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by steveinbc
Sat Jan 30, 2021 2:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GameStop Stock Fiasco
Replies: 122
Views: 5822

Re: GameStop Stock Fiasco

TangoandCash wrote:
The wolves of Wall Street don't like competition from the sheep of Main Street.

:lol: that's the best quote I've seen in ages
Funny and true..a rare combination

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by steveinbc
Thu Jan 28, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1413
Views: 81764

Re: Brexit part XI: 2021

I'm at a loss to determine how the vaccine supply issues are a Brexit discussion. The EU countries made a deliberate decision to have a centralized government body to administer the program. We all know that these programs are fraught with coordination problems and delays. That's the root of the pro...

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by steveinbc
Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dutch government resigns en masse
Replies: 13
Views: 880

Dutch government resigns en masse

The Dutch cabinet have resigned en masse following a significant scandal regarding child welfare payments. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55674146 Apparently, there were substantial claims of welfare fraud made by the government and pressure to get the money returned....resulting in impover...

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by steveinbc
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Porter Airlines extends operations restart date
Replies: 30
Views: 6350

Re: Porter Airlines extends operations restart date

Hopefully the USA and Canada can reopen the borders for those properly vaccinated and with vaccine card proof by then. I agree this is the way to go. But Canada has been slow to vaccinate. In BC much of the effort is being directed to indigenous peoples in remote areas. It will be a while before we...

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by steveinbc
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump's Final Swipe at China
Replies: 34
Views: 2362

Trump's Final Swipe at China

According to leading newspapers, Trump's secretary of State, Pompeo, is likely to declassify US intelligence reports to permit a charge that the Chinese government was deliberately manufacturing dangerous viruses in the newly built Class 4 facility in Wuhan. US intelligence believes this facility wa...

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by steveinbc
Thu Jan 07, 2021 5:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 987
Views: 54717

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

To me it's a fitting legacy for the Trump presidency. The final memories will be of his supporters disgraceful behavior. Fitting.

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by steveinbc
Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 35801

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

Respectfully to all. The only way out is to roll out a vaccine as quickly as possible. Israel, the UK and the USA have vaccinated the most people (Bahrain is up there as a % too). But the logistics of rolling this out needs the fullest government attention. While the UK has vaccinated over a million...

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by steveinbc
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part XI: 2021
Replies: 648
Views: 34922

Re: Brexit part XI: 2021

[quote="ElPistolero"][quote="noviorbis77"]Two days in and all is well. As for the economy tanking, it’s probably baked into the UK’s emergence as the worst performing G7 economy (even Italy is doing better), and one of the worst in the developed world. Will be difficult to see ho...

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by steveinbc
Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane crash deaths rise in 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 3013

Re: Plane crash deaths rise in 2020

To me this is particularly bad news given the ~90% slump in commercial air traffic. I'm assuming this includes the shooting down of the Ukraine bound flight in Iran which accounts for about 1/2 of the deaths. Regardless, when normalized for actual Revenue Passenger Miles flown this past year has bee...

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by steveinbc
Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Top 5 most missed Airlines ?
Replies: 108
Views: 7648

Re: Top 5 most missed Airlines ?

To me:
British Caledonian
Canadian Airlines
PanAm

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by steveinbc
Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's your opinion about Bare Foot Pax
Replies: 31
Views: 2143

Re: What's your opinion about Bare Foot Pax

I have frequently changed into the travel socks that are provided in the business travel pack...but have always done so in the washroom. Displaying bare feet, to me, is culturally unacceptable.

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by steveinbc
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Brexit Part X: agreement
Replies: 544
Views: 20527

Re: Brexit Part X: dark days before Christmas

Well. A good job by both parties. Overall, a decent deal for both sides. No one got all they wanted and no one had to swallow a poison pill. Free trade is front and centre and red tape is minimal. Both sides should sit back and enjoy a large single malt.

