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  1. https://twitter.com/SweeneyABC/status/1333770354104430592
  2. I don't think two aircraft are either a game changer or rate reducer. Even three or four. The commercial cargo world is changing in many ways. The pandemic has fuelled the trend to online and courier over bricks and mortar. It's not a bad counter cyclical business to be in so long as it doesn't make too much of a thing of freighters - cargo does best in the winter quarters, both from a traffic and rate perspective, from pre-Christmas stocking through Chinese New Year.
  3. New AC Cargo VP, plus approval of the 767-300 plan by ACPA. https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/air-canada-provides-update-on-cargo-business-808486137.html Jason Berry appointed Vice-President, Cargo Air Canada Pilots ratify collective agreement amendment to enable Air Canada to competitively operate dedicated cargo aircraft in the cargo marketplace. MONTREAL, Nov. 27, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Berry as Vice President, Cargo effective January 1, 2021. Mr. Berry
  4. Remember the little yellow vaccination booklets of the distant past? You had to have certain vaccinations to travel to certain countries. You'd get a booklet from Ottawa, the clinic would stamp it when you got particular vaccinations. I still have mine. Qantas is saying you will need proof of vaccination to travel on the airline once a vaccination is widely available.
  5. I'd say the cargo world has evolved a great deal, and any analysis dating back that far has fewer lessons to teach us today. Back then, even in the 1990s when I was more acquainted with global cargo, you had FedEx, and you had the heavies (Nippon Cargo, JAL Cargo, Northwest Cargo, etc., Cargolux) who.wanted the heavy high density stuff above all. A lot of consumer goods still moved by sea freight because what was the rush? Today, there is more in-between freight, that all air cargo operators want, more just-in-time sourcing. Those DC-8s AC flew back in the 70s and 80s certainly weren't capable
  6. Some are speculating about a theoretical conversion of the AC 777-200s in the desert but I know of NO conversion program for that fleet type, and given that there are so few of them in the world to begin with, it ain't going to happen. There is a just-launched conversion program for the 777-300ER, in Israel, but the first plane won't come off the line until 2022. The 777-300 conversion creates the kind of main deck weight/density suitable for a parcel operator, not for a true freighter. So unless AC sees itself as capable of making money in that realm - and perhaps it does with more shifting t
  7. It's certainly a good quarter for cargo rates. This is always the strongest, but with so much passenger lift out of the market, cargo rates are especially strong across the Pacific. AC is running a daily to near daily 777 on Shanghai-Toronto, got one on final approach to YYZ as I type this. Also, more Southpac capacity.
  8. And now to February https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/porter-airlines-adjusts-planned-restart-date-to-feb-11-837209746.html
  9. Delta, WestJet alliance gets US approval The U.S. Transportation Department has tentatively approved the cross-border alliance between Delta Air Lines and Canada's WestJet, but they will have to make concessions. To get the green light, WestJet will have to remove its low cost subsidiary Swoop from the joint venture and the airlines will have to give up 16 slots at New York LaGuardia Airport. Delta has a 45% market share at LaGuardia.
  10. https://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?c=setreg&region=3&m_id=_rmY!T_mT_&w_id=38169&news_id=2044821
  11. Well, the rapid testing concept can dispose of the quarantine pretty soon, but at the rate cases are climbing - Canada is once again off the EU list of acceptable origin countries for non-essential travel - it's going to be hard to find a place that will take Canadians.
  12. As I postulated on another social medium, Westjet knows a federal bailout is coming, and made a good move because - let's be frank now - promising refunds in a 6-9 month timeframe is pretty risk free when you know you'll have access to new low-cost capital. I mean 6-9 months? It doesn't take that long. But they know that somewhere in that timeframe, they will have the backstop capital the airline needs. Air Canada, with the bigger intercontinental exposure, will probably end up refunding all vouchers in a similar timeframe, once the nature of the bailout is confirmed and passed by Parliament.
  13. Listen, I once travelled from TLV and they required passengers to drop off baggage the night before at a downtown depot for security reasons. If you want to travel these days, going to a test site for a truly rapid test, getting your boarding pass or travel document stamped, is no big deal. BTW, who remembers when we needed to be vaccinated for a variety of diseases before being allowed into certain countries. Last night, I dug up my little yellow vaccination booklet. I was vaccinated for smallpox, yellow fever, typhoid and cholera. Many countries won't allow you in without a visa, which
  14. This seems to build on the Toronto test program where volunteers were asked to send in test swabs from home. That didn't shorten the quarantine period, but it did show that hardly any arrivals from overseas either had the virus or became infectious while in quarantine. I'd still prefer it if passengers were tested at the airport overseas, say 48 hours in advance, then again on arrival in Canada. That would mathematically reduce the chances of rapid tests failing to pick up positive case. I also suspect that testing outbound passengers from Canada to points overseas would help keep that channel
  15. It wouldn't matter - the government could have strung out the airlines for a while, insisting that they take downsizing actions up front. Instead, the aid package explicitly required them to maintain flights and employment.