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by ElPistolero
Sat Aug 28, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines US Expansion
Replies: 96
Views: 18416

Re: Flair Airlines US Expansion

So let me start this because you clearly have never worked in commercial or flight technical operations for an airline in Canada (heads, up, I have - and for the majors). Correct. I pay to fly. Flown both AC and WS. And FR (not Flair) for that matter. Passengers flying on basic economy care about v...

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by ElPistolero
Sat Aug 28, 2021 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines US Expansion
Replies: 96
Views: 18416

Re: Flair Airlines US Expansion

Oh Boy.. First off - https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Airline_Review-d13635959-Reviews-Flair-Airlines Second - Airplanes in the sky are the not the same as people flying in the seat and is not the same as the money they paid to cover the costs of the business. So fly all the planes you want but until the...

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by ElPistolero
Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines US Expansion
Replies: 96
Views: 18416

Re: Flair Airlines US Expansion

And the train wreck continues.... https://canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com/2021/08/25/flair-airlines-president-apologizes-for-delays-confusion-at-halifax-airport/ IRROPs on a Canadian airline? Never seen that before. Good on him for apologizing - certainly a better attitude towards customers than...

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by ElPistolero
Fri Aug 27, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines US Expansion
Replies: 96
Views: 18416

Re: Flair Airlines US Expansion

I question how long this can go on. An airline that has 25% foreign ownership, a foreign CEO coming from 2 vastly different airline markets than Canada (NZ and EU), a group of owners who apparently control 68% of the shares yet suing the BoD and company for their excessive expansion plans and insan...

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by ElPistolero
Sat Aug 21, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines US Expansion
Replies: 96
Views: 18416

Re: Flair Airlines US Expansion

The City of Burbank has its own take on it. See 8(b) from this report dated 16 July 2021 that basically says non-Port of Entry airports like Burbank can accept flights from CBP pre-clearance airports. https://www.burbankca.gov/documents/173237/848904/WMR+071621.pdf/2bc4ebfa-9ee7-cd16-82fa-0bddaff54d...

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by ElPistolero
Tue Aug 10, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206747

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

In a study of more than 50,000 patients in the Mayo Clinic Health System, researchers found the effectiveness of Moderna's vaccine against infection had dropped to 76% in July - when the Delta variant was predominant - from 86% in early 2021. Over the same period, the effectiveness of the Pfizer/Bi...

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by ElPistolero
Tue Aug 10, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206747

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

In a study of more than 50,000 patients in the Mayo Clinic Health System, researchers found the effectiveness of Moderna's vaccine against infection had dropped to 76% in July - when the Delta variant was predominant - from 86% in early 2021. Over the same period, the effectiveness of the Pfizer/Bi...

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by ElPistolero
Sat Aug 07, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206747

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Leaders had better get the 3rd jab into healthcare and anyone else who might spread to the vulnerable. We must also get a 3rd dose into the vulnerable. J&J isn't effective enough to stop the vaccine, so they need 1 or 2 more doses, in particular in my opinion over age 50, but at least we're ram...

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by ElPistolero
Thu Aug 05, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206747

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

The WHO has put out that 3rd doses should be delayed until more of the global population is vaccinated. I agree with this right now, lets get these vaccines out to the world and let the pharmaceutical companies develop boosters to target the variants. Perhaps 3rd doses for higher risk individuals b...

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by ElPistolero
Tue Aug 03, 2021 1:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206747

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I am not suggesting CDC do anything against public health. Vaccination combined with non-pharma mitigations would have been better according to science. How is that political? Is Delta really breaking news or every one supposed to pretend surprised along with CDC? If CDC just bases their guidance o...

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by ElPistolero
Tue Aug 03, 2021 12:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206747

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Like lightsaber said upthread, how many times CDC changed mask guidance? At every CDC somersault, TV pundits come out with an excuse. Myself and waterbomber2 have been saying since the beginning of this pandemic, don't trust CDC, TV pundits and some HCWs, just wear masks. First, CDC is a bunch of h...

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by ElPistolero
Mon Jul 26, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 1078
Views: 64380

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

No one in the GOP or on the right are dragging anyone to anything, other than Liz Cheney and Kinzinger. Democrats want to investigate the events leading to 1/6 again. If that's the idea they are insisting on, everything related to 1/6 must be investigated, among them of course is the role of CHP on...

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by ElPistolero
Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 1078
Views: 64380

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

Many of us in the right have condemned what happened in 1/6. Specifically the breaching and occupying of capitol hill. Anyone protesting outside peacefully can't and shouldn't be painted with the same brush. And any of us of the 70+ million who voted for Trump, can't be painted as supporters of wha...

