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“A big part of our mission here is making the world a smaller and smaller and smaller place.” —Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian, Oct. 18, 2017

This quote from Bastian, uttered as he fielded questions from reporters in Atlanta to witness the public debut of Delta’s first Airbus A350-900 in mid-October, reverberated after Delta and WestJet announced their preliminary agreement to form a US-Canada transborder joint venture.    Coming just seven months after Delta and Aeromexico kicked off a transborder JV on the US’s southern border, a Delta-WestJet tie-up could lead to the creation of a de facto trans-North American airline with an extensive network spanning the continent.
WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky has already signaled an interest in using the prospective Delta-WestJet JV as a door to cooperation with Aeromexico (and other Delta global partners, for that matter).    Aeromexico is 36%-owned by Delta, which effectively added Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara to its North American hub network of Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York JFK, Salt Lake City and Seattle when it launched the US-Mexico transborder JV.    WestJet, with its roots as a point-to-point LCC, is just starting to develop a hub-and-spoke network fueled in part by feeder traffic from its WestJet Encore regional subsidiary.
If the WestJet-Delta JV launches in 2019 as planned, Delta will at least add WestJet-base Calgary to its hub network. But Canada’s second-biggest airline, which will start taking delivery of Boeing 787-9s in 2019 and has its eyes on transpacific flights to China, surely will continue to build its presence across Canada, including in Vancouver and Toronto.

From an air transport perspective, the Mexico-US and US-Canada borders are largely artificial.    Were it not for ownership and control restrictions, an “Air North America” would already exist and treat Canada, the US and Mexico as a single market.    Delta is pushing in this direction.
The combination of antitrust-immunized JVs across both US borders—with airport facilities co-located and costs and revenue pooled—creates a potentially powerful network that touches not just North America’s major cities, but gives Delta and its partners access to passengers in small markets in all three countries.    Those passengers, in turn, get access to an immense global network.    You won’t have to live in Atlanta or Mexico City or Toronto to, with perhaps just one connection, get to a Delta A350 headed for Seoul or an Aeromexico 777 headed for Madrid or a WestJet 787 headed for Shanghai.
Expect talks to quickly heat up again to revive the Air Canada-United Airlines transborder JV idea the carriers scrapped in 2012 after regulators, particularly in Ottawa, required too many concessions.  The Canadian government has signaled it will start looking at airline antitrust-immunity cases with a broader “public interest” perspective and not nit-pick route-for-route, as it did with Air Canada-United earlier this decade.
Bastian said the Delta-Aeromexico JV has super-charged growth for both carriers on transborder flying.    “We’re growing our traffic into Mexico at a double-digit clip and Aeromexico is growing their traffic into the US at a double-digit clip,” he said, adding that the JV is expected to continue to grow “in a significant way.”    Imagine the potential of adding another JV traversing the US-Canada border to the equation.

Chorus Aviation completes transaction for two additional Embraer 190 aircraft on lease to Aeromexico Connect

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HALIFAX, Dec. 8, 2017 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘Chorus’) (TSX: CHR) confirmed today that Chorus Aviation Capital has completed the acquisition of two additional Embraer 190 aircraft currently on lease to Aerolitoral, S.A. de C.V. (d.b.a. ‘Aeromexico Connect’), a subsidiary of Aerovías de México, S.A. de C.V. (d.b.a. ‘Aeromexico’). This transaction was previously announced on July 27, 2017

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Toronto Pearson announces new carriers, routes for summer 2018

 

More choice for travellers on international and domestic routes

TORONTODec. 7, 2017 /CNW/ – With demand for air travel in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) continuing to grow, Toronto Pearson announces additional new airline services from Canada’s busiest airport, serving the region for the Summer 2018 travel season.
The airport, which is forecast to welcome nearly 48 million passengers in 2017, will see several new airlines enter the local market, as well as expanded service from existing carriers and more frequent flights on some high demand routes.    As a critical economic engine for Ontario and Canada, additional connectivity from Toronto Pearson opens key development opportunities for local industry and facilitates growth for area businesses.
Domestic and international travellers will have new options from Toronto Pearson.    For the summer 2018 season, Air Canada will offer new direct service to Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as new routes from Toronto to Providence, RIOmaha, NB, Nanaimo, BC, and Kamloops, BC.
New Canadian carrier Flair Air will operate for its first summer out of Toronto Pearson after starting service to Edmonton, AB and Kelowna, BC this month.
For international travel, current carriers already operating from Toronto Pearson will add new options for travel in Europe, including Air Canada’s new routes to Bucharest, RomaniaZagreb, CroatiaPorto, Portugal; and Shannon, Ireland. Also, British Airways, who will add capacity to the UK, will now be offering three times weekly service to London Gatwick.
The United Kingdom and Europe are experiencing notably strong demand from Toronto region travelers and new carriers serving this area in Summer 2018 will include Primera Air, offering service three times weekly to Birminghamand London Stansted, UK and four times weekly service to Paris, France.    Eastern Europe will also see new choice and connectivity Ukraine International Airlines, flying three times weekly to Kiev.
“Toronto Pearson is well on its way to becoming a mega hub airport, as evidenced by the addition of these new routes and partnerships on the back of strong passenger traffic growth,” said Kim Stangeby, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.    “All of this activity confers greater benefits on the region, Ontario and Canada in the form of enhanced trade and connectivity, making this a shared journey of growth for Toronto Pearson and the country at large.”

