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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. https://aircanada.mediaroom.com/2021-10-01-Air-Canada-Begins-Work-to-Enhance-Cold-Chain-Handling-Capabilities-at-its-Toronto-Pearson-Cargo-Facility
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Old news. There is a lot of this negative handover from the first few days. There were over 400 on an RCAF flight yesterday and over 500 on one overnight.
  7. Yes, and no. You can't tell with some if there was a reasonable hope of getting them out in any scenario that didn't involve a shooting war. Also, the scope of what has been happening the past 72 to 96 hours - the sheer numbers being airlifted - is becoming a story in itself. This is the biggest airlift since the US left Saigon, and it's beginning to look at bit like Berlin 48. Just follow all the aircraft on Flightradar24 and other sites. Absolutely remarkable.
  8. Keep on eye on AC's Hong Kong loads. Seems a lot of people are leaving for good. Big crowds at AC and BA checkin these days,
  9. Hard to measure the reception until you know seating configurations, departure gates, slot times, etc. The nice thing about Porter to date is that it has been granted a virtual monopoly at a convenient airport for short-haul, with slot times to suit its ridership. The new terminal is spacious, the experience by virtue of it being under utilized is definitely different, especially if you live or work or are destined for downtown Toronto. YYZ, YUL, etc, are different experiences with no obvious advantages, no international feed traffic unless they hook up with OneWorld. That would put them in T3 in Toronto, so not at the Express Train station (which is at T1). AC has its best lounges at YYZ, YUL,etc, the better gates, well-established slot times. not only at YYZ, but everywhere else in Central Canada and the US northeast. And now that it owns Aeroplan again, it has the biggest stick by far.
  10. We could reinstate nonstop flights from India and Pakistan, but process them at the YYZ infield terminal. I don't know if similar segregation can be achieved at YVR. There are solutions to phase in normalcy.
  11. Not your usual helpful answer. Canada is working with IATA and ICAO on folding Canada into one or more of the international systems under development. Talks are rather intensive. Here is some helpful background on how the Brits are handling the situation right now, without passes. Obviously, this is an interim process, but it dispenses with outright flight bans. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/portugal-moved-to-amber-list-to-guard-public-health-against-variants-of-concern-following-first-traffic-light-review?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_source=101eebf5-6928-45f1-a2d2-7ca9879d0846&utm_content=immediately
  12. https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/westjet-workers-join-unifor-803262339.html WestJet workers join Unifor TORONTO, May 21, 2021 /CNW/ - In a major victory for hard-hit airline workers, 531 WestJet airport agents in Calgary and Vancouver are now members of Unifor, the Canada Industrial Relations Board has declared. "Today these workers have gained a voice in their workplace during a challenging time in their industry. WestJet workers are dedicated employees who have a great deal to offer as the airline moves forward," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. WestJet Airport Agents join Unifor (CNW Group/Unifor) "With the sale of their airline almost two years ago and the impact of the pandemic on all airlines over the past year, it is vital that workers have a voice in the future of this company." Unifor filed an application with the Canada Industrial Relations Board on April 12, 2021 to certify Unifor as the union for 320 airport agents in Calgary and 211 in Vancouver, including those on the job and those laid off due to COVID-19. The board certified Unifor as the sole bargaining agent for these workers Thursday after declaring that more than half the workers at the two locations had signed membership cards. Unifor represents 7,500 airport agents at other airlines, including at Air Canada, Jazz, Porter, First Air, Calm Air and more. In all, Unifor represents more than 16,000 workers across the airline industry, and has led the fight to push the federal government to create a national aviation plan, and has held rallies, presented to parliamentary committees and has actively lobbied for a national recovery plan for the sector that includes financial support for workers. "I am proud to work at WestJet, and proud to now be a member of Unifor. WestJet grew as a company where workers were heard, and Unifor will help make sure that continue," said Sherwin Antonio a Customer Service Agent in Baggage at WestJet in Calgary. "We have been talking to WestJet workers across the country for some time, and support has always been strong. A year ago, we suddenly could no longer talk to them in airports because of COVID-19, and switched to online organizing," Unifor Organizing Director Kellie Scanlan said. "Today's victory for WestJet workers really shows the power online organizing."
  13. Unifor vs ALP re: Cargojet pilots https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/interference-by-us-pilots-association-unwelcome-in-canadian-bargaining-process-818756159.html
  14. Israel's IAI now has a program to convert Boeing 777-200LRs into freighters, so if AC thinks it doesn't need them as passenger planes...
  15. What are the logistics for a US owned airline to be based on Canada? I get that it is doing transborder, but something about this feels not quite right.
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