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Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

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Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:03 pm

Looks like CBC is now picking up the story...a week later!

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/prime- ... -1.5381367
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Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:26 am

The actual investigation report (so far):

http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/assets ... 5nov19.pdf

Ain't good news for the VIP fleet, considering there are issues with the Challenger fleet, which we've discussed here:

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Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:25 pm

Cruiser wrote:
Looks like CBC is now picking up the story...a week later!

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/prime- ... -1.5381367

Ouch...
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Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:00 am

N14AZ wrote:
Cruiser wrote:
Looks like CBC is now picking up the story...a week later!

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/prime- ... -1.5381367

Ouch...
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Class B damage per the accident report, and aircraft out of service till August 2020. It doesn't sound good.
 
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Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:46 am

ThePointblank wrote:
N14AZ wrote:
Cruiser wrote:
Looks like CBC is now picking up the story...a week later!

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/prime- ... -1.5381367

Ouch...

Class B damage per the accident report, and aircraft out of service till August 2020. It doesn't sound good.

This is something I don't understand. Quote from this report:

ThePointblank wrote:
The actual investigation report (so far):

http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/assets ... 5nov19.pdf


Once the aircraft reached a position in front of 10 hangar, the tow crew stopped the aircraft, set the chocks and the parking brake. During the tow tractor change, while no tractor was attached, the aircraft started moving forward and over the chocks.

The aircraft went over the chocks?!?! With set parking brake? Something doesn't add up.
 
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Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:30 am

N14AZ wrote:
ThePointblank wrote:
N14AZ wrote:
Ouch...

Class B damage per the accident report, and aircraft out of service till August 2020. It doesn't sound good.

This is something I don't understand. Quote from this report:

ThePointblank wrote:
The actual investigation report (so far):

http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/assets ... 5nov19.pdf


Once the aircraft reached a position in front of 10 hangar, the tow crew stopped the aircraft, set the chocks and the parking brake. During the tow tractor change, while no tractor was attached, the aircraft started moving forward and over the chocks.

The aircraft went over the chocks?!?! With set parking brake? Something doesn't add up.

I have a feeling that the ground wasn't level where they stopped to park the aircraft, and the parking brake either wasn't strong enough, or failed.

I also expect that they probably only chocked the nose wheel, since all they were doing was exchanging the tow tractor for a different one; they probably would not have chocked the main landing gear unless it was really windy out.

However, in the midst of all of this, somehow the aircraft started rolling and jumped the chocks...
 
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Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:26 pm

And the problems just keep on coming for the CC-150 Polaris fleet:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politic ... e-problem/

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s bad luck with planes continues.

He was forced to use a backup aircraft Monday to ferry him to London for a NATO summit because the usual prime ministerial jet was damaged in a hangar accident last month.

But after he got to London, the Royal Canadian Air Force discovered a problem with one of the engines on the backup plane during a postflight inspection.

The RCAF says that plane, a CC-150 Polaris, is being repaired but is temporarily “unserviceable.”

So, the RCAF has commandeered another CC-150 Polaris – which was in Italy with Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, who has been on a European tour of her own – to take Trudeau, his entourage and accompanying media back to Ottawa.

Another plane will have to be found to bring Payette home in time to read Thursday’s speech from the throne to open the new session of Parliament.


So, first the VIP configured Polaris is damaged as a result of a accident, so they've commandeered the second jet so the PM can fly to London.

Then, upon arrival in London, the PM's jet is discovered to be unserviceable due to engine problems, so they've commandeered the third Polaris that was already in Europe supporting the Governor General's European tour to get the PM and everyone back to Ottawa from London.

And they'll need to find another plane to get the Governor General back to Ottawa before Thursday...
 
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Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:43 pm

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And they'll need to find another plane to get the Governor General back to Ottawa before Thursday...

Perhaps the GAF could lend them this..... :flamed: .....

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Or one of these from the AdlA..... :airplane: .....

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Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:35 am

The accident happened on 18 October.
 
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Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:03 am

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The accident happened on 18 October.

