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  1. Air Canada to Launch Seasonal Flights to Bangkok and Mumbai for Winter 2022-23 Only non-stop North America-Thailand route. Service to operate four-times weekly beginning Dec. 1 Daily Toronto-Mumbai flights via London Heathrow beginning Oct. 29 Restoration of key routes to India, Australia, New Zealand and Peru MONTREAL, June 20, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today the expansion of its international network with the addition of Bangkok, Thailand, the carrier's first non-stop service to South-East Asia. The airline will also be resuming flights to Mumbai, its second destination in the strategic India market. Air Canada's seasonal service to Bangkok will operate from its trans-Pacific hub at Vancouver International Airport, while the carrier's Mumbai flights will operate from Toronto via London-Heathrow. Both routes are subject to receiving final government approvals. "We are extremely pleased to be launching our first non-stop service to South-East Asia this winter, the only one between North America and Thailand. Thailand is a popular leisure destination for Canadians and this new service will give Aeroplan members exciting opportunities to both earn and redeem their points. For further convenience, our Bangkok flights will connect to our extensive domestic and trans-border network giving customers added seamlessness and choice when travelling," said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management, at Air Canada. "We are also excited to return to Mumbai, India's largest city and an important financial, commercial, and entertainment hub, complementing our 13 weekly flights from Canada to Delhi. Our Mumbai services are scheduled to operate with a stop in London Heathrow, offering connectivity to more than a dozen Air Canada and Star Alliance partner United Airlines flights between North America and London, as well as additional options for travel between the UK and India. The India market remains very important to Air Canada, and we are committed to resuming our currently paused non-stop services on Toronto-Mumbai and Vancouver-Delhi when circumstances allow." The planned service between Vancouver and Bangkok, as well as between Toronto and Mumbai via London-Heathrow, will be operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft featuring three cabins of service for customers to choose from, including lie-flat seats in Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class. Seats are available for sale now at aircanada.com, aircanada.com/Aeroplan, via the Air Canada App, Air Canada's Contact Centres, and travel agents. Air Canada is bolstering its international winter offering to the South Pacific region with the return of seasonal service from Vancouver to Auckland, New Zealand, and additional flights to Sydney and Brisbane, Australia. Air Canada is also re-establishing international services to South America with the resumption of routes from Montreal and Toronto to Lima, Peru on a seasonal basis. "We continue to pursue our strategy of expanding our global network in response to pent-up demand, and expect to operate approximately 81 per cent of our 2019 international capacity this winter. We look forward to welcoming our customers onboard," said Mr. Galardo. Award Winning Service Air Canada's onboard services on international flights showcase some of the best cuisine Canadian culinary talent has to offer with Air Canada's panel of celebrity chefs, including award-winning, Vancouver-based chefs David Hawksworthand Vikram Vij, and renowned Montreal chefs Antonio Park and chef Jérôme Ferrer. Complementing the culinary journey is a selection of top wines chosen by leading Canadian sommelier, Véronique Rivest. All customers have the opportunity to collect and redeem points through Aeroplan, Canada's leading loyalty program, when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits. Flight From To Days of Week Departs Arrives Aircraft Season AC65 YVR (Vancouver) BKK (Bangkok) Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 23:00 05:55 +2 days Boeing 787 Dec. 1 - Apr. 14 AC66 BKK (Bangkok) YVR (Vancouver) Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun 08:30 06:35 Boeing 787 Dec. 4 - Apr. 17 AC856 YYZ (Toronto) LHR (London) Daily 20:30 08:30 +1 day Boeing 787 Oct. 29- Mar. 24 LHR (London) BOM (Mumbai) Daily 11:10 +1 day 01:40 +2 days AC855 BOM (Mumbai) LHR (London) Daily 04:50 09:20 Boeing 787 Oct. 31- Mar. 26 LHR (London) YYZ (Toronto) Daily 12:00 14:55 Highlights of Air Canada's resumed and increased international routes for Winter 2022/23 include: India: Toronto-Mumbai Seasonal daily flights resume Oct. 29 via London Heathrow Toronto-Delhi Daily flights remain year-round Vancouver-Delhi 3 weekly flights resume Oct. 1. Outbound flight includes a technical stop in Dublin for operational purposes. Montreal-Delhi 3 weekly flights remain year-round South Pacific: Vancouver-Auckland 3 flights weekly service resume Nov. 10, increasing to 5 flights weekly from Dec.-Mar. Vancouver-Brisbane Increases to 5 weekly flights in Dec. Vancouver-Sydney Increases to 10 weekly flights for Dec. and Jan. Peru: Toronto-Lima Seasonal 2 weekly flights resume Nov. 4 Montreal-Lima Seasonal 2 weekly flights resuming Oct. 30
