With yesterday’s departures of Air Canada Express flights AC8371 from Calgary to Fort McMurray, AC8430 from Calgary to Regina and AC8586 from Calgary to Saskatoon, Air Canada introduced new Q400 service in Western Canada. Concurrent with rolling out new, state-of-the-art Bombardier Q400 Next Generation aircraft in these markets, Air Canada announced it is boosting capacity on key regional routes this spring and summer in response to demand.
“Today, we are delighted to introduce the newest, ultra-quiet regional aircraft for customers in Alberta and Saskatchewan,” said Marcel Forget, Air Canada’s Vice President, Network Planning. “This spring, Air Canada will strategically increase capacity by either scheduling larger aircraft or adding flights to meet strong demand in Western Canada and we will continue to roll out the Q400 aircraft on additional routes in BC, Alberta and the Northwest Territories in the coming months. Air Canada Express flights are scheduled to enable convenient, point-to-point, same-day business travel, as well as convenient and easy connections to Air Canada’s extensive domestic, US and international network at Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.”
Increased capacity this spring and summer compared to last year include the following routes:
|Route||Effective||2012 dailyseat capacity||2013 dailyseat capacity||% seatincrease|
|Calgary-Grande Prairie||March 2013||200||248||24%|
|Calgary-Portland, OR||July 2013||50||100||100%|
|Edmonton-Fort McMurray||March 2013||300||370||23%|
|Edmonton-Grande Prairie||May 2013||250||274||10%|
|Vancouver-Fort McMurray||May 2013||50||100||100%|
|Vancouver-Fort St. John||May 2013||250||298||19%|
|Vancouver-Prince George||May 2013||300||370||23%|
|Toronto-Fort McMurray||May 2013||292||363||24%|
The made-in-Canada Bombardier Dash 8 Q-400 NextGen aircraft with 74 seats replaces 50-seat CRJ-100/200ER aircraft, and are operated by Jazz Aviation LP under the Air Canada Express brand.