“They are not an optimal aircraft for our fleet,” says Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada’s president and CEO. Although he describes them as good aircraft, he says the airline is considering whether to get rid of them. All or some of the 175s could end up at regional carriers that operate flights for Air Canada, but the 190s would be too big for that under the scope clause provisions in the pilot contract and would just exit the fleet entirely, he says.
The airline also is considering whether to accelerate the retirement of Bombardier CRJ100 and CRJ200 aircraft operated by its regional airline partners, and use more larger regional jets, such as CRJ700s and 900s.
Air Canada executives emphasize that they still are working through the fleet plan, given that the arbitrator’s decision was less than two weeks ago, and that no decisions have been finalized. But they do expect to make some decisions soon.
“I suspect you’ll start seeing the announcements of some things in 2013,” Rovinescu says.