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Air Canada Enhances Service by Deploying Q400 Aircraft to More Western Canada Regional Markets

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎14, ‎2019, ‏‎1 hour ago | Canadian Aviation News

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  • Capacity increasing for Vancouver Island, Northern BC, BC Interior, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

MONTREAL, Feb. 14, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced it will boost capacity on regional routes across Western Canada this spring as it deploys more state-of-the-art Bombardier Q-400 Next Gen aircraft.  The changes are part of an ongoing transformation of Air Canada Express that will result in enhanced services for customers.

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“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.

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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I have been told by some folks in Kelowna that they book   flights using the 737 over those of any carrier using q400s because the 37 is more reliable when the visibility is down. Something to do with the ability to land in reduced vis.  True or ?

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The majority of Jazz Q400’s have WAAS and the ability to do LPV approaches.  That and the old fashioned ILS.  As well, the ability to take a 20-kit tailwind helps.

The company has said they’re working on RNP approaches but I’m not holding my breath for that.

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14 hours ago, RWG33647 said:

"    Enhances Service by Deploying Q400 Aircraft   "

Are there new Qs or are they 'un'enhancing service somewhere else?

No idea, most recent in the Jazz inventory (Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz Aviation LP) were added in 2017, manufactured in 2016. But perhaps some are on order. The Q400s operated by WestJet are of more recent manufacture .  Not sure if there are however any differences though.

Edited by Malcolm
Corrected to show correct date of most recent jazz aircraft

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Anyone who thinks AB, especially YYC, is improving economically is dilusional. 

AC continues to give YYC to WS.  Trunk route flights will always be solid - but the “hub status” for AC is long gone.

YWG will transform into a major “low cost” city, with ever increasing presence of these carriers.  Again, AC moves towards providing trunk route service only.

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11 hours ago, Malcolm said:

No idea, most recent in the Jazz inventory (Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz Aviation LP) were added in 2017, manufactured in 2007. But perhaps some are on order. The Q400s operated by WestJet are of more recent manufacture .  Not sure if there are however any differences though.

Not sure of your source but the latest Q400s in the Jazz Fleet were manufactured in 2016 34 of the airframes were manufactured between 2011 and 2016.  The later acquisitions were used Sky Regioanl airframes and they will be returned to the lessors as part of the fleet renewal.

 

The AVERAGE age of the Q400 fleet is 6.7 years including the old Sky Regional aircraft.

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8 hours ago, boestar said:

Not sure of your source but the latest Q400s in the Jazz Fleet were manufactured in 2016 34 of the airframes were manufactured between 2011 and 2016.  The later acquisitions were used Sky Regioanl airframes and they will be returned to the lessors as part of the fleet renewal.

 

The AVERAGE age of the Q400 fleet is 6.7 years including the old Sky Regional aircraft.

Strange, here is the site: http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/Saf-Sec-Sur/2/CCARCS-RIACC/RchSimp.aspx   I was looking at the most recent ownership and missed the newer aircraft that were added   in 2016   I have corrected my post.

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No new orders from Jazz for Q400’s.  The YYZ base is being reduced and the YVR base expanded.  

The only difference between WJ Q4’s and Jazz Q4’s is that ours all have HGS.  The former SR Q’s only have 74 seats and will not be upgraded to 78 nor get WAAS capabilities.  As boestar mentioned, these aircraft will be returned when the leases expiry.

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Jazz is increasing its Jet fleet with the acquisition of more CRJ-900 with deliveries starting in 2020.  Some used ones entering the fleet this year. 

 

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Air Canada cuts fourth flight from Penticton to Vancouver

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎1, ‎2019, ‏‎1 minute ago | Canadian Aviation News

News provided by The Abbotsford News and a hint from P.N. – Thanks

 

Three daytime flights between Penticton and Vancouver will still be offered.

The Abbotsford News – 28 February 2019 6:08 p.m.

Air Canada is dropping it’s spring/summer late night flight from Penticton to Vancouver when the new Q400 aircraft leaves the runway.

Starting May 1, Air Canada will start using the state-of-the-art plane, which offers a 17 per cent increase in seat capacity over the previous model of aircraft used on the route.

Flights will be available out of Penticton Monday to Friday 9:35 a.m., 12:40 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. The midday flight will not fly Saturday or Sundays.

“The schedule has been developed to maintain all of the connections at the YVR hub,” an email from an Air Canada spokesperson stated.

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.

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Get used to it.

With few exceptions (Rapidair city pairs), the goal is now higher gauge/lower frequency (close to same total seats per route per day) resulting in lower CASM for AC and optimistically increasing yields.

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10 minutes ago, rudder said:

Get used to it.

With few exceptions (Rapidair city pairs), the goal is now higher gauge/lower frequency (close to same total seats per route per day) resulting in lower CASM for AC and optimistically increasing yields.

That is the only way to go if an airline is to turn a profit.

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Other issue is eventual drought of pilot resources.

Pilot productivity is limited by block hours not aircraft speed nor aircraft capacity. Therefore, proper strategy to protect existing ASM capacity or to increase ASM’s generated is to increase gauge.

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