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Air Canada rouge in summer 2018 season is extending its network to Quebec City, as it takes over Air Canada Express’ Toronto – Quebec City, as well as selected Montreal – Quebec City service. Airbus A319 will begin operating from 01JUL18.
Montreal – Quebec City 1 of 10 daily operated by rouge A319, instead of Air Canada Express Dash8
AC1700 YUL1540 – 1640YQB 319 D
AC1701 YQB1725 – 1810YUL 319 D
Toronto – Quebec City 5 daily operated by rouge A319, replacing Air Canada Express Dash8-400
AC1790 YYZ0750 – 0920YQB 319 D
AC1792 YYZ1250 – 1420YQB 319 D
AC1794 YYZ1615 – 1745YQB 319 D
AC1796 YYZ1750 – 1920YQB 319 D
AC1798 YYZ2120 – 2250YQB 319 D
AC1791 YQB0645 – 0815YYZ 319 D
AC1793 YQB1020 – 1150YYZ 319 D
AC1795 YQB1520 – 1650YYZ 319 D
AC1797 YQB1825 – 1955YYZ 319 D
AC1799 YQB2020 – 2150YYZ 319 D
Emirates from June 2018 is adjusting operational schedule for Dubai – Toronto route, effective 01JUN18. This 3 weekly Airbus A380 service will be moving departure time from Dubai to overnight, instead of morning, while Toronto departure moves from evening hours to afternoon hours.
EK241 DXB0330 – 0930YYZ 388 135
EK242 YYZ1430 – 1130+1DXB 388 135
Bombardier expects to begin delivering CSeries aircraft to Delta Air Lines this year, saying there is no longer any impediment to delivering CS100s straight from its Mirabel, Canada, final assembly line to the Atlanta-based airline.
“Clearly, the Delta aircraft are in the skyline for 2018,” Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare told analysts Feb. 15 as he presented the Canadian company’s 2017 financial results. Bellemare said the recent 4-0 ruling by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) negating proposed tariffs on CSeries exports to the US removes any restrictions on CSeries deliveries. The ruling gives Bombardier the “ability to shift the aircraft out of Mirabel to Delta,” Bellemare said.
The uncertainty surrounding the US Commerce Department’s proposed duties on the CSeries forced Bombardier and Delta to delay the originally planned April 2018 start of CS100 deliveries to Delta, which has 75 CS100s on firm order. With the tariff issue hanging over Bombardier, it was thought deliveries to Delta would have to wait until Bombardier and Airbus, which has agreed to take a majority stake in the CSeries program, established a CSeries final assembly line (FAL) in Mobile, Alabama, alongside Airbus’ existing A320 family US FAL.
Bellemare emphasized that plans for the Mobile FAL are “moving full speed ahead,” explaining, “We believe it’s the right strategy to have a US FAL to serve US customers.” But at least the first batch of Delta deliveries can now come from Mirabel, he said.
The ITC ruling “clears the path for us to support Delta this year,” Bellemare said. Bombardier is working “through the logistics” of CS100 deliveries with Delta, and will soon be able to finalize a delivery plan, he said, adding that the ITC ruling “clears the way to finalize our plans” with Delta.
Bellemare expects the Bombardier-Airbus CSeries deal to be approved by regulators and close later this year. “Integration planning is going extremely well,” he said. “We are ready to hit the ground running once we close, including construction of the Alabama FAL as soon as possible.”
Bombardier reported a 2017 net loss of $553 million, a 44% improvement over a $981 million net deficit in 2016. Bellemare urged investors to focus on the improvement, noting that 2017 completed the “second full year of our turnaround plan” and Bombardier is “exceeding our commitments” in terms of its financial performance. “2018 will be a pivotal year for Bombardier,” he said, predicting that the company will move into “a strong growth phase” this year.
AeroMexico in April 2018 is adjusting service on Mexico City – Calgary route, as the airline schedules last flight on 08APR18. Launched in June 2017, the Skyteam member currently serves this route on daily basis, with 737-800 aircraft.
The following schedule is effective 01APR18 – 08APR18.
AM612 MEX1745 – 2230YYC 737 D
AM613 YYC2355 – 0610+1MEX 737 D
MONTREAL, Feb. 15, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada President and Chief Executive Officer Calin Rovinescu today announced the appointment of Jon Turner as Vice President, Maintenance.
