VANCOUVER, Dec. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Earlier today two 'Santa' flights departed from Vancouver International Airport with very special guests on board. For the fourth consecutive year, Jazz Aviation and Joanne Griffiths (co-founder of Canuck Place and more recently Community First Foundation) have teamed up to provide a fun-filled holiday experience for local children.
Children invited, including special guests from Canuck Place and Queen Alexandra Elementary School, boarded a Dash 8 aircraft for a 45-minute flight over the Vancouver area. The two flights operated earlier today with Santa and his Elf on board to entertain the children with songs while they enjoyed their flight and in-flight snacks.
"Once again, our Jazz employee team in Vancouver was very pleased to volunteer their time to be a part of this special day," said Colin Copp, Chief Administrative Officer at Jazz. "Working on the Santa flights project is a very rewarding experience and we are delighted to provide these flights for local children – many of whom have never been on an airplane before."
"We are thrilled that every year we get the opportunity to take the children and families from Canuck Place, and this year Queen Alexandra Elementary School, on this very special flight to Search for Santa. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to everyone involved, especially Jazz, for making this happen again this year. It is the event of a lifetime for many of the kids who will forever remember their experience! Thank you to all who contributed to this wonderful day," said Joanne Griffiths.
Donations graciously provided by local organizations – Vancouver International Airport, Signature Flight Support, Air Canada, Nav Canada, Gate Gourmet, Servisair and AeroMAG – all of which significantly contributed to the success of the day's festivities.
Over the years Jazz has operated Santa flights in a number of Canadian cities and look forward to continuing the tradition in 2015.
About Jazz Aviation LP
Jazz Aviation LP has a strong history in Canadian aviation with its roots going back to the 1930s. Jazz is wholly owned by Chorus Aviation Inc. and continues to generate some of the strongest operational and financial results in the North American aviation industry. As the largest regional airline in Canada, Jazz has a proven track record of industry leadership and exceptional customer service, and has leveraged that strength to deliver value to all its stakeholders. The Company operates more flights and flies to more Canadian destinations than any other airline, and currently has a workforce of approximately 4,200 professionals highly experienced in the challenging and complex nature of regional operations. Jazz employees are an integral part of communities across our nation with 21% of our workforce based in Atlantic Canada, 46% based in Central Canada, 32% based in Western Canada, and 1% in Northern Canada.
Under a capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada, using the Air Canada Express brand, Jazz provides service to and from lower-density markets as well as higher-density markets at off-peak times throughout Canada and to and from certain destinations in the United States. In December of 2014 Jazz is operating scheduled passenger service on behalf of Air Canada with approximately 735 departures per weekday to 54 destinations in Canada and to 18 destinations in the United States. With a fleet of 122 Canadian-made Bombardier aircraft, Jazz flies more daily flights to more Canadian destinations than any other airline.
Under the Jazz brand, the airline offers charters throughout North America with a dedicated fleet of three Bombardier aircraft for corporate clients, governments, special interest groups and individuals seeking more convenience. Jazz also has the ability to offer airline operators services such as ground handling, dispatching, flight load planning, training and consulting.
For more information, visit www.flyjazz.ca.
Image with caption: "Santa arrives at Vancouver International Airport today via Jazz Dash 8 aircraft, delighting children who were anxiously awaiting their chance to fly with Santa! (CNW Group/Jazz)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141206_C7981_PHOTO_EN_9113.jpg