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by drgmobile
Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Boeing say that the 727 replacement was the 757?
Replies: 96
Views: 14960

Re: Why did Boeing say that the 727 replacement was the 757?

Many times here, the most discussed 727 replacements come down to 3 core options Mcdonnell Douglas- MD90 Boeing- 737 NG Airbus- A320CEO However, most Boeing officials still said that back then, the 757 was the 727 replacement. I, among others, heavily doubt this, because the 757 has much greater ra...

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by drgmobile
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Cutting 30 Domestic Routes, 8 Stations
Replies: 77
Views: 14105

Re: Air Canada Cutting 30 Domestic Routes, 8 Stations

I’m definitely not a huge fan of AC but you have to realize that is a cross between an airline and a post office. It is required to service a number of locations all over Canada and in return essentially has a monopoly. I don’t know the legal details but I assume that the Canadian federal governmen...

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by drgmobile
Fri May 15, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: air canada / airtransat
Replies: 27
Views: 3820

Re: air canada / airtransat

As an Air Canada frequent flyer, I am quite disappointed to see Rouge go away. Perhaps if I was taller than my 5'8" height or had a large body size, I might feel different. From my perspective as a customer, I liked the breadth of options Rouge provided over an expanded network. It brought dire...

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by drgmobile
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of YUL
Replies: 80
Views: 11718

Re: Future of YUL

Howdy Everybody! I was just thinking about this the other day. During the summer at Yul anytime between 4pm and 9pm the airport is absolutely jammed with International flights. It doesn't seem like there is a whole lot more the airport can grow (especially in those time slots). With the limited lan...

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by drgmobile
Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are AC and DL terminal 2 partners at FLL?
Replies: 24
Views: 3559

Re: Why are AC and DL terminal 2 partners at FLL?

I wouldn't want to speculate (openly) on the reasons why, but Air Canada is away from its partner and in bad locations at many U.S. airports. Lauderdale may be a mostly leisure destination, but it's a big one; Frequent business flyers also take vacations and the Lauderdale airport experience is not...

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by drgmobile
Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are AC and DL terminal 2 partners at FLL?
Replies: 24
Views: 3559

Re: Why are AC and DL terminal 2 partners at FLL?

I wouldn't want to speculate (openly) on the reasons why, but Air Canada is away from its partner and in bad locations at many U.S. airports. Lauderdale may be a mostly leisure destination, but it's a big one; Frequent business flyers also take vacations and the Lauderdale airport experience is not ...

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by drgmobile
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada receives first a220
Replies: 58
Views: 13531

Re: Air Canada receives first a220

They've announced a couple of routes to Seattle and San Jose as the first routes, but these don't start until May. Haven't seen anywhere if the aircraft are just being flown empty to familiarize crew before then or if they will be quietly swapped in on other domestic routes for a few months first, ...

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by drgmobile
Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada receives first a220
Replies: 58
Views: 13531

Re: Air Canada receives first a220

They've announced a couple of routes to Seattle and San Jose as the first routes, but these don't start until May. Haven't seen anywhere if the aircraft are just being flown empty to familiarize crew before then or if they will be quietly swapped in on other domestic routes for a few months first, a...

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by drgmobile
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet clarifies aspirations for Eastern Canada
Replies: 26
Views: 2745

Re: WestJet clarifies aspirations for Eastern Canada

As an Ottawa-based passenger, I would love to see either an alliance or ownership transaction with Porter. The networks are not operationally complementary, given that WestJet and Porter operate out of different hubs in the Toronto area, but they are complementary in terms of what they could offer i...

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by drgmobile
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada - Rouge launching year round flights between Montreal and Bogota
Replies: 23
Views: 3754

Re: Air Canada - Rouge launching year round flights between Montreal and Bogota

I've watched the Colombia market for years (since it's been on my holiday list) and fares would suggest it's doing well for them. We took their Rouge flight last December.. Good flight, good value, surprisingly filled with a lot of people flying onward from Cartagena to Medellin or Bogota on another...

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by drgmobile
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Express oddball?
Replies: 23
Views: 4211

Re: Air Canada Express oddball?

A quick Google search would suggest the aircraft was SkyWest, stored, and joined the AC Jazz fleet in May:

https://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-crj-15098.htm

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by drgmobile
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did AC retire their 747-400?
Replies: 31
Views: 8740

Re: Why did AC retire their 747-400?

It was touched on a couple of times, but not explained that a fire and crash involving a South African Airways 747 Combi in 1987 had a big impact on regulations for Combi aircraft making them less popular, as noted in this Popular Mechanics article: https://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/a28507/com...

