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Hamilton lucks out with new Las Vegas service

WestJet adds non-stop service between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas beginning December 29, 2017. (CNW Group/WestJet)


WestJet expands service at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport

CALGARYOct. 17, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet announced today it will begin non-stop service between John C. Munro HamiltonInternational Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, effective December 29, 2017.   “As Hamilton International’s largest airline, as well as the carrier with the most international flights into Las Vegas, WestJet continues to add new service in Southern Ontario,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development.    “This new non-stop flight connects the community to a highly desirable leisure market and offers a great schedule to those looking to fly directly from Hamilton and surrounding communities without having to drive or connect through Toronto.”
“We are pleased with the announcement that WestJet will be operating non-stop service from Hamilton to Las Vegas,” said Cathie Puckering, Acting President and CEO, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.    “This new route adds to an already robust schedule that WestJet operates from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport to destinations such as CalgaryEdmontonHalifaxOrlando and Winnipeg.    This welcome addition will be yet another great service offering to Hamilton and the surrounding areas.”
“We are very pleased that WestJet is operating non-stop service from Hamilton,” said Rosemary Vassiliadis, Director of Aviation at McCarran International Airport.    “Las Vegas has long been a proven winner among Canadians, particularly in the wintertime, so we’re looking forward to many more travellers taking advantage of the convenience offered by this latest extension of WestJet’s non-stop network into our area.”
Service between Hamilton and Las Vegas will operate twice weekly beginning December 29, 2017, through April 27, 2018.   This winter, WestJet has a total of 63 weekly flights to Las Vegas from eight cities across Canada including VancouverCalgaryEdmontonReginaSaskatoonWinnipegToronto and Hamilton.
Flights will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 737 aircraft featuring the enhanced Plus product and WestJet Connect, WestJet’s inflight entertainment system accessed directly through smartphones, tablets or computers.    Almost 90 per cent of WestJet’s Boeing fleet is now equipped with WestJet Connect.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop service between Hamilton and Las Vegas:






Hamilton-Las Vegas

Monday and

4:50 p.m.

6:36 p.m.

December 29, 2017

Las Vegas-Hamilton

Monday and

11:00 p.m.

6:05 a.m.

December 29, 2017

Midnight in Toulouse: How CSeries deal shook status quo


TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) – Two years ago, Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders halted negotiations to buy Canada’s CSeries program at midnight after the talks with Bombardier leaked to Reuters.    On Tuesday, he performed a U-turn by backing a similar deal after all – again at dead of night.   The nocturnal gymnastics by Europe’s largest aerospace group stunned the aircraft industry which had been riveted for weeks by a trade dispute between Boeing and Bombardier that threatened to hit the CSeries with large U.S. import fees.  Now, the 110-130-seat jet will be built for U.S. airlines at Airbus’s Alabama assembly plant, circumventing any import penalties in a move that apparently caught Boeing off guard.   Analysts say that potentially turns the CSeries from an attack on U.S. jobs, as portrayed in Boeing’s complaint, to a job creator in a key Republican state, though Boeing termed the move a “questionable deal” between two of its subsidized competitors.|
The deal also signals the end of Airbus efforts to promote the A319, its smallest jet which has not posted a sale in years.   “The stunning Airbus-Bombardier partnership for the CSeries program guarantees the future of the new airplane, kills off the A319 and thrusts a big stick up Boeing’s tailpipe,” Leeham Co analyst Scott Hamilton wrote.
Strategically, however, the move extends well beyond the noise of Boeing’s spat with Bombardier and could trigger a riposte from other planemakers, including Boeing itself.
Commercial aerospace has four main powers dominated by Airbus and Boeing, which share the market above 150 seats.   Brazil’s Embraer and Canada’s Bombardier compete between 100 and 150 seats as well as in the market for smaller regional jets.   But China and Russia lead a field of new entrants vying to break into the $125 billion a year commercial market, along with smaller regional players such as Japan.


Tuesday’s deal starts to rearrange the deck in a move that many have been expecting since former Airbus head Louis Gallois warned six years ago that the market was getting too crowded.   In particular, it could drive Boeing closer to Embraer, with which it already cooperates.    Embraer’s E2 jet is one of the main potential losers from the CSeries deal.   “The world has two top-tier airframers, and two second-tier airframers,” said Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia.   “Airbus and Bombardier are now allies. This greatly increases the likelihood of a stronger Boeing-Embraer alliance as a response.”   Such a move has long been contemplated in private.
The CSeries benefits from a new type of efficient engine.    Its launch in 2008 eventually prompted Airbus to put the same generation of engine on its own A320 to protect its main profit source.   That in turn forced Boeing to dump plans for an all-new single-aisle plane in 2011 and opt for a makeover of its best-selling 737 with similar engines, to be known as 737 MAX.
But sitting in Boeing’s filing cabinets are designs for an all-new jet that would have involved intense collaboration with Embraer, according to two people familiar with the project.    A template for closer co-operation therefore already exists.   Boeing and Embraer declined to comment.   The two companies already work on projects including runway safety and alternative jet fuels.    Their partnership has intensified in recent years to include Boeing’s commitment to joint sales and support of Embraer’s KC-390 military aircraft.
The Airbus-Bombardier deal also marks a pause in strategic advances made by China, widely seen as the most serious future competitor to Airbus and Boeing.   Debt-laden Bombardier had been in talks with China as it waited for Airbus to come around to the CSeries.   “China has missed out on a huge opportunity to advance its aims by not getting the CSeries,” an industry strategist said.


The deal also has potentially far-reaching consequences for product strategy and technology at Airbus and Boeing.
A person close to Bombardier said Airbus would aim to pressure the key Boeing 737 MAX 8 model by squeezing it from below with the CSeries and from above with the popular A321neo.    Some critics say it could also develop a larger CSeries.   But critics say airlines don’t want such a patchwork of products.    The deal clashes with one of the core philosophies in the Airbus brochure to date – a compatible family of aircraft where pilots and maintenance staff can be redeployed easily.
Airbus will also get its hands on promising technology.   Workers in Belfast, whose jobs have been at the center of a political storm over the Boeing-Bombardier dispute, are using innovative wing production techniques that may now be deployed by Airbus for future jets.
That could increase tensions at the World Trade Organisation where Boeing has battled with Airbus for years over government loans.    Bombardier received such UK funding in Belfast, meaning recent trade friction may shift to the larger stage at the WTO.




Bombardier looking to sell Q400 business: Report


Bombardier is looking to dispose of some aerospace assets, including Toronto-built Q400, say insiders.

