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AirBaltic to launch CS300 long-haul flights to Abu Dhabi

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Latvian carrier airBaltic plans to launch 4X-weekly Riga-Abu Dhabi Bombardier CS300 service beginning Oct. 29, in cooperation with Etihad Airways, the Riga-based carrier announced Feb. 24.
AirBaltic CEO Martin Gauss said the CS300 will be able to “fly longer distances and reach airports that we were not able to serve with our fleet before.”
The CS300 launch customer took delivery of its first of the type Nov. 28, 2016, and launched its first flight from Riga to Amsterdam Dec. 14.    The carrier received its second CS300 Dec. 3.
AirBaltic’s fleet also includes 12 Bombardier Q400s and 13 Boeing 737s.

Losing bidder for new search-and-rescue aircraft takes Canadian government to court

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The group of companies that lost the competition for Canada’s new search-and-rescue aircraft is going to court to try to overturn the contract.   Procurement Minister Judy Foote and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced on Dec. 8 that the government had selected the Airbus C295W aircraft as its new fixed-wing search-and-rescue (FWSAR) aircraft.    The RCAF will receive 16 C295Ws.   But the losing bidder in the competition, a group called Team Spartan, wants the contract with Airbus, already signed, to be overturned.
An application for judicial review has been filed in the Federal Court, Team Spartan said in a Feb. 23 news release.   “Team Spartan’s main allegation is that the selected airplane is unfit to safely perform certain key Search and Rescue tasks and missions required by Canada and should have been, therefore, disqualified,” it said in the release.   Team Spartan, led by the Italian aerospace firm Leonardo, was offering Canada its C-27J aircraft.    The group wants the court to issue “an order requesting that Canada cancel the contract with Airbus and award same to Leonardo.”

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There are at least 165 C-295s flying with 20 countries or operators around the world.
Airbus Defence and Space is teamed with St. John’s-based Provincial Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Que., CAE of Montreal, and Burlington, Ont.’s L-3 WESCAM to provide the search and rescue aircraft to Canada.   The new planes will replace the RCAF’s 40-year-old Buffalo aircraft and older-model C-130s currently assigned to search-and-rescue duties.
The federal government has not yet responded to Team Spartan’s claims.
The contract to Airbus was valued at $2.4 billion, which includes delivery of the aircraft, set-up of support systems including a training centre, initial spare parts, tools, support and test equipment. It also includes the first five years of maintenance and support of the aircraft.    
The contract could eventually be worth $4.7 billion to Airbus by 2043 if the Canadian government picks up all options for maintenance and support.

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India’s Newest Airline Zoom Air Joins Bombardier’s Worldwide Family of CRJ Series Aircraft Operators

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today congratulated Zoom Air, India’s newest airline, on the recent launch of CRJ200 regional jet service with aircraft acquired from a third party.   The airline has joined Bombardier’s family of more than 100 CRJ Series aircraft owners and operators.
The airline, which is based in Gurgaon, Haryana, will operate from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi and will serve 16 destinations, connecting smaller cities and towns across the country.
“The CRJ200 aircraft greatly complement our business model and will help our growth strategy, while providing excellent operational flexibility and passenger comfort,” said Koustav M. Dhar, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Zoom Air.  “We are excited by the potential these aircraft offer in allowing us to access new routes and destinations that are currently underserved – connecting businesses and people across the country.”
“We are pleased to welcome Zoom Air to the family of CRJ Series aircraft operators and wish the airline much success as it launches operations in one of the rapidly growing aviation markets in the world,” said Francois Cognard, Vice President, Sales, South-east Asia and Australasia, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.    “The CRJ Series regional jets have revolutionized aviation with their proven efficiency, reliability and profitability and are a great choice for new and established operators as they look to change the passenger travel experience over the next few decades.”
Bombardier’s Q Series turboprops, CRJ Series regional jets and all-new C Series aircraft are well positioned to meet India’s requirements for increased numbers of commercial aircraft in the 60- to 150-seat market segment.
Bombardier operates a Regional Support Office in Gurgaon, and GMR Aero Technic supports operators of Q400 aircraft from its Bombardier Authorized Service Facility in Hyderabad.

First KC-135 simulator authorized to operate on U.S. Air Force Distributed Training Center Network

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Tampa, Florida, February 21, 2017 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE today announced that CAE USA, prime contractor for the United States Air Force (USAF) KC-135 Aircrew Training System (ATS) program, has received an Authorization to Operate (ATO) on the USAF’s Distributed Training Center Network (DTCN).
The first KC-135 operational flight trainer (OFT) to receive the ATO is located at Scott Air Force Base (AFB).   Additional KC-135 ATS sites, including March Air Reserve Base (ARB), Fairchild AFB, Grissom ARB, and MacDill AFB, are expected to transition onto the DTCN in the 2017-2018 timeframe.     Receiving the Authorization to Operate on the DTCN means that KC-135 aircrew training devices can be networked and connected to other Mobility Air Force (MAF) platforms so that the USAF can conduct live-virtual-constructive (LVC) training on a secure and classified network.
The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core aerial refuelling capability for the USAF and has served in this role for more than 50 years.  This unique tanker platform enhances the Air Force’s capability to accomplish its primary mission of global reach.  The KC-135 aircrew training devices support this mission and help train more than 3,500 KC-135 aircrews annually.     CAE USA is the prime contractor on the KC-135 ATS program and began efforts more than a year ago to connect the KC-135 simulator fleet to a virtual network where they can train with other aircrews in simulators representing various platforms to provide virtual air refuelling.   Recently, CAE USA’s cybersecurity team obtained a difficult, but critical certification requirement called the Authority to Operate, which allows the KC-135 simulator systems to operate on the DTCN.
“Acquiring the Authority to Operate was a tough challenge and a significant engineering milestone,” said Clifford Sanchez, U.S. Air Force KC-135 Aircrew Training System Manager.    “We look forward to the fast-approaching capability to conduct virtual air refuelling across a network. The ability to conduct persistent and realistic virtual air refuelling training in a distributed mission operations environment enhances our training capability and helps us cost-effectively maintain proficiency and readiness.”
In order to achieve an ATO on the DTCN, CAE USA worked closely with the USAF to ensure the KC-135 OFT met the required U.S. Department of Defense risk management framework and cybersecurity standards.     CAE USA and the USAF are now in the process of transitioning additional KC-135 aircrew training devices so that the USAF will have the ability to conduct more virtual training over the DTCN.
“This is an important step in supporting the U.S. Air Force and their desire to increasingly leverage distributed, networked training capabilities to cost-effectively enhance mission training,” said Ray Duquette, President and General Manager, CAE USA.   “The upgrades we are making to the KC-135 aircrew training devices combined with rigorous risk management and cybersecurity implementation will help ensure the integrity and availability of having the KC-135 play a key role in live-virtual-constructive training exercises.”

