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by Skywatcher
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Cutting 30 Domestic Routes, 8 Stations
Replies: 77
Views: 14024

Re: Air Canada Cutting 30 Domestic Routes, 8 Stations

In the local YUL press Air Creebec said they are upping YUL-Val D'or service in august to compensate for the pull out of AC. There's also talk of Quebec provincial subsidies (on no) in the affected markets. As much as I hate subsidies all of the routes in question would qualify for the American EAS ...

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by Skywatcher
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Cutting 30 Domestic Routes, 8 Stations
Replies: 77
Views: 14024

Re: Air Canada Cutting 30 Domestic Routes, 8 Stations

A quick summary of the route cuts; 13 intra Atlantic Canada 1 Atlantic Canada to YUL 8 intra Quebec 3 intra Ontario 1 Ontario to YUL 2 intra Prairies 2 Prairies to YOW Eastern Canada got whacked this time. This is just another step in the long term trend of the hollowing out of non large urban centr...

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by Skywatcher
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Cutting 30 Domestic Routes, 8 Stations
Replies: 77
Views: 14024

Re: Air Canada Cutting 30 Domestic Routes, 8 Stations

These eliminations indicate which the least profitable routes were I suppose. It'll open up some space for smaller carriers to step in but I would expect no airfare reductions in the affected markets unfortunately. Of all the stations cut Kingston (around 125k population) surprises me the most-I wou...

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by Skywatcher
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR DOH-YYZ eff. July 4, 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 3490

Re: QR DOH-YYZ eff. July 4, 2020

What rationale would they have for expanding right now? All I see are massive reductions elsewhere.

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by Skywatcher
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 671
Views: 112164

Re: The WestJet Thread

To which carrier will the WestJet domestic flying be contracted out to? Other than AC there aren't really that many others available. From what I can see the Northern carriers such as Air Inuit/Creebec/Calm Air/Canadian North etc. are as busy as ever right now (extra freight?). Another question-dome...

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by Skywatcher
Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Screening Numbers - Charts and Comparisons
Replies: 376
Views: 55053

Re: TSA Screening Numbers - Charts and Comparisons

Air Canada just announced a notable increase in their July schedule compared to now. I'm in YUL and the daily flight count goes from 27 now to 64 in July for example.

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by Skywatcher
Fri May 15, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: air canada / airtransat
Replies: 27
Views: 3792

Re: air canada / airtransat

Don't forget the $40 million TS/AC deal break fee owed by AC if the deal doesn't occur. That will have to be included in any restructured deal.

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by Skywatcher
Mon May 04, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26853

Re: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft

There was a -974 exchange loss in the quarter. That I suspect is the result of the tanking Cdn. dollar. That is a huge part of the quarterly loss. Also of note, there was a 132million share buyback amount in the latest quarter-way higher than I would have expected. I hate the way share prices are in...

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by Skywatcher
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Airports 2020 Statistics
Replies: 77
Views: 8981

Re: Canadian Airports 2020 Statistics

The article states that the airport needs to stay open for essential employees (tech reps etc.) to travel to northern mines, air ambulance services, waterbombers and so on.

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by Skywatcher
Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada is converting 3 777's to all cargo
Replies: 4
Views: 3576

Air Canada is converting 3 777's to all cargo

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/air-canada- ... -1.4892188

Are any other airlines doing this?
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This is an impressive, quick reaction to the current situation;

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/air-canada- ... -1.4892188

Are any other airlines doing this?

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by Skywatcher
Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Air Canada's aircraft are being parked?
Replies: 181
Views: 33894

Re: Which Air Canada's aircraft are being parked?

I drove by YUL today. Very quiet. I saw around 25 AC & Rouge aircraft parked away from the terminal along with about 15 from Air Transat. At the terminal there were around 5 AC aircraft and one AF.

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by Skywatcher
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Government Waives Airport Ground Lease Payments
Replies: 13
Views: 1696

Re: Canadian Government Waives Airport Ground Lease Payments

I don't see how it benefits AC and WS either. It hits every airline flying in Canada, and airlines that hub in Canada will be more affected than ones that hub elsewhere. On the other hand, these airports use thousands of acres of extremely valuable land--look how much Bombardier just got for the mu...

