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by cirrusdragoon
Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 122206

Re: The WestJet Thread

I suppose time will tell what their intention is with this latest foray. I have my popcorn ready.

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by cirrusdragoon
Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 122206

Re: The WestJet Thread

The slot hand back deadline at LHR was 31 August 2020, and the fact this news came about Sept 1 leads me to believe these are ad hoc slot approvals. These aren't regular slots, and you need to apply every time for ad hoc slot approvals, before the start of every season, with no guarantee of approva...

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by cirrusdragoon
Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 122206

Re: The WestJet Thread

https://mobile.twitter.com/MZulqarnainB ... 6931702784


Wonderful , hopeful they get them . I much prefer Heathrow for more world connections.
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Ishrion wrote:
CarbonFibre wrote:
A post on Facebook suggests they are commencing LHR services from 25th Oct.


Applying for double daily slots at LHR: https://mobile.twitter.com/MZulqarnainB ... 6931702784


Wonderful , hopeful they get them . I much prefer Heathrow for more world connections.

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by cirrusdragoon
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus completes testing of self flying jet
Replies: 100
Views: 11642

Re: Airbus completes testing of self flying jet

I quite enjoy the views of Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and author of “Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future” “... AI and related technologies have already achieved superhuman performance in many areas, and there is little doubt that thei...

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by cirrusdragoon
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus completes testing of self flying jet
Replies: 100
Views: 11642

Re: Airbus completes testing of self flying jet

But what is the backup for that? Satellites connections can be dodgy and radio waves are crap over the mid Pacific/Indian ocean regions, connectivity issues are still a major problem and wireless network latency issues will also forever be a major problem. You can never eliminate 100% of the risk, ...

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by cirrusdragoon
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus completes testing of self flying jet
Replies: 100
Views: 11642

Re: Airbus completes testing of self flying jet

A great article. I truly believe there will be a singularity moment when yes AI will be as smart as a human brain and exceed it. The technology is accelerating every day. I too agree that there would have to be a fail safe solution , as in a relief pilot onboard the aircraft for the unlikely scenari...

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by cirrusdragoon
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Smell of Airline Cabins
Replies: 82
Views: 12055

Re: The Smell of Airline Cabins

the smell of a thousand bums

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by cirrusdragoon
Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus completes testing of self flying jet
Replies: 100
Views: 11642

Airbus completes testing of self flying jet

https://www.businessinsider.com/airbus-completes-autonomous-taxi-take-off-and-landing-tests-2020-7 It will be interesting to see how this develops over ten , twenty years from now . Will there be a reduction in pilots onboard? Could society be persuaded to welcome a pilotless flight deck? Time will ...

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by cirrusdragoon
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: FI signs new FA contract (after stating will fire all FA and replace with pilots)
Replies: 148
Views: 26286

Re: FI Fires ALL FAs, Replaced By Pilots.

Well, that is one way to retain pilots. In flight testing, I was trained in f/a evacuation duties. It didn't take that long. When I look at what training a pilot has and what training a F/A requires, it looks like only a day or two of training is required: https://airlinecareer.com/expect-flight-at...

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by cirrusdragoon
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: FI signs new FA contract (after stating will fire all FA and replace with pilots)
Replies: 148
Views: 26286

Re: FI Fires ALL FAs, Replaced By Pilots.

I am surprised the labour laws in Iceland would allow for this? In Canada this would not go forth it would be deemed as unfair bargaining. Wow.

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by cirrusdragoon
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: FI signs new FA contract (after stating will fire all FA and replace with pilots)
Replies: 148
Views: 26286

Re: FI Fires ALL FAs, Replaced By Pilots.

Well, that is one way to retain pilots. In flight testing, I was trained in f/a evacuation duties. It didn't take that long. When I look at what training a pilot has and what training a F/A requires, it looks like only a day or two of training is required: https://airlinecareer.com/expect-flight-at...

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by cirrusdragoon
Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: FI signs new FA contract (after stating will fire all FA and replace with pilots)
Replies: 148
Views: 26286

Re: FI Fires ALL FAs, Replaced By Pilots.

