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by Acey
Tue Aug 16, 2022 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

No, I am suggesting that they fly lie-flat equipped aircraft when AC flies at least half of its daily frequencies on widebodies. ...ah so I'm going crazy. What about turning YYZ-YYC/YVR into an all lie-flat operation YVR less than half today, YYC obviously not close to half for AC, and massively bo...

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by Acey
Tue Aug 16, 2022 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

Thomaas wrote:
What about turning YYZ-YYC/YVR into an all lie-flat operation


Are you suggesting an all-J configured 787, or every YYC-YYZ flight to be operated by the existing Dreamliners? Both are terrible ideas, for the record.

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by Acey
Tue Aug 16, 2022 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

Hard to believes that deploying almost new aircraft on PVR flights is the best use of such an expensive asset. What is the list of these allegedly significantly more profitable destinations they should be flying in the dead of winter with the Dreamliners? What were the load factors and average fare...

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by Acey
Mon Aug 08, 2022 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 857
Views: 184797

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2022

By the look of it, AC will likely keep cutting international and transborder services out of YYC On the other hand, AC will operate 2x daily 7M8 on YYC-LAX this winter which is the most seats in the last decade. YYC-PHX and YYC-LAS also to be operated by 7M8 after intermittent Rouge and Jazz operat...

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by Acey
Sun Aug 07, 2022 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

I know in the past you could find Westjets flight schedule on their website, but I cannot seem to find it anymore. Anyone have a link to this information? This page is the new version of what I believe you're referring to: https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/flights/direct-flights Thanks! Just had to pal...

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by Acey
Sat Aug 06, 2022 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

Boeing7379 wrote:
I know in the past you could find Westjets flight schedule on their website, but I cannot seem to find it anymore. Anyone have a link to this information?

This page is the new version of what I believe you're referring to: https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/flights/direct-flights

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by Acey
Fri Aug 05, 2022 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 857
Views: 184797

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2022

Any word it will come back or is this route essentially dead? Doubt it comes back next year either but it's too early to say whether or not it's permanently dead. Currently AC "replace" the route with YYZ-NRT this winter by using the AC9/10 number. AC is content to route Alberta traffic t...

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by Acey
Thu Aug 04, 2022 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 857
Views: 184797

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2022

YYC-NRT stopped in late October 2019 for the season and wasn't planned to come back for 2020 anyway, so that stoppage was not pandemic-induced. It was 100% scheduled in 2020, I remember its resumption being delayed a few times, and then removed. Was even briefly scheduled on a 788 in S21. Any word ...

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by Acey
Thu Aug 04, 2022 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 857
Views: 184797

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2022

CrewBunk wrote:
It stopped during Covid.

YYC-NRT stopped in late October 2019 for the season and wasn't planned to come back for 2020 anyway, so that stoppage was not pandemic-induced.

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by Acey
Tue Aug 02, 2022 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 857
Views: 184797

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2022

yyztpa2 wrote:
Isn't CargoJet also doing Canadian flying for Amazon?

Yes, with 2 painted frames in the Prime livery. Daily YHM-YYC-YHM rotation and the other does YHM-YEG-YVR-YHM. I believe it was a 2-year contract so we'll see what these 2 planes do after. (C-GAZI and C-GAZF)

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by Acey
Thu Jul 28, 2022 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada, WestJet Fleets: Livery, Interiors
Replies: 37
Views: 5197

Re: Air Canada, WestJet Fleets: Livery, Interiors

WS has seen significant fleet stress in the years leading up to COVID which explains the delay in re-painting the fleet, Sure. I just find myself wondering if any airline in North American history has announced a new livery and not painted a single frame 4.5 years later. Not even asking in a passiv...

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by Acey
Thu Jul 28, 2022 10:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is faster in baggage loading, bulk loaded or container loaded?
Replies: 21
Views: 3083

Re: What is faster in baggage loading, bulk loaded or container loaded?

Could you provide a reference. I think it would be interesting to see the stats re: injuries sustained bulk load vs. container load. Thanks. e38 Container loading does not require anyone to be bent over inside a hold lifting bags. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/237663145_AIRLINE_BAGGAGE_H...

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by Acey
Thu Jul 28, 2022 2:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is faster in baggage loading, bulk loaded or container loaded?
Replies: 21
Views: 3083

Re: What is faster in baggage loading, bulk loaded or container loaded?

