Air Canada announced plans last month to transfer its fifteen 73-seat Embraer E175s to regional affiliate Sky Regional Airlines under the two companies’ existing capacity purchase agreement (CPA). Air Canada plans to start the transition in February and deliver the last airplane to Toronto-based Sky Regional in June. To fly as Air Canada Express, primarily from Toronto and Montreal to destinations in the Northeastern U.S., the airplanes will join Sky Regional’s existing fleet of five Bombardier Q400 turboprops, which now link Toronto City Center Airport with Montreal’s Pierre Trudeau International.
Air Canada said the agreement remains conditional on a number of unspecified conditions.
Until July limited by its mainline pilot contract to an exclusive regional airline code-share with Jazz Air, Air Canada now maintains CPAs with Air Georgian and EVAS as well as Jazz and Sky Regional.