Month: June 2019

Canada helps protect Inuvik Mike Zubko Airport from impacts of climate change

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INUVIK, NT, June 28, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Now more than ever, communities need help adapting to the frequent and intensifying weather events caused by climate change. Reducing the impact of natural disasters such as flooding and wildfires is critical to keeping Canadian families safe, protecting local businesses and supporting a strong economy.

Today, Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Alfred Moses, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Wally Schumann, Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, announced funding towards disaster mitigation at the Inuvik Mike Zubko Airport.  

The project consists of widening the runway and taxiway embankments. These upgrades will protect the permafrost below the airport grounds. Surface repairs and drainage improvements will also help direct water away from vulnerable areas. This project is expected to reduce the rate and extent of ground settlements throughout the airfield.

This project will increase the reliability of air transportation for approximately 7,000 people in the Beaufort Delta Region, including improving access to life-saving healthcare through medevac services. The airport improvements will also grow the regional economy by enabling the reliable transportation of goods and services, including mail and freight.

The Government of Canada is investing $16.5 million in this project through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund with the Government of Northwest Territories contributing the remaining $5.5 million.

Quotes

“Northern communities need support to adapt to climate change. This important work will help safeguard the Inuvik Airport to ensure more dependable transportation for residents and travellers for decades to come.”

Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Extreme weather is becoming more severe, more frequent, more damaging and more expensive because of climate change. By investing in the infrastructure that protects our neighbourhoods, businesses, and families, we are building communities that can withstand future natural disasters and thrive for generations to come.”

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety

“The Inuvik Mike Zubko Airport is vital infrastructure for the Beaufort-Delta region. Together with the Government of Canada, the Government of the Northwest Territories continues to invest in Inuvik and the Beaufort Delta to ensure residents have modern and reliable transportation options that connect them to family, friends and economic opportunities inside and outside our territory.”

The Honourable Alfred Moses, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Wally Schumann, Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Quick facts

  • The Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) is a $2-billion, 10-year program to help communities build the infrastructure they need to better withstand natural hazards such as floods, wildfires, permafrost degradation, earthquakes and droughts.
  • DMAF is part of the federal government’s Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, which is providing more than $180 billion over 12 years for public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and rural and northern communities.
  • Investing in green infrastructure that helps communities cope with the intensifying effects of climate change is an integral part of Canada’s transition to a more resilient, low-carbon economy, which is among the commitments made under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
  • On June 27, 2019, the Government of Canada launched two new strategies: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy, which commits to connect all Canadians to high-speed internet, and Canada’s first Rural Economic Development Strategy, which will spur economic growth and create good, middle class jobs for rural Canadians across the country.
  • The Rural Economic Development Strategy leverages ongoing federal investments and provides a vision for the future, identifying practical steps to take in the short term, and serving as a foundation to guide further work.
  • Central to Canada’s Connectivity Strategy are historic new investments that are mobilizing up to $6 billion toward universal connectivity. They include a top-up to the Connect to Innovate Program, a new Universal Broadband Fund, and investments from the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Associated links

Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/dmaf-faac/index-eng.html

Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html 

Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html

Federal infrastructure investments in Northwest Territories: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca//investments-2002-investissements/nt-eng.html

Boeing aims to finish software fix to 737 Max in September

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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

David Koenig, The Associated Press, Thursday, June 27, 2019

Boeing says it expects to finish work on updated flight-control software for the 737 Max in September, a sign that the troubled jet likely won’t be flying until late this year.

The latest delay in fixing the Max came a day after the disclosure that government test pilots found a new technology flaw in the plane during a test on a flight simulator.

The plane has been grounded since mid-March after two crashes that killed 346 people. Preliminary accident reports pointed to software that erroneously pointed the planes’ noses down and overpowered pilots’ efforts to regain control.

A Boeing official said Thursday that the company expects to submit the software update to the Federal Aviation Administration for approval “in the September timeframe.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Boeing has not publicly discussed timing of the update.

