Dear Ronald Dent, Bombardier employs around 30,000, Embraer around 18,000. For the last three years, Canada has exceeded Brazil in the manufacture of airframes. Bombardier is not Canada's sole producer of airframes. Canada also builds a large number of aero engines.
Bring back the Vanguard and Electra ! Seriously though, if fuel prices continue to rise, why not build a 120 pax turboprop using state-of-the-art technology? Remember Boeing's 150 seat 7J7 PropFan concept?
Ever notice that the majority of the "World's Best Airlines" are usually long-haul carriers, flying to and from benign climates with a high percentage of executive and first class seats, and an even larger percentage of tourist passengers?
Job-place interpersonal conflict is common. I am surprised it doesn't happen (or reported) more. In today's airliner cabin filled with stressed passengers and aircrew it is hardly surprising. To focus on the carrier is completely misguided, and so 1980s. You think this doesn't happen in a bank, a restaurant, or even an air traffic control centre? Don't delude yourself. It is just that an incident like this delays passengers and makes the news. When the produce guy gets pissed off at the meat cutter, who cares?
I am surprised that it doesn't happen (or reported) more. Interpersonal conflict is common in any work environment, and in a stressful highly-charged environment like today's airliner cabin, it seems completely unsurprising.