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Air Canada Announces Renewal of Shareholder Rights Plan


MONTRÉAL , March 24, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada (AC.TO) (ACDVF) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a shareholder rights plan to renew Air Canada’s existing rights plan.
The renewed rights plan includes amendments to take into consideration the changes to the take-over bid rules that came into force in Canada on May 9, 2016 .   It is not being adopted in response to any specific proposal to acquire control of Air Canada, nor is the Board of Directors aware of any pending or threatened take-over bid for Air Canada.   The renewed rights plan is similar to plans recently adopted by other Canadian companies and approved by their shareholders.
The renewed rights plan will ensure that Air Canada and its shareholders continue to receive the benefits associated with Air Canada’s current shareholder rights plan, which is due to expire at the close of business on the date immediately following Air Canada’s 2017 annual meeting of shareholders.    As with the current plan, the renewed rights plans is designed to ensure that all shareholders of Air Canada are treated fairly in connection with any take-over offer or other acquisition of control of Air Canada.
The renewed rights plan will be effective at the close of business on the date immediately following its confirmation and approval by shareholders at Air Canada’s annual meeting of shareholders scheduled for May 5, 2017 .    If so approved, the renewed rights plan will remain in effect until the close of business on the date of Air Canada’s annual meeting of shareholders in 2020 and would be renewed in accordance with its terms for an additional period of three years (from 2020 to 2023) provided that the shareholders ratify such renewal at or prior to the annual meeting of shareholders to be held in 2020.
A complete copy of the rights plan will be filed and available on SEDAR at

Bombardier’s C Series jet nears approval for London City airport

Bombardier Inc. said its C Series will soon become the largest commercial aircraft capable of landing at London City Airport, a feat the Canadian planemaker expects will whet buyer interest at a time of sluggish market demand for new jets.
Bombardier, which this week completed a series of dedicated flight trials, expects to receive “steep approach” certification in the second quarter so that airlines can land the 110-seat CS100 variant at the urban airport, which has the challenge of a shorter runway, spokesman Bryan Tucker said.
The certification would allow C Series customer Swiss Airlines to operate at London City, which is a four-mile drive from the capital’s main financial district.   “We expect this to generate interest from other operators as the aircraft demonstrates its capabilities,” Tucker said.
The arrival of the lightweight, carbon-composite C Series at London City could boost Bombardier in the run-up to the industry’s showcase Paris Air Show in June.
It comes as planemakers are bracing for another bout of softer sales in 2017 after a prolonged order boom peaked in 2014.    Planemakers are having to battle harder for business amid a glut of new planes and concerns over the economy.   “We’ve been binging on orders,” said Teal Group aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia, who expects muted demand in 2017.
Because of its lighter weight than most aircraft of its size, the Canadian jet can fly direct to New York from London City when carrying about 40 passengers in exclusively business-class seating.
U.K. startup Odyssey Airlines and Geneva-based private charter operator PrivatAir have both announced plans to operate the plane out of the airport, with Odyssey planning services to North America and the Middle East.
A number of operators have tried and failed to make money on banker-friendly London City-New York services, which until now have had to stop in Ireland for fuel on the westbound journey due to prevailing headwinds.   Although it has won accolades for fuel savings and a smooth entry into service with Swiss in 2016, the C Series has not received a substantial order since the sale of 75 C S100 jets to Delta Air Lines nearly a year ago.   An earlier order for 45 130-seat C S300 versions to Air Canada was completed in June.
After relaunching the programme with steep discounts to boost sales following production delays, Bombardier is coming under pressure to secure profitable new sales in the run up to the Paris show.   “We are comfortable where we are at this point,” Tucker said of C Series’ existing sales.   As of December 2016, the C Series had recorded 360 firm orders and most capacity is sold out through 2020, he said.




GTAA reports 2016 results: 8.0 per cent passenger growth; strongest percentage growth in the past 10 years at Toronto Pearson