Once Boeing submits its changes, the FAA is expected to take several weeks to analyze them, and airlines would need additional time to take their grounded Max jets out of storage and prepare them to fly again.

Airlines were already lowering expectations for a quick return of the plane, which has been grounded since mid-March.

Southwest Airlines, the biggest operator of Max jets, announced Thursday that it has taken the plane out of its schedule for another month, through Oct. 1. Earlier this week, United Airlines pulled the plane from its schedule through early September.

While Boeing engineers continue working on the plane’s software, company lawyers pushed Thursday to settle lawsuits brought by the families of dozens of passengers killed in the October crash of a Lion Air Max off the coast of Indonesia and the March crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max near Addis Ababa.

Boeing and the families of Lion Air Flight 610 victims agreed to mediation that could lead to early settlements. However, the families of some Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 passengers are resisting mediation.

“There are many families here who will not want to participate in mediation until they know what Boeing knew, when they knew it, what they did about it, and what they’re going to do about it to prevent this kind of disaster from occurring again,” said Robert Clifford, a Chicago lawyer who filed lawsuits on behalf of nearly two dozen victims of the Ethiopian crash.

Meanwhile, at a meeting Thursday in Montreal of regulators and airline representatives, the head of the International Air Transport Association, Alexandre de Juniac, made an appeal for co-ordination between aircraft operators and regulators.

De Juniac and his airline group are trying to repair the fragmented regulatory approach to the Max. In March, other countries grounded the plane despite the FAA’s initial view that it was safe even after a second crash.

Regulators in Europe, China and Canada have indicated they want to conduct their own reviews of the FAA’s 2017 certification of the plane, which could further complicate and delay the Max’s return to flying.

Requirements for additional pilot training could also affect the timing of the plane’s return.

Boeing wants computer-based instruction, and FAA technical experts agree that would be sufficient. Others believe pilots need to practice with the new Boeing software in flight simulators.

Earlier this month, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who landed a crippled airliner safely on the Hudson River in 2009, told a House subcommittee that pilots should get simulator training.

That, however, would pose a problem for Boeing and the airlines — it could take weeks or months to find simulator time for every pilot who flies the Max. Southwest and American Airlines each have thousands of Boeing 737 pilots, but neither airline has a Max simulator. Boeing has one in Miami and a similar machine in Seattle.

FAA’s acting administrator, Daniel Elwell, says the agency has not made a final decision about training.

YYZ Live music series returns to Canada’s largest airport for a third consecutive year

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TORONTO, June 28, 2019 /CNW/ – The YYZ Live music series is returning to Toronto Pearson International Airport for its third year.

Building upon the positive response from audiences and artists alike, YYZ Live, a musical celebration featuring live performances by Toronto musicians, has taken to the stage once again in Toronto Pearson’s Terminals 1 and 3. The encore music series starts today and is scheduled to run through the summer until September and again during December.  

“The City is thrilled to be continuing our successful partnership with Toronto Pearson International Airport and to be again filling the airport with the sound of local live music,” said Mayor John Tory. “YYZ Live demonstrates our commitment as a city that values music by bringing Toronto musicians to unique spaces and more audiences.”

Created by the City of Toronto in partnership with Toronto Pearson International Airport, YYZ Live will present up to six free, live music performances a week. Shows are scheduled for the evenings of Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at the YYZ Live stages in the Terminal 3 Departure Gate Area (past security) and the Terminal 1 International Arrivals meet and greet area (pre-security). The program was initially launched in summer 2017 and featured 150 performances in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.

YYZ Live 2019 will kick off tonight with a performance by Brazilian pop singer Bruno Capinan in Terminal 1. The YYZ Live performance schedule is available at http://www.torontopearson.com/yyzlive and social media users can follow #yyzlive for schedule updates.

“YYZ Live provides Toronto musicians with paid performance opportunities,” said Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Ward 21 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee. “We are proud to support and showcase our city’s diverse talents to visitors from around the world and to residents returning home.”

