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Air Canada to launch daily nonstop, year-round Calgary-Terrace service

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GJZK (msn 4499) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 946862.

Air Canada has announced it will launch daily nonstop, year-round flights between Calgary and Terrace beginning October 28, 2019, which will complement the airline’s five times daily flights between Vancouver and Terrace.

Air Canada is also increasing capacity on key regional routes across Western Canada this winter with its flexible fleet including continued deployment of the popular Bombardier Q400 aircraft.

Increased services across Western Canada regional markets this fall and winter peak compared to last year include:

 

Route

Frequencies & Aircraft*

Capacity Increase

Calgary-Terrace

Daily with Q400s

new

Vancouver-Terrace

5 x daily with Q400s

+30%

Vancouver-Prince Rupert

2 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Smithers

2 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Fort St. John

4 x daily with Q400s

+20%

Vancouver-Kamloops

5 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Penticton

3 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Comox

3 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Sandspit

Daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Saskatoon

3 daily with CRJ900s offering Business and Economy Class

+44%

Vancouver-Regina

3 daily with CRJ900s offering Business and Economy Class

+44%

Vancouver-Whitehorse

2 x daily with A319s/A320s offering Business and Economy Class

+24%

Calgary-Kamloops

2 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Calgary-Winnipeg

3 x daily with A319s/CRJ900s offering Business and Economy Class

+40%

Edmonton-Fort McMurray

3 x daily with Q400s

+70%

Edmonton-Grande Prairie

2 x daily with Q400s

+56%

*Detailed schedules are available at aircanada.com

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GJZK (msn 4499) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 946862.

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Air Canada to strategically increase capacity on trans border routes, will deploy more Q400s on western routes

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GKUK (msn 4369) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 943463.

Air Canada has announced it is upgrading service and boosting capacity on key trans border routes from its Toronto and Montreal hubs.

These enhancements are in addition to Air Canada’s recent announcement it will launch new daily flights from Montreal to Raleigh and increase capacity by deploying larger aircraft with Business Class and wi-fi options on its Toronto to Raleigh and Charlotte flights.

Upgraded services this summer peak include:

 

Route

Frequencies

Capacity

Aircraft

Toronto-Nashville

2 daily flights effective June 1

152 daily seats

76 seat CR9 operated by Jazz Aviation LP effective June 1

Toronto-Washington (Dulles)

3 daily flights effective May 1

228 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional effective May 1

Toronto-Memphis

1 daily flight effective May 1

76 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional effective May 1

Toronto-Raleigh

3 daily flights effective May 1

228 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional

Toronto-Charlotte

2 daily flights effective May 1

152 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional

Toronto-Minneapolis

Adding 1 flight for 4 daily flights effective June 3

304 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional

Toronto-Philadelphia

Adding 1 flight for 5 daily flights effective June 3

380 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional

Toronto-Austin

Adding 1 flight for 2 daily flights effective April 29

152 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional

Montreal-Baltimore

Adding 1 flight for 2 daily flights effective June 4

100 daily seats

50 seat CRJ operated by Jazz Aviation LP

Montreal-Raleigh

New daily flights launching June 3

50 daily seats

50 seat CRJ operated by Jazz Aviation LP

In other news, Air Canada also announced strategic changes to Eastern Canada including upgrading Air Canada Express regional aircraft to larger Air Canada Rouge aircraft with inflight amenities on its flights from Toronto to Fredericton, Moncton and Thunder Bay, and from Montreal to St. John’s.

Route

Frequencies

Montreal-St. John’s

2 daily Air Canada
Rouge A-319 flights
effective June 5

Toronto-Fredericton

2 daily Air Canada
Rouge A-319 flights
effective June 1

Toronto-Moncton

3 daily Air Canada
Rouge A-319 flights
effective May 1

Toronto-Thunder Bay

3 daily Air Canada
Rouge A-319 flights
effective May 1

Calgary-Halifax

1 daily Air Canada A
-320 flight effective
May 14

Following the recently finalized Capacity Purchase Agreement between Air Canada and Chorus Aviation, Air Canada is optimizing its fleet within its network strategy and deploying the aircraft best-suited to the communities it serves as it modernizes and simplifies its regional fleet.