CAE expands training solutions relationship with JEJUair in Korea

 

  • Two new CAE-built Boeing 737NG full-flight simulators sold to JEJUair to be installed at CAE Korea training centre

Seoul, Korea, December 5, 2017 (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE and JEJUair, the largest South Korean low-cost carrier, announced today the signing of a new training solutions agreement, including the sale of two CAE-built Boeing 737 full-flight simulators (FFS) to JEJUair.    The CAE 7000XR Series simulators will be equipped with the innovative CAE Tropos 6000XR visual system and will be delivered to the CAE Korea training centre (CAE Flight and Simulator Services Korea Ltd.) which will provide maintenance services. CAE already provides instructor-led training services to JEJUair.
“Since 2015, CAE instructors have been delivering an outstanding training experience to our pilots,” said Gyu Nam Choi, JEJUair’s Chief Executive Officer.    “As we expand our fleet and grow in the region, we look once again to our partner of choice, for continued world-class training solutions through the most innovative training equipment.  We are proud to partner with CAE Korea and we look forward to building our relationship further and long into the future”.
“As the demand for pilots is on the rise in the Asia Pacific region, it truly is a privilege to support the growing training needs of JEJUair and expand our partnership with the fast-growing Korean airline”, said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions.    “This new training equipment agreement is a testament to CAE’s ability and commitment to provide our airline partners with the most comprehensive training solutions.”
CAE instructors have been delivering training to the airline’s pilots since 2015 at CAE’s training centre in Korea.  This order represents the airline’s first CAE-built full-flight simulators purchase.    CAE Korea currently operates 6 full-flight simulators at its training centre at Gimpo Airport, covering Boeing 737NG, Airbus A320, A330 and Cessna M2 aircraft platforms.

Delta and WestJet agree to form joint venture

 

U.S./Canada joint venture to offer more choices for transborder flying

ATLANTA and CALGARYDec. 6, 2017 /CNW/ – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and WestJet (TSX: WJA) have agreed to deepen their existing partnership by entering into a comprehensive transborder joint venture that will increase travel choices between the U.S. and Canada.
The airlines have entered into a preliminary memorandum of understanding regarding their intention to deepen their existing partnership to form an commercial joint venture arrangement, which will offer customers access to an extensive transborder route network, world-class airline products, enhanced frequent flyer benefits, shared airport facilities and amenities, and a more seamless travel experience.
Highlights of the planned joint venture arrangement, subject to board approvals, execution of definitive agreements and applicable regulatory approvals, in the United States and Canada, include:

  • Coordinated flight schedules for new nonstop flights to new destinations, expanded codesharing and seamless and convenient connections on the airlines’ extensive networks in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Enhanced frequent flyer benefits including reciprocal benefits for top tier members of both airlines.

“With its strong brand and employee- and customer- centric culture, WestJet is the perfect partner for us in the U.S./Canada transborder segment and together we will produce great results for our respective employees, customers and investors” said Steve Sear, Delta’s President – International and Executive Vice President – Global Sales.     “We look forward to applying Delta’s experience building successful joint venture partnerships to this important segment of transborder travel, the second largest international segment for U.S. travel.”
“This agreement will bring heightened competition and an enriched product offering to the transborder segment, both of which will benefit our guests,” said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial.    “This is an important step in WestJet’s mission to become a global airline.    We are delighted to be working with the premier U.S. carrier, Delta Air Lines, in this joint venture.”
Delta has a 25-year track record of partnering closely with airlines around the globe, beginning with the first successful transatlantic partnership, when Northwest and KLM launched their joint venture in 1993. With this agreement, Delta will have eight partnerships with leading carriers in the world’s biggest aviation segments spanning EuropeLatin AmericaAsiaAustralia and Canada. Through deep relationships and immunized joint ventures, Delta has successfully achieved many benefits of cross-border co-operation for its customers.
WestJet, Canada’s second-largest airline currently has 45 airline partners providing access to more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries.     WestJet has also entered into a definitive purchase agreement for 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with the first aircraft expected to be delivered in January 2019.    With one of the youngest fleets in the airline industry, WestJet continues its global growth while controlling operating costs and providing an award-winning guest experience.

Bombardier’s Newest Challenger Jet Models Surpass Significant Delivery Milestones

 

  • Challenger 350 aircraft surpass 200 deliveries, as the Challenger 650 business jet marks 50th delivery
  • Category-defining Challenger 300 series aircraft now count more than 650 deliveries overall, making it the most delivered aircraft of last decade;
    Challenger 600 series jets now approaching 1,100 deliveries 
  • Significant milestones confirm the unrivalled capabilities, smooth ride and strong market acceptance of Bombardier’s best-selling business jets
  • Challenger aircraft have the lowest direct operating costs in their segments and longer maintenance intervals

Montreal, December 6, 2017 – Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that its industry-leading Challenger aircraft accomplished two important delivery milestones in the past few months.    The super midsize Challenger 350 aircraft has surpassed 200 deliveries, and the more recently introduced large cabin Challenger 650 aircraft has exceeded the 50-delivery mark.
Thanks to their exceptional cabin comfort, connectivity and reliable performance, both Challenger models have proved a leading choice among private aviation customers, dominating their respective class.
“Achieving these significant delivery milestones is a testament to the unrivalled capabilities of our newest Challenger aircraft,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft.    “No competitor comes close to the comfort and connectivity of the Challenger aircraft’s cabin, or to their class-leading economics and dependable performance in operation.   They simply deliver it all. It’s no surprise these aircraft are highly favoured by experienced flight departments and individuals around the world.”
Challenger 650 aircraft feature an advanced wing design that minimizes the effect of turbulence, resulting in a smoother ride from takeoff to landing. An unparalled smooth ride elevates the aircraft’s unmatched connectivity and cabin comfort to the next level.
Challenger series aircraft feature the latest in internet technology.    The Challenger 350 aircraft offer the fastest and most reliable air-to-ground internet coverage over North America available for business aircraft with high-speed 4G internet service technology.    With a true 4,000 NM (7,408 km) range capability, the Challenger 650 aircraft offers the revolutionary Ka-band high-speed internet system, the industry’s fastest in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity with worldwide coverage*. Bombardier is the first and only OEM to offer the Ka-band system for business aircraft in the medium category.
The Challenger aircraft continue to define their categories with more than 650 deliveries for the Challenger 300 series and close to 1,100 deliveries for the Challenger 600 series.    Challenger aircraft have the lowest direct operating cost in their respective categories due to affordable maintenance programs and longer maintenance intervals than the competition. Bombardier’s new Smart Services offering, the most competitive cost-per-flight hour coverage, brings budget predictability to a whole new level with enhanced adaptability and greater customization. Enrollment is open to existing Bombardier customers and à-la-carte coverage now includes landing gear overhaul and unscheduled maintenance.
Challenger 350 aircraft: Designed with a no-compromise approach, the Challenger 350 aircraft effortlessly blends powerful performance and sleek styling to deliver an unrivalled private jet experience.    Industry-leading connectivity, immersive sound and ergonomically-positioned touch screens are seamlessly integrated to create an intuitive and incomparable cabin experience.    Paired with impressive high-performance attributes, the Challenger 350 aircraft is designed to access challenging airfields, climb faster, and cruise efficiently while providing a smooth ride. Standing the test of time, the Challenger 350 aircraft is the best-selling business jet platform of the last decade.
Challenger 650 aircraft: A masterful expression of high-end craftsmanship and functionality, the Challenger 650 aircraft is designed to be the most reliable business aircraft.    The Challenger 650 business jet provides the ultimate in-flight experience with industry-leading connectivity, an immersive sound system, and a cabin management system that effortlessly brings it all together in the widest in-class cabin.    Built upon the most successful large segment business aircraft platform of all time and designed to create a smooth ride and an unforgettable experience, the Challenger 650 aircraft is the most successful large business aircraft platform of all time.

