MH370 search to “hit the ground running”

first_imgThe Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles used to search for MH370. Photo: Ocean Infinity. The sophisticated ship tasked with finding missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370  expects to “hit the ground running” as it steams towards the search area after conducting a series of sea trials off the coast of Africa.The trials included testing the ability of Seabed Constructor’s  Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) to detect targets and debris as well as a dive to more than 5800m (19,029ft)  to check new additions to its flotilla of eight torpedo-shaped submersibles.Deep sea search company Ocean Infinity also ran a test with all eight AUVs operating simultaneously from the ship, the Seabed Constructor.“Essentially we needed to put everything through the paces before we got to the MH370 site,’’ a report from the ship sent Thursday and posted by MH370 independent group member Victor Iannello said. “We’ve found and corrected a few issues, which makes this well worth the time spent.“This testing is due to be wrapped up late tonight or early tomorrow morning, we will then steam to the ATSB box and hit the ground running.”The ship is due to arrive at the search area late next week and, under a deal struck with the Malaysian Government,  US-based Ocean Infinity will not receive any compensation unless it finds the wreckage of the plane within 90 days.MH370 search hit the ground runningThe bridge of the Seabed Constructor. Photo: Ocean Infinity video.It will begin in a 25,000 sq, km area defined in 2016 by a meeting of experts in Australia and later refined by drift analysis from the CSIRO.The experts recommended that the first search continue but a tripartite meeting of government ministers from Malaysia, China, and Australia shut it down in January last year.They vowed not to resume search unless there was credible new information which could be used to identify the aircraft’s position, although they failed to define what this meant.The Malaysian Government has since had change of heart with Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai telling reporters this week there was an 85 percent probability of finding the wreckage in the search zone.Drift modeling and an analysis of satellite imagery by a team headed by CSIRO scientist Dr David Griffin significantly boosted confidence among Australian experts that the wreckage of the Boeing 777, which went missing in March 2014, is in the southern half of a 25,000 sq. km.The scientists identified a location at latitude 35.6°S and longitude 92.8°E, near the seventh arc defined by satellite data, as the most likely location for the missing plane and the search is expected to start in this area. This is just outside an area already searched.They said other nearby locations east off the 7th arc were also possible and there were a range of less likely locations on the western side of the arc, near 34.7°S 92.6°E and 35.3°S 91.8°E.The deal is structured so the company receives $US20 million if it finds the plane in a 5000 sq. km primary search area, $US30m if it finds it in a subsequent 10,000 sq. km secondary search area and $US50m if it finds it another 10,000 sq km tertiary search area.The company says it is capable of scanning 1200 sq. kms per day using the eight Hugin AUVs equipped with an array of sophisticated sensors that include side scan and synthetic aperture sonar, a multi-beam echo sounder, a sub-bottom profiler and an HD camera.A similar submersible was used in the previous search but in this case up to eight will be launched and search in parallel.The Hugins, described as highly maneuverable and stable, will be launched directly from the mothership which will use an acoustic modem to communicate with them as they search for the debris field.Each submersible is powered by lithium polymer batteries that allows them to remain on station for up to 60 hours.Apart from occasional pings to update the Hugin’s  inertial navigation systems and keep them on course, the AUVs will keep their findings stored on an onboard hard-drive to be downloaded on their return.The use of the multiple submersibles means Ocean Infinity could feasibly, subject to the areas sometimes fierce weather and the need to resupply,  complete a search of the ATSB’s 25,000 sq. kms in the first month. This gives it the to option to move into other