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  1. LH High Density A320

    Their designation is "lead".
  2. So Christians don't and haven't committed atrocities?
  3. Are you as repulsed by Christians forcing their briefs on people?
  4. Unifor Positon on Passes

    Leslie Dias, national representative for Unifor, which represents the airline’s reservation and check-in staff, says her union wouldn’t be interested in such a long contract. “A lot can change in 10 years. You need to be in a position to deal with issues when they arise,” she said. “Ten years is way too long to be locked in and unable to react.” Dias acknowledged the pilots’ contract has influence on the type of aircraft flown, fleet size and what aircraft are flown by regional carriers. “It does potentially put in place some stability for the rest of us, in terms of knowing what the future plans are. That’s not a negative for the rest of us,” she said. “But it doesn’t mean it’s the right thing for the rest of us to do.”
  5. CUPE ratifies contract with AC

    It passed by 49 votes with 1800 members (25%) not voting.
  6. MONTREAL and HALIFAX, Jan. 13, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada (TSX: AC) and Jazz Aviation LP ('Jazz'), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc. (TSX:CHR.B CHR.A), have reached agreement on an amended and extended capacity purchase agreement ('CPA') which provides for significant cost reductions for both parties, strengthens the relationship and better aligns their interests over the long term. The new CPA is subject to a number of terms and conditions, including the ratification of a new tentative agreement reached between Jazz and its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association ('ALPA'), and approvals by the respective Boards. "Our restructured capacity purchase agreement with Jazz represents another important milestone in Air Canada's ongoing cost reduction initiatives and the execution of our commercial strategy," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada. "The agreement better aligns the interests of both companies and the resulting fleet, operational and cost efficiencies will allow Air Canada to compete more effectively in regional markets, improve our product and service offerings and generate connecting traffic to support our growing international network." "We are pleased to have reached new agreements that strengthen our competitive position in regional markets and our relationship with Air Canada for the long term," remarked Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jazz and Chorus Aviation Inc. "We are aligned with Air Canada in terms of cost reduction and operational efficiency gains. While we have made significant progress in our cost reduction efforts, this improved contract will allow us to further address our cost challenges. I'm confident we will deliver additional value to our stakeholders as there is certainty of Jazz's operations for the next eleven years, and it places Jazz in a more cost competitive position over the longer term. This confidence is shared by Air Canada with the elimination of any future benchmarking process over the term of the contract. The projected economics of the new contract are anticipated to support the Chorus dividend and the long term sustainability of Jazz." "I would like to thank the bargaining teams for forging a new pathway forward with Jazz and Air Canada," said Captain Claude Buraglia, Chairman, Master Executive Council, Air Line Pilots Association. "This long term labour agreement provides competitive terms and secures Jazz's leading position within the Air Canada network, which will provide certainty for our pilots. This clearly demonstrates the innovative spirit of our pilot group and sets the foundation for a renewed relationship that will benefit all stakeholders." The highlights of the new CPA include: Extension of the term by five years to December 31, 2025; Establishment of a pilot mobility agreement that provides Jazz pilots with access to pilot vacancies at Air Canada, thus allowing a significant reduction in Jazz operating costs; Simplification and modernization of the Jazz fleet; Reduction in Air Canada and Jazz costs derived from a combination of improved fleet economics, greater network flexibility and reduced operating and labour costs. This supports Air Canada's cost reduction initiatives; and Modification of Jazz's CPA fee structure, moving from a "cost plus" mark-up to a more industry standard fixed fee compensation structure. This will provide more cost certainty and better align the cost reduction goals of both Air Canada and Jazz. This eliminates non-value added costs and the necessity of the 2015 benchmarking exercise.While it is anticipated that Jazz will achieve similar returns to its current fee structure until 2020, there will be a reduction in the fixed fee compensation structure beginning in 2021. The new CPA affords Chorus the opportunity to provide more Jazz operated aircraft to Air Canada at market rates. Provisions within the new CPA will contribute significantly to ensuring Jazz is a formidable cost competitor in the regional sector over the term of the new CPA, thereby enabling Jazz to bid for new regional flying for Air Canada on a more competitive basis. Further modernization of the Jazz fleet continues with the addition of 23 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft to gradually replace 34 Bombardier Dash 8-100 and 25 CRJ200 aircraft. The transition to a newer, larger gauge aircraft operation calls for a reduction in the Jazz fleet from 122 to an established minimum guarantee of 101 aircraft by the end of 2020, and 86 aircraft by the end of 2025. The transition to newer and more efficient larger gauge aircraft significantly helps to reduce per seat operating costs. The up-gauging of aircraft results in a reduction of seat capacity of less than 4% by 2020, and is further reduced by less than 9% by 2025. The new CPA is subject to respective Board approvals, the ratification of the pilot tentative agreement, and all requirements of the pilot mobility agreement being met. It is anticipated that all such approvals should be obtained by February 1, 2015. Air Canada and Chorus do not intend to provide further comment pending the successful ratification of the tentative agreement with Jazz pilots. A news release updating the market will be issued when all terms and conditions are met. Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information CHORUS AVIATION INC. Chorus advises that certain statements in this news release may contain statements which are forward-looking. These forward-looking statements are identified by the use of terms and phrases such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", "plan", "predict", "project", "will", "would", and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions. Such statements may involve but are not limited to comments with respect to strategies, expectations, planned operations or future actions. Forward-looking statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and other uncertain events. Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are based on assumptions, including those described below, and are subject to important risks and uncertainties and uncertainties and that the Chorus dividend policy under which the Board evaluates the dividend on a regular basis and declares dividends at their discretion as further described in the Chorus M,D&A. Any forecasts or forward-looking predictions or statements cannot be relied upon due to, amongst other things, changing external events and general uncertainties of the business. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Results indicated in forward-looking statements may differ materially from actual results for a number of reasons, including without limitation, risks relating to Chorus' relationship with Air Canada, risks relating to the airline industry, energy prices, general industry, market, credit, and economic conditions, competition, insurance issues and costs, supply issues, war, terrorist attacks, epidemic diseases, environmental factors, acts of God, changes in demand due to the seasonal nature of the business, the ability to reduce operating costs and employee counts, secure financing, employee relations, labour negotiations or disputes including, majority ratification of the tentative agreement and acceptance by a majority of pilots of the mobility rights, restructuring, pension issues, currency exchange and interest rates, leverage and restructure covenants in future indebtedness, dilution of Chorus shareholders, uncertainty of payments, managing growth, changes in laws, adverse regulatory developments or proceedings, pending and future litigation and actions by third parties. There is no assurance that the conditions to the CPA will be met so as to become effective. The forward-looking statements contained in this discussion represent Chorus' expectations as of January 13, 2015, and are subject to change after such date. However, Chorus disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities regulations. Air Canada Air Canada's public communications may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are based on assumptions and are subject to important risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements cannot be relied upon due to, amongst other things, changing external events and general uncertainties of the business. Actual results may differ materially from results indicated in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including without limitation, industry, market, credit and economic conditions, the ability to reduce operating costs and secure financing, pension issues, energy prices, employee and labour relations, currency exchange and interest rates, competition, war, terrorist acts, epidemic diseases, environmental factors (including weather systems and other natural phenomena, and factors arising from man-made sources), insurance issues and costs, changes in demand due to the seasonal nature of the business, supply issues, changes in laws, regulatory developments or proceedings, pending and future litigation and actions by third parties as well as the factors identified throughout Air Canada's public disclosure file available at Any forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent Air Canada's expectations as of the date of this news release and are subject to change after such date. However, Air Canada disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities regulations.
  7. Does Rouge Have Pilot Issues?