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Cargojet Celebrates 15th Year Anniversary

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MISSISSAUGA, ON , Feb. 21, 2017 /CNW/ – Cargojet Inc. (the “Company” or “Cargojet”) (TSX: CJT, CJT.A) has reached a significant milestone today, celebrating its 15th year in business.  The company has grown tremendously from its humble beginnings to becoming Canada’s Cargo Airline.
“It gives me great joy and pride in joining the Cargojet Team, our customers, our shareholders and our Board of Directors in celebrating our 15th year anniversary.   We have had a tremendous journey over the past 15 years and with the continued hard work, dedication and loyalty of our team we are celebrating this milestone today.     Cargojet remains well positioned to continue to profitably grow its business and to remain Canada’s primary and dominant air cargo service provider for many years to come.” said Ajay Virmani , President and Chief Executive Officer.
Cargojet is Canada’s leading provider of time sensitive overnight air cargo services and carries over 1,300,000 pounds of cargo each business night.     Cargojet operates its network across North America each business night, utilizing a fleet of all-cargo aircraft.

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Saudia delays 787 Toronto service to May 2017

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Saudia in last week’s schedule update revised planned Boeing 787-9 service debut for Canadian market, previously scheduled from 01APR17.   The 4 weekly Jeddah – Toronto service will see 777-300ER operation extended until 01MAY17, switching to 787-9 from 03MAY17.

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WestJet sweetens up summer schedule

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Adds route between Winnipeg and Abbotsford, 21 additional flights

CALGARY, Feb. 20, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced plans to connect two long-standing WestJet destinations with the addition of service between Winnipeg and Abbotsford.    WestJet today also announced 21 incremental flights across the network that will serve both business and leisure travellers.   Starting April 30, 2017, WestJet will add Abbotsford as its 13th non-stop destination from Winnipeg and will increase frequency on routes to Edmonton and Hamilton. WestJet has served Abbotsford since 1997 and Winnipeg since 1996.
The airline will increase its number of non-stop flights between Abbotsford and Edmonton from 13 per week to 20 and service between Winnipeg and Edmonton will increase from 21 flights per week to 24 beginning April 30.   Daily service between Winnipeg and Hamilton begins May 1.  With these additions, WestJet will operate 60 weekly departures from Abbotsford and 204 departures from Winnipeg by May 2017, reinforcing WestJet’s position as the number one air carrier in both these markets.
“WestJet has built its reputation as Canada’s low-fare leader since 1996 and these flights further solidify this position,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Corporate Development and Alliances.    “WestJet has proudly and consistently served the people of Abbotsford, the lower mainland and Winnipeg for more than 20 years while many other airlines have come and gone.    Our reputation as Canada’s low-fare leader is a position we will maintain as competition increases.    We are pleased to connect two important WestJet markets this summer.”
“WestJet’s growth in Abbotsford is great news for our city, as our population continues to grow at record rates in the Fraser Valley,” said Henry Braun, Abbotsford Mayor.     “These new routes will ensure we continue to attract business investment and employment opportunities to the communities east of the Fraser.    Cross-country routes solidify our international airport’s role as a regional hub and as an integral part of the provincial transportation network.”
“More air travel options for Winnipeg is always welcome news,” said Pascal Bélanger, Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer for the Winnipeg Airports Authority.    “Today’s announcement is a reflection of our growing partnership with WestJet and gives our community more options as we head into the busy summer travel season.”
The airline also announced it will increase seasonal capacity on a number of other existing routes. Starting May 2, Edmonton and Hamilton will add six weekly flights for a total of 10 and on May 6, flights between Hamilton and Halifax will increase from seven to eight weekly flights.   All flights will be operated on board WestJet’s Boeing 737 aircraft featuring Plus seating and WestJet Connect, WestJet’s inflight entertainment system accessed directly through smartphones, tablets or computers.    Almost 75 per cent of WestJet’s Boeing fleet is equipped with WestJet Connect.
All flights provide WestJet Rewards members the opportunity to earn WestJet dollars to be used towards the payment of a WestJet-marketed flight or a WestJet Vacations package (excluding taxes, fees and charges).

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Discovery Air Defence and Inzpire Join Forces to Deliver Air Support to Defence Operational Training Programme to the British Armed Forces

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MONTREAL, Feb. 20, 2017 /CNW/ – Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., and Inzpire Ltd. have joined forces to bid for the UK Ministry of Defence’s Air Support to Defence Operational Training (“ASDOT”) programme.    The two companies will combine their unique capabilities in the live air training environment to deliver the most innovative, relevant and safe training solution for the ASDOT customer.

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With the world’s largest privately-owned operational fleet of aggressor aircraft for air support, DA Defence is the most experienced provider of turnkey tactical airborne training and adversary training for militaries worldwide.  DA Defence’s mix of modern fighters and special mission aircraft equipped with radar, sensors, EA, and targeting capabilities will deliver the mission profiles, flexibility, and availability demanded by ASDOT.
“As the world leader in contracted air combat training, we are very excited to join forces with the UK’s Inzpire.     The combined strengths of our two companies are uniquely suited to meet the ASDOT requirements and to serve the British Armed Forces’ evolving live-fly, tactical training needs well into the mid-2030s,” said Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence.
Inzpire are experts in team and collective training.    They provide an independent exercise management team to the RAF’s Air Battlespace Training Centre, as well as supplying expertise within the RAF’s Air Warfare Centre through the management of large scale live training exercises. Inzpire’s Qualified Helicopter Flying Instructors instruct the British Army Apache Attack Helicopter and Wildcat Helicopter Conversion-to-Type and conversion to role courses.    With proven experience of delivery to the UK MoD, Inzpire will continue their exceptional service to the customer through the delivery of ASDOT.
“After careful consideration of the customer’s requirements, we are pleased to formalize our relationship with Discovery Air Defence.    Their proven track record providing ASDOT services worldwide and unrivalled Flight Safety record make them an ideal partner for this program,” said Hugh Griffiths, CEO of Inzpire Ltd.

