Category Archives: Air Georgian

Air Georgian to have an expanded role with Air Canada with CRJs

Air Georgian (Air Canada Express) (Toronto-Pearson) will soon have an expanded role with Air Canada with a transferred fleet of Canadair Regional Jets (CRJs).

Air Canada issued this statement:

Following a previously announced Request for Proposals (RFP), Air Canada has announced that it has signed an MOU to expand its relationship and amend its capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Air Georgian. Air Georgian has been selected to operate a number of additional regional routes including trans-border routes in mid-2014 using Canadair Regional Jet aircraft.

“We are pleased to expand our longstanding commercial relationship with Air Georgian that will allow Air Canada to introduce more cost-competitive operations in a number of our key regional markets,” said Kevin Howlett , Air Canada’s Senior Vice President, Regional Markets. “The competitive bid process generated a significant level of response from a number of Canadian and U.S. regional operators. Following a thorough evaluation of proposals received, Air Georgian was selected on the basis of a broad range of criteria including operational safety, efficiency, cost and service. The award of additional flying to Air Georgian is an important step in our regional airline diversification strategy and ongoing cost transformation program.”

“We are excited with this opportunity to expand Air Georgian’s presence as an Air Canada Express regional operator beginning in 2014,” said Eric Edmondson , President of Air Georgian. “The selection of Air Georgian for this expanded role is based on our proven ability to offer seamless connections and service for Air Canada customers that is of mutual benefit for both airlines. We look forward to continuing to expand our relationship, building on our solid partnership with Air Canada that has developed over the past 13 years.”

The implementation of the amendment to the CPA remains subject to the parties making any necessary filings, obtaining regulatory approvals and finalizing documentation.

Air Canada currently has capacity purchase agreements with four regional airline partners that operate under the banner Air Canada Express: Jazz, Sky Regional, Air Georgian and EVAS.

Air Georgian became a Tier III partner of Air Canada in 2000, operating as Air Alliance under a CPA. Today Air Georgian operates under the brand Air Canada Express, focusing on transborder and domestic airline operations carrying over 350,000 passengers per year for Air Canada from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Halifax’s Robert L. Stanfield International Airport and Calgary’s International Airport to 19 Canadian and U.S. destinations.

Air Georgian has been providing aviation services and charter flight solutions for more than 25 years. Air Georgian also operates and/or maintains a fleet of corporate jets from its base in Toronto. Air Georgian is an IATA registered airline and recently achieved the coveted ARGUS Platinum Audit Rating along with IS-BAO Stage 1 registration.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Georgian currently operates 16 Beechcraft (Raytheon) 1900D turboprops. 1900D C-GORC (msn UE-320) arrives back at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.

Air Canada Express-Air Georgian: AG Slide Show

Current Air Canada Express routes operated for Air Canada:

Air Canada Express-Air Georgian 12.2013 Route Map

 

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Air Georgian and Regional 1 Airlines sign MOU to merge

Air Georgian Limited (AGL) (Air Canada Express) (Toronto-Pearson) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Regional 1 Airlines (R1) (Calgary), a subsidiary of Avmax Group Inc., a fully integrated aviation company with operations in Canada, United States, Africa and Afghanistan. Regional 1 Airlines and Air Georgian Limited will merge operations under one management team through the creation of a parent holding company.

Air Georgian will continue to focus primarily on its CPA relationship with Air Canada (Montreal). Air Georgian currently operates Beechcraft (Raytheon) 1900D aircraft under the brand name of Air Canada Express. R1 will focus on expanding its domestic presence, specializing in serving the natural resource sector. R1 will further expand upon its existing international operations, specializing in ACMI contracts in remote regions, as well as continuing to support the United Nations World Food Program and other peacekeeping and humanitarian programs.

This strategic merger will allow the new combined entity to position itself as a unique, fully integrated airline leveraging the technical, geographical and asset strengths of Avmax and the professional management and strong operational background of Air Georgian. Air Georgian and Regional 1 Airlines will benefit from having access to the world’s largest private fleet of Dash 8 and CRJ series aircraft, over $100 million in spare parts and domestic maintenance bases in Halifax, Montreal, Kingston, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. International operations will be supported through Avmax maintenance bases in Great Falls, Montana, Jacksonville, Florida, Nairobi, Kenya and N’djamena, Chad in Africa.

Eric Edmondson will assume the President and CEO role at the newly formed parent company, as well as the role of President at both Air Georgian and Regional 1 Airlines. Daniel Revell will continue to be the CEO of Air Georgian and John Binder will continue in his role as CEO of Regional 1 Airlines. Scott Monsen will become the CFO & VP Finance at the parent company and its subsidiaries. Daniel Bockner will be the VP, Flight Operations & Security, while Brad Warren will fill the role of VP, Maintenance & Technical. Rick Giacomuzzi will hold the position of VP, Finance at Regional 1 Airlines. This merger does not impact the current structure or operations of any other subsidiary within AvMax Group Inc.