Air Canada also announced it will boost capacity on regional routes across Western Canada this spring as it deploys more state-of-the-art Bombardier Q400 Next Gen aircraft (top).  The changes are part of an ongoing transformation of Air Canada Express that will result in enhanced services for customers.

Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz Aviation LP are scheduled to provide convenient, point-to-point travel, as well as easy connections to Air Canada’s extensive domestic, US and international network at Vancouver and Calgary.  Customers also collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges at main airports, priority boarding and other benefits.

Increased services this summer peak compared to last year include:

 

Route

Frequencies

Capacity

Vancouver-Nanaimo

7 daily Q-400 flights

546 daily seats, 14% increase

Vancouver-Comox

4 daily Q-400 flights

312 daily seats, 23% increase

Vancouver-Sandspit

2 daily Q-400 flights

156 daily seats, 52% increase

Vancouver-Prince Rupert

2 daily Q-400 flights

156 daily seats, 5% increase

Vancouver-Smithers

2 daily Q-400 flights

156 daily seats, 14% increase

Vancouver-Kamloops

4 daily Q-400 flights

312 daily seats, 25% increase

Vancouver-Penticton

3 daily Q-400 flights

234 daily seats, 17% increase

Calgary-Kelowna

3 daily Q-400 flights

234 daily seats, 13% increase

Calgary-Saskatoon

4 daily Q-400 flights

312 daily seats, 7% increase

Calgary-Winnipeg

2 daily A320 + 1 daily CR-900 flights

368 daily seats, 19% increase

Vancouver-Anchorage

1 daily 320 and 1 daily 319 flight

266 daily seats, 80% increase

On the financial side, Air Canada reported full year 2018 EBITDAR (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, impairment and aircraft rent) of $2.851 billion compared to full year 2017 record EBITDAR of $2.928 billion.  Air Canada reported an EBITDAR margin of 15.8 per cent, in line with its projections.  Air Canada reported 2018 operating income of $1.174 billion compared to 2017 operating income of $1.371 billion.  Adjusted pre-tax income(1)amounted to $952 million in 2018 compared to adjusted pre-tax income of $1.165 billion in 2017.  On a GAAP basis, the airline reported net income of $167 million in 2018 compared to net income of $2.029 billion in 2017.  The decrease of $1.862 billionin net income year-over-year is mainly due to an increase in net tax expense of $981 million, unfavourable foreign exchange results of $437 million and Air Canada having a recorded a loss on disposal of assets of $188 million in 2018.

“I am very pleased with Air Canada’s solid fourth quarter results with record EBITDAR of $543 million, and operating income of $122 million.  These quarterly results showed an improvement over last year’s fourth quarter on many fronts – including passenger revenues, traffic and yield – and complete a strong fiscal year.  Moreover, they demonstrate the resiliency of our business model and affirm that Air Canada has positioned itself for long-term, sustainable profitability. During the year, we successfully managed many challenges, including intensifying competition and a volatile fuel price environment which resulted in approximately $1 billion in additional costs or 30 per cent more than 2017,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada.

“Our strategy generated record operating revenues of more than $18 billion in 2018.  Combined with a strong adjusted CASM performance, we ended the year with record unrestricted liquidity of more than $5.7 billion and a leverage ratio of 2.1, positioning us well on our path towards investment grade.  The added financial flexibility these results give our company further bolsters our already confident outlook, based on current positive business trends.

“We carried a record 50.9 million customers in 2018, which is evidence of the success of our commercial strategy and the strength of the Air Canada brand. To further heighten our customer appeal, we are investing strategically in product and service enhancements, including a new enhanced reservation platform system planned to start operating later this year, a new loyalty program launching in 2020 to strengthen our recently completed Aimia Canada acquisition and our ongoing fleet renewal.

“Another outward sign of Air Canada’s success in 2018 was the number of significant awards won by our airline, notably Eco-Airline of the Year, a global recognition, and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline in North America from Skytrax. These and a variety of other talent and sustainability awards are proof of the professionalism and commitment of Air Canada’s 30,000 employees, whom I thank for their hard work and dedication. I also thank our customers for their continued loyalty and for continuing to choose to fly Air Canada in record numbers,” said Mr. Rovinescu.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Canada): Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GKUK (msn 4369) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 943463.

