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25 March UPdate:-Frankfurt airport strike has now spread to Munich, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover and Stuttgart airports. Call your airline. Strike is from 7am - 2pm, flights not likely to be back to normal till noon Friday, 28 March, 2014 . Frankfurt airport strike


21 February 2014 Your Air Canada long - haul to Frankfurt Germany likely to be delayed today due to Frankfurt airport security workers strike. Strike to go on all day. Thank your lucky stars you are not stuck at the airport.

28 January 2014 You should be aware by now about the Pan European strike by air traffic controllers. Several countries are involved. Delays are going to be extensive. Call Air Canada.
Follow along with us Easy Travel Report
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Last years industrial actions
August 30, 2013 Strike threat over at Vancouver airport. Deal made with mediator. Have a safe relaxing trip.
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August 28, 2013 More news regarding Vancouver airport strike will be out today. All parties in meetings. Will Canadian government soften?

July 11, 2013 Air Canada flights to and from Vancouver International under threat from baggage handlers and refuellers follow along with us Vancouver Airport strike page  

Via Rail strike June 14, 2014  Make sure you confirm your flight, thousands of train passengers will be looking for your airline seat if this strike goes a head. Airlines will put on more flights, watch for price gouging.

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28 September 2012 Air Canada names head for new low cost airline. X chief from Air Tran Airway's and pilot Klaus Goersch.  
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19 September 2012 Air Canada  announcing new low cost subsidairy airline will start in 2013. No named subsidiary with 50 planes will be concentrating on the hot climates. (Our theory most probably competing with Spirit Airlines. ) aircanada
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5 September 2012 Air Canada flights will be hit by Lufthansa airline strike this week and week-end. Lufthansa airline strike.


Latest news on Air Canada based in Montreal.  Such as staffing issues, pilots, go slow, layoffs, safety concerns, financial health, on time record. Did the union employees vote to strike? Will they strike after I've bought my ticket and leave me stranded at the airport?  Will they be in business in three months? Business travelers, commuters, vacationers and international travelers read before you buy your ticket.  If you think your airline is toooo iffy find another one, those discounts can leave you lulled into a false sense of security.
Air Canada based in Montreal
In Canada or U.S.
888-247-2262 
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Heads up, Air rage offenders can now face up to five years behind bars after the law was tightened through a new Aviation Offences Act. 
Air Canada says it will offer Internet  starting in spring 09 on several Airbus A319s that fly to the USA. Aircell plans to build cell towers in Canada so that Canadian airlines will be able to provide Wi-Fi on domestic flights.



Air Canada competition 
Porter Airlines and WestJet Airlines.

Air Canada Express

Canadian Auto Workers union, representing 3,800 airport customer service agents and call-centre staff.

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The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Air Canada Pilots Association ACPA   

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers 
(IAMAW

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31 July 2012 Air Canada pilots not happy with arbitors decision AP  

18 June 2012 Air Canada make deal with the 8,600 mechanics, baggage handlers and cargo agents union. Deal good till March 31, 2016
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23 April Bumper pay out for share- holders montrealgazette.com

13 April 2012 Here we go again.  Pilots strike, pilot sick out. Several flights have been cancelled. Here's what Air Canada has to say:-

April 13, 2012 -- Due to illegal job action by some Air Canada pilots, Air Canada is experiencing delays and some cancellations of flights today. Air Canada is making every effort to re-accommodate affected customers on alternate flights.Customers are requested to check the status of their flight at aircanada.com before leaving for the airport.

In order to facilitate changes to travel plans, Air Canada has revised its ticketing policy for customers booked on flights today and tomorrow. Those customers wishing to make alternate travel arrangements can do so without penalty, space permitting, by using Air Canada's self service rebooking tool at aircanada.com, on their mobile device, or by contacting Air Canada Reservations toll free in Canada and the U.S. at 888-247-2262; TTY: 1-800-361-8071 or Air Canada Reservations worldwide. Due to increased call centre volume, wait times will be longer than usual.

We apologize to customers affected and thank them for their patience.

Updates will be made available on aircanada.com. 
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Friday, 23 March 2012 Air Canada baggage handlers went on strike today cuasing airline to cancel flights. Airports effected are Toronto, Montreal Trudeau, and Toronto Pearson. Air Canada employees are banned from striking a rule the government made last week.


9 March Government steps in regarding pilots issues and sends it back to mediators again, big sigh across the country!
8 March Lot of news out today, First pilots have been told to accept Air Canada's final offer or be locked out midnight Monday 12 March. Whose going to give first is the question?

