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Air Transat introduces flights to San Diego, enhances U.S. offering

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  • Introduction of the only direct route between Montreal and San Diego
  • New Orleans to be offered all year round in 2020
  • More flights to Florida from Montreal and Quebec City

MONTREAL, Oct. 15, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat, named the World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax, will launch the only direct flight between Montreal and San Diego, California, in the summer of 2020. In addition, in light of the great interest in New Orleans, a new destination Air Transat will be offering for the first time this winter, the airline will extend its flights to the summer of 2020. Finally, more flights to Florida from Montreal and Quebec City will be added to the program.

Air Transat introduces flights to San Diego, enhances U.S. offering (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)
Air Transat introduces flights to San Diego, enhances U.S. offering (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)

“We are enriching our offering to the western and southern United States, in line with growing travellers’ expectations,” says Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer of Transat. “The North American tourism market is strong, and as the No. 1 leisure airline in Canada, we are happy to increase our destinations and frequencies, all while strengthening our Montreal hub.”

“We are very pleased to welcome the first direct route to San Diego from Montreal,” adds Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal. “Thanks to our partner Air Transat, YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport will be offering a broader and enriched air service, with an increased frequency of flights to the southern and western United States. Quebecers will be able to enjoy a wide range of choices during the summer of 2020 with even more destinations to discover.”

San Diego: vacations under the sun on the Pacific coast

A growing number of travellers are drawn to San Diego and beyond in California. Located on the Pacific coast, San Diego is a world-class holiday destination, famous for its zoo, old town, romantic Coronado Beach and sunsets in the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. San Diego is also a good base for visiting Los Angeles, Disneyland and many national parks, including the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, a favourite among hikers.

Direct flights from Montreal to San Diego will be offered three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays, from June 15 to October 28, 2020.

New Orleans: all year round in 2020

Starting in November, Air Transat will offer two flights a week from Montreal to New Orleans, on Thursdays and Sundays. To respond to the high demand for this destination, the airline will be extending its service to next summer.

New Orleans is more popular than ever with Canadian tourists, and the city welcomes more visitors from Canada than from any other country, especially in the summer. This is not surprising, as New Orleans is a colourful, lively city, where music, local cuisine and history compete for travellers’ attention. It’s also a city of festivals: the Essence Festival (African music), the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, the Satchmo SummerFest in honour of Louis Armstrong, and the New Orleans Oyster Festival, among others.

Florida: more flights to this iconic destination

Beloved by many Quebecers, Florida keeps attracting travellers of all ages, thanks to the scope of its offering. Next summer, Air Transat will add four flights a week to Fort Lauderdale—three from Montreal, and one from Quebec City. The latter will be the only direct flight between Quebec City and Fort Lauderdale during the summer season. Air Transat will also add two more flights from Montreal to Orlando.

The full Air Transat summer 2020 flight program will be announced shortly.

“Stink Fruit” Cargo Spoiled An Air Canada Flight

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Benzinga October 9, 2019

An Air Canada Rouge flight returned to Vancouver after the Boeing 767-300’s cabin filled with the odor from a shipment of durian fruit – whose odor is often compared to rotting meat.

Details from the flight on Air Canada‘s (TSX:AC)  low-cost subsidiary emerged in the incident report provided to FreightWaves by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSBC) on October 8.  

The troubles arose shortly after the 767 took off from Vancouver International Airport on September 17 with 245 passengers and eight crew, destined for Montreal. Crew members first noticed a “strong odor” while the aircraft was at 7,000 feet above sea level, according to the TSBC report.

The flight crew leveled off at 25,000 feet to troubleshoot the problem after failing to clear the smell from the cabin. They then declared a PAN-PAN, indicating an urgent but not immediately dangerous situation, “donned their oxygen masks and returned to land” in Vancouver, the TSBC report said.

The durian shipment in the forward cargo compartment was identified as the source of the odor and removed from the flight. The aircraft then returned to service. No injuries were reported.

Final thoughts:

The incident aboard the Air Canada Rouge flight isn’t the first time durian has caused problems as a cargo. The smell from two metric tons led to a temporary grounding of a flight in Indonesia in November 2018. 

Needless to say, the airline probably will think twice before accepting a shipment of the prized but noxious fruit. 