Mr. Turner began his career at Air Canada in 1980 and held a wide-range of critical operational positions with the company. From 1997 to 2004, as General Manager, Aircraft Programs, he was responsible for all aspects of Air Canada’s aircraft acquisition and disposal. From 2004 to 2007 he was Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering. He is returning to Air Canada after working at other airlines, most recently Air Canada Express partner, Sky Regional, where he was President and Chief Executive Officer. He will report to Richard Steer, Senior Vice-President – Operations, who reports to Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada, who has overall responsibility for all aspects of the operations of the airline.
“Jon is an excellent addition to our team because he brings wide industry experience and a deep knowledge of Air Canada. He rejoins Air Canada at an exciting time as we complete the renewal of our wide-body fleet and begin taking delivery of new Boeing 737 Max aircraft under our narrow-body fleet renewal program. His leadership capabilities will ensure the smooth integration of this new fleet type while upholding Air Canada’s high maintenance standards,” said Mr. Steer.
In his role, Mr. Turner will assume responsibility for managing and providing strategic direction for Air Canada’s maintenance programs, core engineering, fleet management, control of technical safety and airworthiness standards, maintenance operations control, supply chain, as well as line maintenance.
- Consolidated full-year EBIT before special items(1) increased 57% year-over-year to $672M
- Margin(2) guidance exceeded across all business segments; full-year EBIT margins above 8% at Transportation, Business Aircraft and Aerostructures
- Full year free cash flow usage(1) better than guidance by over $200M
- Strong momentum continues as Company approaches midpoint in turnaround plan
- Bombardier’s participation in Transportation increases from 70% to 72.5% as results surpass incentive targets underlying CDPQ investment
Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) today reported its fourth quarter and full year 2017 results, highlighting solid financial and operational performance across the company.
“Bombardier closed out the second full year of its five-year turnaround plan with very strong performance,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. “Because of this solid performance, we begin 2018 with great momentum. Our operational transformation is in full motion; our growth programs – including the Global 7000 – are on track and we have a clear line of sight to our 2020 objectives.”
In 2017, Bombardier’s full-year EBIT before special items grew 57% year-over-year, from $427 million to $672 million, while EBITDA before special items(1) reached close to $1 billion. Full year EBIT margins exceeded guidance at Transportation, Business Aircraft and Aerostructures. Before special items, EBIT margins(1) were 8.4% at Transportation and Business Aircraft; and 10.0% at Aerostructures. Consolidated revenues for the year were $16.2 billion, in line with our guidance.
Free cash flow performance(2) for 2017 was better than guidance by more than $200 million, with a usage of $786 million. This over performance allowed Bombardier to end the year with a $3.1 billion cash balance and well positioned to achieve cash flow breakeven in 2018(3), a key objective of the Company’s turnaround plan.
“2018 will be a pivotal year for Bombardier,” Bellemare continued. “We are moving out of our investment cycle and into a strong growth cycle. Our focus is on flawless execution: bringing the Global 7000 into service; delivering on our major rail projects; and closing the Airbus partnership following regulatory approvals later this year.”
The company also announced that Transportation’s strong results in 2017 outpaced the performance targets underlying CDPQ’s investment in BT Holdco. Accordingly, for the 12-month period starting on February 12, 2018, Bombardier’s percentage of ownership on conversion of CDPQ’s shares will increase by 2.5%, up from 70% to 72.5%. Any dividends paid by BT Holdco to its shareholders during this period will be distributed on the basis of each shareholder’s percentage of ownership on conversion, being 72.5% for Bombardier and 27.5% for the CDPQ. These adjustments will become effective once the audited consolidated financial statements of BT Holdco are duly approved by its Board of Directors.
WestJet and WestJet Encore Pilots File Unfair Labour Practice Complaint and Application for an Interim Order with the CIRB. WestJet Pilots File for Conciliation
Calgary—WestJet and WestJet Encore pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), today filed an unfair labour practice (ULP) complaint and an application for an interim order with the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB). ALPA also filed a notice of dispute and request for conciliation assistance with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) with regard to collective bargaining at WestJet.
“No one is more committed to the success of WestJet than our pilots—many of us are owners in the airline,” said Capt. Rob McFadyen, chairman of WestJet’s ALPA Master Executive Council (MEC). “However, management’s actions are a clear violation of the Canada Labour Code, and we urge the CIRB to order them to cease and desist. Our pilots will stand up for our rights and continue to work toward a fair and reasonable collective agreement that meets the priorities of our pilots and brings stability to the airline.”