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Bombardier sells nine CRJ900 aircraft to Chorus Aviation, Jazz to become the first Canadian operator of the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) C-GDJZ (msn 15049) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 941182.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc. has finalized a firm purchase agreement for nine CRJ900 aircraft. These aircraft will be operated by Jazz Aviation LP, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation, under the Air Canada Express banner, making them the first Canadian operator of the new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin for CRJ Series regional jets.

Based on the list price of the CRJ900 aircraft, the order is valued at approximately $437 million U.S.

Jazz, under the Air Canada Express brand, will operate the CRJ900 in a dual-class cabin configuration with 76 seats. The airline intends to take delivery of their first aircraft with the latest enhancement to the CRJ Series regional jets – the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin in the first half of 2020.

About the ATMOSPHÈRE Cabin

The new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin (below) sets new standards of passenger experience in the regional jet market segment. Key features of the new interior are comprised of larger passenger living space, wheel-first roller bag capability, more spacious lavatory, increased cabin connectivity options, all integrated in a contemporary design and material choices. In fact, the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin design allows passengers to carry and store an “oversized” roller bag within the aircraft cabin bins which minimizes the need to check bags at the counter or the gate.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) C-GDJZ (msn 15049) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 941182.

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Air Canada announces improvements to the Capacity Purchase Agreement with Jazz Aviation LP, Jazz will grow and get bigger aircraft

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) C-FEJA (msn 7983) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 944193.

Air Canada today announced an agreement to amend and extend the Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with Jazz Aviation LP, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc., under which Jazz currently operates certain regional Air Canada Express flights.

The amendments should provide long term stability for Chorus, reaffirming Jazz as Air Canada’s most significant Express carrier well into the future, as well as enabling growth on Chorus’ leasing business through Air Canada’s equity investment and the predictability of Jazz’s cashflow from CPA operations until 2035.  The amendments will bolster the strength and competitiveness of the Air Canada Express brand and its coast-to-coast regional network, and provide significant CPA savings for Air Canada, while optimizing network and fleet flexibility when compared to the current agreement.

Highlights of the CPA Amendments:

  • Extension of the CPA term by ten years from January 1, 2026 to December 31, 2035;
  • Simplification and modernization of the Jazz fleet with growth through more, larger gauge aircraft. The Amendments will include various minimum levels of covered aircraft at different points in time providing Air Canada the flexibility to optimize its fleet within its network strategy;
  • Continuance of a fixed fee structure, including new terms mitigating risk and market- oriented compensation to make the CPA more competitive given new competitors entering the market;
  • Projected annual savings to Air Canada of approximately $50 million in each of 2019 and 2020, and cumulative savings of approximately $53 million between 2021 and 2025, both as compared to the 2015 CPA frame-work (from both fixed fee and performance incentive reductions); Beyond 2025 – a market competitive fixed fee for the extension period. This supports Air Canada’s Cost Transformation Programs;
  • Continuation of a highly successful pilot mobility agreement that provides Air Canada Express pilots with access to pilot careers at Air Canada on a planned basis;
  • Air Canada will consolidate more of its overall regional capacity into Jazz’s footprint, thereby lowering Air Canada’s overall regional costs in the future;
  • The Amendments will be effective retroactively as at January 1, 2019, subject to a number of conditions, including completion of Air Canada’s equity investment in Chorus and ratification of a new tentative collective agreement between Jazz and the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), the union representing Jazz pilots.

Highlights of the Equity Investment:

  • Air Canada has agreed to subscribe for 15,561,600 Class B Voting Shares in the capital of Chorus, representing approximately 9.99% of the issued and outstanding Class A Variable Voting Shares and Class B Voting Shares of Chorus on a combined basis. This represents an investment of ~$97,260,000 by Air Canada;
  • The Chorus shares will be issued to Air Canada at a price of $6.25, representing a 5% premium to the five-day volume weighted average price of the shares as of the close of trading on Thursday, January 10, 2019;
  • Air Canada and Chorus will enter into an investor rights agreement under which, among other things, Air Canada will hold the investment shares, for a period of at least 60 months and will participate in Chorus’ dividend reinvestment plan and agree to customary standstill provisions, subject to certain limited exceptions;
  • On closing of the equity investment, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Air Canada, Michael Rousseau, will be appointed to the board of directors of Chorus.