B.C. youth facing charges for making alleged online bomb threats aimed at Montreal airport: RCMP

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BY DOYLE POTENTEAU GLOBAL NEWS Posted October 4, 2019

A 16-year-old from a small community in B.C.’s Southern Interior is facing charges for allegedly making online bomb threats aimed at an airport in Montreal.
 A 16-year-old from a small community in B.C.’s Southern Interior is facing charges for allegedly making online bomb threats aimed at an airport in Montreal. The Canadian Press

A B.C. youth is facing charges after allegedly making online bomb threats aimed at an airport in Quebec, RCMP announced on Friday.

According to police, Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport in Montreal received several false bomb threats via the internet during a month-long period.

Police say investigators were led to an Okanagan residence, in the small community of Enderby, where a search warrant was executed on a family home, with a 16-year-old youth being arrested.

“During the search warrant, investigators seized multiple electronic devices from the home that will be further examined by police,” said Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Const. Kelly Brett.

“Threats of this nature are taken very seriously by authorities and the consequences for this youth could be life altering.”

The teen is facing possible charges in relation to conveying false messages and harassing communications, say police. He was subsequently released from custody to appear at a later court date.

Air Transat to offer direct service between Montreal and Copenhagen

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Airbus A321neoLR

MONTREAL, Oct. 1, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat, recently named the World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax for the second year in a row, is pleased to announce that it will offer direct flights between Montreal and Copenhagen, Denmark, next summer. The new service will operate twice a week from June 16 to September 20, 2020. Passengers will fly on the Airbus A321neoLR, a next-generation aircraft recently added to the Air Transat fleet that delivers an improved inflight experience.

WATCH: Air Transat video on the Airbus A321neoLR

Air Transat to offer direct service between Montreal and Copenhagen (photo credit: Martin Heiberg) (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)
Air Transat to offer direct service between Montreal and Copenhagen (photo credit: Martin Heiberg) (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)

“Air Transat is proud to be the only air carrier to offer non-stop service to Copenhagen out of Montreal,” says Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer, Transat. “This brings the number of European destinations we will be offering next summer to 27. The introduction of Airbus A321neoLRs to our fleet marked a milestone in our air operations management. These long-range narrow-body aircraft are improving our efficiency and flexibility, and enabling us to continue expanding our vacation destination offering.”

Copenhagen is one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations in Europe. A model of green development, the city surrounded by water and parks is a cyclist’s paradise. Noted among other things for its rich design culture, museums and fine dining, Copenhagen offers an extremely diversified range of tourist activities and attractions.

“We are delighted to welcome the addition of Copenhagen to YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport’s air service,” explains Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of ADM. “Quebecers now have a choice of 155 destinations to be discovered leaving from our city, further underscoring its role as a hub for international air traffic. Thanks to Air Transat, our travellers will find it easier than ever to visit and do business with the capital of Denmark, known as a green, innovative and smart city.”

“We are pleased to have Air Transat fly to Denmark with this new direct route to Copenhagen,” says Morten Tranberg Mortensen, Director of Airline Sales & Route Development, Copenhagen Airport. “This new service from Montreal to Scandinavia’s largest airport will bring great travel opportunities for both Canadians and Scandinavians. It underlines the attractiveness of Air Transat’s new Airbus A321neoLR, a game-changing aircraft that opens new and exciting routes. This new route was made possible by the efforts of both Air Transat and CPH.”

“This new flight reinforces Montreal’s position as an international city that’s open to the world,” says Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal. “We will do our part in ensuring the touristic and economic success of this new collaboration between the two cities, all while working closely with our Montreal partners.”

Full details of Air Transat’s Summer 2020 program will be announced shortly, along with hotel, packages and tour offerings in Copenhagen and elsewhere in Denmark.

Lone Boeing 737 Max criss-crossed Canada for pilot checks during grounding

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by ALLISON LAMPERT AND TIM HEPHER, MONTREAL/PARIS REUTERS PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 18, 2019

Two Air Canada Boeing 737 Max 8 aircrafts are seen on the ground as Air Canada Embraer aircraft flies in the background at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto on March 13, 2019.CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS

While the world’s Boeing 737 Max fleet remains grounded after two fatal crashes, a solitary Air Canada plane has been spotted in the skies, shuttling between Quebec and Ontario.

In a rare exemption, approved by Canadian aviation regulator Transport Canada, the 11 flights in August and September were partly to maintain the qualifications of senior training pilots, Air Canada told Reuters in response to a query about flight tracking data.