About Discovery Air and Its Subsidiaries
Discovery Air is a global leader in specialty aviation services.    We deliver exceptional air combat training, medevac equipped aircraft services, airborne fire services, air charter services, helicopter operations, and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety, and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve.   Discovery Air’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).

About Inzpire
Inzpire is a proudly British company and was founded in 2005.    As a joint-services organisation with more than 1,000 years of military experience, and 130,000 flying hours across the Royal Air Force, British Army and Royal Navy, the Company delivers a range of Defence Managed Services in addition to mission systems products.    Inzpire delivers a full suite of training and consultancy services to improve performance, safety, value and efficiency.    It provides rotary, fixed wing and UAS operational training both in synthetic and live environments, as well as supporting UK Typhoon operations. More information is available at www.inzpire.com

Air Canada putting bigger plane on Victoria-Toronto route – See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/air-canada-putting-bigger-plane-on-victoria-toronto-route-1.10019525#sthash.AcmoBWwz.dpuf

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Air Canada is going bigger for its direct flights between Victoria and Toronto.
The airline is bringing a Boeing 767-300ER to the route, which will be the largest aircraft on the Victoria International Airport’s regular schedule.    Air Canada Rouge, a wholly owned subsidiary, will operate the flight.   “Our Victoria-Toronto non-stop flights have traditionally been very popular and, starting this summer, we’re increasing our capacity on this popular route by up to 65 per cent in the peak July travel period,” Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah said in an email.
The shift may also mean fewer comforts for passengers, with slightly narrower seats, less leg room and shallower reclines in economy class.   Air Canada currently offers a daily 6 a.m. flight from Victoria to Toronto, typically aboard a 200-seat Airbus 321, said Victoria International Airport spokesman James Bogusz.   Economy seats in the Airbus A321 have a seat width of 45.3 centimetres, seat pitch of between 79 and 89 centimetres and seat recline of 11.4 centimetres.
Air Canada Rouge’s Boeing 767 includes 258 economy-class seats and 24 premium seats.  Economy seats are 44.5 centimetres wide with a 76-centimetre pitch and 7.6-centimetre recline.  Seat pitch is the distance from any point on one seat to the same point on the seat in front or behind.
The airport authority has been told that beginning May 1, the departure time from Victoria will shift to 11:35 a.m.   On June 24, the departure time will change to 11:55 a.m.  Departure times are subject to change as Air Canada finalizes its schedule.   “From the airport authority’s perspective, we’re thrilled that Air Canada’s service continues to grow here.    Although it’s not a new flight, it’s increased capacity, which is great,” Bogusz said.
He said the later time will help reduce some of the morning rush to the security line at the airport.
Air Canada operates the only year-round direct flight to Toronto, he said.
WestJet offers direct flights over the summer and up to three flights per day at peak times. Bogusz said there were no other major changes announced for the coming months.
“There’s nothing currently announced that we’re aware of, but we’re watching closely what’s happening with some of the ultra low-cost airlines like NewLeaf and Canada Jetlines,” Bogusz said.
In November, NewLeaf suspended service to Victoria, and said it would return this year.    But Victoria was not part of NewLeaf’s summer schedule announced two weeks ago.
Delta Airlines recently began offering three departures daily to Seattle, which Bogusz said has been a success. Horizon Air, a sister carrier to Alaska Airlines, has five daily departures to Seattle.   “So that’s been a really hot market,” Bogusz said.   Smaller changes are ongoing, including Air Canada’s shift to Bombardier’s 74-seat Q400 plane on the Victoria-Vancouver route, from the 50-seat Dash 8s.

Air Canada drops route from Ottawa to New York’s LaGuardia, Delta adds flights

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Air Canada has stopped flying directly from Ottawa to LaGuardia Airport in New York City.

Air Canada said Tuesday that as of March 26 it will instead offer flights from Ottawa to Newark airport in New Jersey, which is about 25 kilometres from Manhattan.   “The service will operate three times a day, as did the Ottawa-LaGuardia service, with convenient early morning, afternoon and evening departures from Ottawa,” said Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick in a statement.
“We will continue to serve LaGuardia from Montreal and Toronto, so Ottawa customers do have the option to connect through either city to still travel to LaGuardia if that is necessary.”
Meanwhile, Delta announced that as of April 2, it will offer twice daily flights from Ottawa to LaGuardia.   “We continually examine our global network and add flying where we see compelling opportunities to serve our customers,” said Delta’s Morgan Durrant.
Fitzpatrick said any Air Canada customers already booked on Ottawa-LaGuardia flights will be notified and switched to the Newark flights at no charge, or be given the option of a full refund.

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Air Canada Reports 2016 Annual Results

 

 

MONTRÉAL, Feb. 17, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today reported record full year 2016 EBITDAR(1) (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and aircraft rent), excluding special items, of $2.768 billion, compared to the previous record of $2.542 billion recorded in 2015, an increase of $226 million or 8.9 per cent and surpassing the 6 to 8 per cent increase projected in its November 7, 2016 news release.   On a GAAP basis, Air Canada reported operating income of $1.345 billion in 2016 versus $1.496 billion in 2015.
Air Canada generated adjusted net income(1) of $1.147 billion or $4.06 per diluted share compared to adjusted net income of $1.222 billion or $4.18 per diluted share in 2015.  The airline reported net income of $876 million or $3.10 per diluted share in 2016 compared to net income of $308 million or $1.03 per diluted share in 2015.
As referenced above, special items are excluded from all of Air Canada’s reported EBITDAR calculations.  In 2016 and 2015, special items described further below increased operating expenses by $91 million and $8 million, respectively.
“In 2016, we achieved outstanding results, surpassing the previous records for EBITDAR, as well as for passenger and operating revenues, underscoring the effectiveness of our business strategy and improved competitive position,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Traffic for the year grew by more than 13 per cent with increases in all five geographic markets and we reached a new record of serving close to 45 million customers on our expanding global network, with the launch of 28 new routes including 15 new international and 12 U.S. transborder routes. Our growth in 2016 also led to the creation of 1,500 new high quality jobs in Canada between our mainline, Rouge and Express services.   Along with significant investments in our fleet and product, we maintained our priority on investments and training resulting in higher employee engagement and customer service scores.   “Looking at 2017, we expect to achieve an EBITDAR margin of between 15 to 18 per cent, with our current forecast of rising fuel prices, and our return on invested capital(1) is projected to be between 9 and 12 per cent.    Moreover, we forecast positive free cash flow(1) in 2017 in the range of $200 million to $500 million.
“Last week, on the occasion of Air Canada’s 80th anniversary year and Canada’s 150th, we unveiled a new livery for the fleet and new uniforms for our employees, just a few of the many ways we continue to refresh our product and invest in our employees and in our customers’ travel experience. I would like to thank Air Canada’s employees whose dedication and professionalism are a cornerstone for the successes achieved in 2016, flying Canada’s flag proudly, across Canada and around the world,” concluded Mr. Rovinescu.

