An Air Canada affiliate plans to launch operations from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on May 1, posing the first competition from the controversial downtown island airfield for incumbent regional carrier Porter Airlines since it launched operations in 2006.
Boeing will modify United Airlines’ 777 fleet with a performance enhancement performance package designed to result in greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, the manufacturer and United Continental Holdings announced today.
Toronto-based Porter Aviation Holdings announced this week that it has decided not to proceed with a proposed $120 million IPO due to unfavorable market conditions caused by volatility in the equity markets.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air A100, Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan, Canada, Jan. 7, 2007–The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has recommended mandatory regular crew resource management (CRM) training for all operators in Canada as a result of the accident that destroyed the King Air after an aborted landing attempt.
Two veteran American Airlines pilots, who in the words of the NTSB were “not having a good day,” nevertheless used “some exceptional stick-and-rudder skills” to get their crippled MD-82 safely back to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) after experiencing an in-flight engine fire during the airliner’s departure climb on Sept. 28, 2007.
Last month’s ratification of a cost-cutting deal by the 1,400 pilots of Air Canada Jazz could set the country’s regional airline industry on an entirely new course if management succeeds with a reorganization plan centered on a broader scope of operation for the Air Canada regional subsidiary.
Montreal-based Air Canada will convert up to four of its Boeing 737s into 48-seat business jets and place them into the airline’s new on-demand and contract charter service, AC Jetz. Air Canada will assign dedicated flight crews. “Our specialized jet charter business will allow Air Canada to reassign surplus capacity in a cost-effective manner while generating new revenues in a profitable market segment,” said v-p of new business Bill Bredt.
As part of a plan to develop Toronto City Center Airport into a viable commercial hub, the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) has entered negotiations with a local holding company to base a new regional airline at the island airport. Known as Regional Airlines Holding Co. (Regco), the new airline plans to start operations within a year, by which time it plans to inaugurate service to Ottawa, Chicago and New York.
Air Canada signed a new agreement with its wholly owned regional subsidiary, Air Canada Jazz, to adopt what it calls a capacity purchase model to replace the airlines’ existing revenue-sharing arrangement. The new code-share deal goes into effect August 1, when Air Canada Jazz begins accepting payments from its major partner on a per-flight basis.
At face value, the big orders from Air Canada in late September for Bombardier and Embraer jets augur well for the Western hemisphere’s last two regional jet builders. The orders added significantly to the companies’ delivery backlogs. Embraer received a firm order for 45 of its 98-seat 190s and Bombardier logged a contract for 15 CRJ200s and 15 CRJ700 Series 705s.