A spokesman for Air Canada said the airline was not able to use similar 737s within its fleet “to maintain check pilot authority in alignment with (Canadian aviation regulations)”.

“So we are utilizing the 737 Max during planned maintenance movements to maintain qualification.”

Between Aug 28 and Sept 8, the Air Canada Max plane criss-crossed between Montreal, Val d’Or, Quebec and North Bay, Ontario, data from Tracking website FlightRadar24 shows.

Then last week, it was flown to Pinal Airpark in Arizona to be parked in a desert storage site.

Although unusual after the grounding imposed worldwide in March amid concerns over an anti-stall system, the flights highlight growing pressures facing some airlines as they prepare for the return to service of the 400-plane Boeing fleet.

The planes have been sitting idle since March following two crashes in the space of five months.

For airlines like Air Canada, which did not have earlier versions of Boeing 737s in their fleets, this has made it difficult to make sure pilots can demonstrate the skills required to retain their licenses.

As North America’s sole Max operator which had not flown the earlier 737NG, Air Canada cannot use that model to maintain the qualifications of its check or trainer pilots, the company said.

So regulator Transport Canada authorized a select group of Air Canada’s check pilots to fly the grounded jet, which was also conducting maintenance flights, the airline said.

All the jets have the same control software suspected of contributing to the accidents, which Boeing is now in the process of revising to smooth its impact. However, some pilots have said existing procedures can prevent similar accidents.

Boeing declined to comment.

MARKET BATTLE

Transport Canada said in an e-mail that it authorized the flights “because the carrier does not operate the Boeing 737 NG aircraft, but the pilots still need to maintain currency.”

However, one U.S. carrier questioned by Reuters said such flights would not be possible in the United States where pilot training was not included in a list of exemptions to the ban issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Pilot currency isn’t a listed exemption in the U.S. order,” an FAA spokeswoman confirmed.

North American Max operators, including Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Canada’s WestJet Airlines, said they would only move their Max jets for maintenance and storage purposes.

Air Canada’s position as a newly-converted 737 operator follows a seven-year battle between Boeing and Airbus over the introduction of airplanes offering bold new fuel savings.

The introduction of the Max, an upgrade of earlier 737 models with advanced new engines, coincided with a bitter contest for market share between Boeing and Europe’s Airbus, which was offering its similar A320neo.

The feud saw both plane makers use the transition to a new generation of jets to try to poach each other’s customers, and traders said Air Canada’s 2013 decision to switch from Airbus’s A320 family to Boeing’s 737 Max stood out as a major defection.

Now, the decision to switch suppliers potentially weighs on some of those same airlines as they cope without a 737 fleet.

Boeing has predicted that the 737 Max will be cleared to take passengers early next quarter.

The FAA, facing growing international scrutiny over its certification processes, has said it cannot give a precise date for the approval of software and training changes carried out in the wake of the two accidents, which killed 346 people.

FAA chief Stephen Dickson plans to fly to Seattle this week to test modified 737 Max software in a simulator.

Air Canada To Begin Year-Round Flights From Montreal to Bogotá, Colombia

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  • Bogotá represents Air Canada’s 39th new route launched from Montreal since 2012, 12th new route since 2017
  • Complements Toronto-Bogotá service

MONTREAL, Sept. 18, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced the introduction of new year-round service between Montreal and Bogotá, Colombia beginning June 2, 2020. Flights will operate three times weekly onboard Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER aircraft offering a choice of premium and economy service.

Special introductory fares start as low as $795 round-trip, all in, and tickets are now available for purchase at aircanada.com or through travel agents.

Air Canada today announced the introduction of new year-round service between Montreal and Bogotá, Colombia beginning June 2, 2020 (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada today announced the introduction of new year-round service between Montreal and Bogotá, Colombia beginning June 2, 2020 (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“We are very pleased to offer the only non-stop, year-round flights connecting Montreal and Bogotá, two vibrant cities steeped in history and culture. This new route complements our existing Toronto-Bogotá service, and positions Air Canada as a significant player linking the growing markets between Montreal and Colombia’s capital and largest city. The addition of Bogotá represents Air Canada’s 39th new route launched from Montreal-Trudeau Airport since 2012, firmly illustrating our commitment to developing Montreal as an important, strategic hub. Bogotá is also strategically situated to allow for seamless travel across South America through Star Alliance partner Avianca,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President of Network Planning at Air Canada.