Bombardier Inc. is seeking investors for its aerospace businesses and considering a sale of some Toronto-based operations, people familiar with the matter said, as a turnaround plan at the Canadian planemaker faces pressure from potentially crippling U.S. tariffs on its marquee jetliner.
The Montreal-based manufacturer is studying the disposal of assets including its Q400 turboprop, which is made at its Downsview plant, and CRJ regional-jet unit, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.   Airbus SE is among the suitors, they said, with one person saying Bombardier is also open to partnerships with other aerospace companies.   The company’s Toronto operations currently employ about 3,500 people, with about 1,400 working on the Q400.
Chief executive officer Alain Bellemare is trying to stop a cash drain after its C Series jetliner came to market more than two years behind schedule and about $2 billion over budget.
Asset sales or investment deals in aerospace would raise money as Bombardier contends with newly imposed U.S. import duties of 300 per cent on the plane.    Bombardier also missed out on a merger of its rail-equipment business with Siemens AG’s operation after months of talks.    Deals on the Q400 or CRJ may add life to languishing products.    In sales terms, the entire segment of regional aircraft, which seat between 50 and 90 people, garnered only 119 orders last year, down 50 per cent.    “Bombardier has neglected these products for so long,” said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace consultant at Teal Group. “These should be worth more and should be more desirable,” he said, adding that the Q400 may have an easier time finding a buyer than the CRJ line.
The turboprop and regional jet markets are largely duopolies, partly controlled by Bombardier.   The Q400 competes with planes made by ATR, which is owned by Airbus and Leonardo SpA, while the CRJ jets go head to head with aircraft built by Brazil’s Embraer SA.
Bombardier is looking to break into the bigger jet market with the C Series, but delays and cost overruns prompted the company to accept a $1 billion investment from Quebec, plus another $372.5 million from Canada.   The company’s Global 7000 business jet has also been delayed.    Part of that jet was also to have built at Downsview.
Quebec’s Economy Minister Dominique Anglade said Monday that the province is ruling out any further aid for Bombardier, according to The Canadian Press.   Anglade said Monday she welcomes news that other players might be interested in investing in the company.   But Anglade, who is also now deputy premier, says the government will not get involved in Bombardier’s Q400 turboprop or CRJ regional jet programs.
Federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains told reporters at the same event on Monday that Ottawa has shown a long-standing commitment to the aerospace sector.   Bombardier and Airbus, whose earlier talks on a potential business collaboration fizzled in 2015, declined to comment.    No final decisions have been made and Bombardier deliberations with potential partners may not lead to any transactions, the people said.
The U.S. Commerce Department recently imposed 300 per cent tariffs against the C Series, saying Bombardier sold the narrow-body plane at less than its fair-market value after receiving government subsidies in Canada.    The agency’s decision followed a complaint by Boeing Co. after Bombardier sold at least 75 of its planes to Delta Air Lines Inc., a deal valued at more than $5 billion based on list prices.
Bombardier’s shares closed at $2.32 on Oct. 13 and have risen 6.9 per cent this year.    The company got about 57 per cent of its revenue from aircraft and aerospace parts last year.
The rail business has also raised funds in recent years.    In 2015, Bombardier sold a stake in the unit to Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec, Canada’s second-largest pension fund manager, for $1.5 billion.    Last month, Siemens chose France’s Alstom SA as its merger partner in rail equipment, leaving Bombardier on its own to face the new European giant and Asian heavy hitters such as China-based CRRC Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. of Japan.
Bellemare has long talked about the need for Bombardier to improve margins of the Q400, which has lost market share in recent years to lighter, cheaper turboprops made by ATR.    Bombardier is looking to move production of wings and cockpits for the Q400 outside of Canada to reduce costs, vice-president Todd Young said last month at a press briefing in Mirabel, Quebec.
Colin Bole, a senior vice-president of sales at Bombardier’s commercial aircraft unit, said at the same press briefing that the company has “a tremendous number of Q400 campaigns in the pipeline globally and we certainly intend to crystallize those in the next few months.”   “I think you will see a dramatic change in the backlog,” Bole said.

Europe’s Airbus to buy majority stake in Bombardier CSeries program


In a blockbuster announcement for the aerospace industry, European aerospace giant Airbus Group is buying a majority stake in Bombardier’s CSeries program.   The two aircraft manufacturers announced the partnership Monday evening, calling it a win-win situation for both parties.   The news comes weeks after the United States announced 300 per cent tariffs on exports of the aircraft following a complaint from rival Boeing.
The partnership brings together two complementary product lines, with 100-150 seat market segment expected to represent more than 6,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years.
The CSeries headquarters will remain in the Montreal area but a second assembly line for the 100- to 150-seat plane will also be established at the U.S. Airbus facility in Mobile, Alabama.
“Airbus is the perfect partner for us, Quebec and Canada,” said Bombardier CEO alain Bellemare in a statement. “This partnership should more than double the value of the CSeries program and ensures our remarkable game-changing aircraft realizes its full potential.”   Officials from Bombardier said this would not have any negative impact on aerospace jobs in Quebec.   The final assembly of the CSeries line of aircraft currently takes place at the Bombardier facilities in Mirabel.   The partnership is expected to result in significant CSeries production costs savings by leveraging Airbus’ supply chain expertise.
Airbus will acquire a 50.01 per cent interest in the CSeries Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP), which manufactures and sells the plane.   Bombardier will own 31 per cent, while the Quebec government’s investment agency will hold 19 per cent — a drop from the 49.5 per cent stake it had held before the deal.
Federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains issued a statement after the Airbus announcement, saying he would review the sale by an international buyer.   “Proposed investments of this kind require the government to consider whether they are in the national interest.   The Airbus deal, like all significant proposed investments in Canada by non-Canadians, is subject to the Investment Canada Act-an act which I oversee,” he said.   “In my review, I’ll be looking to see how this deal will benefit Canadians, support our aerospace sector and create good jobs.”
Quebec’s minister of the economy, Dominque Anglade, reacted positively to the news.   “In the current context, the partnership with Airbus is, for us, the best solution to ensure the maintenance and creation of jobs in this strategic sector of the Quebec economy,” she said.   The Quebec company has faced cash-flow problems in recent years, prompting Quebec’s pension plan to purchase a large stake in the company’s train division, while the government also invested in the CSeries.   Anglade, said Quebec is open to recouping its investment.
“When there was investment made by the government of Quebec initially in the CSeries.    We said that we were looking for another partner.    We’ve always said that, it was very open. In anything that we would be looking at any proposal, we would look at the number of employments.    Number one is the number of jobs that we have in Quebec, and to make sure that we maintain the environment for the aerospace industry,” said Anglade.   “If you look at the numbers in the aerospace industry right now they’re pretty good.    Actually there are a lot of things happening in the aerospace industry in Quebec and we want to maintain that.”   She said, however that Bombardier could not count on getting more cash from government.
“I think we’ve done enough for the aerospace industry,” said Anglade when asked if Bombardier would get more money from government.   The government invested US$1 billion in 2016 for a 49.5 per cent stake in Bombardier’s CSeries commercial jet program.   Anglade said Monday she welcomes news that other players might be interested in investing in Bombardier.   Bains told reporters at the same event Ottawa has shown a long-standing commitment to the aerospace sector.
The long legal battle ahead is also expected to cut into Bombardier’s cash flow, as it was counting on selling 75 CSeries jets to Delta airlines.   Delta has said it wants those jets, and that it won’t pay the punitive duties demanded by the U.S. government.
The U.S. Dept. of Commerce has imposed two sets of duties totalling more than 300 per cent on Bombardier’s CSeries following a challenge from Boeing, an American company which never tried to sell planes to Delta.

Lufthansa makes offer to buy bankrupt Alitalia


German carrier Lufthansa on Monday said it had prepared an offer to buy the global, European and domestic business of Italy’s bankrupt carrier Alitalia.   A successful bid would add Italian assets to those Lufthansa is already picking up from Air Berlin, which went bust this summer.
Lufthansa did not provide detailed information, including how much the bid is worth and how much staff it would retain, but it appears that the offer covers only Alitalia’s aviation business and not ground and handling sides.
Lufthansa said in a statement that it wanted to establish a “NewAlitalia,” that it said “could develop long-term economic prospects.”
Monday was the last day for bidders to submit binding offers for the carrier, which fell into bankruptcy last May after its main stakeholder, Etihad airlines, said it would not extend additional financing.    Etihad had also controlled Air Berlin — and likewise cut its financing.

