CF Snowbirds will be performing in Halifax, on July 1st for Canada Day!

26 April 2023 – CF Snowbirds Facebook


We’re thrilled to announce that we will be performing in Halifax, on July 1st for Canada Day! 🇨🇦

The team is excited to return to Nova Scotia after 3 years for this important event.

We would like to thank the City of Halifax and CFB Halifax for their tremendous support.

📷MCpl Matthew MacKenzie

YQB 2022 Annual Public Meeting – A Year That Has Exceeded Expectations

QUÉBEC CITY, April 27, 2023 /CNW/ – With the return of passengers in droves, an array of new routes, renewed dining options, a transformation of the commercial area, and a reduction in estimated losses, not to mention improved operational agility and consolidated alliances, there is no question that 2022 is the year when Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) bounced forward and its results exceeded expectations.

Encouraging demand with more route options

YQB has accelerated its development to expand its route options and offer more destinations. Its successful recovery and continued hard work are evidenced by the fact that the airport now offers considerably more routes than it did before the pandemic. It has added direct flights to Europe, Western Canada, and sun destinations; increased its presence at key airline hubs; improved access to major Canadian cities; and welcomed new airlines.

  • Air France: three weekly direct flights to Paris in the summer
  • Air Transat: new weekly seasonal service to London and resumption of flights to Paris
  • Air Canada:
    • New routes to Calgary and Vancouver
    • New flight to Varadero
    • Significant improvement to existing routes
  • U.S. airlines: return of routes to New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago
  • Sun destinations:
    • Return of flights to the South
    • Sunwing: new flights to Panama and Honduras
  • Flair Airlines: direct flights to Halifax and Edmonton by summer 2023

It is clear that YQB has been successful and that passengers are responding. In fact, while forecasts suggested that the million-passenger mark would be difficult to reach in 2022, some 1.17 million people (+232%) flew into or out of YQB during the year. In comparison, only 353,203 passengers passed through YQB in 2021. This growth is no coincidence. It is the fruit of considerable efforts and promotional investments throughout the year, including a bold advertising campaign that highlighted the benefits of flying out of YQB.

A better-than-expected financial situation

The return of so many passengers, combined with extremely strict financial management, allowed YQB to limit losses to $12.6M in 2022. The total expected losses from the pandemic until the company returns to profitability have dropped from $100 million to $80 million. Of course, YQB is watching the situation closely, but given that it was bracing for the worst, the 2022 numbers are more than satisfactory.

They have also allowed YQB to support a fast recovery by freezing airport improvement fees and general aviation fees for 2023—the sixth year in a row it has done so. As for aeronautical charges, they increased by only 4%, even though inflation has meant a much higher bill for the organization.

Preparing for the worst… and delivering!

For many major airports, recovery was still a laborious process in 2022. The aftershocks of the pandemic, combined with a new operating environment and a labour shortage, has wreaked havoc across the country.

YQB saw that the number of seats on sale for the summer of 2022 was increasing exponentially, so its teams anticipated the issues and began preparing months in advance. Working closely with airlines, handlers, government agencies, and travel service providers, YQB was able to welcome a growing number of travellers throughout the year, all while providing a uniquely warm and personal experience. The YQB team is proud of its ability to keep operations running smoothly despite an especially demanding situation, and deservedly so.

An enhanced passenger experience

Travellers from here and abroad can now enjoy more dining options than ever as they wait for their flights. In fact, they can eat at not one, but two new concessions: the Blaxton Aéroport de Québec bar and restaurant and the Brûlerie Rousseau par Nourcy café. They can also explore the airport’s new exhibition on the Québec Winter Carnival while they wait for their flights. The heart of the terminal has truly been transformed. In addition, the Government of Canada announced $10M in financial aid, allowing the airport to initiate major rehabilitation work on the threashold of Runway 29 and aircraft taxiways in 2023.


