An increased schedule of Air Canada flights in Western Canada will touch down with greater convenience for South Okanagan fliers.
The national airline announced Thursday it will be deploying more “state-of-the-art Bombardier Q-400 aircraft to boost regional routes across Western Canada.
The upgrade — part of what Air Canada calls an “ongoing transformation of Air Canada Express that will result in enhanced services for customers” — includes 234 more daily seats (a 17-percent increase) between Penticton and Vancouver on the larger, more comfortable craft.
The airline is also adding extra capacity between Kelowna and Calgary.
“The ultra-quiet, comfortable, fuel efficient and faster Q-400 aircraft will be well-received by our customers and is larger than the regional aircraft it is replacing,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.
“We are pleased to deploy it to more communities in Western Canada as we further strengthen our regional network to optimize all significant connections between our extensive regional and global markets.”
The Q-400 turboprop can carry up to 74 passengers — 24 more than the Dash 8-300 currently in use. The service upgrade is expected to begin May 1.