Month: May 2019

WestJet W19 Alberta – Hawaii aircraft changes as of 28MAY19

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By Jim Liu Posted 29 May 2019 04:00

WestJet during the weekend of 19MAY19’s schedule update filed service changes to Hawaii, from Calgary and Edmonton. The airline currently plans to operate Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, replacing 767. 

Calgary – Honolulu eff 08DEC19 737 MAX 8 operates 3 weekly. This replaces 2 weekly 767 service in W18
08DEC19 – 15DEC19 Day 57
16DEC19 – 24APR20 Day 157

WS1860 YYC 1615 – 2039 HNL 738 157
WS1861 HNL 2140 – 0705+1YYC 7M8 157

Calgary – Kahului eff 15DEC19 737 MAX 8 operates from this date, instead of 28OCT19. The 737 MAX 8 operates 4 times a week, 787-9 operates twice a week (787-9 operation was highlighted last week on Airlineroute). This replaces mix of 737 MAX 8 and 767 in W18
WS1858 YYC 1100 – 1513 OGG 7M8 123
WS1858 YYC 1100 – 1427 OGG 789 46
WS1858 YYC 1330 – 1743 OGG 7M8 7

WS1857 OGG 2130 – 0703+1 YYC 7M8 x456
WS1857 OGG 2230 – 0714+1 YYC 789 46

Edmonton – Kahului eff 08DEC19 737 MAX 8 operates 2 weekly, replacing 767
WS1884 YEG 1635 – 2106 OGG 7M8 57
WS1885 OGG 2215 – 0750+1 YEG 7M8 57

Separately, preliminary schedule for summer 2020 also sees 737 MAX 8 assigned on additional routes, also appeared during the weekend of 19MAY19’s schedule update:
Calgary – New York JFK One flight scheduled on 03JUN20
Toronto – Grand Cayman 30APR20 – 28MAY20 1 weekly

Planned Boeing 737 MAX 8 operation remains pending.

Air Canada closes Toronto – Delhi reservations to late-August 2019

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By Jim Liu Posted 29 May 2019 10:30

Air Canada in the last few days filed inventory changes, which sees the closure of reservation on Toronto – Delhi route, from 01AUG19 to 29AUG19 (YYZ departure). Reported last week on Airlineroute, the Star Alliance carrier is temporary suspending this route from 15JUN19 to 31JUL19.

AC042 YYZ 2210 – 2135+1 DEL 789 D
AC043 DEL 0010 – 0505 YYZ 789 D

Air Canada extends leased Omni Air 767 to early-Sep 2019

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By Jim Liu Posted 30 May 2019 09:00

Air Canada on Wednesday (29MAY19) filed additional service changes for Hawaii, as leased Omni Air 767-200ER service extended to early-September 2019.

Vancouver – Honolulu 02JUN19 – 02SEP19 Omni 767 replaces 737 MAX 8, service reduces from 7 to 4 weekly
AC2411 YVR 1715 – 2020 HNL 762 x246
AC2410 HNL 2155 – 0635+1 YVR 762 x246

Vancouver – Kahului 04JUN19 – 31AUG19 Omni 767 replaces 737 MAX 8, service reduces from 7 to 3 weekly
AC2413 YVR 1715 – 2030 OGG 762 246
AC2412 OGG 2205 – 0640+1 YVR 762 246

Viking Plans World Demonstration Tour for Guardian 400 Twin Otter Special Missions Variant

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Artistic Rendering of Guardian 400 Special Missions Variant
Pictured above: Artistic rendering of the Guardian 400 Technical Demonstrator aircraft, featuring R/H SCAR pod with Hensoldt Argos EO/IR imaging turret, L/H SCAR pod with Leonardo Osprey Radar System and Sentient Vidar Camera system, Airborne Technologies’ tactical workstation, Viking conformal bubble windows, IKHANA L/H & R/H wing-mounted hard points, Thunder Bay Aviation stretcher racks, and aft lavatory.

Ottawa, Ontario, May 29th, 2019: Today during the CANSEC Defence & Security show, Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia has announced its plans to hold a world demonstration tour for its Guardian 400 aircraft, the special missions variant of the Viking Series 400 Twin Otter. The world tour will include detailed briefings and demonstration flights in Europe, Africa, Middle East, India, South East Asia, Oceania, and North America.