The big difference I see in bulk vs cans is in manpower. At YYC, 3-4 guys can do the front and back of a can-loaded 321 in about the same time as 6-7 guys on a 737. 6-7 people loading a 737 seems like overkill. US airlines I'm familiar with typically use 3-4 ramp workers per gate working a turn on ...

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by Acey
Wed Jul 27, 2022 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada, WestJet Fleets: Livery, Interiors
Replies: 37
Views: 5197

Re: Air Canada, WestJet Fleets: Livery, Interiors

The plan at WS was to repaint the planes as they came due in their normal paint schedule even before the pandemic, so it was always going to be a slow roll out. Yes, but most are surprised that in 4+ years not a single frame out of around 110 that require paint has reached its "normal paint sc...

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by Acey
Wed Jul 27, 2022 2:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Feasibility Of Ordering A New Passenger 737NG
Replies: 3
Views: 1637

Re: Feasibility Of Ordering A New Passenger 737NG

I'm sure you'd see a similar utilization trend with other North American airlines operating mixed NG and MAX fleets like UA, AA and WS... the efficiency of the MAX is more realized on longer sectors so that's where they are used, which lowers the number of flights operated per day.

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by Acey
Wed Jul 27, 2022 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada, WestJet Fleets: Livery, Interiors
Replies: 37
Views: 5197

Re: Air Canada, WestJet Fleets: Livery, Interiors

BML87 wrote:
WestJet should have added seatback TVs to their 737 Maxs like AC. Really, there's no difference between WestJet and Swoop when you're on board.


You're aware WS has a 2x2 cabin at the front of their 737, right? It's an identical cabin to AC minus the TV.

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by Acey
Tue Jul 26, 2022 11:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is faster in baggage loading, bulk loaded or container loaded?
Replies: 21
Views: 3083

Re: What is faster in baggage loading, bulk loaded or container loaded?

The big difference I see in bulk vs cans is in manpower. At YYC, 3-4 guys can do the front and back of a can-loaded 321 in about the same time as 6-7 guys on a 737.

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by Acey
Tue Jul 26, 2022 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

Perusing WS current fleet, I was surprised by the number of non-max 737s they operate. How much of a cost disadvantage is this, when competition mostly operates maxes? Overall operating cost reduction vs the NG was advertised as 7-10% so that gives you a rough idea. Excluding AC obviously, don't fo...

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by Acey
Mon Jul 25, 2022 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

AirframeAS wrote:
Any chance that we will ever see a DEN-YYZ route anytime soon? I'd LOVE to see that!!!

Certainly not mainline any time soon, given what I observe to be the only mediocre performance of DEN-YYC. Especially not with the eastern drawdown.

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by Acey
Fri Jul 22, 2022 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC & UA Announce Transborder JV
Replies: 55
Views: 8499

Re: AC & UA Announce Transborder JV

IAH-YYC was a massive market pre pandemic. Maybe pre-2010 it was, but prior to pandemic it had already crumbled. What was 5x CO daily service back in the day fell to 1-2x UA service in 2019 and is currently only 1x daily 737 while everything else transborder is fully back for the most part. It's st...

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by Acey
Fri Jul 22, 2022 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC & UA Announce Transborder JV
Replies: 55
Views: 8499

Re: AC & UA Announce Transborder JV

This is huge! Hopefully, this means that AC will go all mainline out of IAH! The CRJ-9 has proven to be a good fit for YYC-IAH despite the occasional fuel stop. It's been on a pandemic break and is restarting this fall but WestJet has established themselves at 9x weekly. I think the RJ is the only ...

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by Acey
Fri Jul 22, 2022 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: Westjet airport staff vote to strike

ACDC8 wrote:
Are these jobs even full time?

Can only speak for YYC but it's a mix of both full time and part time there for WS customer service.

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by Acey
Wed Jul 20, 2022 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: Westjet airport staff vote to strike

The good news is that YYC operation is already in such shambles that a strike will only have negligible impact from a customer experience standpoint.

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by Acey
Wed Jul 20, 2022 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 664
Views: 97082

Re: Flair Airlines Network Thread - 2022

All international routes from YEG have trash loads. From personal experience, KLM from YEG to AMS has a very high load factor. If they didn’t we would be rerouted through YYC or YVR. KLM has operated three weekly flights for a number of years now. I believe it was a reference to Flair in particular...

