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  1. Meanwhile, back at the OK Corral, the US has instructed the airlines to tell people attending ComicCon in San Diego they cannot check their comic books, but must bring them aboard as carry-on to be examined. https://twitter.com/united/status/889230345496780800 Don't just worry about what to do with the infants of terrorists - remember that the war has never occurred that hasn't been exploited to reduce someone's rights.
  2. Apparently, they are no longer an item. So says Macleans.
  3. https://leehamnews.com/2017/07/13/electronic-check-new-us-security-plan/#more-24132 Electronic check-in is out in new US security plan London Heathrow Airport. Photo via Google. July 13, 2017. © Leeham Co.: If you thought the US government ban on carrying electronic devices on board airliners in the name of heightened security was bad, that was going to be a minor inconvenience compared with what is in the works, LNC has learned. The US Department of Homeland Security may announce as soon as next week a series of revisions to check-in procedures outside the US that will set the airline world back 30 years. An international carrier advised LNC of the following, revised procedures DHS has notified it that will be put in place between now and October. Electronic check-in is out Kiosk and on-line check-in for inbound international passengers will be out. DHS wants a human agent to ask each person the usual questions: “Did you pack your own bag? Has it been out of your possession at any time? Has anyone asked you to carry something onto the aircraft?” (Note: On this one, upon returning from the Paris Air Show, LNC checked in using the kiosk and received these questions at boarding. This may not be especially new.) If the answers are deemed sufficiently high-risk, the passenger will be separated from his/her party — even if traveling with children for high-intensity screening in a separate holding area at the gate. The passenger will not be allowed to rejoin or communicate with the rest of the party until after boarding the aircraft. One hundred percent of US-bound passengers will have their carry-on bags swiped for explosive particles, just like TSA does randomly today. Timing Once announced, the new measures take effect within 21 days through October, LNCis told. It’s unclear if these new procedures will be applicable at airports where the US has pre-clearance arrangements (all of Canada and some other locations in Ireland and the Middle East.)
  4. SFO Incident