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Bombardier to make thrust reverser for Airbus family of aircraft

 

Unions still concerned at US threat to Belfast job from possible import duties

 

Bombardier’s Northern Ireland operation has won a significant project from Airbus to develop and manufacture a new thrust reverser for one of its single-aisle jetliners.
Bombardier is set to become a key supplier on a new engine nacelle programme for the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft which is powered by the Pratt & Whitney’s Pure Power PW1100G next generation engine.
The project will not create any immediate jobs or boost current staffing requirements at Bombardier’s Belfast operations because the thrust reverser is not scheduled for delivery for several years.    However, a team of Bombardier engineers in Northern Ireland will begin work shortly on the research and development phase of the programme.
Bombardier, whose C Series family of aircraft also feature Pratt & Whitney’s PW1500 G engines, is an established supplier to Airbus, but its decision to award the thrust reverser project to Bombardier’s Northern Ireland operations helps underline the importance of a ground-breaking trade deal signed between Bombardier and Airbus just over two months ago.   The trade deal brought Bombardier and Airbus together as partners on the C Series aircraft programme, but Michael Ryan, president of Bombardier’s aerostructures and engineering services and in charge of its Northern Ireland operations, said at the time that the deal also represented an “opportunity” for Belfast to build on is existing supplier relationship with Airbus.   In Belfast on Monday, Stephen Addis, vice-president, customer services and programmes, Bombardier Aerostructures, highlighted how this was unfolding.   “This work package reinforces our long-term strategy to grow our capabilities in the nacelles market, and to focus on delivering innovative, higher-value products and services in an extremely competitive global environment.”

Import duties
Meanwhile trade unions are continuing to highlight the threat to Bombardier workers in the North from the US department of commerce and its plans to impose import duties of 300 per cent on each C Series aircraft sold in the US. More than 1,000 people are employed specifically on the C Series programme in the North.

Bombardier’s Northern Ireland operation has won a significant project from Airbus to develop and manufacture a new thrust reverser for one of its single-aisle jetliners.   Bombardier is set to become a key supplier on a new engine nacelle programme for the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft which is powered by the Pratt & Whitney’s Pure Power PW1100G next generation engine.
The project will not create any immediate jobs or boost current staffing requirements at Bombardier’s Belfast operations because the thrust reverser is not scheduled for delivery for several years.   However, a team of Bombardier engineers in Northern Ireland will begin work shortly on the research and development phase of the programme.
Bombardier, whose C Series family of aircraft also feature Pratt & Whitney’s PW1500 G engines, is an established supplier to Airbus, but its decision to award the thrust reverser project to Bombardier’s Northern Ireland operations helps underline the importance of a ground-breaking trade deal signed between Bombardier and Airbus just over two months ago.     The trade deal brought Bombardier and Airbus together as partners on the C Series aircraft programme, but Michael Ryan, president of Bombardier’s aerostructures and engineering services and in charge of its Northern Ireland operations, said at the time that the deal also represented an “opportunity” for Belfast to build on is existing supplier relationship with Airbus.      In Belfast on Monday, Stephen Addis, vice-president, customer services and programmes, Bombardier Aerostructures, highlighted how this was unfolding.
“This work package reinforces our long-term strategy to grow our capabilities in the nacelles market, and to focus on delivering innovative, higher-value products and services in an extremely competitive global environment.”
Import duties

Meanwhile trade unions are continuing to highlight the threat to Bombardier workers in the North from the US department of commerce and its plans to impose import duties of 300 per cent on each C Series aircraft sold in the US. More than 1,000 people are employed specifically on the C Series programme in the North.
Workers and union leaders from Bombardier’s five production sites in Northern Ireland will gather at Belfast City Hall to ask councillors to back their campaign to safeguard local jobs.
The US department of commerce is expected to publish its final decision on the proposed tariffs on December 19th.

American expands Canada service in 2018

 

American Airlines during Sunday’s schedule update (03DEC17) filed Canada service expansion, reflected in the airline’s press release last week. Planned service expansion in 2018 as follows.

Chicago O’Hare – Calgary 07JUN18 – 04SEP18 6 weekly by Envoy Air Embraer E175, service resumption (Last served in January 2012)
AA4015 ORD0955 – 1235YYC E75 x2
AA4015 YYC1320 – 1740ORD E75 x2

Chicago O’Hare – Vancouver eff 04MAY18 1 daily 737-800, service resumption (Last served in summer 2010)
AA2209 ORD2035 – 2315YVR 738 D
AA2213 YVR2300 – 0514+1ORD 738 D

Other service increase:
New York LaGuardia – Toronto eff 15FEB18 Increase from 4 to 5 daily, 2 of 5 daily operated by Embraer E175, instead of ERJ140/145
Philadelphia – Ottawa eff 04MAY18 Increase from 2 to 3 daily
Washington Reagan – Toronto eff 04MAY18 Increase from 2 to 3 daily

Kamloops airport to get non-stop flights to Toronto

Air Canada will be offering direct flights from Kamloops to Toronto starting Spring 2018