“We’re thrilled to kick off another summer of great local music at the airport,” said Howard Eng, President and CEO, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “Bringing the sounds of the city to our terminals is yet another way we’re creating an authentic Toronto experience for our passengers from around the world.”

Toronto-based musicians are encouraged to apply to YYZ Live, City Hall Live and other opportunities co-curated by the City’s music team. Applications are available at www.toronto.ca/music.

Air Antilles to Become First Caribbean Operator, First Certified Steep Approach Operator with Purchase of Viking Series 400 Twin Otters

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Air Antilles Series 400 Twin Otter
Proposed paint scheme for Air Antilles’ new Series 400 Twin Otters scheduled for delivery at the end of 2019

Paris, France, June 18th, 2019: Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and Air Antilles, of Guadeloupe, French West Indies, have signed an agreement for the purchase of two Viking Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft, making Air Antilles the first commercial operator of the Series 400 in the Caribbean. Also forming part of the purchase agreement, Air Antilles will become the first Series 400 Twin Otter operator to receive European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for steep approach operations.

The two Viking-built Series 400 Twin Otters are scheduled for delivery to Air Antilles in the last quarter of 2019 and will be configured as 19-passenger regional commuter landplanes to replace the two legacy de Havilland Series 300 aircraft currently in commercial service with the airline.

With delivery of the Series 400 aircraft, Air Antilles will become the first commercial operator to receive EASA certification for steep approach landings, providing the airline with procedures to operate at approach angles in excess of 4.5 degrees. This is essential for Air Antilles’ scheduled operations to Gustaf III airport in Saint Barthelemy in order to satisfy EASA’s requirements for all commercial aircraft that access the airport to have factory certification for steep approach landings due to the surrounding mountainous terrain.

Eric Kourry, chairman of Guyane Aero Invest, the holding company of Air Antilles, commented, “As an operator of legacy de Havilland Series 300 aircraft for more than a decade, our knowledge of the Twin Otter’s exceptional flight capabilities, ease of maintenance, high dispatch reliability and suitability for our operations made selection of the Viking Series 400 a natural choice for upgrading our fleet.

“As travel tourism in the Caribbean expands, improvements to safety are becoming increasingly important for airlines to retain a competitive advantage. The innumerous improvements made to the new Series 400 will help Air Antilles increase safety and bring added value to their flight operations,” said David Caporali, Viking regional sales director for the Americas. He added, “The Caribbean shows encouraging market opportunities for Series 400 Twin Otter due to its low operating costs, ability to access the many short runways throughout the region, and its ability to support growth of an inter-island commercial transportation network. We highly value Air Antilles’ initiative to be the launch customer for the Series 400 in the region and are confident this relationship will yield many good results for both parties.”

Air Canada Inaugurates service to Sydney, Nova Scotia from Montreal

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Gateway to Scenic Cape Breton Island

MONTREAL, June 28, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada yesterday inaugurated new, non-stop service between Montrealand Sydney, Nova Scotia. This arrival of flight AC7998 in Sydney yesterday marked the beginning of daily service between the two cities until October 26, 2019. The flight will be operated on a 78-seat Q400 turboprop aircraft. This connection will allow for travel between the two cities, or travellers can connect onward to other destinations from across Air Canada’s network through the hub in Montreal.

This arrival of flight AC7998 in Sydney yesterday marked the beginning of daily service between the two cities until October 26, 2019. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
This arrival of flight AC7998 in Sydney yesterday marked the beginning of daily service between the two cities until October 26, 2019. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“We are pleased to be able to offer this service between Sydney and Montreal, further strengthening our presence in Atlantic Canada and offering an additional travel option to and from beautiful Nova Scotia. Running through the busy summer travel season and into the fall, this flight will boost leisure travel to the area, with attractions such as the nearby Cabot Trail and the beautiful scenery of Cape Breton Island. This link will also benefit the business community as we’ve optimized flight times to allow for connectivity to and from Western Canada,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.

The flight also complements our existing service from Toronto.