Yeah, but the aircraft is going to be out of service till August 2020 due to the extent of the damage and the investigation. It's causing a lot of headaches for the air planners as it means that the two remaining jets are going to drawn upon much more heavily for the VIP transport role, as the two tanker-configured jets cannot be easily configured for VIP transportation, and the upcoming issues with the existing Challenger fleet are also going to create even more chaos.
 
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Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:41 am

Honestly at this stage it's a good opportunity to single source 2-3 A330s, a handful of A330 MRTTs, and call it a day. When Merkel's plane broke down, forcing her on a civilian flight, the Germans didn't waste time ordering A350s. There is precedent for single sourcing aircraft, the Harper minority government bought 4 C-17s in record time at the height of the war in Afghanistan.

Bonus: Trudeau could call POTUS and brag about his higher defense spending... Plus the RCAF would gain true flexibility. As it stands right now the Polaris can only refuel aircraft equipped with probes, so USN yes, but virtually no USAF fixed wing. So a new MRTT capability would do wonders for NATO interoperability, or even moreso for Canada's NORAD commitments.

It's honestly a no brainer but then again this is Canada, so they'll make it needlessly complicated and last 5 years at minimum.
 
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Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:18 pm

Directorate of Flight Safety has published a final report on the accident, and they blame the contracted ground crew for not verifying the brakes were properly set, and not properly chocking the aircraft for the entire mess:

http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/fli ... e/k35u6unt

On 18 October 2019 a CC150 was towed from the North ramp to 10 Hangar at 8 Wing Trenton. 10 Hangar is not routinely used by the CC150, and the D-14 tow tractor normally used is too large for the limited space available inside 10 Hangar. Before entering the hangar, the ground crew were required to stop and swap the tow tractor from the bigger D-14 to the smaller D-12.

Once the aircraft reached a position in front of 10 Hangar, the contracted maintenance tow crew stopped the aircraft, installed chocks, set the parking brake, and disconnected the tow tractor. During the tow tractor change, the aircraft started moving forward and jumped over the chocks. Attempts to stop the aircraft by the tow crew were unsuccessful. The right engine struck the D-12 tow tractor parked inside the hangar, before the nose contacted the hangar far wall structure, finally stopping the aircraft.

The aircraft sustained serious damage (“C” category). The force of impact resulted in one minor injury.

The investigation could not positively determine the cause for the parking brake not holding the aircraft in position. However, it was found that the chocks used to secure the aircraft were not authorized in the Technical Support Arrangement and not all wheels had chocks at the time of the accident. Brakeman training was found to be informal and lacking emergency procedures and reference to aircraft publications.

The investigation recommends the use of approved chocks on all wheels and improved training for towing operations.


Mercedes Stephenson over at Global News tweeted out that it will cost $11 million to fix the damage, and the aircraft will be out of service till January 2021:
https://twitter.com/MercedesGlobal/stat ... 7676783616

The DND is asking that L3Harris, the company the ground technicians worked for cover the cost of the repairs.
 
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Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:20 am

ThePointblank wrote:
Mercedes Stephenson over at Global News tweeted out that it will cost $11 million to fix the damage, and the aircraft will be out of service till January 2021:

Hmmn...wouldn't that be enough downpayment for a green A221CJ? (conceptual design is of an A223)..... :scratchchin:

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.....or at least a Global 7500 :?: .....


That should help Bombardier a little bit. :cheerful:

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Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:50 pm

Devilfish wrote:
ThePointblank wrote:
Mercedes Stephenson over at Global News tweeted out that it will cost $11 million to fix the damage, and the aircraft will be out of service till January 2021:

Hmmn...wouldn't that be enough downpayment for a green A221CJ? (conceptual design is of an A223)..... :scratchchin:

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.....or at least a Global 7500 :?: .....


That should help Bombardier a little bit. :cheerful:

https://www.flightglobal.com/business-a ... 04.article


Mate, we already bought two Challengers off them earlier this month. And judging from the delivery schedule, wouldn't surprise me if they were two aircraft Bombardier lost the customers for, and got lucky that the government's been talking of buying two.
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Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:00 am

The Polaris is used when a large passenger capacity is needed. It will have to be replaced by something equally large later this decade.
 