For the past six months, a production Series 400 Twin Otter has been undergoing modifications to transform into Viking’s Guardian 400 demonstrator aircraft for the proposed world tour. It will feature a right-hand SCAR pod with Hensoldt Argos EO/IR imaging turret, multi-spectral HDTV camera, mega-pixel HD Thermal imager, laser range finder, multi-mode auto tracker, and Remote Image Bus (RIB) video feed for display on the cockpit MFD or crew workstation. The demonstrator will also feature a left-hand SCAR pod with Leonardo Osprey Radar System and Sentient Vidar Camera system.

In addition to its mission sensor package, the Guardian 400 prototype will be equipped with an Airborne Technologies’ tactical workstation with high-definition touchscreen monitors, data/voice/video recorder, Mission Management Unit (MMU), mission radio communications, intuitive hand controller for MCU & SLR camera targeting, CarteNav AIMS mission system software, Kestrel MTI targeting software, and IKHANA ergonomic mission seat for optimized crew comfort. The prototype will also be equipped with Viking conformal bubble windows, left and right wing-mounted hard points by IKHANA, Thunder Bay Aviation stretcher racks, and an aft lavatory for crew comfort.

With a target launch date of September 2019, the Guardian 400 world tour has briefing and demonstration flights proposed throughout Europe, North Africa, Central Africa, Southeastern Africa, the Middle East, Southern Asia, Asia Pacific, North America and will culminate in Ottawa, Canada to coincide with the 2020 CANSEC Defence & Security show.

“As we’ve anticipated development of a Guardian 400 technical demonstrator for many years, to now be able to show off its unique performance capabilities and incredible versatility to interested military and government organizations in their home countries is exciting to say the least,” said Robert Mauracher, Viking executive vice president, Sales & Marketing. “While the tour details are still under development, we encourage interested parties to contact us if they wish to participate in a flight demonstration.”

About the Guardian 400 Twin Otter:

Viking developed the Guardian 400 in response to foreign military and government agency demand for a medium-range maritime patrol, SAR and critical infrastructure platform based on the new Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft. Designed as an economical force multiplier for 21st century surveillance and security requirements, the Guardian 400’s low acquisition and operating costs combined with its modern, flexible architecture allows it to be customized to suit operators’ financial and mission requirements.

The Guardian 400’s robust design, minimal maintenance requirements, and exceptional short-field performance capabilities make it ideally suited for specialized government operations in extreme environments. Certified under the restricted category, the Guardian 400’s increased take-off weight and extended range internal Patrol Tank allow for operational sorties over 10 hours in duration.

Trusted by the governments of Peru, Panama, the United States, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam, over thirty Twin Otter Guardian 400 aircraft have now entered service in various roles, including maritime surveillance, search & rescue, parachute operations, pipeline monitoring, drug enforcement, medevac, and critical infrastructure support.

CUPE celebrates International Flight Attendant Day

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OTTAWA, May 31, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is celebrating International Flight Attendant Day today, May 31st, and inviting flight attendants around the globe to look back at how far the profession has come.

It’s astonishing to recall that, in 1938, to become a “stewardess” on Trans-Canada Airlines, you had to be a nurse, aged 21 to 25, female, single, no taller than 5’5″, under 125 pounds, and in good health with a personable manner and good vision.

Since that era of restrictive hiring requirements, we’ve seen sweeping changes. Men were eventually given the opportunity to join our ranks. We’ve gained the right to maternity benefits, parental benefits, health and dental benefits, and the implementation of health and safety legislation and workers’ compensation.

As a union, CUPE continues to fight to ensure that our members are treated fairly and with dignity and respect. The commitment, dedication, and unmatched experience and wisdom of all flight attendants must be appreciated and valued.

Flight attendants still have a lot of work to do. Our ever-changing world has created new challenges, which include longer flights, disruptive passengers, negative health effects, and evolving security risks – to name just a few.

We also face continued pressure from employers to work harder, with fewer resources.

But with dedication and fortitude, we will continue to work to make the lives of flight attendants better and safer.

CUPE is Canada’s flight attendant union, representing over 15,000 flight attendants working at ten airlines across Canada.

SOURCE Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Airbus Canada Limited Partnership new name comes into effect June 1

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Change from C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP) reflects Airbus’ majority stake in the A220.

