Air Canada A220 Training

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Every A220 pilot undergoes months of training on sophisticated simulator

October 2019

Every A220 pilot undergoes months of training on sophisticated simulator

Months before our new, modern Airbus A220-300 aircraft takes to the skies, dozens of pilots are immersed in training to prepare them to take the controls when we welcome our first A220-300 to the Air Canada fleet later this year.

Each pilot undergoes hours of training in classrooms and simulators, recreating a variety of situations so that when the time comes to accelerate down the runway toward V1, they are well versed in everything the A220-300 is capable of.

Simulator training is nothing new for pilots, who must continuously spend hours in these sophisticated training tools every six months to maintain their license to operate a particular aircraft.

And introducing an entire new aircraft to Air Canada’s fleet also represents a major undertaking that requires teamwork and input from every department within the company.

“Within flight operations, we’ve got multiple groups from training within the fleet itself dealing with the change, the rapid changing of the documentation from the manufacturer. We also are in communication with other departments within Air Canada such as maintenance, in-flight, cargo, ground operations, ensuring that everybody is on the same page throughout the introduction so that at entry into service goes smoothly,” said Rob Latter, Chief Pilot for the A220 at Air Canada.

Working out of our simulator facility near Toronto’s Pearson Airport, each pilot undergoes weeks of training that begins with four days of classroom sessions, where pilots have a desktop simulator on a computer to allow them to familiarize themselves with the flight deck.

After that, there are nine sessions of four hours each on what is known as an Integrated Procedures Trainer (IPT), which is a scaled down model of the full simulator. And for the A220, Air Canada is one of the only airlines to have opted to equip its IPT with a fully functional console between the Captain’s and First Officer’s seats, allowing for the pilots to train on the actual equipment and build up muscle memory. Training options that replace the fully functional piece with touchscreens don’t produce the same results.

Once they have completed this phase, pilots then undergo 11 sessions of four hours in the sophisticated A220-300 simulator, which replicates with stunning reality the flying capabilities of the aircraft.

Simulator sessions include taking off and landing at different airports, enabling pilots to manage the aircraft while encountering a multitude of weather conditions as well as a range of situations that can arise while operating a flight.

Robert Birch was one of the first pilots at Air Canada to go through A220 training and as a check pilot he helps certify the next group of pilots to be qualified on this aircraft.

“My initial impression of the flight deck is how spacious and roomy it is. How cleanly designed it is. It was obviously designed with the pilot in mind. I think it is going to be a really comfortable work space,” Birch said. “The best part of flying the A220 in the simulator so far is that the level of automation is very high. It’s got a great system of displays where you can customize them to your use and what your preferences are.”

Before the A220, Birch was a captain on the Airbus A320.

“The biggest difference for me on this is that this has a geared engine. That has made it much more fuel efficient,” Birch said.

Asif Khattak is also a check pilot for the A220 program and he too was impressed by the flight deck’s spaciousness.

“For a narrow body, it’s got a lot of room. It’s really nicely laid out. The overhead panel is very clean and the display units offer a great amount of visibility. The side windows on the aircraft are huge, as well as the front looking out. So, the visibility in the aircraft is fantastic.”

The automation and display screens on the aircraft make a pilot’s job much easier.

“It allows you to customize it from your own perspective of how you want to manage the flight deck. It’s also got a heads-up display unit which offers you a lot of situational awareness as well. From that perspective, I really enjoy the airplane,” Khattak said.

He also believes passengers will really love the A220-300.

“I think they will be pleasantly surprised when they come on board this aircraft. It’s got a feel of a widebody aircraft when you walk through the cabin. The windows are quite big, they can adjust the lighting as well, the overhead bins offer a lot of space. And I think the 3-2 layout that we are going to have in this cabin is a little different than perhaps they are used to on other narrow body aircraft. So it gives you the feeling that you are in a very big aircraft, or a widebody aircraft, but you are still in a narrow body plane,” Khattak said.

“One of the unique features of this aircraft is the economy cabin. It’s got a 3-2 configuration, so very few middle seats. And fewer middle seats makes for great comfort for passengers,” Birch said.

The fact the Airbus A220-300 was conceived and designed by a Canadian company and is built in Canada is a source of pride for all three pilots.

“The fact that it is a Canadian aircraft means a lot to anyone working at Air Canada,” Latter said.

“The most exciting thing about the A220 for me is that it’s a Canadian built and designed aircraft, built from scratch as a new airplane. I think it’s going to be great once we get it in the air,” Birch said.