Air Canada does not intend to provide further comment pending the ratification process in respect of the tentative agreement between Jazz and ALPA; a news release updating the market will be issued when all the closing conditions to the completion of the foregoing transactions are met.

Fleet:

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) C-FEJA (msn 7983) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 944193.

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Air Canada launches daily nonstop flights linking Edmonton and San Francisco

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) C-GJZV (msn 15424) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 940859.

Air Canada on May 1 inaugurated nonstop daily flights between Edmonton and San Francisco, operated by Jazz Aviation.

 

Air Canada’s EdmontonSan Francisco daily non-stop, year-round flights are operated onboard Bombardier CRJ900 jets offering a choice of 12 Business Class seats and 64 Economy Class seats, wi-fi, and features Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment on personal touch-screens at every seat.

Flights have been timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s regional flight network in Edmonton and with Star Alliance partner United Airlines in San Francisco, as well as providing for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at Edmonton, priority boarding and other benefits.

 

Flight #

Routing

Departs

Arrives

AC8743

Edmonton-San Francisco

4:20 p.m.

6:20 p.m.

AC8744

San Francisco-Edmonton

12:00 p m.

3:45 p.m.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) C-GJZV (msn 15424) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 940859.

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Air Canada to launch daily nonstop Montreal-London, Ontario and Montreal-Windsor, Ontario flights

The first Air Canada Express Bombardier Q400 in the new livery

Air Canada today announced it will begin new domestic regional nonstop flights on July 2, 2018.  The only year-round service between MontrealLondon, ON and MontrealWindsor, ON will provide services that meets the needs of both local and connecting passengers. Flights are timed to offer convenient connections to/from Atlantic Canada including Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton Halifax and St. John’s; to Europe including Brussels, Rome, Geneva, Barcelona, Lisbon, Paris, Lyon, Frankfurt, as well as Casablanca, Morocco.

Daily MontrealWindsor, Ontario flights will be operated by Air Canada Express Jazz 50-seat Bombardier CRJ jets. The schedule for the flights is:

Flight #

Depart

Time

Arrive

Time

AC8183

Montreal

08:50

Windsor, ON

10:39

AC8184

Windsor, ON

11:10

Montreal

12:55

Daily MontrealLondon, Ontario flights will be operated by Air Canada Express Jazz 78-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The schedule for the flights is:

Flight #

Depart

Time

Arrive

Time

AC8665

Montreal

13:50

London, ON

15:37

AC8664

London, ON

15:20

Montreal

16:49

 

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GGOY (msn 4365) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 940839.

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Air Canada inaugurates the only nonstop flights between Yellowknife and Vancouver

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ705 (CL-600-2D15) C-FCJZ (msn 15040) YYZ (Keith Burton). Image: 909814.

Air Canada’s inaugural flight, AC8834 from Yellowknife to Vancouver departed on the morning of December 16, 2017, marking the only nonstop service linking Canada’s spectacular Northwest Territories and Vancouver. The route’s daily seasonal service operates until April, and next year’s seasonal service from Vancouver will begin September 5, 2018.

Air Canada’s YellowknifeVancouver nonstop services are offered onboard 76-seat Bombardier CRJ-705 jet aircraft featuring a choice of Business Class or Economy service operated by Jazz Aviation LP under the Air Canada Express banner. All flights offer wi-fi, Air Canada’s personal in-flight entertainment available at every seat, and provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at the Vancouver hub, priority boarding and other benefits.

 

Flight #

Depart

Time

Arrive

Time

AC8833

Vancouver (YVR)

4:00 p.m.

First flight operates Dec. 15, 2017

Yellowknife (YZF)

7:30 p.m.

AC8834

Yellowknife (YZF)

7:30 a.m.

Last flight operates Apr. 1, 2018

Vancouver (YVR)

8:53 a.m.

 

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ705 (CL-600-2D15) C-FCJZ (msn 15040) YYZ (Keith Burton). Image: 909814.