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by ElPistolero
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 1078
Views: 64380

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

You stated that POTUS is who calls the DC guard, which is not accurate. DC mayor has the authority to do so, and request the pentagon to send the guard in. POTUS I believe does have authority around the WH area with federal troops. As for Pelosi, if they truly want to make an investigation, she sho...

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by ElPistolero
Sun Jul 11, 2021 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines US Expansion
Replies: 96
Views: 18416

Re: Flair Airlines US Expansion

Air Canada matched those fares and would have come out the better deal in the end. AC matched those fares? In that case, maybe they just felt apprehensive - or burned - by the whole year-long refund saga. Like I said, there seem to be a few factors at play that give Flair a fighting chance this tim...

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by ElPistolero
Sun Jul 11, 2021 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines US Expansion
Replies: 96
Views: 18416

Re: Flair Airlines US Expansion

Air Canada matched those fares and would have come out the better deal in the end. AC matched those fares? In that case, maybe they just felt apprehensive - or burned - by the whole year-long refund saga. Like I said, there seem to be a few factors at play that give Flair a fighting chance this tim...

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by ElPistolero
Sat Jul 10, 2021 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2021
Replies: 488
Views: 82039

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2021

A common joke among pilots is how Westjet management is full of foreigners with the idea YYC is the center of Canada and going East of YYZ means trouble. Who knows, maybe this guy has heard of Quebec. A common joke among which pilots? AC pilots? WS pilots? Canadian pilots writ large? Besides, why d...

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by ElPistolero
Fri Jul 09, 2021 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread - 2021
Replies: 488
Views: 82039

Re: The WestJet Thread - 2021

Wonder who they will hire who will fix the rock bottom moral that is plaquing every employee group. But, I'm sure the pilots will be happy they hired another foreigner who comes in with the mindset that YYC is the only place that matters in Canada (Sarcasm). He'd fit right in with Ed Simms, Mark Po...

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by ElPistolero
Fri Jul 09, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines US Expansion
Replies: 96
Views: 18416

Re: Flair Airlines US Expansion

Although i wish them well; the "dream" of $49.00 fares is already starting to turn in to a nightmare for those wearing rose coloured glasses. Friends of my parents booked those cheap fares to visit family and ended up paying well over $400.00 with the extras for the two of them. As well; ...

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by ElPistolero
Wed Jul 07, 2021 2:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 101681

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

The US did not so much reject AZ, as come to the conclusion that they would not need it. We do need to approve it as a matter of global politics. I also observe that it is a really good vaccine, not better nor as good though as the three the US has approved. If that was a response to my post, shoul...

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by ElPistolero
Tue Jul 06, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 101681

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

Seriously, A-Z trashed its own reputation and that of the rather basic Oxford vaccine it rather pathetically tries to manufacture; it doesn't need any help at doing so from either the EU's EMA or the US FDA. It's true. Other than for reasons of National Pride (and maybe due to a small number of sha...

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by ElPistolero
Tue Jul 06, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 101681

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

And with Delta potentially on the horizon, and if todays Canadian real world studies are accurate, AZ is better against Delta than Pfizer! https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E5itbawWEAEkBUK?format=jpg&name=small The data is accurate, but with a caveat. Because of the way supplies rolled in, the most v...

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by ElPistolero
Mon Jul 05, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 101681

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

I thought the EU medical authorities already drove the final nail in the AZ coffin when they stated that mixing another vaccine as the second dose to AZ was proven to be more effective than 2 doses of AZ? The thing is it also looks like AZ + BNT/Moderna may very well be more effective than two dose...

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by ElPistolero
Tue Jun 29, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss unveils Premium Economy
Replies: 37
Views: 7493

Re: Swiss unveils Premium Economy

Interesting that it will have it's own catering seeing as premium economy on LH gets the same service as economy. No, on LH you actually don’t get the same food as in Y. The dishes as example, have a much higher quality than in Y. The bowls, where the food is served in are porcelain, instead of the...

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by ElPistolero
Tue Jun 29, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss unveils Premium Economy
Replies: 37
Views: 7493

Re: Swiss unveils Premium Economy

Fixed shell premium econ ain't as comfortable in my experience. Photos look okay but nothing exciting. I guess they decided they wanted Premium Econ but they didn't want to sacrifice a row of Econ for a sensible divider and extra Premium Econ pitch (40-42). That's a bit odd to me from this airline ...

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by ElPistolero
Mon Jun 28, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss unveils Premium Economy
Replies: 37
Views: 7493

Re: Swiss unveils Premium Economy

Only the 777s? Haven’t been following Swiss fleet development, but they have 19 330s/340s. Are they overhauling those too? Or is this targeting only O&D on established 777 routes? Otherwise, seat looks okay. Good that it has a calf rest; fixed shell / sliding seat will probably cause more than a...

