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  1. Rumors on say most are for Air Baltic’s startup in Europe although I thought they secured LOI’s already for that. These are also LOI’s so they must have potential customers in mind. Spirit could be the main customer, it seems logical enough, or some unnamed airline.. , as you said we’ll find out soon enough.
  2. Nice to see a major leasing company placing an order.. it’s a good sign.
  3. Personally I prefer all blue or all red.. but hey white will do 🙂 ..and I’ll leave it up to you to make the disco ball suggestion to PVM.. or better still a laser ball!
  4. A couple of things MTLBlog is hardly the New York Times and frequently makes attention grabbing headlines so.. The rainbow effect probably is for testing purposes only. I doubt the lighting will often be more than one solid colour. You can’t please everyone, there will always be complaints.. always, we see it here in every thread. It’s human nature. So for what it’s worth, I like the lighting.
  5. Nice, I too thought it would only be white. Also I was under the impression lighting would only be installed after the bridge was opened. I’m kinda anxious now to see it all up and running.
  6. You never know though, Air Canada may roll Rouge into Air Transat and keep them as a separate entity, or run all three carriers as separate but integrated like Lufthansa does with its airlines. No details have been signed or revealed yet. Keep your fingers crossed. I’d also say AC won’t have a true monopoly. There are still competing airlines on many of routes or at least alternate routes flown by the competition
  7. I agree. Would be nice to see a tower with a different colour glass than grey or dark blue. Maybe a deep mauve or gold (although it’s not a bank) or any other respectable colour that makes it stand out without it being gaudy.
  8. Well the top image looks ok.. maybe it’s just the dull look of the bottom rendering that makes it look so bland. The AC hotel looked ugly in its rendering, so did Myriade.. both turned out ok.. the AC actually quite nice. So I’m going to give it a chance by waiting for more detailed renderings. Not sure what they were thinking with the bottom ad.. horrible dull tones.. displaying concrete walls, blanked out reflective curtain.. they couldn’t have made it look more unappealing.. way ta go in missing a chance to generate excitement and interest in their product. Looks like an ad from the 1960s.
  9. It’s definitely the best case scenario for all parties including YUL. Westjet would have been the next best case. The HQ won’t move out of Montreal. Air Canada will have a fortress hub more capable of connecting passengers to more cities worldwide. They will acquire and integrate Air Transat’s best and most innovative employees and add them to their talent pool. The hotels TS and AC own will likely be fuller as they will be in reach of more people. Fleets are similar and familiar. Air Canada has been criticized for its lack of French usage but compared to all other suitors they are the best match to Air Transat on this front (imagine Westjet).. YUL won’t likely see a massive withdrawal of available seats although I’d expect some service cuts for TS (Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Athens) as Air Canada Rouge or Air Canada mainline will take over with a larger plane or an extra flight or two per week depending on the route. Next step, let’s see which players will oppose this merger and tries to stop it. Let’s see if Onex tries to somehow undercut the deal. When that’s over let’s see what the regulators decide. My gut says Air Canada wouldn’t have done this if they felt it couldn’t happen.
  10. I’m admittedly shocked.. but at least TS stays in Canada and most importantly in Quebec. I doubt a full deal will pass regulators though.. they compete head to head on a lot of routes.. competition would be cut heavily and prices will likely rise . On the plus side they’d get A321NeoLR’s which they’d probably grow instead of the 737MAX9’s on order.. flights on popular routes could be consolidated, weaker ones cut.. the hotel business could be integrated into AC Vacations.. Air Transat itself probably would merge into AC Rouge. Someone on joking suggested they should rename Air Transat as Air Canada Bleu lol.. slap on a Rouge livery in blue. YUL will become a significant hub in Air Canada’s network.. it is a major push here by Air Canada and Westjet will be locked out with little hope of ever penetrating our market in the near future. All in all.. an interesting week in the airline biz in Canada.
  11. If not stained then add a false ceiling.. it looks like unfinished work as it is now. It does however match the rendering so any of this is doubtful. The project overall though is fantastic.
  12. Thanks for sharing that.. quite interesting! Merci!
  13. This is big news. Lots of speculation on what this will lead to. Will Swoop disappear? Will Westjet pull back on European expansion. Will they be more open towards buying Airbus planes? How will Onex reshape this airline. I’m curious if they aren’t also one of the investors looking into buying Air Transat.. perhaps they will merge them with Westjet to make a more formidable challenger to Air Canada. Exciting times!