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by drgmobile
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Toronto Pearson YYZ Airport...
Replies: 10
Views: 1682

Re: Question about Toronto Pearson YYZ Airport...

https://www.torontopearson.com/en/whats ... -concourse
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It's called the Infield Concourse, which is being used to accommodate growth. There is information about it on the Toronto Pearson Web site.

https://www.torontopearson.com/en/whats ... -concourse

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by drgmobile
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is it feasible for Aegean Airlines buy A321 ULR?
Replies: 15
Views: 2419

Re: Is it feasible for Aegean Airlines buy A321 ULR?

I'm scheduled to take them a couple of times in the next few weeks for a connection to Cyprus and flights within Greece. I'm annoyed about them before I even take my first flight due to the way they play games with Olympic Air coding to avoid providing Star Alliance services.

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by drgmobile
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 332
Views: 51091

Re: Updated: Mitsubishi finalising deal for acquisition of CRJ programme according to FlightGlobal

You are mixing up engineering with business strategy. It's not the fault of the people who built the aircraft that the executive leadership decided to concentrate on the C-Series rather than a newsheet regional jet in the 50- to 100-seat range. Okay. So please tell me what engineering aspects you c...

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by drgmobile
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 332
Views: 51091

Re: Updated: Mitsubishi finalising deal for acquisition of CRJ programme according to FlightGlobal

:banghead: Plenty of other manufacturers: Gulfstream, Cirrus, Embraer, Honda, Dassault, etc. I guess, the meaning is -- once you own a BBD-built bizjet, your option on MRO are limited. Not that cannot buy an additional bizjet from some othe rmanufacturer. That's the issue right? Is CRJ service netw...

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by drgmobile
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 332
Views: 51091

Re: Updated: Mitsubishi finalising deal for acquisition of CRJ programme according to FlightGlobal

Why are so many comments on this site just not even remotely contributory to the conversation and always negative? Y'all must be fun at parties. Back on topic, this is actually a pretty good move. Of course Mitsubishi was never interested in the CRJ itself, but this way they get to learn from it , ...

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by drgmobile
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 332
Views: 51091

Re: Updated: Mitsubishi finalising deal for acquisition of CRJ programme according to FlightGlobal

vfw614 wrote:
crjflyboy wrote:
From a passenger standpoint, the CRJ far surpasses the ERJ planes.


Can I get some of the stuff you are smoking :-) ? I think your view is quite exclusive....


It depends. Air Canada CRJ-705s (now 900s) are certainly nicer than an old ERJ-145. The 170, 190 and 195 aren't known as ERJs.

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by drgmobile
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 256
Views: 46141

Re: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Returns to the Skies

I'm less curious about the current aircraft models, and more about R&D. Are they going to be content to pump out the current product line or are they prepared to invest in research and development for a new generation of aircraft? Perhaps as a joint venture with one of the upstart electric aircr...

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by drgmobile
Thu May 23, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 390
Views: 72669

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

cskok8 wrote:
Good, a merger of airlines with vast experience in gliding


Best response ever :)

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by drgmobile
Mon May 13, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reason behind 12H+ AC recent delays from Oz?
Replies: 4
Views: 2032

Re: Reason behind 12H+ AC recent delays from Oz?

There are a lot of changes with aircraft and schedules due to the 737 MAX grounding. For example, I was supposed to be on an A321 from Toronto out to Vancouver this afternoon but I showed up to see that it was a 787-9. I have a flight out to Phoenix next month that has been "changed" about...

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by drgmobile
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)
Replies: 61
Views: 15648

Re: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)

usdcaguy wrote:
What does Varadero have that Cancun or Punta Cana don’t?


It's more like the other way around. What does Varadero NOT HAVE that Cancun and Punta Cana DOES?

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by drgmobile
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rouge to serve Iceland instead of AC Mainline Summer 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1813

Re: Rouge to serve Iceland instead of AC Mainline Summer 2019

I'm surprised it wasn't already Rouge.

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by drgmobile
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair's ORY-YUL to become year-round
Replies: 21
Views: 3655

Re: Corsair's ORY-YUL to become year-round

With this much service between France and Quebec, it would be great to see somebody put on a day service heading east. As far as I have been able to tell, the only day flights between North America and Europe go to London. A waste from an aircraft utilization perspective but a dream from a passenge...

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by drgmobile
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair's ORY-YUL to become year-round
Replies: 21
Views: 3655

Re: Corsair's ORY-YUL to become year-round

With this much service between France and Quebec, it would be great to see somebody put on a day service heading east. As far as I have been able to tell, the only day flights between North America and Europe go to London. A waste from an aircraft utilization perspective but a dream from a passenger...