TORONTO, March 22, 2017 /CNW/ – The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (the “GTAA”) today reported its financial and operating results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.   Passenger activity and net income increased substantially at 8.0 per cent and 29.7 per cent, respectively, during 2016 as compared to 2015.     This growth reflects increased capacity of aircraft and new routes, the economic strength of the Greater Toronto Region, and the role of Toronto Pearson International Airport as Canada’s largest airport and North America’s second busiest airport in terms of international passengers.
“Toronto Pearson’s total passenger traffic for 2016 increased well ahead of worldwide trends,” said Howard Eng, President and CEO of the GTAA.    “This strong performance is indicative not only of the airport’s increasingly vital role as a connector of people and goods, but also of the vibrancy of the region in which we operate.    The Greater Toronto Area is a world-class centre for travel, commerce and culture; our planning and investments, particularly around the airport and regional transit, must reflect this reality.”
In 2016, Toronto Pearson experienced the largest annual increase in passenger growth in terms of the total number of annual passengers, and also the percentage of passengers for both the domestic and international sectors in the last 10 years.     A total of 44.3 million passengers travelled through Toronto Pearson International Airport during 2016, an increase of 3.3 million passengers over 2015.     During 2016, passenger activity in the international sector increased by 2.2 million passengers reflecting 8.8 per cent growth and the domestic sector increased by 1.1 million passengers reflecting 6.9 per cent growth over 2015.
The GTAA recorded net income of $85.5 million during 2016 compared to $65.9 million in 2015.
During 2016, the GTAA reported total revenues of $1.3 billion, representing an increase of $85.0 million over 2015.     The continued growth in revenues was a reflection of strong annual passenger growth and increases in non-aeronautical revenues.     During 2016, the GTAA’s non-aeronautical revenues increased $26.0 million compared to 2015.     The increase was due to the high passenger growth, the opening of 25 new retail stores, restaurant, and beverage establishments and increases in parking rates and enhanced marketing initiatives.
Total operating expenses reported during 2016 for the GTAA were $1.2 billion, representing an increase of $65.4 million over 2015.     During 2016, the GTAA incurred higher expenditures as a result of its investments in operational excellence and an improved customer experience.   Further, expenditures increased as a result of the inclusion of the full year’s costs related to the deicing operations, which were brought in-house by the GTAA in July 2015.
Earnings before interest and financing costs during 2016 were $426.4 million, representing an increase of 0.6 per cent over 2015.    Excluding the 2015 one-time ground rent adjustment, adjusted earnings before interest and financing costs increased 2.9 per cent for 2016, when compared to 2015.

Statement from the National Airlines Council on today’s federal budget

OTTAWA, March 22, 2017 /CNW/ – Statement from Massimo Bergamini, President and CEO of the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) following the tabling today of the federal budget.

“While the budget does bring the promise of some relief for air travellers by investing a larger chunk of passenger-generated revenue back into security screening, it is silent on the government’s plans for Canada’s airports.    And while it speaks of the importance of rail and water, so too is it silent on the role and importance of airlines in connecting families, communities and as bridges to economic opportunities.   The additional funding for Canada’s air transport security authority should result in shorter processing times and better security.    This is something that our organization has been advocating for and that we applaud.
However, after weeks of speculation around the government’s intentions on airport privatization, and after recent leaks suggest privatization is still very much in play, Canadians remain in the dark. Our organization has opposed for-profit-privatization of Canada’s airports, not on ideological grounds, but because it would result in higher fees for travellers and airlines.
As the Australian consumer protection agency reported two weeks ago, privatization in that country has resulted in massive increases in costs for airlines and travellers alike.  Much like in Australia, in a country as vast and sparsely populated as our own, whether it is to seek out job opportunities or connect with loved ones, for many, air travel is the only option.   Air travel is not a luxury.   And yet the Government of Canada continues to treat like it is.
Canada’s user-pay model is outdated, non-competitive and it penalizes the very people that air transportation is meant to serve — any increase in the cost of travel resulting from airport privatization would amount to a tax on the middle class.
Our organization and our members are fully aligned with Transport Minister Garneau’s goal of a passenger air transportation system that provides high quality service at lower cost.  The base price of a domestic air ticket is the lowest it’s been in six years, but under our outdated system these saving are not passed on to the consumer because of taxes and fees.
The government’s decision to keep privatization on the table distracts from the real issues and delays needed action to fix Canada’s non-competitive air transport cost structure and policy framework.
What is needed now is not the continued pursuit of a privatization plan with no demonstrable benefits for air travellers or the communities our airlines serve, but rather its definitive, unambiguous rejection and a commitment to fixing a system in need of urgent repair.”

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Sunwing resumes popular summer flight services to three Caribbean destinations from Vancouver