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In 2016, record system passenger revenues of $13.148 billion increased $728 million or 5.9 per cent from 2015.    Traffic growth of 13.2 per cent reflected traffic increases in all of Air Canada’s five geographic markets.    As an expected effect of the implementation of Air Canada’s strategic plan for sustained, profitable growth, yield declined by 6.6 per cent due to a 5.1 per cent increase in average stage length (which reduced system yield by 2.8 percentage points) and an increase in the number of seats in long-haul leisure markets (at, on average, lower fares).    Other factors, including lower carrier surcharges, a higher proportional growth of international connecting traffic and competitive pressures in the domestic, European and Pacific markets, also contributed to the yield decrease.
In 2016, operating expenses of $13.332 billion increased $960 million or 8 per cent from 2015 on a 14.7 per cent growth in capacity.
Air Canada’s cost per available seat mile (CASM) decreased 6.0 per cent from 2015.    The airline’s adjusted CASM(1), which excludes fuel expense, the cost of ground packages at Air Canada Vacations® and special items, decreased 2.9 per cent from 2015, in line with the 2.75 to 3.75 per cent decrease projected in Air Canada’s November 7, 2016 news release.    Had the Canadian-U.S. dollar exchange rate remained at the full year 2015 level, adjusted CASM would have decreased 3.8 per cent when compared to 2015.

Fourth Quarter Income Statement Highlights
In the fourth quarter of 2016, record system passenger revenues of $3.035 billion increased $199 million or 7.0 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2015.    Traffic growth of 15.3 per cent reflected traffic increases in all of Air Canada’s five geographic markets.    A yield decline of 7.2 per cent resulted from a 6.5 per cent increase in average stage length (reducing system yield by 3.6 percentage points).    An increase in the number of seats at, on average, lower fares in long-haul leisure markets, lower carrier surcharges, and a higher proportional growth of international connecting traffic, were also contributing factors to the yield decrease.
In the fourth quarter of 2016, operating expenses of $3.407 billion increased $383 million or 13 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2015 on a 17.1 per cent growth in capacity.    In the fourth quarter of 2016 and 2015, special items increased operating expenses by $91 million and $31 million, respectively.
Air Canada’s cost per available seat mile (CASM) decreased 3.8 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2015.    The airline’s adjusted CASM(1) decreased 6.1 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2015, slightly better than the 5.0 to 6.0 per cent decrease projected in Air Canada’s November 7, 2016 news release.
EBITDAR amounted to $455 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 versus EBITDAR of $456 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. EBITDAR margin was 13.3 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016 versus EBITDAR margin of 14.3 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2015.
In the fourth quarter of 2016, Air Canada recorded adjusted net income of $38 million or $0.14 per diluted share compared to adjusted net income of $116 million or $0.40 per diluted share in the same quarter in 2015.
On a GAAP basis, taking into account special items in each quarter, Air Canada recorded operating income of $18 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to operating income of $158 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.    The airline reported a net loss of $179 million or $0.66 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to a net loss of $116 million or $0.41 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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How Air Canada is sneaking up on everybody to become the newest global carrier

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When it comes to maintaining domestic air superiority, U.S. carriers have been shaking their fists at Persian Gulf airlines that have rapidly increased their American presence.    Yet there’s another threat that may be growing in their own backyard — or more precisely, just north of it.   Air Canada has been around for 80 years, but only recently sought to parlay torrid growth into global ambition. The company aims to turn its three major Canadian hubs into larger transfer points for global travellers crossing North America.   Flying to Europe or Asia? Try Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver as your connection — you may very well like these airports far more than Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles, Air Canada is telling travellers.    And the carrier isn’t shy about singing its own praises.
“Every time an American flies up on us they go ‘Oh my God, you’re the best kept secret.    How did we not know about this?’” said Ben Smith, Air Canada’s president of passenger airlines.    “That is what’s music to my ears.”
Air Canada’s full-year 2016 results are expected Friday, and will probably continue a remarkable financial turnaround that began after what chief executive Calin Rovinescu described as “the near-death crisis years” of 2008-2009.    The carrier has been radically increasing its international footprint, and in the second and third quarters of 2017 will become the champion of long-haul capacity growth.  That seating capacity comes atop annual, overall capacity growth averaging about 20 per cent.    As it ramps up seasonal flying this spring, Air Canada’s total long-haul capacity will exceed 18 per cent, surpassing Emirates, which has been adding new routes from Dubai to just about everywhere. In the summer quarter, long-haul seat growth will top 10 per cent.

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With these powerful numbers as a backdrop, Air Canada is launching an all-out assault to the south.    In May, the airline launches new service to a half dozen U.S. cities, including smaller markets such as Memphis and Savannah, Ga.    These will further expand a global route map that stretches from Algiers to Reykjavik and Taipei to Tel Aviv.    The airline is also scouting Africa for future destinations.

