Air Canada completes transfer of Embraer 175 regional jets to Sky Regional

MONTREAL — Air Canada has successfully completed the transfer of all 15 of its Embraer 175 aircraft, the smallest jet aircraft in Air Canada’s fleet, to Sky Regional to operate the aircraft on behalf of Air Canada under the capacity purchase agreement between the parties.

Sky Regional now operates 20 aircraft on behalf of Air Canada, under this agreement.

Sky Regional has been an Air Canada Express partner since May 2011, operating service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Montreal Trudeau Airport with a fleet of Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop aircraft. Since March 2013, Sky Regional has been phasing in the operation of a fleet of Embraer 175 regional jet aircraft on existing Air Canada short-haul regional routes, primarily from Toronto and Montreal to destinations in the northeast United States including LaGuardia, Newark, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth, under the Air Canada Express banner.

Sky Regional currently employs approximately 550 people and is the sole Air Canada Express operator serving Billy Bishop Toronto City, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth airports.

In addition to Sky Regional, Air Canada has capacity purchase agreements with its other regional airline partners, Jazz, Air Georgian and EVAS that operate regional Air Canada Express flights on behalf of Air Canada.