The ULP complaint and application for an interim order assert that WestJet and WestJet Encore management violated numerous provisions of the Canada Labour Code by, among other things:
Directly negotiating with pilots instead of with the union over key terms and conditions of employment at Swoop, an ultra-low-cost alter-ego airline which is slated to begin flying this summer;
Interfering with ALPA’s exclusive representational rights of WestJet and WestJet Encore pilots; and
- Changing and ignoring well-established pilot work rules and policies.
ALPA is asking the CIRB to find that WestJet and WestJet Encore management officials violated these and other provisions of the Canada Labour Code. Furthermore, by filing an application for an interim order on behalf of both WestJet and WestJet Encore pilots, ALPA is asking the CIRB to take immediate action to neutralize the potential harm to WestJet and WestJet Encore pilots as raised in the ULP. As ALPA’s interim order application has been filed on an expedited basis, we hope to have the CIRB’s ruling on these issues in the coming weeks.
“Our Encore MEC supports the WestJet MEC and their actions as we stand guard over the future of our careers and protect against any erosion of our working conditions,” said First Officer Ryan Petrie, Encore MEC chairman.
ALPA Files for Conciliation at WestJet
Today, WestJet pilots, through ALPA, also formally requested government assistance in labour negotiations, through the process known as conciliation.
“The federal conciliation process allows our pilot group the government intervention we need to reach our first contract,” McFadyen said. “As ALPA members, we now have the legal voice we need to say no when management violates the labour code. We will not sit idly by as management jeopardizes our careers and tries to circumvent our union.”
In a bid to negotiate the first collective agreement for WestJet pilots, ALPA and WestJet have been in bargaining since September 2017. During that time, the parties remain far apart on many issues. After nearly half a year of making a sincere effort, the parties have only tentatively agreed to seven sections, leaving almost two dozen sections remaining in that require management’s attention.
“We are optimistic that a federal conciliation officer will move the bargaining process along,” said Capt. McFadyen. “Our pilots have built this airline into the global carrier WestJet is today. We are proud of what we have accomplished, and believe it is time for management to successfully complete our first collective agreement in short order. We believe that with the FMCS’s assistance this goal will become a reality,” said McFadyen.
With this request for conciliation, the Minister of Labour now has 15 days to appoint a conciliation officer. Once appointed, a conciliation officer will work with the parties for 60 days in an effort to reach an agreement. If both parties remain at an impasse following this period, then a 21-day cooling-off period begins before the parties can engage in self-help.
- Revenue of $704.4 million vs. $682.7 million in prior year
- EPS from continuing operations of $0.44 ($0.28 before US tax reform impact and AACE net gain) vs. $0.25 ($0.26 before specific items(1)) in prior year
- Free cash flow(2) from continuing operations of $146.0 million vs. $124.7 million in prior year
- Order intake(3) of $1.2 billion for $7.4 billion backlog(3)
Montreal, Canada, February 9, 2018 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE today reported revenue of $704.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, compared with $682.7 million in the third quarter last year. Third quarter net income attributable to equity holders from continuing operations was $117.9 million ($0.44 per share) compared to $67.6 million ($0.25 per share) last year. Third quarter fiscal 2018 results include an income tax recovery related to the US tax reform and a net gain on the fair valuation of CAE’s prior investment in the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence (AACE). Excluding these elements, earnings per share would have been $0.28. EPS before specific items was $0.26 last year. All financial information is in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.
“CAE remains on track to deliver on our growth outlook and we are well positioned to benefit from the secular tailwinds driving our markets,” said Marc Parent, CAE’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We had year-over-year growth in all segments this quarter, as well as strong order intake and free cash flow. In Civil, market activity was especially strong as we received a quarterly-record, $1 billion in new orders for our comprehensive training solutions. And in Defence, growth momentum increased in the quarter and we continued to win important training systems and services contracts, adding to a large year-to-date order book.”
Air Canada in summer 2018 season is introducing new regional routes in Western Canada, effective from 02JUL18. Announced by the airline on 30JAN18, planned new routes include the following.
