Air Canada Completes Transfer of Embraer 175 Regional Jets to Sky Regional

Air Canada Completes Transfer of Embraer 175 Regional Jets to Sky Regional 
MONTREAL, Sept. 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today said that it 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. 
"I am very pleased with the progress made in introducing more cost-competitive 
operations in a number of our key domestic and transborder regional markets," 
said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "With the 
successful transfer of all of our 15 Embraer 175 jets, Sky Regional has 
demonstrated its proven ability as an Air Canada Express partner to maintain a 
seamless operation and customer experience on behalf of Air Canada. This is 
an important step both in Air Canada's regional carrier diversification 
strategy and our ongoing cost transformation program, given that Sky 
Regional's cost structure is more in keeping with that of the US regional 
carriers. It allows Air Canada to reduce the cost of its regional lift and 
thereby to better compete in the rapidly evolving North American regional 
markets as low cost operators continue to grow, both in Canada and the United 
Sky Regional has been an Air Canada Express partner since May 2011, operating 
service between Billy BishopToronto 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 La Guardia, 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 BishopToronto City, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth 
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. 
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more 
than 175 destinations on five continents. Canada's flag carrier is among the 
20 largest airlines in the world and in 2012 served close to 35 million 
customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to60 
Canadian cities, 53 destinations in the United States and67 cities in 
Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South 
America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most 
comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,328 destinations in195 
countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North 
America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research 
firm Skytrax that ranked Air Canada in a worldwide survey of more than 18 
million airline passengers as Best Airline in North America in 2013 for the 
fourth consecutive year. For more information, please visit: 
IsabelleArthur (Montréal)514 422-5788 PeterFitzpatrick 
(Toronto)416 263-5576 AngelaMah (Vancouver)604 270-5741 
SOURCE: Air Canada 
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