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  1. For short range routes, up to 400 km but more likely shorter https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/air-canada-to-acquire-30-es-30-electric-regional-aircraft-from-heart-aerospace-873505575.html Electric-hybrid aircraft advances carrier's 2050 net-zero emission goal Battery powered aircraft will have capacity for up to 30 passengers Electric 200 km range extends to 400 km with reserve hybrid architecture Agreement includes equity investment by Air Canada in Heart Aerospace Editor's note: A video demonstration of this aircraft is available here. MONTREAL, Sept. 15, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced a purchase agreement for 30 ES-30 electric-hybrid aircraft under development by Heart Aerospace of Sweden. The revolutionary regional aircraft, expected to enter service in 2028, will generate zero emissions flying on battery power and yield significant operational savings and benefits. Under the agreement, Air Canada has also acquired a US$5 million equity stake in Heart Aerospace. Air Canada today announced a purchase agreement for 30 ES-30 electric-hybrid aircraft under development by Heart Aerospace of Sweden. (CNW Group/Air Canada) "Air Canada has taken a leadership position in the industry to address climate change. The introduction into our fleet of the ES-30 electric regional aircraft from Heart Aerospace will be a step forward to our goal of net zero emissions by 2050," said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada. "Already, Air Canada is supporting the development of new technologies, such as sustainable aviation fuels and carbon capture, to address climate change. We are now reinforcing our commitment by investing in revolutionary electric aircraft technology, both as a customer for the ES-30 and as an equity partner in Heart Aerospace." The ES-30 will allow Air Canada to serve regional and commuter routes more sustainably, providing low-emission connectivity to local communities over the medium-to-long term. It will be capable of carrying 30 passengers seated three across (in a 2X1 configuration), with a galley and lavatory. Air Canada has placed a purchase order for 30 ES-30. "Air Canada is a strategically important partner for Heart Aerospace. The company has one of the world's largest networks operated by regional turboprops, and it is also a progressive, future leaning company especially in the green transmission," said Anders Forslund, founder and CEO of Heart Aerospace. "With the ES-30 we can start cutting emissions from air travel well before the end of this decade." The aircraft will be powered by lithium-ion batteries, and will be quieter, have better operational parameters, be more reliable, and have a smaller environmental footprint than conventional turbo-prop aircraft. It will also be equipped with reserve-hybrid generators that can use sustainable aviation fuel. Fully loaded, the ES-30 is projected to have an all-electric, zero-emission range of 200 km. This can be extended to 400 km with power supplemented by the generators, and up to 800 km if the load is restricted to 25 passengers. Charging time for the aircraft is expected to be 30-to-50 minutes.
  2. 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
  3. AC has upped the A321XLR order to 30. Will go with Pratt engines.
  4. I believe AC's second 767 freighter was delivered last week.
  5. Tail section broken off. If the plane lost an engine while climbing, wonder if it was a bird strike.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. THE CEO OF Air France has improved his French enough to give interviews in that language.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. https://aircanada.mediaroom.com/2021-10-01-Air-Canada-Begins-Work-to-Enhance-Cold-Chain-Handling-Capabilities-at-its-Toronto-Pearson-Cargo-Facility
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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,
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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."
  21. Unifor vs ALP re: Cargojet pilots https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/interference-by-us-pilots-association-unwelcome-in-canadian-bargaining-process-818756159.html
  22. 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...
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