areas if the plane is not found.Some experts have suggested the debris may be north of the 25,000 sq. km zone, possibly to an area around 30°S,  and if a wider search proves necessary the Malaysians have agreed to pay Ocean Infinity $US70m if the plane is found.The Seabed Constructor is capable of recovering debris from the ocean floor but a decision on whether it proceeds to do so is up to the Malaysians.MH370 search hit ground runningThe Seabed Constructor. Photo: Ocean Infinity.Top priority will be given to recovering the so-called “black boxes” – the cockpit voice recorder, the flight data recorder and the quick access recorder.Using the Seabed Constructor to do this would be a logical move and having the ship already on station makes it what experts describe as an “asset of opportunity” if the black boxes are to be retrieved before the winter weather sets in.Although they have been at the bottom of the sea for almost four years under immense pressure, the recorders are built to withstand extremes and experts believe it will be possible to extract data from them and probably other memory chips in the the Boeing 777s avionics.Flight data recorders are usually double-wrapped in titanium or stainless steel and tested to withstand up to 1500 times the force of gravity and to be able to withstand water pressure at 20,000ft (6096m) for 30 days.There are also precedents for this sort of situation.The recorders from Air France flight 447,  An Airbus A330 which plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009,  were readable despite being at a depth of  3980m (13,000 feet)  for almost two years.Pressure is the biggest problem: at a depth of 5000m (16,404ft)  it is 500 times the pressure at sea level or 7114 lbs per square inch. The lack of currents, low levels of oxygen and cold temperatures at such great depths are expected to help preserve other parts of the plane as well as the bodies of the 239 passengers and crew.The move by Ocean Infinity to take on the MH370 search is not so much a roll of the dice as an informed bet, although one with high stakes. One “rough estimate’ puts the daily operating costs of the ship, personnel, and the sophisticated Hugin robots at about $US150,000 a day.As the video below shows, it is an impressive operation.The move comes after the company was extensively briefed on the data gleaned during the ATSB’s initial two-year search as well as the projections of others such as University of Western Australia Professor of coastal oceanography Charitha Pattiaratchi and the Independent group of experts.The initial 120,000 sq. km search failed to find the plane but this was in an area defined before the arrival of debris allowed more informed drift modeling.While there is some variance in where the parties think the debris field lies, they all point to the same general area.Dr Griffin says nothing has come to light since last year to affect the CSIRO findings on the most likely site for the MH370 wreckage.“From everything that we’ve done,  that is the most likely place,’’ he told AirlineRatings, noting it was not possible to say where the plane was with absolute certainty.“It’s impossible to know what could possibly be wrong with any of the clues that we used.“They’ve all got assumptions which could turn out to be false, but we know it’s the best shot at it and that’s it’s worth doing.”Among those most desperate for answers —and an end to the speculation and wild theories regarding the plane’s disappearance —  are the families of the MH370 victims.Support group MH370 has applauded the Malaysian Government for concluding the agreement and Ocean Infinity for its “bold offer” to search on a “no cure, no fee” basis.“It is our fervent hope that the search yields results, MH370 said in a statement. “While it may not bring our loved ones back into our midst, we wish for the answers that will let matters rest, and to make civil aviation safer.’’The group called on the Malaysian Government to provide regular updates and to consult with families on a recovery effort if the aircraft is found.“In the event the search by Ocean Infinity is unfruitful, we ask of the Malaysia to be open to a similar “no cure, no fee” search proposals from other parties or initiate a prepaid search if new evidence is found,’’ they added.The sad fact is, however, that if this search is unsuccessful the trail will have grown well and truly cold.last_img read more