TORONTO, March 22, 2017 /CNW/ – Sunwing will be offering a summer service to three popular Caribbean destinations from Vancouver via Toronto for a third consecutive year.    From May 17 to September 03, 2017 inclusive, West coast travellers can enjoy convenient access to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica and the island of St. Maarten.     From June 1st until September 1st, 2017, flight connections to Punta Cana are available on Thursdays and Sundays, and Montego Bay is accessed via weekly service departing each Saturday from June 3rd until September 3rd, 2017.    Plus, vacationers headed to St. Maarten can take advantage of regular Wednesday service between May 17th and August 31st, 2017.
As Canada’s #1 for adult, family, and luxury vacations, Sunwing offers travellers plenty of vacation options within these popular destinations.   West-coast travellers could be among the first guests to experience the much-anticipated Royalton Negril Resort & Spa in Jamaica that is slated to open March 31, 2017.   Resting on one of Jamaica’s most legendary beachfronts, this new resort promises to offer a host of luxurious amenities including unlimited reservation-free dining, stylish outdoor lounges and nightly entertainment together with a wide range of complimentary sports, and children’s activity programs.    Couples and honeymooners can enjoy the Hideaway at Royalton Negril which boasts a dedicated beach area, adults only infinity pool, and exclusive bar and restaurant.
Travellers can also opt to stay at the elegant CHIC Punta Cana on Punta Cana’s coveted Uvero Beach.   The adults only property offers couples, friends and honeymooners alike an upscale, adults only day-to-night party ambiance with six stylish bars, a pool with central DJ island and casino.
On St. Maarten, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino provides an excellent springboard from which to explore this enticing Caribbean island of contrasts.    Set on a lush beachfront it offers endless fun and entertainment for families and couples alike, including on-site snorkelling lessons, evening entertainment and beautiful spa.
All Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax while on board, with award-winning inflight service that includes a sparkling wine toast, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy on board selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford.    Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance.

CAE launches a year of celebrations for its 70th anniversary


CAE launches a year of celebrations for its 70th anniversary

  • Starting with 18 employees in a vacant hangar in the suburbs of Montreal, CAE is now an 8,000-people strong global company focused on training  
  • Unique public company with over $5 billion equity market capitalization

Montreal, Canada, March 17, 2017 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – Founded on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1947, CAE is launching today a year of celebrations with its 8,000 employees worldwide to commemorate its 70th anniversary.    CAE is today a global training company headquartered in Montreal.
“Over the last decades, we’ve built on our diversity, our passion for excellence and the talent of people all over the world to create a great company,” said Marc Parent, CAE’s President and CEO. “We come from different countries, different cultures and we have different expertise, but we are united as one team – one team focused on one vision: to be the worldwide training partner of choice to enhance safety, efficiency and readiness.    This year, we are going to celebrate CAE’s history and bright future.”
Employees in each of CAE’s 160 sites around the world will participate in celebrations which will continue throughout the year; they include activities, historical videos, a global contest encouraging employees to tell their CAE story, a global family day, and more.   Formerly known as Canadian Aviation Electronics Ltd., CAE was founded seventy years ago on the determination and vision of ex-Royal Canadian Air Force officer, Ken Patrick, who assembled what he called “a war-trained team that was extremely innovative and very technology-intensive.”
“Today, innovation is still at the heart of our company,” said Marc Parent.   “Since our first contract to build a flight simulator for the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1952, we transformed ourselves over the years from a simulator manufacturer to a global training company focused on making air travel safer, allowing defence forces to return home safely, and helping medical personnel provide better care.    That’s something we are really proud of.”
CAE’s training network, the world’s largest, spans more than 65 training centres and flight academies around the globe.    In civil aviation, we are the industry leader in cadet-to-captain training.    Every year, we train over 120,000 civil and defence crew members and work with more than 300 airlines and major business aircraft operators to increase the safety of air travel.  We also provide air, land, naval and public safety training to more than 50 defence forces in approximately 35 countries.    We are also the leader in innovative training solutions for the healthcare sector, helping medical personnel to provide better care.

Bombardier Business Aircraft Service Centres Earn FAA Diamond Awards


  • Bombardier bolstered its overall service and support by hiring close to 200 technicians and project managers within the last four months
  • In 2016, Bombardier’s network supported over 9,000 maintenance events, a 20 per cent increase from the prior year

Bombardier Business Aircraft’s five U.S.-based Service Centres received the 2016 Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Award of Excellence, the industry’s highest recognition award for aircraft maintenance.   These awards, sponsored by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), are a testament to Bombardier’s commitment to supporting its customers through highly skilled maintenance technicians and field service personnel who receive extensive training to deliver the best customer experience.
“We value our customers’ peace of mind, which is why we have invested tremendously in our customer support network, adding more Customer Response Trucks in the U.S., expanding our capabilities and hiring close to 200 additional highly skilled technicians and project managers across the network,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager of Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft.   “These awards confirm the strength of our network in providing our customers with an exceptional customer experience.”
Bombardier’s Service Centres have earned consecutive Diamond Awards of Excellence for the last seven years.   Hartford has earned 18 awards, Wichita has received 16 awards, Dallas has earned 15 awards, Fort Lauderdale has received nine consecutive awards and the Tucson facility has earned seven awards, consecutively.   These prestigious awards are presented to organizations who provide 100 per cent of their eligible technicians with regulatory, airworthiness, and safety awareness training programs within a given year.
Bombardier Business Aircraft has a total of nine Service Centres and 17 Customer Response Team mobile units worldwide, all equipped to support Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets.    Bombardier’s customer support network’s approximately 1,000 dedicated technicians have completed some 45,000 maintenance events to date, and share best practices to provide industry leading maintenance and care.  Bombardier Business Aircraft customers also have access to a broad network of nearly 50 Authorized Service Facilities around the world.