“For several years now, Aéroports de Montréal has been wanting to improve service from YUL to destinations in South America. While a flight to Sao Paolo will be inaugurated in a few weeks, Air Canada is doubling the stakes by adding this new direct connection to Bogotá, Colombia,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal. “In addition to greatly facilitating air travel for members of Montreal’s very large Colombian community, this announcement once again affirms YUL’s role as a hub for international air traffic. We are confident that this destination will be extremely popular with travellers. And we thank our partner Air Canada who is sparing no effort to continue improving the range of destinations offered from Montreal.”

“This is a very exciting announcement. We are looking forward to connecting our capital city with Montreal, the global leader in digital art and creativity, which will further advance the growth of the creative industries sector in Colombia. This new route will also enable a greater number of Canadians to experience 21st century Colombia; a vibrant country that stands out for its opportunities in innovation and entrepreneurship, and for its unparalleled offer of sustainable tourism,” said Federico Hoyos, Colombia’s Ambassador to Canada.

“More excellent news for Montreal, its economic dynamism and international influence. The announcement of this year-round service between our city and Bogotá will be positive for Montrealers and we are delighted,” said Robert Beaudry, head of economic development, trade and housing on the City of Montreal’s executive committee.

“This new flight consolidates Montreal’s position as a hub, with openness and international accessibility. This is excellent news for developing the South American market, which has grown by more than 50% in recent years. Tourisme Montréal salutes the efforts of Air Canada. This new direct air link will undoubtedly be a tourism and economic success for Montreal, confirming its status as a gateway to Canada,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC1952Montreal 22:45Bogotá 04:15 + 1 dayTuesday, Thursday, Saturday
AC1953Bogotá 09:00Montreal 16:20Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to and from Air Canada’s extensive network at its Montreal hub. In addition, flights are timed to connect to Star Alliance partner Avianca’s network to other destinations including Medellin, Cartagena, Cali, Lima, Cuzco, Guayaquil and Quito.

Customers can also collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.

Lufthansa Group to offer five Canadian gateways in 2020 with Ottawa as new addition

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  • Lufthansa begins flights to and from Ottawa, Canada – Frankfurt, Germany
  • Canadian passengers will have increased opportunities to experience Lufthansa Group carriers when traveling to Europe and beyond

EAST MEADOW, NY, Sept. 10, 2019 /CNW/ – Great news is coming for Lufthansa Group passengers in the Canadian capital. The group, Europe’s largest aviation company, will increase its number of gateways in Canada, commencing service from Ottawa to Frankfurt, Germany. On May 16th, 2020, Ottawa joins the four other Lufthansa Group Canadian gateways: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

The new Ottawa route, beginning on May 16, 2020 and lasting until October 24, 2020, will be a summer seasonal flight with an Airbus A340-300 offering a seat configuration of 30 Business Class seats, 28 Premium Economy Class Seats and 221 Economy Class seats. The flight will operate five times per week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. LH 473 will depart Ottawa at 5:50pm and arrive the following day at Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub at 7:15am. The return flight from Frankfurt – LH 472 – will depart at 1:45pm and arrive back in Ottawa at 4:05pm. All times are local.

“These are exciting times for the Lufthansa Group and its expansion, growth and increased capacity in North America. We have been serving Canada for over six decades and the ongoing expansion of our airlines flying to the region, especially the addition of the new Ottawa – Frankfurt route, underscores the Lufthansa Group’s ever-increasing commitment to the Canadian market, its economy and our customers,” said Hans DeHaan, Senior Director of Sales Canada, Lufthansa Group.

Onboard Experience

Lufthansa’s Ottawa service employs the Airbus A330-300 in a three-class cabin configuration. The aircraft includes 30 Business Class, 28 Premium Economy and 221 Economy Class seats to accommodate a total of 279 passengers. Lufthansa’s state-of-the-art aircraft offers customers an onboard experience that includes comfortable seating in all classes, acclaimed culinary offerings, a plethora of in-flight entertainment operations and Wi-Fi throughout the entire journey. As the only five-star-rated airline in the Western Hemisphere (certified by Skytrax), Lufthansa is one of a select group of airlines worldwide to earn the coveted rating.

Frankfurt, Germany’s most international city, offers a rich culture and history, with a population of about 5.6 million. The Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan region is one of Europe’s leading economic centers and a popular travel destination. It is home to a wide range of tourist attractions and sights, including world-class ballet, opera, theaters and art exhibitions. As Germany’s fifth largest city, it is the nation’s financial powerhouse—home to the German Central Bank and the European Central bank, which manages the euro. It is also the gateway to Germany’s robust hi-tech scene.

