Air Canada is switching regional service providers and aircraft types on flights from Toronto Pearson airport to Dallas/Fort Worth International, the airline says.
Jazz Aviation has been servicing the city pair with its 75-seat Bombardier CRJ705 aircraft on behalf of Air Canada Express. Toronto island-based Sky Regional will take over the route with the 73-seat Embraer 175s it will start to receive from the Air Canada mainline fleet in February.
"The changeover occurs this spring and we did it because the E-175 is better for the market," says Air Canada.
Air Canada says little change in capacity will result from the transition due to the similar sizes of the aircraft.
Jazz operates 19 flights from Toronto to Dallas per week, schedules in Innovata show. American Airlines is the only other airline flying the route, with 15 departures per week.
Pending regulatory approval, Sky Regional will fly Air Canada's 15 E-175s to US routes in addition current service from Montreal to Toronto under a capacity purchase agreement. Sky Regional will start service from Toronto to Boston, Chicago, Newark Liberty, New York LaGuardia, Philadelphia and Washington National in addition to Dallas. It will also start flying from Montreal to Chicago and New York.
With the exception of the Dallas route that Jazz now flies, Sky Regional will taking over frequencies that Air Canada has been operating as a mainline carrier with the same Embraer 175s.
Sky Regional expects to receive the new E-175s between February and June to start flying transborder flights on 28 February. Jazz says it did not apply to take over the new flying.
"Jazz did not bid for the E-175 operations - the cost of adding this fleet type would have made Jazz less efficient and would have raised our costs," the regional carrier told Flightglobal.