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by rudder
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: AC New hires please us your WB bid
Replies: 34
Views: 2515

Re: AC New hires please us your WB bid

If Air Canada made Wide Body F/O the same status (get off flat pay) as a narrow body captain they would have no problem crewing the 777/787. To elaborate, if you bid widebody f/o it would get you off of 4 year flat pay just like going captain gets you off flat pay. I KNOW it will never happen becau...
by rudder
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Transport announces new crew fatigue rules
Replies: 2
Views: 696

Re: Transport announces new crew fatigue rules

Irony wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:20 am
When do they take effect? Did I read correctly it's not for another two years for 705 operators?
From the TC documentation, 24 months from Canada Gazette publishing. Roughly 01 January 2021.

Exceptions to duty day limitations will apply to operators with approved FRMS program and data.
by rudder
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Thoughts on ACPA Joining ALPA...
Replies: 114
Views: 17233

Re: Thoughts on ACPA Joining ALPA...

Quick question - how many political/legal/industrial/legislative battles has ACPA won over the past 20 years against the Federal government and its agencies?

Easy to cast stones. Much harder to play the game.
by rudder
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: GGN ALPA and CUPE NEGOTIATION HELL
Replies: 30
Views: 5921

Re: GGN ALPA and CUPE NEGOTIATION HELL

Prediction: in 18 months GGN will be doing zero Express flying.

The detail is whether AC unilaterally terminates the CPA or whether the GGN Express operation (and applicable front line staff) gets absorbed by another Express operator.
by rudder
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Another ATAC effort.... aka sidestep.
Replies: 9
Views: 1394

Re: Another ATAC effort.... aka sidestep.

All this does is demonstrate the power of wishful thinking. Make your problem someone else’s problem. Accept no responsibility. Try to get someone else to pay for the solution.

ATAC lives in an alternative universe based on the past. Time to acknowledge the present and plan for the future.
by rudder
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: GGN ALPA and CUPE NEGOTIATION HELL
Replies: 30
Views: 5921

Re: GGN ALPA and CUPE NEGOTIATION HELL

GGN FA’s and pilots can vote with their feet. If bad deals are signed, there are lots of better job opportunities for both FA’s and pilots. It is a sellers market. Nobody needs to be held hostage unless it is their personal choice.
by rudder
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge
Replies: 69
Views: 8395

Re: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge

AC needs an Express plan that will work from 2019-2028. It needs to know that there will be labour stability, operational reliability, cost certainty, and fleet modification flexibility within the Express network. If AC has all of this already then status quo will prevail. If not - watch for change....
by rudder
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge
Replies: 69
Views: 8395

Re: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge

Is also heard from the Jazz MEC’s mouth, that “the classic is not the plane of the future for our pilot group”. Wich is pointing towards possible loss of that type in order to operate more jets. That is an interesting comment considering the bet that was placed in 2010 by CHR (via the CPA) and the ...
by rudder
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge
Replies: 69
Views: 8395

Re: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge

This isn't going to happen. This has been wet dream rumour from Jazz pilots since the day Sky was created. As long as CR is in charge all the regionals will be separate. I have no crystal ball that will reliably predict the future. But what I do know is that pilot wishful thinking has never been an...
by rudder
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge
Replies: 69
Views: 8395

Re: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge

Couple of factual points: - 15 of the 21 Jazz CRJ900’s are circa 2005/2006 factory deliveries - CPA expiries for JAZZ/SKY/GGN are 2025/2027/2028 respectively (although there is a rumour out there that both the GGN and SKY CPA’s have 12 month notice cancelation provisions available to AC) - in terms ...
by rudder
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge
Replies: 69
Views: 8395

Re: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge

What flights have 50 or less pax? I don't think I've seen a load on any of my planes lower than 60 in a looong time and typically they hover around the 70 mark. Ok. Let’s make it a pax load of 60-70 on a 110-145 seat aircraft. Does that make money? Or how about going from twice daily 76 seat jet se...
by rudder
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge
Replies: 69
Views: 8395

Re: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge

AC acquired the CS300/A220-300 for a per unit cost less than the list price for a CRJ900. Whether the math works for further CRJ900 aircraft at Express likely has to do with the willingness of BBD to offer a discount to AC/CHR. Rudder, Air Canada has 30 A220 options with substation rights between t...
by rudder
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge
Replies: 69
Views: 8395