“Our airport is growing, offering new services again, and modernizing, and our teams are constantly working to diversify its operations and sources of revenue. Despite the lingering effects of the pandemic and an uncertain economic environment, YQB is doing well and performing beyond expectations. Of course, this success largely comes from the passengers who choose Québec City. The future of YQB will continue to depend on the confidence of its passengers; we will keep seizing every opportunity to serve the people of the greater Québec City area.” – Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

“Our series of achievements in 2022 are a real tour de force for the team. We could not have dreamed of such a rapid and promising recovery without the strength of our employees. As we enter a pivotal period, our airport is continuing to lay the groundwork for even greater success and making the decisions we need to allow YQB to become a place where anything is possible. We are already seeing the results. They fill us with pride and will make our organization even stronger for the future.” – André Boulanger, Chair of the Board, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

About Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)

YQB is managed by Aéroport de Québec Inc., a private corporation responsible for the airport’s management, operation, maintenance and development since November 1, 2000. Around a dozen carriers offer flights from YQB to destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe, and daily flights to the main hubs in eastern North America.

Government of Canada and Canadian North agree on new terms and conditions of airline merger

Transport Canada

OTTAWA, ON, April 21, 2023 /CNW/ – From travelling to appointments to helping deliver essential necessities such as food, medicine and other goods, strong, financially stable northern air transportation providers are vital to support vibrant and sustainable communities in the North.

In 2019, the Government of Canada approved the merger of First Air and Canadian North, subject to several terms and conditions meant to protect the public interest. Since then, the air transportation landscape has changed dramatically due to the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has had a lasting impact on Canadian North’s ability to comply with the existing conditions, while also providing service to northern communities. During the pandemic, Canadian North was exempted from its scheduling obligations, and received $138 million in direct funding from the Government of Canada.

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, today announced that the Government of Canada and Canadian North have agreed on new terms and conditions that will allow Canadian North to remain financially viable and sustainable, while continuing to provide required levels of service to rural and remote communities in Northern Canada.

The Government of Canada and Canadian North have agreed on a profit cap, which will allow them to adjust fares and routes to remain viable without cutting off communities or placing a significant financial burden on northern travellers.

Examples of the new terms and conditions include:

  • Ensuring that all communities it currently serves continue to receive at least one scheduled flight a week. Further, should the passenger load factors exceed 85 percent on average on any given route for a period of six consecutive months, Canadian North will be expected to adjust its capacity/schedules to be reflective of the increased demand.
  • Limiting average annual regional fare increases for both passenger and cargo transportation to 25 percent within a calendar year.
  • Limiting yearly net profit margins to no more than 10 percent on its scheduled passenger and cargo network (excluding the Edmonton-Yellowknife and Montreal-Kuujjuaq routes), while also allowing the airline to recoup past losses over a 3-year period.
  • Providing information for quarterly auditing by an independent monitor.

The new agreement also includes regular oversight for the Minister to ensure that the public interest is maintained.


“Canadian North provides an important service to the North, and is the only true full network air carrier in much of the region. These new terms and conditions will ensure northern and remote communities have the access to the air services they need, while at the same time ensuring Canadian North remains a viable service provider.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • Canadian North is a 100% Inuit-owned airline.
  • Canadian North services 25 communities within the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunavut, as well as Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary.
  • All Canadian North aircraft are gravel and ice strip equipped for landing in remote locations.

Transport Canada is online at

Independence unleashed: Toronto Pearson, WestJet, Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides celebrate International Guide Dog Day

TORONTO, April 26, 2023 /CNW/ – Toronto Pearson International Airport has partnered with WestJet and the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides (LFCDG) to use the airport as a training facility for new guide and assistance dogs in honour of International Guide Dog Day. 

Guide and assistance dogs and their handlers were at Terminal 3 today, April 26, providing familiarization training for the dogs on all aspects of the airport experience, including security screening and boarding an aircraft in a busy atmosphere.

Guide dogs Polly and Mango taking a break from their training session (CNW Group/Greater Toronto Airports Authority)
Today's training cohort; guide and assistance dogs and their handlers. (CNW Group/Greater Toronto Airports Authority)

“We are continuously working to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities, and we continue to engage with our community to bring further improvements and innovations to Pearson,” said Kurush Minocher, Director, Passenger Experience and Development, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “Partnerships like these allow us to foster a positive experience for all passengers at the airport.”

