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Past articles by Eric:

Flair Airlines missed payments for months before planes seized, lessor says

Airborne Capital said the Edmonton-based discount airline ‘regularly’ defaulted on millions of dollars in payments over a five-month period → Read More

Flair Airlines CEO seeks to reassure staff, customers after missed payments lead to aircraft seizure

Aircraft leasing company Airborne Capital seized four Flair Boeing 737s after the airline fell behind in its lease payments → Read More

Leasing company seizes four Flair Airlines planes for non-payment, causing flight cancellations

Dublin-based Airborne Capital Ltd., issued lease termination notices to Flair representatives and grounded four Boeing 737s, two at Toronto Pearson Airport, one in Edmonton and one in Waterloo, Ont. → Read More

Ottawa set to approve WestJet Airlines takeover of Sunwing

Deal marks a bigger step for Calgary-based airline into the vacations package business → Read More

Toronto Pearson to limit flights for March break, summer travel season in bid to avoid travel chaos

The measures include hourly limits on commercial and business flights, and caps on international passengers → Read More

Transport committee report recommends airport user-fee system revamp to upgrade airport infrastructure

The report recommends the government return the rent it collects from airport user-pay fees to re-invest in upgrading terminals and runways → Read More

Air Canada posts $1.7-billion loss for 2022 but swings to profit in fourth quarter

Air Canada CEO Michael Rousseau says the carrier’s improved financial performance reflects ‘solid demand’ and cost controls → Read More

Project Arrow, the first all-Canadian electric vehicle, makes its domestic debut

The one-of-a-kind prototype is unveiled at the 2023 Canadian International AutoShow, where parts makers hope to attract the attention of other manufacturers expanding their plug-in fleets → Read More

Canadian International AutoShow returns to Toronto, but without many carmakers in tow

Some manufacturers plan to skip country’s largest showcase scheduled for Feb. 17-26 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre → Read More

Travellers recount lost luggage woes and cancelled trips plaguing Canadian air travel

Experiences will sound familiar to countless travellers since the Christmas break, when airlines cancelled thousands of flights amid snowstorms → Read More

Inside the rise and fall of the Boeing 747

The jumbo jet first flew passengers in 1970 and revolutionized air travel, but its days are numbered → Read More

Porter Airlines’ new Toronto hub brings more competition to Canadian airways

Porter’s expanded fleet and shift to Toronto Pearson is placing it in direct competition with Air Canada and WestJet Airlines → Read More

Competition Bureau asked to examine Air Canada, Westjet over changes to regional service

Air Canada and WestJet rejected the suggestion that they had conspired with one another → Read More

Air Canada blunder could cost young skiers chance to pursue Olympic dreams

Four teenage athletes from Quebec ready to compete at Prince George, B.C, event, but skis haven’t arrived → Read More

Politicians criticize airline industry over holiday travel chaos

Executives questioned over long delays, cancellations and lost luggage that ruined getaway plans → Read More

Canadian airlines withholding flights this summer to boost demand and profits

Carriers are plotting summer schedules with fewer flights than in pre-COVID-19 times in order to ensure airfares are profitable → Read More

More airport chaos on the way as winter storm heads for Toronto

Environment Canada forecasts a winter storm will hit Toronto starting Thursday, with rain, snow, high winds and freezing temperatures threatening holiday plans → Read More

Auto parts maker Magna buys Veoneer division for US$1.5-billion in advanced driving technology expansion

The purchase positions the Aurora, Ont.-based vehicle and parts maker as a leader in the fast-growing market of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) → Read More

Flair, Swoop draw most per-flight passenger complaints of Canadian airlines, CTA says

Air Canada, the dominant domestic airline, was the subject of more than 3,200 complaints, while Flair had 239 and Swoop had 670 → Read More

Porter Airlines to expand its reach across North America with Embraer E-195 jets

Porter’s CEO says the airline plans to disrupt the industry and ‘elevate economy flying for everyone’ → Read More