No, Pumpkins, nobody was saying that when Harper appeared at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Saturday night. In fact, his rendition of the â€œI get high with a little help from my friendsâ€ was â€¦ well â€¦ it wasâ€¦ good. He carried a tune. Swayed. Was melodious & harmonious. Likeable, even. And he inhales!
OK, enough gushing. Back to the pig. Itâ€™s October and a chorus of â€œget the bookings in before the flu hitsâ€ is resonating across the industry. Expediaâ€™s paying for consumersâ€™ cancellation insurance, Sunquest is No No Noâ€™ing and as soon as Sunwing and Signature emerge from their matrimonial bed, theyâ€™ll likely put some lipstick on the pig too. You can smell the fear in the pen.
The only one whistling a different tune is WestJet. Instead of hunkering down, theyâ€™ve lined their pockets with cash and, taking a page out of my hymn book, are going shopping. Itâ€™s really the only way to handle an impending crisis, Pumpkins. For what, exactly, nobody knows. Some say a tour op for little WestJet Vacations to play with. Others still hint at Porter. WestJet themselves claim they just want extra padding while they sit out this porker of a season. Maybe buy a plane or two. What else to do with almost a billion dollars in your bank account? In the words of that immortal lyricist, Winnie The Pooh, â€œHum, dee, dum, dumâ€.
P.S. Re: Robbie Goldbergâ€™s new tour op announcement.Â Just speculating here, but perhaps heâ€™s previewing his wares in the hopes of making it onto WestJetâ€™s shopping list. The man never did like to let an opportunity pass. On the other hand, itâ€™s more likely that Skyservice is nervous about its future and has asked Robbie to run a top gun operation with some of those old Conquest planes.Â