Air Canada trails global peers in fee revenue, but Aeroplan poised to boost it

Air Canada trails global peers in fee revenue, but Aeroplan poised to boost it
MONTREAL — All those checked bags, seating upgrades and onboard snacks you pay for on Air Canada flights are starting to add up for the company. While the country’s biggest airline lags behind other global carriers in revenue from passenger fees, it is poised to catch up after its recent purchase of the Aeroplan rewards program, a new report says. Air Canada... Read More

Unifor president says GM could face strike in Canada if trust is not restored

Unifor president says GM could face strike in Canada if trust is not restored
TORONTO — The massive employee strike that hit General Motors in the U.S. on Monday could migrate to Canada next year if trust is not restored, said Unifor president Jerry Dias. “Canadian workers and American autoworkers feel the exact same way. They feel betrayed,” Dias said in a phone interview. The union head pointed to plant cutbacks and closures on both sides of... Read More

Transat AT reports $11M loss as it works to complete Air Canada deal

Transat AT reports $11M loss as it works to complete Air Canada deal
MONTREAL — Transat AT Inc. reports it had an $11.0-million loss in its latest quarter as it worked to complete a takeover of the travel company by Air Canada. The Montreal-based travel company says the loss amounted to 29 cents per share for quarter ended July 31 compared with a loss of $5 million or 13 cents per share in the... Read More

Court orders federal agency to explain pipeline decision

Court orders federal agency to explain pipeline decision
CLEVELAND — The nation’s top appeals court has ordered a federal agency to explain why it approved the construction of a pipeline sending substantial quantities of natural gas to Canada. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia agreed with Oberlin, Ohio, and other plaintiffs Friday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission failed to justify giving owners of... Read More

British Airways grounds nearly all flights as pilots strike

British Airways grounds nearly all flights as pilots strike
LONDON — British Airways has cancelled almost all its flights for 48 hours, affecting as many as 195,000 travellers, due to a strike by pilots over pay. The U.K.’s flagship carrier said in a statement Monday that it had “no way of predicting how many (pilots) would come to work or which aircraft they are qualified to fly.” As a... Read More

American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging flight

American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging flight
MIAMI — An American Airlines mechanic charged with sabotaging a plane because he was upset over stalled labour contract negotiations was fired from another airline several years ago and briefly had his mechanic’s license suspended, according to court documents. Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani appeared in federal court in Miami on Friday on a charge of wilfully damaging or disabling a... Read More

WestJet scrubs 737 Max from busy winter holiday schedule, affecting thousands

WestJet scrubs 737 Max from busy winter holiday schedule, affecting thousands
WestJet Airlines Ltd. is removing Boeing 737 Max jets from its holiday schedule while Air Canada warns the impact of the grounded jet on its operations may ripple well into 2021. WestJet, which had earlier scrubbed the 13 planes from schedules until Nov. 4, is the latest carrier to make the change after authorities across the globe banned the 737 Max... Read More

Montreal’s Mirabel cargo airport to get $107 million for expansion

Montreal’s Mirabel cargo airport to get $107 million for expansion
MIRABEL, Que. — Montreal’s Mirabel airport does not have enough space to expand its flagship air cargo business. On Tuesday, the federal government and local airport authority sought to change that, announcing $107 million in funding to boost the airport’s capacity for goods-handling and infrastructure. Transport Minister Marc Garneau says the money will go toward building 20,000 square metres of warehouse... Read More

Meat-subscription-box companies take over marketing chores for farmers

Meat-subscription-box companies take over marketing chores for farmers
VANCOUVER — While working door-to-door pitching deals for a year’s worth of frozen meat, Marc Lafleur realized consumers want quality, local meat, but can’t afford the freezer space or the cash to do it. He co-founded TruLocal, one of many meat-subscription-box companies to start delivering in Canada in recent years to feed consumer cravings for local, ethically raised meat without... Read More

Unexplained difference of 13 cents in Vancouver and Seattle gas prices: inquiry

Unexplained difference of 13 cents in Vancouver and Seattle gas prices: inquiry
VANCOUVER — An inquiry into British Columbia’s high gas prices has found an “unexplained” difference of 13 cents per litre between Metro Vancouver and Seattle. Prices in southern B.C. are set according to prices in the Pacific Northwest of the United States because it is a nearby region and a similar price is considered justifiable. However, the inquiry by the B.C. Utilities... Read More