Passengers flying out of Kamloops will soon be able to fly direct to Canada’s largest city.
Starting in the spring of 2018, Air Canada Rouge will be offering non-stop flights from Kamloops to Toronto.    The initial schedule has the two daily flights running three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
“It’s an opportunity for us to roll out our welcome mat and showcase Kamloops as an exciting destination,” said Heather McCarley, managing director of Kamloops Airport.   “It opens up our region to travellers who are coming from all corners of Canada and around the world.”
McCarley says getting the flights has taken months of planning for the airport and for Tourism Kamloops and Tourism Sun Peaks.   “We’re already getting a fair number of visitors from Ontario so this represents an opportunity to make it a more convenient way to get here,” said Sun Peak Tourism president and CEO Arlene Schieven.
Both Kamloops and Sun Peaks tourism associations see these flights as a chance to grow the number of visitors coming from not only Ontario, but around the world.
Air Canada also announced expanded service between Montreal and Victoria as well as between Toronto and Nanaimo.
It will pilot the new flights from June 2018 through October 2018.

YVR Celebrates First Non-Stop Service to Melbourne in Canada

 

Air Canada launches new direct flights to MelbourneOrlando and Yellowknife

RICHMOND, BCDec. 1, 2017 /CNW/ – Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) celebrated the inaugural flight of Air Canada’s new route between YVR and Melbourne Airport (MEL), marking the first ever direct, non-stop flight from Canada to this Australian city.   The new route offers a seasonal four-time weekly service until February 4, 2018 and then will begin year-round service in June 2018.    In addition to the new Melbourne service, Air Canada will also be launching new routes to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Yellowknife Airport (YZF) in the month of December.    All flights are strategically timed to connect with Air Canada’s domestic and international schedule at YVR.
“We have a lot to celebrate at YVR this month.    With the new Air Canada services to MelbourneOrlando and Yellowknife in December, passengers have even more travel options this winter season,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority.    “We are also thrilled that Air Canada has announced year-round service to Melbourne, prior to the start of the seasonal service.    This is an incredible achievement for our airline partner and showcases Air Canada’s commitment to growing their transpacific hub at YVR.”
With existing services to Sydney and Brisbane, this new Melbourne service is Air Canada’s third route to Australia from YVR.    The YVR-MEL route operates on an Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with seat capacity for 298 passengers.    The new service creates 60 new jobs at the airport and contributes $4.7 million to B.C.’s GDP.
“We are delighted to welcome customers onboard our flights to Melbourne, our newest destination in Australia.  Our seasonal service will be of particular interest to Australians travelling for a Canadian winter vacation and North Americans travelling to enjoy Australia’s summer season.    The launch of year-round service next June will provide additional options for business and leisure travellers between our two continents,” said Benjamin Smith, President – Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.    “Our Melbourne flights complement our daily flights from Canada to Sydney and to Brisbane, solidifying our market-leading position as the airline providing the most service between Canada and Australia.    The seamless connections through in-transit pre-clearance facilities, combined with our extensive domestic Canada and U.S. network at our Vancouver hub, positions YVR to be the preferred transpacific gateway for business and leisure travellers travelling between North America and Australia.”
Operated by Air Canada Rouge on a Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, the YVR-MCO route can accommodate 279 passengers and will create almost 40 new jobs as well as contribute $2.7 million in GDP.    The YVR-YZF route will use a Bombardier CRJ 705-900 aircraft, with seat capacity for 75 passengers.
In addition to these three new services, Air Canada introduced service to Dallas in February, Denver in May and increased service to Los Angeles and San Jose to six and three times daily respectively.    In the summer, Air Canada also launched the following international routes out of YVR: TaipeiNagoyaFrankfurt and London Gatwick.
Air Canada’s significant growth at YVR is made possible thanks to YVR’s five-year rates and charges program, ConnectYVR.   The program provides a highly competitive rate structure and includes airline rates lower than any other major airport in Canada and competing U.S. airports.

Air Canada to Launch New Domestic Routes for Summer 2018

Non-stop Air Canada Rouge seasonal services start in June from MontrealVictoriaTorontoNanaimo and TorontoKamloops

 

MONTREALDec. 1, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced new non-stop, seasonal services will begin next June from Toronto to Nanaimo and to Kamloops, and Montreal to Victoria, British Columbia.     All new flights are now available for purchase at www.aircanada.com and through Travel Agents.
“We are strategically expanding our domestic network with our flexible fleet, products and services to capitalize on the growing seasonal demand to and from Vancouver Island and the Thompson Okanagan areas during the peak summer travel period,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.    “We are pleased to offer vacation travellers to and from VictoriaNanaimo and Kamloops the convenience of non-stop Toronto and Montreal flights, where customers also have unparalleled access to our far-reaching North American and global network.”
The Hon. Lisa Beare, BC Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture stated, “Air Canada’s additional flights to VictoriaNanaimo and Kamloops reflect the rising popularity of Vancouver Island and the Thompson-Okanagan as tourism destinations.    I’m excited by Air Canada’s extension of service to our province.    This investment will make it easier for Canadians to visit these beautiful regions of BC, and further enhance connections between British Columbia and Central Canada.”
Today’s new routes complement Air Canada’s North American transborder expansion announcement of six new routes earlier this week, and its previously announced new non-stop international services beginning 2018: VancouverParisVancouverZurichVancouverMelbourne, originally planned as winter seasonal now operating year-round starting June; Toronto-Shannon, TorontoZagrebTorontoPortoTorontoBucharestTorontoBuenos AiresMontrealTokyoNaritaMontrealDublinMontrealBucharest; and MontrealLisbon.
All flights are timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s global schedule, and provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at mainline airports, priority boarding and other benefits.

Toronto-Nanaimo
Begins June 21 until Oct. 8

Monday,
Wednesday,
Friday,
Sunday

AC1975 departs
Toronto at 9:30 a.m.

AC1974 departs
Nanaimo at 12:15 p.m.

Air Canada Rouge 136-seat A319, Premium and Economy class

Toronto-Kamloops
Begins June 22 until Oct. 9

Tuesday,
Thursday,
Saturday

AC1977 departs
Toronto at 9:45 a.m.

