Waterloo: Airline will add 1,000 jobs

A commuter plane in Air Canada’s new $1.9 billion business center in Waterloo, Ont., is set to receive the first air-conditioning unit from the U.S. after it received an upgrade from a supplier it said was no longer working.

The plane, a twin-engine 737 Max, will have the new air-cooling system installed on Thursday at 8:00 a.m.


Waterloo Mayor Michael Schoen said he hopes to see the new unit in the Waterloo region.

“It is an important addition to our city,” he said.

“It is a huge economic asset that will benefit the entire region.”

The company that manufactured the plane will receive a $1 million royalty.

Air Canada says it expects to receive another $1-million from a Canadian government agency to fund the upgrades.

It said it expects the Air Canada jet to be in service by the end of 2018.