Month: April 2019

Bombardier Unveils Leading-edge Soleil Lighting System on its Award-winning Global 7500 Aircraft

Provided by Bombardier Inc

April 29, 2019 | Los Angeles | Bombardier Inc.,  Business Aircraft

  • Global 7500 aircraft is the largest and longest range business jet in the industry, offering Bombardier’s signature smooth ride and an unrivalled cabin experience
  • The Soleil lighting system offers the industry’s only Dynamic Daylight Simulation, which serves to help combat jet lag on long-distance flights
  • Aviation’s first fully integrated lighting technology uses specific combinations of red and blue light wavelengths that studies have shown stimulate or suppress melatonin, which influences sleep cycles

Bombardier Business Aircraft has unveiled the Soleil lighting system, the industry’s most advanced cabin lighting technology, on the award-winning Global 7500 business jet. Designed and developed exclusively for the Global 7500 aircraft, the innovative Soleil lighting system is aviation’s first circadian rhythm-based cabin lighting technology fully integrated with the Flight Management System, and it introduces the revolutionary Dynamic Daylight Simulation feature, which can help combat jet lag.

“We’re pleased to showcase the innovative Soleil lighting system on the Global 7500 aircraft,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Global 7500 jet is the world’s longest range purpose-built business aircraft with an unrivalled cabin experience. Along with the aircraft’s master suite with a full bed, stand-up shower and exceptionally smooth ride, the Soleil lighting system helps passengers arrive at their destination feeling more rested and refreshed.”

The Soleil lighting system’s Dynamic Daylight Simulation uses specific combinations of red and blue light wavelengths that studies have shown to help stimulate or suppress the production of melatonin – which assists in regulating the sleep-wake cycle and can help contribute to synchronizing passengers’ circadian rhythms to the time at their destination.

The Soleil lighting system is fully integrated into theGlobal 7500 aircraft’s nice Touch cabin management system, and can also be customized to a passenger’s preference for either extended sleep or productivity via the system’s unique circadian adjustment setting. The Soleil lighting system can also conveniently be programmed to schedule the optimal times for meal services, allowing the cabin crew to better prepare and plan more efficiently.

Incorporating twice the number of individual LEDs than other cabin lighting methods, the Soleil lighting system delivers the most vivid and high-definition colour rendering index (CRI) of any lighting system available today.

The Soleil lighting system is ideally suited to the Global 7500 aircraft and its long-range mission profile. Proven to be the highest-performing aircraft in the industry, the Global 7500 business jet has demonstrated the capability for long-haul flights over 16 hours. With its unparalleled performance, the Global 7500 business jet can access the most expansive city pairings, including such routes as New York to Hong Kong, and Singapore to San Francisco,* and the Soleil lighting system is the perfect complement to help combat jet lag and maximize comfort and relaxation while traversing a multitude of time zones.

The Soleil lighting system is a standard feature on the Global 7500 aircraft, which entered into service in December 2018. With unmatched speed and range, the Global 7500 business jet continues to blaze a trail in this new market segment, setting the bar for excellence in the world of business aviation.

Winner of the 2019 Aviation Week Grand Laureate Award and a Red Dot award for design, the Global 7500 jet offers Bombardier’s signature smooth ride and a spaciousness that is unique among business jets. Featuring a full-size kitchen and four true living spaces, the Global 7500 aircraft sets the benchmark for the most exceptional cabin interior. The aircraft offers unprecedented innovative features: Bombardier’s patented Nuage seat, meticulously designed for maximum comfort, and the revolutionary nice Touch CMS, a new way to connect with the Global 7500 aircraft cabin through the Bombardier Touch dial, featuring business aviation’s first application of an OLED display.

Federal Court orders second WestJet exec to testify in competition probe

News provided by Global News/The Canadian Press

By The Canadian Press | 29 April 2019

A Westjet Boeing 737-700 taxis to a gate after arriving at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on February 3, 2014.
A Westjet Boeing 737-700 taxis to a gate after arriving at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on February 3, 2014.CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The Federal Court of Canada has ordered a second senior employee at WestJet Airlines Ltd. to testify under oath, the latest development in a predatory pricing investigation into WestJet and its budget subsidiary, Swoop, by Canada’s competition watchdog.

WATCH: High Canadian airfares: WestJet CEO faults airports

The inquiry, launched by the Competition Bureau in the fall, concerns allegations the two carriers used anti-competitive practices to crowd out B.C.-based upstart Flair Airlines from at least three routes last year.

