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Air Canada transfers 15 Embraer jets to Sky Regional under capacity purchase pact

Canada´s flag carrier Air Canada said that it has successfully completed the transfer of all 15 of its Embraer 175 aircraft 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.

The Embraer 175 is the smallest jet aircraft in Air Canada´s fleet, the carrier said.

Sky Regional has been an Air Canada Express partner since May 2011, operating service between Billy Bishop Toronto 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 Bishop Toronto City, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth airports.

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´sflag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2012 served close to 35m customers.

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