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by Fanblade
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Who will represent us?
Replies: 19
Views: 1838

Re: Who will represent us?

No matter who is certified to represent the integrated group, ACPA will continue to represent AC pilots on seniority and ALPA will continue to represent Transat pilots on seniority. Who represents who on the seniority file is already set in stone. The precedents that will impact the integration alre...
by Fanblade
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Federal Election — aircraft use
Replies: 17
Views: 2363

Re: Federal Election — aircraft use

Jets flying is done with dedicated FA's and a maintenance engineer. The pilots are regular line pilots assigned to the flying like any other flying. Some falls to reserve. Last minute Jets flying (irregular/unpredictable) like this often gets picked up by management so as not to disturb the operatio...
by Fanblade
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Scope, Transat merger, other examples.
Replies: 15
Views: 2679

Re: Scope, Transat merger, other examples.

Being on the same list doesn't mean anything anymore at AC anyway. Really? Option A - One list, one company, one contract. Option B - One list, separate company, separate contract. Option C - Separate list, separate company, separate contract. I would certainly prefer option A. But option B is far ...
by Fanblade
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Scope, Transat merger, other examples.
Replies: 15
Views: 2679

Re: Scope, Transat merger, other examples.

Is it possible though, that Air Transat and Air Canada operate separately in similar fashion like KLM/Air France or Lufthansa/Austrian? Because those pilot groups are not on the same seniority list right? And surely they have scope clauses regarding seat capacity/pilot group that flies those routes...
by Fanblade
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Scope, Transat merger, other examples.
Replies: 15
Views: 2679

Re: Scope, Transat merger, other examples.

The AC pilots have been consistent about subcontracting to non-seniority pilots when it comes to AC Express/AC Regional above 76 seats and you think that all of a sudden they are going to allow subcontracting of A330 flying? I can see a scenario where CR brings a bag of cash to the table requesting...
by Fanblade
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Scope, Transat merger, other examples.
Replies: 15
Views: 2679

Re: Scope, Transat merger, other examples.

Say CR offers the 500+ million cash in transat's bank as a bonus to the pilot's to accept a deal to operate transat separately. 500 million divided by 4300 pilots is around ~120k bonus to everyone, say an additional 10% raises, more wide-body captain spots, so long as they let transat operate separ...
by Fanblade
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: WestJet
Topic: ONEX plans
Replies: 102
Views: 17456

Re: ONEX plans

...TS simply isn’t large enough to degrade competition except on specific routes out of Quebec to/from France and some sun destinations. That is where the focus will be. Your assertions are not founded in facts. Transat controls as much capacity to Sun as Air Canada which is about 25%. So their mer...
by Fanblade
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: WestJet
Topic: ONEX plans
Replies: 102
Views: 17456

Re: ONEX plans

On your first paragraph, how was it then in 1999, to fend off the Onex bid, Air Canada secured financing from United and Lufthansa, were they within the limit? This comment tells me you don’t understand the issue. The foreign ownership rules are about control. Who owns and controls the airline. Not...
by Fanblade
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: WestJet
Topic: ONEX plans
Replies: 102
Views: 17456

Re: ONEX plans

It all depends on what side of the coin you are on. There was a study that came out a few years ago that famously pointed out that 1 in 200 people in the world have Genghis Khan's DNA. Talk about leaving your mark. https://bumpreveal.com/blogs/statistics/genghis-khan-dna-descendants Although we in ...
by Fanblade
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: ALPA blows off ACPA? Or ACPA blows off ALPA?
Replies: 27
Views: 5363

Re: ALPA blows off ACPA? Or ACPA blows off ALPA?

Nothing to do with the voting structure at CALPA that caused its downfall? I find that a very disappointing statement and I am one of ALPA’s strongest supporters. I don’t want to rehash history with you. My memory, as an AC pilot, is the whole mess started with the CALPA BOD voting for a seniority ...
by Fanblade
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: ALPA blows off ACPA? Or ACPA blows off ALPA?
Replies: 27
Views: 5363

Re: ALPA blows off ACPA? Or ACPA blows off ALPA?

But the real zinger is that the "Unity" deal fell apart on the issue of roll call voting. One pilot, one vote. They didn't want the largest airline, that will soon have over 5000 pilots, to have a ruling majority in its affairs. Which is exactly the situation that caused the formation of ACPA 30 ye...
by Fanblade
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: ALPA blows off ACPA? Or ACPA blows off ALPA?
Replies: 27
Views: 5363

Re: ALPA blows off ACPA? Or ACPA blows off ALPA?

