Air Canada`s Regional Carrier Gets New Planes

Air Canada’s regional carrier, operating as AirBC, Air Nova, Air Ontario and Canadian Regional, announced today that it will take delivery of an additional four 50-seat Bombardier regional jets (CRJs) in summer of 2002 under a lease agreement with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).  These four aircraft are in addition to the six CRJs to be introduced to the fleet later this spring as announced on January 16.
Details on timelines and commercial plans for the CRJ fleet’s introduction into service will be announced at a later date. 
“Our focus remains on building a stronger, more efficient regional operation.  The introduction of CRJs to our route network will benefit our customers, communities and our employees”, said Joseph Randell, President of Air Canada’s regional airline.  “Our fleet renewal program is ongoing and the introduction of these additional CRJs to the fleet is another step towards building a modern fleet of turboprop and regional jet aircraft.”
The lease agreement is with GE Capital Aviation Services for the Bombardier regional jets.  Air Canada’s regional carrier provides scheduled service to over 75 destinations in Canada and the United States utilizing a fleet of Beech 1900D, Dash 8 100/300s, Fokker F28s and British Aerospace 146 jets. The fleet of Fokker F28s will be retired by the end of 2002.