$737M bid reported

The Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported earlier Monday that Lufthansa was preparing a 500 million-euro ($737 million Cdn) bid for large parts of Alitalia, including the fleet, pilots, air crew and air slots. The report said that the plan calls for cutting 6,000 jobs and reducing the airline’s short- and medium-haul routes, which have suffered under the pressure from low-cost airlines.   Alitalia declined to comment.
The Italian government has extended 600 million euros ($885 million) in bridge loans, plus another 300 million euros last week to keep the airline operating through next summer — the time expected to get the airline back on its feet under a new owner.
After the bids are submitted, the government has given bidders until the end of April to fine-tune and improve their offers, followed by a period of review by European antitrust authorities that can last four to six months.
The government tender gives preference to bidders seeking to buy the carrier intact, with the main goal being to avoid a fire-sale of assets to multiple bidders.    It also allows the possibility to isolate the aviation departments, comprising some 8,000 employees including pilots and flight attendants, from ground crews and handling, which comprise 3,600 workers.

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WestJet launches Montreal-Boston


New non-stop flight brings low fares and competition to route

CALGARYOct. 15, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced the start of service between Montreal and Boston. The inaugural flight from Montreal Trudeau International Airport arrives at Boston Logan International Airport this morning, marking the last of three new routes launched by WestJet from Montreal this year.
“WestJet has significantly expanded its service to, from and within the province of Quebec in 2017,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development.    “This expansion demonstrates our commitment to bring lower airfares to communities across Canada and create new opportunities for business and leisure travellers to get more value for their travel budgets.”
“I would like to thank WestJet for their confidence in us and for their support,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal.    “Boston is a popular destination for our passengers, who travel there both for business and leisure.    The addition of two flights per day enhances the departure options from Montréal and offers greater flexibility.    This is great news for Montréal and confirms Montréal-Trudeau’s position as a hub.”
“With several different destinations to choose from, Boston Logan has become a terrific gateway for those traveling to Canada,” Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said.    “We are pleased that WestJet is adding twice daily flights to Montreal to our roster, providing even more options for our customers to enjoy Canada.”
WestJet began point-to-point service for the first time within the province of Quebec on June 15, 2017, with four daily flights between Montreal and Quebec City.    In addition, the airline launched twice-daily service between Montreal and Halifax on March 15, 2017.    With the addition of WestJet’s new services, the airline now operates an average of 167 weekly departures from Montreal.
All three new routes are operated by WestJet’s regional airline, WestJet Encore, and its fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier Q400s.    Proud to support this iconic Canadian company, WestJet flies the fourth largest fleet of Q400s in the world.    By mid-2018, the regional airline will have a total of 45 aircraft.

British pols unload on Boeing, ‘king of corporate welfare,’ in Bombardier tariff spat

Boeing is drawing the ire of Britain’s Labour Party, which accuses it of playing dirty in a trade spat with Canadian competitor Bombardier.     (Jason Redmond / AFP/Getty Images)

Boeing is the “king of corporate welfare,” Britain’s main opposition Labour Party  said, accusing the U.S. aerospace giant of “egregious hypocrisy” in pursuing an illegal-subsidies claim against Bombardier that threatens thousands of jobs in Northern Ireland.
The U.S. slapped 300 percent of duties on Bombardier’s C Series aircraft after upholding Boeing’s contention that the Canadian company benefited from state support, allowing it to sell the model more cheaply.    Labour’s trade spokesman Barry Gardiner said Wednesday that “no aircraft these days comes to market without support from government,” including those produced by Boeing.
“Boeing has absolutely been sucking at the milk of corporate welfare in America for far too long,” Gardiner said on Bloomberg TV.    “They need to understand that the way in which they are playing this does not sit well with U.K. parliamentarians.”
The dispute has caused a headache for Prime Minister Theresa May, who wants to strike a trade deal with the U.S. as Britain leaves the European Union.   At the same time, she needs to protect more than 4,000 Bombardier jobs in Northern Ireland, where she depends on the support of 10 lawmakers from the Democratic Unionist Party to get legislation through Parliament.
Gardiner didn’t mince his words on Boeing, suggesting that the company is itself a “subsidy junkie” and accusing it of bringing the Bombardier case to “crush a competitor” and get hold of “superior technology” — including wings that are made in Belfast — by driving down its share price “so that they can try and do a hostile takeover.”
A spokesman for Boeing in the U.K. said the U.S. action is about conforming with trade law and that “Boeing complies.”    He declined to comment on whether the company was trying to hurt Montreal-based Bombardier’s share price in preparation for a takeover attempt.
Gardiner also said he plans to ask European authorities to investigate whether there is an anti-dumping case to be made against Boeing over its contract to sell 30 of the latest 737 Max 8 jetliners to Monarch Airlines Ltd., which filed for insolvency earlier this month.
The $3.1 billion order, originally placed in 2014, was last year restructured as a sale and leaseback, in which planes are typically purchased from a carrier and then rented back.    The nature of the deal, which paved the way for Monarch owner Greybull Capital LLP to make a 165 million-pound ($220 million) capital injection, suggests Boeing sold the 737s “at less than cost price into the European market,” Gardiner said.
Boeing said it doesn’t publicly comment on the financial arrangements of its customers.
The defense and aerospace giant is under pressure in the U.K. after May, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Business Secretary Greg Clark all said it is putting at risk chances of winning future contracts from Britain.
The Chicago-based company on Tuesday took out a wraparound ad in London’s Evening Standard newspaper featuring a picture of a Chinook helicopter hovering over Stonehenge, and has also erected a giant billboard in Westminster subway station, which many lawmakers pass through on their way into the Houses of Parliament.
“We are absolutely coming at Boeing,” Gardiner said. “All the advertisements, all the front covers of the evening newspapers in London that they’ve put on are not persuading anybody other than that they’re playing dirty.”

We’re getting fresh!

WestJet has partnered with fresh casual restaurant, The Chopped Leaf, to offer the restaurant’s whole-foods on board WestJet aircraft. (CNW Group/WestJet)

WestJet adds The Chopped Leaf™ as exclusive meal supplier on board

CALGARYOct. 12, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet announced today that it has partnered with fresh casual restaurant, The Chopped Leaf, in a move that will see the restaurant’s whole-food offerings available on board WestJet aircraft.
“WestJet and The Chopped Leaf have a common goal to break down the ‘airline food’ stigma,” said Rossen Dimitrov, WestJet Chief Guest Experience Officer.    “The ingredients in our new menu have been sourced to provide healthier options with quality and taste in mind.    We continue to evolve our on board offerings to meet the needs of our 22 million annual guests.”
“WestJet values are very similar to ours at The Chopped Leaf,” said Nick Veloce, Innovative Food Brands Inc. President & COO parent company The Chopped Leaf.    “We want to ensure our customers are delighted with their food experience and take great effort in making sure that each person who visits our locations leaves with a positive experience.    This partnership with WestJet is now perfectly aligned to delivering on this wherever our customers are.”
Ingredients in The Chopped Leaf items are made from real food including whole grains, vegetables and meats that contain little to no preservatives.    Specific menu items can be viewed in the on board menu in seat pockets of WestJet flights.    The Chopped Leaf meals will be rotated throughout the pre-purchase and buy-on-board menus as more products and variety are developed.
WestJet will offer guests on more than 250 daily flights the ability to pre-purchase or buy-on-board whole bowls, multi-grain sandwiches and salads.    The Chopped Leaf products will be available for purchase on flights beginning November 15, 2017 and pre-purchase is available now for flights starting the same day.
In addition to its partnership with The Chopped Leaf, as of September 1, 2017 WestJet is now offering prosecco and a selection of international wines on board.

