Their website was recently updated. They've placed a firm order for 10 Q400's.
Routes have not yet been announced, but will be so fairly soon, I believe, if they are still entending a fall 2006 start-date, as indicated on the website. It's been indicated that they will serve business destinations within 500 nm of Toronto. I think we could expect, for instance, YOW
, and somewhere in New York or Chicago. I'm not sure what kind of frequency they are hoping for, so it's hard to say how many routes can be supported by 10 planes. One would think that the 6 routes handled above could each be handled by one plane each, if they are only going for 3 flights a day to each destination, for instance. We'll have to wait and see; I certainly do hope they get off the ground.
I don't think there's been an indication yet, however, as to whether they will operate YTZ
as a 'hub', or just focus on point to point flights. I'm eager to know whether one could fly DTW
while 'connecting' in YTZ
, for instance. I'm not sure what kind of frequency they are hoping for, so it's hard to say how many routes can be supported by 10 planes. But I would expect to see a litlte more frequency than that, even initially, to YUL
, and New York. They are going to have to offer convenience (read:frequency) if they are going to be successful at all.
Renovations to the terminal at YTZ
are ongoing, and I'm not sure whether Jazz is still 'evicted' from the terminal, as they were earlier when Porter's parent comany purchased the buliding.
p.s. By the way, YTZ
= Toronto City Centre Airport, YTA
= Timmins, On.
Next flight.... who knows.