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by drgmobile
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What MAX Ban Means For Air Canada TATL
Replies: 108
Views: 21080

Re: What MAX Ban Means For Air Canada TATL

According to planespotter.net no AC A320-family aircraft are stored, so this means their NB fleet has just shrunk with 25%. Thats huge... I believe their NB fleet has shrunk 25% if you don't include Rouge . AC can Rouge a route if necessary to fill in the holes. If you include Rouge and the E190s/1...

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by drgmobile
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 652
Views: 133560

Re: American Airlines Sets Retirement Date for MD-80s

I always found them ugly. I practically grew up on Boeing 737-200s. But then in the late 90s I flew a couple of Md-80s in new interiors (at the time) at American Airlines. I loved them. I look forward to the 3/2 configuration of the A220s.

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by drgmobile
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada S19 Toronto – Regina aircraft changes
Replies: 5
Views: 1443

Re: Air Canada S19 Toronto – Regina aircraft changes

I'm trying to remember what I was on into/out of Saskatchewan last year -- I think CRJs or Embraer regional jets. There are a few things going on with the fleet with the Embraer 190s leaving the fleet, 737s are arriving and the A220s arrive at the end of the year, and some changes/delays to the flee...

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by drgmobile
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Airfares Jump 28% in Inflation Report
Replies: 18
Views: 3091

Re: Canadian Airfares Jump 28% in Inflation Report

This seems to be written on rather weak assumptions. Canadians payed more due to higher prices...inflation isn't likely to be the cause, especially at that rate. The dollar is low which certainly doesn't help, and it is entirely possible (and likely) that average fares went up due to supply and dem...

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by drgmobile
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!
Replies: 64
Views: 10208

Re: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!

Hmmm. I'm not sure I'd ever use the word "brilliant" to describe an ad campaign based on making fun of people. This campaign takes group of what appears to be poorer, undereducated Americans in Texas (Wharton, TX has a population of 8,773 people and a median household income of $32,243) w...

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by drgmobile
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!
Replies: 64
Views: 10208

Re: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!

An ad making fun of low status people who will never fly Aeroméxico to fluff the egos of worldly coastal jet setters... not what I would call brilliant. It’s just petty. If you think the ad is brilliant, it’s for you. This was the point I was trying to make, although I was trying to do it without b...

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by drgmobile
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!
Replies: 64
Views: 10208

Re: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!

Hmmm. I'm not sure I'd ever use the word "brilliant" to describe an ad campaign based on making fun of people. This campaign takes group of what appears to be poorer, undereducated Americans in Texas (Wharton, TX has a population of 8,773 people and a median household income of $32,243) wh...

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by drgmobile
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet delivery team readies for the 787
Replies: 15
Views: 3676

Re: WestJet delivery team readies for the 787

These will be introductory fares, of course, not necessarily indicative of long term pricing but I just took a look at some of the business fares on these routes. A weekend in London in late May in Business: $5830 on WestJet, $8491 on Air Canada, and $2895 on AC in Premium Economy.. A two day trip m...

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by drgmobile
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...
Replies: 70
Views: 12500

Re: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...

If TXL stays open, BER has no future, even after all the nightmare ends. Berlin does not need two airports. It cannot support two. If TXL stays open and there is no restriction on how it is used, no one would use BER. BER will become YMX, unless TXL is restricted to serve limited routes, such as re...

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by drgmobile
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Didn't pre-book your seat? You need to get off the plane
Replies: 8
Views: 3158

Re: Didn't pre-book your seat? You need to get off the plane

Ah yes, the whole "overbooking" thing. My favourite overbooking story is my own. Once I missed my Air Canada flight from DCA to YOW as it had left the day before (I had changed the flight and the Air Canada computer defaults to the previous day when you do that, which I didn't realize unti...

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by drgmobile
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LYS-YUL: a growing route
Replies: 17
Views: 3725

Re: LYS-YUL: a growing route

We took this flight on Air Canada two summers ago. Air Transat had a massive billboard in the middle of the city at a time -- with a whale on it, which is funny if you're familiar with Montreal as the whale watching region is a few hours away.

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by drgmobile
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future Of Hawaiian Inter-Island Travel
Replies: 145
Views: 21556

Re: The Future Of Hawaiian Inter-Island Travel

In the medium term, an early generation of passenger carrying electric aircraft like the one that Zunum is developing (with the backing of JetBlue and Boeing). Longer term, drones. And they'd probably bypass airports and head straight to major resorts. By 2030/40. This is the perfect kind of market ...