Re: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge

There are numerous fleet ratio limits that apply in the ACPA scope language, however, for the purpose of gauge for Express MJA (medium Jet Aircraft) the limit is seat based. Max certified hull size 90 seats but operated with not greater than 76 seats. The US legacy operators have weight and seat sco...
by rudder
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge
Replies: 69
Views: 8395

Re: Chorus/Ggn/Sky merge

BBD Q400 line sold. BBD CRJ900/1000 line (unofficially) for sale. This creates uncertainty and scares customers away. Principal competitor for CRJ900/1000 is the E175 (3rd generation). EMB is effectively backstopped by Brazilian government. Little or no risk to manufacturer viability or long term pr...
by rudder
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: C series
Replies: 75
Views: 23994

Re: C series

Battles over Express scope has done nothing but waste bargaining capital and lower the bar. Management must be giddy over the labour benefits it derives from watching pilots fight with other pilots. If the pilots would stop fighting and instead begin to work together it should not be that difficult ...
by rudder
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Jazz Aviation LP - Air Canada Express
Topic: Things are brewing in the kitchen.
Replies: 27
Views: 4730

Re: Things are brewing in the kitchen.

PS. If and I doubt it will happen but if there's a merger of any sort it would be date of hire, not one group put on the bottom of another's list. ALPA Merger Policy would apply. Step 1: Negotiate a joint collective agreement. Step 2: Merge pilot seniority lists. Process = Negotiate - Mediate - Arb...
by rudder
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Sky Regional Airlines Inc.
Topic: Union at Sky
Replies: 105
Views: 23012

Re: Union at Sky

Congrats to the SKY pilots. If enough cards were filed then the certification should be automatic. With the full support of ALPA and the other Express pilot groups, the SKY pilots should be able to achieve a fair and appropriate collective agreement. Hope that SKY management does not repeat the erro...
by rudder
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Career First Officer at AC by design?
Replies: 55
Views: 7815

Re: Career First Officer at AC by design?

There are AC 777 FO making $220-240k working less than 10 days per month. Given the marginal tax rates in Canada, a top scale WB FO can take home the same as a NB CA working 7-10 days less per month with senior vacation.

Individual choices.
by rudder
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Thoughts on ACPA Joining ALPA...
Replies: 114
Views: 17233

Re: Thoughts on ACPA Joining ALPA...

You're more likely to see AC purchase all of its regionals, merge them, create tension and break up any unity amongst the mec's, essentially turning the groups against each other like they did last time.. then sell them off again a few years later. What do you think they're currently doing with GGN...
by rudder
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: New bottle to throttle rules
Replies: 18
Views: 2581

Re: New bottle to throttle rules

This is already the company standard at most airlines.
by rudder
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Thoughts on ACPA Joining ALPA...
Replies: 114
Views: 17233

Re: Thoughts on ACPA Joining ALPA...

So my question, Lets say AC decides to buy and merge into our ops another ALPA airline ....... say Transat (don't know if they are ALPA but assuming they were) Under ACPA..... what would happen with my seniority ref the Transat guys coming aboard, Under ALPA...... same question, Are the answers dif...
by rudder
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Thoughts on ACPA Joining ALPA...
Replies: 114
Views: 17233

Re: Thoughts on ACPA Joining ALPA...

So my question, Lets say AC decides to buy and merge into our ops another ALPA airline ....... say Transat (don't know if they are ALPA but assuming they were) Under ACPA..... what would happen with my seniority ref the Transat guys coming aboard, Under ALPA...... same question, Are the answers dif...
by rudder
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Thoughts on ACPA Joining ALPA...
Replies: 114
Views: 17233

Re: Thoughts on ACPA Joining ALPA...

Thanks for the further clarification. Regardless, I hope that the AC pilots seriously evaluate the benefits of ALPA membership. It isn’t about an EVP seat. It is about being part of the largest professional pilot organization in the world and working with your peers to advance the profession both lo...
by rudder
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Thoughts on ACPA Joining ALPA...
Replies: 114
Views: 17233

Re: Thoughts on ACPA Joining ALPA...

Group A EVP status is based on dues revenue. Apparently Alaska and JetBlue pilots will be getting an EVP representative as well. The existence of the Canada Board is unique and is a direct function of the 1997 CALPA/ALPA Merger. Changes have and continue to be made to the function and rules governin...
by rudder
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: GGN accused of unfair Labour Practices
Replies: 10
Views: 2679

Re: GGN accused of unfair Labour Practices

Time to put an end to this failed strategic initiative. It seems obvious that local management are ill equipped to deal with the evolving labour situation and the realities of unionization when dealing with legitimate unions. AC entered in to expanded commercial agreements with companies such as GGN...

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