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Sat Jun 20, 2020 5:54 pm

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Mate, we already bought two Challengers off them earlier this month. And judging from the delivery schedule, wouldn't surprise me if they were two aircraft Bombardier lost the customers for, and got lucky that the government's been talking of buying two.

As things stand, BBD can use all the help it could get. It seems acquiring an NTU Global 7500 is a fair way of doing it than outright aid. Needless to say, the government should bargain as much as it can. :twocents:


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The Polaris is used when a large passenger capacity is needed. It will have to be replaced by something equally large later this decade.

It just occurred to me that the PM might feel 'slighted' that other officials would be flying on brand new jets while he and his entourage travel in a 'refurbished' aircraft. :flamed: A Global 7500 appears a reasonable compromise if an ACJ would be untenable. The aging, mx prone Polaris could be reassigned to troop transport duty or other military roles.
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Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:45 pm

Devilfish wrote:
jmt18325 wrote:
The Polaris is used when a large passenger capacity is needed. It will have to be replaced by something equally large later this decade.

It just occurred to me that the PM might feel 'slighted' that other officials would be flying on brand new jets while he and his entourage travel in a 'refurbished' aircraft. :flamed: A Global 7500 appears a reasonable compromise if an ACJ would be untenable. The aging, mx prone Polaris could be reassigned to troop transport duty or other military roles.

The government needs the passenger capacity of the Polaris for the entire entourage of the PM, plus the accompanying press. In that sense, the Polaris is barely adequate for the task, being limited in both range and capacity.
 
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Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:48 pm

Maybe PM Trudeau can ask President Trump for a lift on AF-1?

He could also ask to borrow two C-32As or C-40Bs from the USAF.
 
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The government needs the passenger capacity of the Polaris for the entire entourage of the PM, plus the accompanying press. In that sense, the Polaris is barely adequate for the task, being limited in both range and capacity.

That requirement for the media to be at the PM's side all the time perplexes...not that they need to be apprised of each and every detail on the agenda. Why couldn't they just charter separately and be at each itinerary ahead of time? Their role of informing the public (plus a bit of PR) can just as effectively be achieved in this age of cutting edge communication - without being scooped by others. Those lower on the government totem pole can fly with the press instead. :duck:

It's time to trim delegations so taxpayers' perception that official travel is being used as an excuse for junkets could be diminished. To that end, a ~50 pax capacity A223 state transport seems adequate. Perhaps the rumored MTOW increase (156,000 lbs) could see it attaining ample range by the time Polaris bids goodbye. Failing those, the VIP Squadron could wait for the A321XLR or if that's still not enough, both large OEMs have a whole range of widebodies to choose from. Just don't expect impressive results at the polls. :spin:


kc135topboom wrote:
Maybe PM Trudeau can ask President Trump for a lift on AF-1?

Better yet, the US can offer to sell one of the pair at a friendly price when its replacement EIS. It's supposed to be the most immaculately maintained aircraft out there, complete with NIB spares! :bigthumbsup:
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Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:14 am

Devilfish wrote:
ThePointblank wrote:
The government needs the passenger capacity of the Polaris for the entire entourage of the PM, plus the accompanying press. In that sense, the Polaris is barely adequate for the task, being limited in both range and capacity.

That requirement for the media to be at the PM's side all the time perplexes...not that they need to be apprised of each and every detail on the agenda. Why couldn't they just charter separately and be at each itinerary ahead of time? Their role of informing the public (plus a bit of PR) can just as effectively be achieved in this age of cutting edge communication - without being scooped by others. Those lower on the government totem pole can fly with the press instead. :duck:

It's time to trim delegations so taxpayers' perception that official travel is being used as an excuse for junkets could be diminished. To that end, a ~50 pax capacity A223 state transport seems adequate. Perhaps the rumored MTOW increase (156,000 lbs) could see it attaining ample range by the time Polaris bids goodbye. Failing those, the VIP Squadron could wait for the A321XLR or if that's still not enough, both large OEMs have a whole range of widebodies to choose from. Just don't expect impressive results at the polls. :spin:

The PM when travelling overseas regularly travels with a fairly large staff complement, which includes a number of cabinet and assistant cabinet ministers, members of the Prime Minister's Office, communications staff, personal assistants, advisors, diplomats, etc. They all need to travel with the PM in close proximity in order to coordinate and advise the PM when they are abroad.