Calgary – Comox 1 daily Dash8-Q400 (seasonal service)
AC8362 YYC1005 – 1058YQQ DH4 D
AC8361 YQQ1130 – 1414YYC DH4 D
Edmonton – Kelowna 2 daily Dash8-Q400
AC8395 YEG0840 – 0859YLW DH4 D
AC8403 YEG1605 – 1624YLW DH4 D
AC8394 YLW0930 – 1151YEG DH4 D
AC8404 YLW1655 – 1916YEG DH4 D
Edmonton – Victoria 2 daily Dash8-Q400 (seasonal service)
AC8095 YEG0840 – 0940YYJ DH4 D
AC8053 YEG1600 – 1700YYJ DH4 D
AC8086 YYJ1010 – 1255YEG DH4 D
AC8088 YYJ1730 – 2015YEG DH4 D
Bombardier is expecting its CRJ series to see an upsurge in orders in the coming years as the type rides a replacement wave for smaller regional jets.
“What we’re targeting there is first of all the entry into service of the new Atmosphere cabin, and a lot of the activity we suspect will be from replacement of regional jets and upgauging regional jets in the United States,” says Colin Bole, senior vice-president of sales and asset management for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
At the Singapore air show, a number of regional jet manufacturers have opined that 2017 was a low in the order cycle for regional jets, and that there will be an upswing over the next few years. This is an assessment that Bole agrees with.
“I think we’re right at the point of inflection where we’re about to hit that next wave of replacements,” he says, adding that the orders for CRJs tend to be large in number but from a smaller operator base. He adds that if a flurry of orders emerges, its production line is able to ramp up to meet the added demand.
“The CRJ assembly line is extremely sophisticated in terms of its adaptability to the cycle and our ability to ramp up and ramp down,” he says.
In contrast to the CRJ, orders for its Q400 turboprop are expected to come in smaller batches from more operators.
Bole says Asia is a major target for Q400 sales this year, following the success of selling 25 high-density configured aircraft, plus 25 options, to Indian carrier SpiceJet last year.
Canadian regional carrier Jazz Aviation’s airport services group ratified a new five-year labor contract Feb. 6.
The contract, effective from Jan. 14, 2017, extends to Jan. 13, 2022 and includes agreements on wages, pension and benefits, Jazz Aviation parent Chorus Aviation said.
Jazz Aviation’s customer service and aircraft services group, approximately 917 employees, were represented at bargaining sessions by Unifor Local 2002, a branch of the Canadian trade union that advocates for aviation ground crews, customer service employees, flight crews and pilots across Canada.
“After a lengthy round of negotiations … this new five-year agreement … [brings] the membership of Jazz an agreement with significant improvements and gains,” Unifor Local 2002 president Euila Leonard said.
Under a CPA with Air Canada, Jazz Aviation operates as Air Canada Express to provide regional flying throughout North America, utilizing a fleet of 31 Bombardier CRJs and 87 Q-series turboprops.
CAE RiseTM training system : Elevating pilot training experience through Real-time insights and standardized evaluations (Rise)
Singapore, February 6, 2018 (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE announces today at the 2018 Singapore Airshow the launch of its newest pilot training innovation, the CAE Rise™ training system, with its longstanding partner AirAsia. CAE Rise™ is the first commercial offering of its Next Generation Training System strategic initiatives.
Backed by industry-leading technology, the CAE Rise™ training system will strengthen instructors’ ability to deliver standardized training in accordance with AirAsia’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), and enable instructors to objectively assess pilot competencies using live data during training sessions. Furthermore, it will equip AirAsia and CAE training stakeholders with deep analytical insights and a new source of data to enhance the airline’s pilot training program.
“We are excited today to launch CAE Rise™, which will strengthen instructors’ ability to train more consistently to each airline’s culture and reality”, said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “CAE Rise™ also augments the instructors’ capability to identify pilot proficiency gaps and evolve our airline partners’ training programs to the most advanced aviation safety standards, including AQP/AQTP and Evidence-Based-Training (EBT) methodologies”.
CAE will begin CAE Rise™ training with AirAsia in the first half of 2018. CAE and AirAsia share a long-standing relationship that spans over 10 years, which started through the provisioning of pilot training capacity and training centre operation services. The partnership further evolved into the launch of an innovative MPL cadet training program to the complete outsourcing of AirAsia’s training needs, and now, the launch of CAE Rise™.