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by Acey
Tue Jul 19, 2022 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canada Jetlines News and Discussion Thread 2022
Replies: 40
Views: 7280

Re: Canada Jetlines News and Discussion Thread 2022

I suspect there will be a wild correction in these fares, perhaps a problem with their algorithms or something. Or maybe they think those Recaro seats command a 2x premium.

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by Acey
Mon Jul 18, 2022 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 857
Views: 184797

Re: Air Canada relaunches Vancouver-Miami

It's only 36 nm longer than YHZ-YVR which AC has been flying on the MAX this summer, flight times have been in the 5:50 to 6:10 range.

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by Acey
Sun Jul 17, 2022 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another Canadian ULCC startup - Lynx Air
Replies: 217
Views: 35896

Re: Another Canadian ULCC startup - Lynx Air

Yeah it's a YEG-YYZ-YYT run. New MAX arrived on property in YYC today as well, a frame not taken up by Norwegian. It's their 4th plane and they very quickly need it to enter service. I actually saw it land last night. Still in Norwegian livery and shows up on FR24 with a DL Delta flight number. I w...

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by Acey
Sun Jul 17, 2022 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

So reading a few different posts here that seem to have different thoughts…is the current best guess that YHZ loses summer Europe flights next year under this western focus restructuring or is there hope for some of them? Really hoping to make a trip to Ireland next year without transferring throug...

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by Acey
Sun Jul 17, 2022 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 664
Views: 97082

Re: Flair Airlines Network Thread - 2022

Loads are absolute trash on both, they're comparably bad. They clearly just have more hope for YVR. All international routes from YEG have trash loads. From personal experience, KLM from YEG to AMS has a very high load factor. If they didn’t we would be rerouted through YYC or YVR. KLM has operated...

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by Acey
Fri Jul 15, 2022 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another Canadian ULCC startup - Lynx Air
Replies: 217
Views: 35896

Re: Another Canadian ULCC startup - Lynx Air

Yeah it's a YEG-YYZ-YYT run. New MAX arrived on property in YYC today as well, a frame not taken up by Norwegian. It's their 4th plane and they very quickly need it to enter service.

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by Acey
Fri Jul 15, 2022 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 664
Views: 97082

Re: Flair Airlines Network Thread - 2022

Likely will happen. F8 is growing at yul so wouldn't be surprised to see yqb added. So what do you see Flair doing “properly” in Quebec that Westjet could not? Yeah WS is bailing this on YYC-YQB with a pretty big feed on the western end, the chance of it working for Flair from YEG seems slims at be...

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by Acey
Thu Jul 14, 2022 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 664
Views: 97082

Re: Flair Airlines Network Thread - 2022

And I will just say that if your numbers come from seat maps, I don't put any stock in those as being an accurate representation of loads. No, my numbers come from working at the airport, thankfully not for Flair. Doing a dummy booking on every single flight operated by every airline to generate se...

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by Acey
Wed Jul 13, 2022 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 664
Views: 97082

Re: Flair Airlines Network Thread - 2022

Yeah they're all awful, and definitely in comparison to the domestic routes out of YEG and YYC which are all doing well except for YQQ. It's all relative, LAS- YEG at 60% LF could be called "consistently busy" if BUR-YEG is the comparison. The highest load I see on YEG-SFO is 137 pax in th...

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by Acey
Mon Jul 11, 2022 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 664
Views: 97082

Re: Flair Airlines Network Thread - 2022

Juju2004 wrote:
YVR-BUR is doing significantly better than YEG. They reduced YEG to 1x weekly while keeping YVR at 3x weekly

Loads are absolute trash on both, they're comparably bad.

They clearly just have more hope for YVR.

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by Acey
Fri Jul 08, 2022 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada 737 MAX to London England
Replies: 26
Views: 4824

Re: Air Canada 737 MAX to London England

Don't they fly 737s from Newfoundland & Labrador or Nova Scotia not Montreal? In 2018, AC announced YUL-BOD on the MAX 8 but I think it was flown by Rouge and didn't end up launching. The aircraft is definitely capable. These hops across the pond are well within the capability of the Max…there ...

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by Acey
Fri Jul 08, 2022 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

YYC-YQB is not full, that's 100% false. Rouge's flight is not full either, but doing slightly better.