Members of the media also typically fly with the PM in the rear; they usually pay to have journalists onboard so they can have direct access to the PM and his staff, and usually, they manage to fill the 150 seats in the back with everyone else.

The biggest issue now with the CC-150 Polaris is both capacity and range; the aircraft is very marginal in terms of range to reach most destinations overseas without multiple refuelling stops along the way, and it's starting to get a bit cramped in the back because the entourage over time keeps growing, with an increasing need for spaces to work in private for the higher level political staff.
 
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Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:16 am

ThePointblank wrote:
The biggest issue now with the CC-150 Polaris is both capacity and range; the aircraft is very marginal in terms of range to reach most destinations overseas without multiple refuelling stops along the way, and it's starting to get a bit cramped in the back because the entourage over time keeps growing, with an increasing need for spaces to work in private for the higher level political staff.

Well, after the embarrassment in the UN, dialing down on the requirements might be in order.....

https://apnews.com/433bce25098dd2be12e20f998aef8b36

A sampling of potential destinations indicate a shorter range is feasible...with only East Asia, ME, Oceania, Argentina/Chile in So. America and inner, southern and east Africa requiring a stop. For those, a sparsely outfitted A338 (if it stays in production) should be adequate. If really long range and capacity are indispensable, the A359 is your bird. :cheerful:

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Fri Dec 18, 2020 1:43 am

Looks like the RCAF has initiated plans to replace the CC-150 Polaris jets:

https://globalnews.ca/news/7529302/cana ... t-project/

Officials in Ottawa are starting the hunt to replace the aging fleet of Polaris VIP and transport aircraft.

The military’s fleet of five transport and refuelling aircraft, which includes the VIP planes used for sitting governors general and prime ministers, has been plagued by mechanical problems.
The main executive jet was grounded and remains so after sustaining “significant structural damage” during a hangar accident in October 2019, and the backup executive jet was temporarily grounded over engine problems the following month.

The fleet began life as commercial aircraft in 1987 before the Royal Canadian Air Force bought them in 1992. It has been using them ever since when the planes are not in for repairs, which is often.

There has been speculation in recent years the government would move to replace the aging planes.


The Letter of Interest (LOI)/Request for Information (RFI) is here and was posted just today:

https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-da ... 0-00938667

Strategic Tanker Transport Capability Project - Draft Invitation to Qualify.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) on behalf of the Department of National Defence (DND) is issuing a draft Invitation to Qualify for the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) Strategic Tanker Transport Capability (STTC) project. This project, which is part of Strong, Secure, Engaged, seeks to replace and renew our air-to-air refueling capability for the next generation.

Since 1994, the CC-150 Polaris aircraft and its crews have provided outstanding service to Canada.

The Polaris fleet is capable of filling multiple roles – including cargo airlift, medical evacuations, the transport of Canadian Armed Forces and government personnel, and air-to-air refueling. Over the past 10 years, the CC-150 Polaris fleet has been utilized over 90% of its time completing strategic airlifts, air-to-air refueling and aeromedical missions.

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is looking for a new fleet of multi-role aircraft that possess the following capabilities:

Air-to-air refuelling capability to accommodate all NATO and NORAD aircraft, including whichever aircraft is selected by the Future Fighter Capability Project;
The ability to be reconfigured to support missions for strategic airlift and aeromedical evacuations;
Upgraded secure communications systems; and
A Self-protection system.

The Polaris fleet provides the majority of air-to-air refueling for our fighter fleet. This capability allows the RCAF to extend our fighter fleet range and operating time, which is critical to our contribution our NORAD and NATO partners. The Polaris fleet has seen extensive use home and abroad, including on Operation IMPACT, where it has delivered more than 65 million pounds of fuel to coalition aircraft.

After 25 years of service, the aircraft are in need of replacement. In 2020, aircraft availability has significantly increased while average aircraft prices from major suppliers are reportedly lower. Due to significant changes in the global aircraft market this year, the Canadian Armed Forces are taking the prudent step of exploring all options for the long-planned replacement of this fleet.

Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, including the value proposition, will apply to this procurement to leverage economic benefits for Canada equal to the value of the contract. Through the ITB Policy, the STTC project will leverage investments and business activities in support of Canada’s key industrial capabilities.



Per the reporting, it seems the government will only buy a plane being flown now by a NATO ally, and there is a requirement to be able to refuel all of NORAD's and NATO's current fighter jet fleet; so it would have a boom AND a drogue refueling system. A self-protection suite is also requested.

They also intend on buying 5-6 aircraft - so possibly one more than we have now.

Reading the actual tender notice, seeing a few things jump out at me for the requirements:

On refuelling:

The Aircraft must off-load 135 000 lbs of fuel in flight to enable the transit of RCAF CF188 fighter aircraft in a single leg from Bagotville, Canada to Spangdahlem, Germany. The Aircraft flight plan encompasses a takeoff from Bagotville, cruise at 31 000 ft mean sea level non-stop to Spangdahlem, Germany, air-to-air refueling of the CF188 fighter aircraft over the Atlantic, and the Aircraft landing with enough fuel remaining for a 200 Nautical Mile divert.


Strategic airlift of troops:

With the AAR Flight from Qualification Requirement No. 2 completed, the Aircraft having landed and any required reconfiguration of the Aircraft completed, the Aircraft refuels and boards 130 troops along with their baggage. The Aircraft then immediately launches and flies a minimum of 5600 Nautical Miles to another commercial airport and lands with enough fuel remaining for a 200 Nautical Mile divert.


With the Airlift Flight 1 from Qualification Requirement No. 3 completed, the Aircraft having landed at a commercial airport, disembarked 130 troops along with their baggage, and any required reconfiguration of the Aircraft completed, the Aircraft refuels, and boards 194 passengers along with their baggage. The Aircraft then immediately launches and flies a minimum of 5600 Nautical Miles to another commercial airport and lands with enough fuel remaining for a 200 Nautical Mile divert.


To me, the only aircraft that meets these requirements is the Airbus A330 MRTT. The KC-46 doesn't have the rated passenger capacity to carry 194 troops with all of their baggage, with a requirement of a minimum of 30 inches of seat pitch, one galley, and four lavatories.
 
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Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Fri Dec 18, 2020 1:10 pm

Anyone want to front the money to buy a few of the lower-hour USAF KC-10s going to the Boneyard, refurbish, and propose a lease-to-buy to the RCAF?
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Fri Dec 18, 2020 2:22 pm

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Anyone want to front the money to buy a few of the lower-hour USAF KC-10s going to the Boneyard, refurbish, and propose a lease-to-buy to the RCAF?

I doubt that their combined acquisition, refurbishment and operational costs are lower than brand new A330MRTT. It's an old and shrinking fleet.
 
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Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:41 am

aumaverick wrote:
Anyone want to front the money to buy a few of the lower-hour USAF KC-10s going to the Boneyard, refurbish, and propose a lease-to-buy to the RCAF?


Why on earth would you replace a 1987/88 vintage A310 fleet with KC-10s that are 8 years older?
 
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Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:57 am

It is not the lower hour KC10 that are going to the boneyard.
 
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Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:43 am

It looks like the RCAF is looking towards the used market, with Air Canada and Air Transat being named in an news article as a potential source for the replacement aircraft in exchange for some financial assistance:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ottawa ... -1.5850140

The federal government is exploring the possibility of replacing its aging fleet of transportation planes as part of a planned bailout of the country's battered airline industry, federal sources said.

While plans to replace the Canadian Armed Forces' five CC-150 Polaris aircraft have been in the works for years, government officials said they have started to look at whether any deal can be found among commercial airlines that are currently looking for financial relief from Ottawa.

The airline industry has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and is facing a liquidity crisis, having been forced to cut back on a number of regular routes amid a sharp decline in demand.

Sources, whom CBC News agreed not to identify in order to discuss confidential elements of the procurement process and talks with the airline industry, said Air Canada is seen as a potential supplier for the fleet, which is used to transport cargo, troops and dignitaries such as the prime minister. Still, the sources said discussions are preliminary.

Last week, all potential suppliers were invited to signify their interest in the contract as part of an "invitation to qualify" published on a federal website.

