http://skiesmag.com/news/articles/18479-air-canada-express-launches-embraer-regional-jets.html On March 12, Sky Regional Airlines Inc. flew its first test/training flight with a former Air Canada Embraer ERJ-175. The flight carried several flight crews and flight attendants in training, as well as Transport Canada check pilots. The jet flew from Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport to North Bay Jack Garland Airport and back. Passenger service is scheduled to begin on March 14. Air Canada's fleet of 15 ERJ-175 aircraft is being transferred from the mainline fleet to Sky Regional Airlines between March and June of 2013, in order to reduce operating costs. The aircraft, acquired by Air Canada between 2007 and 2012, will be operated under the Air Canada Express brand with newly-hired, non-unionized Sky Regional flight and cabin crews. The arrangement allowing Air Canada to outsource its large regional jet business to regional operators such as Chorus Aviation (Jazz Air) and Sky Regional stems from an arbitrated pilots contract from 2012. Sky Regional will operate the ERJ-175s primarily on short-haul flights between Toronto, Montreal, and the Northeastern U.S.