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by Skywatcher
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Government Waives Airport Ground Lease Payments
Replies: 13
Views: 1696

Re: Canadian Government Waives Airport Ground Lease Payments

Hopefully the onerous rent scheme will not be re-instituted when this all blows over. One can hope but given home much revenue this generates and how it insulates AC and WS (which in normal times keeps many people gainfully employed) I don't see this going anywhere. YOWza It's a hidden tax that mos...

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by Skywatcher
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Air Canada's aircraft are being parked?
Replies: 181
Views: 33894

Re: Which Air Canada's aircraft are being parked?

A quick scan at the April schedule indicates only 12 cities in the U.S. maintain service.
In Canada I believe Sarnia, Val D'or, Rouyn, Kingston, Kamloops, Cranbrook and Castlegar will be cut entirely. I probably missed a few.
The rest of the world is almost eliminated.

Crazy times.

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by Skywatcher
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Government Waives Airport Ground Lease Payments
Replies: 13
Views: 1696

Re: Canadian Government Waives Airport Ground Lease Payments

Hopefully the onerous rent scheme will not be re-instituted when this all blows over.

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by Skywatcher
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 390
Views: 72197

Re: Air Canada/Air Transat Merger Receives Negative Report from Competition Bureau

$40m is a rounding error at AC. The company did $18b in revenue in 2019. On the other hand, $40m to TS gives them a get out of jail free card for maybe a quarter as the market slowly spools back to whatever is the new normal is down the road. AC may have already experienced the nightmare of a force...

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by Skywatcher
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 390
Views: 72197

Re: Air Canada/Air Transat Merger Receives Negative Report from Competition Bureau

Don't forget that there is a $40 million break fee payable by Air Canada if they walk away from the deal. That would provide a fair bit of additional liquidity to Transat to weather the storm.

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by Skywatcher
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drake's Private 767-200 New Livery
Replies: 60
Views: 15145

Re: Drake's Private 767-200 New Livery

I don't really understand why an individual, albeit with a posse, needs so much lift. The amount of resources required and carbon pumped out for a handful of people to fly is off the charts. The words "inflated ego" and "greed" come to my mind at least. Why not a Global express o...

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by Skywatcher
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Air Canada's aircraft are being parked?
Replies: 181
Views: 33894

Re: Which Air Canada's aircraft are being parked?

shoelessjoe wrote:
Additional Rouge A319 to YQG today.


I noticed it leaving YUL this morning on Flightaware.

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by Skywatcher
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sunwing fleet changes
Replies: 14
Views: 2260

Re: Sunwing fleet changes

I noticed 2 Sunwing lease return flights from YUL yesterday on Flightaware (1 to Newcastle and 1 to Praque).

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by Skywatcher
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 474
Views: 58071

Re: Will airlines operate cargo only fleets again?

I suspect that the short term spike in cargo demand (everybody wants front door delivery now) will prompt some interesting ways to provide new supply. The above picture looks not as crazy as a few weeks ago.

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by Skywatcher
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Airports 2020 Statistics
Replies: 77
Views: 8981

Re: Canadian Airports 2020 Statistics

February had 29 days this year-that's a 3.5% increase alone.

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by Skywatcher
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Suspends Lethbridge, Medicine Hat
Replies: 27
Views: 5537

Re: Air Canada Suspends Lethbridge, Medicine Hat

How about an A-220 YVR-YQL-YYZ service? The population is close to 100k while there's lots of money and transplanted Easterners in Lethbridge. I would think that there are more than a few young southern Albertans re-locating to YVR these days too. I've been to Lethbridge and realize that there may b...

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by Skywatcher
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of YUL
Replies: 80
Views: 11673

Re: Future of YUL

Guys, 24R/06L, the current runway being resurfaced, was due for resurfacing. It’s 24L/06R that was resurfaced 15 or so years ago, and won’t be resurfaced for quite some time, as it’s in good condition. We’re talking about two different runways here. That makes more sense-I would think a rebuilt con...