    Must happen often enough. Just experienced a go-around on an inbound 777-300ER because a plane ahead of us was slowing exiting the runway at YYZ. I must say, it's quite a rush getting a go-around on a 777, from gradually deceleration to whoosh, those GE-90s kick in. Luckily, not a touch and go, as that would have freaked out some passengers. Was perfectly handled, and a perfect landing. Quite different feeling from a takeoff when you are accelerating to get off the ground.
  5. Used its substitution rights to change the balance between 8s and 9s https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/57335-air-canada-rejigs-b737-max-order-book
  6. http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/25/asia/air-asia-flight-turns-back-technical-issue/index.html An engine issue followed by two hours of significant vibration, I imagine that would unnerve even experienced flyers.
  7. Some of the comments above make sense, but we live in a society where experts and expertise are denigrated - we all supposedly think we know more than doctors and lawyers and pilots and engineers about their fields of expertise. Everyone has an opinion, fostered by reading a few articles on the Internet. Hence the term alternate facts, which morphs into alternate or fake news. For those of you who care about this, I heartily recommend reading The Death of Expertise, by Tom Nichols. It's a new book. Nichols is a conservative professor at the US War College, but don't be turned off in advance by his past politics, he's very approachable regardless of your own political perspective, and this book is not about politics, but about contemporary self-centred thinking. I had a chance to listen to him speak several weeks ago in Toronto, and he just gave a talk on his book at the Spur Festival in Calgary. Well worth a serious person's time to download (or buy in hardcover from Chapters or Amazon).
  8. http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/30/news/united-airlines-unsafe-plane/index.html?sr=twCNN053017united-airlines-unsafe-plane1004PMVODtopPhoto&linkId=38178491 Failed to perform a required inspection of a fuel pump after a pressure switch replacement.
  9. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/westjet-london-gatwick-still-probelms-1.4131987 Westjet has decided to reduce the number of flights it offers to London, England, this summer as it tries curb delays and cancellations caused by its aging fleet of Boeing 767s. The airline has experienced plenty of problems since it began offering direct flights from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto to Gatwick airport last summer. Its four Boeing 767s are an average of 25 years old and the company says they require more time for repairs. So, to better manage the fleet while it waits for new planes to arrive in late 2019, WestJet confirmed it will cut the number of flights from Winnipeg and Edmonton. "We have revisited the utilization of our fleet for the summer 2017 flying," spokesperson Lauren Stewart said in a statement. "Decreasing the total number of weekly flights to LGW from across Canada so that we can more quickly recover in the event we have any unforeseen delays or cancellations."She says on-time performance of the Gatwick flights has improved from 38 per cent a year ago to 65 per cent so far this spring, and the airline is working to do even better. Meanwhile, some customers continue to share frustrating travel stories. Cancelled flights in May When Demelza Steel's father visited Canada this spring from southwestern England, she encouraged him to fly WestJet from London to Calgary. "He's a big fan of British Airways, but I pushed him to fly WestJet," she said. It was a decision she later regretted. The trouble started when he tried to catch a flight home to the U.K. on May 16. After driving an hour from Canmore to the airport in Calgary, he learned his flight was cancelled because of mechanical issues. He returned to Canmore with his daughter, only to find the next day's flight was also cancelled because of the same mechanical issue. Westjet cancelled a total of three flights in and out of London in mid-May. Steel said Air Canada and British Airways were both flying out of Calgary to London's Heathrow airport, but WestJet wouldn't book her father on a competitor's flight. He managed to get back to the U.K. on May 18. After arriving at Gatwick, he had to book and pay for another connecting flight to get home since he had missed his original connection two days earlier. It was a frustrating experience, his daughter said. "If you can't fly a flight with 300-plus people on it two days in a row, you can't provide a service, so it's very frustrating." Aging aircraft Last spring, WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky described the London service as hobbled, and said it takes time to find parts when the aircraft need repairs. The problems with its London flights continued through the summer and fall. One industry analyst estimated it cost the airline approximately $5 million in the second quarter of 2016. WestJet has announced plans to buy up to 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners to expand its long-haul flights, but they won't be delivered until the end of 2019, which means three more seasons of operating the aging 767s. Steel, who works in the tourism industry in Banff, Alta., wonders about the cost to Canada. "I'm compelled to feel that 300-plus-seat flights being cancelled consistently will only leave our international travellers with a bad taste of what Canada has to offer."
  10. AC to dump Aeroplan

    The only time Aderoplan sale money was to come directly to AC to keep it afloat was the abortive deal by Onex (IIRC) to buy 30% of Aeroplan for $300 million. That deal died when AC went into CCAA in 2003.
  11. AC to dump Aeroplan

    In negotiations, it ain't over until it's over.
  12. ALPA vote at WestJet

    I'll be more interested to see how ALPA's second contract negotiation with Westjet goes. The first is likely to be cautious. It has to consolidate the ranks and won't get that if it pushes too far too fast.
  13. AC to dump Aeroplan

    In negotiations, it ain't over until it's over. And I don't think it's over. Remember with Chorus, I said it wouldn't want to wait until 2018 or 2019 to get a new deal with AC. I was right on that one. AIMIA has a number of choices. Strike out as a less relevant domestic program like Air Miles offering accumulation and redemption at rates more like Avenir, or get a new deal with AC (and cut its distribution), or sell out to AC which would avoid a lot of messiness and allow AC basically to own the cash flow feeding the distributions. AC could sell off the foreign loyalty activities AIM manages. AC is going to get back some Unifor employees at AIM no matter what. A new loyalty program call centre will be staffed by Unifor employees, so absorbing AIM might actually be the cleanest thing to do. That's why AIM may wish to do a deal sooner rather than later because the closer it gets to 2020, the less it will be worth.
  14. ALPA vote at WestJet

    62 Pct to join ALPA
  15. AC to dump Aeroplan

    The sale proceeds accrued to ACE and were distributed to ACE shareholders. I wouldn't say it kept AC from going under. IIRC, some of the ATCS proceeds, mainly for ground assets like the Montreal and Winnipeg bases, were folded into the AC IPO, but not the Aeroplan sale proceeds.