Air Canada to deploy Q400 aircraft on more Western Canada markets

posted on 15th February 2019 by Justin Burns
Air Canada to deploy Q400 aircraft on more Western Canada markets

Air Canada is to 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.

Air Canada vice president of network planning, Mark Galardo said: “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.

“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 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.

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