“I am excited to get into an aircraft that is built by a Canadian company. Bombardier built this aircraft, they did a lot of research and design into this aircraft. They have a lot of experience building this airplane. So just excited to get into the airplane and get a feel for it in the air and how it handles,” Khattak said.

And the feedback from Birch, Khattak and other pilots who will go through the first rounds of training will help ensure a smooth transition for all of them.

“The feedback from our initial pilot group that started their training – the ones that have completed it and still in training – are very positive,” Latter said. “With the aircraft itself, I’ve heard that the pilots love the technology level, the spaciousness of the cabin, the cleanness of the panels. It allows us to make the SOPs (standard operation procedures) flow very nicely from their perspective.”

Fast Facts

  • Number of aircraft ordered: 45
  • Seating: 12 business class, 125 economy class
  • Range: 3,200 nautical miles
  • Average of 20 per cent less fuel consumption per seat compared to similar aircraft
  • Noise footprint area up to 50% smaller than previous generation aircraft
  • First new routes announced: Montreal-Seattle, Toronto-San Jose, California

Interjet records record growth on routes between Canada and Mexico

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Interjet records record growth on routes between Canada and Mexico

Monday, November 11, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group

MEXICO CITY — Interjet Airlines’ service between Canada and Mexico has seen record year-over-year passenger traffic results for October 2019.

The airline saw overall passenger traffic for 10 months ended October 2019 increase by 70% to more than 363,000 passengers carried between the two countries.

Combined load factors from Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto were 83.6% for the same 10-month period.

Passenger traffic from Montreal to Cancun grew to 67,121 for an increase of over 137% year-over-year, while overall traffic between Toronto and Cancun increased 81% to 69,080 passenger trips.

Load factors on the Vancouver to Mexico City flights spiked by 91.2%, with passenger traffic increasing 12.7%.

“We have experienced tremendous growth between Canada and Mexico since we started flying between the two countries just over two years ago,” said Julio Gamero, Interjet’s Chief Commercial Officer. “As we look to adding service and frequency, we expect the same if not more demand for our service. Our competitive prices, free checked bags on select fares, more legroom between seats and excellent onboard service will continue to keep up the fastest growing international airline in Mexico.”

Sunwing introduces new on-board menu options inspired by Schwartz’s Deli and Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford

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TORONTO, Nov. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Sunwing Café is back and tastier than ever. For the coming season, travellers can experience not one but two famous Canadian culinary experiences on route to the sunny south. New for this edition is the introduction of Schwartz’s Deli’s World Famous Original Smoked Meat, served on a pretzel roll with grainy mustard and mayonnaise spread, topped with a sliced pickle and prepared to a strict recipe devised by the iconic Montreal eatery.  A household name not just in Quebec, but across Canada, Schwartz’s Deli has been serving up its famous smoked meat for over nine decades. However, this is the first time that the landmark restaurant has partnered with an airline so that its award-winning smoked meat can now be enjoyed at 30,000 ft.

In addition, Sunwing is delighted to welcome back Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford, back on board for a fourth consecutive year. New for the 2019/2020 season is the addition of Chef Lynn Crawford’s Croque-monsieur, made from oven-baked béchamel and gruyere cheese-crusted brioche slices filled with smoked ham, provolone, swiss cheese, mustard, mayonnaise and caramelized onions. Her Grilled Tex Mex Chicken Wrap, a perennial favourite among Sunwing travellers, is also back on the menu.

President of Sunwing Airlines, Mark Williams, welcomed the additions to the new menu. “We believe in being with our customers every step of the way and feel that their vacations with us should begin the moment they step on board. We are justly proud of our award-winning inflight service and our Sunwing Café menu plays a big part in it. By renewing our longstanding partnership with Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford and introducing Schwartz’s World Famous Original Smoked Meat, we are maintaining our promise to our customers to vacation better.”

“At Schwartz’s Deli, we’ve been delighting locals and visitors with our Famous Montreal Smoked Meat for over nine decades,” said Paul Nakis, Owner of Schwartz’s Deli. “We’re excited to embark on this new partnership which will see our signature product served at 30,000 ft. to travellers from coast to coast for the very first time.”

Chef Lynn Crawford also commented on the news, “I’m delighted to be working with Sunwing for another year, helping Canadians get their vacations off to the right start with award-wining inflight service on board Sunwing Airlines. The recipes I’ve created for the Sunwing Café this season offer passengers nutritious and flavoursome dishes that showcase quality, fresh ingredients.”

