, three of which are currently going through our regular maintenance protocol and are on the ground.” “The issues with the Neo engines have led to some cancellations within our network, but from a customer’s perspective, the impact has been minimal. To be clear, this is not a safety issue. The Neo engines are electronically monitored so this allows us to check any potential issues well in advance of any larger issues. But the issues with the NEOs has caused a spare engine problem for Spirit. Spirit relies on Pratt & Whitney and Airbus to provide the support we need to make our operations run smoothly. We are working with the engine manufacturer to provide the needed support. We are also working with both Pratt & Whitney and Airbus on short term and long term solutions to provide the support we need. In the meantime, for a small number of flights that are effected we are utilizing the services of a third party airline to keep our operations running smoothly. In an emailed response, a spokesperson for Pratt and Whitney commented “We are working closely with Spirit on this issue and will continue to support the airline, a valued customer, to minimize any inconvenience. Pratt & Whitney is planning to build 350-400 engines in 2017, with over 50 spare engines for the flying fleet to support our customers. Since entering service last January, GTF engines have more than 100,000 hours of passenger service. They are utilized by 13 operators, flying 250 flights per day, to over 100 destinations on four continents.” As other operators of the Pratt and Whitney PW1000G continue to face similar problems, A320neo operators using the rival CFM Leap-1A engine are having few issues. Spirit Airline’s competitor and Leap 1-A operator Frontier Airlines has seen no major problems with their A320neo fleet.
  4. The Leafs are a little ahead of schedule, but let's not get overheated either way. This isn't their year to end the Cup drought. It does show, however, the value of spending big money on top management and coaching talent. And for once, under the guidance of the latter, the Leafs didn't rush a rebuild as they have done so often over the past two decades.
  5. Given the similarity of the geared turbofan design used in the CSeries and many Airbus Neos, I'd say this is not just a Bombardier concern. Though I agree with Blues Devine, it happens with a lot of new engine designs.
  6. It's okay, but past ones were less obvious, and it pales against the excellent Christmas videos Westjet produces.
  7. Also a couple of Emirates flights — Emirates Airline flight EK517, which left Delhi, India on March 19 and arrived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. — Emirates Airline flight EK241, which departed Dubai, March 20 bound for Toronto.
  8. http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/air-canada-lawsuit-accuses-airbus-of-negligence-in-halifax-crash-landing-1.3347461 HALIFAX - Air Canada is claiming a French aircraft manufacturer's negligence contributed to a crash landing at Halifax Stanfield International Airport two years ago. The Canadian airline is suing Airbus SAS, saying the company failed to identify shortcomings of the Airbus 320. In a statement of claim filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Air Canada (TSX:AC.A) says Airbus did not advise that in certain conditions, the plane's flight path angle could be affected by external forces. The document says it also failed to incorporate a warning system to alert pilots to a deviation from the planned flight path angle. None of the allegations are proven in court. Airbus did not immediately return a request for comment Thursday and has not filed a statement of defence. Flight 624 hit the ground about 200 metres short of runway 05 shortly after midnight on March 29, 2015, as it approached the airport in gusty winds and heavy snowfall. More than two dozen people were injured in the crash landing, which is also the subject of a class-action lawsuit.
  9. if there is at least a convenient protectionist side benefit of the US ban, it's impacting South Asia traffic to the US via Dubai, Doha or Abu Dhabi. Anyway, still nothing from Canada (or Germany or France or Netherlands or....)
  10. Are there any flights at this time of year? Didn't see anything right away, wasn't going to check 50 dates.
  11. I don't believe Rouge flies to any of the affected airports.
  12. Still nothing from Canada. And the aviation community is trying hard - without success - to find out why the UAE and Qatar are in the US ban but not the UK ban.
  13. No, his POV begins with the idea of focussing on these devices in the passenger cabin and the safety gained - or lack thereof - from banishing them to the cargo/baggage hold.
  14. Then there is this article by a former head of Israeli aviation security ridiculing the ban. I'd think the Israelis know a thing or two about protecting passenger and cargo planes. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-airlines-electronics-israel-idUSKBN16T1K5?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=58d2848f04d3012fcdd65f7f&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter
  15. The Brits are going along with the ban, but only from five countries: NOT from the UAE or Qatar - so that only raises more questions. And Canada is looking at what the US and UK are doing, but has not yet committed to doing same - yet. Stay tuned. The only major aviation countries (intercontinentally at least) in both the US and UK bans is Turkey. I don't consider Jordan or Egypt that big intercontinentally, not on the scale of Qatar or the UAE. It strikes me that part of the problem here is a diminished trust among the western allies - if the US was fully trusted on this, the UK would have taken mirror image action based on an acceptance of the nature of the security threat. There might be a genuine security threat, but that Trump has amplified it to include the ME3 hubs that the Brits are excluding from their ban. Also, the Brits added Beirut - the Americans didn't, probably because no US or Middle Eastern airline flies to the US directly from BEY.