CS300 Announces Second Environmental Product Declaration


Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced the publication of the second Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for the CS300 aircraft.
The C Series airliners already fully meet ICAO’s new CO2 emissions standard.   Bombardier is the only aircraft manufacturer to disclose the full environmental impact of its products.
“At Bombardier, we believe in concrete actions and transparency when it comes to creating more sustainable growth in the aviation industry,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.   “The publication of this EPD for the CS300 aircraft underlines Bombardier’s commitment to bring to market innovative, sustainable aircraft that meet and exceed customer expectations,” said Franois Caza, Vice President, Product Development and Chief Engineer, Product Development Engineering, Aerospace.
The EPD, which is based on verified Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) data, discloses information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products and, thus provides the basis for a fair comparison of products and services vis-vis their environmental performance.    Last year, Bombardier selected a CS100 aircraft for the first-ever EPD.    This year, a Bombardier CS300 was chosen for the exercise.
Over its operational lifespan, each C Series aircraft is expected to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions released to the atmosphere by up to 120,000 tonnes compared to other closest-sized airliners.



Ethiopian Airlines to add frequency on Toronto-Addis Ababa route


Ethiopian to expand service to Canada with two additional flights per week being added to/from Toronto.  The new flights are slated to start December 2nd using their new Boeing 787-9 and/or Boeing 777-200LR.  The additional flights will operate on Fridays and Sundays, arriving at 0730 in the morning and departing eastbound at 1030hrs.

City of Pickering Supports Development of an Airport

PICKERING, ONOct. 11, 2017 /CNW/ – At last night’s Council meeting, the City of Pickering endorsed a motion to support the development of an airport in Pickering, subject to the results identified in the Federal Government’s forthcoming Aviation Sector Analysis – Pickering Airport Study.
City Council was presented with a staff report on investment attraction and job creation, which outlined the need to develop the requisite infrastructure to attract multinational companies, like Amazon, to Pickering’s Innovation Corridor.    One of the report’s key recommendations focused on a Pickering airport.
The report identified a Pickering airport as having the potential to become a significant economic catalyst for attracting major commercial investment to the City, spurring additional infrastructure investments, and creating thousands of new jobs, which would provide the residents of Pickering and Durham Region with an opportunity to earn good income while working close to home.
For the past year and half, the City has been receiving significant expressions of interest from several multinational companies looking to relocate and/or expand their business operations to Pickering’s Innovation Corridor due to its proximity to the Federal Pickering Lands site.   These international conglomerates are waiting for the Federal Government’s decision on the airport lands before they can make a firm commitment to Pickering.
“Our advocating for an airport sends a strong message that Pickering is open for business, and that our time is now,” said Mayor Dave Ryan.    “We look forward to the release of the Aviation Sector Analysis – Pickering Airport Study.  We expect the study to support the establishment of an airport, and we urge the Federal Government to expedite the process so that we may sooner bring these multinational corporations to our Innovation Corridor and create thousands of new jobs for Durham residents.”

Centennial College tops off new Centre for Aerospace and Aviation at Downsview Park


TORONTOOct. 11, 2017 /CNW/ – Centennial College topped off its Centre for Aerospace and Aviation under construction at Downsview Park today.    Students, staff, dignitaries and guests were on hand to sign a steel I-beam before it was hoisted and incorporated into the new hangar that forms the central feature of the rejuvenated former headquarters of de Havilland Canada.
The $72-million project includes the hangar, which is large enough to accommodate today’s commercial jets, as well as new classrooms, laboratory space, workshops, offices and a library.    The campus is slated to open in the fall of 2018, and will have access to working runways for the first time.
Centennial currently trains about 300 aircraft and avionics technicians at its Ashtonbee Campus hangar in Scarborough.    The 138,000-square-foot Centre for Aerospace and Aviation will have enough instruction space to accommodate 900 students annually.    The project, led by MJMA | Stantec (Architects in Association), involves repurposing the historic de Havilland building, located at 65 Carl Hall Road, with selective demolition and new construction.
The Canadian government contributed $18.4 million in Strategic Investment Funds towards the new campus, and the Ontario government provided $25.8 million.    The project is seen as the first step towards creating an aerospace training and research hub for the development of new technologies in Ontario – an ambitious goal that was first outlined in the 2012 review of the Canadian aerospace industry by the Honourable David Emerson.
Centennial’s newest campus will anchor the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) consortium, which is working to maintain Canada’s ranking as a major aerospace supplier to the world.    DAIR brings together academic and industry partners, including the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Ryerson UniversityYork University, Bombardier, Safran Landing Systems, MDA and others.
The de Havilland site is renowned for having built the Mosquito, a light bomber that was one of the fastest aircraft of the Second World War, able to attain 425 miles per hour at 30,000 feet.    It was one of the few front-line aircraft of the era constructed almost entirely of wood, primarily balsawood, spruce and Canadian birch.    De Havilland Canada’s 7,000 employees assembled 1,134 of the remarkable “Mossies” on the site to help in the war effort.

Delta CEO emphatic: ‘We will not pay’ CSeries duty


Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the Atlanta-based airline will not pay tariffs on the Bombardier CSeries and acknowledged the brewing trade dispute between the US and Canada over the aircraft may delay its delivery to Delta.

Delta has 75 CS100s on firm order and is scheduled to take delivery of its first in the spring of 2018.    Delta’s order, which also includes options for 50 more CSeries aircraft, led Boeing to file a complaint with the US Commerce Department, alleging financial help from the Canadian federal and Quebec provincial governments on the CSeries program enabled Bombardier to sell the aircraft to Delta at an “absurdly low” price.    Initial rulings issued by the Commerce Department in late September and early October called for Delta to pay as much as 300% in duties on each CSeries aircraft it receives.
Those duties would be put in place if a parallel investigation by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) finds that CSeries subsidies and price-dumping have caused material damage to Boeing.   The ITC ruling is expected in the first quarter of next year, just ahead of planned first deliveries to Delta.
During an Oct. 11 conference call with analysts and reporters, Bastian was emphatic: “We will not pay those tariffs.” He said Delta does still “intend to take the aircraft,” although he acknowledged “there may be a delay as this debate gets brought to a head over the next 12 months … We believe Delta will get [the CS100s] at the agreed contractual price.
Bastian said it is still “early” in the process by which the CSeries duty issue will be resolved, noting the Commerce decision has “triggered a lot of discussions at the political level beyond aerospace.”    Bastian said the Commerce decision “is not just disappointing—it doesn’t make sense.”
He added that ITC will have a hard time detailing material damage to Boeing from the Delta CSeries order.
“In our opinion, it is very difficult for Boeing to claim harm,” he said, noting that Boeing “did not offer and they do not have” an aircraft in the size range of the CS100, which Delta plans to configure with 110 seats.   Boeing’s position is “a bit nonsensical,” Bastian said.
He added Delta is in talks with Bombardier about “various other plans or alternatives we’re contemplating” if the duty is imposed, declining to elaborate.