In addition to the new offerings from Schwartz’s Deli and Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford, customers can look forward to several other firsts in this new edition of the menu including a flavoursome Quinoa Salad and a hearty Sausage Roll. There are also several new snack options available, such as Joseph’s Nutless Clusters and Rolo SNAX. Customers can pre-order their meal up to 48 hours prior to departure to ensure their preferred choice is available.

All Sunwing vacation packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can enjoy award-winning inflight service, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and a buy on board selection of snacks and light meals including the World Famous Original Smoked Meat from iconic Montreal-based Schwartz’s Deli along with dishes inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance. For additional perks, including additional baggage allowance and legroom, customers can upgrade to Elite Plus from just $50 per sector.

Air Canada prepares for Airbus A220 debut

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Air Canada’s first Airbus A220 was unveiled earlier when it rolled out of the painting hangar at the final assembly line in Mirabel.

In December, Air Canada will be the first Canadian airline to take delivery of this Canadian-designed and developed aircraft when it receives the first of its 45 A220s on order.

The A220 features an innovative cabin design, as well as significantly lower emissions and a reduced noise footprint.

The A220-300 for Air Canada will provide passengers with superior comfort in a 137-seat dual-class cabin layout.

Air Canada’s brand new A220-300s will replace the flag carrier’s existing mainline fleet of smaller, older narrow-body aircraft and support the airline’s hub and network growth, creating one of the world’s youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets.

Now that the aircraft is decked out in Air Canada’s livery, it has moved to pre-flight activities in the A220 flight line hangar in Mirabel, before taking off for its first flight later this fall.

Currently, there are 94 A220 aircraft flying with six operators on regional and transcontinental routes in Asia, America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, proving the great versatility of Airbus’ latest family member.

The A220 has an order book of 530 aircraft as of the end of October.

Héroux-Devtek Reports Solid Fiscal 2020 Second Quarter Financial Results

Press Release from Héroux-Devtek Inc.

Q2 Financial Highlights

  • Sales of $145.5 million, up 52.1% from $ 95.7 million last year, with 14.3% coming from organic growth
  • Operating income of $10.5 million, up 98.9% from $5.3 million last year
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $21.5 million, up 63.3% from $13.2 million last year
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin of 14.8%, up from 13.8% last year

Q2 Operational and Commercial Highlights

  • Funded backlog increased to a record-level of $769 million, from $747 million in Q1
  • Successful completion by Boeing of the first test flight for the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueler for which Héroux-Devtek provides complete landing gear systems

LONGUEUIL, QC, Nov. 8, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Héroux-Devtek Inc. (TSX: HRX) (“Héroux-Devtek” or the “Corporation”), a leading international manufacturer of aerospace products, today reported strong results for the second quarter ended September 30, 2019. Unless otherwise indicated, all amounts are in Canadian dollars.

“While the second quarter has historically been a seasonally softer one for Héroux-Devtek, I am pleased that we were able to deliver strong commercial and defence sales growth, both organically and through acquisitions – even outperforming first quarter sales. As we continue to focus on executing our plan, I wish to thank each member of our team for their continued commitment towards our success,” said Martin Brassard, President and CEO of Héroux-Devtek.

“We now turn to the second half of the year with a strong commitment towards the execution of our business integration and operational delivery strategies. With a record-setting backlog, up 60% from a year ago, and all our programs progressing according to plan, we are now well on track to achieve our revenue and profitability targets for the year,” concluded Mr. Brassard.

SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

Consolidated sales grew 52.1% to $145.5 million, up from $95.6 million last year, including a 14.3% organic growth and a solid performance by the Corporation’s recent acquisitions, which contributed $36.1 million. Commercial sales grew 38.1% from $47.0 million to $64.9 million, while defence sales were up 65.7%, from $48.6 million to $80.6 million.

Gross profit as a percentage of sales decreased during the second quarter to 15.3%, from 16.2% last year, mainly due to the 0.6% negative net impact of exchange rate fluctuations and higher manufacturing costs at the Longueuil facility. These negative factors were partially offset by the positive impact of the CESA acquisition.

Operating income increased to $10.5 million, or 7.2% of sales, up from $5.3 million, or 5.5% of sales last year, mainly driven by lower selling and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales. Last year’s operating income also reflected non-recurring acquisition-related costs, as opposed to this year. Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes non-recurring items, stood at $21.5 million, or 14.8% of sales, compared with $13.2 million, or 13.8% of sales, a year ago. For the same period, EPS doubled from $0.09 last year to $0.18 this quarter, while adjusted EPS1 grew 50%, from $0.12 last year to $0.18 in Q2.