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How much free music is available online?

first_imgTags:#Multimedia#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img I was going to leave a comment at Lucas Gonze’s weblog, but I may as well usetrackback and hope he sees this. Lucasposted a follow-up to his “whine that policing unauthorized music on Webjay isturning into a huge drag”. He is considering a form of community moderation (suggested bySeb Paquet). I thought “Jim” left aninteresting comment in response to this. The last thing he said was:“Of course, with webjay, there is a more black-and-white issue. Is thematerial obviously illegal or not?”This touches on what I wrotethe other day about not being able to link to Lucid 3 and other New Zealand musicusing WebJay. Following on from Jim’s query, I’m wondering how much of popular musicis available free online? For example, if I wanted to create a playlist of myfavorite songs in the Billboard Top 100 this week, how many of those songs would beavailable to me as free links? Anyone know an estimate?How about more ‘niche’ music – like for example New Zealand music? It would be reallyinteresting to find out what is the ratio of free linkable songs (which I herebychristen with the acronym FLS) to songs you have to pay to listen to, for eachgenre of music. Does bluegrass for example have a higher FLS ratio than blues? Thehigher the FLS (Free Linkable Songs) ratio, the better. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… richard macmanuslast_img read more

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Parting Words: I Am on Vacation

first_imgJuly and August is the time for a vacation. I am either at the beach or mountains, on the golf course, reading a book, or watching television. I am not thinking about writing this column. But I need to fill up the back page, so here goes with some of my favorite thoughts that may or may not have appeared before in this column.In a perfect world, life would be fair. But that is not relevant given the reality that the world we live in is not always fair. You should expect things to go your way because you have that right, but when something happens in your life that you do not like, fairness has nothing to do with it. No one is guaranteed a life of health and constant happiness. We all know of books that tell us that bad things really do happen to good people. Bad things also happen to bad people. And what is worse yet, really good things happen to really bad people. Things and people you like and don’t like are all a part of being alive.Have you ever had to face major change in your personal or professional life? Did you feel fear? A “yes” answer means you are pretty normal and in the big basket with the rest of us. I have known many really tough people I could not imagine ever being fearful of any situation, but they are. Regardless of how tough or good you are, fear is natural. I suspect that if you aren’t feeling a little fear, you are probably playing it too safe, and that should be enough right there to scare you. L’audace, l’audace, toujours l’audace.- Sponsor – Did I mention golf? Golf is a game of personal integrity and self-improvement. So much of what the loss prevention professional faces in his or her career also revolves around personal integrity and a commitment to self-improvement.The best vendor account manager I ever had was a person who was interested in my success and not just selling something. He would ask me now I was doing personally. He said “please” and “thank you.” He shared his company’s agenda and future product plans. He introduced me to others in his company, especially the bosses. He always returned my calls quickly and responded to my needs. The bottom line is there is often just a “dimes difference” in competitive products, but the little things can mean a lot in being the best.Have you ever wondered why some people just seem to get a lot of pats on the back? How do some people get a reputation for being a person who knows how to get things done? There are many LP executives who fit these descriptions. Hopefully you are one of them.It is true that your whole career will be shaped by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day. But how do you know you are with the “right” people? I use a very simple rule—they make me feel good, positive, and upbeat, and I have no fear of what they might do in our relationship. I trust them.“One piece of advice that I believe will contribute more to making you a better leader, will provide you with greater happiness and self-esteem, and at the same time advance your career more than any other advice I can provide to you. And it doesn’t call for any certain chemistry. Any of you can do it. And that advice is that you must care.” Advice from US Army General Melvin Zais of the 101st Airborne.“Making a difference in someone else’s life can be as simple as a smile, lifting a hand to help, or lending an ear to listen, especially when it might be easier to ignore the opportunity. Each day is a new day and a new chance to use what you’ve worked for and been given to light someone else’s load. It’s never too late to choose to move beyond success to significance.” Thoughts from retired US Army General Becky Halstead.Growing up, my mother would sometimes say to my brother and me, “I am sick and tired of your behavior.” She put such emphasis on sick and tired that it was disturbing and frightening, and often led to some type of punishment. There were other occasions—not as many—where she would say, “I am pleased as punch with you two.” To this day I am not sure what punch had to do with anything, but I knew it was good stuff, and she was proud of us. There is much going on in our world of loss prevention and asset protection. For me, I am sick and tired of some of it, and I am pleased as punch with other things. Overall, I think I am more pleased as punch than sick and tired. That is a good feeling.Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”Okay, I’m done. Back to vacation. I will see many of you at the upcoming Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) Learning Day September 30th in Gainesville the day prior to the LPRC’s Impact conference or at the magazine annual meeting with RILA and LPF in beautiful Hilton Head Island, SC, October 23–25. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Dybala: ‘Juve showed experience’