Chief Justice Paul Crampton has ordered WestJet corporate planning manager Michael Claeren to be examined by Canada’s Commissioner of Competition, citing Claeren’s former role as senior leader of revenue and pricing at Swoop. He is set to appear next month alongside WestJet vice-president John Weatherill, who the Federal Court previously ordered to come before a presiding officer to explain the airline’s tactics.

Interim competition commissioner Matthew Boswell states in court filings that WestJet’s alleged predatory pricing _ when a company offers services below break-even costs to hobble a competitor _ constitutes an abuse of its dominant position.

The accusation applies routes between Edmonton and the cities of Abbotsford, B.C., Hamilton, Ont., and Winnipeg. On the Hamilton route, Swoop advertised all-inclusive fares for as low as $69 starting last June.

Flair Airlines chief executive Jim Scott has said the strategy cost his ultra-low-cost carrier about $10 million between mid-June and mid-October, placing it in jeopardy.

WestJet has said it is compiling information in response to the probe, which has seen piles of court-ordered documents and data from the two Calgary-based carriers handed over to the Competition Bureau.

© 2019 The Canadian Press

WestJet touches down in Portland, Oregon

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

Airline expands travel options between the Northwest U.S. and Western Canada

CALGARY, April 29, 2019 /CNW/ – Building on WestJet’s position as Calgary’s largest air carrier, the airline began its new nonstop flight between Portland International Airport (PDX) and Calgary International Airport (YYC) today. The new flight is the first-ever WestJet-scheduled service to and from Portland.

“This nonstop flight between Calgary and Portland is the latest example of WestJet’s investment in our home in Calgary,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “This new flight provides travellers in Western Canada and Northwestern U.S. more options to get to fantastic destinations for both business and leisure. We are thrilled to be part of strengthening these ties between two important locations.”

Portland International Airport

“WestJet’s new daily, nonstop air service between Calgary and Portland allows Canadians to gain easy access to the dynamic economy and scenic beauty that the Northwestern United States offers, either as a final destination or as a gateway to points beyond,” said Lucia C. Piazza, Consul General for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.  “This new service will also allow Americans to explore Alberta and Western Canada’s beauty and commercial opportunities.”

“We’re excited to celebrate WestJet’s inaugural flight to PDX, offering our travellers another convenient route to Canada,” said David Zielke, Portland International Airport, Director of Air Service Development. “Both Calgary and Portland are cities with a range of fun outdoor activities and great food, providing unique connections between the two regions.”

WestJet’s nonstop flight to Calgary allows for convenient access to its western Canadian network where the airline will operate 145 daily flights from Calgary to 54 destinations including Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Saskatoon, Regina, Atlanta, Nashville, New York, London, Paris and Dublin.  WestJet operates more flights to more destinations from Calgary than any other airline.  WestJet’s codeshare partner, Delta, also offers travellers from Calgary the opportunity to connect to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Seattle and Salt Lake City International Airport out of Portland.

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary – PortlandDaily10:30 a.m.11:17 a.m.April 29, 2019
Portland – CalgaryDaily12:10 p.m.2:57 p.m.April. 29, 2019

This summer, WestJet will operate over 740 daily flights in peak summer to 92 destinations including 42 in Canada, 23 in the United States, 28 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and five in Europe.

Toronto Pearson Launches Completely Redesigned and Accessible Website

Provided by Greater Toronto Airports Authority/CNW

The Best Large Airport in North America is getting better.

TORONTO, April 29, 2019 /CNW/ – Toronto Pearson is thrilled to launch its completely redesigned website, torontopearson.com. Recently voted the Best Large Airport in North America in Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program, passengers count on Pearson as their global gateway to provide a smooth, safe and comfortable experience in the terminals. They will now enjoy the same digital experience on the go as they use torontopearson.com.

The new website vastly improves user experience by leveraging mobile-first, responsive design. Using bold photography, the new website will allow passengers to have a truly customized experience. The completely overhauled website includes:

  • a new search feature that allows the individual, regardless of the section of the website they are on, to search the entire site for their inquiry, making finding information easier and faster;
  • a Departures guide that provides a customized experience for each passenger. Travellers can input their flight number and the website will populate information regarding services available, security screening location, food and beverage, and retail options available to them before and after security;
  • an Arrivals guide provides passengers with instructions on Canadian Customs, retrieving luggage, and options to get them to where they’re going from the airport;
  • a redesigned Connections guide provides step-by-step directions for a passenger’s entire connection journey, giving information on baggage claim, security screening and customs process for a clear idea of what to expect; and
  • the Community hub focuses on how Toronto Pearson engages with the community, our environmental initiatives, Propeller Project and our community events.

“Designed with input from our passengers, airline and business partners, and community members, the all new torontopearson.com provides tailored, timely information about travelling through Toronto Pearson, as well as useful content for our neighbours and stakeholders,” said Martin Boyer, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).

