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by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon May 11, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Airlines must adapt to survive
Replies: 49
Views: 9790

Avianca files for bankruptcy

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/11/business ... index.html

Avianca is over 100 years old. It is said to be the World's second oldest airline after KLM.
by Gilles Hudicourt
Sun May 10, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: Air Canada and Transat announce Increased Purchase Price to $18 per Share
Replies: 995
Views: 87605

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

Awesome. So that was the pre-COVID plan. What is the updated plan? Going in to suspended animation is not a plan. What is the plan? That is above my pay grade, but to assume or insinuate that Transat executives are just sitting on their hands beyond just going into "suspended animation" is out of c...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Sat May 09, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Airlines must adapt to survive
Replies: 49
Views: 9790

Re: Airlines must adapt to survive

One reason may be that cruise ships offer 100% refund in case cruise is cancelled.
by Gilles Hudicourt
Sat May 09, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: Air Canada and Transat announce Increased Purchase Price to $18 per Share
Replies: 995
Views: 87605

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

A quick glance of the financial results from 2019 show a 33000000$ dollar loss for Transat. AC shows a 917000000 $ dollar profit for 2019. 2019 was a high water mark for the global airline industry. Airlines consistently showed profits across the board. If Transat struggled to post largely positive...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Fri May 08, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Layoff Numbers
Replies: 51
Views: 10447

Re: Layoff Numbers

Delta Mainline 885 aircraft United mainline: 806 aircraft American Mainlinte : 1026 aircraft Even Southwest : 740 aircraft These numbers, I think, illustrate the reason Air Canada calls for "proportionate support". Air Canada mainline and Rouge 255 aircraft including the recently parked Aircraft and...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Fri May 08, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Airlines must adapt to survive
Replies: 49
Views: 9790

Re: Airlines must adapt to survive

I agree with your statement except for one word. I would replace "some" with "many".

And again, this is not Canada specific but wordlwide.........
by Gilles Hudicourt
Fri May 08, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Airlines must adapt to survive
Replies: 49
Views: 9790

Airline bankruptcy in 2020 ?

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA DG and CEO on a May 7 2020 video call with the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (CORIM) said that the crisis was the worst that the aviation industry has ever known since WW-II and that 80 to 90 % of the Worlds airline could face bankruptcies by the end of July. He sai...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon May 04, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: Air Canada and Transat announce Increased Purchase Price to $18 per Share
Replies: 995
Views: 87605

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

:roll:

Don't take the bait anyone....
GATRKGA wrote:
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:45 am

So easy to trigger you lol.

Btw, I don’t personally have a dog in this fight.
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon May 04, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: 79 Airplanes Retired
Replies: 103
Views: 25361

Re: 79 Airplanes Retired

His French is perfect! I didn't know.

Calin Rovinescu, président et chef de la direction, s’adresse aux employés : impacts de la COVID-19

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUdZDST ... doP_7yWXVw
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon May 04, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: Air Canada and Transat announce Increased Purchase Price to $18 per Share
Replies: 995
Views: 87605

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

So brand and market share .. it looks fairly equal across the board: Air Canada - 24% Westjet - 22% Air Transat - 22% Sunwing - 27% (Source: CBCNews) Those statistics are only Sun Leisure destinations. Air Transat also has 20% of Europe flights with Air Canada having about 40%. So Air Canada will i...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon May 04, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Airlines must adapt to survive
Replies: 49
Views: 9790

Re: Airlines must adapt to survive

ACpirate wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 7:16 am
I'm not sure if that is correct, I believe they arrived a little earlier than that
You are correct that previously retired E-190s were purchased 2005-2006. It's those that are remaining and that are presently being retired that were delivered in 2007-2008.
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon May 04, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: Air Canada and Transat announce Increased Purchase Price to $18 per Share
Replies: 995
Views: 87605