first_imgPaulo Dybala feels Juventus “sent a signal, we have the necessary experience” to turn around difficult situations after his brace beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1. The Russians had taken a shock lead after 30 minutes, but La Joya scored at the 77th and 79th to transform the Champions League match in Turin. “I really needed these two goals. It was a good result for me and for the team, as we suffered, but have the necessary experience to keep calm and find a way through,” Dybala told Sky Sport Italia. Does this show that Juve can play with Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo together? “We can work on it, the Coach has his ideas and we’ll work on them in training to improve together.” The Bianconeri are still unbeaten in all competition this season, dropping points only to Fiorentina and Atletico Madrid. “We sent the usual signal, which is that this is not a Juventus side without experience or talent. We can have our say.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: The big deal

first_imgWhy the Vitara Brezza will go down in the annals of Indian automotive industry is not because it is a sub-4m SUV but because it was conceived, designed and engineered by a predominantly Indian team, led by an Indian who was the chief engineer of the project. The team led by C V Raman took the Suzuki Global C platform as the starting point and the biggest challenge was to engineer the car so that it was sub-4m in length, without compromising on looks and SUV proportions.The Brezza gets the same 1.3-litre diesel engine that we have seen on most Marutis but in a higher state of tune, like on the S-Cross. Since the C-platform also underpins the Grand Vitara in Europe, the engineers already had a good starting point and it was a matter of repackaging, and ensuring that the car reflected the needs of the urban SUV buyer in India.The IP has mood lighting surrounds. The result is in fact excellent. The car looks good, and in fact looks like a much larger SUV than it actually is. It will perhaps be the best looking sub-4m car in the country and actually incorporates the best of Suzuki design that has been successful in the past including the floating roof concept from the Swift with the blacked out pillars. In addition the car is available with white, black or body coloured roofs as part of the Urban, Sport and Glamour packages.Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza outsells Ford EcoSport in MarchadvertisementA bold front grille with projector headlamps, muscular sides and accentuated wheel arches with 16-inch wheels that all add to the SUV-looks. In fact, CV Raman was quite clear to point out that despite starting out with two approaches to the car, an SUV and a crossover, a conscious decision was made to proceed with the former.The touchscreen is the standard Maruti unit seen on the S-Cross, Baleno and Ciaz. At launch the SUV is powered with a diesel engine only, though Maruti says an appropriate petrol engine option will be added at a future date. The engine is the same 1,248cc unit that powers most of the Maruti-Suzuki diesel range but in the Brezza the unit is tuned to a max power output of 90bhp and peak torque of 200Nm, the same figures as on the S-Cross. It is mated to a five-speed gearbox with an intention to make the Vitara Brezza a sprightly performer.Auto climate control is easy to use and has large buttons. The interiors keep pace with the exterior and the engineers at Maruti have done the best to make them premium and in sync with the bold sporty approach on the outside. Starting from the instrument panel that has what Maruti likes to call mood lighting but is in fact speedo and tacho surrounds of customisable colours with an option to choose amongst five different colours with high seating by which an under seat tray can also be incorporated. The Brezza comes with the same infotainment system that does duty on the Baleno and the S-Cross. But there are a few firsts as well, like the dual glove compartment with the top one being cooled for keeping water bottles etc, and the bottom one being illuminated and incorporating a card holder for your papers and other items. There are coat hooks, shopping bag hooks and hanger hooks as well as seat back pockets on the inside in addition to a floor console with place for two cup holders and am armrest which also features storage. There is also a rear centre armrest with built-in cup holders. Overall the interiors are modern and well suited to Indian needs and desires.Also Read: Vitara Brezza vs NuvoSport vs Baleno vs CretaThe Brezza feels like a large hatchback to drive, though the high seating ensures that you feel a bit of the body roll. Large tyres help provide adequate grip while cornering and the car feels stable on all road surfaces. It is sprightly in the lower gears and makes for an excellent urban commuter but runs out of steam in the higher gears on the highway, probably because Maruti-Suzuki had to ensure the vehicle was the most fuel efficient in its class. And at 24.3kmpl, it is by a long margin, as tested and certified under rule 115 of CMVR 1989.Reading lights up front and a second cabin light in the middle of the roof are a step up from some hatches. While a driver’s side airbag is standard in all variants, ABS with EBD and a passenger side airbag is available as standard on the top two variants and available as an option on all the other variants.advertisementThe upper glovebox will keep your drinks cool. VerdictThe Vitara Brezza is a sub-4m vehicle and that’s where its main competition lies. It looks better proportioned than any other sub-4m vehicle and even looks like a much larger SUV. And here is where it scores – not only does it look great on the outside, it is filled with features and equipment, all that you could ask for in fact. Its high seating and ground clearance are a boon to any driver and are essential for most Indian cities. Added to the looks of a large SUV, is the ultra fuel efficient powertrain which makes it as affordable to run as any car in its segment, as well as segments above and below. The long wait for an urban SUV from Maruti has not been in vain!Also Read: Maruti Suzuki increases production of the Vitara BrezzaThe Vitara Brezza even has a place to hang your shopping bag.The Vitara Brezza stands out due to its dual tone colour scheme.last_img read more