ALPA would be wise to make it clear that the previously negotiated terms will stand if a vote comes. Agreed. And I hope they do. In fact if they do I can see ALPA taking the representation vote. But I’m not sure what ALPA will do. They run the risk of a union raid appearance if they come out hard o...
by Fanblade
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: DOH merge.
Replies: 553
Views: 53753

Re: DOH merge.

Wet leases are exemptions granted for unforseen events. Are only allowed as a stop gap and are prohibitively expensive.
by Fanblade
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: ALPA blows off ACPA? Or ACPA blows off ALPA?
Replies: 27
Views: 5363

ALPA blows off ACPA? Or ACPA blows off ALPA?

As announced by ACPA today. They have called off merger discussions. ACPA’s letter to pilots, lends one to believe this is ALPA’s fault. I doubt it if we heard both sides. Either way it looks like unity is dead. Just as expected mind you. We at Air Canada will get a single shot at ridding ourselves ...
by Fanblade
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: WestJet
Topic: ONEX plans
Replies: 102
Views: 17456

Re: ONEX plans

I understand you have experience with this type process, but onex buying westjet is materially different than the experience you shared. 1)Onex is not acquiring a bankrupt company. 2)Onex would have the AC and Ace holding data to reflect and learn from on how not to repeat what happened in Canadian...
by Fanblade
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: WestJet
Topic: ONEX plans
Replies: 102
Views: 17456

Re: ONEX plans

I agree that Onex has big plans for WestJet. It has been after having a major airline for over two decades and at least an many continents. There is no money in selling WestJet group in pieces. More importantly WestJet group as a whole is worth much more than the sum of its parts. There is no money...
by Fanblade
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: DOH merge.
Replies: 553
Views: 53753

Re: DOH merge.

If you limit the number of tails at TS, the 2 groups won't fight against each other.. The single most important scope language within ACPA’s collective agreement. Only Air Canada pilots, on the Air Canada pilot seniority list, can fly aircraft on behalf of Air Canada. What you are suggesting is ope...
by Fanblade
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Airline lifestyle
Replies: 30
Views: 5941

Re: Airline lifestyle

There are hundreds of long term commuters at Air Canada. I’m one of them. Alberta to Vancouver for a couple of decades now. Staying senior on equipment is the single most important item. As a commuter it is imperative that you control your schedule. If you have to go the night before for an early st...
by Fanblade
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: DOH merge.
Replies: 553
Views: 53753

Re: DOH merge.

TFTMB heavy wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:26 pm
Usually, there is no vote on an integrated seniority list, it is left up to the two parties to come up with a suitable solution. If they can't an arbitrator decides.
Usually yes. ACPA was formed on a grass roots concept.

As such the constitution requires a vote on everything.
by Fanblade
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: DOH merge.
Replies: 553
Views: 53753

Re: DOH merge.

Not so left of field... he just has the balls to say how he really feels. When it comes time to vote, there ain't anyone looking above your shoulder. It's just you, and you will vote for your own interests. I will do the same. You won't have a vote on anything related to seniority integration. Well...
by Fanblade
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: DOH merge.
Replies: 553
Views: 53753

Re: DOH merge.

Westjet/Onex and Air France interested in Transat, so we know why AC went from 13$ to 18$... Let them have it. Yup. Let them shuffle it around and make it into an express version of what we do . TS you are not an improvement . You are not any more than a charter airline who has overseas seasonal fl...
by Fanblade
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: DOH merge.
Replies: 553
Views: 53753

Re: DOH merge.

I read someone speculate AC would just shift the hiring to Transat... maybe that's it... That would be me, but I didn’t mean it as speculation. It was what happened during the last merger with Canadian Airlines. Some of the training was offloaded to the training department that was not as busy. In ...
by Fanblade
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: DOH merge.
Replies: 553
Views: 53753

Re: DOH merge.

Zing. This would be my first Union merger. As I said bump and flush and I'll consider it. I'd want it laid out clearly immediate flush and new vote... no interim period. I'm not voting for anything that results in a recently AT guy just became AC guy to lead a new Air Canada pilot group. At least n...
by Fanblade
Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: DOH merge.
Replies: 553
Views: 53753

Re: DOH merge.

Re ALPA, - I am generally pro-ALPA. I wouldn't have a problem if we transitioned ACPA to ALPA, but not like this. ALPA wants us and we can make gains in the deal by negotiating a Union merger. We already secured Group A carrier status with our own EVP at the head table. We also secured seperate ele...

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