Air Canada Jazz has signed an MOU with Bombardier that outlines the terms of a firm order for 15 Q400 turboprops, sending a clear signal to rival Porter Airlines of its intention to compete directly on routes from Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport with virtually identical airplanes.
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Canadian regional carrier Porter Airlines has settled quite comfortably into the niche it began carving for itself two years ago, when CEO Robert Deluce finally realized his dream of reopening Toronto City Centre Airport to scheduled airline traffic. Today, Deluce oversees a fleet of eight Bombardier Q400 turboprops flying to seven destinations within a 500-nm radius of the island airport.
Bell Helicopter on July 5 opened its new 38,000-square-foot Canadian supply center at Calgary International Airport in Canada. “Our alignment with the front runners in the Canadian airport business development market certainly lends itself to strong OEM representation for years to come,” said Colin Bartole, manager of the new center.
Aero Toy Store finished a 45,000-sq-ft expansion at its FBO in Dorval, Quebec, in late May. The $7.6 million expansion includes a new 30,000-sq-ft hangar and 15,000-sq-ft completions center, complementing the existing FBO terminal and adding capability in Montreal similar to Aero Toy Store’s operation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In Montreal, Aero Toy Store facilities encompass 200,000 sq ft.
Okay trivia buffs, where’s the highest control tower in the world? Before you say Quito, La Paz or Kathmandu, an extra qualifier–the highest above the landing surface. The answer is Vancouver, British Columbia. But not the tower at Vancouver International Airport, whose cab is a puny 142 ft above the airport surface.
As part of a plan to develop Toronto City Center Airport into a viable commercial hub, the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) has entered negotiations with a local holding company to base a new regional airline at the island airport. Known as Regional Airlines Holding Co. (Regco), the new airline plans to start operations within a year, by which time it plans to inaugurate service to Ottawa, Chicago and New York.
Montreal-based Innotech-Execaire Aviation Group has moved its authorized Citation service center from a shared maintenance hangar in Montreal to a new dedicated facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Regco Holdings CEO Robert Deluce last month announced his intention to proceed with plans to base a new regional airline at Toronto Island Airport this year. The new carrier, called Porter Airlines, would fly 10 new 70-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprops to 17 Canadian and U.S. destinations within a 500-nm radius of Toronto.
Just in time for the cold winter months, Million Air Toronto at Toronto Buttonville Municipal Airport (CYKZ) has completed its new 38,600-sq-ft hangar at a cost of C$3.5 million. The seven-month project started last December and was finished in July. One of the hangar’s two 17,000-sq-ft bays is leased by Flight Exec, a charter/management company that relocated from Toronto City Centre Airport.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Lake Erie, Ontario, Jan. 17, 2004–The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has revealed that the investigation of the crash of Georgian Express Flight 126, a Cessna Caravan, near Pelee Island has so far determined that the structure of the aircraft was sound at the time of the flight; the aircraft engine was operational and producing power; and the aircraft was overweight when it took off from Pelee Island.