Monthly Archives: March 2012

Air Canada and pilots navigate unfriendly skies

The government’s latest intervention in relations between Air Canada and its pilots might have prevented stoppages over the busy March Break period, but it has not brought labour peace. One labour expert says the government has played a role in the increased acrimony between the two sides over the past number of years. “The government has made it worse,” says Michael Lynk, who teaches labour law at the University of Western Ontario. “When a government gives a signal as it has done with Air Canada over the last nine months …
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Southwest Airlines’ Boeing 737 Debuts

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines Co. is rolling out some new, larger planes that will start hauling passengers next month. The airline introduced its first Boeing 737-800 on Wednesday during a launch party for several hundred employees in a hangar at its Dallas headquarters. The plane holds 175 passengers, compared with 137 on the biggest jet now in Southwest’s fleet, the 737-700. The extra 38 seats should mean more revenue per flight. “It’s going to make us more profitable from day one,” said chief operating officer Mike Van de Ven. The …
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American Airlines aims to cancel labor contracts

DALLAS — American Airlines plans to ask a federal bankruptcy judge next week to throw out its union contracts, if it can’t reach cost-cutting deals with labor unions, according to a person familiar with the situation. The company would seek to void several collective-bargaining agreements that have been under intense negotiations since American and parent AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection Nov. 29. The company’s plan was described Thursday by an official who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to comment publicly. Unions for pilots, flight attendants …
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More Air Canada flight cancellations as March break ends

People booked on Air Canada flights are taking a gamble Sunday, with the airline reporting more cancellations and delays amid what the company calls “operational challenges,” with no mention of possible job action by members of its pilots’ union. The first Air Canada flight of the day left Pearson airport in Toronto on time, at 5:45 a.m. ET. However, a few hours later, airport officials said around 15 per cent of the arrivals and departures have been cancelled or are experiencing delays. “We have some 32 Air Canada flight departures …
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