  2. AC has upped the A321XLR order to 30. Will go with Pratt engines.
  3. I believe AC's second 767 freighter was delivered last week.
  4. Tail section broken off. If the plane lost an engine while climbing, wonder if it was a bird strike.
  5. The US was sleep walking to a crisis on this one. https://theaircurrent.com/aviation-safety/5g-network-disruption-cluster/ Nor is it only Boeing aircraft affected Canada acted months ago, and conservatively, to the telecom's dismay.
  6. Airbus officials saying it's almost a sure bet the company will launch the long rumoured A220-500. Could AC use another reinstatement to shift into the larger derivative?
  7. THE CEO OF Air France has improved his French enough to give interviews in that language.
  8. There is also a strong lobby developing against the usual of Industrial 5G - plant or facility networks - in the vicinity of airports for the same reason. The US DoD is against it, among others. No, can't see a Huawei connection.
  9. I don't think I've ever seen International services expanded with so little pre-sale, and I have to think strong cargo rates are a factor. Everything I see about the cargo situations tells me volumes and rates will remain high well into the future, and passenger airlines are even likely to place more emphasis in making fleet acquisition and deployment decisions on the freight component. https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/air-canada-expands-capacity-from-eastern-canada-to-india-launches-new-non-stop-service-from-montreal-to-delhi-868404873.html Toronto service is increasing from daily to 10x weekly Route from Montreal begins October 31 with three flights a week MONTREAL, Oct. 13, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today a strategic expansion of its India services, with additional flights from Toronto, and a new year-round, non-stop route between Montreal and Delhi. Starting October 31, just in time for Diwali celebrations, Air Canada will offer three flights per week to the growing Indian community in Montreal. Additionally, the airline is increasing frequency to Delhi from Toronto to ten flights per week beginning Oct. 15. All flights will be operated with Air Canada's most modern aircraft, the 298-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring a choice of three cabins of service: Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy class. "The Canada-India market is an important and strategic one for Air Canada. These additional flights and new route demonstrate Air Canada's anticipation about the promise and growth of the Indian subcontinent– and we also look forward to further strengthening the cultural and business ties between our two countries," said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada. "Today's announcement also confirms Air Canada's commitment to growing its main hubs of Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, with convenient non-stop service to India from each hub. Air Canada is the only carrier offering a direct service to Delhi out of Montreal, allowing for easy connections through our extensive network. We continue to focus on the growing visiting friends and relatives market and this capacity expansion is a response to increasing demand." As the leading carrier between the two countries, Air Canada offers daily flights from Vancouver, up to ten flights a week from Toronto and three flights a week from Montreal. The airline's service to Mumbai will resume when conditions permit.
  10. https://aircanada.mediaroom.com/2021-10-01-Air-Canada-Begins-Work-to-Enhance-Cold-Chain-Handling-Capabilities-at-its-Toronto-Pearson-Cargo-Facility
  11. Westjet to require all employees to be fully vaccinated https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/the-westjet-group-announces-mandatory-covid-19-vaccination-for-all-employees-876060590.html
  12. It is not. It is identical. When drugs are fully approved, the manufacturer brands them. And vaccination is not forced. No one is going to strap you to a table and inject you with anything. We, the 80% prefer not to expose ourselves to the heightened risk you, the 20% pose to us. No vaccine is perfect, and even if the odds are greatly reduced that I will get sick, I choose not to sit or work beside an anti-vaxxer. I will not go to dine, indoors, at a restaurant, if it admits you, because what we know of now of the virus (its spread by aerosols primarily) and Delta (its the most contagious variant yet), the odds of me getting even an asymptomatic case are better than zero. And some of the same people who are anti-vaccination are anti-mask, intolerant of people who prefer to protect themselves. So no one is going to come to your house and grab your arm, but don't expect to mingle freely in all places with the vast majority who aren't buying your nonsense.
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