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Boeing Launches Outreach Campaign in Canada


Campaign to reinforce Boeing’s presence and economic impact

OTTAWA, OntarioOct. 10, 2017 /CNW/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today launches an intensive multimedia campaign to raise awareness and understanding across Canada of the company’s significant presence and annual impact on the nation’s economy.
“Boeing contributes approximately $4 billion Canadian dollars annually to Canada’s economic growth and development, which is nearly 14 percent of Canada’s entire aerospace economic impact,” said Kim Westenskow, managing director, Boeing Canada.    “What we accomplish together benefits Canada and the entire global aerospace industry. It is a compelling story that is overdue to be told.”
The public outreach campaign will distribute detailed information about the company’s work with its 560 Canadian suppliers, the more than 17,500 jobs supported in the supplier network, the company’s extensive operations with 2,000 employees, and its substantial contribution to Canada’s economy.    Information will be shared through traditional and digital media outlets.
“Boeing’s partnership with Canada spans an entire century dating back to when founder Bill Boeing launched the world’s first international mail service between Vancouver, B.C., and Seattle in the Boeing C-700,” said Westenskow. “Today, Boeing is the largest non-Canadian aerospace manufacturer in Canada.    We have close partnerships with government, industry and customers in both commercial airlines and the military.   It is important that we share this story with the people of Canada.”
The first phase of the campaign will run on television, traditional and online radio and across various digital platforms.

Daily Service from Billy Bishop Airport to Three New Ontario Cities


Travellers Can Access Kitchener-Waterloo, London and Barrie in as few as 18 Minutes with new Commuter Service from Downtown Toronto Airport

TORONTOOct. 10, 2017 /CNW/ – Travellers will soon be able to connect from downtown Toronto to Kitchener-WaterlooBarrie and London, Ontario, in as little as 18 minutes with the addition of three new routes operating from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Billy Bishop Airport).
Three additional destinations, offered through partner FlyGTA, will begin daily scheduled round-trip service this fall according to an announcement made today.    Round-trip flights will depart Billy Bishop Airport from Hangar 6, just west of the main terminal building, for Kitchener-Waterloo and Barrie beginning November 6, with London flights commencing in December.
“The new flight routes announced today further connect Toronto to key markets which is great for our economy in terms of facilitating connections that fuel tourism and business,” said Councillor Michael Thompson, Ward 37, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, City of Toronto.    “We are particularly excited about the daily service to Kitchener-Waterloo airport which supports our domestic technology corridor by offering an 18-minute flight between the two cities, and provides US businesses with a convenient and efficient connection between such markets as New York and Kitchener-Waterloo through Toronto.    Billy Bishop Airport is an important gateway for Toronto and a key piece of travel infrastructure that is needed to support Toronto’s growth and place as a world-class city.”Wa
“Located less than three kilometres from downtown Toronto, Billy Bishop Airport has become an important gateway for businesses who need quick access to other markets,” said Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President, Billy Bishop Airport and Ports Toronto.    “With service to more than 20 destinations through our main terminal and connections to additional Ontario markets through our hangar facilities with partners such as FlyGTA, Billy Bishop Airport is about connecting Toronto to the world and working within a broader Southern Ontario Airport Network to ensure the travel needs of the region are met.    We are very pleased that our service offering continues to grow and congratulate FlyGTA on its new services.”

Alkan Air Joins Air Georgian’s SOAR Program

SOAR to new horizons with Air Georgian’s innovative new aviation career program.





MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 10 , 2017 /CNW/ – Air Georgian’s SOAR program for aviation career awareness, recruitment and retention continues to grow with the addition of Alkan Air.   The partnership provides a career pathway for pilots at Alkan Air to become First Officers with Air Georgian.
“Alkan Air’s Pilot Training program is thrilled to partner with the Air Georgian SOAR program to provide Northern trained pilots with career advancement opportunities” states Wendy Tayler, President of Alkan Air.    “This partnership demonstrates our commitment to providing safe and effective pilot training that meet the highest standards in the industry.   The Yukon provides pilots with stunning landscapes and unique experiences that are not found elsewhere in Canada.”
“We are excited to expand our national program as far West as Yukon Territories.” says SOAR Coordinator, Jeslene Bryant.    “Alkan Air’s diverse fleet of turboprop aircraft and various operations including flight training, charter and medivac services make the airline a great addition to the SOAR program.”

WestJet Brings the Island to YVR


WestJet to start daily service to Nanaimo and Comox this winter at YVR

RICHMOND, BCOct. 10, 2017 /CNW/ – Today, WestJet announced new, year-round daily services from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Nanaimo Airport (YCD) and Comox Valley Airport (YQQ), starting on December 14, 2017.
“This is another great connection from our long-standing partner, WestJet,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority.   “Thanks to these new services, our passengers will have more options when travelling domestically.   This will further grow WestJet’s hub out of YVR, connecting people and products to B.C. and beyond.”
“WestJet is looking forward to providing Nanaimo and Comox with improved connectivity into the broader WestJet network,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development.  “In addition, WestJet Encore’s Bombardier Q400s offer an affordable, quick and comfortable option for leisure and business travellers looking to hop back and forth between the island communities and British Columbia’s largest business centre and airport.”
Vancouver was among WestJet’s five original destinations when it launched service in February 1996.    Since then, WestJet has grown to offer 36 non-stop routes with more than 70 daily flights operating out of YVR.

Statement on Commerce Department Antidumping Duties Preliminary Decision

“We strongly disagree with the Commerce Department’s preliminary decision.   It represents an egregious overreach and misapplication of the U.S. trade laws in an apparent attempt to block the C Series aircraft from entering the U.S. market, irrespective of the negative impacts to the U.S. aerospace industry, U.S. jobs, U.S. airlines, and the U.S. flying public.
The Commerce Department’s approach throughout this investigation has completely ignored aerospace industry realities.    Boeing’s own program cost accounting practices  selling aircraft below production costs for years after launching a program  would fail under Commerce’s approach.    This hypocrisy is appalling, and it should be deeply troubling to any importer of large, complex, and highly engineered products.
Commercial aircraft programs require billions in initial investment and years to provide a return on that investment.     By limiting its antidumping investigation to a short 12-month period at the very beginning of the C Series program, Commerce has taken a path that inevitably would result in a deeply distorted finding.
We remain confident that, at the end of the processes, the U.S. International Trade Commission will reach the right conclusion, which is that the C Series benefits the U.S. aerospace industry and Boeing suffered no injury.    There is wide consensus within the industry on this matter, and a growing chorus of voices, including airlines, consumer groups, trade experts, and many others that have come forward to express grave concerns with Boeing’s attempt to force U.S. airlines to buy less efficient planes with configurations they do not want and economics that do not deliver value.
The U.S. government should reject Boeing’s attempt to tilt the playing field unfairly in its favor and to impose an indirect tax on the flying public through unjustified import tariffs.
Commerce’s statement that Bombardier is not cooperating with the investigation is a disingenuous attempt to distract from the agency’s misguided focus on hypothetical production costs and sales prices for aircraft that will be imported into the United States far in the future.
As we have explained repeatedly to the Department, Bombardier cannot provide the production costs for the Delta aircraft for a very simple reason; they have not yet been produced.    Commerce’s attempt to create future costs and sales prices by looking at aircraft not imported into the United States is inappropriate and inconsistent with the agency’s past practices.    This departure from past precedent and disregard of well-known industry practices is an apparent attempt to deprive U.S. airlines from enjoying the benefits of the C Series, even though Boeing abandoned the segment of the market served by the C Series more than a decade ago.
This action also puts thousands of high-technology U.S. jobs at risk given the C Series’ significant U.S. content.  More than half of each aircraft’s content, including its engines and major systems, is sourced from U.S. suppliers.    Going forward, the C Series program will generate more than $30 billion in business for U.S. suppliers and support more than 22,700 jobs in the United States.”