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by Acey
Fri Jul 08, 2022 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada 737 MAX to London England
Replies: 26
Views: 4824

Re: Air Canada 737 MAX to London England

The range of the aircraft is 3500 miles and the distance from Montreal to London is 3200 miles Wrong and wrong. You used nautical miles for the aircraft range, but statute miles for the flight distance. If you use the same units... 7M8 range = 3,550 nm YUL-LHR = 2,824 nm More importantly, as mentio...

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by Acey
Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

You have no evidence of this, as you have no knowledge of the loads or yields. You should probably state this as a disclaimer before claiming a route is doing "just fine". I can see WS' loads on everything into and out of Calgary and your statement is 100% baseless. How do you have access...

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by Acey
Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Transportation Agency amends APPR
Replies: 18
Views: 2255

Re: Canadian Transportation Agency amends APPR

Aresxerexade wrote:
Time to play The Weakest Link - Canadian Airline edition.

Flair's YYC operation is doomed. Regular 6+ hour delays but somehow it's still WestJet everyone wants to be mad at.

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by Acey
Thu Jun 23, 2022 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

Route specific I know, but how is YYC IAH looking for WS? They seem to be 9 weekly and going to 11 weekly soon. AC does not restart until late October but I think double daily then. UA is going to one daily now and IIRC this route is one of the few JV carveouts for AC and UA. WestJet Calgary YYC- H...

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by Acey
Tue Jun 14, 2022 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

Even if there was some kind of incident, he expects armchair quarterbacks on an online forum to deduce it based on inaccurate and periodic updates from FlightAware? What a bizarre post on so many levels.

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by Acey
Sun Jun 12, 2022 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 857
Views: 184797

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2022

I do wonder if WS ground crew issues partly stem from all the contracting out that occurred a couple of years ago? It would not surprise me if their contractor has a lot of turnover, like most contractors. Maybe I misread what was being said on here, in another thread about YYC. The impression I wa...

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by Acey
Sat Jun 11, 2022 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 857
Views: 184797

Re: Air Canada News And Discussion Thread - 2022

It’s a shame YYC airport cancelled these seamless connections. It would have given Westjet the same edge should they decide to expand internationally. So … I’m not surprised for DEL flights, YUL was given the nod over YYC. Operationally, WestJet YYC ground crew is in a state such that they would no...

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by Acey
Wed May 25, 2022 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

LH, Edelweiss, AC US routes all to regional? AC capacity/freq cuts or lack of growth? No idea why this is so controversial...West Jet is muscling out competition and I think this is a pretty obvious conclusion when you look at the market objectively? With their ambitions to become a neo-legacy carr...

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by Acey
Wed May 25, 2022 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

I recently read on a statistics page that Calgary had the lowest average airfare of any city in Canada. So is westjet doing something better being dominant, or are other airlines simply using scarce resources on winning cities instead. Air Canada is the dominant carrier in Toronto, Montreal and Van...

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by Acey
Tue May 24, 2022 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

LH, Edelweiss, AC US routes all to regional? AC capacity/freq cuts or lack of growth? No idea why this is so controversial ...West Jet is muscling out competition and I think this is a pretty obvious conclusion when you look at the market objectively? Mostly because you say things that are complete...

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by Acey
Mon May 23, 2022 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

The only trans-Atlantic carrier “run out of YYC” (that still makes me chuckle) is British Airways. Their departure had very little to do with westjet, even though I suppose to boost lacklustre employee morale, they are taking the win. British Airways pulled out of YYC when Alberta’s oil based econo...

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by Acey
Mon May 23, 2022 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA EWR employee assaulted
Replies: 34
Views: 7770

Re: UA EWR employee assaulted

ObadiahPlainman wrote:
Airline employees on the front lines are so vulnerable

Especially after they initiate physical confrontations with professional athletes.

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by Acey
Mon May 23, 2022 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

Most of the euro carriers are long gone, you have Air Canada holding on by a thread, WS willing to run routes at a loss out of YYC to build up their hub, and subsidize them through other domestic routes. If they keep adding to DEN and other US routes, I wouldn't expect the US carriers to stick arou...

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by Acey
Mon May 23, 2022 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2022
Replies: 824
Views: 112665

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2022

WestJet has run the trans-Atlantic carriers out of YYC... will the US carriers be next? UA facing pilot, staff shortage, their DEN run might be vulnerable. The major transatlantic carrier from YYC is Air Canada. As far as I can tell it has not been run out YYC. Uhh... for S22... Air Canada - 14 wee...

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