Mechanics have gone into mediation talks, which will keep all parties in this dispute busy for the next couple of months.
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7 March Pilots may end up with a day off Monday
12 March as mechanics and luggage handlers have rejected contracts and threaten to strike. Management won't be able to step in, expect airline to possible be grounded unless Canadian government steps in. Here's press release from Air Canada

28 February Talk that pilots maybe on a go slow. Slow turn around's, dripping faucet you know the routine.

12 February 2012 Management make tentative deal with schedulers, mechanics, purchasing agents and baggage handlers. Deals have yet to be voted on by the union members. Details not given to general public.

25 January 2012 CN freight train derailment, passengers will be flown between Edmonton and Winnipeg 

24 January 2012 We decided to give Air Canada pilots own page 
So last year.
15 September 2011 We decided to give flight attendants own page move over

23 January 2012 Air Canada and cat policy timescolonist.com

13 September 2011 Flight attendants by law will give 72 hours notice of strike if necessary.

27 August 2011 Air Canada flight attendants reject deal from management and will have another strike vote next m6 June Deal made with sales agents and customer service employees with management. Union members will have to vote on whether to accept deal. Back to work.
15 June Will government step in and stop strike? Back to work legislation. globaltoronto.com
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14 June Minimal disruptions today ottawacitizen.com

13 June. Strike vote will be held 16 May. By law Canadian Auto Workers union 2002 has to give a 72 hour warning of any strike.  Meetings to be held 2 April, 26 April to May 24 and 24 to 13 June.

11 June Air Canada Express - formerly Air Canada Jazz - is a separate company and won't be affected by any work stoppages, said Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah. kamloopsnews.ca
11 June Here's what Air Canada has to say. Leave earlier, expect longer line for check in.
11 June Customer service and sales staff 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Air Canada Negotiations on going this weekend. Air Canada will run full schedule, unions say, expect cancellations.
9 June Analyst Scott Clute gives his thoughts news1130.com
9 June Rally in Pearson airport today. Hundreds of workers showed up.
Management must be feeling nervous, Monday night's coming up fast. theglobeandmail.com
6 June 2011 Air Canada flight attendants looking for a mediator theglobeandmail.com 
26 May Nothing new in the news today.
22 May Now it's Air Canada's sales agents and customer service employees (Canadian Auto Workers union ) who voted for a strike next month unless a new contract comes by Monday, midnight, 13, June. Talks scheduled for 24 May, Tuesday. Management state they will have a contingency plan in place.
19 May Air Canada pilots reject offer. All parties now will be re-grouping at the bargaining table. Air Canada press release


18 May Article from secure.globeadvisor.com stating Thursday pilot votes will be in.

10 May Air Canada leaving baggage on purpose
cbc.ca

2 May Pilots union announce a ten day ratification vote regarding collective agreement to end 19 May.

22 April This article says about it all The Star

20 April Air Canada pilots back to bargaining table 

9 April Flight attendants contract expired 31 March.
Air Canada pilots will start voting 15-27 April montrealgazette

7 April.  Air Canada is starting to make a profit again after some severe financial wrangling. Consequences, unions are back to kicking up.
Air Canada's 6,800 Flight attendants contract expired 
31 March. Flight attendants basic pay starts at $18,000. By ten years $37,650 see article by Brent Jang ctv.ca

1 April, 2011:- 3,800 Air Canada reservation, customer service agents threaten strike for 
 



March Air Canada makes deal with Pilots Association.The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers plans to start contract talks end of April.

16 Feb. 2011 Strike by Canadian airports baggage handlers, employed by Handlex. Effecting Toronto and Montreal airports, so far management has stepped in to help. No flight delays have been reported. Your good to go see our front page
Average baggage handlers who work for Handlex earn $14 per hour compared to other companies in same business who pay $17-20 per hour.

26 June, 2010 Jazz Air pilots union has accepted a tentative deal.

2/25/10 Air Canada flight cancelled due to giant rat on plane news.com.au

Old stuff
Dec. 09  Strike threat by baggage handlers at Vancouver International and Hamilton airport,

7/09 Air Canada has slowly been working hard and has convinced all five major unions to extend their contract another 21 months.  A huge step towards obtaining future loans of at least C$600 million ($539 million) to meet immediate financial need or seek bankruptcy protection.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) will revote on an offer from Air Canada management on 14, July, 2009.