AC1976 departs
Kamloops at 12:15 p.m.

Air Canada Rouge 136-seat A319, Premium and Economy class

Montreal-Victoria
Begins June 22 until Oct. 9

Tuesday,
Friday,
Sunday

AC1685 departs
Montreal at 7:45 a.m.

AC1684 departs
Victoria at 11:05 a.m.

Air Canada Rouge 136-seat A319, Premium and Economy class

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ATR 72-500 certified by Transport Canada

C-FNSJ seen on fuel stop at Anchorage enroute to Winnipeg for delivery to North Star (ex VN-B236) photo by Kevin Fortney.

 

The ATR 72-500 turboprop has gained certification from Transport Canada.
The regulatory clearance gives ATR access to the Canadian market in the 68-78-seat turboprop sector, which is currently dominated by Montreal-based Bombardier’s Q400.
Kanata, Ontario-based First Air, which primarily serves Canada’s Arctic region, operates the smaller ATR 42-500, which the airline configures with 42 seats.
“Obtaining this certification will allow us to expand the operational scope of our family of aircraft,” ATR SVP-engineering Alessandro Amendola said in a statement, noting that ATR turboprops “have proven that they are the perfect match for challenging markets, such as Canada, where their ability to fly in extreme cold, icy weather conditions, take off and land on unpaved and short runways, and their unrivalled performance are invaluable.”
ATR said there are about 40 ATR turboprops flying commercially in Canada, but none in the ATR 72-500’s size-range.

South Africa’s CemAir finalizes Q400 order

 

South Africa’s CemAir has finalized an order for two new Bombardier Q400 turboprops, which was announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show.   The order is valued at $66 million based on list prices.
The Johannesburg-based carrier also signed the lease of a used Q400 that was delivered this month, paving the way for the new aircraft to be delivered afterward.   “CemAir has enjoyed significant growth in the last few years and this has come from our focused approach on selecting the right aircraft for our operation,” CemAir CEO Miles van der Molen said.     “The Q400 is a fantastic performer especially in our environment of high altitudes and hot operating temperatures.”
With these Q400 aircraft, CemAir would increase its current fleet of Bombardier aircraft to 17—including five Q Series turboprops and 12 CRJ Series aircraft.    CemAir recently added a used CRJ900 aircraft to its fleet, the first in South Africa.

ACE Aviation Reports Third Quarter Results and Announces Intention to Seek Court Approval for Final Distribution and Dissolution

 

MONTRÉAL, Nov. 29, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. (ACE) announced today its results for the third quarter of 2017, provided an update with respect to its liquidation process and announced its intention to seek Court approval for a final distribution to its shareholders and its dissolution.

2017 Third Quarter Results
In the third quarter of 2017, ACE recorded an increase in net assets in liquidation of approximately $20,000 as a result of interest income earned during the quarter.
As at September 30, 2017, ACE’s only remaining assets consisted of cash in an aggregate amount of approximately $6.5 million.

Liquidation Process
On June 28, 2012, further to the approval by ACE shareholders on April 25, 2012 of a special resolution providing for the voluntary liquidation of ACE, the Superior Court of Québec (Commercial Division) (the “Court“) issued an order appointing Ernst & Young Inc. as liquidator of ACE (the “Liquidator“).
Pursuant to an order issued by the Court on February 25, 2013, the Liquidator established a process for the identification, resolution and barring of claims and other contingent liabilities against ACE.   Creditors had until May 13, 2013 to file their proof of claims, failing which their claims would be barred and extinguished.    The interim consolidated financial statements of ACE for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017 and the related management’s discussion and analysis include a description of proofs of claim which were filed and the status thereof.    All of the remaining contingent obligations which were the object of proofs of claims filed in connection with such claims process have expired at the beginning of 2016.

Tax Refunds
As indicated in its audited annual financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2016 and subsequent interim financial statements, ACE had claimed a refund from the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA“) and Revenu Québec further to the expiration of a statute of limitation for reassessment of the income of an operating partnership in which ACE previously had an interest.    The Liquidator had indicated in such financial statements that it would not dissolve until it had collected or otherwise settled such refund.
In October 2017, the Liquidator received aggregate refunds in the amount of approximately $483,000 from the CRA and Revenu Québec.

Final Distribution to Shareholders and Dissolution
The Liquidator intends to seek Court approval of its final accounts, approval to proceed with a final distribution to the shareholders of ACE and approval of the dissolution of ACE.    An estimate of the final amount to be distributed will be provided in the Liquidator’s Application for Court approval and will represent all of the remaining cash of ACE less accounts payable and a reserve to cover the remaining fees and expenses of the liquidation and dissolution and remaining contingencies.
The Liquidator currently expects that the Court hearing will be held in January 2018.    The Liquidator will post a copy of the relevant application to the Court and notice of the hearing date on its website at www.ey.com/ca/aceaviation at least 7 days in advance of the hearing date.    Shareholders and other parties who have questions or require additional information with respect to ACE and the final distribution and dissolution process may contact the Liquidator by telephone (1-855-279-8388 or 416-943-4444) or by fax (1-416-943-3300).
The amount of the final distribution will remain subject to modification until the final amount of the distribution is announced following receipt of Court approval.    The record date and payment date for such distribution would be announced by subsequent press release upon receipt of approval from the Court.    Subject to receipt of the Court approval, the Liquidator currently expects to proceed with the dissolution of ACE shortly following the payment of the final distribution to the shareholders.
The final distribution to shareholders, the cancellation of the shares of ACE and the dissolution of ACE will not occur until all necessary corporate, administrative and tax measures to dissolve ACE are completed and until the settlement of any remaining contingencies that may arise in connection with the remaining liquidation and dissolution steps of ACE.    There is no certainty as to the timing or amount of such final distribution and dissolution. ACE will continue to incur operating costs and fees for the duration of the dissolution process.
The distributions to shareholders of ACE will generally be treated as deemed dividends from a Canadian tax standpoint.    Such deemed dividends will be designated as eligible dividends for the purposes of the Income Tax Act (Canada).
For additional information with respect to the liquidation of ACE, refer to the management proxy circular dated March 9, 2012, the interim consolidated financial statements and related management’s discussion and analysis for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017 and the other public filings of ACE which are available at www.sedar.com and www.aceaviation.com.