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by ElPistolero
Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206747

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

It is difficult to blame rising cases on the delta variant specifically. It’s a nice scare tactic for the government, though. As you point out, a reopening happened. That is the most likely primary cause of new cases. Any variant needs only the slightest evolutionary advantage to quickly become dom...

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by ElPistolero
Thu May 20, 2021 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?
Replies: 48
Views: 8338

Re: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?

- Don’t want to get dragged into rabbit holes, but when you take consumer interests out of the pro quid quo calculus, it simply becomes about who stands to make more money - and frequencies are dictated from there. Insofar as EK/EY (and TK and ET and SV and MS etc) are concerned it’s all... well, “...

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by ElPistolero
Thu May 20, 2021 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?
Replies: 48
Views: 8338

Re: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?

- Taking consumer interests out of the quid-pro-quo equation on this issue = mercantilism. Putting consumer interests above all is a neoliberal approach, which as I mentioned previously, is not Canada’s modus operandi. Consumers don’t directly participate in trade agreements between countries, nor ...

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by ElPistolero
Wed May 19, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?
Replies: 48
Views: 8338

Re: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?

The point of the Smith quote is clear: putting consumer interests first results in the most optimal economic outcomes. It doesn’t dwell on government intervention, nor does it call for an unfettered open market (it clearly acknowledges that intervention on behalf of consumers may be necessary). Act...

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by ElPistolero
Wed May 19, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?
Replies: 48
Views: 8338

Re: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?

Two things: 1. That quote is the foundation of economic thought in every G7 country today. And the basis for all the liberalized/free trade agreements being pursued. It’s a bit odd that it’s relevance is being called into question. 2. Protectionism <-> free trade is a spectrum, so this is a bit of ...

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by ElPistolero
Wed May 19, 2021 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?
Replies: 48
Views: 8338

Re: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?

Not sure how relevant this quote is in this day and age, when virtually no country has a completely free market economy. Practically every country has some level of protectionism, the difference lies in the degree and breadth of it. Two things: 1. That quote is the foundation of economic thought in...

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by ElPistolero
Tue May 18, 2021 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?
Replies: 48
Views: 8338

Re: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?

[The ACPPA was changed... Barely... The HQ location was amended to Quebec from Montreal and the maintenance base locations from Winnipeg, Mississauga and Montreal changed to Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec respectively .. not aware of any other changes. And I am not saying anything existing should be ...

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by ElPistolero
Tue May 18, 2021 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?
Replies: 48
Views: 8338

Re: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?

Reasons why I'm not a big fan of EY/EK and the UAE in general; 1) EY/EK are cherry pickers. They use their geographical bonus, cheap hydrocarbons (low fuel prices in Dubai), exploitive labour practices (how many of their low level workers will ever get UAE citizenship?), UAE fiscal/tax benefits (lo...

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by ElPistolero
Tue May 18, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?
Replies: 48
Views: 8338

Re: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?

For everyone so insistent on allowing EK/EY full unfettered access to Canada... are you also willing to have the Air Canada Public Participation Act ended and removed? Removing the Official Languages Act from air carriers in Canada (or rewording it to affect all airlines serving Canada - probably u...

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by ElPistolero
Tue May 18, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?
Replies: 48
Views: 8338

Re: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?

I was told that A380 was inefficient so what is the problem with competing with it? Look up UAE and look at Canada on the map and tell me which one is a big bully. Do you think Cuba and Mexico and Canada should have reciprocity as well with flights? If they can't compete with a small country on the...

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by ElPistolero
Tue May 18, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?
Replies: 48
Views: 8338

Re: How is EY flying 6x weekly to YYZ but EK can only fly 5x weekly to YYZ?

Well, we’re almost halfway into 2021, so time for the biannual ME3 in Canada thread I guess :P. I recently noticed that EY is now flying AUH-YYZ 6x weekly but EK still flies 5x weekly with DXB-YYZ. I was wondering when the frequency of EY increased in Canada and why can't EK fly 6x weekly to YYZ too...

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by ElPistolero
Wed May 12, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL wins JD Power award for best North American airline
Replies: 44
Views: 6525

Re: DL wins JD Power award for best North American airline

First off, congratulations to the employees of DL for this win! I know it's something you've been wanting for a long time - enjoy the win. This was a weird year, obviously, but JD Power also changed their scoring. Previously, you had "traditional" vs. "low cost" categories. Then...