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by Skywatcher
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of YUL
Replies: 80
Views: 11673

Re: Future of YUL

Sorry guys-the runway projects may be on budget but who says the budget isn't inflated and/or low quality bid guidelines in the first place? 16 years just sounds like not very long for a concrete project like a runway. I wish somebody who has more professional knowledge than myself could offer an un...

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by Skywatcher
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Airports 2020 Statistics
Replies: 77
Views: 8981

Re: Canadian Airports 2020 Statistics

I'm sure YYC will be alright. Albertans are already really angry/dumbfounded-a ban like this would be an unnecessary poke in the eye IMHO.

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by Skywatcher
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Suspends Lethbridge, Medicine Hat
Replies: 27
Views: 5537

Re: Air Canada Suspends Lethbridge, Medicine Hat

I've always been surprised that a city the size of Lethbridge doesn't have either YYZ or YVR service. It must be such a time wasting hassle to transit in YYC.

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by Skywatcher
Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of YUL
Replies: 80
Views: 11673

Re: Future of YUL

I have been to many other Canadian airports-the concrete is better. I just wish that the Quebec government would stop allowing the construction industry to take advantage of taxpayers (I consider the YUL airport organization basically a public entity).Another commission is needed to focus on the poo...

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by Skywatcher
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Sales Campaigns Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 12924

Re: Airbus A220 Sales Campaigns Discussion Thread - 2020

I would say there is no way in a million years that a Brazilian airline would purchase a BBD aircraft. Maybe now that it's owned by Airbus maybe a 1% chance?

This is despite the fact that AC purchased the EMB-190 and 175.

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by Skywatcher
Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 178
Views: 42955

Re: Airbus A220 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

What is the orange mess in the picture?

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by Skywatcher
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 178
Views: 42955

Re: Airbus A220 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

Skywatcher wrote:
Slowly but surely the trend rate is improving. According to the airbus website 5 were delivered in Feb. but only 2 in Jan as far as I can tell.


I apologize-it looks like 6 A220's were delivered in Feb, not 5.
There was a Delta delivery on Saturday, Feb.29 that I missed.

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by Skywatcher
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada S20 International network changes
Replies: 80
Views: 22091

Re: Air Canada S20 International network changes

I saw an AC 789 on Flightaware YVR-YUL & YYC-YUL today. I am amazed at how flexible the network planning dept. at AC is.

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by Skywatcher
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 178
Views: 42955

Re: Airbus A220 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

Slowly but surely the trend rate is improving. According to the airbus website 5 were delivered in Feb. but only 2 in Jan as far as I can tell.

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by Skywatcher
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada S20 International network changes
Replies: 80
Views: 22091

Re: Air Canada S20 International network changes

sorry-I screwed up my edit.

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by Skywatcher
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada S20 International network changes
Replies: 80
Views: 22091

Re: Air Canada S20 International network changes

As a Quebec anglophone I can state how many similarities I see between the current Alberta behavior and the Quebec behavior of the past. Another inconvenient truth is that high oil prices drives up the value of the Cdn. dollar which devastates eastern Canadian manufacturing businesses. All that is t...

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by Skywatcher
Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Are There No Flights Between GDL and MTY To Canada?
Replies: 6
Views: 1041

Re: Why Are There No Flights Between GDL and MTY To Canada?

There used to be a MTY-YYZ flight on Canadian airlines back in the early 2000's I believe.

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by Skywatcher
Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada S20 International network changes
Replies: 80
Views: 22091

Re: Air Canada S20 International network changes

It is fascinating to view the unfortunate Canadian regionalism issues manifest themselves on this aviation forum. You have Alberta/pro-carbon/anti-east WestJet people vs east/anti-climate change Air Canada people on here in many iterations. The WestJet (Alberta) fans are very sensitive to criticism ...

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by Skywatcher
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 671
Views: 112164

Re: The WestJet Thread

If you told me what you wanted Swoops numbers to be I could jig them accordingly. There are so many variables to work with that you can simply add and/or subtract various factors to make it profitable or not depending on what answer you want. If you want them to be profitable you can just allocate s...

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by Skywatcher
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 671
Views: 112164

Re: The WestJet Thread

WestJet should at the very least be dominant from YUL/YOW to western Canada. They can't even pull that off, not even close, not even YYC. I unfortunately have to agree that YUL/YOW are write offs for the time being for WestJet due to their mis-steps but every business I've worked with tries to recti...

