AIR CANADA has cancelled its major Boeing order (ABTN 2 May), or rather it has been forced to call off plans to take 18 Boeing 777 and 14 Boeing 787, by its pilots. It seems that Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) had come to a tentative agreement on costs and other issues relating to the order only for them to be rejected by the union membership. At the present time Air Canada does not seem unduly worried about the decision and is likely to initially get around the problem with second hand aircraft. The first of the 787”s is not due until 2010 which gives plenty of time for the difficulties to be resolved and for the airline
to go back to Boeing.