“From check-in to security screening to boarding an aircraft, Dog Guides in seven different programs are able to train to continue to focus on their job while being in these busy environments,” explains Gina Lijoi, Director of Programs and Client Services at LFCDG. “We’re grateful to Toronto Pearson and West Jet, for joining forces with LFCDG to improve independent travel and customer service for travelers traveling with Dog Guides.”

The training showcased how dog guides can assist individuals with independent travel. This partnership with WestJet and the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides started more than two years ago, with trainings taking place monthly. It is part of Toronto Pearson’s ongoing commitment to create a more inclusive experience for all passengers. 

In 2022, Toronto Pearson became the first airport in North America and second in the world to receive the Airports Council International (ACI) accreditation under the Accessibility Enhancement Accreditation (AEA) program, a first-of-its-kind program dedicated to airport accessibility. The program is designed to help airports measure, evaluate, and improve their accessibility management and culture. It is the only international assessment or accreditation program dedicated to airports’ accessibility to passengers with disabilities.

To learn more about accessibility at Toronto Pearson, visit: 

About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is the operator of Toronto – Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Canada’s largest airport and a vital connector of people, businesses and goods. Toronto Pearson has been named “Best Large Airport in North America serving more than 40 million passengers” for five years in a row by Airports Council International (ACI), the global trade representative of the world’s airports. In recognition of its Healthy Airport program, ACI has also awarded Toronto Pearson the “Best hygiene measures in North America” award for three years running, and Toronto Pearson was the first Canadian airport to receive ACI’s global health accreditation for its response to COVID-19.

Bombardier Reports Positive Adjusted Net Income, Grows Revenues and Expands Profit Margins in First Quarter of 2023

  • Bombardier reports first quarter 2023 revenues of $1.5 billion, up 17% year-over-year, driven by improved delivery mix and continued strong aftermarket revenues of $424 million; aircraft deliveries on track towards full-year guidance of greater than 138.
  • Adjusted EBITDA rose to $212 million, up 27% year-over-year thanks to stronger aircraft margins and aftermarket growth, reported EBIT reached $140 million. Reported net income and adjusted net income surged to $302 million and $113 million respectively. First quarter 2023 adjusted Earnings per share (EPS) turns positive at $1.06 and diluted EPS of $2.98.
  • Free cash flow usage of $247 million driven by working capital build in inventories for 2023 deliveries and continued investments supporting completion of a new facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Available liquidity stands strong at $1.4 billion at quarter end. Reported cash flow usage from operating activities for the quarter was $162 million and net additions to PP&E and intangible assets for the quarter were $85 million. Cash and cash equivalents as at March 31, 2023 were $1.1 billion.
  • First quarter of 2023 ended with stable backlog at $14.8 billion, reflecting steady demand profile and unit book-to-bill of 0.9.
  • First quarter 2023 marked by continued strong progress on debt reduction with a repayment of approximately $400 million from cash on balance sheet; market confidence with Moody’s Investors Service upgrade of Bombardier’s corporate family and Senior unsecured notes rating to B2; outlook maintained as stable.

All amounts are in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

MONTRÉAL, April 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier (BBD.B TO) reported today its financial results for the first quarter of 2023, reflecting continued progress on all business fundamentals and performance on track toward reaching 2023 full-year guidance.

“Bombardier has delivered a very strong first quarter,” said Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier. “Our robust performance adds to our extremely positive track record from the past two years and confirms we are on the right trajectory. With a very healthy, positive adjusted net income, further debt reduction, continued margin expansion, and ramped up production to reach our guidance of more than 138 deliveries this year, we are forging ahead towards the upgraded 2025 targets we presented during our Investor Day last month.”

Positive Net Income and Continued Robust Performance on Business Fundamentals Mark First Quarter of 2023
Bombardier reported a strong start to 2023, with first quarter revenues up 17% year-over-year at $1.5 billion, compared to $1.2 billion in the same quarter last year. The positive trend was reflected in profitability, with adjusted EBITDA up 27%, driven by stronger aircraft margins, mainly on large-cabin aircraft, and aftermarket growth. Adjusted EBITDA margin rose 120 basis points year-over-year to 14.6%. The adjusted EBIT totaled $138 million in the first quarter of 2023, up 89% compared to the same quarter last year. The company also reported the adjusted net income of $113 million, compared with a $69 million loss over the same period last year. First quarter of 2023 adjusted EPS was $1.06 compared to a loss of $0.80 per share for the same quarter of 2022.

