LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Air Canada today announced
that it will launch daily non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Edmonton,
Alberta, Canada effective May 1, 2006. Flights will be operated by Air Canada
Jazz with next-generation Bombardier CRJ-705 aircraft featuring all-leather
seating, personal entertainment systems and industry leading space and
comfort. Tickets for flights are now available for sale at aircanada.com or
through travel agents.
"We are delighted to offer the convenience of the only non-stop flights
linking Los Angeles with Edmonton, Alberta," said Ben Smith, Air Canada's vice
president responsible for network planning at Air Canada and Jazz. "The
addition of new jet aircraft to the Air Canada Jazz fleet allows us to pursue
new market opportunities and deploy the right aircraft to meet travel demand
with the best schedules and lowest fares on an everyday basis."
The CRJ-705 aircraft feature all-leather seating and are configured in
two classes of service with 10 window or aisle seats in Executive Class
offering 37 inches of legroom, and 65 window or aisle seats in Hospitality
Class offering an industry leading 34 inches of legroom. All seats will be
equipped with Air Canada's new in-seat personal entertainment system. The
Bombardier CRJ-705 aircraft has a cruising speed of 880 km/h and a range of
more than 3,500 km with a total payload of 7,778 kg including a cargo payload
of 700 kg. Air Canada Jazz will operate a fleet of 15 CRJ-705s by December
AC8529 departs Los Angeles at 10:50, arriving in Edmonton at 15:05.
AC8528 departs Edmonton at 15:40, arriving in Los Angeles at 18:02.
I find the departure and arrival times a bit odd. They would imply to me that this CRJ 705 is based at Los Angeles. Does AC Jazz operate any other flights to LAX? I can't see the logic in basing this plane at LAX because it has downtime between 18:02 and 10:50 every day - that doesn't seem to me as good aircraft utilisation. But then, the possibility crossed my mind - could AC Jazz be operating any domestic services for US Airways regional out of LAX? (I know that sounds farfetched but I can't seem to rationalize this.)
Also, are jetways used for CRJ705's usually?