"It is not a new project," a defence official said. "The reason why [the Canadian Armed Forces] are looking at this now is really because of the fact there have been significant changes in the global aircraft market this year. They are looking at options to see what suppliers might have available, because order books are looking different than they were a year ago."

Another official confirmed the government sees a possible window to inject liquidity into the airline industry at the same time as it seeks to replace its fleet of gas guzzling transport aircraft.
 
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Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:56 pm

Good catch - just saw this article myself. As a complete sceptic (well earned I think) of the Canadian government's ability to procure sensible military equipment, at a reasonable price and on reasonable timelines, I would say that if you read this article closely, you get the following potential outcomes:

- as is quoted in the article, the RCAF ends up with older AC/Transat aircraft that really just function as a means of getting money to those companies rather than serving the needs of the RCAF
- equally as likely, troop/VIP transport no longer resides in the RCAF, and is handled by charter to AC/WJ. This is highly likely, as there is little support for VIP aircraft amongst Canadian taxpayers (not saying I agree with this...), and little taxpayer interest in foreign troop deployments
- combined with the second point, RCAF forgoes air-air refueling capability, and relies on our allies to help us when/if we ever deploy. This is not as unlikely as it may seems, as the fighter replacement project is almost definitely going to be postponed (we can't even get the used Aussie F-18s in the air, let along buy new planes), and Canadian taxpayers really don't care about deployment overseas (seems ominous to them...). Given this, why maintain an air refueling capability?

Again, not saying I think any of this is right (I would be shopping for low hour, distressed sale A330s for MRTT conversion), but if you work in and around the government (as I do), then you recognize that this is a trial balloon to gauge a potential response to further "de-emphasizing" of the Canadian Forces.
 
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Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:21 pm

The proposed arrangement is very similar to how the RCAF acquired the CC-150 in the first place. Canadian Airlines got into a heap of financial trouble in 1991 and part of the bailout package was the sale of the five airframes to the RCAF. When the RCAF acquired them, they were all relatively low time aircraft (3 years old) having been built in 1988. Air Canada and Air Transats A330s are between 15-20 years old. with a few 10-year-old frames in the mix. I don't see any aircraft on the commercial registry flying for a Canadian airline performing the mission of an A310 except the A330, unless they want to purchase a few newer 787s from WS and Air Canada which I don't see happening because of the complexity of retrofitting a carbon airframe. Regardless the timing is perfect to pick up a few low time or new airframes off the market.
 
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Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:50 pm

Or, it is maybe a nudge to Air Canada as they opened a A330 heavy maintenance centre earlier this year to support their current A330 fleet, and the future Air Transat fleet to propose a solution where Air Canada acquires very low time A330-200's off the market, and converts them at their new facility in Mirabel for the RCAF. We will pay Air Canada for the purchase and conversion costs, and give them the maintenance contract to maintain them.
 
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Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Wed Dec 23, 2020 12:14 am

This is being launched now because aircraft are cheap, and the fleet isn't going to last as long as predicted in a workable fashion. I could see airbus putting together a new/used fleet of 5-6 aircraft, so that we could get some planes relatively quickly, and others later down the line.
 
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Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:03 pm

The RAAF has 2 ex-Qantas A330s in service as MRTTs. The Spanish Air Force is also going down the "purchase second hand A330s from a local airline and convert them to MRTTs" route: "Spain is planning to purchase a trio of former Iberia Airbus A330-200s to convert them into Multi-Role Tanker Transports for the country’s air force." (Aviation Week - 1 Dec 20)

I imagine the RCAF is looking at the same / similar approach. I'd be surprised if they didn't end up with 4-6 A330 MRTTs, and probably not new builds.
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Re: Canadian Prime Ministers VIP Airplane Damaged

Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:55 pm

GCT64 wrote:
The Spanish Air Force is also going down the "purchase second hand A330s from a local airline and convert them to MRTTs" route: "Spain is planning to purchase a trio of former Iberia Airbus A330-200s to convert them into Multi-Role Tanker Transports for the country’s air force." (Aviation Week - 1 Dec 20)

At least the IB A332s are later production airframes.....aren't those?

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