Airlinerwatch

FULL ARTICLE

Air Canada to wet-lease additional aircraft to compensate the routes originally planned for its 737 MAXs

Montreal, Canada - Canadian flag carrier Air Canada will wet-lease one more Boeing 767ER and two Airbus A330 aircraft to operate on its medium-haul routes during the winter season.

These routes were originally planned for the Air Canada's grounded 737 MAX 8s, the airline said in a statement.

We've now removed the B737 MAX 8 from our schedule until February 14 so as to give customers certainty in their travel plans. We've also wet-leased two Airbus A330s in addition to the two Boeing 767s to ensure we have enough capacity this winter and into next year,

Chief Executive Calin Rovinescu said during the quarterly earnings call of the company.

Air Canada will wet-lease the second Boeing 767-200ER from the US charter operator Omni Air International. The aircraft will be in service on behalf of Air Canada from December 14.

The first 767-200ER with registration N225AX had already been wet-leased from Omni Air. The wide-body jet currently operates between Vancouver International and Honolulu on a daily basis.

The second 767 will be operated on daily flights from Vancouver to Kahului and Phoenix Sky Harbor.

The leasing term will end on March 7, 2020, for both aircraft.

The A330-200s will be wet-leased from Montreal-based Canadian leisure operator Air Transat and will begin to fly on behalf of Air Canada from December 1st and December 15th, respectively.

They will be deployed on routes between Montréal Trudeau and Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, and San José Juan Santamaría. The planes will be returned to the lessor at the end of April 2020.

Air Canada currently has 24 grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets and expects to take delivery of a further 12 copies in 2019. The 36 aircraft stands for almost a quarter of the airline's single-aisle capacity.