Air Canada (Montreal) announced it has successfully completed the transfer of all 15 of its Embraer 175 aircraft, the smallest jet aircraft in Air Canada’s fleet, to Sky Regional Airlines (Air Canada Regional) (Montreal-Trudeau) to operate the aircraft on behalf of Air Canada under the capacity purchase agreement between the parties. Sky Regional now operates 20 aircraft on behalf of Air Canada , under this agreement.
Sky Regional has been an Air Canada Express partner since May 2011 , operating service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Montreal Trudeau Airport with a fleet of Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprop aircraft. Since March 2013 , Sky Regional has been phasing in the operation of a fleet of Embraer 175 regional jet aircraft on existing Air Canada short-haul regional routes, primarily from Toronto and Montreal to destinations in the northeast United States including New York (La Guardia), Newark, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago (O’Hare) and Dallas/Fort Worth, under the Air Canada Express banner. Sky Regional currently employs approximately 550 people and is the sole Air Canada Express operator serving Billy Bishop Toronto City, Philadelphia, Chicago (O’Hare) and Dallas/Fort Worth airports.
In addition to Sky Regional, Air Canada has capacity purchase agreements with its other regional airline partners, Jazz, Air Georgian and EVAS, that operate regional Air Canada Express flights on behalf of Air Canada.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly operated by Air Canada, Embraer ERJ 170-200SU (ERJ 175) C-FEKI (msn 1700103) completes the River Approach into Washington’s Reagan National Airport.
Air Canada Express (Sky Regional Airlines) (Toronto-Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport) will launch operations on May 1 with Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprop aircraft between Montreal (Trudeau) and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, with up to 15 flights each way every business day.
Air Canada’s close-in Toronto hub routes:
Above Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Please click on the photo for the full story of Air Canada Express.
Below Copyright Photo: Air Canada. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is reached by a short ferry from downtown Toronto.
Air Canada (Montreal) today announced that it has settled the terms of a long term Commercial Carrier Operating Agreement (CCOA) with the Toronto Port Authority (TPA), operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Conclusion of the agreement is subject to certain conditions, including agreement with the lessor of terminal space, City Centre Terminal Corp. (CCTC), for lease of space at the airport. In addition, the airline has entered into a letter of intent (LOI) for the leasing of aircraft and has finalized arrangements with a regional carrier to operate flights from the Toronto Island Airport beginning in February 2011.
Air Canada’s initial schedule will offer customers the choice of up to 15 daily non-stop flights from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, in close proximity to downtown Toronto, to Montreal Trudeau International Airport.
Flights will be operated with Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) (ex Lynx Aviation?) turboprop aircraft. Air Canada has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with a lessor for the five aircraft that will be operated on the Toronto City Airport-Montreal route. Formal terms and conditions of the lease agreements are expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.
Following a competitive bid process to select a Canadian regional operator for these aircraft, Air Canada has concluded a capacity purchase agreement with Sky Regional Airlines Inc., an associated company of Skyservice Business Aviation. The regional carrier will sublease and operate the Q400 aircraft on behalf of Air Canada. According to Air Canada, “Selection of Sky Regional Airlines was based on a number of criteria including a competitive cost structure, a proven track record in customer service excellence and experience maintaining Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. The selection of Sky Regional Airlines to operate these flights has no impact on Air Canada’s commercial arrangements with other regional carriers including Jazz Air LP (Air Canada Jazz) (Halifax) with which Air Canada maintains a strong commercial relationship.”
Air Canada is actively engaged in talks with the airport terminal owner, City Centre Terminal Corp. (CCTC), towards an agreement to lease terminal facilitates that will accommodate the new service.