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Cargojet Increases Quarterly Dividend by 10%


MISSISSAUGA, ON , March 20, 2017 /CNW/ – The Board of Directors of Cargojet Inc. has approved a cash dividend of $0.1925 per common voting share and variable voting share for the period from January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017 , an increase of $0.0175 or 10% per share from the previous quarter.
“This increase is a result of our recent and sustainable financial results while maintaining sufficient financial resources and meeting shareholder expectations,” said Ajay K. Virmani , President and C.E.O.
The dividends will be paid to all shareholders of record as at the close of business on March 20, 2017 and will be payable on or before April 5 , 2017.     These dividends will be eligible dividends within the meaning of the Income Tax Act ( Canada ).
Cargojet is Canada’s leading provider of time sensitive overnight air cargo services and carries over 1,300,000 pounds of cargo each business night.     Cargojet operates its network across North America each business night, utilizing a fleet of all-cargo aircraft.    For more information, please visit:

Swiss International Air Lines converting CSeries orders to larger CS300


Swiss International Air Lines, the launch customer for Bombardier’s CSeries jets, has announced an upgrade to its remaining orders.

In a news conference on Thursday, the company announced that it will convert its final five CS100 orders to the larger CS300 jets.   Swiss currently operates a fleet of six CS100 aircraft after its most recent delivery from Bombardier this month.

New safety rules for recreational drone use take immediate effect

Transport Canada introduces measures to protect Canadians from reckless drone use

TORONTO, March 16, 2017 /CNW/ – Canadians expect to feel safe on the ground and in the sky. The number of incidents involving recreational drones has more than tripled since 2014, prompting the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport to introduce a measure to prevent the reckless use of drones that is putting the safety of Canadians at risk.
Today at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, in the presence of airport, airline and pilot representatives, Minister Garneau announced an immediate measure which will affect the operations of model aircraft and recreational drones of more than 250 g and up to 35 kg.   Minister Garneau was joined by representatives of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Toronto Police Force.
The key new rules are that recreational drone operators must mark their drone with their contact information, and may not fly:

  • higher than 90 metres;
  • at night;
  • within 75 metres of buildings, vehicles or people; or
  • within 9 kilometres of the centre of any airport, heliport, aerodrome or water aerodrome where aircraft take off and land.

Operators of drones for commercial, academic or research purposes are not affected by this measure.   The rules that are already in place are effective and most commercial users operate their drones in a safe manner.   Any recreational operator who fails to comply with the new flying restrictions and conditions could be subject to fines of up to $3,000.    Call 911 or your local law enforcement agency immediately if you witness illegal drone use.
Please visit to learn more about the new rules, and updates on the department’s progress on drones.

“I take very seriously the increased risk to aviation safety and to people on the ground caused by drones.  That is why I am proceeding with this measure which takes effect immediately—to enhance the safety of aviation and the public while we work to bring into force permanent regulations.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

“The RCMP encourages recreational drone users to be responsible when operating in public places.  We encourage all drone operators to think about the safety of those around them, and follow the new regulations at all times.”

Chief Superintendent Eric Stubbs
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Quick Facts

  • The new safety rules will:
    • Be in effect for a period of up to one year to provide greater safety for operators and the public until permanent regulations are put in place: and
    • Introduce a way to enforce compliance immediately.

Recreational drone users are responsible for learning how to fly their drone safely and legally and to comply with the new rules.   Members of the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) in good standing who operate at MAAC sanctioned fields or events are not subject to these rules.



Air Canada’s Comox-Vancouver service to double in coming months


Air Canada (AC) will increase its current Comox-Vancouver service of two flights per day to four flights in preparation for the summer season.  The extra capacity resulting from the service addition is well timed to meet YQQ’s peak summer demand.  Flights begin May 19th and June 1st, effectively allowing travellers to take advantage of Air Canada’s extensive network.
Particularly welcome is an early morning departure from YQQ and late evening return.    “This is huge,” comments airport CEO Fred Bigelow.    “Not only does it solve the early morning departure issue (previously served by CMA), but also fixes a long standing problem of connecting returning passengers back through YVR in the evening.”
“It’s great to see Air Canada making this kind of investment in our market”, continues Bigelow. “Hopefully the passenger loads will prove strong and encourage continued growth in frequency and capacity on this route.”   The additional flights will operate daily, except Saturday, by Air Canada Express using a 50-seat, Bombardier Dash 8-300 aircraft.

