Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Air Canada adds more Q400 services in the west

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Canada's leading airline Air Canada recently announced it will boost capacity on regional routes across Western Canada this spring as it deploys more state-of-the-art Bombardier Q-400 NextGen aircraft.  The changes are part of an ongoing transformation of Air Canada Express that will result in enhanced services for customers.



"Air Canada is strategically enhancing the flying experience and increasing capacity this summer on key regional routes in Western Canada.  The ultra-quiet, comfortable, fuel efficient and faster Q-400 aircraft will be well-received by our customers and is larger than the regional aircraft it is replacing.  We are pleased to deploy it to more communities in Western Canada as we further strengthen our regional network to optimize all significant connections between our extensive regional and global markets," said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada. "With our varied and flexible fleet, we are also adding frequencies to our Vancouver-Anchorage and adding capacity to our Calgary-Winnipeg route with larger Airbus aircraft in response to demand."


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.

The 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


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