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Air Canada to launch daily, year-round flights between Sydney, Nova Scotia and Toronto Pearson on December 18

Air Canada (Montreal) today announced that in response to growing customer demand it will launch daily, year-round service between Sydney, Nova Scotia and Toronto (Pearson) beginning on December 18, 2013 .

Air Canada and TCA has been serving Sydney and Cape Breton for 71 years.

Air Canada’s year-round, daily service between Sydney and Toronto will be operated by Jazz Aviation (Halifax) under the Air Canada Express brand using 50-seat CRJ200 regional jets. It will be the only year-round, nonstop flights operated between Sydney, Nova Scotia and Toronto .

Sydney-Toronto year-round service:

Flight Depart Arrival
AC 8795 Sydney at 05:55 Toronto at 07:33
AC 8794 Toronto at 20:50 Sydney at 00:10


Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Jazz Aviation’s Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) C-FZJA (msn 7988) rests between assignments at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.

Air Canada: AG Slide Show

Air Canada Regional-Jazz: AG Slide Show

Jazz Aviation LP announces tentative agreement with its Maintenance and Engineering’s union

Jazz Aviation LP (Halifax) has announced it has reached a tentative labor contract with its Maintenance and Engineering employees represented by the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Local 2002.

The agreement is subject to a ratification vote by union members and covers approximately 885 CAW-represented Maintenance and Engineering employees at Jazz.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.

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Air Canada returns to JFK International Airport in New York

Air Canada (Montreal) flight AC 8902 today inaugurated service between Toronto Pearson and John F. Kennedy International Airport, making the airline the only carrier serving all three major airports in the New York City region from Canada. With the reinstated route, existing service to Newark Liberty International Airport and an additional daily flight between Toronto and LaGuardia Airport that began May 1 to bring that service to hourly, Air Canada will operate up to 38 nonstop return flights a day between Canada and New York City this summer.

The new Toronto-JFK service is operated by Air Canada Express (Jazz Air) using 50-seat CRJ regional jets. The JFK flights, operating out of Terminal 7, will have early morning, mid-day and evening arrivals and departures. With the new services, Air Canada will operate a total of up to 38 return flights a day to the New York metropolitan area from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.

Air Canada Express-Jazz Slide Show: CLICK HERE

The first Jazz Bombardier Q400 is painted

Jazz Air (Chorus Aviation) (Air Canada Express) (Air Canada Jazz) (Halifax) will soon take delivery of its first (of 15) new Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400). C-GGOY (msn 4365) has now been painted in the new Air Canada Express brand.

Air Canada Jazz Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Jazz’s routes operated for Air Canada:

Air Canada to retire the Air Canada Jazz brand, all will become Air Canada Express

Air Canada (Montreal) announced today (April 27) it has decided to gradually retire the Air Canada Jazz brand. All regional carriers will begin operating under the Air Canada Express brand. Aircraft will be repainted during normal repainting cycles. Jazz Air will continue to use the Jazz name and livery for their independent (non-Air Canada) operations.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on the photo for the full details.

Air Canada Jazz Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Air Canada Jazz routes operated by Jazz:

Chorus Aviation’s 2010 profit increases to C$125.8 million

Chorus Aviation Inc. (Halifax), formerly Jazz Air Income Fund, announced its fourth quarter and year end 2010 financial results.

The company reported net income of C$84.6 million for the fourth quarter.

For the full year 2010, net income was C$125.8 million.

The company recently finalized a purchase agreement for 15 Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft with Bombardier, and an agreement with Air Canada for Chorus Aviation Inc. to acquire and lease these aircraft to Jazz Aviation LP (Jazz Air).

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on photo for additional details.

Air Canada Jazz (Chorus Aviation) Route Map:

Jazz Air Income Fund to become Chorus Aviation

Jazz Air Income Fund (Halifax) yesterday (November 10) announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice granted a final order approving the plan of arrangement providing for the conversion from an income trust to a corporate structure.

Once completed, the transaction will result in the conversion of the Jazz Air Income Fund to a dividend paying public corporation to be named Chorus Aviation Inc., with the trading symbols on the Toronto Stock Exchange of CHR.A, CHR.B and CHR.DB. Per the conversion, Fund unitholders will receive one share of Chorus for each unit held.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Jazz Air reports a third quarter net profit of C$19.1 million

Jazz Air Income Fund (Jazz Air) (Halifax) reported net income of C$19.1 million in the third quarter. This net income of C$19.1 million compares to a larger C$25.3 million net profit in 2009, a decrease of C$6.2 million or 24.6%.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Please click on the photo for additional details.