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A massive international expansion, attractive hubs for global jetsetters, and now brand new routes across its southern border
So-called “sixth freedom” flying — the right of an airline to carry passengers or cargo between two foreign countries as long as it touches down in its home nation — is the cornerstone of Air Canada’s strategy.    It’s helped the Montreal-based airline post record net income of $308 million in 2015, more than double the prior year.
Boosting Air Canada as an international connecting point is also crucial to broadening its long-haul service, such as the nonstop Toronto to Delhi flight launched in 2015 and a new nonstop to Mumbai that begins in July. (Meanwhile, among U.S. carriers, only United Continental Holdings Inc. flies to India.)
In order to fill planes bound for Sydney or Munich, Air Canada requires a healthy dose of traffic from elsewhere.    “That connecting flow helps you support the launch of new services,” said Cameron Doerksen, a transportation analyst with National Bank of Canada Financial Inc. “You may not have thought it was viable to launch Toronto-Delhi unless you were getting some connecting traffic from the U.S.”
Air Canada isn’t alone in pursuing this type of international transfer strategy, given the range capabilities of modern aircraft and the enormous hubs that have emerged in the Persian Gulf.  Low-cost Iceland leisure carrier WOW Air, though only five-years-old, has grand ambitions to boost its Reykjavik base as a North Atlantic hub, and Singapore Airlines Ltd. has similar designs on making Changi Airport an easy one-stop connection for North Americans heading to Southeast Asia.
Yet for Air Canada, the tactic comes with some risk.    The carrier is nowhere near the size of the American behemoths to the south, most of which don’t take kindly to losing passengers to anyone. Long-haul flying typically commands higher fares and thus a more lucrative customer base, placing it among the more fiercely contested segments in air travel, said Helane Becker, an aviation analyst with Cowen & Co.
Carriers like Delta Air Lines Inc. are notoriously sharp-elbowed when it comes to turf scuffles, and Emirates has the ability to throw on huge capacity as needed simply by moving the service to its superjumbo Airbus A380.    In other words, Air Canada may be running a risk of getting squeezed.
“I don’t know when, but there will be a reaction by the U.S. carriers at some point when the supply of seats gets too high,” Becker said.    “In the short term, the U.S. carriers are probably focusing on some other markets as a group — Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco — but once they stop focusing on that, you might start to see some competitive response to Air Canada.   For now, it’s not on their radar screen.    They have bigger fish to fry, such as the Middle East carriers.”

Revenge for the lean years
Smith, who on Feb. 9 helped unveil Air Canada’s striking new black-and-white aircraft livery during a ceremony in Toronto, isn’t too worried about U.S. rivals.    Air Canada is targeting a 1.8 per cent market share of the U.S.-international market, he said, which is roughly double its current amount. “And that means one or two business customers a day from Philadelphia, you know? One or two from Cleveland,” he said. “If someone’s going to add an extra flight to go fight for that, then they’re kind of irrational.”
Moreover, he argues, Air Canada’s flexing is only fair.    Foreign carriers have been poaching its international traffic for a long time.    Having acquired Canadian Airlines Ltd. in 1999 — then the nation’s No. 2 carrier — Air Canada was hobbled by heavy debt and high costs.    The airline sought protection from creditors four years later, and didn’t expand its 56 plane wide-body aircraft fleet for a dozen years.    Air Canada acquired its first Boeing 777 — a staple of most international long-haul fleets — just a decade ago.
During these lean times, Montreal tour company Transat A.T. Inc. emerged as its largest competitor on trans-Atlantic routes.    Smelling blood, domestic upstarts and Emirates grew exponentially at Air Canada’s expense as well, and Asian airlines targeted Canada as part of their North American expansion.  “Talk about sitting there watching by the sidelines as prime routes into our prime markets have been taken away by premier carriers,” said Smith. “It drives you crazy.”

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Bombardier Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

 

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  • Consolidated earnings and cash performance(1) exceeded 2016 guidance
  • Full-year margin(1) targets exceeded at Transportation, Business and Commercial Aircraft
  • All new program milestones met; CS100 and CS300 in service, Global 7000 in flight testing
  • 2017 guidance affirmed, on track to achieve all 2018 and 2020 targets
  • Liquidity(2) secured, turnaround plan in full motion

Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) today reported its fourth quarter and full year 2016 results.    The Company also affirmed its guidance for 2017 and highlighted another quarter of solid performance as it executes its turnaround plan.   “Our turnaround plan is in full motion,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc.    “In 2016, Bombardier delivered on its financial commitments.    We met our program milestones and we’ve positioned the Company to achieve all of the financial goals in our five-year turnaround plan, including being cash flow break-even in 2018.”
On a consolidated basis, Bombardier exceeded its 2016 guidance range for EBIT before special items(3); improved its year-over-year cash performance by $778 million; and delivered approximately 200 basis points of margin improvement at its Transportation, Business Aircraft and Aerostructures segments.   With the successful refinancing of $1.4 billion of senior notes in the fourth quarter, the Company also successfully completed the de-risking phase of its turnaround plan in 2016, securing the liquidity necessary to fully execute the final two phases of the plan: building earnings and cash flow and de-leveraging its balance sheet.
Further highlighting the Company’s progress in the fourth quarter was the successful entry-into-service of the CS300 aircraft with airBaltic, which followed the strong performance of the CS100 aircraft with SWISS since starting commercial operations over six months ago.    Bombardier’s all-new, class-defining, ultra-long range business jet, the Global 7000, also began flight testing in the fourth quarter and remains on schedule to enter service in the second half of 2018.
“As we begin 2017, we are confident in our strategy, our turnaround plan and in our ability to unleash the full value of the Bombardier portfolio,” Bellemare continued.    “We remain focused on improving operational efficiency, flawlessly ramping up our new programs and maintaining a disciplined and proactive approach to deliver value to customers and shareholders in any market environment.”
For 2017, as per guidance introduced in December 2016, the Company expects to resume revenue growth in the low-single digits, driven by an increase in Transportation revenues and an acceleration of C Series aircraft deliveries.  EBIT before special items for 2017 is forecast to increase by 35% at the mid-point of the $530 million to $630 million range, with margins improving across all business segments.    Free cash flow usage should continue to improve by up to $300 million, falling in the range of $750 million to $1.0 billion as the Company continues to come down the learning curve on the C Series aircraft.