WestJet launches Montreal-Halifax route


CALGARY, March 16, 2017 /CNW/ – Today, WestJet launched its newest service to Montreal with the departure of flight 3451 from Halifax.    The new route operates twice daily on WestJet Encore using its fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft.
“WestJet sees a bright travel future for both the Quebec and Nova Scotia markets as we add to our growing presence in Eastern Canada,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development.    “We are proud to connect these two historic Canadian cities with our signature low fares and caring service.   This route is an excellent addition to our growing WestJet Encore network, whether guests are travelling for business, hitting the world-famous restaurant scene of Montreal, or visiting the great outdoor attractions of Halifax.  On behalf of our 12,000 WestJetters across the country, welcome on board.”
“This WestJet flight to Halifax is part of Montréal–Trudeau’s continuing development,” said Philippe Rainville, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal.    “By October, WestJet will be serving a total of 12 destinations out of Montréal.   This is a 48 per cent increase in the number of seats, with a total of 181 weekly flights.    Passengers on these new routes will now enjoy quick and efficient connections to other destinations in the network of WestJet and its international and North American partners.”
“We are very pleased to see WestJet’s continued expansion in our region with the addition of this important Montréal connection from its Atlantic hub,” says Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority President and CEO.  “These flights are a welcome addition to the network already served by WestJet from Halifax and offer our passengers more choice on this busy Montréal route.”
WestJet now operates 157 weekly departures from Halifax to 19 non-stop destinations: 12 domestic and seven international and transborder routes.
On February 13, WestJet announced a significant investment in Quebec’s travel and tourism market with increased service and new routes to and from Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.    The MontrealHalifax route is the first of three new routes to launch out of Montreal this year.    Overall, the airline is adding 105 more flights per week in the province, a capacity increase of 74 per cent.

Details of WestJet Encore’s service between Halifax and Montreal:






Montreal – Halifax

Twice daily

9:15 a.m.
6:20 p.m.

11:57 a.m.
9 p.m.

March 15, 2017

Halifax – Montreal

Twice daily

7:45 a.m.
4:50 p.m.

8:43 a.m.
5:48 p.m.

March 15, 2017

Skytrax Ranks Billy Bishop Airport One of North America’s Best for the Fourth Time


Billy Bishop Airport also Ranked One of Top Airport’s Globally

TORONTO, March 15, 2017 /CNW/ – Bishop Toronto City Airport was named one of North America’s best airports by Skytrax World Airport Awards, the premier international airport awards voted on by 13.8 million passengers worldwide.    Billy Bishop Airport was ranked the ninth best regional airport in North America, making it one of only two regional airports in Canada to be recognized in the category.   Billy Bishop Airport was also ranked ninth best airport globally in the under 5 million pasenger category.   The awards were presented in Amsterdam, Netherlands last night.
The 2017 Awards are based on 13.8 million customer nominations across 105 nationalities of air travellers, and included 550 airports worldwide.    Passengers continue to choose Billy Bishop Airport as a top airport with high marks across 39 key performance indicators, including fast check-in times, ease of access to the terminal, and the courtesy and efficiency of airport staff.    This is the fourth time that Billy Bishop Airport has won a prestigious Skytrax award, having also won in 2013, 2015, 2016.
“We are incredibly honoured to be named one of the best airports on the continent as well as one of the top airports in the world by the Skytrax World Airport Awards – also known as the ‘Passengers Choice Awards,'” said Geoffrey Wilson, CEO of Ports Toronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Airport.    “This accomplishment demonstrates the exceptional work and commitment to excellence in customer service consistently shown by our close to 2,000 employees and speaks to the truly unique passenger experience at Billy Bishop Airport.    From amenities such as the pedestrian tunnel, shuttle service, full-service lounges, proximity to downtown and shorter lines to the award-winning airlines, this top international ranking further demonstrates that the airport is recognized as a world-class facility that drives business, creates jobs, facilitates tourism and serves as an important gateway to Toronto.”
The Skytrax awards mark the fifth international passenger-driven award received by Billy Bishop Airport this month.    On March 6, the airport was named Best Airport in North America in two categories and tied for second globally in the Airports Council International’s (ACI) 2016 Airport Service Quality Awards.    In 2016, the airport was also named as having one of the Top Ten Most Beautiful Airport Approaches in the world by Private Fly and was ranked fourth Best International Airport by Condé Nast Traveler in October 2016.