Thomas Cook Airlines Canada launches operations

Jazz Air (Halifax) as planned yesterday (November 5) officially launched its flight services agreement with Thomas Cook Canada Inc. Early morning flights departed from Toronto (Pearson) to Montego Bay, Jamaica and Cancun, Mexico.

The five-year flight services agreement, signed earlier this year, has Jazz operating six Boeing 757-200 aircraft on behalf of Thomas Cook (Canada).  The service will operate to various sun destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax under the Thomas Cook (Canada) brand.  Flights will operate during the winter season, November to April, and will feature several product enhancements developed jointly by Jazz, Thomas Cook and its Sunquest Division.

Jazz took delivery of the first two Boeing 757-200 aircraft earlier this week and will see four more aircraft arrive in December at which time service from Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax will commence.  The aircraft are leased to Jazz Air LP from Thomas Cook Airlines Ltd.

Copyright Photo: Roger Cannegieter. Operated by Jazz Air, Boeing 757-25F C-GJZH (msn 30758, ex G-JMCE) visits Curacao on November 7. Other than the Canadian registration and flag, the airliner is being operated in full Thomas Cook colors without any Jazz Air sub-titles.

Air Canada to fly out of Toronto City Airport, but not with Jazz Air!

Air Canada (Montreal) today announced that it has settled the terms of a long term Commercial Carrier Operating Agreement (CCOA) with the Toronto Port Authority (TPA), operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Conclusion of the agreement is subject to certain conditions, including agreement with the lessor of terminal space, City Centre Terminal Corp. (CCTC), for lease of space at the airport. In addition, the airline has entered into a letter of intent (LOI) for the leasing of aircraft and has finalized arrangements with a regional carrier to operate flights from the Toronto Island Airport beginning in February 2011.

Air Canada’s initial schedule will offer customers the choice of up to 15 daily non-stop flights from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, in close proximity to downtown Toronto, to Montreal Trudeau International Airport.

Flights will be operated with Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) (ex Lynx Aviation?) turboprop aircraft. Air Canada has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with a lessor for the five aircraft that will be operated on the Toronto City Airport-Montreal route. Formal terms and conditions of the lease agreements are expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.

Following a competitive bid process to select a Canadian regional operator for these aircraft, Air Canada has concluded a capacity purchase agreement with Sky Regional Airlines Inc., an associated company of Skyservice Business Aviation. The regional carrier will sublease and operate the Q400 aircraft on behalf of Air Canada. According to Air Canada, “Selection of Sky Regional Airlines was based on a number of criteria including a competitive cost structure, a proven track record in customer service excellence and experience maintaining Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. The selection of Sky Regional Airlines to operate these flights has no impact on Air Canada’s commercial arrangements with other regional carriers including Jazz Air LP (Air Canada Jazz) (Halifax) with which Air Canada maintains a strong commercial relationship.”

Air Canada is actively engaged in talks with the airport terminal owner, City Centre Terminal Corp. (CCTC), towards an agreement to lease terminal facilitates that will accommodate the new service.

Jazz Air concludes negotiations with Thomas Cook Canada to operate six Boeing 757-200 aircraft this winter

Jazz Air (Halifax) announced that it has concluded negotiations with Thomas Cook Canada Inc. with respect to their flight services agreement, establishing the pricing for a five-year term ending on April 30, 2015.

Last April, Jazz signed a flight services agreement with Thomas Cook to operate flights on its behalf on Thomas Cook during the winter seasons (November through April). In the initial season, Jazz will operate six Boeing 757-200 aircraft to various destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax under the Thomas Cook Canada brand, subject to Jazz obtaining the required regulatory approvals. Service will commence on November 5, 2010 and will feature several product enhancements developed jointly by Jazz, Thomas Cook and its Sunquest Division.

In 2011, Jazz expects growth in flying under its capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada. Based on the Annual Operating Plan provided by Air Canada which is provided for budget and planning purposes and is subject to change, Jazz anticipates flying approximately five percent more block hours year over year. Jazz estimates the total billable block hours for the year 2011, which include the Thomas Cook flying, to be between 400,000 and 410,000 block hours. Beginning in June 2011, Jazz will introduce the new Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen aircraft to support the Air Canada service.