MIRABEL, QC, May 31, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – The change of name of CSALP to Airbus Canada Limited Partnership, which was announced in March 2019, will come into effect on June 1, 2019.

The new name reflects the majority interest of Airbus in the partnership since July 1, 2018. The partnership is adopting the Airbus logo as its single visual identity.

The Airbus A220-300 in flight. (CNW Group/Airbus)
The Airbus A220-300 in flight. (CNW Group/Airbus)

Over the course of the coming weeks, the new name will be applied to the limited partnership’s documentation, materials and branded items. The Airbus and Bombardier logos will continue to be displayed side-by-side on the building exteriors in Mirabel, reflecting production activities on the site for both the Airbus A220 and Bombardier CRJ aircraft families.

About the limited partnership 
Headquartered in Mirabel, Québec, the limited partnership is responsible for the development and manufacturing of the Airbus A220 family of single-aisle passenger aircraft. Majority owned by Airbus SE, partners include Bombardier Inc. and Investissement Québec (acting as mandatory for the government of Québec). The limited partnership employs approximately 2,200 at its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Mirabel. The second A220 manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama will start production in the third quarter of 2019.

Swoop carries its one-millionth traveller

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Less than a year since its first flight, the airline marks a milestone record

CALGARY, May 31, 2019 /CNW/ – Swoop celebrated its one-millionth traveller on a flight from Edmonton to Hamilton earlier this week. William and Emily Burchat were surprised to be selected as the lucky recipients of a round-trip for two on Swoop and a commemorative, Swoop branded, model aircraft. The pair were travelling to Hamilton with their twin infant daughters who were meeting their grandparents for the first time.

“It was an awesome experience. They were all super helpful, every single one of them,” said William of his first Swoop flight. “Their prices are cheap, but the quality isn’t. We save as much money as we can to give them (the twins) a better future. Every penny counts with them.”

“Both of us and the girls flew here for half the price it would have cost,” said Emily about why they chose Swoop. “We wouldn’t have been able to actually make the trip. It’s hard to travel as a family.”

A small Swoop team was on hand in Edmonton to kick-off the festivities, which included celebratory décor and refreshments at the gate. Travellers were encouraged to record their favourite travel stories at the Swoop Stories Video Booth to be shared on the Swoop social channels. Every traveller received an exclusive Swoop luggage tag, promo code and the hugely popular, Swoop piggy bank.

Swoop President Steven Greenway was waiting in Hamilton to surprise the millionth traveller.

Check out the action here!

“We suspected the millionth traveller would be flying this week, so we decided to have some fun and share the experience with an entire flight,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “After all, every traveller is equally as valued and we were eager to show our appreciation in a unique way.”

“The best compliments we receive are affirmations from word-of-mouth referrals,” said Karen McIsaac, Sr. Advisor of Communications for Swoop. “Of those who try us, more than 94 per cent say they would fly with Swoop again. † This kind of awareness and endorsement has been our biggest ally in bringing more affordable air travel to everyone.”

Based on a 2019 Swoop survey of 23,830 participants.

“Swoop’s success at EIA shows they are meeting the needs of the travelling public,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “Their growing list of Canadian and US routes include some of the most sought-after destinations for residents of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.”

“Reaching one million passengers is a monumental achievement for Swoop and affirms that Canadians are embracing low-cost travel,” said Cathie Puckering, President & CEO, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. “This accomplishment is particularly impressive considering the airline has only been operating for 11 months. We are so thrilled to be Swoop’s base in Eastern Canada and look forward to welcoming even more Swoop passengers to our airport in the coming years.”

Swoop is a month shy of reaching one full-year of operation, having begun flights on June 20, 2018 with an initial fleet of three aircraft and a network of five Canadian cities. Since then, the airline has quickly expanded service to include 16 destinations across four countries. The Edmonton base has seen an exponential increase in weekly flights and now employs 104 Swoopsters. Hamilton has almost quadrupled its weekly flights since launch and currently employs 166 Swoopsters.

Swoop’s highly anticipated winter schedule is expected to be released in the coming weeks, which is welcome news for travellers who are looking to book their holiday travel early.