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Keep In Touch On NSW State Cup Finals Day

first_imgThere are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information on finals day of the 2011 New South Wales State Cup.The State Cup website will be updated regularly with results and match reports, as will the New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) website. These sites can be accessed by clicking on the following links:www.nswtouch.com.auwww.statecup.sportingpulse.net NSWTA’s social media pages will also be updated regularly throughout the event, and you can find out everything you need to know by ‘liking’ or ‘following’ these pages:www.twitter.com/nsw_touch http://www.facebook.com/pages/NSW-Touch-Football-Network/137384052966714 To join the Twitter conversation during the day, please use the hashtag #statecup.  Touch Football Australia’s YouTube Channel will also be updated with highlights through the event, and can be found by clicking on the following link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

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10 months agoREVEALED: Mourinho rejected Real Madrid contract offer just weeks ago

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Mourinho rejected Real Madrid contract offer just weeks agoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho turned down a contract offer from Real Madrid just weeks ago, it has been revealed.Mourinho was shown the door by United yesterday after two-and-a-half years in charge.And El Pais says Real president Florentino Perez moved for Mourinho in October after the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui. The proposal involved a pre-contract, which would have seen Mourinho leave United in June for Madrid. However, the Portuguese turned down the offer.A source revealed: “An agent close to the parties indicated that the proposal included the commitment to hire Mourinho before July 1, with a penalty of five million euros by Madrid if the agreement was not consummated on that date.”The offer was worth €15m-a-year – and could yet be reignited now that Mourinho is a free agent. last_img read more

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Video: 4-Star Florida Commit Jake Allen Receives Invitation To Elite 11

first_imgJake Allen throwing the football.Vine/Sanjay KirpalaniFlorida fans will have a player to root for when the Elite 11 quarterback competition takes place at The Opening this summer. St. Thomas Aquias’ Jake Allen, a Florida verbal commit, was invited to compete after his performance at today’s regional camp in Miami.#Gators QB commit Jake Allen invited to the Elite 11. https://t.co/IftMV2Scr9— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) March 6, 2016Allen made some nice throws during the drills today.Jake Allen rocking the USPS hat and delivering the mail #GETOPEN #Gators https://t.co/PnQiwJTRq7— Sanjay Kirpalani (@SanjayKirpalani) March 6, 2016Jake Allen with a great throw just off Trevon Grimes fingertips. https://t.co/S6IDbMqmhR— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) March 6, 2016Here is Allen’s recruiting profile, via 247Sports. The Elite 11 takes place at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. from July 5-10.last_img read more