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by drgmobile
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dirty planes: three Canadian airlines tested (video)
Replies: 17
Views: 4683

Re: Dirty planes: three Canadian airlines tested (video)

They focused on flight attendants and turn around time between flights, which seems like a bit of a red herring. Do flight attendants clean aircraft? Is that in their contracts? I'd like to know what happens at the end of the day. Are the seats and table trays EVER cleaned? They didn't ask that ques...

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by drgmobile
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come quads outlasted trijets?
Replies: 86
Views: 16078

Re: How come quads outlasted trijets?

Two quads -- the A340 and the 747 -- outlasted one trijet -- the MD-11. It all comes down to which companies survived and which didn't. Lockheed had stopped producing commercial jets by the 1990s and McDonnell Douglas was gobbled up by Boeing. Boeing and Airbus had quads and Lockheed and McDonnell ...

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by drgmobile
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come quads outlasted trijets?
Replies: 86
Views: 16078

Re: How come quads outlasted trijets?

Two quads -- the A340 and the 747 -- outlasted one trijet -- the MD-11. It all comes down to which companies survived and which didn't. Lockheed had stopped producing commercial jets by the 1990s and McDonnell Douglas was gobbled up by Boeing. Boeing and Airbus had quads and Lockheed and McDonnell D...

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by drgmobile
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?
Replies: 81
Views: 15822

Re: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?

I have always questioned this over the last couple of years, and I will share some of my thoughts below. So, why is there not a replacement? At least in the US where the majority of them still fly? I know that they will still fly until 2025 or so. My thoughts are that the airline economics are chan...

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by drgmobile
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Norwegian Air suffixed by “Shuttle”?
Replies: 28
Views: 5320

Re: Why is Norwegian Air suffixed by “Shuttle”?

Just read the Wikipedia page. Not seeing an explanation of WHY the word "Shuttle" is used. Are we perhaps missing something Does perhaps it have with translation from Norwegian?

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by drgmobile
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has WestJet lost its way?
Replies: 53
Views: 11833

Re: Has WestJet lost its way?

To me the problem was allowing the previous guy to run the airline. He was known for his mishandling of Canadian Airlines and working with Alaska during their trouble periods. Clive Beddoe warned against the 767 overseas ops back when they first announced it and it seems ever since that expansion a...

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by drgmobile
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Air Canada mainline taking back so many Rouge routes?
Replies: 63
Views: 12271

Re: Why is Air Canada mainline taking back so many Rouge routes?

The "airline within an airline" model has proven itself, time and again, to NOT work. The industry is littered with failed attempts to force lower pay and more hours on a subset of employees to try and face off with LCC competition by a legacy airline. It does not work. Ted, Shuttle by Un...

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by drgmobile
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC COO potential new AF-KLM boss
Replies: 30
Views: 5247

Re: AC COO potential new AF-KLM boss

It just occurred to me that Smith is probably bilingual French-English. Having a CEO who doesn't speak French would certainly be frown upon. He isn't -- at least not according to Ben Smith himself. As the Globe and Mail reported yesterday, "When asked about his French, he said he was a French ...

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by drgmobile
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada prepares Rouge for ULCC competition
Replies: 55
Views: 9413

Re: Air Canada prepares Rouge for ULCC competition

Airlines are becoming like telecom companies in Canada with their multiple brands. I think the BA approach of tailoring their fleet to the destinations (especially out of LGW) is the better approach for AC. Have never understood why AC can't just "rouge-ify" mainline. We all know it's hea...

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by drgmobile
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swoop Announces 7 Canada-US Routes
Replies: 33
Views: 6620

Re: Swoop Announces 7 Canada-US Routes

So the usual Canada/Sunbird routes. Pretty much. In fact, I think out of all of these only YHM-TPA is completely new. The others I'd hazard a guess are all transfers from mainline with, in most cases, increased frequencies added. This is addressed in the article: "Swoop will take over four rou...

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by drgmobile
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAE And Canada amend Air Service Agreement
Replies: 76
Views: 10084

Re: UAE And Canada amend Air Service Agreement

I'm also wondering how the +68% are defined as capacity increase doesn't equal to capacity increase. - more frequencies between both countries or still limites to specific cities? - more seats per flight while maintaining the amount of frequecies? - new city-pairs? EK already flies 380's to YYZ. Wi...

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by drgmobile
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future for Porter
Replies: 33
Views: 6752

Re: Future for Porter

Porter has been around since 2006 and with only 29 planes is not exactly a counter to Air Canada or Westjet just yet but I'm curious what future they do have. They seem to have backed themselves into a corner with focusing on YTZ and with the shutdown from the Toronto Government to expanding the ru...

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