Well, that is one way to retain pilots. In flight testing, I was trained in f/a evacuation duties. It didn't take that long. When I look at what training a pilot has and what training a F/A requires, it looks like only a day or two of training is required: https://airlinecareer.com/expect-flight-at...

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by cirrusdragoon
Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No pre-covid flights between Canada and Russia?
Replies: 4
Views: 1493

Re: No pre-covid flights between Canada and Russia?

For sure politics leading to lack of demand. Tension between Canada and Russia prompted by sanctions related to the situation in the Ukraine https://www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/international_relations-relations_internationales/sanctions/russia-russie.aspx?lang=eng. It is likely there is less...

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by cirrusdragoon
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated:Nolinor Aviation launching OWG-new Canadian airline
Replies: 34
Views: 5532

Re: Updated:Nolinor Aviation launching OWG-new Canadian airline

I wonder what their cost structure is going to look like , if they plan on being a full service airline. I wonder how they plan on providing enticing fares but with all the bells and whistles and manage to make a profit. Time will tell. I do not believe Sunwing will just sit back watch their 24% of ...

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by cirrusdragoon
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Investment firms / Airlines
Replies: 8
Views: 1439

Re: Investment firms / Airlines

Hi guys, I recently noticed that Bain Capital investment firm bought Virgin Australia. They were fighting against Cyrus Capital Partners. Obviously those two firms showed up when Virgin Australia finances were distressed. I would like to know if anyone here has an idea of the investment strategy/pr...

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by cirrusdragoon
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Investment firms / Airlines
Replies: 8
Views: 1439

Re: Investment firms / Airlines

Hi guys, I recently noticed that Bain Capital investment firm bought Virgin Australia. They were fighting against Cyrus Capital Partners. Obviously those two firms showed up when Virgin Australia finances were distressed. I would like to know if anyone here has an idea of the investment strategy/pr...

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by cirrusdragoon
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 122206

Re: The WestJet Thread

On the topic of Transborder, it looks like WestJet further adjusted it's plans in July. LAS has been reduced from 8x weekly flights from all of their hubs to just 2x weekly only from YYC. It is showing for July 5 through August 4 https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel-info/international-schedule Toro...

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by cirrusdragoon
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 122206

Re: The WestJet Thread

I acknowledge that Air Canada controls 46%of the domestic market share and Westjet controls 34 percent share of the domestic market. That data right there proves it is not just leisure travel driving that percentile. If that were so then their market share in the domestic market would by now would ...

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by cirrusdragoon
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 122206

Re: The WestJet Thread

I acknowledge that Air Canada controls 46%of the domestic market share and Westjet controls 34 percent share of the domestic market. That data right there proves it is not just leisure travel driving that percentile. If that were so then their market share in the domestic market would by now would h...

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by cirrusdragoon
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 122206

Re: The WestJet Thread

I was just naming examples of past and present. Yes

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by cirrusdragoon
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 122206

Re: The WestJet Thread

I'm surprised they didn't push these back with the government announcing the border closure extension. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I see WS as Canada's leisure airline with most of their business coming from vacations/family visits/discretionary travel which with the border closed must be near zero. AC ...

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by cirrusdragoon
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 122206

Re: The WestJet Thread

Today WestJet resumes operations outside of Canada with flights to LAX & ATL. On Sunday, flights resume to LAS. I'm surprised they didn't push these back with the government announcing the border closure extension. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I see WS as Canada's leisure airline with most of their b...

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by cirrusdragoon
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 122206

Re: The WestJet Thread

Business is business, WestJet had maintained a lot of domestic airport ground handling staff compared with many airlines and overall the amount of in-sourcing there has been higher than the normal for their type of operation, they are just heading to the normal for offering a commodity service. If t...

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by cirrusdragoon
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 122206

Re: The WestJet Thread

WS isn’t letting a good crisis go to waste it seems. This kind of stuff can easily be brushed under the covid rug. It all boils down to liquidity and reshaping the business to match what they can afford for there to be an actual Westjet in the future. Everyone is having to lean out everywhere in th...

