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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

With 787s Arriving, Air Canada Prepares For International Expansion

Few North American carriers have been as aggressive as Air Canada in the past three years. It has created a new low-cost subsidiary, added capacity, modernized its fleet with Boeing 787s and upgraded its mainline onboard product.  But airline executives say they are just getting started in restoring Air Canada as one of the premier carriers in the Americas. Even as it tries to withstand a challenge from domestic competitor WestJet Airlines, the company is thinking globally, telling.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

P.E.I. Pilots Taking Children On Flights To Encourage Aviation Interest

About 13 planes will take 175 children out for 30-minute flights at today's event. 
Pilots in P.E.I. are taking children up in the air Saturday to encourage them to get involved in Aviation. 

About 13 planes will take 175 children out for 30-minute flights.The flights are happening at the terminal building on Brackley Point Roady by the Charlottetown Airport.

The organizers of the event say the popular program filled up fast with more children than ever before.

Brian Pound is the president of the P.E.I. Flying Association and one of the organizers of the event. He says there will 

be shortage of pilots in North America in the coming years, so it's important to get children interested in the profession.

"Most of us have learned to fly, somebody took us [out] for a flight and and got us hooked on it. It's almost a disease when you get the bug and it's just something that's part of your life that you really, really enjoy," said Pound.

There is no charge for children and the flights began at 9:30 a.m.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Air Canada Flight # 624, which crashed short of a Halifax Runway, was Mechanically sound

There were no Mechanical Problems with an Air Canada passenger jet that crashed about 200 metres short of the runway at the Halifax Airport in March, the Transportation Safety Board says in a preliminary report released Tuesday.

The independent board issued a statement saying the Airbus 320-200 was correctly configured for landing, its air speed was 
consistent with a normal approach and there were no mechanical deficiencies with its engines, flight controls, landing gear and navigation systems.

“During the review of the Aircraft’s maintenance records, no discrepancies were noted,” the board said.

However, the board confirmed that the weather was poor at the time.  At 12:15 a.m. local time on March 29, the wind was gusting at 48 kilometres per hour from the north-northwest and forward visibility was 1,600 metres amid snow and drifting snow, the statement says.

As well, the board says vertical visibility above the ground was just 91 metres.

The jet’s flight-data recorder and cockpit voice recorder have been examined, but the board says it has yet to look into pilot training, experience and “human performance aspects.”

The board’s ongoing investigation will also include producing an animation of the flight profile, completing a site survey illustration, examining key Aircraft components and reviewing cabin crashworthiness and the passenger evacuation 
procedures, among other things.

“Should the investigation team uncover a safety deficiency that represents an immediate risk to aviation, the board will 
communicate without delay so it may be addressed quickly and the aviation system made safer,” the board says.

Flight 624 from Toronto had 133 passengers and five crew members on board.

During its approach to Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the Aircraft was being guided to Runway 05 by a so-called localizer approach procedure. This procedure provides pilots with only lateral guidance to align the Aircraft with the runway, the board said.

As the plane neared the runway at low altitude, its engines severed overhead power lines, cutting power to the Airport, 
and the jet’s main landing gear and rear fuselage hit the snow-covered ground about 225 metres before the runway threshold.

The Aircraft then struck a localizer antenna and hit the ground in a “nose-down attitude” about 70 metres before the runway threshold, the board says.

“It then bounced and slid along the runway, coming to rest on the left side of the runway about 570 metres beyond the threshold,” the report says. “The passengers and crew evacuated the Aircraft; 25 people sustained injuries and were taken to local hospitals.”

Though the Airliner was badly damaged, there was no fire.

A subsequent examination of the fuselage showed the cabin floor had been punctured from below in two places by “Aircraft 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Air Canada Flight Makes Emergency Landing At Bangor, Maine, Airport After "Smoke" Report

An Air Canada jet that declared an emergency while flying from Toronto to St. John's, Newfoundland, because of a report of smoke has landed safely at Maine's Bangor International Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters says the pilot decided to divert Flight 692 because of a report of smoke in the cabin.  The Embraer E190 touched down in Bangor on Monday afternoon. Emergency workers determined there was no fire but there was an "electrical odor" in the cabin.

No one was hurt.