    No 767s have been involved in any incidents or accidents at rouge. There was a hard landing in MBJ with an A319. The captain WAS NOT a manager, nor was the FO brand new. The airplane was ferried to MIA where it passed the Phase 1 hard landing inspection, and besides a sheared nut (which was suffering corrosion/fatigue) there was no other damage that necessitated repair. You need a new source DEFCON.
  8. WestJet flight attendants have voted down a new tentative agreement aimed at quelling ongoing unionization efforts at the Calgary-based airline. Fifty-seven per cent of flight attendants who voted rejected the agreement, which had been the result of six months of negotiationbetween management and WestJet’s non-unionized flight attendant association. Turnout for the vote was an extremely strong 90 per cent. “We are obviously disappointed with the results of the vote,” said Tyson Matheson, WestJet Vice-President, Inflight, in a release. “We believe we brought forward an agreement that balanced the needs of our flight attendants with those of the business.” Matheson said he has no doubt that management and staff will be able to come together to resolve the issues that led to these results. He also thanked flight attendants for lending their voice to the process and for the daily work they do. He said WestJet’s leadership team and the Flight Attendant Association Board will regroup in the coming weeks in an effort to understand employees’ specific concerns. While WestJet has long prided itself on its positive workplace culture, it’s clear some employees are disgruntled with some of the changes that have taken place over the last two years — a period of rapid growth and expansion at the airline. One particularly contentious move was the establishment of new crew bases in Toronto and Vancouver, a departure from the old model where all pilots and flight attendants started their shifts in Calgary. The airline also moved to a new ratio of one flight attendant for every 50 passengers, a change from the old ratio of one to 40. In recent months, both the Canadian Union of Public Employees and an in-house group calling itself the WestJet Professional Flight Attendants Association (WPFFA) have been trying to convince the airline’s flight attendants to sign membership cards. WestJet acknowledged in October that the new agreement — pitched as a first-of-its kind document with more teeth than any previous memorandum of agreement — was an attempt to address any employee concerns that might be fuelling ongoing unionization drives at WestJet. The tentative agreement covered not just compensation, but also formally establishing a series of work rules and an enforceable dispute resolution process. More to come.
  9. Pass Privileges...