The positive trend in deliveries has continued in the first quarter of 2023, with deliveries (excluding Learjet, which is no longer in production) up 22% year-over-year. This is consistent with the company’s overall guidance of increasing deliveries by more than 15% in 2023. The backlog remained stable at $14.8 billion, while the unit book-to-bill was at 0.9.

The expected ramp up in production to build inventory, as well as strategic investments, such as the new Global production facility at the Pearson airport in Toronto set to open at the end of 2023, have led to some predicted free cash flow usage this year, as well as a higher CAPEX spend and the payment related to the incentive-based compensation plan for employees across Bombardier’s sites.

Bombardier’s aftermarket business continues its positive performance and contribution to the company’s bottom line with $424 million in revenues in the first quarter of 2023, up 17% year-over-year.

Steady Progress on Debt Reduction Contributes to Increased Market Confidence
The company also continued to execute on debt reduction, one of its key promises since restructuring in 2020. Bombardier has successfully repaid approximately $400 million of debt in the first quarter of 2023, which played a major role in the recent upgrade of Bombardier’s corporate family and Senior unsecured notes rating to B2 by Moody’s Investors Service. With available liquidity very strong at $1.4 billion, towards the upper end of the targeted range shared during its Investor Day in March, the company will remain opportunistic with the debt capital markets in the future.

About Bombardier

Bombardier (BBD-B.TO) is a global leader in aviation, focused on designing, manufacturing, and servicing the world’s most exceptional business jets. Bombardier’s Challenger and Global aircraft families are renowned for their cutting-edge innovation, cabin design, performance, and reliability. Bombardier has a worldwide fleet of approximately 5,000 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments, and private individuals. Bombardier aircraft are also trusted around the world in government and military special-mission roles leveraging Bombardier Defense’s proven expertise. 

Headquartered in Greater Montréal, Québec, Bombardier operates aerostructure, assembly and completion facilities in Canada, the United States and Mexico. The company’s robust customer support network services the Learjet, Challenger and Global families of aircraft, and includes facilities in strategic locations in the United States and Canada, as well as in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, the UAE, Singapore, China and Australia.

Bell Textron Canada Announces Contracts with Alpine Aerotech and Heli-Oneto Extend Life of CH-146 Griffon fleet

Agreements ensure increased Canadian content and value for the RCAF

Mirabel (Québec), April 26, 2023 – Bell Textron Canada Limited, a Textron Inc. subsidiary (NYSE: TXT), is pleased to announce that it awarded subcontracts to Alpine Aerotech LP and Heli-One Canada ULC to support the Canadian Armed Forces in the modernization of its CH-146 Griffon aircraft fleet.

As the original manufacturer and intellectual property owner of the CH-146 Griffon helicopters, Bell was awarded the contract to extend the life of the 85-helicopter fleet in May 2022 by Public Services and Procurement Canada.  As part of the contract, Bell will modify the first nine aircraft. Subsequent aircraft will be modified by the subcontractors who have been rigorously selected through a fair, open and transparent competition.

“I am pleased to announce the award of two important subcontracts to Alpine Aerotech and Heli-One. These contracts will support job creation in Canada and demonstrate once again the importance and quality of our Canadian companies in the aerospace sector. We are proud to join forces with these dedicated and established rotorcraft support entities driven by excellence to support the Canadian Armed Forces and our men and women in uniform throughout the Griffon missions here and abroad,” said Steeve Lavoie, president of Bell Textron Canada.

“On behalf of the entire Alpine Aerotech team, we are extremely pleased to be continuing our longstanding relationship to support both Bell and the Department of National Defense with the upcoming CH146 Griffon Mk II (GLLE) implementation. We wish to congratulate Heli-One as being also selected to support the implementation and look forward to working together to facilitate a successful program for all stakeholders,” declared Jeff Denomme, president of Alpine Aerotech.

