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Inauspicious beginning

I just book a flight on Air Canada, the same day the same airline declared bankruptcy.


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Apr. 1st, 2003 02:48 pm (UTC)
civilization crumbles
they're all bankrupt.

I'm beginning to think we may be back to trains and boats.
Apr. 1st, 2003 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: civilization crumbles
I like trains and boats. I could probably handle that, although it would make weekend trips home inconvenient. Still, if the prices on trains and boats were as cheap as some of the airfare... I would happily arrange my life around taking a boat to and from Europe, especially if I could do it for $500 (US) return.
Apr. 2nd, 2003 01:31 am (UTC)
women and children first
I think a boat trip would be great fun if I had the TIME. I don't know anyone who has several weeks to sail to Europe though (like, anyone who lives in reality anyway). That, and weather would be more of a condition of travel than it is now.
There's an airline I used to fly called Northwest Airlines (shudder). Their motto (at least among passengers) was "They'll land anyway!". Seriously, they used to land in thunderstorms when all the other planes were like "no, no thanks. we'll wait." Northwest would say "wee!". It was frightening.
I stopped flying them when, before departure, a man in overalls (perhaps an airplane mechanic) came down the aisle, asked me to get up, then duct-taped the floor down under my seat. I'm not embellishing this a single iota.
Apr. 2nd, 2003 01:19 pm (UTC)
Re: time to travel
Gimme a laptop and somewhere to plug it in, some kind of wireless internet access, and the ability to make a few phone call, and I'd probably be sorted for a few weeks. Ah yes, I remember why I like this job. Dunno if you could do that in the middle of the Atlantic though could probably go a couple of weeks with just the laptop and no comms...hmm...ideas...
Apr. 3rd, 2003 09:14 am (UTC)
Ah! Over here that is no better
Trains aren't the option in the UK as railtrack have been in receivership for ages now. OK, the trains still run but the train company went bankrupt.
Apr. 7th, 2003 04:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Ah! Over here that is no better
I know, I live in the UK most of the time. I *hate* the trains.
Apr. 1st, 2003 03:10 pm (UTC)
Oh gawd...
What happens to those of us who've bought tickets with them?
I haven't been in this situation before, I'm supposed to be using them to go to Halifax in June...
Apr. 1st, 2003 03:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh gawd...
Air Canada is still flying all its routes. Do not worry!

Declaring bankruptcy just protects them from their creditors and gives them time to get their books in order. As Canada's only major carrier, they won't be allowed to stop being an airline even if they wanted to, which they don't. American has been bankrupt for months and they are still flying a full slate of flights.

Halifax in June... does that mean you'll be at the Learneds?
Apr. 1st, 2003 03:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh gawd...
What's that then?

I've a poster at IRIS 2003 (8-10 June), which is Precarn's get-together thingie in downtown Halifax, followed directly by AI/GI/VI (11-13 June) on Dalhousie campus.
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