Canadian North in the Caribbean

An ancient airframe at home on unimproved strips in the Arctic is employing its unique capabilities in much different environment for the next while.    Canadian North has dispatched one of its Boeing 737-200 aircraft to the Caribbean to be used for hurricane relief.
The 50-year-old baby Boeing, with its noisy turbojet engines, was one of the handful equipped with a gravel runway kit and with a combi configuration that allows it to be converted to carry cargo, passengers or a mix of both.
The aircraft was leased by one of the companies arranging specialized support for the hurricane relief effort and will be in the tropics until at least Oct. 8 but could be there for a month or more.    The specific missions weren’t released but Canadian North staff members interrupted their lives to make the help happen.    The airline says 12 pilots, flight attendants, engineers and loadmasters were assembled in 36 hours to make the service happen.
“We scrambled, if you will, to get a team together,” Chief Pilot Gerald Skocdopole told the CBC. ”We had a lot of support from our employees, a lot of interest to go on short notice.
“It’s obvious everyone wants to help whichever way they can.”

Media Invitation – Centennial College tops off new Centre for Aerospace and Aviation at Downsview Park


TORONTOOct. 5, 2017 /CNW/ – Centennial College is celebrating the topping off of its new Centre for Aerospace and Aviation at Downsview Park on Wednesday, October 11 at 10 am.
Students, staff, dignitaries and guests will be on hand to sign a steel I-beam before it is hoisted and permanently placed in the new hangar that forms the central feature of the rejuvenated former headquarters of de Havilland of Canada, an indelible part of Canada’s aviation history.
The $72-million project includes the hangar, which is large enough to accommodate today’s commercial jets, as well as new classrooms, laboratory space, workshops, offices and a campus library.    Centennial currently trains about 300 aircraft technicians and avionics technicians annually at its Ashtonbee Campus in Scarborough.
Downsview Campus will house an innovation and research working group that brings together industry leaders and academic partners, including the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Ryerson UniversityYork University, Bombardier and others. The campus will anchor the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) consortium, which is working to maintain Canada’s fifth-place ranking as a major aerospace supplier to the world.

Air Canada partners with Amadeus to support international network and improvements to customer experience

Air Canada partners with Amadeus to support international network and improvements to customer experience

  • Travel professionals and travellers alike will benefit from the Canadian flagship carrier’s implementation of the Amadeus Altéa Suite in addition to a renewed distribution agreement
  • Air Canada will also implement a range of Amadeus solutions such as Anytime Merchandising, Group Management and Passenger Recovery

MADRID and MONTREALOct. 5, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Forward-thinking airlines understand that the critical combination of next-generation airline IT systems, along with the best global distribution capabilities and air travel content, are necessary to serve their customers and operate their business successfully.
Under a new agreement announced today between Amadeus and Air Canada, Canada’s largest airline is poised to harness the best of both in support of its business strategy to enhance customer experience, improve profitability and operational performance in support of its growing international network.
Air Canada has signed for the full Amadeus Altéa Suite passenger service system (PSS) including reservations, inventory, and departure control solutions.    The Amadeus Altéa Suite, once fully implemented, will enable Air Canada to enhance customer experience by delivering more consistent and personalized customer service based on individual customer preferences and attributes, pursue additional revenue generating opportunities, and improve operational efficiency.    To support Air Canada’s international network, the Altéa Suite will help Air Canada achieve closer integration with its codeshare partners and within the Star Alliance – more than two thirds of which are also Altéa carriers.
In addition to these solutions, the carrier will implement a range of other Amadeus IT solutions such as Anytime Merchandising, Customer Experience Management, Payments, Revenue Integrity, Group Management and Passenger Recovery.    With the implementation of Amadeus Anytime Merchandising, Air Canada will be able to propose personalized offers according to individual preferences.    The combination of the Altéa Suite and Amadeus Anytime Merchandising will, in particular, ensure that Air Canada is well equipped to address evolving industry initiatives such as IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC).
At the same time, the renewed multi-year distribution agreement, signed in parallel to the Altéa Suite agreement, supports Air Canada’s focus on delivering a consistent brand and customer experience across channels, a key aspect of its international growth.    Amadeus users worldwide will be able to access Air Canada’s industry-leading customizable fare products and availability via the Amadeus global distribution system, as well as the carrier’s ancillary offerings.
Today, Amadeus travel agencies can seamlessly book Air Canada’s full range of branded fares and select ancillary services, such as Preferred and Advance seat options.   Future end-to-end connectivity will also enable integration of the airline’s Corporate Rewards, Flight Pass and dynamic pricing offers.
“This new agreement with Amadeus marks the evolution of what has been a long, successful and strategic partnership.    We see the benefits of having a fully integrated IT and distribution strategy which brings the strongest distribution capabilities as well as next-generation airline IT services to our customers worldwide,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Air Canada.    “This agreement supports Air Canada’s business strategy for delivering a more personalized travel experience to improve customer service across all touchpoints to support and improve the profitability of our international expansion and improving how we sell, distribute and deliver our products and services.   It will enable us to better integrate our systems with our codeshare and Star Alliance partners.”
“With Amadeus as its partner, Air Canada will ultimately have in place a modern, flexible community-based IT platform, other business-critical technology solutions, and unsurpassed distribution of its fares and content around the world,” said Julia Sattel, Senior Vice President, Airlines, Amadeus.    “The benefits of using the Altéa platform extend well beyond just the airline’s operations.    Amadeus-connected travel agents have the unique advantage of instant visibility to any changes affecting an Altéa airline booking, meaning they can better service their customers. Importantly, for Amadeus, this agreement also marks an important milestone for us in terms of our continued growth and expansion in North America in particular, a region which continues to be strategically crucial for the whole company.”
Air Canada is targeting full Altéa Suite implementation in 2019.    The renewed distribution agreement between Amadeus and Air Canada is effective immediately.
As of the first half 2017, 199 customers had contracted either of the Amadeus Passenger Service Systems (Altéa or New Skies) and 189 had implemented either of Altéa or New Skies.

Air Canada chooses Less Emissions Inc. as its new offset provider


TORONTOOct. 4, 2017 /CNW/ – Less Emissions Inc., Canada’s highest quality offset provider, and Air Canada are announcing a new partnership to offer the highest quality carbon offsets to individuals and organizations looking to reduce the environmental impact of their flights.    Through Less, customers can calculate and purchase offsets to help mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their air travel.
“We’re pleased to announce that Air Canada is partnering with Less to provide its customers with an affordable but meaningful way to lower the environmental impact of their trip,” said Ron Seftel, CEO, Less Emissions.    “For ten years, Less has been providing a simple and effective way to offset the environmental impact from air travel.”
To access the program, Air Canada customers will receive a link to Less Emissions at the bottom of their travel confirmation receipt.    After inputting the origin and destination of their flight into the calculator, customers can select one of two options to lessen their flight’s environmental impact:

  • International Gold Standard certified offsets: Derived from international projects meeting the Gold Standard Foundation’s sustainable development criteria, as endorsed by leading environmental groups including WWF International. (Learn more)
  • Canadian VER+ certified offsets: Sourced from projects located in Canada that have achieved certification under the VER+ Standard, a globally recognized standard for voluntary GHG emissions reductions projects.