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by steveinbc
Wed Dec 23, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Brexit Part X: agreement
Replies: 544
Views: 20527

Re: Brexit Part X: dark days before Christmas

Fundamentally, the British people have never thought of the EU in the same way as the core EU nations namely France, Germany Italy and Belgium. The UK was told it was a "Common Market" which allowed a fee trade of goods which most British people fervently believe in. Over the decades, the ...

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by steveinbc
Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 138
Views: 12447

Re: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?

TWA
British Airways
Aer Lingus
El Al
Lufthansa
Cathay Pacific
Air Canada
Emirates
QANTAS
Virgin Atlantic

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by steveinbc
Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is this Emirates new premium economy seat?
Replies: 37
Views: 8035

Re: Is this Emirates new premium economy seat?

Seats are just part of the experience. To me Emirates provide a consistently superior service. Their meals, beverage selection, and courteous staff provide a large chunk of the experience in my view

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by steveinbc
Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Koreans Losing Respect For America After Trump and COVID
Replies: 36
Views: 2378

Re: Koreans Losing Respect For America After Trump and COVID

I'm sorry. But what does Korean values represent in the big scheme of things. Anyone who has done business with Koreans will know that they are ruthless negotiators and anyone who has spoken to ex pat Koreans in us and Canada will let you know they never want to go back and live there. The USA despi...

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by steveinbc
Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should China pay reparations for the economic damage from the virus ?
Replies: 120
Views: 4785

Re: Should China pay reparations for the economic damage from the virus ?

My personal view is that the Government of China represents the greatest threat to world peace today. It's a Government that is supremely authoritarian, is intolerant of criticism (constructive or otherwise), is entirely non-transparent with domestically and internationally, and is hell-bent to achi...

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by steveinbc
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Airport is this.
Replies: 1
Views: 1315

Re: What Airport is this.

Not much to go on aside from the snow. Capital had its hub in Washington DC according to a quick search.

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by steveinbc
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: John Leahy blames the engines for the A380 failure-in service in 10 years? 2nd life after 2024?
Replies: 476
Views: 56610

Re: John Leahy blames the engines for the A380 failure

BTW: What sort of strange anti JL-Campaign is going on here? Maybe this could move away from personal insults to more of a facts debate? Pretty unfair to read. Like late retaliation for all his billions of sales. He certainly has earned and deserved any professional respect. Sadly the Airliners.net...

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by steveinbc
Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What’s the most famous airport in the world?
Replies: 41
Views: 3958

Re: What’s the most famous airport in the world?

Maybe we could add BER given the pages and pages of journalistic attention over the decade plus of its commissioning!! Sorry - I'm indulging in schadenfreude!!

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by steveinbc
Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: John Leahy blames the engines for the A380 failure-in service in 10 years? 2nd life after 2024?
Replies: 476
Views: 56610

Re: John Leahy blames the engines for the A380 failure

We've seen A380, B787, A350 and B737 groundings (by airlines or regulators). Huh? When were the A380 and A350 grounded by anyone? Extracts for A380 and A350 grounding reports The failure was the first of its kind for the A380, the world's largest passenger aircraft. At the time of the accident, 39 ...

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by steveinbc
Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: John Leahy blames the engines for the A380 failure-in service in 10 years? 2nd life after 2024?
Replies: 476
Views: 56610

Re: John Leahy blames the engines for the A380 failure

What new aircraft in the last decade or so hasn't had engine issues? The aerospace industry puts so much pressure on aeroengine manufacturers to meet edge-of-physics requirements. It's unsurprising from the airline customers since 25% ish of aircraft life cycle costs are for the engines. We've seen ...

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by steveinbc
Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 catches fire in Spain.
Replies: 69
Views: 14207

Re: BA 747 catches fire in Spain.

How distressing to see such a beautiful bird in flames

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by steveinbc
Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: BA selling off First Class items as B747s disposed
Replies: 20
Views: 3256

BA selling off First Class items as B747s disposed

https://loyaltylobby.com/2020/11/22/british-airways-will-be-selling-a-range-of-first-class-items-such-as-cutlery-from-monday-november-23rd/ Apparently the B747 fleets retirement provoked a sale of first class surplus items. Shame there's no link to the sale ...there's a few things that would be very...