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by ElPistolero
Wed May 12, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL wins JD Power award for best North American airline
Replies: 44
Views: 6525

Re: DL wins JD Power award for best North American airline

Correct that AC may not be bottom of the barrel - Frontier and Spirit (and UA in 1/2 NA categories and 1/2 International categories) did worse in 2020. That said, AC seems to trend closer to ULCCs in general, and below “average” across the board. I would have expected AC to get at least somewhat of...

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by ElPistolero
Wed May 12, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 101681

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

Unfortunately, the damage has already been done, countries who are cancelling AZ orders and deliveries are not doing so because of supply, they are saying they do not want a faulty product and will do without a vaccine until another variant is available, so in essence, the supply shortage has now b...

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by ElPistolero
Wed May 12, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL wins JD Power award for best North American airline
Replies: 44
Views: 6525

Re: DL wins JD Power award for best North American airline

The JD Power press release: https://www.jdpower.com/business/press-releases/2021-north-america-airline-satisfaction-study There is a significant process change: Unlike in previous years, the 2021 study ranked all airlines together, rather than distinguishing between “traditional” airlines and low-c...

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by ElPistolero
Tue May 11, 2021 11:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 101681

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

So as far as we know, Pfizer, Moderna and JJ are safe with no side effects whatsoever that the developed world would have to worry about? This is shooting much better than traditional vaccines like the flu shot which has side effects every year. No, what we know is that all of them have side effect...

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by ElPistolero
Mon May 10, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The end of the premiership of mr. Johnson?
Replies: 76
Views: 4935

Re: The end of the premiership of mr. Johnson?

A Scottish referendum may well not deliver a leave result. Polls are showing no to independence. Certainly for the last few months. Not really. They’ve been showing ‘for’ and ‘against’ within a few points of each other in the mid-40% range, albeit with 8-10% undecided. Hard to draw any type of conc...

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by ElPistolero
Mon May 10, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The end of the premiership of mr. Johnson?
Replies: 76
Views: 4935

Re: The end of the premiership of mr. Johnson?

If any referendum held while Sturgeon has power comes back negative, there will be an instant push for another one. A lot of people put a lot of weight on the EU vote as the "reason" why another referendum is "required", but I think people conveniently forget that the push for a...

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by ElPistolero
Wed May 05, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada phasing out a 777-300ER
Replies: 50
Views: 15190

Re: Air Canada phasing out a 777-300ER

JAL has 500 seats 2 class on 777-300 domestic. So no Air Canada is not the most cramped. If we’re being technical about it, they’re both equally cramped: AC 77Ws and JL 773s are both 31 inch pitch, 17 width. The only difference is that JL uses that product exclusively on domestic/short haul (max 3 ...

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by ElPistolero
Tue May 04, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why WN does not fly to Canada --
Replies: 97
Views: 16071

Re: Why WN does not fly to Canada --

This will be my first comment in one of these "why does airline X not fly to Y" discussions. Maybe they don't want to? We can discuss economics, logistics, market all day, but ultimately it's the airline's decision. If a lack of competition was the only reason we have high airfares in Can...

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by ElPistolero
Mon May 03, 2021 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why WN does not fly to Canada --
Replies: 97
Views: 16071

Re: Why WN does not fly to Canada --

The point here isn’t to re-open (any number of) debates on cabotage; it’s a frank admission that - notwithstanding what our friends here want us to believe - Canada’s aviation market is not sufficiently competitive. “Sufficiently competitive for what?”, you might ask? Fair question. Sufficiently co...

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by ElPistolero
Sun May 02, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why WN does not fly to Canada --
Replies: 97
Views: 16071

Re: Why WN does not fly to Canada --

I said the same thing upthread and someone decided I was wrong. It's the extremely high landing fees, nav fees and every other fee that is higher than elsewhere. In fact IATA has called out Canada's govt for making Canada one of the most expensive countries to fly into, the govt sees aviation as a ...

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by ElPistolero
Sun May 02, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why WN does not fly to Canada --
Replies: 97
Views: 16071

Re: Why WN does not fly to Canada --

Its one of a few countries like russia where nav fees are factored into flight planning their that high Yup. And it's passed down to the consumer which is why it's expensive to fly within Canada. Just to prove the taxes point. AC has said it pays so much taxes that if it were to pick up and move to...

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by ElPistolero
Sat May 01, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why WN does not fly to Canada --
Replies: 97
Views: 16071

Re: Why WN does not fly to Canada --

Why? Canada is the biggest international market from the U.S. by passenger count. It is distributed across many U.S. cities but there are a few dozen routes that should interest large U.S. carriers. Toronto is the 2nd-largest non-stop international destination from the U.S., second only to LHR. Big...

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