On February 8, Canadian men‘s ice hockey team arrived to the Olympics, which take place at Pyeongchang resort in South Korea. For their travel the team chose Boeing 737-500, which is specially designed for groups of sportsmen. The private flight was organised by European business aviation company KlasJet in cooperation with aircraft charter broker Smart Aviation. Narrow-body business aircraft – Boeing 737 is unique 56-seat business class cabin configuration, highly comfortable and meets the demands of sports teams, large business travel groups and government officials. Moreover, this type of aircraft is the only one in Central, Northern and Eastern Europe. It belongs to KlasJet – European business aviation company, specializing in comprehensive aircraft management solutions, as well as private and corporate charter flights.
„Our service has already been used by several well-known football and basketball teams. We are proud that Canadian national hockey team, which will defend the title of the champions at the Olympics, chose our company. It is a significant assessment and achievement for us. Of course, this is a great responsibility due to the working with the customers of such level. Every detail is extremely important and everything must be done perfectly,” said Dovydas Jurgelevicius, CEO of KlasJet.
Canadian team is considered to be one of the strongest men‘s ice hockey teams on Earth. Canadian ice hockey players have already won nine tournaments at the Olympics in the history of the country – 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1948, 1952, 2002, 2010, and 2014.
- Total number of program organizations increased to 17.
HALIFAX, Feb. 7, 2018 /CNW/ – Jazz Aviation LP (“Jazz”) is pleased to welcome Brampton Flight Centre (“BFC”) of Caledon, ON to its Jazz Aviation Pathways Program (“Jazz APP”); a program developed in 2007 to create a streamlined career path for the pilot profession in Canada. The addition of BFC brings the number of Jazz APP educational institutions to 13, and the overall number of organizations within the Jazz APP program to 17.
“We’re very pleased to continue growing the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program and adding such high-quality member organizations as Brampton Flight Centre,” said Steve Linthwaite, Vice President, Flight Operations at Jazz. “Our commitment to the future of the pilot profession in Canada includes this important opportunity to support aviation programs with operational experience, and to promote safety and professionalism.”
This agreement is the first of its kind between Jazz and Brampton Flight Centre’s Integrated ATPL program. The industry-leading Jazz APP includes collaboration on training and curriculum to promote safety and professionalism, while providing up-to-date information on industry best practices. The Jazz APP is aimed at establishing a direct career path for qualifying graduates; including flight simulator evaluations, student scholarships, and the opportunity for top-performing graduates to transition to first officer positions at Jazz.
“The Brampton Flight Centre is extremely proud to have been selected by Jazz to be a part of their Aviation Pathways Program,” said Scott Chayko, Chief Flight Instructor, Brampton Flight Centre. “Being selected speaks to the quality of our pilot training and our commitment to providing a superior flying and learning experience to our students.”
The Jazz APP awards nearly $80,000 each year to top students in recognition of safety and professionalism.
The Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism. Awarded to a full-time student in his or her final year of the Integrated ATPL program for outstanding contributions to safety, leadership and professionalism. The Award consists of a $3000 scholarship and an opportunity to participate in the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program selection process. The award recipient is selected by the program chair or designate in consultation with Jazz to ensure the criteria as outlined are respected.
The Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism and Diversity. Awarded to a full-time student in his or her final year of the Integrated ATPL program who has self-identified as Aboriginal, a person with a disability, a visible minority, or female; for outstanding contributions to safety, leadership and professionalism. The Award consists of a $3000 scholarship and an opportunity to participate in the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program selection process. The award recipient is selected by the program chair or designate in consultation with Jazz to ensure the criteria as outlined are respected.
The Jazz APP / Air Canada connection Jazz is Air Canada’s largest regional partner and operates approximately 700 flights a day as an integral part of Air Canada’s strategy and North American market presence. Jazz is a proud operator of Air Canada Express service to 74 destinations in Canada and the United States. Through Jazz’s agreement with Air Canada, a professional pilot career with Jazz provides a faster track to flying for Air Canada mainline. Up to 80% of Air Canada’s pilots are hired from their Air Canada Express partners; with the majority coming from Jazz.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Feb 1, 2018) – Ethiopian Airlines Canada is pleased to announce that effective February 18th, 2018 the carrier will operate the first ever return non-stop service between Addis Ababa and Toronto. This will eliminate the return fuel stop in Dublin. Boeing 787-9 aircraft will be used on this route to be able to depart high altitude Adas Ababa with a full payload non-stop to Toronto. Currently westbound flights make a technical stop in Dublin for fuel.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s 2017-2036 Market Forecast, covering the 60- to 150-seat segment, shows that the Asia-Pacific region, which Bombardier defines as Asia without Greater China, is forecasted to undergo impressive growth over the next 20 years. This region is expected to take delivery of 2,050 aircraft, or 16 per cent of a worldwide market for 12,550 aircraft valued at $820 billion U.S. Asia-Pacific deliveries should consist of 1,050 large regional aircraft (50 to 100 seats) and 1,000 small single-aisle aircraft (100 to 150 seat).
