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Can someone enlighten me?

#1 Post by Guido » Thu Aug 05, 2004 8:03 am

I work at Sarnia Airport right now, while I'm finishing my flight training. We just received unofficial word that Air Canada is going to be cutting our flights back from four in and out per day to three in and out per day. Now this would make sense if our pax loads were unprofitable, but the fact is, our loads are up. Indeed, half of them are oversold!

We have one flight each day that goes out almost empty (4-ish on an 18 seat plane), but it comes in from Toronto with double digits. They're not cutting this flight, though. They're cutting the morning flight (9 AM) that is full EVERY day. Have the management at Air Canada lost their minds?

We've heard that they're closing bases out West, and they're trying to do the same in the East. I don't know what their loads are like, but ours are doing very well, and they're trying to shut us down. No wonder this company is going in the toilet! :x

What the hell are they thinking???
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#2 Post by twinpratts » Thu Aug 05, 2004 12:53 pm

not sure... maybe they will let Jazz take over alot more of the domestic routes, while Big Red focuses on international stuff?
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Re: Can someone enlighten me?

#3 Post by Panama Jack » Thu Aug 05, 2004 2:11 pm

Guido wrote:Now this would make sense if our pax loads were unprofitable, but the fact is, our loads are up. Indeed, half of them are oversold!

What the hell are they thinking???
Can't say for sure what is happening exactly in your neck of the woods, but high loads does not always translate to high profitability (although it ought to). Could be that the seats being sold are reduced cost, stand-by, or the airplanes can be redeployed to more profitable routes. Could also be that Jazz will be taking over some of the flights . . . I don't know, but I am sure they give some thought to decisions like these.
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#4 Post by W5 » Thu Aug 05, 2004 2:56 pm

What about seasonal demand? Loads are usually very high during July/August, then taper off.
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#5 Post by Guido » Thu Aug 05, 2004 5:53 pm

I'm not sure. It almost seems like they're trying to force the Air Canada staff to retire early. Their paycheques definitely aren't cheap... $25/hr to check people into a flight, I mean really. Plus benefits? Give me a break...

Oh, I forgot to mention that the flights are contracted out to Air Georgian flying the Air Alliance aircraft.... seems strange. I'd have thought that the tier 3 airlines would fight to keep a run like this...
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#6 Post by Pratt » Thu Aug 05, 2004 6:35 pm

Are all of the flights operated by Georgian right now?
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#7 Post by Guido » Fri Aug 06, 2004 7:26 pm

Yup and we just got the final word that they're cutting the flight for at least September, probably October.

The loads are up 30% over last July / August... this isn't making sense. Anyone have any ideas?
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#8 Post by Mig29 » Thu Aug 12, 2004 8:10 pm

Guido,
I agree that salaries aren't cheap, but considering what others make at some other jobs....this isn't that horrible. You can work in a call centre-billingual for $15-18 + benefits....I just saw it today in the papers

the fact is that when I started there 4 yrs ago, I was working for $10.50 with no benefits...when I finally reached $17 last fall, we all got the boot, while the big exec. guys cut their pays by 1-2% (from there $300-500,000)....Now, just recently, they made the CAW workers take a cut from where they were back to $10.75!! (only for those who came after 2000.....now those with 30yrs there, get slashed from $24 to whopping $21.....and guess what.....they still won't retire! No wonder the moral sucks....and oh yeah, those who got layoffs are AC people, not Candian...but who went under??

F**C the politics and democracy!

I am not trying to argue with you...just bringing a unjust point.
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#9 Post by Swamp Donkey » Fri Aug 13, 2004 11:29 am

I hear Georgian is quite busy out East (Halifax). Perhaps this is equipment oriented, in the fact that there's not enough tier 3 equipment to go around?
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