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  1. Looks like some new passenger rights for those flying to/from Canada or on Canadian airlines. Highlights: - Better compensation for delays and being bump. - Airlines must guarantee seats for kids are close to parents. (with $25,000 fine for not doing so). - Better baggage insurance coverage. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/passenger-bill-of-rights-details-1.5147589
  2. This link contains the fleet information..... https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/fly/onboard/fleet.html Toronto and Montreal to Barcelona is operated with the Rouge Version of the Boeing 767-300 ER (towards the bottom of the page). This version of the aircraft has 51 rows and is used mostly on tourist destinations. The front cabin only has Premium Economy (basically the type of seat you see on domestic aircraft in the US sold as First Class). The economy seats are also a bit tighter. The version of the 767-300 ER with 39 is the mainline version (towards the top of the link). The reason it has few rows is the front cabin has International Business class, where the seats open up into beds. These seats take up more room. This version of the aircraft is used mostly on business destinations. Yes, the Boeing MAX grounding is causing them to move flights around more than normal. Enjoy the transfer through Toronto. It is far more convenient than trying to connect from an international flight at a hub in the US.
  3. Just a note that the AMEX Platinum Cards has different benefits based on country of issue. The Canadian version does not have Uber, but has complimentary access into all Priority Pass lounges.
  4. TAP is not a budget airlines. It is a full service legacy airline that has been in business since that was founded back in 1946. It is part of Star Alliance however it is not part of the price ordination that several of the other Star Alliance airlines are part of. United, Lufthansa (including there subsidiaries Swiss, Austrian, etc.) and Air Canada operate as a joint venture across the Atlantic where they share profits on all the combined flights and are able to "price-fix" across their flights. TAP is not part of that deal.
  5. The OP said she is working with a TA. The vast majority of legacy airlines interline with most legacy airlines. Here TA should be able to do this booking onto one ticket.
  6. For the sake of argument, lets assume the probability of one failing is 5%. The probability of both failing is therefore 5% x 5% or 0.25%.
  7. Portugal is a interesting country with lots of local food options. Not certain why you would bring food from the ship when there are lots of local options easily available.
  8. That would be expected. The EU grounded the Max a few days before Canada and the US. Virtually all airlines, if a flight is cancelled they will rebook on their aircraft or someone else at no charge to meet their commitment to the passenger.
  9. em-sk

    One way dilemma

    The new CEO at Air France use to be the head of Air Canada and was credited with improving the in flight experience there before going to Air France. Looks like he is trying to do something similar at Air France/KLM.
  10. Agreed. It is complex. Would the extra indicators have avoided the crash? Probably not. Would it have helped the pilots with situational awareness to understand what was going on and to take action. Probably. However procedures, training etc. would have had to also play a role. In principle a 2 out of 3 voting system is statistically better than a 1 out of 2 system assuming everything else is equal. In this specific case there are to many other variables at play. Everything else is not equal and only someone who has access to the detailed analysis can say. The Boeing 737 is also generally less automated than the Airbus aircraft. Ironically, Airbus has far more software and automation in its aircraft.
  11. Looks like there are two other options that airlines could have included when ordering their aircraft that would have helped during this type of failure. Air Canada and American - has the extra indicator and the disagree light. WestJet and SouthWest only have the light. However, Southwest starting to add the indicator on aircraft delivered after the Lion Air crash. United, Norwegian, Lion Air and Ethiopian did not include that option when ordering their aircraft. https://www.ctvnews.ca/business/air-canada-westjet-purchased-safety-option-reportedly-missing-on-crashed-planes-1.4346085
  12. This will depend on when you are flying and where your connecting. Major airports in Canada have US pre-clearance. You go through US formalities on Canadian soil prior to boarding your aircraft. Quebec City airport is working on setting up US Pre-clearance but it is not up yet and will likely take months until it is. For US Pre-clearance to work, the US actually stations US boarder protection staff in Canada. I would be surprised if this is up and running during the summer of 2019. If you fly from Quebec City to Toronto or Montreal and then connect to a flight to the US you will clear US Customers in Toronto or Montreal. Not a big deal as bags are automatically transferred and the entire process is optimized for connecting passengers. Separate inspection area just for connecting passengers, high level of automation reduced security screening etc. You then arrive at a domestic gate in Chicago and don't need to anything special. If you connecting in the US, US airports are not designed for international transit passengers the same way as Canadian airports. You will need to recollect your bags and go to same domestic security check are passengers departing locally. US pre-clearance also applied to some trains and ships. Trains from Vancouver to Seattle pre-clear. Ferries from Victoria BC to the US pre-clear and cruise ships from Vancouver to Alaska also pre-clear US formalities.
  13. The original issue was the automation (software) would drive the aircraft nose down under certain sensor failures. This was a software feature that Boeing had not included in any of the material used to train the pilots. For that reason it was unexpected on the Lion Air flight. After that crash a notice was sent out to all the airline operating the aircraft advising them to tell their pilots about this "feature" and what to do if it occurs. At take off and landing the aircraft is close to the ground and there is not a lot of time to respond. China, Europe, Japan (and most of the world except Canada and the US) grounded the aircraft nearly immediately after the second crash. After satellite tracking data was available and showed the same pattern on the Ethiopian flight that waas enough for Canada to immediately closed its airspace to the 737 max. That forced the hand of the US to do the same. I think part of the reason for Canada and the US taking longer is both countries have large fleets of the aircraft. In Canada (between Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing) there are around 40 of these. In the US (between SouthWest, American and United) there are around 70 aircraft. The only country that would have more of these that Canada or the US is China. Boeing is working on getting software updates out to the airlines to fix the problem that caused the Lion Air crash. I suspect they will start flying after that. The result of the Ethiopian crash will likely take months before there is a final answer.
  14. The original poster is arriving on a domestic flight from Toronto. So just once at the ship.
  15. In this case being on Air Canada, their policy is if they have a delay that causes you miss the cruise, they will route you to the next stop. However for an Alaska cruise that may be far more difficult than one would expect in most other parts of the world.
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