A new airline is aiming to start operations at Toronto's Billy Bishop City Airport (YTZ) this October 2021.
Boston-based charter operator Waltzing Matilda Aviation (WMA), on Thursday (Apr. 8), announced its plans to launch Connect Airlines and link Toronto's island airpot with hubs in the Northeast and Midwest United States.
Porter Airlines, which has occupied YTZ since 2006, already serves many U.S. destinations, from Boston, to Chicago (Midway) to Newark to Washington-Dulles. Due to the pandemic, Porter has suspended its operations through May 19.
Using Canadian-built Q400 turboprop aircraft, Connect Airlines will offer "a premium service for day-tripping business travellers direct into Toronto's downtown island Billy Bishop airport," reads a press release.
Subject to regulatory approvals, the airline says it will provide a valuable alternative to business travellers as they start to fly between the U.S. and Canada again.
"We are passionate about how aviation brings people, cultures and business together. Especially in these challenging times, we are committed to delivering the world's most rewarding premium travel experience with safety, service, convenience and reliability," said John Thomas, chief executive officer of WMA.
A "seamless digital experience"
WMA chose IBS Software, a leading SaaS solutions provider to the travel industry globally, as its strategic launch partner.
The company says IBS Software's SaaS model "fully supports the needs of the start-up airline minimizing fixed costs."
"The last year has shown that airlines need to be lean, agile and digital-first. Not only is this important as the industry recovers but passengers are demanding it. Travellers want a seamless digital experience which is why we partnered with IBS Software. We can manage the airline on a single integrated platform, meaning we can spend more time focusing on our customers, rather than IT headaches," said Thomas.
Connect Airlines will be the launch airline for IBS Software's "Airline-in-a-box" set of solutions, enabling them to manage the airline on a single integrated platform, with a simultaneous and seamless implementation and integrated sources of data.
The solution includes:
- iFly Res, a next generation, customer-centric passenger service solution; the first NDC natively compliant solution in the market, with advanced ancillary management capabilities,
- iFlight Lite, an integrated end-to-end fleet and crew operations platform to enable the airline to run efficiently from the beginning,
- iFlight MRO, a maintenance and engineering software solution that provides the foundation to implement best-in-class business process to control overall maintenance costs.
- IBS Software will also build and host Connect's website and mobile app, using the latest technology to support personalization and serve the needs of the connected business traveler
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