  14. Interesting.. I kind of support it. Driving there is already difficult. Peripheral parking would be needed. Delivery vans will need access. Maybe an airport styled shuttle service could bring elderly and handicapped people to drop off points if they need it. Im curious if this gets traction and takes hold with everyday people.
  15. I stumbled upon Le MEM by accident with an American friend who was in town for a weekend and we both just loved it.. it’s a little gem that sits somewhat under the radar.
  16. Thanks. Strange I’ve never seen or heard of this building. Looks innovative and interesting.
  17. What’s the building with all the bizarre lines and tubes on or inside it? Looks like an art studio of some sort.
  18. In the news conference they hinted the combined three museums (McCord, Stewart, La Mode) will be renamed on a later date. The one that’s been put out is Musée Montréalais or something to that effect. Probably a good move for the city
  19. Excellent news and I’m glad they’re staying in their original location. Also since there will be an architectural competition I presume the images above are just conceptual images and not concrete plans. The final design could be quite different. Rue Victoria will be a unique part of all this.. hopefully a quaint pedestrian street with artwork and interesting shops or displays.
  20. I really like this picture.. the skyline looks impressive. The densification of skyscrapers is evident. Griffintown looks awesome.. REM is on the horizon and the sunlight is hitting all the right marks. Montreal is really getting its act together these days, it gives me a good feeling about our future. Can’t wait to see this view in about 5 years with all the coming additions and with a REM train passing by.
  21. Looks amazing. Often rated a world’s best airport, I can see why.
  22. 800 years of history and in 8 hours it was almost wiped out. Such a tragic event, one if the saddest I’ve ever seen. My heart goes to everyone in Paris and France. I’ve been inside the Cathedral twice and have lasting memories of its beauty. I found this link last night and one good thing the top exterior roof was destroyed but the inside stone decorative support roof still stayed intact for a good part of it protecting a lot below. It was devastating but it seems a lot was saved too.. and no lives lost which is most important Pictures on the inside of a Notre-Dame after the fire
  23. Interesting but is VFR really the main driver? I can see that being true in the US at certain times of the year, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter when people go home to visit their families. I also can envision a lot of families going to Disney World or Hollywood or New York City cheaply plus a lot of student travel. I’m sure some companies send their employees on these flights to keep costs down too but I don’t know what is the true main driver come the end of any fiscal year. Do you have any links to a site that may look at this more in-depth? ..and is it the same for Canada or are we different? Canadians as a whole don’t move around between provinces as much as Americans do among US states but what I’ve read but yes more among English Canadians than French Canadians and yes that will factor in. An LCC might want to try YUL-YQB as a tag on to to say YYZ or YVR-YOW-YUL. Just a thought but maybe all with YHU instead if that ever materializes . btw, your completely right about The changing role of Southwest and JetBlue.. you can add Westjet to that group as well.
  24. Ok I am fully aware of all this. Just forget Sunwing et al and southern destinations and Europe, I’m not talking about that. I’m referring Canadian/US LCC’s and ULCC’s flying internally in Canada and/or North America . My point is this type of service can be market to us and to other Canadians and nurtured like any other new destination YUL gets. You have to start somewhere. Do we not vacation in BC because we don’t normally go there or for the same price or lower we can go to France? I dunno really, maybe it would be different if it was much cheaper and we were more familiar with the BC region. I agree it’s much easier for Air Canada with a loyal customer base and onward connections but you pay extra for that in this scenario. LCC’s or at least ULCC’s are relatively new here, they too start fresh in every city they start flying to and have to grow their market. Yes it is a bit easier among the English speaking provinces with more scattered families and perhaps a more natural tendency to travel to/from them then from here... but if marketed correctly I believe they can grow traffic both ways (after all any route out of YUL isn’t solely dépendant on our need to use it, there is the inbound market as well). If Southwest comes here from BWI it’ll be the same thing. Maybe they’ll funnel us to Florida and the Caribbean or maybe to a Phoenix and the West Coast. Conversely they may funnel Americans here to connect to European and Asian flights, or to Western/Eastern Canada. btw I’m aware they have no connecting partner here. I’m thinking students and low cost travelers looking for cheap flights overseas in this instance. I find it strange no one has really tried to even enter the Quebec market. Flair has expressed interest in YHU so maybe that’s the key, a low cost secondary airport. Maybe it’ll attract the likes of Southwest and JetBlue in the future.