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Air Canada Inaugurates First Montreal-Shanghai Non-Stop Flights

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Airline’s First Boeing 787 Dreamliner service from Montreal

MONTREAL, Feb. 16, 2017 /CNW/ – Today marks the launch of Air Canada’s daily year-round flights from Montreal to Shanghai, China, the airline’s first direct service to Asia from Montreal, offering convenient one-stop access to points throughout Quebec, Atlantic Canada and the United States.    It also marks the airline’s first route from Montreal to be operated with its state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft and cabin features.     All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access and priority boarding benefits.
“With the launch of MontrealShanghai non-stop service today, we are delighted to inaugurate Air Canada’s first direct flights between Montreal and Asia, building on Air Canada’s success in the rapidly growing Chinese market,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.    “This also marks the introduction of Air Canada’s first 787 Dreamliner service from Montreal featuring our industry-leading international product, and further underlines our commitment to expand our global reach from Montreal-Trudeau reinforcing it as a strategic hub that offers easy and convenient connections from points throughout Quebec, Atlantic Canada and the United States.    With an average elapsed time of over 13.5 hours, it is the longest flight ever operated by any carrier from Montréal-Trudeau airport.
China is Canada’s second largest trading partner and Air Canada is the first and only Canadian carrier to operate daily non-stop transpacific service between Montreal and the Asia.  Together with our Star Alliance partners, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines, and partner Juneyao Airlines, that serves more than 30 destinations in China, we are now offering the growing number of travellers between Montreal and China even more convenient travel options.    With our recently announced MontrealTel Aviv, MontrealAlgiers and MontrealMarseille flights, Air Canada has now increased its international capacity from Montreal by 168 per cent since 2009, with direct service to 13 cities in Europe, two in North Africa, one in the Middle-East and starting today, China,” concluded Mr. Smith.
“There is no doubt that this new daily route between Shanghai and Montreal will increase the number of Chinese tourists in Quebec, which has already almost tripled from 2010 to 2015.    This bridge between the two continents will stimulate the growth of our commercial and tourist exchanges with China, which will, in turn, promote Quebec’s economic expansion,” said the Québec Minister of Tourism, Ms. Julie Boulet, who was on the inaugural flight as part of an economic mission to China.
“This inaugural flight represents a very significant investment by Air Canada and our partners, as well as an exceptional opportunity to strengthen the special relationship between the two metropolitan areas and our two countries.    The tourist and economic benefits of these direct flight routes are concrete and show that Montreal is once again a hub of Canadian and North American aviation.    I’m motivated to continue working with Air Canada and our partners to further develop the opportunities for new flight routes to Montreal,” stated Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal before boarding the flight.
“We are very happy to see Air Canada add its first link to Asia from Montréal-Trudeau.    This is a great news for our passengers and the Montreal business community,” said Philippe Rainville, President and Chief Executive Office of Aéroports de Montréal.    “Thanks to our airport’s efficiency as a hub, this new flight will also provide travellers from Shanghai quick connections to the U.S. and other Canadian cities.”    “Tourisme Montréal would like to congratulate Air Canada on this new air link, which is highly strategic for the development of Montréal’s economy and tourism industry.    This is one of the most promising announcements in the past 10 years.    We will be working closely with our partners to ensure this new initiative is a major success for local tourism,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.
“The Tourism Alliance and its partners are actively working to promote our province as a world-class destination, showcasing its grandeur and richness of experiences in key markets such as China,” said Martin Soucy, President and CEO of the Quebec Tourism Industry Alliance.    “As a partner in success for Québec’s economic expansion, the Alliance welcomes this new flight, a decisive element to improve access to the Quebec province.    An increase in traveller arrivals from China serves as a powerful stimulus to our industry’s development.”
In Montreal, flights are timed to optimize connections to and from the carrier’s extensive Eastern Canada and U.S. networks including Ottawa, Quebec City, Halifax, New York and Boston.    In Shanghai, Star Alliance partners Air China and Shenzhen Airlines, along with our partner Juneyao Airlines, offer excellent connectivity to domestic China destinations such as Chengdu, Chongqing and Shenzhen.

From February 16, 2017 to March 12, 2017

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

AC17

Montreal (YUL)

Shanghai (PVG)

13:30

16:40 (+1)

AC18

Shanghai (PVG)

Montreal (YUL)

18:15

18:35

 

From March 12, 2017 to March 25, 2017

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

AC17

Montreal (YUL)

Shanghai (PVG)

14:30

16:40 (+1)

AC18

Shanghai (PVG)

Montreal (YUL)

18:15

19:35

 

Effective March 25, 2017

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

AC17

Montreal (YUL)

Shanghai (PVG)

13:30

15:25 (+1)

AC18

Shanghai (PVG)

Montreal (YUL)

16:50

18:15

 

Air Canada’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft feature three cabins of service offering comfortable ergonomic seating and enhanced definition intuitive touch personal entertainment screens.     Air Canada’s International Business Class cabin features 20 Executive Pods with 180-degree lie-flat seats in configuration guaranteeing direct aisle access.    The Premium Economy cabin has 21 seats offering more generous personal space, wider seats and greater legroom and recline as well as premium meals, complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport.  The Economy cabin has 210 slimline seats providing comfortable personal space and state-of-the-art individual on-demand entertainment system.

Chorus Aviation announces strong fourth quarter and year-end 2016 earnings

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Delivering regional aviation to the world
Selected Q4 2016 information:

  • Adjusted EBITDA1, excluding other items of $69.3 million, up 5.6%.
  • Adjusted net income1, excluding other items of $31.2 million, down 7.5%.
  • Adjusted net income1, excluding other items per basic share of $0.26 down 7.1%.
  • Net income of $12.7 million, up 1.2%.
  • Net income per basic share of $0.10, consistent with Q4 2015.

Selected annual information:
Adjusted EBITDA1, excluding other items of $248.1 million, up 8.7%.
Adjusted net income1, excluding other items of $102.0 million, down 11.6%.
Adjusted net income1, excluding other items per basic share of $0.83, down 12.6%
Net income of $111.8 million, up 338.4%.
Net income per basic share of $0.91, up 333.3%.

HALIFAX, Feb. 16, 2017 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘Chorus’) (CHR.TO) today announced strong financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
“Our achievements in 2016 significantly advanced Chorus’ vision of delivering a diversified suite of regional aviation solutions to the world,” said Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus.  “Our overall fiscal results were in line with our expectations.    The Capacity Purchase Agreement (‘CPA’) with Air Canada continues to successfully deliver strong and stable financial results, as we modernize our fleet and improve our cost competitiveness.”
“We achieved a 44.0% increase year-over-year in our aircraft leasing revenue under the CPA, to $99.0 million.  The creation of Jazz Technical Services and its improving efficiency and success in growing third-party business, provides a platform for future growth. Voyageur’s new structure, with renewed focus on its core businesses, including the establishment of Voyageur Avparts, generated positive returns in support of our corporate objectives.”
“We finished 2016 with a significant milestone, the establishment of Chorus Aviation Capital Corp. (‘CAC’) as a regional aircraft leasing company.  CAC has the potential to become one of the leading players in this growing industry sector on a global level.  The private placement of convertible debt units with Fairfax Financial will provide us with cost effective and flexible  capital, that will enable us to accelerate the execution of our regional aircraft leasing plan,” continued Mr. Randell.
“For fiscal year 2016, we achieved increases in operating income and adjusted EBITDA, excluding other items of 1.3% and 8.7%, respectively. I’m very proud of our team’s accomplishments.    The momentum achieved in 2016 positions us well for ongoing, long-term profitability and success,” Mr. Randell concluded.