“We are pleased to respond to the ongoing interests of our customers who value the opportunity to voluntarily reduce the carbon footprint and overall environmental impact of their flight,” said Teresa Ehman, Director, Environmental Affairs, Air Canada.    “Air Canada recognizes its environmental responsibilities and the importance of understanding and integrating environmental considerations into our business operations.”
To reduce its emissions, Air Canada has adopted a four-pillar strategy that includes large investments in building a young, fuel efficient fleet.    This has helped the company improve fuel efficiency by 40 per cent between 1990 and 2016.    The strategy also includes supporting the development of a local industry for sustainable alternative aviation fuel that have a lower life-cycle carbon footprint than today’s jet fuels.    One example is Air Canada’s participation as an airline partner in Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), a three-year collaborative project that began in 2015 with 14 stakeholder organizations to introduce biojet into the shared fuel system at a Montreal airport.    The CBSCI project is a first in Canada and is aimed at creating a sustainable Canadian supply chain of biojet.

FLYHT Provides Third Quarter 2017 Update


Calgary, Alberta – October 3, 2017 – FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. (TSX-V: FLY) (OTCQX: FLYLF) (the “Company” or “FLYHT”) is pleased to announce USD $1.7 million in additional sales contracts and purchase orders during the third quarter of 2017, bringing the total for the quarter to nearly USD $3.1 million, assuming FLYHT provides services over the full term of the agreements.   The following are the updates regarding sales activity during the third quarter.

  • FLYHT received additional orders from an existing OEM partner (see release on July 15, 2014) for parts with related license fees for delivery.
  • Three existing customers, one in Africa and two in China, ordered additional Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRSTM) 228 hardware kits and/or voice and data services.
  • FLYHT received a purchase order from a leasing company located in Ireland for three aircraft.    Along with Avmax, this is FLYHT’s second relationship with a leasing company.
  • FLYHT also received a purchase order from a military logistics company for AFIRS units.
  • FLYHT signed a contract with one Airline in South Korea.
  • FLYHT signed a contract with the Operator Bahamasair.

Bahamasair, which operates in the Caribbean, will add AFIRS to their current fleet of ATR and B737 aircraft.  As part of this agreement, Bahamasair will also utilize FLYHT’s UpTimeTM Cloud solution to provide real-time data to support their Operations Control and to support their maintenance operations.
The airline will take full advantage of FLYHT’s services to monitor and manage the health of its aircraft.    These services include global voice and text messaging capabilities to stay in constant contact with Bahamasair pilots. FLYHTHealthTM will monitor the status of aircraft systems and engines and will alert the airline to any maintenance or operational issues.    FLYHTASDTM will provide Bahamasair with an aircraft situational display, an electronic, real-time map of their assets, enabling the airline to configure flight tracking intervals.
“We are excited to add Bahamasair to our customer list.    Caribbean operations can be challenging because of high daily aircraft utilization with a number of shorter flight segments, expanded long-haul routes to the southern Caribbean, and generally, a vast number of over-water flights,” remarked David Perez, FLYHT’s VP Sales and Marketing.    “Bahamasair will achieve positive benefits from real-time awareness that FLYHT is providing to other operators in the region.”
In addition to the latest orders above, FLYHT previously announced AFIRS contracts in the third quarter with two new Chinese cargo airlines for USD $1.4 million in a press release on September 5, 2017.
FLYHT was issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the AFIRS 228 by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) for Bombardier Q-400 in July and revised an STC in August that allows modifications on certain Airbus A320 aircraft to introduce AFIRS 228S real-time data services.
FLYHT also received final approval for activation of the TCCA STC for the E-190 Embraer Jet family.    However, delays encountered in test flights, which are outside of FLYHT’s control, have caused Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the associated Chinese CAAC STC approvals to be achieved later than was planned and will therefore negatively impact the revenue plan for the third quarter.    The receipt of these remaining approvals is anticipated during the fourth quarter of this year.

Jazz Adds Sault College Flight Instructors to its Professional Pilot Career Pathway Program


HALIFAXOct. 3, 2017 /CNW/ – Jazz Aviation LP (“Jazz”) is pleased to announce a further commitment to Canada’s current and future flight instructors with an enhanced agreement between the airline’s Jazz Aviation Pathway Program (“Jazz APP”) and Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology (“Sault College”).
“To support quality flight training in Canada, airlines need to continue to develop pathways that encourage new pilots to become instructors, without affecting their opportunity to become an airline pilot if they wish.    Through this new agreement, the Jazz APP will provide an opportunity for top instructors at Sault College to further their professional pilot careers,” said Steve Linthwaite, Vice President, Flight Operations, Jazz.   “We are proud to be fully engaged with Sault College’s program as we continue to cultivate strong futures for pilots in the Canadian aviation industry.”
Jazz and Sault College have a strong history dating back to the inception of the Jazz APP in 2007 and are pleased to now extend the Jazz APP opportunity to top Sault College flight instructors.   In order for these top flight instructors to have an opportunity for employment as a professional pilot with Jazz, they must be recommended by Sault College and meet comprehensive experience criteria.
“The agreement provides another option and tremendous incentive to our graduates and, as a result, Sault College will continue to look forward to further building on and solidifying what we believe is already a great relationship with Jazz,” said Greg Mapp, Chair, Aviation Technology – Flight, Sault College.
Since 2007, Jazz has been actively involved in shaping the curriculum and training of Canada’s future professional pilots through active engagement with aviation colleges and universities.    In 2015, Jazz rebranded these efforts under the Jazz Aviation Pathway Program banner.   To date, Jazz has announced agreements between the Jazz APP and the following institutions and organizations:

Aviation Colleges, Flight Schools, and Universities:
Algonquin College
Centre québécois de formation aéronautique at Cégep de Chicoutimi
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Confederation College
Mount Royal University
Okanagan College
Ottawa Aviation Services
Sault College
Seneca College
University of Waterloo
University of Western Ontario
Industry Organization Agreements exist with:
Air Cadet League of Canada
Air Canada
Bearskin Airlines
Wasaya Airways

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Airline adds year-round Mexico City from Calgary and Vancouver starting March 2018

