Air Canada Set To Launch Leisure Airline

AIR CANADA is considering establishing a new leisure operator that will provide flights into the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe.  The carrier is reported to have developed a draft business plan for the start-up, which will fly with six Airbus A319s and four Boeing 767-300ERs, but which has ambitions to grow to 50 aircraft in the future.
Details of the proposed venture entered the public domain after a revised labour contact was tentatively agreed between the carrier and the Air Canada Pilots Association, a vital prerequisite for the changes to be introduced.  The airline and the pilots’ union have agreed to negotiate a pay structure for the discount unit, which according to official documentation “is not intended to replace mainline routes the company considers financially viable.” (GP)