“Heli-One is thrilled to be selected by Bell as a supplier for the Griffon Life Limited Extension (GLLE) modification embodiments. The CH-146 Griffon is used as a multi-purpose utility helicopter by the Royal Canadian Air Force and is essential to operations both at home and overseas. We are extremely excited for the opportunity to work with Bell to upgrade the CH-146 Griffon and keep the fleet flying well into the future,” states Carolyn Forsyth, general manager – sales, Commercial and Customer Support at Heli-One.

For almost four decades, Bell Textron Canada has been designing, developing, assembling, delivering and sustaining state-of-the-art commercial helicopters in Mirabel to provide vertical take-off solutions to operators, businesses and government agencies around the world, building a remarkable legacy as Canada’s helicopter company. To learn more about Bell Textron Canada, visit the company’s web page at


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Special Air Canada and Dreams Take Flight Departs Halifax with Kids from across Maritimes

  • First Dreams Take Flight trip departing Halifax since 2019
  • Second flight of 2023 taking off from across Canada
  • Every year, Air Canada and Dreams Take Flight take children facing different challenges on the trip-of-a-lifetime.

MONTREAL, April 26, 2023 /CNW/ – This morning, the first Air Canada and Dreams Take Flight from Atlantic Canada since 2019 took off from Halifax International Airport with 144 children to Orlando to experience the trip-of-a-lifetime. Thanks to the numerous Air Canada employee volunteers, support of the Air Canada Foundation and the work by the Dreams Take Flight organization, eight flights operate annually, providing over 1000 children each year with an unforgettable day at a theme park in Florida or California.

Special Air Canada flight with Dreams Take Flight departs Halifax with kids from across Maritimes for trip-of-a-lifetime. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

The flight from Halifax left in the early hours of the morning and transported 144 kids to Orlando, accompanied by a crew of current and retired Air Canada employee volunteers focused on creating the most magical experience possible. By generously donating their time, pilots, flight attendants, maintenance engineers, and numerous other employees on the ground and behind the scenes offer children facing mental, physical, or social adversity the chance to take a break from their everyday to make memories and see new possibilities.

“Dreams Take Flight Halifax takes children from all of the Atlantic provinces, which is something that makes our chapter very unique”, said Allison Sinnott, President of Dreams Take Flight Halifax. “It’s difficult to describe what this trip means for them and what it’s like to witness their joy as they make unforgettable memories with new friends. None of this would be possible without our national and local sponsors, so we cannot thank them enough.”

“Partnering with Dreams Take Flight has been a wonderful way for Air Canada, our employees, and the Air Canada Foundation to come together and make the dreams of children facing adversity come true,” said Valerie Durand, Spokesperson for the Air Canada Foundation. “A heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers and supporters who worked so hard to bring together this group of deserving children from across the Atlantic provinces to make magical memories that will last a lifetime.”

Six more flights from across Canada will depart from Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Ottawa throughout 2023.

Dreams Take Flight is a non-profit primarily made up of current and retired Air Canada employees who volunteer to make these flights a reality. Over the past 30 years, Air Canada, as exclusive carrier and now through the Air Canada Foundation, has flown more than forty thousand children on Dreams Take Flight trips.

Visit to donate or volunteer.

About Dreams Take Flight

Dreams Take Flight is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing the trip of a lifetime to children who may be physically, mentally or socially challenged. With the aid of Air Canada, the Air Canada Foundation and other national and local organizations and businesses, money is raised to fund the program in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax. Funds not required for its primary purpose can be gifted by Dreams Take Flight to other registered charities that benefit physically, mentally or socially challenged children and are within the policies adopted by Dreams Take Flight Canada. The first Dreams Take Flight station was founded in Toronto in 1989. Since then, the organization has taken over 40,000 special children to Florida and California.