Air Canada's version of the E190 Aircraft is configured for 97 passengers. Air Canada is bringing in a replacement plane to get the passengers to their destination.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Government Of Canada Marks Milestone In Canada-China Civil Aviation Trade

Viking Air Ltd. to sell Twin Otter in China, becomes first Canadian company to benefit from new bilateral arrangement  The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today congratulated Vancouver Island's Viking Air Ltd. on successfully positioning itself to sell its Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft in China. Minister Findlay was joined at the announcement by Mme. LIU Fei, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver.

Viking Air Ltd. is the first Canadian company to benefit from a new Bilateral Aviation Technical Arrangement (BATA) signed between Canada and China in February 2015. Meeting the requirements under a trade arrangement opens the doors to the vast Chinese Market for this iconic Aircraft, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first flight.

Under the arrangement, Transport Canada and the Civil Aviation Authority of China are streamlining approvals for Aeronautical products and parts from each other's countries. The goal is to minimize redundancies, reduce costs, and save time. The arrangement is expected to open new markets for world-class Canadian companies, creating jobs and boosting local economies.

The Twin Otter is known for its sturdiness and its ability to take off and land in challenging terrain. The Aircraft is used in a wide range of sectors, from disaster relief and mining exploration to medical evacuation and passenger and cargo service in remote areas.

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Canada and China successfully concluded negotiations on the BATA during Prime Minister Stephen Harper's official visit to China in November 2014.
China is Canada's second-largest trading partner. In 2014, Canadian exports to China were valued at nearly $19.4 billion, while merchandise trade between the two countries was $78 billion or 7.5% of Canada's total trade.
Viking Air Ltd. estimates the Chinese demand for its Twin Otter Series 400 Aircraft at around 25 planes per year, translating into $3.5 billion in export potential over the next 20 years (based on current average sale price).
Based near Victoria, B.C., Viking Air Ltd. employs about 600 people on Vancouver Island and in Calgary.

"The Twin Otter has been a Canadian Aviation icon for 50 years, and trade agreements are crucial to its success in the international marketplace. The Canada-China arrangement lays the groundwork for further cooperation that will promote trade while maintaining the highest standards for safety."
The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay
Minister of National Revenue

"Warm congratulations to Viking Air Ltd. on securing its new business market in China. We believe that our bilateral trade will increase significantly with similar high-value products. We also expect more companies to benefit from existing agreements and potential new ones."
Mme. LIU Fei
Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver

"The Canada-China arrangement was instrumental in opening up what is expected to be a significant multi-billion dollar market opportunity for Viking's Twin Otter Series 400. Transport Canada delivered full transparency and engagement with stakeholders on the process. With additional guidance from the Embassy of Canada in Beijing, Viking was able to successfully navigate complex government-to-government negotiations."
David Curtis
President & CEO, Viking Air Ltd.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

National Airlines Eyes US Canada Flights this November

National Airlines Eyes US  Canada Flights this November, National Airlines (N8, Detroit Willow Run) has applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for exemption to operate scheduled flights ferrying persons, property, and mail between the United States and Canada beginning this winter.
In its application, the US charter specialist said effective November 1 of this year, it intends to offer a 3x weekly return service between Orlando Int'l and Windsor in Canada using one of its two B757-200s. In addition to passenger charter flights, National also offers ad-hoc chartered cargo flights using its two B747-400(F)s.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Air Canada to beef up Rouge's A-321 Fleet

Air Canada to beef up Rouge's A-321 Fleet

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Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) is considering adding more A321-200s to the fleet of its Air Canada rouge (RV, Toronto Pearson) subsidiary Chief Executive Officer Calin Rovinescu has said.

Speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of the IATA AGM currently being held in Miami, Rovinescu said his Airline was considering sourcing five more A321 Jets to add to the five already on order.

"The ultimate objective is to have 25 narrowbodies, and up to 10 of those could be larger A321s," he said adding the five A321s may also be sourced from the second market.

The budget operator's fleet currently includes twenty-one A319-100s and twelve B767-300(ER)s. The first two of five A321s on order from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac), cn 6844 and 6905, are scheduled to arrive in December this year and January of 2016.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Air Canada, LAN Airlines in B 787 Orders Conversions

Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) has announced several changes to its Aircraft Order Book for the month of May. In its latest release, the US manufacturer said Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) and LAN Airlines (LA, Santiago de Chile Int'l) had both converted B787-8 order slots into the larger B787-9 with the Canadians converting seven and the Chileans eight.

