Cardiff City must abide by the January 31 transfer deadline as they attempt to bolster a “pretty sombre” dressing room.The Welsh club are still coming to terms with the disappearance of the plane carrying Argentine striker Emiliano Sala on Monday.AdChoices广告Sala, who became Cardiff’s record signing last week after agreeing to join from Ligue 1 side Nantes, was confirmed by French authorities as one of two people aboard a Piper Malibu that vanished en route to the Welsh capital. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The search for the aircraft carried into a third day on Thursday but hopes of a positive outcome continue to recede.Football matters have, understandably, been a secondary consideration but Cardiff CEO Ken Choo admitted the club are trying to bring in new players before the window closes in a week’s time.He told talkSPORT: “From the club’s perspective we are managing this situation but we have another department that has to continue with looking at transfers.”I am multi-tasking three or four jobs at once, it’s really difficult physically and mentally to cope in a situation like this when we have to segregate our minds to look for Emiliano, to help the family – and the club is trying its best to provide the most care for the family and give them the information that is factual.”We are trying to co-ordinate with the authorities and yet we are still running a business which continues, we still have to meet the [transfer] deadline.”We have spoken with the Premier League on how tough it is for us to cope given there are eight days to go and we have been watching Emiliano Sala for months and we got it over the line finally.”We have eight days to go and we don’t really know how to cope in this scenario, we have to meet the deadline, the bottom line from the Premier League is that you have to meet the deadline like everyone else.”24th January7.50am update.We are commencing a coastal search using be Channel Islands Air Search plane of Burhou, the Casquets, Alderney, the north coast of the Cherbourg Peninsula, north coast of Jersey and then back over Sark.Further information released when available— Guernsey Police (@GuernseyPolice) January 24, 2019 Cardiff are 18th in the Premier League table, two points adrift of Newcastle United.Choo added: “I went to see the first team yesterday to ensure the manager is fine, the coaching team is fine, the back-office staff are fine and the players are fine.”I spoke to the captain [Sean Morrison] and some of the leaders, the rest of the players. They are trying to cope with the situation, the dressing room is pretty sombre, they are all pretty shocked.”As chief executive I have to pull them together and try to get through this and we have a game to play next week [at Arsenal on Tuesday].”Everyone knows it’s difficult, the players are aware of all the facts but we have to pull up our socks and get on with it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
WestJet Airlines Ltd. plans to launch non-stop service from Calgary to Dublin, Paris and London’s Gatwick Airport using its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, challenging Air Canada with transatlantic flights that target business passengers and the jet set.“It’s really important for us to be able to attract what I would call bucket-list travellers, premium leisure travellers and, indeed, a share of business corporate travellers,” WestJet chief executive Ed Sims said in an telephone interview from Calgary.The airline aims to invest roughly $4 billion in new airplanes over the next six or seven years, including 10 Dreamliners, Sims said.The new routes reflect not just a grab for more would-be Air Canada passengers, but also an attempt to gin up new travellers.“We think the markets here are being very underserved, so I think there’s an opportunity to attract a new generation of travellers,” Sims said.“But of course, for outbound Canadians it now gives them a choice,” he added.The wide-body 320-seat Dreamliners include 16 lie-flat seats in a business cabin as well as 24 premium economy seats, as WestJet continues to recast itself as a large intercontinental carrier.“It’s a real evolution from WestJet being a clone of Southwest (Airlines) to becoming more and more similar in some ways to Air Canada — but trying to differentiate themselves,” said Karl Moore, an aviation expert at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management.WestJet is battling with Air Canada on a number of fronts. Its ultra-low-cost Swoop airline recently launched flights to the U.S., in competition with Air Canada’s six-year-old Rouge unit.On top of a long-range fleet that still dwarfs WestJet’s, Air Canada’s recent deal at the head of a consortium to buy the Aeroplan reward program from Aimia Inc. represents another potential advantage WestJet aims to reduce.WestJet announced Wednesday it will top up its WestJet Rewards program with a new platinum tier later this year.“Flying to Europe is not going to be all that dissimilar to Air Canada,” Moore said.“You’re going to have points, you’re going to have a business class, you’re flying long-haul in brand new planes.”WestJet remains outside the constellation of major airline alliances, however, which comprise Star Alliance — of which Air Canada is a member — Sky Team and Oneworld.“I’ve absolutely changed my behaviour because I can get points flying on non-Air Canada partner airlines,” Moore said. “I don’t think WestJet is as powerful to the global traveller as Air Canada with the Star Alliance.”WestJet’s three new routes are slated to start in the spring, with sales beginning Wednesday.The Dreamliner will fly daily between Calgary and Gatwick, four times a week to and from Paris and three times a week to and from Dublin.