The start up carrier, created by hitherto corporate aviation specialist Skyservice Business Aviation, will launch services as Air Canada Express on 1 May 2011. The carrier will sub-lease and operate five, former Lynx Aviation, Bombardier DHC-8-402Qs, which have been leased by Air Canada.The first aircraft (reg C-FSRY, serial 4174) arrived in Toronto in January 2011.The launch has been made possible by the resolution of the long-running dispute between the Canadian flag carrier and the owner of the airport's only terminal, a sister company of Porter Airlines. Porter has enjoyed a monopoly linking the Island's Billy Bishop Airport with several domestic and U.S. destinations since Air Canada Jazz was evicted from the terminal after it was acquired by Porter Airlines parent Regco in 2006. Air Canada Express initially expects to offer up to fifteen daily round trips to Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport.
Thu, Mar 10 2011 12:15 PM
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