Bombardier Receives EASA Certification for Ka-band High-speed Internet Retrofit on Global Aircraft


  • All existing European registered customers with Global aircraft can now take advantage of the industry’s fastest internet connectivity, consistent performance and seamless coverage
  • European customers can benefit from the award-winning service centre network’s comprehensive capabilities and flexibility for retrofit
  • Bombardier is the first OEM to deliver the new Ka-band system
  • Global aircraft now complemented with fastest worldwide cabin connectivity

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that its Ka-band high-speed internet system, the industry’s fastest in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity worldwide* available today, was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for retrofit on all Bombardier Global aircraft models.
The Ka-band high-speed internet system lets passengers on board Global aircraft browse the internet, stream online media or stage a video conference as quickly and as effortlessly as they would in their home or office.    Certification by EASA represents another important milestone in positioning the Global aircraft as the leading choice for business travelers around the world.   With its impressive performance characteristics and advanced wing design providing a smooth ride, Bombardier’s Global family of aircraft hold the Aspen to London City speed record** and can operate in and out of certain challenging airports, all while keeping passengers connected.
Bombardier’s Ka-band is offered as an option on new Global aircraft or as an upgrade on all in-service Global aircraft models at the company’s extensive network of service centres.
“We are dedicated to setting new standards in customer care and maximizing customers’ cabin experience,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Experience.    “Ka-band is the latest example of Bombardier bringing brand new technologies, something that you would have found only for installation in forward-fit aircraft in the past, back to its fleet.”
As the Bombardier Business Aircraft fleet continues to grow, so does its award-winning service centre network with additional Customer Response Team trucks in the U.S., and new service center facilities in Tianjin, China and Biggin Hill, London.    The network is equipped to support Learjet, Challenger and Global business aircraft and is connected to Bombardier Business Aircraft’s 24/7 Customer Response Centre and world-class Customer Support Team.
European customers can benefit from the service centre network’s comprehensive capabilities and flexibility, as well as on-site parts inventory and engineering support.  They can also maximize their maintenance event to complete additional work during the downtime, such as paint, installation of in-flight internet connectivity, avionics upgrades or interior refurbishment.

Global aircraft: By combining expert engineering and superior craftsmanship, every detail on the Global family of aircraft has been meticulously designed to deliver an exceptional private jet experience.   Offering more cabin volume and floor space than any other aircraft in its class, Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft are nearly a foot wider (30 cm) than their nearest competitors and offer a smooth ride with maximum comfort.    With more than 750 Global aircraft delivered since 2000, no other business jet provides a smooth ride while combining high-speed range capability and mission flexibility.

Air Canada Adds Daily Montreal-Washington Dulles (IAD) Flights to Growing Transborder Network


MONTREAL, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Air Canada announced today the return of daily year-round service between Montreal and Washington Dulles (IAD) starting May 1, 2017, offering more choice for customers travelling between Montreal and the Washington, D.C., Metro area.    In addition to well-timed connections to Air Canada’s extensive network to Europe and North Africa, flights will also offer one-stop service to/from Quebec and Eastern Canada including Bagotville, Sept-Îles, Quebec City, Fredericton, Moncton, Bathurst, Saint John and Halifax.  Special introductory fares start as low as $191 one-way, all in, and tickets are now available for purchase at or through travel agents.
“We are happy to once again operate Montreal-Washington Dulles (IAD) flights that complement our existing twice daily flights to Washington National Airport and strengthen our market presence in the Washington, D.C., Metro area,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, at Air Canada.   “We continue to strategically grow our transborder network in support of our commitment to expand our global reach from Montreal-Trudeau reinforcing it as a hub that offers convenient connections from points throughout Quebec and Eastern Canada and to Air Canada’s extensive international network including Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt and Casablanca.”
The daily non-stop Air Canada Express service will be operated with 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-100 aircraft.    All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

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Montreal (YUL)


Washington (IAD)



Washington (IAD)


Montreal (YUL)


So far in 2017, Air Canada has launched new non-stop U.S. services from Montreal to Dallas-Fort Worth and now to Washington Dulles; Toronto to: San Antonio, Memphis and Savannah; Vancouver to: Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver and Boston.

Air Canada Adds Daily Vancouver-Boston Flights to Growing Transborder Network for Summer 2017

VANCOUVER, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Air Canada announced today the introduction of daily summer seasonal service between Vancouver and Boston starting June 23, 2017 until September 4, 2017.   Special introductory fares start as low as $243 one-way, all in, and tickets are now available for purchase at or through travel agents.
“We continue to strategically expand our transborder network and we are excited to link Vancouver and Boston with daily non-stop flights this summer, complementing our existing Boston services from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax.    These new non-stop flights will shave two hours of travel time for customers travelling between the Canadian West Coast and the U.S. northeastern seaboard.  Customers travelling from the Greater Boston area, the sixth most populous area in the U.S., will also enjoy convenient connections at our YVR hub to Western Canada and to our daily flights to both Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, featuring competitive elapsed times,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, at Air Canada.
The new non-stop services will be operated by Air Canada starting June 23, 2017 with 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft offering a choice of Business and Economy Class service.    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 Vancouver hub, priority boarding and other benefits.