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Chorus Aviation announces leasing transaction with Ethiopian Airlines

Delivering regional aviation to the world  

HALIFAXNov. 29, 2017 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘Chorus’) (TSX: CHR) announced today agreements to purchase two new Bombardier Q400 aircraft and lease them to Ethiopian Airlines Group (‘Ethiopian Airlines’).  The aircraft will be purchased new from Bombardier by a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Capital and are expected to be delivered and placed on lease to Ethiopian Airlines in December 2017.
“Ethiopian Airlines is a premier, award-winning international airline with a terrific history of innovation, growth and economic success.    We are absolutely delighted to welcome them as a customer of Chorus Aviation Capital and look forward to building this important relationship,” commented Steve Ridolfi, President Chorus Aviation Capital. “Ethiopian is one of the largest and most profitable airlines in Africa, a member of the Star Alliance airline network, and the winner of numerous awards for airline management and customer service.   We are honoured to add them to our growing portfolio of regional aircraft lessees and very pleased to extend our global reach to our sixth continent: Africa,” he added.
“I am very pleased with the progress we have made in growing Chorus Aviation Capital’s market position in regional aircraft leasing,” stated Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chorus.    “Upon completion of previously announced transactions, we’ll have a leased aircraft fleet of 62 aircraft worth approximately CDN $1.2 Billion.   We are building significant momentum in this business and look forward to additional future growth.”

Air Canada Debuts Exclusive Air Canada Signature Suite for Premium International Customers at its Toronto Global Hub

Air Canada Debuts Exclusive Air Canada Signature Suite for Premium International Customers at its Toronto Global Hub (CNW Group/Air Canada)

 

Complimentary à la carte restaurant, cocktails and amenities in designer setting

MONTREALNov. 29, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada unveiled today the Air Canada Signature Suite for its top International Business customers at its Toronto Pearson global hub. The new suite is an exclusive airport retreat where eligible premium customers can dine à la carte at a complimentary, full-service restaurant from a menu created by acclaimed chef David Hawksworth, or enjoy hors d’œuvres, champagne, fine wines and cocktails in an intimate, Canadian-designed and decorated setting.

Air Canada Debuts Exclusive Air Canada Signature Suite for Premium International Customers at its Toronto Global Hub (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“The Air Canada Signature Suite provides premium Air Canada customers with a luxury experience unrivalled in North America that elevates Air Canada into the ranks of leading global carriers for discerning international travellers. Customers can indulge in an à la carte meal service in the suite’s complimentary restaurant or partake of fine wines, champagne and specialty cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere accented with original Canadian art and maple, marble and polished limestone finishes,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

“Our premium customers, particularly those who are connecting, highly value comfort and convenience when they travel. This unique airport enclave will serve as a welcome preliminary to boarding their international flights, where the premium experience will continue with our industry leading International Business class products and services, including lie flat suites and the other amenities that have earned Air Canada recognition as the Best Airline in North America from Skytrax and Best Long Haul Airline in the Americas for 2018 from AirlineRatings.com.”

The Air Canada Signature Suite officially opens Dec. 1, 2017 and is accessible to all full fare paying International Business Class customers, excluding upgrades and most point redemption programs. The 6,400-square-foot suite, conveniently located by Air Canada’s international departure gates at Toronto Pearson Terminal 1, can accommodate up to 160 premium customers and is fully complimentary. It hosts a full-service restaurant offering à la carte dining from a Hawksworth-designed menu. The suite also features a cocktail lounge space with full service bar and a selection of hors d’œuvres and specialty snacks, a quiet sitting area and concierge service.

Air Canada Debuts Exclusive Air Canada Signature Suite for Premium International Customers at its Toronto Global Hub (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Other notable design features of the Air Canada Signature Suite include:
Design by acclaimed Montreal architecture and design firm Heekyung Duquette;
High quality wine and spirits supplied by our partners at Diageo and Moet & Chandon Champagne (both brut and rosé available), and feature Signature cocktails;
Mural by renowned Ottawa artist Gavin Lynch;
Cloudscape Chandelier by acclaimed Toronto design firm Moss & Lam;
Exclusive works by local Montreal artists Pascale Girardin and Nicolas Ruel;
And Luxury skin care products from Molton Brown.

Ukraine International plans Toronto launch in June 2018

Ukraine International Airlines in 2018 is adding service to Canada, with the offering of Kiev Borispil – Toronto nonstop flight.   This marks the return of nonstop flight between the two airports since Aerosvit ended service in October 2012.
From 06JUN18, Boeing 767 aircraft will operate this route 3 times a week for peak season, switching to 2 weekly from 03OCT18. Reservation for this route opened last week.

PS241 KBP1110 – 1435YYZ 767 136
PS242 YYZ2315 – 1605+1KBP 767 136

Service operates Day 36 in October 2018.

Air Canada Expands its North American Network with New Transborder Routes starting Spring 2018

 

  • Toronto to Omaha and Providence
  • Montreal to Baltimore and Pittsburgh
  • Vancouver to Sacramento
  • Edmonton to San Francisco

MONTREALNov. 29, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced several new non-stop year-round transborder routes will begin Spring 2018 from TorontoMontrealEdmonton and Vancouver.  All new flights are now available for purchase.

“We continue to strategically expand our already extensive North American transborder network to offer the only services from Canada to SacramentoOmahaProvidence, and flights from additional Canadian airports to BaltimorePittsburgh and San Francisco,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “As the largest foreign carrier serving the USA, we are pleased to offer customers even more non-stop travel choices between Canada and the US, as well as the ability to conveniently connect onward through our extensive global network at our Canadian hubs on North America’s Best Airline as rated by Skytrax.”

All flights are timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s global schedule, and provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at mainline Canadian airports, priority boarding and other benefits.