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by cirrusdragoon
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 122206

Re: The WestJet Thread

Would the outsourcing of domestic operations to other service providers also include the possibility of WS regional carrier Encore bidding on the work? Doubt it, Encore is operated under the Westjet umbrella. Some staff at smaller stations have been switched to “Encore Stations” already, sounds lik...

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by cirrusdragoon
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 390
Views: 72592

Re: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat

Several analysts are also of the opinion that AC could walk away. https://business.financialpost.com/transportation/airlines/in-cash-preservation-mode-air-canada-mum-on-whether-it-still-wants-to-buy-transat David Ocampo, an analyst at Cormark Securities, Inc., said he questions whether Air Canada st...

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by cirrusdragoon
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 390
Views: 72592

Re: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat

Whiteguy wrote:
The original article wasn’t written by a media outlet that is owned by the third bidder for Air Transat. I wouldn’t lend any credibility to the article.


Time will tell.

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Jetport wrote:
Looks like Air Canada is trying to cancel merger:

https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/a ... 56.article


No doubt now.

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by cirrusdragoon
Mon May 25, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Warms To A321LR After Cancelling 737 MAXs:
Replies: 27
Views: 11016

Re: Air Canada Warms To A321LR After Cancelling 737 MAXs:

The EU further assesses ... https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_934 “... In particular, Air Canada, with its Air Canada Rouge brand, developed a business model to address the lower-cost and leisure-oriented nature of the EEA-Canada passenger air transport markets, thus direct...

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by cirrusdragoon
Wed May 20, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion
Replies: 355
Views: 66648

Re: FT: Investors bet AA will file for BK

CFO quells speculation of bankruptcy... and of course only time will tell. https://www.forbes.com/sites/willhorton1/2020/05/20/american-airlines-exec-rejects-bankruptcy-speculation-take-that-one-off-the-list/#3834029370ea « Points » - CFO concedes American needs to boost its standing with investors....

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by cirrusdragoon
Tue May 19, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion
Replies: 355
Views: 66648

Re: FT: Investors bet AA will file for BK

Can someone please explain to me why AA is in so much debt? Didn't they shed debt back during bankruptcy 7-8 years ago? American Airlines has spent heavily on new aircraft to modernize its fleet. It has spent enormous sums on share repurchases, more than $5 billion since the beginning of 2015. At t...

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by cirrusdragoon
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nurse-Qualified Flight Attendants/Airport Terminal Nursing Stations: The Future?
Replies: 27
Views: 2435

Re: Nurse-Qualified Flight Attendants/Airport Terminal Nursing Stations: The Future?

why stop there why not have a flight attendant doctor onboard as well. ( sarcasm)

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by cirrusdragoon
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air Subsidiaries File For Bankruptcy
Replies: 2
Views: 723

Re: Norwegian Air Subsidiaries File For Bankruptcy

Things don't look good here. Is it the inevitable? https://onemileatatime.com/norwegian-air-subsidiary-bankruptcy/?fbclid=IwAR20A1_SluZhXTqJFqsbYxCOwjTBaXhEDnm8YAjYuWJ61HFVJZH6jSCCZwY Hello :) there is already an ongoing discussion here. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=14448...

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by cirrusdragoon
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NH wanted AC to join NH/UA JV but UA was against it, why?
Replies: 38
Views: 6823

Re: NH wanted AC to join NH/UA JV but UA was against it, why?

SwissCanuck wrote:
cirrusdragoon wrote:
perhaps the pilots are not too happy with outsourcing their jobs to cheaper labour in canada.


Care to back up that statement?



Not a statement. A hypothetical what if. Big difference.

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by cirrusdragoon
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NH wanted AC to join NH/UA JV but UA was against it, why?
Replies: 38
Views: 6823

Re: NH wanted AC to join NH/UA JV but UA was against it, why?

perhaps the pilots are not too happy with outsourcing their jobs to cheaper labour in canada.

