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by Gilles Hudicourt
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:11 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Airlines must adapt to survive
Replies: 50
Views: 10930

Re: Airlines must adapt to survive

It will be near impossible to raise any capital to launch a new airline anytime soon, especially in Canada. Sometimes, when a larger company goes into receivership because its large company structures cannot adapt quickly enough the downsizing that external conditions impose, it leaves open a marke...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Airlines must adapt to survive
Replies: 50
Views: 10930

Re: Airlines must adapt to survive

There has been a steady stream of Air Canada and Rouge aircraft going to Pinal Airport Park, (Marana) Arizona in the last few days. E190s, A319s, A320s, A321s, B767s, B737s and B777s. I counted over 20 in the last few days..... Some are going to get scrapped, no doubt, but most are going there for s...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Airlines must adapt to survive
Replies: 50
Views: 10930

Airlines must adapt to survive

The full consequences that the Covid-19 pandemic will have on the aviation industry are not well known at this stage of the crisis. What is certain is that there will be widespread consequences, and things are going to change. No facet of this industry will come out unscathed, whether manufacturers,...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

IATA

Statement made today by the Director General of IATA https://www.iata.org/en/pressroom/speeches/2020-04-07-01/ A IATA cash burn analysis https://www.iata.org/en/iata-repository/publications/economic-reports/covid-19-cash-burn-analysis/?fbclid=IwAR28gfNLCe7xw68wKrGuwZ9PvdGGu0Q3BDp5145TD2BZb7w1XnweAhk...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

I fail to see where or how the government influenced them in which decision to make. It is also getting more unclear what point you are trying to make or what you are trying to accomplish. There were many cases In the past where airlines evacuated their passengers at their own expense. A hurricane....
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

That's going to come as a surprise to those Global Affairs personnel tasked with responding to inquiries from, and managing the repatriation of, the several hundred thousand to several million Canadians (depending what source you believe) who were effectively stranded offshore when the industry beg...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

The message is not getting across. Or you skipped some posts. Global affairs had no role, except for a few flights. A minute portion of flights. From about March 14 to April 1, Transat flew to all its destinations empty and came back to Canada with its customers. On March 15 alone, TRansat did 48 re...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

Like I already wrote, the vast majority of the passengers Transat brought home, came back using the return portion of round trip tickets they had purchased before the crisis. These tickets had been priced on the assumption that the outbound flight would have been nearly full. They were empty. Soem p...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

Imagine if for some financial crisis, Trudeau had gone on National Television and told Canadians to stop depositing their money in their bank accounts, to withdraw their balance, and to keep their cash at home, but at the same time expected the banks to keep operating as normal and on top of it, to ...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

Do you have any evidence that all of the above was done for free? I'm not clear how the OP got the impression that Canadian airlines have been forced to do all this flying for free. In fact, press coverage suggests the opposite is true: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/04/02/dont-make-us-pa...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

From March 15 to March 31,all flights from Canada to foreign destinations were leaving Canada virtually empty and coming back with various load factors of passengers. Many of those passengers came back on the return portion of round trip tickets they had purchased. The prices of those tickets were b...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

Nice text. I don’t disagree with it. But..... What if the government aid package was conditional on reimbursing all the passengers that had cancelled flights, many of which had not yet even left Canada ? For now, they, not the airlines, are paying for it. I say let's worry about the immediate probl...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

So my answer is a resounding NO. Nice text. I don’t disagree with it. But..... What if the government aid package was conditional on reimbursing all the passengers that had their flight cancelled, many of which had not yet even left Canada ? For now, they, not the airlines, are paying for it. The v...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

US Airlines received 50 Billion dollar of Federal Aid. Many other countries came to the rescue of their respective airlines. Canada’s airlines received NOTHING although they spent Millions flying hundreds of thousands of stranded Canadians home. Why the airlines but not other industries? I‘m not ta...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

US Airlines received 50 Billion dollars of Federal Aid. Many other countries came to the rescue of their respective airlines. Canada’s airlines received NOTHING although they spent Millions flying hundreds of thousands of stranded Canadians home. Canada’s great repatriation effort of its citizens st...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: Air Canada and Transat announce Increased Purchase Price to $18 per Share
Replies: 1088
Views: 103699

Re: Air Canada and Transat announce Increased Purchase Price to $18 per Share

I posted this a few days ago and the Mods deleted it, I have no idea why. Here is a second go at it. If this requires deletion again, please PM me and let me know why.... Several AC pilots, or people who claim to be (you never know with aliases) post doomsday scenarios here about TSC pilots stealing...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

Gilles, Here is an honest question question - what is Groupe Transat prepared to do to downsize its entire business to allow for market realities? I am talking about September and beyond. I would ask the same question of SWG. And yes, I am aware that in the instant that current flying operations fo...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

Okay. What is your point here? Do you have any source or proof that the government is forcing airlines to operate? You're the one making The PM of Canada and some Premiers were telling people in Canada to stop travelling and telling those overseas to come home. It was an order from the Government i...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

digits_ wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:39 am
I assume that was a big part in deciding to return all pax with tickets from the sun destinations while flying down there empty.
Sun destinations ? My last flight was to Madrid on March 29th. We went there with 4 passengers, came back with about 150, out of 375 seats.....
by Gilles Hudicourt
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

"The impact of all this is just devastating. People aren't flying at all or capacity is at 10, 15 per cent. Nobody can sustain that for very much longer, that's for sure," John McKenna, president of the Air Transport Association of Canada, told CBC News. Canada's airline, tourism sectors facing 'ca...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

What makes you say they were forced to operate? If anything that ruling you linked to protects airlines. Are you claiming airlines in Canada could have grounded their fleets after March 13th ? I think Porter was the first 705 to ground its aircraft. It did so on March 20th. Could Air Canada, Westje...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

rudder wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:59 am
“Billions spent....”?
By airlines, worldwide. This was not about Canada alone........
by Gilles Hudicourt
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Re: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

It's the epitome of entitlement to assume airlines are "alone" bearing the financial brunt of this crisis. People from the mail room to business owners across all industries are being hit hard financially by this. Being hit by shutting down is not the same as being forced to continue running at gre...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?
Replies: 63
Views: 7071

Were airlines sacrificed for the Nation ?

When the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread outside of China, different levels of government in many countries began to to issue warnings to avoid travelling. Planes slowly began to lose passenger loads, and airlines were swarmed with massive cancellations. Advanced sales dropped to zero. But airline...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: Air Canada and Transat announce Increased Purchase Price to $18 per Share
Replies: 1088
Views: 103699

Re: Air Canada and Transat announce Increased Purchase Price to $18 per Share

A few posts were deleted by the MODS including one of mine. I wonder why........

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