About the Air Canada Foundation

The Air Canada Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focused on the health and well-being of children and youth, was launched in 2012. It offers both financial and in-kind support to Canadian-registered charities. Core programs include the Hospital Transportation Program, which redistributes Aeroplan points to 15 pediatric hospitals across Canada, enabling sick children to access the medical care they need away from home. The Air Canada Foundation, in collaboration with the airline, also engages directly in fundraising activities, such as the Every Bit Counts program, which encourages customers to donate loose change of all denominations on board flights or through collection containers available in Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges. The Foundation also offers continued support to major health-related causes that benefit Canadians and is an active participant in international humanitarian relief activity as the need arises. For more information about the Air Canada Foundation, please read the 2020-21 impact report or the Air Canada’s 2021 Corporate Sustainability report available at

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled service directly to more than 180 airports in Canada, the United States and Internationally on six continents. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger and freighter aircraft.  Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.

WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group’s celebration tour concludes with third inauguration of dedicated freighter in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC, April 25, 2023 /CNW/ – WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group today celebrated the third inauguration of its 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters in Vancouver alongside integral partners and key stakeholders. The event was commemorated by a ribbon cutting, signifying the launch of WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group’s dedicated freighter service in one of the carriers five hubs, that will fulfill the large-scale needs of businesses, freight forwarders, shippers and individual customers across North America. WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group’s Vancouver celebration is the last of three inaugural events, that took place across Canada.

Kirsten de Bruijn, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Cargo (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“We are thrilled to be celebrating this long-awaited milestone in Vancouver, a core hub for WestJet Cargo that will connect our freighter service to the Pacific coast,” said Kirsten de Bruijn, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Cargo. “Our Vancouver hub is essential to connecting WestJet Cargo to Asia’s robust trade lines to Canada, enabling us to seamlessly execute the distribution of incoming valuable cargo products to their final destinations across Canada.”

“Today is an exciting day for the GTA Group as we celebrate and welcome this highly anticipated moment in Vancouver. This joint venture with WestJet Cargo will without a doubt, strengthen our position to meet the needs of the rapidly growing Canadian cargo market,” said Mario (Mauro) D’Urso, Chairman of The GTA Group of Companies.” The capacity of these four dedicated freighters will bring customers new competitive options by providing more air freight capacity to cargo customers who depend on reliable and on-time performance. We are thrilled to see these freighters take flight as we strive to provide exceptional service to all of our customers and their business needs.”

From left: Shaena Furlong, President and CEO, Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Bruce Ralston, Minister of Forests and Minister responsible for the Consular Corps, Kirsten de Bruijn, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Cargo, Alexis von Hoensbroech, Chief Executive Officer, the WestJet Group, Mario (Mauro) D’Urso, Chairman of The GTA Group of Companies and Andy Margolis, Vice President, Operations & Chief Operations Officer, Vancouver Airport Authority (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group’s dedicated freighters will begin operating between its designated hubs in Calgary, Halifax, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto and Vancouver. Integrating into the WestJet Group’s existing network, WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group’s dedicated freighters will work in tandem with the cargo carrying bellies of WestJet’s fleet, creating global connectivity and opening trade lanes between Canada and the Caribbean, Europe, Japan and the United States.

“Our incredibly talented team at WestJet Cargo is eager to disrupt Canada’s air cargo market, by bringing competitive cost advantages, increased choice, reliable on-time performance and exemplary customer service, to Canada’s underserved air cargo market. Today’s celebration signifies a green light to do just that, as we strive to meet the needs of Canada’s expanding cargo market,” continued de Bruijn.

In addition to the broad range of commodities already carried by WestJet Cargo such as perishables, ecommerce and live animals, the dedicated freighters have enabled a broad expansion of the carrier’s service offerings, including the capacity to carry oversized items and unitized ecommerce containers.

“It is an honour to celebrate this accomplishment amongst key partners and stakeholders, each of whom played an integral role in making today happen. The take-off of our dedicated freighters is a significant moment for Canada and the communities we serve, as we strengthen our ability to expand upon the essential products we carry across and beyond the country,” continued de Bruijn.