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So far in 2017, Air Canada has launched new non-stop U.S. services from Vancouver to Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver and now Boston; Toronto to San Antonio, Memphis and Savannah; Montreal to Dallas-Fort Worth and now Washington Dulles.

YVR Breaks Record with Historic Skytrax Win


Named #1 Airport in North America at Skytrax World Airport Awards


RICHMOND, BC, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was voted Best Airport in North America for the eighth consecutive year at the Skytrax World Airport Awards.   Recognized as the global benchmark of airport excellence, the awards were voted on by 13.8 million passengers worldwide.    YVR is the first and only airport to receive this top accolade for eight consecutive years.
“This impressive accomplishment is shared with the 23,000 people who work and volunteer at YVR as well as our amazing community, passengers and partners.    On behalf of YVR, I thank you and offer you a big congratulations!” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority.    “I am so proud of the YVR team for breaking our own record of most consecutive wins. This is particularly meaningful this year as we saw 22.3 million passengers come through our terminal—two million additional passengers from the year before.”
The Best Airport in North America award showcases the strength of the Canadian airport system, which enables innovation and the pursuit of excellence in overall airport operations and the passenger experience.    All revenues generated at YVR are reinvested back into operations, maintenance and future projects.    Vancouver Airport Authority, YVR’s managing organization, is committed to creating an airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global gateway, local economic generator and community contributor.
More than 13.8 million passenger surveys were conducted in 550 airports around the world.    The survey measures 39 elements in the airport travel experience ranging from check-in to security and border clearance processes, comfort, efficiency, signage, transportation availability, passenger amenities and friendliness.    This is the world’s largest independent airport customer satisfaction survey.
YVR was voted in the top three for Best Airport Staff Service in North America.    In addition, our partner Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel was also voted Best Airport Hotel in North America.

To celebrate winning for eight consecutive years, YVR is giving away eight free flights to any North American destination of your choice over the next eight days.   For details and a chance to enter, follow YVR on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.    The contest will launch later today. More information on the Skytrax World Airport Awards is available at

CAE expands to new facility in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 13, 2017  – CAE today announced that its Defence and Security business unit has expanded its operations in the United Arab Emirates by moving to new facilities in Abu Dhabi.   The new offices were inaugurated yesterday during a visit from Ian Bell, CAE’s Vice President and General Manager, Middle East/Asia-Pacific, and His Excellency Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE.    CAE is now located in the Addax Tower on Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi.
“I am pleased to see that CAE continues to see success in the UAE and is working to expand and invest further into the country, which a growing number of Canadian companies consider as their regional hub,” said Husain, who was appointed Canada’s Ambassador to the UAE last year.
The offices in Abu Dhabi will house staff from CAE and CAE Maritime Middle East LLC, CAE’s local UAE-based company that is serving as the prime contractor and program management authority for defence programs in the UAE.    CAE is currently under contract with the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the UAE Armed Forces to design and develop a comprehensive Naval Training Centre (NTC) for the UAE Navy as well as develop helicopter simulators for the UAE Joint Aviation Command.
“The Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and in particular the UAE, are very innovative in their approach to training, particularly in addressing the use of simulation-based training to enhance mission readiness,” said Bell.    “Since the UAE has been acquiring very sophisticated and advanced weapons platforms to modernize its defence forces, they have been procuring the requisite training systems that will help ensure high levels of preparedness.     CAE is honoured to have been selected by the UAE for a range of advanced training programs, and our expansion to new offices in Abu Dhabi signals our commitment to being their long-term training partner of choice.”



MIAMI — WestJet has reviewed its Boeing 737 MAX order to now include the 737 MAX 9, the largest member —to date— of the 737 MAX family aircraft.
The original order, placed in August 2013 for 65 aircraft, included forty 737 MAX 8s and twenty five 737 MAX 7s, with deliveries starting this year.
A review of the carrier’s 2016 earnings report shows that the order now includes thirty 737 MAX 8s and ten 737 MAX 9s.    The 737 MAX 7 order remains unchanged.
Westjet plans to take delivery of these 65 aircraft between 2017 and 2027, with four to be delivered this year, seven in 2018, ten in 2019, and forty four between 2020 and 2027.
The Canadian airline also has options to purchase 10 additional aircraft, to be delivered between 2020 and 2021, and the MAX 7 and MAX 8 orders may be upgraded between each other or for the MAX 9 if required.
Last June, WestJet said it would consider a larger version of Boeing’s 737 MAX 7, dubbed the 737 MAX 7.5, which according to an April report in The Wall Street Journal would have 150 seats.
Besides the 737 MAX order, WestJet is set to take delivery of two Boeing 737-800 this year, as well as eleven Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprops, to be delivered between 2017 and 2018.