The Lufthansa Group – with its airlines Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Edelweiss, Eurowings and Swiss International Air Lines – as well as its Star Alliance and joint venture partner Air Canada, additionally offer a large range of options to fly from Canada to Europe and beyond.  Passengers specifically arriving in Frankfurt can connect to over 1,300 destinations worldwide through Lufthansa Group carriers and Star Alliance partners—the world’s largest airline network.

Aside from the new Ottawa route, the Lufthansa Group also serves four other Canadian gateways:

Lufthansa Group in Montreal
Beginning in March 2020, Brussels Airlines will launch its new, non-stop seasonal service between Montréal, Quebec and Brussels, Belgium. With Brussels’ new gateway in Montreal, Lufthansa Group’s passenger airlines will be fully represented in this region, joining Austrian, which was successfully introduced to Montreal in April 2019, as well as Lufthansa and SWISS.

Lufthansa Group in Toronto
Lufthansa offers year-round, daily flights from Toronto to its two hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.

Lufthansa Group in Vancouver
Lufthansa and Edelweiss (a subsidiary of SWISS) fly to Vancouver. Lufthansa flies daily from Vancouver to its two main hubs in Frankfurt and Munich, while Edelweiss offers service from Vancouver to Zurich on a seasonal basis.

Lufthansa Group in Calgary
SWISS’s subsidiary, Edelweiss, offers seasonal flights from Calgary to Zurich. The next timetable runs from May – August 2020.

The New Service in Brief
2020 Summer Schedule (May 16th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020) in local time

FlightFromToDepartureArrivalDays
LH473OttawaFrankfurt17:5007:15 (+1)Mon,Tu,Thu,Sat,
Sun
LH472FrankfurtOttawa13:4516:05Mon,Tu,Thu,Sat,
Sun

Canadian passengers scramble after British Airways cancels flights due to strike

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The Associated Press, 9 September 2019

WATCH: Video

British Airways Pilots’ Two-Day Strike Grounds Nearly All Flights

LONDON — Canadian travel agencies are scrambling to help passengers whose British Airways flights have been cancelled on Monday and Tuesday after a pilots strike grounded the global carrier.

The airline says more than a dozen flights between Canada and London are slated to be cancelled over the two days, affecting about 3,500 passengers based on the size of the scheduled aircraft.

Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is most impacted with four flights each day. One arrival and one departure are cancelled over the two days in Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

“Customers were sent email notifications if they have been affected,” British Airways said in an advisory to travel agents.

Passengers can receive refunds or rebook for later flights. They may also be able to rebook on partner airlines such as American Airlines, Finnair and Aer Lingus, if seats are available.

Toronto travel agency TTI Travel says some customers have called to inquire but there doesn’t appear to be any alarm.

“We’ve been looking at flights and trying to re-accommodate them and make some decisions around how we support them and what those options are,” said TTI vice-president Lucy Lavigna.

Air Canada says it has added larger aircraft on the route between Toronto and London-Heathrow to accommodate increased demand it has seen in recent days.

“Last night we operated one flight on the route (we have four flights daily) with a 400-seat, Boeing 777 instead of the scheduled 298-seat Boeing 787-9, and will do the same tonight,” said spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick by email.

“That makes for a total of about 400 extra seats in the market. We continue to monitor the situation, but there are no plans for additional capacity at this time, in part because our aircraft are already committed under the existing schedule.”

WestJet Airlines said it’s “business as usual” for the Calgary-based airline.

British Airways cancelled almost all its flights for 48 hours, affecting as many as 195,000 travellers, due to a strike by pilots over pay.

The U.K.’s flagship carrier said in a statement Monday that it had “no way of predicting how many (pilots) would come to work or which aircraft they are qualified to fly.”

As a result, it said it had “no option but to cancel nearly 100 per cent” of its flights for the duration of the strike.

“We have supplemented our fleet by using aircraft and crew from other airlines (wet-leasing) and working with our partner airlines to schedule larger aircraft to take the maximum number of customers,” said the trade support website that details customer guidelines.

British Airways operates up to 850 flights a day. London’s sprawling Heathrow Airport was most affected by the work stoppage as it is the airline’s hub and is used for many of the company’s long-haul international flights.

