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AC Losing 1/3 Of Its Fleet?  
User currently offlineQb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4
Posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3275 times:

Apparently, this news was published in the National Post, but I could not find a link. And I'm surprised no one mentioned this on A.Net.

In essence, GECAS is threatening to get its planes back. Apparently, that represents roughly a third of AC's fleet.

For those of you who read French, you can read it here

Never let the facts get in the way of a good theory.
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User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3150 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3249 times:

ummm... isnt this why Air Canada is in Bankruptcy protection?????????? Doesnt it protect AC from moves like this???

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User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3234 times:

The bankruptcy protection only lasts so long. What confuses me though is that I read recently that the judge extended the protection to September 30th, from the original date of June 30th. GECAS is threatening to seize aircraft as soon as July.

As for this not being posted yet, it is Dash8king's job to post articles on here relating to the aviation scene in Canada, and he hasn't been doing that.  Big grin

"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16493 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3220 times:

Aircraft seizing is more common than you think.

When VASP flew to YYZ, an MD-11 was seized by the lessor at YYZ in 1999. It sat at YYZ for months. VASP kept flying.

VARIG just had a 762 and a 772 seized in MIA and CDG, recently. Both were released after money was coughed up.

To seize 1/3 of the AC fleet would not necessarily shut down AC. It would panic the other creditors and COULD result in the entire fleet being seized though.

[Edited 2003-06-27 06:04:26]

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
User currently offlineSteman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1447 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3135 times:

I know this is not strictly related to this
but maybe someone of who would like to know that one former AC (previously CP) B767-300ER has been leased by Alitalia for the summer season.
The aircraft is currently at FCO undergoing repaint and reconfiguration for AZ. Moreover it seems that AZ is having problems in finding all the documents of this a/c, which should B767-35H ER, 26389/459 first flown Oct 7th, 1992 destined to China Southern, then flew for Air New Zealand, Airtours and then Canadian Airlines which was eventually merged into Air Canada.
I am not surprised that they have problem in findings all relative docs....



User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2075 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2843 times:
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Would Canadian Bankruptcy laws protect equipment leased from American companies though? Being that GE Capital Aircraft Services (GEACS) is in the U.S.?

User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3803 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2785 times:

So let me get this right here, GE Capital the company that lent Air Canada a Billion Dollars (CAD) For restructuring is now thinking about taking back the airplanes that they lease to Air Canada??? Something doesnt seem right there...

"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

Slawko, that 700 million U.S. is contingent on many factors, not sure if they have all been met. Also, AC has not dipped into this money anyways.

Syncmaster, you may have a point. Maybe somebody can shed some light on that matter. All I know is the protection was extended, yet GECAS is still making the threat. With Canada 3000, they were in protection when they were threatened as well, forcing them to shut down days after entering bankruptcy protection.

"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
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