Air Canada Express Jazzes Up Transborder & Western Canada Routes

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Air Canada is strategically enhancing Air Canada Express service on certain transborder routes from YYZ and YUL.

In the competitive Toronto market, the carrier is targeting the business traveller by offering an upgraded aircraft featuring a choice of Business Class and wi-fi options on all service expansions to BNA, IAD and MEM. The carrier is also adding daily frequencies on its YYZ to MSP, PHL and AUS, as well as from YUL to BWI.

"These changes are part of an ongoing transformation of Air Canada Express and customers will benefit from even more convenient schedules and enhanced onboard experiences as we further strengthen our North American network, optimizing connecting opportunities between our extensive transborder, North American and global markets," said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.

These routes are in addition to AC's recent announcement of new daily flights from YUL to RDU and increased capacity with Business Class and wi-fi options on its YYZ to RDU and CLT flights.

Air Canada also announced today that it is boosting capacity and frequency on routes across Western Canada by deploying the Bombardier Q-400 next-gen aircraft to more regional communities.

Increased service this summer includes flights departing from YVR to Vancouver Island, Northern B.C. and B.C. Interior, as well as YYC to YLW and YXE. The airline is also adding frequencies to its YVR-ANC route and adding capacity to its YYC-YWG route with larger Airbus aircraft.

The new routes are operated by Jazz Aviation LP and Sky Regional, two carriers that fly certain routes on behalf of Air Canada under the Air Canada Express banner.

The news comes one month after Air Canada announced an agreement to amend and extend the Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with Jazz Aviation LP, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc., and a $97.26 million equity investment in Chorus.

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