SIX-MONTH RESULTS

Consolidated sales grew 59.3% to $288.9 million, up from $181.4 million for the corresponding period last year. Organic growth accounted for 14.7% of this increase, while the solid performance of the Corporation’s recent acquisitions contributed $80.7 million. Commercial sales grew 42.7% in the first six months of the year, from $92.8 million to $132.4 million, while defence sales were up 76.6% for the same period, from $88.6 million to $156.6 million.

Gross profit as a percentage of sales increased during the first half of the year to 16.1% from 15.7% last year, mainly due to the positive impact of the Beaver and CESA acquisitions, partially offset by the 0.3% negative net impact of exchange rate fluctuations and higher manufacturing costs at the Longueuil facility.

In the first six months of the year, operating income increased to $20.9 million, or 7.2% of sales, up from $10.1 million, or 5.6% of sales last year. Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes non-recurring items, stood at $43.0 million, or 14.9% of sales, compared with $25.4 million, or 14.0% of sales last year. For the same period, EPS grew 89.5%, from $0.19 last year to $0.36, while adjusted EPS grew to $0.37, up 68.2% from the $0.22 recorded in the same period last year.

The Corporation’s funded backlog increased to $769 million as at September 30, 2019, compared to $624 million as at March 31, 2019, mainly due to an increased demand for defence products combined with Alta’s backlog at acquisition, as recorded in the first quarter.

HEALTHY FINANCIAL POSITION

Cash flows related to operating activities reached $12.5 million in the second quarter, up from $11.7 million last year. For the six-month period, cash flows from operating activities amounted to $16.2 million, down from $20.1 million for the corresponding period last year, mainly due to an increase in inventories in preparation for upcoming growth.

As at September 30, 2019, net debt stood at $264.7 million, up from $243.0 million as at April 1, 20193. The increase in long-term debt during the six-month period is mainly due to the Alta acquisition partially offset by a US$12 million ($15.9 million) repayment made over the course of the second quarter.

Toronto Pearson Airport not fulfilling obligations to French-speaking passengers: Official Languages commissioner

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The Canadian Press Staff – Friday, November 8, 2019

Pearson airport
Official Languages commissioner Raymond Theberge has given Pearson Airport 18 months to provide basic French training to airport staff who deal with the public.

MONTREAL — Toronto Pearson Airport is not fulfilling its obligations to French-speaking passengers, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages has found.

The Commissioner said eight complaints it received between July 2017 and March 2018 about a lack of service in French are founded. In each case, airport staff were found to be unable to provide information or help to travellers at Pearson in French.

In one case, a French-speaking passenger had asked for help after their declaration card got stuck in a machine at border control. The passenger asked questions in French but only received answers in English.

In another case, a French-speaking passenger reported being confronted by a “visibly irritated” airport staffer who answered a French question “furiously in English.”

Pearson Airport defended itself against the complaints saying that the employees should be in a position to answer inquiries in either official language, and that they are reminded of that fact on a daily basis.

But Official Languages commissioner Raymond Theberge found that the airport “failed in its obligation to provide services to travellers in both official languages, as required by law.”

Theberge has give the airport 18 months to provide basic French training to airport staff who deal with the public.

This Canadian Press report was originally published Nov. 8.

Air North introducing direct flights between Yellowknife and Vancouver in January

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CBC News · November 8

The flight will be offered twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays

Air North will start running a new direct flight between Yellowknife and Vancouver in mid-January, according to Air North spokesperson Ben Ryan.

Yellowknife will be getting another direct flight to Vancouver.

Air North will start running the new flights starting in mid-January, according to Air North spokesperson Ben Ryan. Air Canada also offers direct flights between the Northwest Territories capital and Vancouver. 

The flight will be offered twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays.

Ryan said the airline is hoping to capitalize on aurora tourists and Yellowknifers wanting a weekend escape to Vancouver.

He said the flights will also make it easier for people from Yellowknife to get to Whitehorse, as there will be a short, one hour turn around between the flights in Vancouver.

With files from Marilyn Robak

Flight bound for Denver aborts takeoff at YVR due to bird strike

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The rare but dangerous event caused the pilots to make an emergency stop on the runway.

By Harrison Mooney, November 8, 2019

A United Airlines flight out of Vancouver aborted takeoff Friday afternoon due to a bird strike. PAUL FRIESEN / TWITTER

A United Airlines flight out of Vancouver aborted takeoff Friday afternoon after a bird was sucked into an engine.

The rare but dangerous event caused the pilots to make an emergency stop on the runway.