    The "signing bonus" is $10K and is mostly made up of money owed to us from a significant grievance win.
  10. Ac Name Our New Low Cost

    Been Th-Air, Done That.
  11. Virgin Pacific

    Anyone remember this article? Air Canada eyes Asia for low-cost airline BRENT JANG - TRANSPORTATION REPORTER The Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, Jun. 12 2012, 6:39 PM EDT Last updated Tuesday, Jun. 12 2012, 6:43 PM EDT Air Canada is shifting its strategy for launching a discount operation, focusing on locating a new low-cost international carrier in Vancouver in a bid to tap into the potential of Asian destinations. Plans call for the new entity to take over Air Canada's overseas flights in and out of Vancouver on wide-body aircraft. Some pilots and flight attendants will be from Canada and others could be based offshore. MORE RELATED TO THIS STORY Air Canada’s Duncan Dee leaving carrier Air Canada to forge ahead with low-cost division Air Canada to take charge over Aveos shutdown AVIATION Video: WestJet takes on Air Canada MONEY MONITOR Video: Investing in airline stocks AIRLINE Video: U.K. low cost airline fares well in tough climate Vancouver has emerged as the focal point because Asian markets offer the best growth prospects while the euro zone debt crisis has relegated Europe to a lower priority for Air Canada. “Vancouver has been an underperforming market for Air Canada on international routes,” said one industry official. “Air Canada is trying to figure out how to make Vancouver work.” The quest to attract more traffic to and from Asia will pit the Air Canada-backed entity against carriers that already have a strong customer base, such as Cathay Pacific Airways. In an effort to start the discount carrier by the spring of 2013, Air Canada is seeking to bring in an airline partner and a financial investor to avoid having to obtain approval from its pilots' union to forge ahead. The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) possesses veto power over any new venture controlled by the Montreal-based carrier. But Air Canada envisages an ownership structure that would keep its stake at less than 50 per cent, while giving minority stakes to a foreign airline and a financial player yet to be confirmed. Air Canada chief executive officer Calin Rovinescu first disclosed plans for a low-cost carrier based in Central Canada in April 2011, targeting markets in Europe initially, and later Mexico and the Caribbean. But the country's largest carrier has run into resistance from ACPA and watched tour operator Transat A.T. Inc. struggle amid fierce competition to fly travellers between Central Canada and Europe. Air Canada has now turned its attention to reinventing its presence in Vancouver, which would serve as the new operation's base for service to and from China, Japan, South Korea and other Asian countries. Air Canada will remain a member of the Star Alliance of airlines and still handle domestic flights in and out of Vancouver, as well as provide service between Vancouver and the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Mr. Rovinescu was in Vancouver last week during a meeting of the Star Alliance. He met with a senior B.C. government official to provide a briefing on Air Canada's vision for raising Vancouver's profile as an international aviation hub. There will be an impact on employees in Vancouver at Air Canada, but new jobs will be created at the low-cost operation, so the airline is banking on political support in British Columbia for the transition. While Air Canada declined comment Tuesday, Mr. Rovinescu said last week at the company's annual meeting that “we are evaluating various low-cost carrier business models.” Ben Smith, Air Canada's chief commercial officer, is spearheading the project to make Vancouver the centrepiece of the discount unit's launch. Under the original strategy, Air Canada would have signed a code-sharing pact with its planned low-cost division to co-operate on flight reservations and baggage handling, but a revised proposal calls for the West Coast entity to be effectively independent and have the flexibility to align with a partner that doesn't necessarily belong to the Star Alliance. Union leaders are upset that Air Canada wants to borrow major elements of the strategy deployed by Australia's Qantas, which runs the low-cost operation Jetstar with airline partners in an array of Asian markets, including service to Japan, Singapore and Vietnam. Qantas has expansion plans slated next year in a Hong Kong-based joint venture with China Eastern Airlines Co. Ltd. for China, Japan and South Korea. Vancouver is currently served by Asian carriers such as Cathay, Japan Airlines, Korean Air and Taiwan-based EVA Airways. Mr. Smith has held meetings with prospective partners such as Cathay, Air China Ltd. and International Airlines Group, parent of British Airways and Spain's Iberia, but a deal remains elusive. Air Canada would like to sign up a partner from China, though it is also possible that the Vancouver-based joint venture could instead involve a European-based carrier such as Virgin Atlantic, which is 51 per cent owned by British billionaire Richard Branson and 49 per cent by Singapore Airlines. --------------------- 40% Virgin 40% Air Canada 20% someone else (Aero Bee?)
  12. Ac Fleet Plan Unveiled

    Both were done in 2009
  13. More Sobering Hindsight...

    I'm sorry but that's a load of crap. The voter turnout was 97.7%