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Air Canada Cancels Transat Takeover Amidst Battle with European Regulators

Air Canada Cancels Transat Takeover Amidst Battle with European Regulators

Air Canada said Friday it is terminating its planned takeover of Air Transat, saying it doesn’t believe that the European Commission, the bloc’s antitrust regulator, would approve the deal without placing significant burdens on the combined entity.
“Following recent discussions with the EC, it has become evident, however, that the EC will not approve the acquisition based on the currently offered remedy package,” the airline said in a statement.  Air Canada …

Air Canada Commits to Reaching Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

Air Canada Commits to Reaching Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

Air Canada said Monday that it plans to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of the century.
The news comes ten weeks after United Airlines announced similar plans, and several months after members of the oneworld alliance announced an alliance-wide commitment to a similar target goal.
The airline said it plans to accomplish this via a fuel-efficient fleet along with investments in sustainable aviation fuels and carbon capture technology.
“We believe …

Air Canada Announces Frequent-Flyer Program Partnership with Starbucks

Air Canada Announces  Frequent-Flyer Program Partnership with Starbucks

Air Canada’s Aeroplan frequent-flyer program announced a partnership with Starbucks.
The move allows members of Aeroplan to link their accounts to a Starbucks Rewards account and earn points both in the Aeroplan points as well as Starbucks Stars.  The Starbucks partnership is limited to locations in Canada.
“We’re excited to open up a new world of benefits for customers and invite more Canadians to try the Starbucks experience,” said Peter Furnish, vice …

Southwest Restarts Boeing 737 Max Operations

Southwest Restarts Boeing 737 Max Operations

Southwest Airlines announced that it had returned the beleagured Boeing 737 Max to the skies after two years of being grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Dallas-based airline became the sixth airline in North America to do so, after American Airlines, WestJet, Air Canada, United Airlines, and Alaska Airlines.
The action comes two years after the planes were grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration following two hull losses, one in 2018 …

Air Canada Takeover of Transat in Jeopardy

Air Canada Takeover of Transat in Jeopardy

While Canadian regulators have given Air Canada the green light to acquire smaller rival Air Transat, the deal has been jeopardized by the failure of European regulators to approve the deal.
Air Transat said Tuesday that the European Commission has requested additional information from itself and Air Canada.  The Commission said that it will render decision at some point in the first half of 2021.
The lack of action means that either …

Canada Institutes New Quarantine Rules for International Arrivals, Suspends Flights to Mexico, the Caribbean

Canada Institutes New Quarantine Rules for International Arrivals, Suspends Flights to Mexico, the Caribbean

The Canadian government announced significant new restrictions on international travel as it tries to stem the spread of new variants of the coronavirus.
The new measures were announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said at a news conference in Ottawa that the country’s largest airlines have agreed to suspend flights to and from the Caribbean and Mexico for three months.
The action comes as concerns grow over new strains of the …

Air Canada Sets Date to Restart Boeing 737 Max Flights

Air Canada Sets Date to Restart Boeing 737 Max Flights

Air Canada, which recently announced an additional 25% capacity cutback for January, will return the beleaguered Boeing 737 Max aircraft to the skies starting February 1.
The move will make the Canadian carrier the third North American airline to do so.  American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, restarted its 737 Max flights at the end of December, while WestJet has announced January 21 restart date.
The airline’s vice president of flight operations …