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.