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by steveinbc
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TWA flights to Europe from STL
Replies: 109
Views: 14077

Re: TWA flights to Europe from STL

I could have sworn I flew a B747 from LGW to STL back in 1992.

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by steveinbc
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Alex Trebek
Replies: 12
Views: 1184

Re: RIP Alex Trebek

Yes. RIP to a true gentleman

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by steveinbc
Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rock Legend Gene Simmons Kisses His California Estate And High Taxes Goodbye
Replies: 117
Views: 5546

Re: Rock Legend Gene Simmons Kisses His California Estate And High Taxes Goodbye

Why should layers of government, municipalities and other unavoidable taxes take more of your hard earned money than you keep yourself. I think "hard earned money" Is the term up for discussion. A maison gets paid for his hard work. Academics get paid for their intelligence. Then one has ...

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by steveinbc
Fri Nov 06, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Mail-in Voting going to change the game going forward?
Replies: 47
Views: 2414

Re: Is Mail-in Voting going to change the game going forward?

I understand that the US Military overseas were allowed to vote online. That's the way to go. It should be federally funded and I'm sure that there's plenty of ability to ensure the individual voting has at least as many checks on their identity as a polling station.

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by steveinbc
Fri Nov 06, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rock Legend Gene Simmons Kisses His California Estate And High Taxes Goodbye
Replies: 117
Views: 5546

Re: Rock Legend Gene Simmons Kisses His California Estate And High Taxes Goodbye

Regardless of the individual, I dont believe it is ethical that the combined mandatory taxation should exceed 50%. Why should layers of government, municipalities and other unavoidable taxes take more of your hard earned money than you keep yourself. I deliberately moved from the city of Vancouver t...

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by steveinbc
Wed Nov 04, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worst civilian procurement
Replies: 44
Views: 3204

Re: Worst civilian procurement

To me the question is procurement not design/manufacturing decision. Hence the logic to me suggests what operator procured an aircraft choice that was simply disappointing on all levels. To me, Interjet of Mexico selecting the Sukhoi Superjet is a glaringly bad choice. Additionally, "vanity&quo...

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by steveinbc
Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 668
Views: 112583

Berlin Brandenburg to receive first flights on Halloween

Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/germany/articles/berlin-new-airport-history/?WT.mc_id=tmgliveapp_androidshare_AwKp9Q1gW03p After what has been one of the most protracted design, build and retrofit projects in modern history (almost 30 years), Lufthansa and EasyJet flig...

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by steveinbc
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Current Shortest Routes Using Widebodies
Replies: 15
Views: 2404

Re: Current Shortest Routes Using Widebodies

Canada: YUL-YYZ B777/A330/B787

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by steveinbc
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Changing Cities as Workers Like Working from Home
Replies: 51
Views: 2986

Re: Changing Cities as Workers Like Working from Home

There will be three main factors that drive how things will look post pandemic: (1) Regulatory conditions from federal and regional governments (2) Market demands from the business (what makes the business competitive and delivers value) (3) Employee preferences (which will hold sway should a pandem...

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by steveinbc
Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who want to fly the Max when it’s back ?
Replies: 52
Views: 4945

Re: Who want to fly the Max when it’s back ?

I have millions of miles flown over the last three decades and I say this from a voice of experience. I flew the Max the day prior to it being banned in Canadian airspace. Air Canada from Puerto Vallarta Mexico to Vancouver British Columbia. When we took off I recall a "porpoising" take of...

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by steveinbc
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My protest on Protestantism: a Jeremiad
Replies: 36
Views: 1845

Re: My protest on Protestantism: a Jeremiad

I thought he said his post wouldn't be long :)

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by steveinbc
Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 2560
Views: 178287

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

I dont care if it Brexit, Son of NAFTA or any other trade agreement. In this Covid crisis do we really care about petty restrictions in trade. We all need to trade more and build up our economies. This is what the political parties world wide need to understand...if we become petty minded and focuse...