CALGARYOct 3, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet announced today that is has expanded its position as the Canadian airline with the most flights to Mexico by adding flights from Calgary and Vancouver to Mexico City.    Nonstop, year-round flights will start March 2018 and are vital to further expanding trade and tourism between the two countries.
“We are proud of our continued investments in connecting the economies of Canada and Mexico and providing choice and competition for Canada’s business and leisure travellers,” said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President Commercial.    “These flights will also enable Mexican visitors an affordable option to discover our country and Mexican businesses to increase commercial ties.”
“WestJet’s new non-stop service to Mexico City will be another great route option for Albertans looking to connect to one of the world’s largest trading markets,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO for The Calgary Airport Authority. “As a burgeoning business market for agriculture and oil and gas, this is an important link as our city and region looks for opportunities to grow and diversify our economy.”
“I want to congratulate WestJet for expanding its service to Mexico,” said The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism.    “Our government understands the important contribution tourism makes to our economy.    As Canada’s largest service export, and an industry that supports more than 1.8 million jobs in Canadian communities – from coast to coast to coast – we are committed to working with our partners to build on the recent successes the industry has experienced.    And through Canada’s New Tourism Vision, we have a plan to achieve this.    This past year, we have seen tremendous growth in CanadaMexicotourism. As one of our priority markets, we are committed to seeing this grow further still.”
“This is excellent news—YVR greatly values our partner WestJet and their efforts to link our airport with key destinations around the world,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority.   “Mexico City is rich in experiences, offering incredible tourism options and a broad range of business opportunities.   It’s also one of Latin America’s key connecting hubs—providing passengers with access to amazing destinations.    We are excited to work with WestJet to ensure this new route is a big success.”
Starting March 14, WestJet will begin service with four weekly flights between Calgary and Mexico City.    On March 15, WestJet will launch three-time weekly service between Vancouver and Mexico City.    Effective April 29, both routes move to daily service.
WestJet currently serves 10 cities in Mexico from 15 Canadian cities and offers more non-stop routes than any other Canadian airline – at peak winter schedule the airline will be operating more than 140 flights per week.    Since 2012, the airline’s traffic to Mexico has grown by more than 50 per cent.    Last winter, WestJet flew an average of 18 daily roundtrips between Canada and Mexico, carrying a total of more than one million guests to that country.
WestJet and Mexico’s flag carrier, Aeromexico, have been interline partners since 2011 and full codeshare partners since 2015.
Details of WestJet’s new routes:






Calgary – Mexico City

Four times

9:30 a.m.

2:44 p.m.

March 14,

Mexico City – Calgary

Four times

3:45 p.m.

9:22 p.m.

March 15,

Calgary – Mexico City


9:40 a.m.

3:46 p.m.

April 29, 2018

Mexico City – Calgary


4:50 p.m.

9:12 p.m.

April 29, 2018

Vancouver – Mexico

Three times

8:30 a.m.

2:40 p.m.

March 15,

Mexico City  –

Three times

3:45 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

March 14,

Vancouver – Mexico


7 a.m.

2:23 p.m.

April 29, 2018

Mexico City  –


3:25 p.m.

6:58 p.m.

April 29, 2018


Jazz proudly supports future indigenous women in aviation


HALIFAXOct. 2, 2017 /CNW/ – Jazz Aviation LP (“Jazz”) announced today that two Jazz Aviation and Northern Lights Scholarships for Indigenous Women (“scholarship”) have been awarded at the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award Gala, held in Vaughan, Ontario, on September 30, 2017.
Jazz, in cooperation with the Northern Lights Aero Foundation, and non-profit organization, Indspire, created two $5,000 scholarships to assist female Indigenous students in pursuing their education through aviation or aerospace programs offered at a Canadian post-secondary institution or a Transport Canada-approved flight training school.
“As one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, we are thrilled to have worked with the Northern Lights Aero Foundation to create this opportunity to encourage Indigenous women to enter the aviation and aerospace industry. It’s important for us to raise awareness and support inclusion not only at Jazz, but also in the communities we serve,” said Kirk Newhook, Vice President, Employee Relations, Jazz.   “Through these scholarships, we are proud to support two very deserving students who have promising futures in Canada’s aviation sector.”
The program is administered by Indspire.    Selection is made by a committee of representatives, who base their decisions on the student’s academic achievement and demonstrated need.    Indspire awarded the inaugural Jazz Aviation and Northern Lights Scholarships for Indigenous Women to Zoey Petit, Honors student at Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, and to Kandace Sittchinli, First Peoples’ Aviation Technology – Flight student at the First Nations Technical Institute.
“We are proud to partner with Jazz to offer this important scholarship for Indigenous women pursuing careers in aviation,” said Lynne McMullen, Director, Education and Scholarships, Northern Lights Aero Foundation.  “We look forward to celebrating the future success of the recipients as they grow and make their mark in aviation and aerospace in the years to come.”

Transat A.T. Inc. continues its fleet reconfiguration, signing an agreement with Thomas Cook


“Our fleet will eventually consist solely of Airbus aircraft, which will mean a more harmonized travel experience for our customers as well as lower operating costs,” says Jean-Marc Eustache, President and CEO  

MONTREALOct. 2, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Transat A.T. Inc. is pleased to announce the signing of a seven-year agreement with Thomas Cook Group Airlines for the exchange of aircraft on a seasonal basis.  Under the terms of the agreement, Thomas Cook will make available every winter to Air Transat a number of narrow body Airbus A321s and will receive at least one wide-body Airbus A330-200 in return.    This will enable both companies to manage and utilize their fleet more efficiently.
The agreement takes advantage of the different seasonality of the two companies: Air Transat uses a greater number of smaller aircraft in winter to serve its destinations in the CaribbeanMexico and Florida, and larger aircraft in summer to serve the transatlantic market.    In contrast, Thomas Cook uses smaller aircraft in summertime to fly to destinations around the Mediterranean Sea and larger wide-body aircraft in the winter to fly to the long-haul destinations like Cuba
In the past few years, Air Transat has implemented a flexible-fleet model, through agreements with various carriers, enabling it each winter to increase the number of narrow-body aircraft it operates and to reduce the number of wide-body aircraft.    For example, in the winter 2016–2017, the Company operated 20 narrow-body aircraft (Boeing 737) and 12 wide-body aircraft (Airbus A310 and A330), while in the summer 2017, it used 7 narrow-body aircraft and 25 wide-body aircraft.
“This agreement marks a new step in the reconfiguration of our fleet,” says Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat.    “It allows us to improve our flexible-fleet model, making it even more efficient.    Our fleet will eventually consist solely of Airbus A330 and aircraft from the A320 family, such as  the A321, which will mean a more harmonized travel experience for our customers as well as lower operating costs,”.
Christoph Debus, Chief Airline Officer, Thomas Cook Group, said: “The new partnership provides additional growth opportunities for our airline, and again demonstrates how Thomas Cook Group is transforming through partnerships.    By taking advantage of the complementary seasonal demand in North America and Europe, we will be able to operate additional long-haul flights during winter and better balance the seasonal demand for our short and medium-haul aircraft, resulting in more cost efficiency and choice for our customers.”
Optimization of the Air Transat flexible fleet began with the recent announcement that its A310s would be replaced, beginning in early 2019, by A321neo LR aircraft, which have a range well-suited for operations in both of the carrier’s markets.    The agreement announced today is the second step in that optimization, and will see Air Transat’s seasonal B737s replaced by A321s.    The third step will be the replacement of the B737s in its core fleet, which today number 7, also by A321s.    At the same time, Air Transat has endeavoured to extend the leases on a large number of its A330 aircraft, thus taking advantage of lower leasing costs and ensuring stability for the years to come.
All of the A321s from the Thomas Cook fleet will be recent aircraft, and will have the same cabin configuration as Air Transat’s coming fleet of A321neo LRs: 199 seats, 12 of which will be Club Class.    This means Transat customers will enjoy a more comparable in-flight experience regardless of destination.
In addition, once the optimization is complete, Air Transat will operate only two types of aircraft, and reap the benefits of the Airbus shared-cockpit philosophy and so-called mixed-fleet flying (i.e., pilots can be rated to fly more than one type of aircraft).    This will enable the company to reduce costs (for example in maintenance and training) and considerably simplify its operations.