And what about future service from/within Western Canada? Any likely city pairs in Western Canada to use the EMB-175s and/or the CRJ-705s?
Regarding the last question I posed, YEG-YVR is one I can think of, because it has had a history of getting stuck with smaller regional aircraft under Air Canada/Air BC/Jazz and also under CP before it was taken over by AC. This is compared to YYC-YVR obviously due to lower traffic volume and that YYC is an AC hub, while YEG is not.
In the past when a new acft type has been introduced, it has usually been kept close to it's mtce base for the first while. As more acft arrive from the manufacturer I am sure you will begin to see them doing some western routes. I have heard that they will be replacing some CRJ's on routes out of YWG
for starters, and certainly YEG
would offer good yield.
The current battle amongst the other airlines in the west might change any plans that are being made as WJ seeks to protect it's home turf (as Clive mentioned). It likely will be a bloody summer profit wise for any carriers in the west. Fortunately, with the addition of the E75, E90 and CRJ705's, AC
will have a lot more flexibility in controlling it's yield than the others. Business class will offset low Y pricing to some degree. WJ, Jetsgo, and CJ
will have to fill 125+ seaters with lower price tickets while AC
will use it's 73 seat E75 and later 103 seat E90's.