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New Air Canada rouge route complements London-Heathrow gateway MONTREAL, May 20, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The arrival of flight AC1924 at London-Gatwick airport this morning marks the successful launch of Air
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MONTREAL, May 19, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the renewal of its normal course issuer bid for its Class A variable
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MONTREAL, May 11, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Michael Rousseau, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will make a presentation to investors at The Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2016 Transportation
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MONTREAL, May 10, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI) will be held at Montréal-Trudeau Airport. It is a three-year collaborative project with 14 stakeholder
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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 5 May 2016 – In its investigation report (M15A0009) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) concluded that due to insufficient monitoring of the vessel’s navigation, the bridge team of the roll-on roll-off passenger ferry Grace Sparkes was unaware of the vessel’s position in the harbour channel and the vessel struck Burnside Rock. There were no injuries or pollution, but the vessel sustained damage to the hull and the bilge keel.

On 21 January 2015, at 1746 local time, the Grace Sparkes was voyaging with 8 crew and 4 passengers onboard along a route that deviated to the east-southeast of the course line specified in the standard passage plan. The master was steering the vessel and navigating, limiting his ability to use paper and electronic charts to monitor the vessel's position in relation to the planned route. Although the master navigated visually at night, the position of the vessel was not being cross-referenced by the bridge team using other navigational aids as was recommended by the company's safety management manual. After the striking, the vessel continued its voyage and docked at Burnside a few minutes later.

In addition to not cross-referencing navigational aids, the investigation found deficiencies in several areas. These included a delay in reporting the occurrence to the Canadian Coast Guard; a lack of crew training in bridge resource management; issues with the marine medical certification process for the master, and assessing fitness for duty; and a lack of signage for lifesaving equipment. Further, when the vessel struck the rock, the passengers and crew members were not properly informed. It was also determined that safety drills included only crew members and no passengers, and thus did not provide realistic training.

The investigation also identified a number of issues related to the TSB Watchlist: the operator's safety management system and Transport Canada's (TC) oversight. If TC oversight does not assess the effectiveness for passenger safety-related emergency procedures, there is a risk these will not achieve their intended purpose. Additionally, if there is no follow-up to verify that non-conformities raised during internal and external audits have been addressed, there is a risk that unsafe conditions may persist.

Following this occurrence, the operator, the Newfoundland Department of Transportation and Works, took a number of corrective actions which included providing chart correction procedures to all vessels; adding lifesaving equipment signage; repairing the public address system; and providing instruction to clarify procedures for obtaining accurate passenger counts.

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MONTREAL, May 4, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Star Alliance partners Air Canada and Avianca Brasil announced today they have implemented the first stage of a codeshare agreement. Initially, Air Canada
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Record first quarter EBITDAR of $460 millionOperating income of $154 millionAir Canada expects full year 2016 EBITDAR to increase 4 to 8 per cent from full year 2015 EBITDAR MONTRÉAL, April 29,
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Québec, Quebec, 28 April 2016 – In its investigation report (M15C0045) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) concluded that shortly after it departed Rimouski, Quebec, a fire broke out in the engine compartment of the Frederike. C-2, possibly due to a failure in the generator engine.

At 0145 on 28 April, 2015, the Frederike. C-2 left Rimouski with a master and three crew members onboard. At approximately 0230, charred wood could be smelled in the wheelhouse and a crew member went to the engine compartment to discover that it was filled with dense smoke. After the master decided to return to Rimouski, and after an unsuccessful attempt was made to put out the fire, the life raft was inflated and the crew abandoned ship at 0300. The crew was rescued by the fishing vessel Marie-Karine D around 0330. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Cap Perce was dispatched to assist. The vessel burned to the waterline and sank by 1515. No injuries were reported.

The investigation uncovered a number of safety deficiencies. The master’s certificate had expired more than two years before the occurrence. The crew had not received onboard familiarization and safety training before starting their duties. Nor had steps been taken to ensure that the crew understood the use and location of the lifesaving and fire-extinguishing appliances onboard. Further, the master did not communicate the event in accordance with the Canadian Radiocommunication Regulations or use Standard Marine Communications Phrases. Instead of alerting the Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS), the master believed no CCG intervention was required and called the master of the Marie-Karine D, who then reported the situation to the MCTS.

The investigation also found that electrical and various other repairs were not reported to Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) nor were two previous engine failures reported. Additionally, on 19 June 2012, a TCMSS inspector issued a Notice of Deficiency to the authorized representative (AR) of the Frederike. C-2 stating that the vessel required a safety familiarization and training manual onboard, specifically relating to firefighting and lifesaving equipment, and all tasks related to the safe operation of the vessel. The notice did not indicate any timeframe for rectifying the deficiency. On 25 March 2013, when TCMSS inspected the vessel again, there was still no familiarization and training manual on board. However, no further action was taken by TCMSS in this matter and the vessel was allowed to continue operating.

The TSB has identified safety management and oversight as a Watchlist issue. As this occurrence demonstrates, some transportation companies are not effectively managing their safety risks. The Board has been calling on Transport Canada (TC) to implement regulations requiring all operators in the marine industry to have formal safety management processes and for TC to oversee these companies' safety management processes.

In this occurrence, there were no fatalities; however, there continues to be approximately one fishing-related fatality per month in Canada. Loss of life on fishing vessels is also a Watchlist issue, and the TSB also conducted a Safety Issues Investigation (SII) into fishing safety. In this occurrence, two of the 10 safety significant SII issues: training and the cost of safety.

The SII emphasizes that the safety of fishermen will be compromised until the complex relationship and interdependency among safety issues is recognized and addressed by the fishing community. The Board continues to call for concerted and coordinated action by federal and provincial authorities and by leaders in the fishing community to improve the safety culture in fishing operations.

Following the occurrence, TCMSS inspectors at the Marine Safety Service Centre in Rimouski added compliance deadlines to Notices of Deficiency issued in relation to the familiarization and training manual. Failure to comply with this notice by the deadline will result in administrative monetary penalties.

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Vancouver hub expansion continues with new 787 Dreamliner services featuring new international product in three-cabin configurationNew flight will offer fastest elapsed flying time from YVR, Calgary, Edmonton, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles to
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News Article / April 27, 2016

By Major Bill March

In the late 1930’s, the Wichita, Kansas-based Cessna Aircraft Company was struggling to survive with limited orders of its light single-

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