Vancouver-Sacramento

Daily

May 17, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 76
seat CRJ-705/900

Edmonton-San Francisco

Daily

May 1, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 76
seat CRJ-705/900

Toronto-Omaha

Daily

May 1, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Toronto-Providence

Daily

May 17, 2018

Summer seasonal

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Montreal-Baltimore

Daily

May 17, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Montreal-Pittsburgh

Daily

May 17, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Today’s new routes complement Air Canada’s previously announced new non-stop international services beginning 2018: VancouverParisVancouverZurichVancouverMelbourne, originally planned as winter seasonal now operating year-round starting June; Toronto-Shannon, TorontoZagrebTorontoPortoTorontoBucharestTorontoBuenos AiresMontrealTokyoNaritaMontrealDublinMontrealBucharest; and MontrealLisbon.

Chartright Welcomes AVIDRONE Aerospace as its Newest Tenant in Hangar 53 at the Region of Waterloo International Airport

 

Chartright welcomes AVIDRONE Aerospace Inc., a Canadian drone technology company, as its newest tenant at Hangar 53 at the Region of Waterloo International Airport (CYKF).

AVIDRONE Aerospace designs and manufactures fully automated unmanned flying drone systems for commercial applications globally.    AVIDRONE’s task-specific drones enable entirely new capabilities by carrying a wide range of high definition sensors, providing automated package delivery, or lift virtually anything into the air.  AVIDRONE makes drones useful and easy to operate for non-aviation industries, adapting its secure, in-house developed autopilot technology to drone aircraft weighing up to 900lb combined with high-endurance, long range flight.
“We are pleased to welcome AVIDRONE to our facility and excited with the prospect of witnessing them press the frontiers of unmanned flight”, said Adam Keller, President of Chartright Air Group.
“All of the AVIDRONE team is pleased to join the Chartright hangar facility, with a new research and development office and manufacturing space,” said Scott Gray, Founder & CEO Avidrone Aerospace Inc.     “Being located at a high-end hangar with neighbours in the commercial aviation industry is important to AVIDRONE’s positioning as a leading unmanned aircraft company.     I’m excited to grow our business at Chartright and within our community here at the Waterloo-Wellington International airport.”
Chartright, founded in 1987, is a leading private aviation services company offering aircraft charter, management, and maintenance services to businesses and individuals across Canada and in the United States.    Chartright currently employs over 190 people and manages a fleet of over 40 corporate aircraft which fly to destinations around the world.    Chartright’s head office is located at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport (CYYZ). Subsidiary base locations include Calgary, Alta.; Chatham, Ont.;  Kitchener, Ont.; Regina, Sask.; Vancouver, B.C.; New York, N.Y.; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   All Chartright bases provide complete aircraft management and charter services.

CAE and Rockwell Collins join forces to develop integrated Live, Virtual, Constructive training solutions

 

 

  • Companies to demonstrate integrated LVC-enabled capabilities at I/ITSEC 2017

Orlando, Florida, USA, November 27, 2017 – Today at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), CAE and Rockwell Collins announced a collaborative agreement to develop integrated Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) training solutions.
During I/ITSEC, CAE (Booth #1734) and Rockwell Collins (Booth #2201) will conduct several demonstrations of an integrated mission training exercise using fully connected, LVC training elements.    A live-flying LVC-enabled L-29 aircraft, operated by the University of Iowa’s Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL), will be networked with a variety of virtual simulators and constructive forces to demonstrate an integrated, joint, multi-dimensional mission training environment.
The live, real-time LVC training exercises will take place at I/ITSEC at the following times:

  • Tues., Nov. 28 – 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Wed., Nov. 29 – 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Virtual participants in the demonstration will include blue force F/A-18 aircraft simulators as well an E-2 aerial surveillance platform operated in the Rockwell Collins booth, networked to Naval Combat System Simulators (NCSS) and remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) desktop trainers running in the CAE booth.    A variety of constructive elements representing enemy and friendly forces will be injected into the live and virtual training systems for the demonstration of immersive LVC training capabilities.    Both CAE and Rockwell Collins will jointly conduct distributed command and control tasks during the exercise.
“Integrated live, virtual, constructive training is becoming more critical as defense forces look to cost-effectively maintain readiness and prepare for operational missions,” said Gene Colabatistto, group president, Defense & Security for CAE.    “As a training systems integrator, we are focused on supporting our customers’ training and readiness requirements and recognize that cooperation and collaboration will be necessary to deliver integrated LVC training capabilities.”
“As a recognized leader in aerospace solutions providing avionics for live assets and integrated virtual training systems and products, we’ll be able to provide solutions to make LVC-enabled training more routine without boundaries, ultimately resulting in our military customers achieving optimal mission readiness,” said Nick Gibbs, vice president and general manager of Simulation & Training Solutions at Rockwell Collins.
The demonstration at I/ITSEC will showcase how synthetic environments built on different database standards can be correlated and interoperate as part of an integrated LVC training exercise.   This includes the use of synthetic data onto the Rockwell Collins L-29 pilots’ integrated Helmet Mounted Display (HMD).    CAE and Rockwell Collins will also utilize the Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) and High-Level Architecture (HLA) industry standard networking protocols to link LVC assets.

Wabush Airport terminal building to get massive makeover

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WABUSH, NLNov. 25, 2017 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is committed to renewing vital infrastructure that supports the growth and development of communities in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada.
Today, Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced the award of a contract worth approximately $13.9 million (HST included) to Bird Construction Group of Bedford, Nova Scotia, to renovate the air terminal building at the Wabush Airport.
The contract, which was awarded for Transport Canada through an open, fair and transparent procurement process, will sustain employment opportunities for local tradespeople in the Wabush area.
To better accommodate passengers travelling to and from Wabush, the renovation project will improve the functionality and efficiency of the airport.   The renovation work includes changes to the terminal’s layout to improve travelers’ experience.    As part of the project, there will be upgrades to the air terminal, as well as to the major building systems.
Work will involve demolishing and renovating the interior of the existing terminal building in phases, during which time, the airport will remain fully operational.
The newly renovated airport terminal building will improve travelers’ experience and help ensure their safety, and that of employees, by providing modern and efficient infrastructure.
Construction work on the airport terminal building started in November and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019.

