News Listings for Canadian Regional Airlines

  • Fleet footed

    News | 31 Dec 2002 00:00

    <p>KAREN WALKER / OTTAWA</p> A novel brand strategy has helped Air Canada prosper ahead of its North American rivals <p>If the 2003 new year resolutions of most North American major carriers seem to consist of cost and capacity cuts, and building low-fares, sub-brand carriers, then it must be with some satisfaction that Air Canada can count itself well ahead of the pack.</p> <p>So ahead, in fact, that Air Canada's Montreal headquarters has become a popular spot for visiting international carriers looking for ideas about how to get their own low-fare units off the ground.</p> <p>"In this industry, in this economy, you have to move quickly," observes Air Canada's head of operations, Robert Giguere. Few airlines have been as nimble as Air Canada, which has dramatically adapted to an entirely new market environment.</p> <p>In three years, Air Canada has acquired and merged with what had been Canada's second largest carrier and its main rival; launched two sub-brand carriers and a low
  • Air Canada retunes relationship with Jazz brand

    News | 08 Jul 2002 23:00

    <p>Air Canada is restructuring its commercial relationship with regional subsidiary Air Canada Jazz, dropping the established revenue-sharing arrangement in favour of the capacity purchase mode favoured by US airlines.</p> <p>The change comes into effect on 1 August and will cut costs, as well as improve capacity and schedule planning, says Air Canada.</p> <p>Air Canada Jazz will be paid per flight to operate on behalf of Air Canada, which will assume responsibility for scheduling, pricing and network planning. Under the current agreement, revenue from passengers travelling on both airlines is shared between the carriers. The capacity purchase model has given US airlines greater flexibility in adapting to market changes by giving them more control over their regional affiliates. Restructuring could also make it easier for Air Canada to sell the unit.</p> <p>The former Air Canada Regional was renamed after completing the consolidation of AirBC, Air Nova, Air Ontario and Canadian Regi
  • Marketplace

    News | 02 Jul 2001 23:00

    Pegasus Aviation has delivered two ex-Air Europe Rolls-Royce RB211-535-powered Boeing 757-200s on lease to Avianca Colombia. Farnair Europe is disposing of its three Airbus A300B4-100 Freighters, which Focus Aviation is remarketing. Canadian North has acquired two Fokker F28s from Air Canada subsidiary Canadian Regional Airlines to launch services between Calgary and Yellowknife and Inuvik, in the Northwest Territories, replacing services operated by Air Canada. DHL's Americas division has put the first of three converted ATR 42 freighters in service on cargo flights between Venezuela, Guatamala and the Caribbean. AirTran will retire its four remaining Boeing 737-300s during the third quarter to reduce operating costs. Transavia has taken delivery a 737-700 on lease from Tombo.
  • Regional airlines - Canadian squeeze

    News | 23 Apr 2001 23:00

    <p>Air Canada's take-over of Canadian and subsequent merger has caused tough times for the country's regional operations</p> <p>Brian Dunn/MONTREAL </p> <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=5398' /></p> <p>Air Canada's purchase last year of Canadian Airlines International and subsequent merger of operations left a bad taste among the travelling public - many missed flights, faced long delays, got bumped or lost their luggage. </p> <p>Feeling the heat from passengers and regulators alike, Air Canada president and chief executive officer Robert Milton appeared in a slick advertising campaign last summer, with a promise to give customers "the best possible service in the world" within 180 days. He claims to have solved most of the problems well before his self-imposed deadline. </p> <p>Lost in the plethora of media horror stories was the fallout from the merger on feeder agreements with both Air Canada and Canadian and their regional partners. Prior to consolidation, Air Canad
  • Air Canada Lite is delayed again

    News | 01 Jan 2001 00:00

    <p>Air Canada has delayed the launch of its discount airline, dubbed "Air Canada Lite" by the industry, and is concerned about the results of its earlier decision to merge several regional airlines into one unit. </p> <p>This is the second delay for Air Canada Lite. The first came last summer when its pilots opposed the launch of a low-cost carrier. During tough negotiations on a new labour contract, Air Canada finally overcame those concerns, but not before it had pushed launch of the new carrier back to the end of 2000. </p> <p>Now Air Canada has missed that deadline too, saying it will take-off sometime in the first half of this year. The airline has not explained this latest delay, but domestic traffic typically is slow during Canada's winter, and spring is a better time to launch an airline that is most likely to attract leisure travellers. </p> <p>Under the terms imposed by Ottawa for Air Canada's take-over of Canadian Airlines, Air Canada cannot start a discount airline in ea
  • Filling the void

    News | 28 Nov 2000 00:00

    By avoiding Air Canada's major routes, smaller airlines are aiming for a larger slice of Canada's market <p>Brian Dunn/MONTREAL </p> <p>The skies over Canada have changed dramatically since Air Canada took over Canadian Airlines last January. Although the flag carrier now controls over 80% of the domestic market, several new or expanding airlines now want a piece of the action. Clearly some will survive, while others may be forced to merge or could go bankrupt. The smart money is backing low-cost WestJet of Calgary and Canada 3000 of Toronto, a charter airline that has metamorphosed into a scheduled carrier. </p> <p>Canada has long been home to North America's biggest charter sector, while WestJet is one of the continent's most effective low-cost operators after Southwest Airlines of the USA. Now the two sectors are targeting further growth as they bid to fill a vacuum left by the Air Canada/Canadian Airlines merger. The Can-adian market is more open to new competition than it has