Air Canada (Montreal) is adding the Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) on the Toronto (Pearson-New York (JFK) route starting on November 1. In addition, the carrier has announced that it is boosting capacity on regional routes across Western Canada this fall and winter to meet demand. The airline will also be gradually introducing Bombardier Q400 aircraft operated by Jazz Aviation (Halifax) under the Air Canada Express brand on key markets from Calgary and Edmonton beginning next year.
Starting next February, Air Canada will be scheduling new Q400 aircraft on regional routes across Western Canada to replace smaller Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft. Air Canada Express flights are scheduled to enable convenient, point-to-point same day business travel, as well as convenient and easy connections to Air Canada’s extensive domestic, US and international network at Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Increased services this fall and winter compared to last year include:
|Calgary-Fort McMurray||7 daily (from 6 daily)||350 daily seats (from 300)|
|Calgary-Grande Prairie||5 daily (from 4 daily)||250 daily seats (from 200)|
|Calgary-Yellowknife||2 daily (from 1 daily)||100 daily seats (from 50)|
|Edmonton-Fort McMurray||7 daily (from 6 daily)||350 daily seats (from 300)|
|Edmonton-Regina||2 daily (from 1 daily)||100 daily seats (from 50)|
|Edmonton-Saskatoon||2 daily (from 1 daily)||100 daily seats (from 50)|
|Vancouver-Fort St. John||5 daily (from 4 daily)||250 daily seats (from 200)|
|Vancouver-Nanaimo||7 daily (from 6 daily)||350 daily seats (from 300)|
As mentioned, in February, 2013, Air Canada will begin gradually deploying 74-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft on routes within Western Canada, replacing 50-seat CRJ200 aircraft. The Q400s will initially be scheduled on the following routes:
|Calgary-Fort McMurray||February, 2013|
|Calgary-Grande Prairie||March, 2013|
|Edmonton-Fort McMurray||March, 2013|
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GGOY (msn 4365) of Jazz Aviation is pictured at the Toronto (YYZ) hub.