“Asia-Pacific region is the home of the fastest growing economies. Strong GDP growth and a booming middle class should drive passenger traffic numbers to triple in the next 20 years,” said Francois Cognard, Vice President, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Bombardier aims to build upon its strong foundation in Asia-Pacific. Due to the demand for more frequencies and more city pairs to increase connectivity between smaller communities, there is a great opportunity to continue to support the expected growth with high-performing regional and small single-aisle aircraft.”
The drive for domestic and regional connectivity means that the fastest traffic growth in the region would be seen from small and medium sized cities with challenging airports. This is creating an increased number of point-to-point routes where the traffic is insufficient to allow economical operation of a larger single aisle aircraft. Thus, the increasing demand for high-performing regional and small single-aisle aircraft.
In the region, over 60% of all routes flown today have demand for less than 150 passengers per day. The forecast says that by 2036, intra-regional traffic will account for 80 per cent of all Asia-Pacific demand, with the majority of passengers taking short haul flights of under 500 nautical miles (925 km).
Bombardier Footprint in Asia-Pacific
Over 40 operators are flying or will soon be flying a total of 330 Bombardier regional and small single-aisle aircraft in the region and 27 of these operators fly more than 260 Q Series turboprops. Bombardier’s Q400 aircraft is the only turboprop that can seat up to 90 passengers. SpiceJet is the launch customer for the 90-seat configuration, having placed an order for up to 50 of this type to support regional connectivity in India. Nok Air and Philippine Airlines also operate the Q400 in a high-density 86-seat configuration.
There are 50 CRJ Series aircraft already flying in Asia-Pacific with 13 operators, such as IBEX Airlines of Japan. Recently, many start-up airlines in Asia-Pacific have selected the CRJ200 as the right aircraft to commence operations with. These include Zoom Air of India, Shree Airlines & Saurya Airlines of Nepal, and Air Pohang of Korea. Globally, 68% of all CRJ200 operators have gone on to operate larger CRJ700/900/1000 aircraft.
Bombardier developed its all new C Series aircraft, to fill an emerging 100- to 150-segment between large regional jets and large single-aisle aircraft. The launch customer for the C Series in Asia was Korean Air, who ordered 10 CS300 with 10 options. Korean Air have taken delivery of two CS300 aircraft to date, and had their first revenue flight from Seoul to Ulsan on January 20, 2018.
Airline says revenue grew to $1.22 billion in Q3, up from $1.12 billion a year earlier.
Flying on WestJet’s low-cost carrier Swoop will come with a price: ancillary fees that will cost travellers about twice what they pay on the mainline carrier, the CEO of the Calgary-based airline said Tuesday. Gregg Saretsky said he expects non-fare fees on Swoop will be very similar to so-called ultra low-cost carriers in the U.S.
“We’re about $19 per guest currently on the mainline operation and I would expect that we should be able to get (double) that on Swoop,” he said during a conference call about its third-quarter results. WestJet’s fees for services like flight changes, cancellations and checked bags increased 12 per cent in the third quarter to $117 million, or $18.64 per passenger. Premium economy seat revenues were up 19 per cent in the quarter.
Swoop is set to launch service in June with two 189-seat Boeing 737-800s. The fleet will increase to six planes by September and 10 in the summer of 2019. Modelled after the relationship between Australia’s Qantas Airways and Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd., Swoop will fly mostly to different destinations than WestJet, but may also supplement the larger airline on major city routes, Saretsky added. “They’ll be high-utilization aircraft because they’ll turn and burn and they’ll have more utilization than WestJet’s fleet.” He said Swoop will operate as an independent airline with its own reservation system, operator’s certificate and airport check-in counters staffed by its own employees. “We have been very resolute in wanting to build this at the absolute lowest (cost), so there will not even be connectivity between Swoop and WestJet,” he told analysts. Passengers flying on Swoop from Calgary to Toronto, for example, will have to collect their bags and recheck them for corresponding flights to Sudbury. Swoop’s financial results, however, will be incorporated with those of WestJet.