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by steveinbc
Wed Aug 19, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why Spain Never Developed a Strong Merchant Marine
Replies: 4
Views: 642

Re: Why Spain Never Developed a Strong Merchant Marine

A strong merchant navy in that era was precisely what it states.....a vehicle for trade. In order to trade in that time you needed strong economic and political agencies to make it happen. Political stability was a key determinator of trade.... Italy, Spain and Germany were not nation states rather ...

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by steveinbc
Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?
Replies: 111
Views: 8076

Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Almost anything Russian designed is ugly. Especially the Yaks.
The ugliest bird in the sky today is th Embraer 145 series.. ewwwww

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by steveinbc
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your favorite airline liveries
Replies: 43
Views: 2448

Re: Your favorite airline liveries

I love the retro schemes that many have mentioned.
For those active today. My Top 3 would likely be:

Alaska Airlines (Americas)
Air New Zealand (Asia/Australasia)
British Airways (Europe)

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by steveinbc
Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the most boring airport approach you've flown?
Replies: 33
Views: 2137

Re: What's the most boring airport approach you've flown?

Calgary YYC is dull dull dull. Usually the final approach takes about ten minutes over uninteresting terrain
I'm surprised that FRA hasn't been mentioned...that is a total zero interest approach from any level

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by steveinbc
Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 2560
Views: 178287

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

The whole rationale for Brexit is encapsulated in this final few months of 'negotiations ". It's no surprise to me that the EU wants to preserve the more socialist and regulatory stance while the UK prefers a more market driven and competitive stance. Fundamentally the two can never meet unless...

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by steveinbc
Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first 747/A340/A380 sightings
Replies: 28
Views: 1502

Re: Your first 747/A340/A380 sightings

The first A380 I saw was at LHR...Thai. the first A380 I flew was Emirates business class (spent most of my time in the bar at the back) from Auckland to Sydney

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by steveinbc
Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first 747/A340/A380 sightings
Replies: 28
Views: 1502

Re: Your first 747/A340/A380 sightings

The first A340 I saw was at LHR...an Iberia to Madrid. the first A340 I flew as Air Canada from Vancouver to London Heathrow

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by steveinbc
Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first 747/A340/A380 sightings
Replies: 28
Views: 1502

Re: Your first 747/A340/A380 sightings

The first time I've saw a B747 was an Aer Lingus 200 series at BFS, Belfast International. At the time it was operating via SNN, Shannon, to JFK. I was friendly with some staff at the airport and they took me on board. The Aer Lingus purser gave me a first class blanket which is till have to this day

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by steveinbc
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy 104 Birthday to Boeing
Replies: 2
Views: 447

Re: Happy 104 Birthday to Boeing

Happy Birthday Boeing. May you return to your former greatness by focusing again on innovation, quality and world class engineering

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by steveinbc
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines taking advantage of Covid in the long term
Replies: 30
Views: 3026

Re: Winners of Covid

I would say that covid will reshape the industry and the dynamics between suppliers and customers in most areas. For example, as another poster suggested, cargo is a critical service right now hence I foresee airlines paying more attention to that side of the business including the ability to rapidl...

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by steveinbc
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 3085

Re: How common is self-transfer?

I used to self transfer even with alliances when the fare for a through ticket was too expensive. For example, at LHR even though I flew in Air a Canada and was transferring onto another Star Alliance flight with BMI, it was significantly cheaper to buy two separate tickets. They used to let you sim...

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by steveinbc
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline or Aircraft due to Covid not usually not at you airport
Replies: 38
Views: 3972

Re: Airline or Aircraft due to Covid not usually not at you airport

YVR
Sunday 21st June. Air Tahiti Nui b789 to Papeete

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by steveinbc
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Frequent Flying, Status and Coronavirus
Replies: 6
Views: 808

Re: Frequent Flying, Status and Coronavirus

Air Canada extended my status in early May until end 2021. They also eliminated the one year rule on account activity.

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