“I am so pleased that Air Canada is relaunching this Sydney to Montreal direct flight at the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. It will not only increase visits between our two cities, but Montreal is a portal to the rest of Canada and the world. At the moment, this is a seasonal offering, but opportunities like this enable us to showcase and enhance the potential of our market,” said Cecil P. Clarke, Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

“It is good news to have a direct flight between Montreal and Sydney, Nova Scotia. This will facilitate trade and tourism between our two cities, and we are delighted,” said Robert Beaudry, Montreal Executive Committee member responsible for economic development, housing and design.

“This new direct flight between Sydney and Montreal will help increase tourism and stimulate business connectivity between Cape Breton and the rest of Canada and the world; all via the expansive Air Canada connection network available over Montreal. Increasing air access is a priority for us and this new direct service will provide both business and leisure travellers with even more flying options and more reasons to come to Cape Breton. We are extremely pleased that Air Canada have demonstrated their confidence in Cape Breton tourism and shown support to the local business community,” said Mike MacKinnon, CEO of J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. 

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC7998Montreal 13:20Sydney 16:20Daily
AC7997Sydney 6:00Montreal 7:05Daily

All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at the Montreal hub, priority boarding and other benefits.

YOW’s Airport Concession Program Takes Off

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OTTAWA, June 27, 2019 /CNW/ – The Ottawa International Airport Authority announced its new Airport Concession Program to employees, partners, and stakeholders this evening.

Multiple years of consultation, design, and a competitive tender process culminated in SSP Canada and Paradies Lagardère being named Master Concessionaires for the airport’s food, beverage, and retail offering. Additionally, global quick-serve giant, Subway, was also assigned an independent contract to round out the program.

Big Rig Brewery (CNW Group/Ottawa International Airport Authority)
Big Rig Brewery (CNW Group/Ottawa International Airport Authority)
Dylan's Candy Bar (CNW Group/Ottawa International Airport Authority)
Dylan’s Candy Bar (CNW Group/Ottawa International Airport Authority)

Key to the process was ensuring that Ottawa-Gatineau is reflected in the terminal, which was successfully achieved with the following partnerships:

SSP Canada:

  • Big Rig Brewery;
  • Bridgehead Coffee;
  • La Bottega Nicastro; and
  • Zak’s Diner.

These local brands will join iconic and SSP Canada proprietary brands including:

  • Tim Hortons;
  • Canal Market Hall; and
  • Urban Crave.

Paradies Lagardère:

  • Dylan’s Candy Bar;
  • Maison de la Presse;
  • TripAdvisor;
  • Relay;
  • No Boundaries; and
  • The Locks.

Local products that will be offered in the Paradies Lagardère stores include:

  • Bee Savvy;
  • Hummingbird Chocolate;
  • Low Poly Crafts;
  • Purple Urchin;
  • Split Tree Cocktail;
  • Strut Jewelry; and
  • Top Shelf Preserves, to name a few.

The concession program is a key pillar in the YOW+ airport enhancement program, along with the pre-board screening checkpoint move from Level 2 to Level 3, Group Germain Hotels construction of the Alt Hotel Ottawa Airport, and construction of the light rail transit station. The $27 million concession construction program, of which YOW will be contributing $12 million, and our Master Concessionaires will be contributing $15 million, will be phased over two years. In all, YOW+ represents more than $100 million in investment in the community by the Ottawa International Airport Authority and its project partners.

“We are thrilled to announce an impressive new food and beverage and retail lineup at YOW, including beloved local brands such as Big Rig Brewery, Bridgehead Coffee, La Bottega and Zak’s Diner, and iconic brands such as Subway and Dylan’s Candy Bar,” said Mark Laroche, President and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority. “We listened to our passengers and employees incorporating more modern options, diversity of product in new and beautiful spaces. We are confident that this new program will be a delight to all.”

“Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the Authority team and partners at SSP Canada and Paradies Lagardère, the Airport Concession Program will take YOW to the next level in terms of quality, choice and overall passenger experience. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this fantastic outcome,” said Code Cubitt, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa International Airport Authority.