(Above article from Airways Newsletter)

Air Canada follows WestJet in announcing new Kelowna-Toronto non-stops


Hot on the heels of WestJet’s announcement earlier this week of more non-stop Kelowna-Toronto flights, Air Canada on Thursday revealed it will beef up its offerings between the two cities.   “This just happens to be coincidental timing,” said Kelowna airport director Sam Samaddar.
“This is the time of year when airlines release their spring and summer schedules.    We’ve been working with Air Canada for some time to get more year-round service on the Kelowna-Toronto route.”
The new Air Canada flights will be daytime non-stops between Kelowna and Toronto on Saturdays and Sundays from April 22 to May 28.    The airline will use one of its 175-seat Air Canada Rouge Airbus 319 jets.   From May 29 to mid-September, Air Canada will fly Kelowna-Toronto daily with a 200-seat Rouge Airbus 321.   Over the winter, Air Canada has been flying Kelowna-Toronto non-stop two or three times a week.   However, in the past, there was a gap during April and May when the non-stops ceased for the shoulder season between the winter, when skiers demanded non-stops, and the busy summer.

WestJet’s news earlier this week outlined overnight Kelowna-Toronto flights starting May 18.   For the first six weeks, the red-eyes will depart shortly after midnight four days a week and arrive in Toronto at 7:15 a.m.   From June 30 to Sept. 5, the red-eyes will fly daily, scaling back to three times a week Sept. 6 to Oct. 8.   The service will be closely monitored, with the possibility of WestJet continuing the overnights year-round.   All this is in addition to WestJet’s regular daytime daily flight between Kelowna and Toronto.
It also means that for much of the spring, summer and fall, Kelowna will have three non-stop flights a day to Toronto — two with WestJet and one with Air Canada Rouge.
The increased frequency is a testament to Kelowna’s airport becoming a transportation hub for the Southern Interior.   Passengers not only come from Kelowna, but from throughout the Okanagan, Similkameen, Thompson and Kootenays to catch planes to 16 non-stop destinations, including Toronto, Seattle, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, Whitehorse, Castlegar and six sun spots during the winter.   A Winnipeg non-stop will also become a reality this spring when WestJet starts up four-times-a-week service from Kelowna.   “The non-stops don’t just link Kelowna directly with Toronto, but also gives people the possibility to get to 180 other destinations around the world with just one connection in Toronto,” said Samaddar.
Kelowna’s airport serves 1.7 million passengers a year who fly to 16 non-stop destinations via nine airlines and 33 departures a day.


Porter Airlines connects aspiring pilots with experienced mentors

TORONTO, March 9, 2017 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is partnering with a number of Canadian flight training programs to help prepare aspiring pilots for success.
Destination Porter is a mentorship program introduced to students early in flight training through outreach sessions and open houses hosted by experienced Porter pilots.    Pilots share their career paths and offer advice, while discussing future career opportunities.
Students have an opportunity to apply to Destination Porter after successfully completing their flight training program.    They must provide academic transcripts and flight test reports, and demonstrate a high level of professionalism.    Successful applicants are paired with a Porter pilot mentor and are guaranteed an interview for a First Officer position at Porter when they have met certain flying experience criteria.
“There is a need for qualified pilots across Canada as the industry grows,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines.    “Porter pilots are investing their time as mentors to help the next generation navigate their own career paths.   Becoming a pilot takes determination, hard work and personal commitment.    It is a labour of passion, which I can personally attest to as a pilot myself.”
Destination Porter hosts an exclusive event for students who are accepted into the program, where they have the opportunity to meet experienced pilots and executives, and learn about the culture and benefits of working at Porter.
Destination Porter is currently partnered with eight flight training schools:

  • Algonquin College
  • Brampton Flight Centre (IATPL program)
  • Moncton Flight College
  • Ottawa Aviation Services (IATP program)
  • Sault College
  • Seneca College
  • Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (University of Waterloo and Conestoga College)
  • Western University

“Successful applicants are paired with one of our experienced Porter pilots who volunteer their personal time as mentors in the program,” said Julie Beverstein, Captain and Pilot Recruitment Ambassador, Porter Airlines.    “The knowledge and guidance they offer is invaluable to a newly licenced pilot who is about to begin their career.”
Porter recently introduced the Porter Star Award at each partnering school.    Students are recognized for academic achievements and their contributions towards helping others.  Candidates are peer-nominated and the winner is selected by each school’s administration.    Porter Star Award recipients receive a bursary up to $1,000, presented by a Porter Pilot Ambassador during graduation ceremonies.    The first Porter Star Award was presented to Darren Moorcroft, from the Brampton Flight Centre IATPL program, on Feb. 27, at his Wings Ceremony.