Hillary Marshall, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Communications, GTAA said, “This updated digital experience is a key step on our journey to become the best airport in the world, and demonstrates how you can count on Pearson to communicate in a way that is relevant, accessible and available anywhere.”

The new website, adhering to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA, is available in English and French.

WestJet’s Dreamliner takes first transatlantic flight

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnetship/CNW

Inaugural flight between Calgary and London marks new chapter in WestJet’s global strategy

CALGARY, April 29, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet officially launched its new Dreamliner featuring its new long-haul Business cabin seats between Calgary and London, Gatwick with the departure of WS1. The sold-out flight, expected to land in Gatwick at 11:00 a.m. local time, was a first for WestJet’s new 787-9 Dreamliner. The return flight, WS2 departs London at 1 p.m. local time on Monday.

WestJet’s Dreamliner takes first transatlantic flight (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s Dreamliner takes first transatlantic flight (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s Dreamliner takes first transatlantic flight (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s Dreamliner takes first transatlantic flight (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s Dreamliner takes first transatlantic flight (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s Dreamliner takes first transatlantic flight (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Today is a fantastic day for WestJet as we take this important step in our journey to become a full-service global network airline,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “The London market has quickly become an important one for us with service from six cities across Canada. It is no accident that the first transatlantic flight on the Dreamliner is to our largest international market, from our largest hub and home in Calgary.”

“The three years since WestJet’s inaugural flight from Gatwick have been a real success story, with thousands of business and leisure passengers enjoying the vital low-cost connections between the UK and Canada that these services have provided,” said Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport Chief Commercial Officer. “WestJet’s presence at Gatwick continues to grow, and it’s very exciting for us to be supporting the airline as it moves into this important new era. The launch of the 787 Dreamliner will offer around 24,000 more Gatwick-Calgary seats per year on the same number of aircraft, and its highly fuel-efficient engines will also help us in our ongoing mission to become the UK’s most sustainable airport.”

Hal Eagletail of the Tsuut’ina National, members of Treaty 7 of Southern Alberta, Keith Henry, President and CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, along with David Goldstein, President and CEO of Destination Canada were on board the inaugural flight to celebrate and promote one of the fastest growing sectors of the Canadian tourism industry, Indigenous tourism.

“Being a part of this inaugural Dreamliner flight with WestJet provides a fantastic opportunity for us to raise awareness across the UK and rest of Europe of the powerful Indigenous experiences waiting to be explored across Canada,” said Keith Henry, President and CEO of ITAC. “Our research shows that a third of international visitors to Canada are requesting ways to experience Indigenous culture. WestJet is literally opening up new airways for us into these important markets.”

Tail 901, WestJet’s first Dreamliner, named Clive Beddoe, also carried the founder and chairman himself.

“Today is an emotional experience that I am delighted to share with my family, 320 WestJet guests and our fantastic flight crew,” said Clive Beddoe. “We are pleased to see significant demand for our business and premium cabins as we provide travellers with conveniently-timed flights along with our signature brand of Canadian care.”

“This shows a high degree of confidence for the future prospects of leisure and business travel between Canada and the UK,” said Mrs. Janice Charette, the High Commissioner for Canada. “We are also excited that WestJet has taken this opportunity to use today’s event to showcase Canada’s Indigenous peoples and to their contribution to tourism in Canada.”

“As this first Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes flight for London-Gatwick, WestJet embarks on a new era of international service for the airline,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, Calgary Airport Authority. “We’re proud that WestJet’s story took off at YYC, and we’re here to support the airline going forward as more destinations are added.”

On May 17, WestJet will launch its inaugural direct Dreamliner flight between Calgary to Paris with its final transatlantic flight between Calgary and Dublin on June 1.

WestJet’s Dreamliners carry 320 guests in a three-class cabin configuration including the airline’s newly revealed Business cabin featuring 16 private pods with lie-flat seats, an upscale Premium cabin and an updated Economy cabin.

WestJet is Calgary’s largest airline, and by June 2019, will offer flights to 68 non-stop destinations with over 1,000 flights per week from YYC. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop service:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary – London 
(Gatwick)
Daily7:20 p.m11 a.m. +1April 28, 2019
London (Gatwick) – 
Calgary
Daily1:30 p.m3:40 p.mApril 29, 2018

WestJet suspends Halifax-Paris, other routes, to deal with 737 Max grounding

News provided by CityNews1130.com/The Canadian Press

By The Canadian Press | Posted Apr 28, 2019

CALGARY — WestJet Airlines Ltd. has announced cancellations and schedule changes on some of its routes as the airline deals with the continued grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

Credit to Chris Cavalier ©2019 Copyright C-GZSG 737 Max 8 Westjet – Stored due to grounding

Flights between Halifax and Paris have been suspended from June 3 through Aug. 2, and WestJet says guests will be rebooked either through Calgary, non-stop on its Boeing Dreamliner jets to Paris, or with one of its partner airlines through Toronto, Montreal or New York.