WestJet introduces WestJet Link

Pacific Coastal Saab 340 to be re-painted in basic Westjet colours for new agreement

 

WestJet to serve LethbridgeLloydminsterMedicine HatCranbrook and Prince George via a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines

CALGARYNov. 24, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet today introduced WestJet Link, a new regional air service operating under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Pacific Coastal Airlines.
Using Pacific Coastal Airlines’ aircraft painted in WestJet colours, WestJet Link will connect the communities of LethbridgeLloydminsterMedicine HatCranbrook and Prince George to WestJet’s rapidly expanding network hub at the YYC Calgary International Airport.    These new routes will add to WestJet’s existing leadership position in Calgary, offering more flights and seats to more destinations than any other airline.
All WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft.   Each aircraft will include six seats available in WestJet Plus, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

Details of WestJet’s new year-round nonstop service:

Route

Frequency

Days*

Effective

Calgary – Lethbridge

Three times

Daily

March 7, 2018

Calgary – Lloydminster

Once

Daily

March 14, 2018

Calgary – Medicine Hat

Three times

Daily

May 31, 2018

Calgary – Cranbrook

Three times

Daily

March 7, 2018

Calgary – Prince George

Once

Daily

March 14, 2018

*

Reduced frequency on weekends and some holidays

“A CPA with Pacific Coastal underscores WestJet’s commitment to offering more Canadians access to WestJet’s low fares and growing network.    WestJet Link will be that connection to these communities and will offer more choice and more competition for air travellers, as well as more opportunities to earn and use WestJet Rewards.”
Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial
“All of us at Pacific Coastal Airlines are excited and proud to be entering this relationship with WestJet.    Our two airlines, both based in Western Canada, share many similar corporate and guest service values and we feel that this CPA is a perfect partnership to link many new communities to the WestJet network.”
Quentin Smith, President, Pacific Coastal Airlines

Pacific Coastal Airlines
A privately owned, British Columbia-based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal (YVR), Pacific Coastal is the third largest airline at YVR in annual takeoffs and landings.    It flies to 15 airports and connects to more than 50 destinations in the province, from as far east as Cranbrook in the Rocky Mountains and as far north as Prince George and Masset on the legendary island of Haida Gwaii.

November 23, 2017 – Canadian North announces upcoming launch of multimillion-dollar aircraft maintenance facility at Edmonton International Airport

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, November 23, 2017 – Canadian North Airlines is pleased to announce the establishment of its own Manufacturing, Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MMRO) facility, which will open during the first quarter of 2018 within its 90,000 square foot hangar at Edmonton International Airport.
This facility, which represents a multimillion-dollar investment in hiring, equipment purchases and facility upgrades, has been made possible through strong support from Inuvialuit Development Corporation, Canadian North’s parent organization.    Once operational, Canadian North will have the capability to fulfill all of its line maintenance, heavy maintenance and manufacturing requirements for its fleet of Boeing 737-300, Boeing 737-200 and Bombardier Dash-8 aircraft under its own roof.
By utilizing its own people, equipment and facilities to complete these essential functions, Canadian North will significantly reduce its maintenance costs while gaining full control over maintenance planning and scheduling. Canadian North will further leverage this investment by offering cost-effective and efficient maintenance services to airlines throughout North America and beyond, opening up an entirely new revenue stream.    Canadian North will work closely with Invest Alberta to ensure that this facility realizes its full potential in attracting new customers.
“Canadian North’s establishment of its own MMRO facility at EIA is a major step forward for both Canadian North and Edmonton,” said Steve Hankirk, President of Canadian North.    “We will now be able to maintain our Boeing 737 and Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft more efficiently, and by offering access to our highly trained team members and well-equipped facility to other airlines, we’ll be helping to position Edmonton as a leading aerospace maintenance hub, stimulating even more economic activity in the region.”
Canadian North has launched a campaign to recruit an initial complement of 30 full-time positions for this facility, which will include Aircraft Maintenance Engineers and other supporting roles.    Career postings will be published at canadiannorth.com/careers.    Canadian North’s team members enjoy competitive wages, flexible group benefits coverage, a defined contribution pension plan, travel privileges on Canadian North and interline agreements with other airlines and travel agencies.
Canadian North’s establishment of its own MMRO facility is the latest step in its ongoing growth and diversification beyond its core mission of providing safe, reliable and efficient passenger and cargo services to communities across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut from its southern gateways of Edmonton and Ottawa.    In June, 2015, it unveiled its own ‘Level D’ flight simulator at Edmonton International Airport, enabling it to complete all pilot training and checks in-house while at the same time leasing it to other airlines.    Canadian North also continues to expand its highly successful charter business, operating thousands of flights each year throughout North America and beyond for energy sector clients, government agencies, sports teams, cruise lines, holiday operators such as Air Transat and other large groups.    Canadian North is a proud member of the Edmonton International Airport community and a founding member of the Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre, a partnership formed between Edmonton International Airport, Canadian North, Canadian Helicopters, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) and the Government of Alberta to build a cluster of activity in aerospace and technology at EIA.

CAE concludes acquisition of AirAsia’s share of the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence (AACE)

 

Montreal, Canada, November 21, 2017 (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE announced today that it has concluded the acquisition of AirAsia’s share of the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence (AACE) for US$100 million (including earn-out).    All the required conditions and regulatory approvals have been obtained.    The sale and purchase agreement had been announced in a press release dated August 24, 2017.
The acquisition allows CAE to expand its footprint in the fast-growing Asia Pacific aviation market, and further reinforces its position as the global training partner of choice.    The 150 employees from the three AACE training centres located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam become CAE employees as of today.
“As we conclude the transaction and launch a new phase in our relationship, I would like to once again thank AirAsia for their confidence in CAE,” said Marc Parent, CAE’s President and Chief Executive Officer.    “We are pleased to welcome the AACE team to CAE.   Together, we will continue to build on the world-class training experience that our customers have come to expect.    We look forward to continuing to shape the future of training with you.”
CAE remains AirAsia Group’s exclusive training partner of choice and will continue to offer training for pilots, cabin crew, maintenance engineers, technicians, and ground services personnel to the airline and those of its affiliates over the long term.    The extended training agreement represents an additional order intake of over C$350 million added to CAE’s backlog.