Ed Sims, WestJet’s executive vice-president commercial, said there is still significant demand in the Canadian market to stimulate traffic at lower fares, especially using secondary airports like Hamilton, Ont. and Abbotsford, B.C. Unlike startup competitors like Canada Jetlines Ltd. which is also set to fly next summer, WestJet’s existing operations could be used to carry passengers in case of service disruptions. “Some of these new lower-funded entrants will find it difficult to be able to match and then run the risk of potentially leaving their passengers stranded,” he told analysts. Air Canada has said it will use its low-cost leisure travel subsidiary Rouge to compete on the very low-cost market in Canada.
New aircraft, new lounges
Meanwhile, WestJet said it expects the new widebody Boeing 787s that will start entering its fleet in January 2019 will help attract more business travellers. It plans to add lounges at its hubs in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver and will increase the use of its mobile apps for bookings, check-in and prioritized boarding. Saretsky said many Canadian corporations are looking for better deals because flying in Canada at the last minute can be expensive. “So as much as Air Canada might fight back, we have a massive cost advantage and a product specifically designed to accommodate that type of traveller.”
WestJet saw its third-quarter profit grow by about 20 per cent compared with a year ago as it increased capacity and traffic. The airline said it earned $138.4 million or $1.18 per diluted share for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. That compared with a profit of $116.0 million or 97 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year. Revenue totalled $1.22 billion, up from $1.12 billion. WestJet shares slipped 14 cents on Tuesday to close at $26.96 on the TSX
WestJet on Monday (29JAN18) announced planned service increase on various routes to the US, Mexico and The Caribbean for summer 2018 season, mainly effective from 01MAY18. Planned service increase as follow.
Calgary – Dallas/Ft. Worth Peak season increases from 6 to 7 weekly
Calgary – Las Vegas Increase from 20 to 22 weekly
Calgary – Palm Springs Increase from 4 to 5 weekly
Edmonton – Las Vegas Increase from 10 to 11 weekly
Edmonton – Los Angeles Increase from 6to 7 weekly
Toronto – Cancun Increase from 9 to 10 weekly
Toronto – Fort Myers Increase from 4 to 5 weekly
Toronto – Nassau Increase from 4 to 5 weekly
Toronto – Puerto Plata Increase from 2 to 3 weekly
Toronto – Punta Cana Increase from 5 to6 weekly
Vancouver – Cancun Increase from 2 to 3 weekly
Vancouver – Los Cabos Increase from 1 to 2 weekly
Previously announced by the airline, WestJet is launching following routes to the US and Mexico:
Calgary – Denver eff 08MAR18 1 daily 737-700
Calgary – Mexico City eff 14MAR18 4 weekly 737-700, 1 daily from 29APR18
Vancouver – Mexico City eff 14MAR18 3 weekly 737-700, 1 daily from 29APR18
WestJet on Monday (29JAN18) announced service expansion on domestic routes, including frequency increase on key routes from Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver. Majority of these service increase will commence on 25MAR18.
Calgary – Abbotsford Increase from 33 to 35 weekly
Calgary – Fort McMurray Increase from 24 to 31 weekly
Calgary – Grande Prairie Increase from 18 to 26 weekly
Calgary – Halifax Increase from 14 to 15 weekly
Calgary – Kelowna Increase from 45 to 47 weekly
Calgary – Montreal Increase from 19 to 20 weekly
Calgary – Nanaimo Increase from 2 to 3 daily
Calgary – Penticton Increase from 10 to 14 weekly
Calgary – Vancouver Increase from 88 to 112 weekly (16 daily). Schedule optimized to Calgary departure at :30 of the hour, Vancouver departure at :00 of the hour)
Calgary – Victoria Increase from 35 to 36 weekly
Calgary – Windsor Increase from 6 to 7 weekly
Edmonton – Calgary Increase from 77 to 86 weekly
Edmonton – Fort McMurray Increase from 24 to 25 weekly
Edmonton – Kelowna Increase from 48 to 49 weekly
Edmonton – Saskatoon Increase from 19 to 20 weekly
Edmonton – Vancouver Increase from 49 to 58 weekly
Toronto – Montreal Increase from 88 to 93 weekly
Toronto – Ottawa Increase from 76 to 85 weekly
Toronto – Saskatoon Increase from 10 to 12 weekly
Toronto – Victoria Increase from 3 to 4 weekly
Vancouver – Fort St. John Increase from 6 to 12 weekly
Vancouver – Kelowna Increase from 40 to 49 weekly
Vancouver – Ottawa Increase from 7 to 14 weekly
Vancouver – Regina Increase from 6 to 7 weekly
Vancouver – Victoria Increase from 33 to 35 weekly
The airline on Wednesday (31JAN18) also announced the delay to its WestJet Link operation, operated by Pacific Coastal Airlines. Previously scheduled to commence from March 2018, service will now commence from June 2018:
Calgary – Cranbrook eff 20JUN18 3 daily (2 daily on Saturdays; Previous eff date: 07MAR18)
Calgary – Lethbridge eff 21JUN18 3 daily (2 daily on Saturdays; Previous eff date: 07MAR18)
Calgary – Lloydminster eff 21JUN18 6 weekly (Day x6; Previous eff date: 14MAR18)
Calgary – Medicine Hat eff 22JUN18 3 daily (2 daily on Saturdays; Previous eff date: 31MAY18)
Calgary – Prince George eff 20JUN18 1 daily (Previous eff date: 14MAR18)
THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 1, 2018 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is significantly investing in Thunder Bay, Ont., by adding flights and officially opening its new crew base for pilots and flight attendants.