The departure area at Heathrow Terminal 5 was almost empty, with only a handful of BA flights set to leave on Monday.

There were no queues at any of the check-in desks or security gates and only a handful of people waiting on benches. The terminal is typically quite busy.

British Airways said it stands ready to return to talks with the pilots’ union, Balpa, and that it has offered all affected customers full refunds or the option to rebook. The airline had been preparing for weeks for the strike, giving travellers advanced notice.

“We understand the frustration and disruption Balpa’s strike action has caused our customers,” it said.

“After many months of trying to resolve the pay dispute, we are extremely sorry that it has come to this.”

British Airways says it has offered pilots an 11.5 per cent pay raise over three years but the union says its members want a bigger share of the company’s profits.

The union accuses British Airways of making big profits at the expense of workers who made sacrifices during hard times. British Airways’ parent company, IAG, made a net profit of 2.9 billion euros (US$3.2 billion) last year.

Union leader Brian Strutton said pilots are determined to be heard.

“They’ve previously taken big pay cuts to help the company through hard times. Now BA is making billions of pounds of profit, its pilots have made a fair, reasonable and affordable claim for pay and benefits.”

A further strike is penciled in for Sept. 27.

— With files from The Canadian Press

Creation of an ecological park at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport

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MONTRÉAL, Aug. 30, 2019 /CNW/ – ADM Aéroports de Montréal is pleased to announce the creation of an ecological park located north of the YUL airport site in the Saint-Laurent borough. This announcement follows discussions with the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, who supports changing the land’s vocation to an ecological park. The more than 2 million-square-foot property will be preserved and landscaped for the benefit of the entire community.

“As part of its environmental policy, ADM is committed to protecting areas with high-ecological value at its sites. Preserving this sector underscores this commitment,” said Philippe Rainville, ADM President and CEO.

ADM has compiled an ecological inventory of the site and will ensure its safeguarding. Marshes and swamps are present on a good portion of the site, along with mature woodland, birds and mammals.

“This initiative reflects our goal of offering the community a place to connect with nature. Its proximity to the REM station at the Technoparc will make it accessible to a greater number of people. In the coming weeks, a clean-up operation will be organized with Jour de la Terre and a landscaping plan drawn up by our experts,” said Mr. Rainville.

The land is adjacent to the airport site and, in accordance with the requirements of TP 1247F “Land Use in the Vicinity of Aerodromes,” ADM will continue to be responsible for ongoing wildlife management and bird hazard control.

Air Canada announces another disruptive route

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AirInsight.com – 28 August 2019

If there was any doubt as to the disruptive capabilities Air Canada has acquired then two route announcements should quell that.

  • The A220 is going to disrupt US air traffic options going to Europe.
  • Today the airline announced Montreal-Toulouse.
  • Throw into this mix what Air Canada will be able to accomplish as it adds the Air Transat fleet.

Air Canada has described the A220 as disruptive to their network as the 787 has been.  With each new A220 delivered, US air travelers will have another option across the Atlantic.  US carriers are likely to have a less compelling reaction, as the Canadian market is so much smaller.

The Montreal-Toulouse move has Airbus and its supply chain written all over.  And, crucially, Air Canada made this move before Air France.  The use of the A330 may be a tad large, but the service won’t be daily.  However, this where the Air Transat fleet comes in handy.   Air Canada can move an A321LR into this market for daily service.  With Airbus related traffic probably filling the front cabin, the economics look promising.  As traffic grows, the A330 for daily service becomes possible.  The A330 obviously offering better cargo capacity.  Being first to market means Air France has to catch up – a decision to unlock the behind Paris market to direct international service to Canada may not go down well on a “Paris-centric” network.  Air France’s best response might be Toulouse-Washington to play a similar Airbus card.  But Air France does not necessarily have the optimal tool for the route, yet.  But like Air Canada selecting the A330 and not going daily provides a reasonable model to copy.

What we are seeing is the next step in the devolution of fortress hubs being used as staging places to disrupt international and overseas markets.  Air Canada is moving quickly because first to market is a key step.   Air Canada can disrupt Air France to Francophone Quebec.  The A220 service from Seattle an San Jose to Montreal is also an aerospace play, connecting the #1 and #3 aeroclusters.  San Jose to Toronto offers great onward connections to Europe for the tech industry. 

Business yields drive route profitability, and Air Canada has chosen interesting business-centric markets for its latest routes that can siphon traffic from other hubs and should become successful.