Ottawa International Airport Authority

Potential snags & industry reaction: Air Canada set to buy Transat for $520 million

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Thursday, June 27, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group

MONTREAL — Air Canada and Transat A.T. Inc. have announced a deal valued at $520 million that should see Air Canada buy Transat A.T. Inc., however some of Transat’s biggest shareholders have indicated they’re not happy with the $13 per share offer.

Meanwhile Transat President & CEO Jean-Marc Eustache is advising passengers that they can continue booking their flights and packages “with complete confidence, as all bookings will be honoured before and after the closing of the transaction.”

News broke early Thursday morning that the two companies concluded a definitive Arrangement Agreement that provides for Air Canada’s acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares of Transat and its combination with Air Canada.

The binding agreement was unanimously approved by Transat’s Board of Directors.

“We are delighted to have reached this definitive agreement to combine Transat with Air Canada to achieve the best possible outcome for all stakeholders,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada. “For shareholders of Transat and Air Canada, this combination delivers excellent value, while also providing increased job security for both companies’ employees through greater growth prospects.”

Rovinescu also noted that Air Canada intends to preserve the Transat and Air Transat brands and maintain the Transat head office and its key functions in Montreal.

“Travellers will benefit from the merged companies’ enhanced capabilities in the highly competitive, global leisure travel market and from access to new destinations, more connecting traffic and increased frequencies,” he added. “The Quebec economy will derive maximum advantage of having a Montreal-based, growth-oriented global champion in aviation, the world’s most international business.”

Eustache added: “We are very pleased to join forces with such a successful player in our industry. The combination with Air Canada will give Transat new perspectives of growth, with the support of a strong network offering many options for connecting traffic. This fully-funded cash transaction is the ideal platform for Transat’s presence and jobs in Montreal, and therefore represents the best option for all our stakeholders: employees, suppliers, partners and shareholders.”

While the deal got unanimous approval by Transat’s board, some of the company’s major shareholders remain dissatisfied with the price.

Letko, Brosseau and Associates and PenderFund Capital Management, which jointly own a 21.1% stake, have said they would vote against the agreement if the purchase price remained at $13 per share.

The agreement requires approval from two-thirds of Transat shareholders to go through. Quebec’s Fonds de solidarite FTQ, Franklin Templeton Investments, and the Caisse – Quebec’s pension fund manager – are also among the top five investors, collectively holding a 26.18 per cent stake.

Air Canada and Transat’s combined 60% hold on the transatlantic market from Canada will also prompt an assessment from Canada’s Competition Bureau.

On May 15, Air Canada and Transat entered negotiations toward a possible deal, giving them 30 days to finalize the details. In early June, Quebec-based real estate developer Groupe Mach announced that it too had entered a bid for Transat for $14 per share, which was turned down.

The Air Canada deal includes a break fee of $15 million payable by Transat if it accepts a superior proposal. Air Canada must pay a reverse break fee of up to $40 million if the deal is cancelled because regulatory or governmental approvals are not obtained, subject to certain conditions.

If regulatory and shareholder approvals are obtained, the transaction is expected to be completed in early 2020.

With a combined Air Canada – Air Transat, “prices will go up for Caribbean/Mexico and Europe”, says Niche Travel Group owner Faith Sproule in Dartmouth, NS. “If there is a destination city that has direct competition with WestJet, we may see the same prices (e.g. Gatwick, Paris, Dublin, Glasgow, Barcelona). I think that if Air Canada and Transat each have a flight and WestJet doesn’t do that route (Toronto to Lyon, for example), we will go down to one option and prices are going to jump.”

She adds: “It looks like a good idea and good for the consumer on paper, but the prices will go from $1,100 to $1,400. I think we are looking at higher prices with everything if this merger happens.”

Asked if he sees the deal as a positive move for the industry, Nexion Travel Group – Canada President Mike Foster says the answer is neither clear nor simple: “While the combined strengths of each company can lead to synergies and in turn a stronger company, there may indeed be an effect on pricing, route and loads. But I also believe that the natural forces of a free-enterprise economy means that new entrants could come in if the marketplace warrants or needs more competition.”