Jazz Air reports 2Q net income of C$15.6 million

Jazz Air (Air Canada Jazz( (Halifax) reported second quarter net income of C$15.6 million.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Painted in the Star Alliance motif, Jazz Air’s Bombardier CRJ705 (CL-600-2C10) C-FUJZ (msn 15048) climbs rapidly at Montreal (Trudeau).

Jazz Air’s pilots ratify the new contract

Jazz Air’s (Air Canada Jazz) (Halifax) pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have ratified a new contract which was reached on June 25, 2010. The contract covers a 6-year period expiring on June 30, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Bombardier CRJ705 (CL-600-2C10) C-FCJZ (msn 15040) gracefully climbs away from Montreal (Trudeau).

Air Canada goes to court to have the recent Toronto City Centre Airport awards thrown out

Air Canada (Montreal) has asked a Canadian court to throw out the recent awards of slots at Toronto’s downtown City Centre Airport for Air Canada Jazz believing the process was not transparent and was flawed.

Read the full report from Reuters:


Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Air Canada wants to get back to City Centre to compete against fast-growing Porter Airlines. Air Canada Jazz (Jazz Air) currently only serves Pearson International Airport. This beautiful rainbow reflective photo shows Jazz Air’s Bombardier DHC-8-102 C-GANI (msn 064) waiting for the next departure at YYZ.

Jazz Air reaches a tentative agreement with its flight attendants

Jazz Air (Air Canada Jazz) (Halifax) has reached a tentative agreement with its flight attendants.

Read the report from Reuters:


Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Bombardier CRJ705 (CL-600-2C10) C-FKJZ (msn 15044) prepares to land at Montreal (Trudeau).

Jazz Air reaches a tentative agreement with its pilots

Jazz Air (Air Canada Jazz) (Halifax) and the Air Line Pilots Association Int’l (ALPA), representing more than 1,500 pilots employed by Jazz Air LP (formerly Air Canada Jazz), confirmed that they have signed a Memorandum of Settlement (MOS) for a tentative agreement with Jazz Air management representatives after 13 months of negotiations. The pilots’ collective agreement expired on June 30, 2009.

The MOS forms the basis of a tentative agreement between Jazz pilots and management and establishes the foundation for a fair and equitable work contract. If approved by the Jazz Master Executive Council (MEC), a tentative agreement will be taken to the pilot membership for a final ratification vote in early July. Details of the settlement will not be released until ratification by Jazz pilots is complete.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Bombardier CRJ705 (CL-600-2C10) C-FCJZ (msn 15040), operated by Jazz Air as Air Canada Jazz, departs from Montreal (Trudeau).

Air Canada launches four trans-border routes today from Toronto (Pearson)

Air Canada (Montreal) today (May 17) launched new twice-daily, year-round service to four American cities, namely to Memphis, Cincinnati, Syracuse and Portland, ME. The new services are being operated by Air Canada Jazz (Jazz Air) and Air Georgian.

Jazz Air’s pilots to vote on a possible strike

Jazz Air (Air Canada Jazz) (Halifax) may be facing a strike by its pilots. The Jazz Master Executive Council (MEC) has announced that they are conducting a strike ballot of the membership to back contract demands. Jazz pilots, who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), have been negotiating with their management for a new contract for more than a year.

Read the full ALPA press release:


Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Jazz Air has added a Bombardier CRJ200 to its charter fleet (please click on the photo for further details). CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) C-GTJA (msn 7966) prepares to land at Washington (Dulles).

Jazz Air finalizes order for 15 Bombardier Q400s

Image: Bombardier.

Jazz Air (Air Canada Jazz) (Halifax) has finalized its order for 15 Bombardier (Toronto) DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprop airliners. Deliveries will start in May 2011. Jazz Air said it also took options for another 15 of the 74 seat, single-class cabin Q400 NextGen planes. Image: Bombardier.

Jazz Air drops Porter lawsuit, plans return

Jazz Air (Air Canada Jazz) (Halifax) has dropped its lawsuit against Porter Airlines but it is continuing to pursue its legal action in the federal courts against the Toronto Port Authority for equal access to Toronto City Centre Airport where Porter holds an exclusive access agreement. Jazz is planning to return to the airport in 2010.

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