2016 STRATEGIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

In 2016, Chorus strengthened its core businesses and executed on its diversification and growth objective by:
Announcing the establishment of Chorus Aviation Capital Corp., with a view to building a global regional aircraft leasing business.

  • Securing $200.0 million in capital through a private placement of convertible debt units with Fairfax Financial; closing expected by March 31, 2017.
  • Executing on its first significant non-CPA aircraft leasing agreement with Air Nostrum for four new CRJ1000s with two already delivered in 2016.
  • Growing aircraft leasing revenue under the CPA to $99.0 million or by 44.0%; bringing the total Q400s under lease to 34 aircraft by year end.
  • Strengthening Voyageur through a new corporate structure and re-branding, including the establishment of Voyageur Avparts and Voyageur Aerotech.
  • Redeploying former CPA Dash 8-100s via third-party leases and new Voyageur contract flying activity.
  • Building inventory for the Voyageur Avparts business with three Dash 8-100s for disassembly / part out thereby maximizing the end of life value of the fleet.
  • Doubling the hangar floor capacity at the Voyageur facility in North Bay to enable growth in the specialty MRO market.
  • Establishing Jazz Technical Services and securing two third-party maintenance contracts.
  • Executing on the fleet modernization strategy by adding 12 larger, more efficient Q400s, and retiring 16 older smaller gauge Dash 8-100s and CRJ200s.
  • Improving market competitiveness under the CPA through fleet modernization, flowing more than 300 pilots (since January 2015) to Air Canada through the pilot mobility program, and achieving a new, long-term collective agreement with maintenance and engineering employees until 2025.
  • Investing $6.0 million in employee separation programs to change workforce demographic and reduce ongoing costs.

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CAE awarded training contract for RCAF’s new search and rescue planes

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Montreal-based CAE announced Monday that is has been awarded a contract by  Airbus Defence and Space for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s new C295W search and rescue aircraft.

The deal is for 11 years and worth $200 million, with options to extend the deal for another 15 years, which would push the contract’s value to $300 million.    CAE will provide aircrew and maintenance training for the new planes, which was selected as the RCAF’s new fixed wing search and rescue aircraft.    The RCAF will receive 16 C295W aircraft specifically modified for search and rescue.
The contract is divided into three phases, including the design and construction of a training centre at 19 Wing in Comox, B.C.
That centre will include:
— One C295W full-flight simulator (FFS);
— One C295W cockpit procedures trainer (CPT);
— One C295W sensor station simulator used for rear-crew training;
— One C295W operational mission simulator to support networking of the sensor station simulator with FFS or CPT to provide full-crew mission training;
— Eight C295W mission procedures trainers;—
— One C295W aircraft maintenance trainer;
— One C295W cockpit systems part-task trainer; and
— Ten classrooms featuring CAE Simfinity C295W virtual maintenance trainer (VMT) stations.

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British Airways owner ‘lined up to buy’ C Series jets from Bombardier

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A new order for Bombardier C Series 300 jets by British Airways owners IAG is expected to be announced soon, according to reports

The deal is said to include a number of the jets for British Airways and low-cost airline Vueling, as well as up to 10 for Aer Lingus.
Both Aer Lingus and British Airways fly from Belfast City Airport.
The Canadian aerospace giant, which employs 4,500 people in Northern Ireland, makes the wings of the C Series passenger jet in its Belfast plant.   Aviation industry sources were discussing the new order at the weekend on social media.   However, a spokesman for IAG said it could not comment on the order claim.   And a spokeswoman for Bombardier in Northern Ireland said: “We don’t comment on speculation, nor on any potential discussions we may or may not be having with specific customers.   “Bombardier will, however, announce any material agreements with a customer if and when they are finalised.”
Back in June last year IAG boss Willie Walsh told the Belfast Telegraph that the Bombardier CS300 jet was “definitely one we are prepared to look at”.   On the back of other orders for the C Series 300, including deals with Delta Airlines and Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss, Mr Walsh said people were starting to look more closely at the jet.   Mr Walsh added: “The fact they have had the significant orders (is encouraging), the Delta order on the back of the Lufthansa one.   “I think everyone looking at the aircraft wanted to see a commitment from major operators to it.    You don’t want to be the only person operating the aircraft.   “A critical issue for airlines with an aircraft like that, is you want to make sure you have technical support in all of the airports, or as many of the airports (as possible).”
Speaking about the growing success of Bombardier’s C Series, Mr Walsh said: “I think it’s a big achievement for them, as Delta and Air Canada are two very significant (airlines).   “It puts that aircraft into play now, and I suspect that you will see a lot more airlines (looking at it).   “The critical issue with them, as it always was, is how competitive can you be on price.”   “They had to get a scale of order to make them relevant for the industry.”
Just last week the Canadian government announced it would lend Bombardier $372.5m (£225m) to help it secure more orders for the C Series jet, and for research and development activities for its Global 7000 products.    Some components for the Global 7000 are made in Belfast.   Bombardier has already received $1bn in funding from the regional government in Quebec, where the company is based.   And the C Series programme also benefited from $350m in loans from the Canadian government when it was launched in 2005.   Bombardier last year announced job cuts of 1,080 over two years in its Northern Ireland operations due to difficult market conditions and what had been weak sales of the C Series – which is trying to break into a market dominated by Boeing and Airbus.
The 2015 launch of the C Series had been delayed by over two years and was around $2bn over budget.    Orders were also lower than expected, but morale was boosted last April when Delta Airlines placed an order for 125.

