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Air Canada to Close 8 Outstations, Discontinue 30 Domestic Routes

Air Canada to Close 8 Outstations, Discontinue 30 Domestic Routes

Air Canada said it would close eight outstations and end 30 domestic routes amidst the continuing downturn in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The outstations are located in Bathurst, New Brunswick; Baie Comeau, Quebec; Gasper, Quebec; Kingston, Ontario; Mont Joli, Quebec; North Bay, Ontario; Wabush, Newfoundland and Labrador; and Val d’Or, Quebec.
The airline is discontinuing 14 routes in Eastern Canada in the Maritime provinces and Newfoundland and Labrador including Saint …

Airbus May Sue Airlines Over Undelivered Jets

Airbus May Sue Airlines Over Undelivered Jets

Airbus Industries, which saw no new orders in May amidst the coronavirus pandemic, said it is considering suing airlines that refuse to honor contracts and accept deliveries of new airplanes.
The company’s CEO, Guillaume Faury, put airlines on notice in a news interview Friday as Airbus released its sales and delivery data for the month of May.
Faury told the online newspaper Politico that some airlines had refused to respond to Airbus’ …

Air Canada to Reduce Workforce by 60%

Air Canada to Reduce Workforce by 60%

Air Canada said late Friday that it will make at least 20,000 employees redundant in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The cuts impact over 50% of the company’s 38,000 workers.
Earlier in the month, the airline said it lost 1.05 billion Canadian dollars ($748) in the first quarter, compared with a profit of $345 million in the same period in 2019.
“We therefore took the extremely difficult decision today to significantly …

Air Canada’s Aeroplan Frequent-Flyer Program to Sell Miles to Members

Air Canada’s Aeroplan Frequent-Flyer Program to Sell Miles to Members

Air Canada announced that its Aeroplan frequent-flyer program sell miles to consumers and will allow program members to bid for cabin upgrades using Aeroplan Miles.  The new features come as the airline prepared to relaunch Aeroplan later this year.
Aeroplan will start to sell miles directly beginning on Thursday, with a limit of 250,000 per transaction and 500,000 per calendar year.  Previously, Aeroplan members could only purchase miles in order to …

Air Canada to Temporarily Halt All Transborder Service to the U.S.

Air Canada to Temporarily Halt All Transborder Service to the U.S.

Air Canada, which has already significantly curtailed its schedule amidst the novel coronavirus outbreak, said Tuesday it will temporarily suspend transborder service to and from the United States on April 27.
The move comes after the United States and Canada said on Tuesday that the two would extend the current border restrictions by an additional 30 days. The current restrictions went into effect on March 21, 2020.
Since then, Air Canada has …

Coronavirus Update: Death Toll Passes 150,000, U.S. Caseload Over 700,000, Shakespeare in the Park Cancelled

Coronavirus Update: Death Toll Passes 150,000, U.S. Caseload Over 700,000, Shakespeare in the Park Cancelled

IN BRIEF
As the number of deaths from the novel coronavirus worldwide crossed the 150,000 mark, some good news emerged including a drop in Italy in the number of patients in intensive care stations and in hospitals.
While some parts of the United States contemplate reopening the economy, experts maintain that testing there needs to double or triple before it can be done safely.
Meanwhile, residents of several U.S. states planned protests against …

Air Canada to Require Masks for Passengers and Crew

Air Canada to Require Masks for Passengers and Crew

Air Canada said late Friday that it will make face-coverings mandatory for both passengers and crewmembers starting April 20, 2020.
Covering one’s face will be a requirement at multiple points in Canadian airports as well as during the boarding process and flight under conditions where social distancing is not possible.
The move follows a directive promulgated by Canada’s minister of transport, Marc Garneau, that requires travelers to wear face masks or other …