Flights between Edmonton and Ottawa, and Edmonton and Montreal, have also been suspended for most of June, and WestJet says guests will be rebooked through either Calgary or Toronto on WestJet-operated flights.

Service between Toronto and Kelowna, B.C., and Vancouver and Regina will also be suspended for much of June.

Transport Canada banned the 737 Max from Canadian airspace as part of an international response to the fatal March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane.

WestJet says in a news release that it has adjusted flight times on some routes or substituted larger aircraft with fewer flights, but that it needed to suspend a small number of routes where no alternative aircraft were available.

“Although the Max comprised over 1,000 monthly departures in our June schedules, by adjusting our aircraft lease returns and the planned installations of our premium seats, we have been able to cover more than 700 of the flight routes where the Max was originally scheduled, with other aircraft,” Chief Operating Officer Jeff Martin said Sunday in a post on the company’s website. ADVERTISING

“I thank our WestJet teams for their dedication as they continue to work hard to get our guests to their destinations.”

Martin said WestJet remains committed to the routes and will resume flights when it can.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau closed Canadian skies to the Max 8 on March 13 over safety concerns arising from the flight path of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that bore startling parallels to a fatal Lion Air crash off the coast of Indonesia on Oct. 29, killing a combined 346 people.

WestJet had 13 Max 8s in operation when the planes were pulled from service, but has said it has no plans to cancel orders for 37 more Max jetliners.

Air Canada — where 24 Max 8s make up about 10 per cent of its main 243-plane fleet — said last week that the company has “protected 96 per cent of planned flying” through measures that include consolidating flights on larger planes and extending leases on aircraft planned to exit the fleet.

Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)

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JustPlanes.com Video – Air Canada’s A319 Departure from Bermuda

Provided by JustPlanes.com

FABULOUS DEPARTURE from Bermuda in Air Canada Airbus Cockpit

Published on Apr 24, 2019

In this video JustPlanes is filming a roundtrip from Toronto to Bermuda on the Air Canada A319 (C-FYJH) and we see some brief shots of the Captain flying in the First Officer position doing his walkaround, preparing the aircraft for departure and flying a specially approved departure in order to give us a view of Bermuda and the airport after takeoff!

Swoop takes flight at London International Airport

Provided by Swoop/CNW

Airline inaugurates new route between London, ON and Edmonton, AB

Credit to Alasdair McLellan

CALGARY, April 28, 2019 /CNW/ – Today Swoop celebrates the launch of air service in London, Ontario.

The inaugural flight departs Edmonton International Airport (YEG) at 7:00 a.m. local time and will be welcomed by a water cannon salute upon arrival at London International Airport (YXU) at 12:25 p.m. local time. Travellers at both airports will be invited to take part in a gate celebration that includes refreshments, sweet treats and gifts.

This is the first of three new routes launching in London, with service to Abbotsford, BC (YXX) and Halifax, NS (YHZ) beginning on May 24, 2019.

“The kick-off to our summer schedule and beginning of a very busy inaugural season starts with today’s flight between London, ON and Edmonton, AB,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “Over the course of the next two months we will be celebrating the launch of seven new routes and further establishing our place as a top choice for travellers in the Canadian ultra-low cost space.”

“Today’s inaugural flight marks the start of an exciting expansion to our Canadian network with Swoop,” said Michael Seabrook, CEO and President of the London International Airport. “We are now the second focus city in Ontario for Swoop service, and among the first airports in Canada to offer true ultra-low-cost flight options to passengers. We expect these new flights will be popular with travellers, leading to the potential for more destinations from Swoop in the future.”

“We are very pleased to have this connection into Southwestern Ontario with the new daily, non-stop service to London,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “Destinations like London create excellent travel options for Edmontonians travelling to Ontario, while also supporting tourism and business growth in our region.”

Flights are now available for booking through to October 26, 2019.

Details of Swoop’s service from London, ON

Service
Between
 
Service
Offered
 
Weekly
Frequency
 
Air transportation
charges (ATC)
base fare from 
Taxes, fees
and charges
Total One-
Way Price
From*
 
London, ON
and
Edmonton
Daily7 x weekly$118.59$40.41$$159
London, ON
and
Abbotsford
Daily (starts May
24, 2019)
7 x weekly$118.59$40.41$159
London, ON
and Halifax
Daily, except
Saturday
(starts May 24,
2019)
6 x weekly$118.59$40.41$159
*Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.