3 July,09 Air Canada Workers Targeting Olympics for Strike, same as South Africa

July 2 (Bloomberg) -- Air Canada’s mechanics and technical staff narrowly defeated a tentative 21-month labor pact yesterday as the country’s biggest airline tries to avoid a strike during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, the Globe and Mail said.

Union spokesman Chuck Atkinson said workers are hoping the Montreal-based airline will offer job protection in return for labor peace during the Winter Games in February, the newspaper reported today.

The workers voted 50.8 percent against a settlement recommended by union negotiators that would have frozen wages until March 2011, the Globe said. Union negotiators will return to the bargaining table this week with the help of a government- appointed mediator, it said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kevin Bell in Toronto at kbell2@bloomberg.net
Last Updated: July 2, 2009 07:31 EDT 

2/19/09  Air Canada, stock record low, investors shy.  Pension deficit, unions, recession,  loss of $1-billion last year.  Could file for bankruptcy next year, second time in six years! If so airline tickets would still be honored.  labor contracts expire midyear. Air Canada has $1-billion in cash reserves from advanced ticket sales which it is using for daily operations. Credit card covenants want Air Canada to have $1.3 billion in cash at the end of June 09. Has to pay debts of  $663-million, capital expenditures of $249-million.  Obliged to pay pension funds $410 million. Analysts recommend selling assets.

2/15/09 Air Canada, rumblings of strike, employees not happy.  Will keep you updated.

One billion dollar loss in 2008.

10/22/08 Air Canada to launch non-stop service between Halifax and Orlando 

10/17/08 Dogs, guns and Air Canada canada.com

10/17/08 Air Canada makes good on big bill
 for a little dog canada.com

10/15/08 Air Canada and TAM expand network between major cities in Brazil and Canada .marketwatch.com

10/15/08 Air Canada's fare model puts positive spin on fees tampabay.com

10/2/08  Air Canada pilots together with the Continental and United pilots, Sign Protocol Agreement in Response to Airlines Joint Venture Reuters 
Update 9/19/08 Air Canada announced today that in response to decreasing fuel prices the airline is eliminating all second checked-bag charges

9/10/08 Air Canada To Launch Transborder Inflight Internet (cost?) btnmag.com


4 July 08 Air Canada has slashed its Vancouver-to-Beijing/Shanghai service from 14 flights a week to seven as the airline cuts costs in response to record fuel prices.canada.com

6/17/08  Faced with a rapidly escalating fuel bill, Air Canada (AC.B.T) plans to cut its system capacity by 7% later this year, cutting up to 2,000 jobs. 

5/9/08  lost $288-million in the first quarter, including a $125-million provision related to allegations of cargo price-fixing by an array of global airlines.  Air Canada has firm orders for 37 Dreamliners and options to buy another 23 of the planes. It had banked on delivery of the 787s to begin in early 2010, but the postponement until January, 2012, means the airline will have to scale back its global growth strategy.  Air Canada, which had expected to receive a total of 14 Dreamliners in 2010 and 2011, will be forced to keep many of its other Boeing 767s and Airbus models in its wide-body fleet until the 787s arrive.  

5/2/08  Shares in Air Canada  slipped nearly 3 percent on Friday after an analyst put a "sell" recommendation on the stock and warned that rising fuel prices could slash profit at the country's largest airline.  reportonbusiness

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4/09/08  Newfoundland family furious as coffin was bumped for luggage!  canada.com


WestJet Airlines and Air Canada both flew fuller planes in March than a year earlier, the two airlines said on Wednesday.  Montreal-based Air Canada, the operating arm of ACE Aviation Holdings, said its March traffic, measured by revenue passenger miles, rose 6.4 percent from a year earlier, while overall capacity increased by 1.7 percent. Its passenger load factor rose 3.5 percentage points, to 79.8 percent, from 76.3 percent in March 2004.
Domestically, traffic increased by 3.3 percent, while capacity decreased by 1.1 percent. The load factor rose 3.4 percentage points, to 79 percent from 75.6 percent a year ago.
Air Canada, the country's major carrier, said March was the 12th straight record month for its load factor.
Number 2 carrier WestJet, Canada's leading discount airline, said its traffic for March 2005 rose 54.7 percent from a year ago, while overall capacity rose 34.7 percent.
Its load factor was up 10.1 percentage points at 77.8 percent. This compares with 67.7 percent last March.
Both airlines have benefited from the demise of discount competitor Jetsgo in early March. Reuters




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