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by cirrusdragoon
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Charles Duncan named president of Swoop
Replies: 5
Views: 1446

Charles Duncan named president of Swoop

https://blog.westjet.com/westjet-execut ... -to-title/
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Seems a management reshuffle was in order, Steven Greenway makes his departure.

https://blog.westjet.com/westjet-execut ... -to-title/

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by cirrusdragoon
Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet Furloughing 1,700 Pilots
Replies: 22
Views: 5482

Re: Westjet Furloughing 1,700 Pilots

at least they will still be on the wage subsidy program

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by cirrusdragoon
Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada to retain laid off employees on payroll with govt subsidy
Replies: 22
Views: 3130

Re: Air Canada to retain laid off employees on payroll with govt subsidy

Can they work elsewhere in the meantime ? I believe so , however the subsidy is for only until June 06th. Beyond that employees will likely be laid off again at which point they can apply for Employment Insurance or the Canadian Emergency Relief Benefit, but for those programs you cannot be receivi...

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by cirrusdragoon
Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet to bring back 6,400 workers with federal subsidy
Replies: 0
Views: 447

Westjet to bring back 6,400 workers with federal subsidy

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/ ... -1.5527291
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Westjet says 6,400 workers will be brought back onto its payroll once the federal government has approved an emergency wage subsidy program.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/ ... -1.5527291

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by cirrusdragoon
Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada to retain laid off employees on payroll with govt subsidy
Replies: 22
Views: 3130

Re: Air Canada to retain laid off employees on payroll with govt subsidy

It’s great to be back at work, but to do what? Transcon loads these days could be comfortably operated on Q400’s. They are not “back at work” they are still on off duty status but will be back on the AC payroll at the 75% pay. Some may have the option of returning to work at 100% pay if they choose...

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by cirrusdragoon
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada to retain laid off employees on payroll with govt subsidy
Replies: 22
Views: 3130

Air Canada to retain laid off employees on payroll with govt subsidy

It seems all the laid off employees will be put back on payroll but remain inactive they will not be brought back to active duty status as there is no work for them, given the schedule reductions. They will have access to their existing benefits packages. Good news for the frontlines. https://www.cb...

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by cirrusdragoon
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Vancouver (YVR) passenger volumes to return to 1995 levels this year"
Replies: 18
Views: 3764

Re: "Vancouver (YVR) passenger volumes to return to 1995 levels this year"

The underlying global integration, economic growth and increasing consumer incomes and leisure time that has driven demand for these services faster than GDP growth for decades should continue to do so as the world recovers from the Covid-19 shock. How the industry serves that growth as it evolves o...

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by cirrusdragoon
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: April Fools Day Thread 2020
Replies: 52
Views: 1230

Re: BA announce direct to SYD/MEL Summer 2023

April fools is cancelled. people are dying, get off it .

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by cirrusdragoon
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Porter receives lifeline
Replies: 27
Views: 5823

Porter receives lifeline

https://business.financialpost.com/tran ... government
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Porter Airlines has received its support . Good news

https://business.financialpost.com/tran ... government

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by cirrusdragoon
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Laying off 5100 Flight Attendants
Replies: 7
Views: 3970

Re: Air Canada Laying off 5100 Flight Attendants

It is not firing, it is temporary lay off. They will be recalled once demand warrants it.

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by cirrusdragoon
Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines weathering well
Replies: 16
Views: 3679

Re: Flair Airlines w well

11C wrote:
classicjets wrote:
I feel like there is a freudian slip in the title

I was starting to think I was the only one who saw that.


Sorry english is my fourth language, apologies for spelling mistake.

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by cirrusdragoon
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines weathering well
Replies: 16
Views: 3679

Flair Airlines weathering well

It appears Flair Airlines is traversing this current covid-19 crisis well, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-transat-says-impossible-to-predict-future-bookings-as-virus-outbreak/ According to them, its ticket sales are within 4 per cent of targets, and passenger volumes are normal for...

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by cirrusdragoon
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA uniform launches today
Replies: 54
Views: 8498

Re: New AA uniform launches today

I do not mind it. It’s very American - read: casual, relaxed, diverse - which I suppose is precisely the point. It is very different to the more formally tailored efforts of non-US airlines. Do they differentiate domestic crew uniforms from international crew? And ground crew from cabin crew, etc? ...

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