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Air Canada and Sky Regional Airlines conclude a 10-Year extension to the Capacity Purchase Agreement

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Air Canada and Sky Regional Airlines announced on November 7, 2017 they have concluded a 10-year extension to their  existing capacity purchase agreement (CPA), effective April 1, 2017.

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.

Sky Regional Airlines Inc. is a Canadian company that operates regional routes on behalf of Air Canada under the Air Canada Express banner. Since its inception in 2010, and its first commercial flight on May 1, 2011, Sky Regional has operated a fleet of Bombardier Q400 aircraft offering service to such markets as Toronto, Montreal and Moncton.

In 2013, the airline expanded, adding 15 Embraer E175 series aircraft serving the Northeastern United States, flying in excess of 100 flights per day into cities including Boston, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, Dallas, and Chicago. In 2016, Sky Regional expanded its fleet with an additional five E175 aircraft serving such markets as Jacksonville, Houston, Denver and Atlanta.

On February 23, 2017, the airline saw the departure of the Bombardier Q400s and now the entire fleet is comprised of 25 Embraer E175 series aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express (Sky Regional Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) C-FRQN (msn 17000147) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937582.

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Air Canada questions continued operations at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, reports its highest load factor ever for 2014

Air Canada (Montreal) is now questioning whether it should continue operations at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport due “to current imposed terminal rates and terms”. Air Canada currently operates 15 round-trip flights a day between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Montreal (Trudeau). Air Canada competes against Porter Airlines. See the statement below.

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On the bright side, the company reported its highest load factor ever for the full year 2014. The company issued this statement:

For the month of December 2014, Air Canada reported a near record system load factor of 82.6 per cent, its second highest system load factor ever on a system-wide capacity increase of 8.5 per cent, versus a load factor of 82.7 per cent in December 2013. On this additional capacity, system wide traffic for December increased 8.3 per cent. For the full year 2014, load factor was a record 83.4 per cent, versus 82.8 per cent in 2013, an increase 0.6 percentage points. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including Air Canada rougeTM, which began operations on July 1, 2013, and regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity.

“I am pleased to report our highest load factor ever for the full year 2014 and second highest for the month of December on continued strong traffic growth of 8.5 and 8.3 per cent, respectively,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Led by an increase in traffic in the U.S. transborder market of 16.2 per cent, Air Canada generated greater traffic for the month of December in all markets the airline serves. These strong results, for both the month and full year, underscore the effectiveness of our commercial strategy focusing on international growth and the strategic deployment of Air Canada rouge to compete more effectively in leisure markets. I thank our employees for taking care of our customers while transporting them safely to their destination. Their professionalism and efforts in earning our customers’ loyalty have been recognized by many industry awards, including the selection of Air Canada as the Best Airline in North America by frequent world travelers.”

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Operations

While Air Canada’s traffic and load factor at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport increased in 2014 over the previous year, as part of its continuing cost transformation initiatives, Air Canada is assessing the viability of Billy Bishop operations based on current imposed terminal rates and terms.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.comAir Canada Express, operated by Sky Regional Airlines, Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FSRJ (msn 4165) departs from Montreal (Trudeau).

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Air Canada completes the transfer of Embraer 175s to Sky Regional Airlines

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.

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Air Canada Express (Sky Regional Airlines) to launch operations on May 1

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.

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Below Copyright Photo: Air Canada. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is reached by a short ferry from downtown Toronto.

Air Canada to fly out of Toronto City Airport, but not with Jazz Air!

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.