The flight, set to take off from YVR for Denver at 12:30 p.m., instead returned to the terminal where 121 passengers and five crew members deplaned. The departure has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Tom Podolec Aviation@TomPodolec · 17h

BIRD STRIKE/REJECTED TAKEOFF
United #UA1184 to Denver struck a ‘very large bird’ on their departure roll in Vancouver. Aborted takeoff. All 4 tires on main gears reported blown with smoke & small fire. ARFF attended & extinguished fire. https://fr24.com/UAL1184/22c676cf …

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Tom Podolec Aviation@TomPodolec

Update BIRD STRIKE/REJECTED TAKEOFF United #UA1184 to Denver struck ‘very large bird’ & aborted takeoff from Vancouver. All 4 tires on main gears deflated. Passengers deplaned on taxiway via stairs. YVR fire sprayed down wheels, small fire/smoke seen. No injuries reported.

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United has not confirmed the extent of the damage, but a spokesperson said maintenance crews were already working to fix the jet, and the airline was working to secure a new aircraft for the rescheduled flight.

No one was injured.

Airbus unveils the first Canadian-made A220-300 aircraft destined to a Canadian airline

Press Release from Airbus 8 November 2019

The first Airbus A220-300 for Air Canada on November 7, 2019, rolling out of the painting hangar at the A220 final assembly plant in Mirabel, Canada

Mirabel, Québec, Canada– Air Canada’s first Airbus A220 was unveiled this week when it rolled out of the painting hangar at the A220 final assembly line in Mirabel.

In December, Air Canada will be the first Canadian airline to take delivery of this Canadian-designed and developed aircraft when it receives the first of its 45 A220s on order. The A220 features an innovative cabin design, as well as significantly lower emissions and a reduced noise footprint.

The A220-300 for Air Canada will provide passengers with superior comfort in a 137-seat dual-class cabin layout. Air Canada’s brand new A220-300s will replace the flag carrier’s existing mainline fleet of smaller, older narrow-body aircraft and support the airline’s hub and network growth, creating one of the world’s youngest and most fuel efficient fleets.

Now that the aircraft is decked out in Air Canada’s livery, it has moved to pre-flight activities in the A220 flight line hangar in Mirabel, before taking off for its first flight later this fall.

Currently, there are 94 A220 aircraft flying with six operators on regional and transcontinental routes in Asia, America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, proving the great versatility of Airbus’ latest family member. The A220 has an order book of 530 aircraft as of the end of October 2019.

Link to Air Canada’s first A220 video: https://www.airbus.com/search.footage.html?q=A220-300&lang=en#searchresult-footage-all-1

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Calgary Zoo secures twice weekly bamboo shipments for giant pandas

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A panda at the Calgary Zoo is seen munching on bamboo.
 A panda at the Calgary Zoo is seen munching on bamboo. Global News

BY HEIDE PEARSON GLOBAL NEWS, Posted November 7, 2019

The Calgary Zoo has secured a new airline to bring hundreds of kilograms of bamboo a week to Panda Passage for its four hungry and picky giant pandas to eat.

The zoo’s bamboo supply was put in jeopardy in September, when Hainan Airlines — which had been importing the bamboo since the bears arrived — announced it was changing its direct flight from Calgary to Beijing from year-round to seasonal and the last flight would be Oct. 31.RELATED NEWS

Officials have been working ever since to find a way to get the weekly shipments to Calgary to feed the pandas.

The zoo announced Thursday that it had partnered with WestJet Cargo to secure the imports.

“As Calgary’s hometown airline, WestJet heard about the bamboo challenges and flew into action with the WestJet Cargo team offering to fly the bamboo shipments from Toronto to Calgary twice weekly,” the zoo said in a news release.STORY CONTINUES BELOW ADVERTISEMENT

“Since our giant pandas don’t like wilted bamboo, this was fantastic news as WestJet Cargo also provides cool storage that ensures the pandas have access to the freshest bamboo possible.”1:58Pandas enjoy first snowfall at Calgary Zoo Pandas enjoy first snowfall at Calgary Zoo

The first shipment of bamboo arrived via WestJet Cargo on Oct. 26 and are set to come every Tuesday and Saturday in the future.

“We’re happy we were able to step in and support our friends at the Calgary Zoo through our cargo operations,” WestJet senior commercial manager of cargo Nicolas Saignat said.

“WestJet has a great love and appreciation for animals, and we are delighted to be able to assist in providing the freshest bamboo for Da Mao, Er Shun, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue who currently call Calgary home.”

The two panda cubs, Jai Panpan and Jai Yue Yue, are set to head to China in the new year as part of a breeding program the family of four are involved with.

The four giant pandas arrived at the Calgary Zoo from the Toronto Zoo in 2018.© 2019 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.