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Suvendu Adhikari flags off new fleets of electric CNG buses

first_imgKolkata: State Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari flagged off 20 electric buses and 20 CNG buses from Paribahan Bhawan at Kasba on Wednesday.While the electric buses belong to West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC), the CNG buses belong to South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC). The WBTC has introduced 20 electric buses, each 12 metres in length. The new buses are more spacious having more number of seats and with larger storage capacity. These buses will be rolled out in the existing and popular routes of the city. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, SBSTC’s environment friendly CNG buses will be plying in and around the Durgapur and Asansol zone and will connect neighbouring districts. These buses have been procured from the grant received from the West Bengal Pollution Control Board. As the new buses are environment friendly, it will be a major help to curb the level of pollution in the state. It may be mentioned that the state Transport department has planned to operate CNG buses all over the state, which will be done in phases. In February, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had inaugurated 20 electric buses. “We have rolled out 20 electric buses. We will be introducing 60 more electric buses within a period of three months. Our schemes such as Gatidhara and Jaladhara have provided employment to a number of youths in the state,” Banerjee had pointed out.last_img read more

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Flair Airlines tinkering with ultra low cost model by eliminating carryon fee

first_imgMONTREAL – Flair Airlines Ltd. is tinkering in Canada with the ultra low-cost airline model used in the U.S. and Europe by eliminating carry-on luggage charges in response to consumer demand.Effective immediately, the B.C.-based carrier will remove its $30 carry-on baggage fee.Spokeswoman Julie Rempel said the one-month trial will likely be extended indefinitely because of strong passenger demand.“That was one of the main complaints that we had from passengers because it was an unfamiliar fee to a lot of them so we just made the decision to remove it,” she said in an interview.Rempel said Flair is “redefining” the ultra low cost carrier model in Canada. The airline started last summer by taking over the operations of New Leaf.“We’re just looking at it from a customer’s perspective and redefining how we look at ULCCs. There’s no rules in the playbook at this moment and we’re making our own and this is just one move towards that.”Discount airlines keep fares low by charging a series of ancillary fees including baggage, seat selection, use of credit cards and food purchases. Some of the world’s largest airlines of this type earn as much as 46 per cent of their revenues from extra fees.WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) said it still plans to charge carry-on fees on its low-cost Swoop subsidiary that is scheduled to launch service next summer.Even with fees, Swoop is aiming to cut fares to around 30- to 40-per cent lower than average full-service carriers, said spokeswoman Lauren Stewart.“The choice to pay for extras such as carry-on allows the price-sensitive traveller to make choices on what they value to keep the fare as low as possible,” she said in an email.Swoop has yet to announce initial destinations or fees.Canada Jetlines CEO and director Stan Gadek said it charges for carry-on fees but charges an ultra-low base fare.So-called ancillary fees are generating increasing revenues for airlines around the world.They are expected to generate US$82.2 billion this year, a 22 per cent increase in one year, compared to US$22.6 billion in 2010, according to IdeaWorksCompany, a U.S. research company that tracks airline revenue.Air Canada (TSX:AC) ranked 10th in the world in collecting ancillary fees, bringing in US$1.179 billion in 2016. That equalled 10.4 per cent of its total revenues. Part of those fees come from its travel subsidiary Rouge and 45 per cent come from its frequent flyer program, said IdeaWorks.European ultra low-cost carriers Ryanair and Easyjet were 6th and 7th on the list at nearly US$2 billion and US$1.355 billion, respectively.IdeaWorks said WestJet collected US$302.2 million in fees last year.Air Canada passengers paid US$26.29 per person in ancillary fees, the 15th most of any carrier.That was well behind leader Spirit Airlines at US$49.89 but ahead of Ryanair and Easyjet. WestJet received US$13.77 per passenger.last_img read more

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