This is Air Canada's second such conversion this year after it switched six B787-8 order slots into B787-9s back in February. As it now stands, Air Canada has eight B787-8s left on order from Boeing while its B787-9 backlog stands at twenty-nine.

For its part, LAN now has twelve B787-9s on order from Boeing with its B787-8 order book now reduced to four outstanding units.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Is another Bigger Global Aviation Recession on its Way now ? Malaysia Airlines 'Technically Bankrupt', new CEO says

One of the Most stable country in the world, Canada's economy shrank in the first quarter by a whopping 0.6 per cent. Is this the beginning of a new recession ?
Recessions of course are defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth. Now we learn today that Canada's economy shrank between January and March, the biggest decline in GDP since 2009, and the first contraction in the last four years. In fact, the economy contracted in all three months. It is even more dramatic when you think that Q4 2014 registered a growth of 2.4 per cent!
Of course, we don't know yet if this trend continued into April and May, but if it has, as we should find out soon enough, it raises the prospect that we are heading for a yet another recession, and that Canada's economy is not immune to the turmoil facing many countries. Given the problems the rest of the world is having, who knows what this potential recession will look like.
Taking a closer look at the statistics, we see that private sector investment declined dramatically as a result of the oil crisis, and that is certainly having repercussions in other sectors. Consumers are slowing their spending dramatically (slowest level since 2009), and governments are cutting spending as well. Do you see where I am going with this? Where is the growth going to come from in the coming months?

Exports? Well, today we also learn that the U.S. economy has also shrunk in the first quarter, by 0.7 per cent! This was revised downward from a previously reported gain of 0.2 per cent. With the U.S. economy contracting as well, our exports should also fall.
We seem to be dead in the water.

This is even more startling for two reasons.
First, recall that just last week, the Bank of Canada told us that Canada's economy had stalled, and registered zero growth. Now we learn that the reality is actually worse. The Bank told us as well that Canada's economy would rebound in the second quarter to 1.8 per cent, then to 2.8 per cent in the third quarter and 2.5 per cent in the fourth quarter. These numbers are increasingly looking like pie in the economic sky. These new numbers will probably lead to a decline in interest rates in July.
Second, most economists were expecting bad news, but not this bad. In fact, in a survey done by Bloomberg, the consensus among economists was for a small but positive growth of about 0.3 per cent. The latest figures, however, are sure to force many economists to rethink the path of Canada's economy in the near and medium future.

If anything, what this shows is that neither the Bank of Canada nor economists really know what's going on. Of course, it could be that the bad economic news in both Canada and the U.S. is the result of bad weather and other minor problems, as many pundits have rushed to the airwaves to say. But what these pundits have failed to do is to take a step back and look at the whole picture. The truth is we have not been doing well since the 2007 crisis. Rather than rethink economics, governments have continued with the same bad policies as before. And now the austerity chickens are coming home to roost.

Where do we go from here? Well these numbers are certainly troubling, but they should convince governments that now is not the time to tighten the belt. In fact, austerity is a contributing factor in this mess. When everyone is not spending, as is the case now, the government has a moral responsibility to step in and spend, and to support Canada's flagging economy. As I have said many times, now is not the time to balance the budget. When your house is on fire, it is not the time to think about which new wallpaper for the dining room: you need to put out the fire first before it spreads and does even more harm.

Finally, well, there is this little thing called an election coming in October. If second-quarter numbers are also negative, as I am prepared to bet, then this spells sure trouble for the Harper government. It means that we will have an election on the heels of bad news. It could possibly be a game-changer.

Malaysia Airlines 'Technically Bankrupt'

Malaysia Airlines is "Technically Bankrupt", its Chief executive has said, as he announced a restructuring programme and plans to cut more than 6000 Jobs.

The announcement follows the twin Air disasters which forced its nationalisation last year.

The Airline said it had  Offered  Jobs to 14000 of its 20000 Workforce.
The move was expected and follows the appointment of new Chief Executive Officer Mr Christoph Mueller in May.
"We are Technically Bankrupt," Mr Mueller told a news conference. "The decline of performance started long before the tragic events of 2014."
The Airline is operating as normal and no Flights are currently affected.
In March last year, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared with 240 passengers and crew aboard. The plane is still missing.

Four months later, Flight MH17 was shot down by a suspected ground-to-Air missile while in Ukrainian Airspace, with the loss of 300 passengers and crew.

The two disasters proved to be the final straw for the already struggling business, which had reported losses for several years as a result of strong regional competition.