Upon closing, the combined operations will utilize Beechcraft 1900D, de Havilland Canada (Bombardier) DHC-8-100, DHC-8-300 and CRJ100/200 aircraft types, with the ability to quickly add additional larger gauge aircraft types with the long term goal of positioning the brands as major players in the 18-76 seat turbo-prop and jet market. Air Georgian will continue to operate, maintain and support the corporate jet charter market in Toronto as well as offering third-party training to the airline and corporate aviation sectors.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Beechcraft (Raytheon) 1900D C-GORA (msn UE-326) taxies at the Toronto (Pearson) hub in the Air Canada Express livery.

Air Canada Express/Air Georgian: AG Slide Show

Air Canada to serve Red Deer, Alberta starting on September 3

Air Canada (Montreal) announced today it will commence scheduled service to Red Deer, Alberta on September 3, 2013 with three daily flights from Red Deer Airport to Calgary. Flights will be operated by Air Georgian (Toronto-Pearson) under the Air Canada Express brand, using 18-seat Beechcraft 1900D aircraft.

Flight # Depart Red
Deer (YQF)
Arrive Calgary
(YYC)
Flight # Depart Calgary
(YYC)
Arrive Red
Deer (YQF)
AC7205 05:30 05:57 AC7206 08:45 09:12
AC7207 09:35 10:00 AC7208 13:20 13:47
AC7209 14:10 14:37 AC7210 21:30 21:57

Copyrigth Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Beech (Raytheon) 1900D C-GAAR (msn UE-207) prepares to land at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.

Air Canada: AG Slide Show

Air Canada Express-Air Georgian: AG Slide Show

Route Map: Air Georgian operates from three far-flung Air Canada hubs.

Air Canada Express-Air Georgian 7:2013 Route Map

Air Georgian and Air Canada partner to offer a career path for aspiring pilots

Air Georgian (Toronto-Pearson) and Air Canada (Montreal) have jointly announced the creation of a unique cadet pilot hiring program for high-achieving Canadian youth. The program is designed to encourage young men and women to consider careers in commercial aviation by assisting them with pilot training and offering them a clearer path to rewarding employment opportunities. Candidates must be high school graduates with a strong academic record and have demonstrated leadership ability at school and in their community.

Eligible candidates will be selected by Air Georgian with the assistance of Air Canada. They will then receive two conditional offers of employment: The first offer, from Air Georgian, will be conditional upon successful completion of both a 50-week, student-funded, pilot training program at Flight Safety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida culminating in obtaining a Commercial Pilot Licence and a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating from Flight Safety Academy and Air Georgian-funded training at Flight Safety International in Toronto. The second offer of employment, from Air Canada, is contingent upon successful training and employment as a pilot with Air Georgian for a minimum of four years as well as on meeting certain employment standards at Air Canada.

“We are very excited about our Cadet Program partnership with Air Canada,” said Eric Edmondson, President of Air Georgian. “This program will help both Air Georgian and Air Canada attract, train and employ the best and the brightest youth in Canada in a very challenging and rewarding career. This is an innovative program designed to address our need for highly skilled labour, while offering some bright and enthusiastic young Canadians a clear school-to-work transition option. This partnership with Air Canada is the result of a number of years of working closely together transitioning pilots and specifically Captains from their first airline job at Air Georgian into a career position at Air Canada. This partnership represents a single stream of recruitment and retention programs offered under Air Georgian’s “One Regional” program. Other streams include a highly successful mentorship program through a partnership with Seneca College, as well as other retention programs.”

“Air Canada is pleased to partner with Air Georgian on this innovative program. This program gives high achieving young Canadians an opportunity to develop their skills and find fulfilling careers in the challenging world of commercial aviation,” said Captain Rick Allen, Senior Director Flight Operations at Air Canada. “Both carriers will benefit from the ability to attract top talent while customers will gain assurance from the knowledge our pilots are selected from among the best candidates who will receive intensive preparation through the program’s carefully-guided training regime with its emphasis on safety.”

Flight Safety International was chosen by Air Canada and Air Georgian to provide the initial training because it is the world’s leading aviation training company. The Flight Safety Academy at Vero Beach is a world class facility where the instruction and equipment used are second to none.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Air Georgian operates as an Air Canada Express operator feeding AC hubs across the country (see the route map below).

Air Canada: AG Slide Show

Air Canada Express-Air Georgian: AG Slide Show

Route Map:

Please click on the map for the full-size view.

Please click on the map for the full-size view.

 

 

Air Georgian rebrands as Air Canada Express

Air Georgian (Toronto) as planned, has painted its first two Beech (Raytheon) 1900D turboprops in the new Air Canada Express livery.

Jazz Aviation also painted its first CRJ705 in the Air Canada Express color scheme: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.

Route Map:

Air Canada launches four trans-border routes today from Toronto (Pearson)

Air Canada (Montreal) today (May 17) launched new twice-daily, year-round service to four American cities, namely to Memphis, Cincinnati, Syracuse and Portland, ME. The new services are being operated by Air Canada Jazz (Jazz Air) and Air Georgian.