days until our Collective Agreement expires, we are preparing, we are united and we will make change.

New Aircraft Committee

The CUPE New Aircraft Committee reviews aircraft designs from a health and safety perspective. Two aircraft are being reviewed: B787-800-223 passenger and B787-900-256 passenger models.

We are waiting for a chance to tear suppliers products apart and test ergonomics in YUL. Previous hands-on testing for galley equipment took place in January 2008.

Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) have been evaluated from vendors for B787-800-900 series aircraft for the following systems:

  • Bun warmers
  • Galley Waste Disposal Units
  • Ovens
  • Coffee Makers
  • Trash Compactors
  • Lavatory units

Our meetings with AC are irregular, usually a conference call. No activity yet over the summer. A report was made to CUPE AC Component Executives (ACCEX) in June 2009.

The Bottom Line:

Air Canada posted their latest financial results 07 August 2009. Employees have been advised that 37 Boeing 787 Dreamliners remain on order, with the first delivery scheduled for the second half of 2013. The aircraft purchase agreement was amended in July to include options to purchase 13 additional aircraft, with purchase rights for ten more.  Air Canada and Boeing have agreed to amend commercial terms and delivery dates to help finances.


revision date: August 2009


Nathan Jones
Travis Petersen

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