With file from The Canadian Press

Porter Airlines touches down in Muskoka with inaugural summer service

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TORONTO, June 27, 2019 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines celebrated its first flight to Ontario’s ‘cottage country’ today with its inaugural flight to Muskoka, one of the world’s iconic summer retreats. Passengers enjoyed non-stop service from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Muskoka Airport, and were met by local officials and residents on arrival.

Porter Airlines celebrated its first flight to Ontario’s ‘cottage country’ today with its inaugural flight to Muskoka, one of the world’s iconic summer retreats. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines celebrated its first flight to Ontario’s ‘cottage country’ today with its inaugural flight to Muskoka, one of the world’s iconic summer retreats. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

“Porter has received strong interest in its seasonal Muskoka flights since we announced service in the spring,” said Robert Deluce, executive chairman of Porter Airlines. “Travellers value convenience and we are dedicated to making Muskoka more accessible, whether you’re taking the short flight from Toronto or connecting from one of our other destinations.”

With the introduction of Porter’s seasonal Muskoka flights, people looking to relax in a tranquil wilderness setting, can do so with a flight time of approximately 20 minutes. Operating twice weekly on Thursdays and Mondays, service continues until September 3. 

“This new summer service between Toronto and Muskoka gives visitors easy access to some of the most incredible natural and cultural treasures Ontario has to offer,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “This is the kind of initiative that really helps grow Ontario’s economy and our tourism sector.”

Porter Airlines touches down in Muskoka with inaugural summer service (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines touches down in Muskoka with inaugural summer service (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

Situated among pristine waters, and surrounded by scenic shorelines and vast forests, Muskoka is one of Ontario’s most sought-after vacation spots. In addition to stunning vistas, visitors can enjoy the region’s heritage communities and vibrant towns, offering excellent shopping, one-of-a-kind entertainment, events and an abundance of recreational activities. Muskoka’s charm and beauty offers a unique experience for families, groups, and couples looking to create long-lasting memories. 

“The District and the Muskoka Airport Board are very excited for the arrival of scheduled service from Porter – making it easier for visitors and our residents to get to and from Muskoka and beyond this summer,” remarked District of Muskoka Chair John Klinck. “We look forward to working with our partners at Porter and RTO 12 to make this new service an experience as unforgettable as Muskoka is.”

Explorers’ Edge, the regional tourism organization, also launched its seasonal shuttle bus service, providing Porter passengers transportation from Muskoka Airport to accommodations across the region. The organization is also offering a traveller incentive of $100 in spending vouchers for those booking a flight and accommodation.

“Explorers’ Edge is excited to have partnered with Porter Airlines to introduce seasonal service to the Muskoka Airport,” said James Murphy, executive director of the regional tourism organization. “Muskoka and Algonquin Park are among the nation’s most popular vacation destinations, and this service will allow domestic and international tourists to have much easier access to a spectacular holiday here. We are very pleased to welcome the world via Porter’s extensive network.”

Flights are currently available for booking on Porter’s website and through travel agents. For complete schedule and booking details, visit www.flyporter.com

Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet Achieves Transport Canada Certification

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Thunder Bay, Ontario, 27 June 2019

Levaero Aviation announced today that the Pilatus PC-24 business jet has received Transport Canada certification. Levaero is the exclusive distributor of the PC-24 in Canada, and customer deliveries will begin immediately.

The PC-24 achieved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification in December 2017. Since then, more than 30 PC-24 aircraft have been delivered and have flown over 6,000 hours globally in various operating environments, ranging from corporate transport to aeromedical critical care.

Following the success of Pilatus’ wildly-popular PC-12, the PC-24 proves that the sky’s the limit when it comes to aviation innovation. The aircraft’s unique features make it the only Super Versatile Jet in the world. Operators have access to almost twice as many airports worldwide, largely due both to the jet’s ability to safely land on unpaved surfaces, as well as its class-leading short-field performance. With the performance and operating economics of a light jet, this spacious flat-floor aircraft will totally transform air travel for its customers.