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

An Air Transat flight director shares tips for discovering Barcelona

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MONTREAL, May 30, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat invites Canadian travellers to discover Barcelona with one of its flight directors, Camila. Through a series of videos and social media posts, the Air Transat employee shares her passion for the city, a colourful, cosmopolitan centre with a mix of Gothic and modern architecture. Along the way, she offers tips for visiting the Spanish city, which remains one of Europe’s most popular destinations.

In her videos on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, Camila showcases the golden beaches of La Barceloneta and Nova Icaria and reveals her picks for local food, sea fun and relaxation. She travels back in time in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, visiting her top spots in the medieval neighbourhood where historic and modern meet. Camila then takes viewers to Montjuic. Standing 185 metres above sea level, the broad hill is known as Barcelona’s urban oasis and one of the best places for panoramic views of the city. Viewers will wish they were there in person as Camila visits Barcelonalandmarks such as the Barcelona Cathedral and the verdant Parc de la Ciutadella.

On Air Transat’s Instagram, Camila reveals her fab finds through Stories. She takes subscribers with her for a night on the town, offering up some Instagram-worthy sites and showing how to savour tapas the Barcelona way. All of her suggestions are collected on experiencetransat.com, in her article titled 5 Steps to plan a Perfect Trip to Barcelona.

Camila’s Barcelona adventure is the latest instalment in a series launched in 2017, in which Air Transat spotlights its employees’ holiday expertise. The Vacation Experts travel to a beloved destination to share their favourite sites and finds with travellers. To date, the other videos in the series—which offer travel tips on Cartagena, Colombia; the Cancun area in Mexico; Puerto Plata and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; London, England; Lisbon, Portugal; and Panama—have been watched by 20 million viewers.

Of note: Air Transat flies to Barcelona. During peak season, the airline offers as many as six flights a week out of Montreal (five of them direct), Toronto (three direct) and Vancouver, as well as five flights a week from Calgary and three flights a week from Quebec City.

TSB deploys a team of investigators to the site of a small aircraft accident near Red Lake, Ontario

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WINNIPEG, May 30, 2019 /CNW/ – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to the site of a small aircraft accident that occurred near Red Lake, Ontario. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

The TSB is online at www.tsb.gc.ca. Keep up to date through RSSTwitter (@TSBCanada), YouTubeFlickr and our blog.

SOURCE Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Air Canada agent right to deny boarding over expired passport, court rules

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BY COLIN PERKEL, THE CANADIAN PRESS Posted May 29, 2019 8:52 am PDT

TORONTO — A man whose Canadian passport expired while he was abroad cannot recover any of the costs he racked up after Air Canada refused to let him board his return flight, an Ontario court has ruled.

In its decision, the small claims court found that Gerald Gartner was the author of his own misfortune because he should have ensured his document was valid before trying to fly back to Toronto from St. Lucia.

“The plaintiff was responsible for failing to check his own passport,” Deputy Judge David Dwoskin said in his ruling in Ottawa. “Air Canada determined in good faith that it was required by applicable law or government regulation … to refuse to carry the plaintiff.” 

The case arose in January last year when an Air Canada gate agent prevented Gartner from boarding his return flight because his passport had expired while he was there. He tried showing the agent his driver’s licence, health card and birth certificate — to no avail.

Gartner sued Air Canada for the $8,062.23 he said he spent in courier and other costs getting a renewed travel document as well as for a hotel and taxi fares. Among other things, he alleged Air Canada was in breach of contract by barring him from the flight he had reserved, and negligent in failing to train its out-of-country employees properly on the constitutional right of Canadian citizens to enter the country.

In its defence, Air Canada pointed to its terms and conditions of carriage, which, among other things, state that a valid passport is required for return travel to Canada.

The carrier also told court the Canada Border Services Agency had instructed airlines that gate agents can only accept valid passports as an international travel document and passengers cannot board a flight without one.

While border officials may allow travellers who have arrived in Canada to use other documents to enter the country, airline personnel are neither border agents nor trained as such, Dwoskin said.

The judge also found Gartner’s damages claim for more than $8,000 to cover the expenses he incurred for a new passport and a “lengthy stay at what appears to be a premium hotel” in St. Lucia to have been excessive.

Despite losing his case, Gartner did escape having to pay Air Canada any of its trial costs. Dwoskin said that was because of the “novel circumstances of the case and the public interest respecting the issues raised.”

He did say he would reconsider the costs issue if either side could show it had made a reasonable offer to settle before trial.

Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press