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“BC’s economic strength is the skilled workers and inspiring companies connecting the province to expanding prosperity.  I’m excited to see the new opportunities that will be unlocked by WestJest Cargo and what it will mean for people and businesses across the province,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Forests and Minister responsible for the Consular Corps. “Getting B.C. made and grown goods to market continues to be foundational to our success and the quality of life in our province. This service will contribute to the success of delivering B.C. quality made products to the world.”

“YVR is proud to welcome WestJet to our airport’s cargo community, celebrating this important milestone as one of our valued long-term partners,” said Andy Margolis, Vice President, Operations & Chief Operations Officer, Vancouver Airport Authority. “We have a shared duty to meet the growing needs of our community and the economy that supports it. This new freighter service from WestJet will facilitate the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of goods as well as enhance the connection of cargo to and from our region.”

“Air cargo is a truly essential link in Canada’s supply chain. Here in Richmond, over 500 freight, logistics and cargo companies are directly involved in helping Canadian products reach the global market and bringing needed products to Canada. This link is critical for everyone from our British Columbian fishers, and farmers, to our engineers in advanced manufacturing. Today’s inaugural flight of WestJet Cargo’s dedicated freighters will further strengthen our supply chain, and help ensure WestJet’s safe, reliable air shipping is there for the customers and businesses who need it,” said Shaena Furlong, President and CEO, Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

About WestJet Cargo
A dedicated division of the WestJet Group of Companies, WestJet Cargo provides air cargo services to businesses, freight forwarders, shippers and individual customers. Providing safe, reliable air-shipping for customers and businesses, WestJet Cargo utilizes the expansive network of WestJet’s wide and narrow-bodied aircraft and its newly introduced fleet of four dedicated Boeing 737-800 Converted Freighters (BCF) to meet the diverse needs of its cargo customers. For more information on WestJet Cargo please visit:

About WestJet 

In 27 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 110 destinations in 24 countries. 

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit

Bombardier Defense to Debut Virtual & Interactive Showroom at the 2023 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit

  • Bombardier Defense will present its wide range of solutions for critical missions at the Summit held in Nashville, Tennessee from April 26 to 28, 2023
  • Virtual showroom enables customers and partners to view the solution-oriented customization services offered on the Challenger and Global families of aircraft
  • Aircraft available for virtual visits include a Multi-Role and Medevac Challenger 650, ISR-configured Global 6500 and VIP transport Global 8000

MONTRÉAL, April 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Defense is set to debut its virtual and interactive showroom at the upcoming 2023 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit, hosted by the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA). This fully immersive showroom enables customers to view 3-D models of its aircraft, allowing a hands-on experience of the solution-oriented services Bombardier Defense can deliver. This new service will allow users to look at various aircraft configurations, as well as envision how Bombardier’s Challenger and Global aircraft can respond to the most demanding missions.

The virtual showroom contains 4 aircraft configurations: a Global 8000 for VIP transportation, a Global 6500 modified for Airborne ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance), and a Multi-Role and Medevac Challenger 650. This immersive experience will allow customers to explore the real life-sized layout of each plane, and fully appreciate the payload capabilities available. This tool also allows a 360view of the exterior, and to explore the customizations Bombardier Defense offers on missionized aircraft.

“As one of the largest gatherings of the U.S. Defense aviation community, the Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit is the perfect venue for Bombardier to present its wide array of solutions and debut its virtual showroom. It will be a useful tool to help our mission system providers and government customers to appreciate the full potential of our aircraft,” said Steve Patrick, Vice President, Bombardier Defense. “Bombardier Defense has a well-rounded choice of aircraft that can support a full range of missions. We are proud to have our aircraft in service with the US Government, as well as partners and allies around the world.”

Bombardier’s Challenger and Global aircraft families represent the ideal solution for the full spectrum of surveillance missions, maritime patrol, electronic warfare, search and rescue, VIP transportation, and more. Trusted by Governments around the world, the Challenger and Global aircraft are the optimal solution for military use, thanks to their industry-leading capabilities and undisputed performance. Bombardier has a proven track record for building aircraft with exceptional endurance, while offering unparalleled reliability and low operating costs compared to other aircraft in their class.