To learn more about Swoop’s destinations, schedule and ultra-low-cost model visit FlySwoop.com or connect with Swoop on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Air Canada drops Abbotsford-Toronto flight amid Boeing trouble

News provided by The Abbotsford News, with a hint from P.N.

An Air Canada Boeing 737 Max aircraft arriving from Toronto prepares to land at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on March 12, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Apr. 27, 2019, The Abbotsford News Staff

The daily non-stop flight will be suspended for the summer season, to return in 2020 summer season

Air Canada’s regular flight between Abbotsford and Toronto is being dropped for the summer as it works out scheduling shortfalls during the Boeing 737 Max grounding.

On March 13, Air Canada grounded its fleet of 24 of the aircraft, which has been grounded around the globe, following an Ethiopian Airlines Crash on March 10 that killed all on board.

The Air Canada fleet is grounded at least until July 1, though the Toronto-Abbotsford route is being dropped for the full 2019 summer season, expected to be resumed in the 2020 summer season.

The change means the only non-stop flights Ontario from YXX until August are Swoop’s Hamilton flights (twice daily), and London flights (once daily).

Air Canada noted that it has implemented a “flexible” rebooking policy, with a full fee waiver and refund option for affected customers.

Customers originally set to travel on a 737 Max can call Air Canada at 1-833-354-5963 for information within 72 hours of their flight.

New Study Finds that 41% of Travellers Walk, Bike or Use Transit from Billy Bishop Airport

Provided by PortsToronto/CNW

  • Highest percentage of non-automobile access of any airport in North America
  • 52% increase in alternatives to personal vehicles in past 5 years
  • 29% of passengers depart Billy Bishop Airport using free shuttle

TORONTO, April 26, 2019 /CNW/ – According to a new research study conducted by Dillon Consulting, 41 per cent of travellers walk, bike, use public transit or take the complimentary airport shuttle from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, representing one of the highest overall percentages of non-automobile use at any airport in North America. Further, the 2018 survey data shows a 52 per cent increase in non-automobile usage at the airport over the last five years, compared with the 27 per cent of non-automobile usage recorded at the airport in 2013.

Many of the airport’s 2.8 million passengers choose Billy Bishop Airport for its convenient, walkable location to/from downtown Toronto, as well as for its interconnectivity to regional transit. In fact, the Dillon Report indicates that 29 per cent of passengers depart Billy Bishop Airport via the complimentary airport shuttle to access Toronto’s Union Station, which highlights the important role the airport plays in not only connecting people to the heart of downtown Torontobut in providing convenient access to the region’s broader transportation network. The survey also indicates that only 2 per cent of passengers drive and park at the airport.

The study also shows that the Billy Bishop Airport pedestrian tunnel continues to have a positive impact on dispersing passenger and vehicle traffic flow at the airport. The tunnel, which connects passengers to the airport from the mainland pavilion, not only provides convenient and efficient access to the airport but plays a vital role in significantly reducing surges in traffic demand at the mainland terminal and along Eireann Quay that were evident prior to the tunnel opening in 2015.

“By investing in major city-building infrastructure such as the award-winning pedestrian tunnel, and fostering an ideal environment for ‘green’ airport access with conveniently-located bike stations, complimentary shuttle service to and from Union Station and collaborating with the City of Toronto to further improve access to Eireann Quay, PortsToronto continues to implement innovative measures to both reduce emissions and ease vehicle traffic around the airport,” said Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President, Billy Bishop Airport. “We are proud to see so many of our passengers opting to walk, bike and use other environmentally-friendly modes of transportation to and from Billy Bishop Airport. The positive results in this study not only demonstrate our continued commitment to easing congestion, operating sustainably and encouraging cleaner alternative means to and from the airport but speak to the important role Billy Bishop Airport plays in connecting people to the region’s broader transit network.”

The study conducted by Dillon Consulting was undertaken in June 2018 during airport peak hours and focussed on conditions related to traffic volumes, modal splits and taxi occupancy levels for travel to and from the airport. Further, the data gathered in this report will assist PortsToronto in the measurement of future conditions and continuous improvement related to traffic volumes.

Currently, a new reconfigured approach to passenger and vehicle traffic operations is in place as part of a pilot project that began in December 2018. In 2019, the impact and efficacy of the reconfiguration will be evaluated to assess improvements to traffic flow in the vicinity of Eireann Quay and potential full-time adoption of the program.

Click here to view the Dillon Report.