Jazz Aviation to perform heavy maintenance services on behalf of Bombardier
Halifax, June 20, 2017 – Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘Chorus’) (TSX: CHR) announced today that its subsidiary, Jazz Aviation LP (‘Jazz Aviation’), has signed a five-year agreement with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft to become an Authorized Service Facility (ASF).
Under the terms of the agreement, Jazz Aviation is designated as a Bombardier authorized provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services from its maintenance facility located at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Halifax, NS, on the following regional aircraft types:
- Bombardier CRJ100, CRJ200
- Bombardier CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000
- Bombardier Q100, Q200, Q300
- Bombardier Q400
“As an operator and MRO service provider of Bombardier regional aircraft for more than 30 years, our Jazz Technical Services (JTS) and Maintenance and Engineering teams have the experience and expertise to deliver industry-leading performance, value and turnaround times,” said Colin Copp, President, Jazz Aviation. “Building on our long-standing relationship, we are delighted to join Bombardier’s customer support network and collaborate on providing valued support to operators of Bombardier aircraft.”
“Jazz Aviation operates one of the largest fleets of Q Series and CRJ aircraft in the world and has received numerous Airline Reliability Performance Awards from Bombardier in recognition of its outstanding dispatch reliability. I am delighted that Jazz Aviation’s technical division, JTS is now available to support other Q Series and CRJ aircraft operators across Canada,” said Todd Young, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Services and Q400 Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“Today’s announcement strengthens Chorus’ unique capabilities to deliver a full suite of aviation services to regional aircraft operators around the world. Our highly skilled teams have over three decades of experience in the diverse and complex nature of regional operations. The Chorus group of companies serves customers on four continents, with one of the world’s largest fleets of regional aircraft, including all four Bombardier regional aircraft categories,” added Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus.
Jazz Aviation has a strong track record as a high-quality maintenance operator. In May 2017, Jazz Aviation was the exclusive North American recipient of Bombardier’s 2016 Airline Reliability Performance Awards in three categories: Q400 aircraft program; CRJ100/200 aircraft programs, and CRJ700/900/1000 aircraft programs. Bombardier’s reliability awards are bestowed on aircraft operators of Q Series turboprops and CRJ Series regional jets who achieve the highest rate of dispatch reliability. Jazz was previously honoured with top performance in the North American region for the Q400, CRJ100/200, and CRJ700/900/1000 aircraft program categories in 2015; the Q100/200/300, CRJ100/200, and CRJ700/900/1000 aircraft programs in 2014; and the Q400 and CRJ100/200 aircraft programs in 2013.
Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chorus was incorporated on September 27, 2010. Chorus’ vision is to deliver regional aviation to the world. Chorus owns Jazz Aviation and Voyageur Aviation – companies that have long histories of safe and solid operations that deliver excellent customer service in the areas of contract flying operations, engineering, fleet management, and maintenance, repair and overhaul. Chorus has been leasing its owned regional aircraft into Jazz’s Air Canada Express operation since 2009, and recently established Chorus Aviation Capital to become a leading, global provider of regional aircraft leases and support services. Chorus Class A Variable Voting Shares and Class B Voting Shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol ‘CHR’. For more information about Chorus and its subsidiaries, see www.chorusaviation.ca.
About Jazz Aviation
Jazz Aviation LP has a strong history in Canadian aviation with its roots going back to the 1930s. Jazz Aviation is owned by Chorus Aviation Inc. As the largest regional carrier in Canada, Jazz Aviation has a proven track record of industry leadership and exceptional customer service, and has leveraged that strength to deliver value to all its stakeholders. Jazz Aviation operates more flights and flies to more Canadian destinations than any other airline, and has a workforce of approximately 4300 professionals, highly experienced in the challenging and complex nature of regional operations.
There are three divisions operated by Jazz Aviation LP: Air Canada Express, Jazz Technical Services and Jazz.
Air Canada Express: Under a capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada, using the Air Canada Express brand, Jazz Aviation provides service to and from lower-density markets as well as higher-density markets at off-peak times throughout North America, with a fleet of 117 Canadian-made Bombardier aircraft.
Jazz Technical Services: Established in May 2016 as a separate division, Jazz Technical Services ('JTS') is dedicated to heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of Bombardier aircraft. JTS provides MRO services to third parties while maintaining the dedication and commitment to its primary customer, Air Canada.
Jazz: Under the Jazz brand, the airline offers charters throughout North America with a dedicated fleet of 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.
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