jkavafian

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  1. I hope you are not implying that it should not be translated in French for the benefit of its French speaking employees. Not being a lawyer, I would venture to guess this would have to be translated anyway with or without ACPPA.
  2. I don't believe that is correct today. Many legal documents were being translated but if I'm not mistaken much of the routine make-work translations are not being done any more. As for the cost, at its peak I was told that the cost of running a bilingual operation was at most $20 million per year and of this amount, a lot would have been required anyway, whether or not there is ACPPA.
  3. I know that. I was just lightening the mood in the spirit of the Holidays. Maybe I was not clear. I think ACPPA should be scrapped but no politician will touch it.
  4. I have always encountered French speaking people when flying or dealing with WestJet. When I fly I use French and English interchangeably on both AC and WestJet and every time I get a positive response. Even at WestJet call centres. Language has never been an issue. In fact, I remember only one event on AC many years ago when asking for Diet Coke in French that the FA told me unprovoked she did not speak French and went on a lengthy monologue explaining to me that she did not have to speak French so long as there was at least one person on the flight who did. One time while on call with a WestJet agent to make changes to a flight reservation we were both alternating between English and French and having a pleasant time when I blurted a sentence in Japanese and to my surprise she responded in flawless Japanese too. I think there is no need for a language law for airlines but no politician will want to touch ACPPA. It's there and it will be there. Live with it and move on.
  5. I guess it's gonna take some time for the Singapore myth to bust. That airline never impresses me although I do admit their advertising does. That said, I can't disagree with most of the airlines on the list with the exception that some of the Chinese airlines missing from the list have impressive international service (flight experience).
  6. You are corfrect. It sounds like it may have been a glitch because I double-checked it earlier and it was very expensive. Now it's the same as Athens at $948. Relax, I don't have an agenda.
  7. Cheapest Toronto-Athens fare $950 in July and Toronto-Venice at $2,122 in August with 30" pitch for 9 to 10 hours. Ouch!!
  8. Looks like there will be some details tomorrow in Toronto at Dundas Square. AC Air Canada to present new leisure carrier Dec. 18 Canada StockWatch2:17 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Dec 17, 2012 Air Canada (TSX:AC) Shares Issued 243,550,140 Last Close AC.B 12/14/2012 $1.75 Monday December 17 2012 - News Release Mr. Ben Smith reports MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPP: AIR CANADA TO PRESENT ITS NEW LEISURE CARRIER Media are invited to attend a news conference where Air Canada senior executives will present the company's new leisure carrier. Ben Smith, executive vice-president and chief commercial officer, Air Canada, and Michael Friisdahl, president and chief executive officer of Air Canada's leisure group, will discuss details and strategy of Air Canada's latest venture, followed by a question period and interview availability. What: Official presentation of Air Canada's new leisure carrier Who: Air Canada executives When: 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012; media requiring time to set up equipment are requested to arrive at 11 a.m. Where: Theatre 1 at the Cineplex Odeon in Yonge-Dundas Square (formerly AMC Yonge & Dundas 24), Toronto, Ont. Photo opportunity: The news conference will be followed by a photo opportunity at 12 p.m. outside on Dundas Square when Air Canada will begin giving away discounts to exciting international vacation destinations for 10,000 lucky downtown passersby and shoppers RSVP: Manon Chabot, Air Canada corporate communications, at 514-422-7794 or via e-mail
  9. Let's see, a little smugness there don't you think? Bernardo, Lepine... and others that I forget and we only have 1/10th of their population.
  10. Horrible. The lives of so many families changed in an instant.
  11. With the kind of money they are spending in Calgary you are going to need a lot more than a few potential WestJet 777 flights to Asia to make the business case. Since Calgary's fortunes rise and fall with oil prices, the money being spent in that airport is reckless. The world is moving away from oil. It's slow right now but no one can stop the progress. If not moving away from oil then it would be greater supply from shale just as we are seeing in natural gas. So in 20 years Calgary could be a much bigger city or it could be a stagnant or smaller city. It all depends on oil prices. The only attraction for tourists to Calgary is Banff and that will not change with oil prices. The question remains, is tourist traffic alone sufficient to meet the growth forecasts to justify the spending? Probably not.
  12. I had heard from an FA that did the Hong Kong-Anchorage-Toronto run some two years ago that working conditions at CX were horrible. The salary is not that bad but low by Hong Kong standards. I don't remember exactly how much it was but I remember being shocked at the low level. I was expecting a higher number. By comparison to CX, AC management treats its employees with utmost respect.
  13. Yields are very good. My information on yield is about 2 years old but what I had seen then were very good.
  14. I wish I had the power to burry AC. But maybe CCAA of 2003 could be called the burrial of AC part 1? In any event, bottom line is profitability and AC has not yet shown any profits. As an airline AC is a great company (in my opinion) but financially it's a dog. Assuming that your question is not snide sarcasm, I'm not doing much these days.
  15. I'm not even sure dagger is even in the right hemisphere on this one and as usual he goes through great length at twisting and turning to sound informed but I am getting dizzy just trying to follow the logic. This is another dumb idea probably hatched by one of those expensive consultants AC seems to be endlessly hiring. Premium economy makes sense if you are running at load factors in the 70s but not when you are in the nid-80s like AC is runnning these days. You want more legroom? AC has a product for you, it's called Business Class. WestJet, because it does not have Business Class, can do premium economy to get higher revenue. AC's economy class product is very good and very competitive. The seats are wide and legroom is pretty good. If they do Premium economy then some of the plane will have to become discount economy to compensate because its a zero-sum game. In that case, what was a "good" product will now become not so good. This is an unecessary exercise better left ignored.
  16. My understanding is that the YYC flights is helping bring more tourists from outside Tokyo (Osaka/Nagoya/Fukuoka) because they can now get to Banff with only one connectrion over Tokyo compared with one or two connections before via a U.S. hub. Tour operators in Japan are buying up all the capacity and bypassing Vancouver as a stop on their Banff-Niagara tours. I'm told that 90% of seats are allocated to the big tour operators there. The YYC flight is a net loss to the NRT-YVR flights. Previously tours started in Vancouver and on to Calgary/Banff and Toronto/Niagara. Since the YYC flights many of them are skipping Vancouver leaving more room on the YVR flights for Asian connecting traffic.
  17. I think he means Benjamin Franklin on the US $100 bill.
  18. There you go again. International flights are not subject to GST. Trying to sound informed again??
  19. It was Thomas Cook that got out of Jazz and not the other way around.
  20. I think he means single class seating, no airport lounges, better employee work rule, no pension obligation and so on.
  21. To think that there's a whole lot of aurguing going on for a 500-seat 777-300ER on a 14 hour leg that can never happen.
  22. I see that. ANA has 516 seats on their domestic configuration but the seats are 1.5 inches narrower and they use 10 abreast. In any event, with the extra people and luggage I don't believe that kind of density on a 777 would work long haul. http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/ANA/ANA_Boeing_777-300ER_B.php But I'm not willing to argue too hard considering that I don't believe in the LCC plan.
  23. Not do be nitpicking here but 500 PAX in a 777-300ER on a 14 hour leg? The foreign carrier could only do its home country to Canada. China-Canada, or Japan-Canada. A Chinese carrier could not do Japan-Canada. Via China flights to Canada would not work.
  24. That company on Park Avenue is self-destructing without external assistance. Like a deer caught in the headlights, it doesn't know what to do.