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WestJet shakes up Quebec market with new routes, increased capacity

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Airline known for low fares delivers flights from $12 base fare, $99 total price

CALGARY, Feb. 13, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced a significant investment in Quebec’s travel and tourism market with increased service and new routes to and from Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport as well as Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport. Overall, the airline is adding 105 more flights per week in the province, a capacity increase of 74 per cent.
“Our unique brand of great service and low fares has been embraced across Canada for more than 20 years and today, WestJet is here to offer more choice and competition to the Quebec market,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President Commercial.    “The people in Quebec have traditionally been served by a legacy carrier and WestJet believes this significant additional investment in the province will give leisure and corporate travellers a choice in airlines and bring lower fares to more than 8.2 million Quebecers.    We look forward to flying hundreds of thousands of travellers to and from this beautiful province to enjoy the area and conduct business.    As always, we are committed to making air travel in Canada better.”
“The City of Montreal is pleased with the increased frequency of WestJet flights.    The year 2017 marks Montreal’s 375th anniversary and this announcement is perfectly timed to help to promote our city internationally while creating local jobs”, said Harout Chitilian, Vice-President of the executive committee of the City of Montreal, responsible for information technology, smart city, administrative reform and youth.
Starting June 15, WestJet will begin point-to-point service for the first time within the province with four daily flights between Montreal and Quebec City.   On March 15, WestJet will launch twice-daily service between Montreal and Halifax.    And, on October 15, WestJet will begin twice-daily service between Montreal and Boston.
In addition, the airline will also increase its number of non-stop flights between Montreal and Vancouver from six per week to 12.    WestJet’s operations between Montreal and Calgary will increase from 14 flights per week to 19.    The airline’s Quebec City and Toronto service will add one more daily flight for a total of three.    With the addition of WestJet’s new services the airline will operate 195 weekly departures from Montreal and 50 departures from Quebec City by October 2017.
“I want to thank WestJet for its confidence and support to develop Montreal-Trudeau as a hub,” said Phillipe Rainville, CEO of Aeroports de Montreal.   “With these three destinations, WestJet will now offer an average of eight additional flights per day and 33 per cent more seats departing from Montreal, which is excellent news for our passengers.”
All three new routes will be operated by WestJet’s regional airline, WestJet Encore and its fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier Q400s.    WestJet is proud to support this iconic Canadian company based in Montreal and flies the fourth largest fleet of Q400s in the world.    By mid-2018, the regional airline will have a total of 45 aircraft.
Routes to Vancouver and Calgary will be operated on WestJet’s fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft featuring the enhanced Plus product and WestJet Connect, WestJet’s Wi-Fi connected, inflight entertainment system.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop service:

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Montreal – Quebec City

Four times daily

7:45 a.m.

12 p.m.

4 p.m.

8 p.m.

8:40 a.m.

12:55 p.m.

4:55 p.m.

8:55 p.m.

June 15, 2017

Quebec City – Montreal

Four times daily

6:15 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

2 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

7:07 a.m.

10:22 a.m.

2:52 p.m.

6:22 p.m.

June 15, 2017

Montreal – Halifax

Twice daily

9:15 a.m.

6:20 p.m.

11:57 a.m.

9 p.m.

March 15, 2017

Halifax – Montreal

Twice daily

7:45 a.m.

4:50 p.m.

8:43 a.m.

5:48 p.m.

March 15, 2017

Montreal – Boston

Twice daily

7:15 a.m.

4 p.m.

8:45 a.m.

5:30 p.m.

October 15, 2017

Boston  – Montreal

Twice daily

9:25 a.m.

6:15 p.m.

10:57 a.m.

7:47 p.m.

October 15, 2017

Today, as part of the celebration of increased service in Quebec, WestJet also announced that it is working with its partner, Big Brother Big Sisters of Montreal (BBBS) to give 10 “big and little” matches an experience of a lifetime with a trip between Montreal and Halifax.   BBBS is one of eight national charities WestJet supports through WestJet Cares for Kids.    In 2016, WestJet provided 452 gifts of flight through its community investment and WestJet Cares for Kids programs in Quebec.

Air Canada Increases Israel Service with a New Non-Stop Route from Montreal and Daily Flights from Toronto

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Added capacity reflects deepening CanadaIsrael cultural & business ties

MONTREAL, Feb. 13, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada announced today a significant expansion in services between Canada and Israel, with the introduction of a seasonal non-stop service between Montreal and Tel Aviv and an increase in its current TorontoTel Aviv non-stop service to a daily frequency year-round.    With the new services beginning this summer – a 28 per cent capacity increase over summer 2016 – Air Canada will be the airline offering the most seats and frequencies between Canada and Israel.
“Air Canada is the leader in the CanadaIsrael market, which we have now served for 22 years. Today we are pleased to step up our capacity in response to the increased demand in business, leisure and cultural travel between both countries.   As of June 2017, Air Canada will be launching a new seasonal non-stop service between Montreal and Tel Aviv, strengthening our hub in Montreal, which will also offer convenient connections throughout Canada and the U.S.,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada.
“This new service also reflects Air Canada’s ongoing international expansion strategy, from which Montreal is deriving significant benefits.    This month Air Canada will launch new service to Shanghai from the city and for next summer we have already announced new routes to Algiers, Marseille, Reykjavík and Dallas from Montreal,” said Mr. Rovinescu.
“In the same week as the inauguration of a non-stop Air Canada service to Shanghai, it is with pride today that we welcome a new international link with Tel Aviv.    This important investment demonstrates the vitality of our city and Montreal’s relevance as a North American aviation hub. This new air link by Air Canada will facilitate travel and trade between our two cities and countries. Coming only a few months after Montreal’s trade mission to Israel, this new route is a concrete example of the strength of the economic, family and community ties that unite us,” said Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal.
Toronto’s current service will increase this summer to daily from six days a week while the new MontrealTel Aviv service will operate twice weekly from June 22 to October 16, 2017.    The Montreal flight will be operated with a 292-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft with three cabins of service, including Air Canada’s International Business Class cabin, featuring 27 Executive Pods with 180- degree lie-flat seats all configured for direct aisle access.    The Premium Economy cabin has 21 seats that offer generous personal space, wider seats and extra legroom and recline, as well as premium meals, complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport.  The Economy cabin has 244 seats providing comfortable personal space and a state-of-the-art individual on-demand entertainment system.    All flights are timed for convenient connections with Air Canada’s extensive domestic and transborder network.
Tickets for the new MontrealTel Aviv service will be available for sale beginning Wednesday, February 15, 2017, subject to final government approval.

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Day of Week

AC082

Montreal 18:35

Tel Aviv 12:15 + 1 day

Thursday, Sunday

AC083

Tel Aviv 13:55

Montreal 18:20

Monday, Friday

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