I've been thinking about the combined AC/CP schedule, and began to have a question form. It seems to me that CP has taken over a heck of a lot of AC flights. Especially in Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver, not only on western Rapidair but to YYZ/YUL/YOW also. As well, there are more CP-operated flights on eastern Rapidair runs than I would have expected.
My question is, what are all the AC FAs and pilots doing now who have had their flying severely cutback to accomadate the new CP operated flights? Especially the crews from YVR and YYC, though I've heard that AC's Halifax-based FAs have been (or had been) experiencing troubles with all of the flying transfered to Canadi>n.
AC hasn't had any incredible growth recently, so I'm just wondering what all those flight crews are doing when they would ordinarily be out flying flights now operating with CP metal and crews.
BTW, does anybody know when CP pilots and FAs will begin cross-training for the AC aircraft, and the AC pilots/FAs begin differences training for the CP aircraft? I assume AC crews will not train on the 737 while CP crews will not train on the DC9. But I would expect AC crew to be trained on the differences between the 320, 763, and 744, while the CP crew train on all the AC equip types.
As well, does anybody know when the schedules and flying will be fully combined to all AC flying? (e.g. AC3923 is a YYZ-YEG flight operated as AC but with CP equipment and crew. Before the acquisition, this flight was AC123.) I'm wondering when the two schedules will be fully integrated with none of the 3000-series flt numbers distinguishing the CP operated flights.