Air Canada Connector airlines to be consolidated

In the wake of its acquisition of rival Canadian Airlines, Air Canada is planning to consolidate its regional partners into a single airline. Four regional airlines operate under the Air Canada Connector banner, including BAe 146 operators AirBC and Air Nova. Joseph Randell, President and CEO of Air Nova and Interim President of Air Ontario and AirBC, will head the consolidated airline. Canadian’s regional subsidiary Canadian Regional may also be included in the new grouping, although Air Canada must first offer it for sale. AirBC and AirNova operate five BAe 146-200s each but have hitherto been prevented from acquiring more jets by Air Canada’s scope clause. The addition of Canadian Regional’s 30 Fokker F28s to the mix may force changes, however.

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