About Bombardier

Bombardier (BBD-B.TO) is a global leader in aviation, focused on designing, manufacturing, and servicing the world’s most exceptional business jets. Bombardier’s Challenger and Global aircraft families are renowned for their cutting-edge innovation, cabin design, performance, and reliability. Bombardier has a worldwide fleet of approximately 5,000 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments, and private individuals. Bombardier aircraft are also trusted around the world in government and military special-mission roles leveraging Bombardier Defense’s proven expertise. 

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Minister of Transport presents proposed amendments to the Canada Transportation Act to strengthen air passenger rights and simplify the complaint resolution process

OTTAWA, ON, April 24, 2023 /CNW/ – The air sector plays a crucial role in connecting Canadians across the country and to the world, and creates good, middle-class jobs to help build an economy that works for everyone. Protecting the rights of air passengers is a priority of the Government of Canada, and the government will continue to ensure that travellers’ rights are respected by airlines when air travel does not go according to plan.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honorable Omar Alghabra, announced that proposed amendments to the Canada Transportation Act have been introduced as part of Bill C-47, the Budget Implementation Act. These proposed amendments would strengthen Canada’s passenger rights regime, streamline the processes for administering air travel complaints before the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency), and increase air carriers’ accountability. 

In 2019, for the first time in Canadian history, an air passenger rights regime, called the Air Passenger Protection Regulations (APPR) was implemented. The regulations clarified minimum requirements and compensation. During the pandemic, the government strengthened these rights to include refunds for cancellations and long delays in situations outside the airline’s control, including major weather events or a pandemic.

These new proposed amendments to the Canada Transportation Act would, among other things, allow the Agency to modify its regulations to:

  • make compensation mandatory for all disruptions, unless the disruption was caused by very limited circumstances that would be specifically defined by regulations;
  • remove exemptions to air carriers’ compensation obligations based on broad categories of disruptions (e.g., disruptions outside/within the control of airlines or required for safety);
  • make standards of treatment, such as the provision of food and water, mandatory for all flight disruptions;
  • establish requirements for delayed baggage and prescribe parameters around refund requirements as a result of a travel advisory issued by the Government.

The amendments would also:

  • replace the current process for resolving air travel complaints, which includes an adjudication process by Governor in Council-appointed members, with a more simplified process conducted primarily by Agency staff to ensure travellers get quicker decisions;
  • impose a greater burden of proof on air carriers where it is presumed that compensation is payable to a complainant, unless the air carrier proves the contrary;
  • require air carriers to establish an internal process for dealing with air travel claims;
  • broaden the authority of the Agency to set fees and charges to recover its costs; and
  • enhance the Agency’s enforcement powers with respect to the air transportation sector by allowing the Agency to increase the maximum amount of Administrative Monetary Penalties applicable to the APPR for corporations and by providing the Agency with the authority to enter into compliance agreements with air carriers.

Following royal assent of the Budget Implementation Act, the Agency would have the authority to initiate the regulatory process to amend the APPR in consultation with the Minister of Transport. New regulations are expected to be in place at the earliest opportunity. As of September 30, 2023, or if it is later, as of the day on which the Budget Implementation Act receives royal assent, the Agency would begin to resolve complaints through the new complaint resolution process.  

Together with the $75.9 million over three years previously announced for the Agency to help reduce the backlog of complaints, these measures would help ensure that if events similar to those of last summer and over the holiday season occur, passengers are treated fairly, and the carriers meet their obligations swiftly.


“It is clear that a stronger and simpler system is needed to increase air carriers’ accountability and transparency, reduce the number of incidents referred to the Agency, and streamline the Agency’s processes for addressing travel complaints. The proposed amendments would significantly enhance our air passenger rights regime to ensure travellers get the services and treatment they pay for and deserve.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra  
Minister of Transport

Associated Link

Bill C-47, the Budget Implementation Act

Quick Facts

  • The Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal and regulator with the mandate to help ensure that the national transportation system runs efficiently, smoothly and is accessible in the interests of all Canadians.
  • The Agency is responsible for enforcing the Air Passenger Protection Regulations, which came fully into force in December 2019.
  • In 2022, new regulations on refund requirements for flight cancellations or lengthy delays outside of an air carrier’s control came into force.

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