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

If there is someone out there that can explain to me how a company shrinking by 33% would justify simultaneously acquiring another company in the same business, I am all ears. Maybe it is politics rather than common sense. To get rid of a competitor that hurts business ? Not that I say I agree. The...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon May 04, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: Air Canada and Transat announce Increased Purchase Price to $18 per Share
Replies: 995
Views: 87605

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

My guess is he does nothing of the sort. He will say the deal is going ahead as negotiated right up until it's not. For legal reasons. But people will take this as the deal is actually happening as negotiated because they don't understand he can't say otherwise. I agree. Transat is likely to do the...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon May 04, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Airlines must adapt to survive
Replies: 49
Views: 9790

Re: Airlines must adapt to survive

Here is an airline (Lufthansa) that is taking pro-active measures, vs just trying just short term measures to weather out the crisis. https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/lufthansa-aims-for-autumn-restart-at-the-earliest/138182.article “We are fighting for the future of this company and the future ...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Sun May 03, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: Air Canada and Transat announce Increased Purchase Price to $18 per Share
Replies: 995
Views: 87605

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

Boeing pulled the plug on the Embraer purchase. From Wikipedia Boeing terminated the planned joint ventures on April 24, 2020, saying that Embraer did not satisfy the conditions established in their agreement.[33] Industry analysts said that the $4.2 billion deal became unbalanced as Embraer's marke...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: IS TRANSPORT CANADA OPEN?
Replies: 25
Views: 2833

Re: IS TRANSPORT CANADA OPEN?

Hi I called TC three weeks ago concerning my first class one medical and I was told to call them back two weeks later. I have been trying to reach them but it seems that there is no one picking up the telephone at the ontario region. Is there anything I can do to contact them? I wrote to them to as...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: Air Canada and Transat announce Increased Purchase Price to $18 per Share
Replies: 995
Views: 87605

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

rudder wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:28 am

Are all TS Pilots 320/330 type rated?
No that was the plan but it is only partially achieved. The last A310s were grounded just on April 1st, and there are 5 B737NGs in the fleet still.
by Gilles Hudicourt
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: Air Canada and Transat announce Increased Purchase Price to $18 per Share
Replies: 995
Views: 87605

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

FL320 wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:33 am
Gilles,
Do you know how many A330 leases are due to be renewed; and if the A321LR will still be delivered as per the latest schedule?
No sorry. As far as I know, the A321LRs will be delivered as initially planned. There was one in Germany ready to be delivered when this thing started.
by Gilles Hudicourt
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Air Transat
Topic: Air Canada and Transat announce Increased Purchase Price to $18 per Share
Replies: 995
Views: 87605

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

At this stage, I don’t think any of the companies have any idea on what is going to happen. It will be driven by sales, which are driven by what the authorities will do, which is driven by how the Covid crisis unfolds. The companies will start slowly with limited aircraft and see how sales go, how t...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Certification rules
Replies: 6
Views: 868

Certification rules

I have a question on the history of aircraft certification rules , for those who know about the subject. During the war, the DC-4 was certified with a 2 person crew. It was made for the military as the C-54. Many C-54s were converted to DC-4 and pressed into airline use after the war. When the DC-4 ...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: B737 Max Type rating or just additional training ?
Replies: 23
Views: 2265

Re: B737 Max Type rating or just additional training ?

While trying to find some background information on the original certification of the B737, I found this very interesting book, called the "The Third Man, a History of the Crew Complement Controversy, 1947-1981". It is available for free with Google Play Books. I'm sure many of you had already read ...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: And so it begins...
Replies: 43
Views: 8454

Re: And so it begins...

Maybe the dutch got it right. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-airfranceklm-hoeks-idUSKCN2250Q5?taid=5ea18b87e153850001937156&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter Documents filed by Air France-KLM last week showed criteria for Smi...
by Gilles Hudicourt
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: B737 Max Type rating or just additional training ?
Replies: 23
Views: 2265

Re: B737 Max Type rating or just additional training ?

Valid question. I have no idea. With all that has surfaced about the manner in which the Max was certified, many people who are very knowledgeable about aviation were shocked, let alone for the general public......
But that's a different subject.....

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