The base grand opening received an added dose of excitement when the airline announced that it is increasing its schedule, with up to seven daily roundtrip flights to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. There will be as many as 45 weekly flights, beginning April 12.
“Thunder Bay is among our busiest destinations,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “Our decision to base crew here and add flights allows us to better serve this growing market and attract team members who value the northern lifestyle.”
Twenty crew members are already established at the base and will begin operating flights this week. They represent a variety of backgrounds, including: Porter team members transferring from other bases; crew with previous aviation experience already living in the city; and those moving from other locations in Canada. A total of 40 crew members will eventually be located in Thunder Bay as hiring and training progresses during the year. This is the first crew base in Northern Ontario for any large commercially-scheduled airline.
“The establishment of a Porter crew base places over 40 well-paying aviation jobs into the Thunder Bay economy,” said Ed Schmidtke, president and CEO of Thunder Bay International Airports Authority Inc. “The airport authority appreciates the confidence Porter has demonstrated in Thunder Bay through the crew base and the additional frequency.”
Porter began operating in Thunder Bay in 2008. In its tenth year, Porter has more flight options to Toronto than any other airline with up to seven daily flights. Each flight also has continuing service to and from Montreal or Ottawa, meaning passengers can stay on the aircraft during the brief stopover in Toronto.
Porter flies a 29-aircraft fleet of Bombardier Q400 aircraft configured with 74 seats. Each flight operates with two pilots and two flight attendants. Job descriptions for Thunder Bay positions will continue to be available at www.flyporter.com/careers as hiring progresses. More than 300 applications have been received to date.
Air Creebec announces a promotion on Chibougamau – Montreal flights and its participation in the Regional Air Transport Summit
QUEBEC, Feb. 1st, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Aware of the regional flight cost issue, Air Creebec wants to actively take part in the search and implementation of solutions. In this regard, many actions will be taken like the promotion onChibougamau-Pierre-Elliot Trudeau airport Mtl flights starting on February 12th and participation in the Regional Air Transport Summit in Levis on February 2nd, 2018.
An expected promotional offer
In addition to the price cut on Val-d’Or’s flights for the past two years, Air Creebec will launch a new promotion starting February 12th. Seats will be available starting at $252, fees and services included (limited quantity) for the flights between Chibougamau and Montreal.
« We are evaluating our lines and the region’s market. The Summit will help us analyze the situation and to put in place the right solutions. In the meantime, it is a priority for us to offer this promotion immediately to our passengers that are traveling between Chibougamau and Montreal. » Tanya Pash, COO
« Safety, reliability and comfort remain our priorities. We understand the need of regional passengers and are willing to make them benefit from the same services that are offered to the Cree Community. » Mathew Happyjack, President and Chef executive
« I appreciate the relationship with Air Creebec in its efforts to offer affordable services for the destination ofChibougamau. We will continue to develop the services. » Manon Cyr, Mayor of Chibougamau
An active regional player in solution seeking
On February 2nd, Air Creebec will attend the Regional Air Transport Summit in Levis, Quebec. Aware of the regional issues, the company wants to collaborate to identify challenges, stakes, issues and possible solutions to be put in place.