Canadian low-fare carrier CanJet Airlines is reviewing its fleet to decide within a year whether to stick with Boeing 737s or acquire new single-aisle aircraft from Airbus, Bombardier or Embraer, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.

“The review is in the initial stages,” says Chris Kelly, the airline’s director of strategic planning. “Over the next 12 months we will make a decision,” which may be followed by new aircraft orders. All available types seating 90 to 150 passengers will be considered, including the Embraer 190/195, and Bombardier’s proposed CSeries, provided the manufacturer can provide enough information on the aircraft, Kelly says.

CanJet, wholly owned by IMP Group International, plans to expand its fleet from 11 aircraft as of the end of June to about 17 in 2007, Kelly says. The airline now operates nine Boeing 737-500s and two 737-200s, all leased. The remaining 737-200s will be replaced with new -500s in the fourth quarter.

Source: Flight International