“Introducing customers to the first-ever Pilatus business jet is an important milestone for Levaero”, said Robert Arnone, CEO, Levaero Aviation. “We’re honoured to be Canada’s sole provider of an aircraft that offers this level of cutting-edge technology.”

Other standout features of the PC-24 include larger cabin space with flexible interior configuration, greater payload capabilities, improved safety and Quiet Power Mode™. Passengers will experience the gold standard of air travel with the aircraft’s well-appointed interior.

“The PC-24 is going to be a game-changer within the Canadian aviation landscape, especially given its unique varied mission capabilities”, added Stan Kuliavas,  Levaero Aviation, Vice President, Sales and Business Development. “With its off-road capabilities and versatility, this aircraft will allow travellers to complete their unique missions more efficiently than with any other jet.”

The PC-24 is now available for purchase in Canada with the first Canadian-registered aircraft to be delivered this June.

Airlines urge regulators to work together to return 737 MAX to service

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27 June 2019 By Alistair Smout and Yim Hepher, Paris Reuters

Workers seen next to a Boeing 737 MAX 9 airplane on the tarmac at the Boeing Renton Factory in Renton, Washington on March 12, 2019.JASON REDMOND/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Airlines on Thursday urged global regulators to co-ordinate on measures needed to bring the grounded 737 Max jetliner back into service, as Boeing grappled with a new technical glitch and investors sold shares of suppliers over fears of more disruption.

Airlines are now warning of the prospect of flights being disrupted beyond the end of the busy summer period when the grounding of over 300 Max jets and a delivery halt affecting at least 100 more has caused cancellations and high leasing bills.

The 737 Max was grounded worldwide in March in the wake of two accidents in five months, which prompted Boeing to redesign part of an automated software system suspected of playing a role in the crashes that also involved faulty sensor data.

The International Air Transport Association, a body representing some 290 airlines and over 80 per cent of global traffic, said technical requirements and timelines for the safe re-entry to service of the 737 Max should be aligned.

The statement came a day after an IATA summit to discuss the grounding of Boeing’s top-selling passenger jet – the second such meeting held in recent weeks.

It also followed news on Wednesday, first reported by Reuters, that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had identified a new risk that Boeing must address on the 737 Max before it can start flying again.

The FAA did not elaborate on the latest setback, but sources familiar with the matter told Reuters it was discovered during a simulator test last week. It was not yet clear if the issue could be addressed with a software upgrade or would require a more complex hardware fix.

Boeing shares fell 4 per cent to $359.78 in pre-market trade, while shares of some suppliers, such as Britain’s Senior Plc, also dropped sharply.

Downgrading its rating on Senior to “equal weight,” Barclays said it expected a widespread “supplier reset” following the grounding of the 737 Max, with the impact on 2020 results not yet factored into analysts’ consensus forecasts.

“Aviation is a globally integrated system that relies on global standards, including mutual recognition, trust, and reciprocity among safety regulators,” IATA said.

“Aviation cannot function efficiently without this co-ordinated effort, and restoring public confidence demands it,” IATA added, calling also for global alignment on additional training requirements for 737 Max flight crew.

Travel firm TUI said on Thursday it did not expect an additional financial impact after the FAA’s latest warning on the 737 Max. TUI has already taken a 300 million euro ($341-million) hit to remove the jet from its summer schedules.

China was first to ground the Max after a March 10 crash in Ethiopia within five months of a similar crash off Indonesia, killing a combined 346 people.

Once regulators approve the Max for flight, airlines must remove the jets from storage and implement new pilot training, a process that will differ for each airline but that U.S. carriers have said will take at least one month.

Some airlines and regulators have argued that pilots should be trained in a Max simulator before flying, though Boeing’s minimum training requirements do not call for flight simulators, according to draft proposals.