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by Skywatcher
Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 671
Views: 112164

Re: The WestJet Thread

A few points; Nobody ever stated that YUL/YOW should be WestJet hubs. Yikes. I stated earlier that WestJet failed to market themselves effectively in these two markets. How did they manage to not capitalize on their supposed CASM advantage over AC? I believe that the marketing that works in YYC/YVR/...

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by Skywatcher
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 671
Views: 112164

Re: The WestJet Thread

I know that WestJet gets flamed here for the low levels of service from YUL and YOW but I just checked it out and it's worse than I expected. From YOW there are currently 13 daily flights to YYZ (almost all Q-400), 1 to YYC,1 to YHZ and 1 to YWG. There's also a handful of flights to Jamaica/Cancun/F...

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by Skywatcher
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Bombardier Sells Remaining Stake in A220 Program
Replies: 249
Views: 33131

Re: WSJ: Airbus in Advanced Talks to Acquire Bombardier Stake in A220 Program

I suspect that Airbus has far better knowledge of the economics of the A-220 program than any of us. Like any investment it is the future projections of profitability and enterprise cost sharing that really count. The true value of this aircraft is the next 20+ years of cost (including efficiency/ov...

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by Skywatcher
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Summer schedule 2020 WestJet
Replies: 14
Views: 2312

Re: Summer schedule 2020 WestJet

I guess the Alberta economy is doing better than I thought. Uniquely YYC centric growth.

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by Skywatcher
Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of YUL
Replies: 80
Views: 11673

Re: Future of YUL

Didn't 24R/06R just get resurfaced not too long ago? Define not too long ago. 0592210 So it was last rebuilt 16 years ago (in 2004). It is concrete so shouldn't it last longer than that? Like I said, I find the concrete construction quality (on the public side at least-private seems far better) in ...

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by Skywatcher
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of YUL
Replies: 80
Views: 11673

Re: Future of YUL

Just spoke to someone at the airport and they are saying 24R/06L will be fully closed this summer as they redo the surface. Meaning it won't even be the shortened version we have now. Going to be a mess this summer. I guess the lighter aircraft will be forced to use 28/10, unfortunately it is not p...

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by Skywatcher
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of YUL
Replies: 80
Views: 11673

Re: Future of YUL

SteelChair wrote:
Given that the city will only become more populous in the future, perhaps YMX will once again become a commercial airport. Maybe the idea was right, just the timing was wrong.


Oh Noooooooooo! That whole debate was awful-so much finger pointing. Let it die once and for all please.

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by Skywatcher
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of YUL
Replies: 80
Views: 11673

Re: Future of YUL

As far as new routes this summer goes as far as I know TAP will be flying YUL-LIS, a YUL-GRU (Sao Paulo) by AC just started, YUL-Bogota by AC (Bogota) will start in June along with YUL-SEA on an AC A-200. I think Transat is starting YUL-CPH as well.

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by Skywatcher
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of YUL
Replies: 80
Views: 11673

Re: Future of YUL

For those that don't know the "REM" mentioned above is the French acronym for LRT. There will finally be a rail connection to downtown. It is currently under construction and will be operational in 2023 I believe. The train tunnel will be under the Y shaped terminal extension in the pictur...

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by Skywatcher
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier reassessing future participation in Airbus Canada Limited Partnership
Replies: 234
Views: 24925

Re: Bombardier reassessing future participation in Airbus Canada Limited Partnership

Why do people always assume that the USA is a cheaper manufacturing location than Canada? I used to work for a US multinational that owned a Montreal telecom manufacturing company where I was the controller. The efficiency and costs in Montreal were far more lucrative compared to our sister operatio...

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by Skywatcher
Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAP Airport (CAP Haïtien)
Replies: 28
Views: 2649

Re: CAP Airport (CAP Haïtien)

I checked out the CAP website. There are 3 daily small prop flights to Port au Prince and 4 to the Turks & Caicos along with the daily AA A319 flight to MIA. I was in the Turks & Caicos last February and noticed a lot of Haitians doing unskilled service jobs due to labour shortages there. I ...

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