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Sky Regional Airlines operates its last flight for Air Canada

Last day of operation: March 30, 2021

Sky Regional Airlines operated its last Air Canada Express revenue flight for Air Canada on March 30, 2021. The last flight was operated from Newark to Toronto (Pearson).

As previously reported, Air Canada ended the contract in favor of Jazz Air.

The aircraft have been transferred to Jazz Air.

The airline issued this message:

Since 2011, Sky Regional Airlines safely delivered over 10 million passengers to destinations across Canada and the United States operating as Air Canada Express. After its inception in 2011 with a fleet of Bombardier Q-400 aircraft servicing regional routes between Toronto City Centre and Montreal, the airline flew nearly 1000 routes per week servicing 2.6 million passengers per year with outstanding service and an impeccable safety record.

Sky Regional was the North American leader for Embraer dispatch reliability of the E175, the first in North America to be certified to use the iPad for cockpit use and the first to adopt onboard lithium-ion battery incident kits for extinguishing onboard fires caused by batteries. Our FMS Gold systems resulted in significantly reducing our carbon footprint saving millions of gallons of fuel each year.

Sky Regional’s success came from having a strong, extremely innovative and dedicated team that was passionate about aviation, our passengers and each other.

It was our honor to serve Air Canada and our nation, proudly sharing the best of Canada with the world.

Top Copyright Photo: Taken on the last day of operations. Air Canada Express (Sky Regional Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200SU (ERJ 175) C-FEKH (msn 17000102) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 953406.

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Jazz to become the sole Express operator for Air Canada

Air Canada today announced an agreement to amend the Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with Jazz Aviation LP, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc., under which Jazz currently operates certain regional Air Canada Express flights.

Through the revised agreement, Air Canada will transfer operation of its Embraer E175 fleet to Jazz from Sky Regional and Jazz will become the sole operator of Air Canada Express services. The revisions to the CPA are subject to Jazz reaching an agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association, International. If this condition is satisfied, the CPA will be amended on a retroactive basis to January 1, 2021.

“Air Canada is consolidating its regional flying with Jazz in response to the ongoing devastating impact of COVID-19 upon the airline industry. This necessary realignment of our regional services will help Air Canada achieve efficiencies and reduce operating costs and cash burn by consolidating its regional operations with one provider. Moreover, by streamlining the regional fleet, this agreement will also position Air Canada to operate more competitively with a single provider as traffic returns following the pandemic,” said Richard Steer, Senior Vice President, Operations and Express Carriers.

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“Sky Regional has provided excellent service to Air Canada and its passengers over the past decade with an impeccable safety record and excellent on time performance and cost management. We thank Sky and all of its employees for their effort, dedication and valued partnership,” said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada.

Sky Regional Fleet is currently comprised of 25 Embraer 175 aircraft.

Sky Regional Airlines Inc. is a Canadian company that operates regional routes on behalf of Air Canada under the Air Canada Express banner. On May 1st in 2011, Sky Regional operated its first commercial flight and went on to service markets such as Toronto City Centre, Montreal, Ottawa, Moncton and Quebec City with a fleet of Bombardier Q400.

In 2013, the airline expanded, adding 15 Embraer E175 series aircraft serving the Northeastern United States, flying in excess of 100 flights per day into cities including Boston, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, Dallas, and Chicago. In 2016, Sky Regional Airlines expanded its fleet with an additional five E175 aircraft serving such markets as Jacksonville, Houston, Denver and Atlanta.

While early in 2017 the airline saw the departure of the Q400’s, an additional five E175 were added to the fleet. Sky Regional’s entire fleet is now comprised of twenty-five Embraer E175 series aircraft.

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As a result of the CPA revisions and consolidation of regional flying, Air Canada expects to realize $400 million in cost reductions over the 15-year term of the agreement ($43 million per year until 2026 and $18 million per year thereafter). This includes:

  • Increasing near term-cost certainty as a result of the combined fleet under a single operator;
  • Reducing Air Canada’s overall regional flying compensation;
  • Creating related operational costs savings;

In addition, the revised CPA will lower future contractual capital expenditure and leasing costs through a restructured CPA fleet, avoiding an estimated $193 million in future capital expenditures.

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Jazz Aviation and Air Canada Cargo to be first to operate routes with Dash 8-400 freighter

Chorus Aviation Inc. (“Chorus”) and its subsidiary Jazz Aviation LP (“Jazz”) announced today that Jazz and Air Canada, through its freight division Air Canada Cargo, will begin operating the recently approved Dash 8-400 Simplified Package Freighter developed by De Havilland Canada to short and medium haul markets under the Air Canada Express banner. These reconfigured aircraft will carry a total of 18,000 lbs [8,165 kg] of cargo in the passenger cabin and belly.

Logo: Air Canada / Chorus Aviation Inc. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“De Havilland Canada’s Dash 8-400 Simplified Package Freighter will allow us to redeploy aircraft, while contributing to the collective fight against COVID-19 by supporting our customer, Air Canada, in the delivery of essential cargo,” said Randolph deGooyer, President, Jazz Aviation LP.

“This aircraft will allow us to provide critical cargo lift on short and medium-haul routes that have been impacted by the reduction of passenger flights,” said Tim Strauss, Vice-President Air Canada Cargo. “The converted cabin, which can accommodate a cargo volume of 1,150 cubic feet is perfectly suited to loose load cargo like medical supplies, PPE and other goods needed to support the ongoing fight against COVID-19.”

Under an agreement with De Havilland Canada, Jazz has ordered a Service Bulletin and conversion kit that will be applied to the first of 13 select Dash 8-400 aircraft. De Havilland Canada will be the exclusive supplier of all future Dash 8-400 aircraft Simplified Package Freighter modifications for Jazz’s fleet.

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Air Canada to launch daily nonstop, year-round Calgary-Terrace service

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GJZK (msn 4499) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 946862.

Air Canada has announced it will launch daily nonstop, year-round flights between Calgary and Terrace beginning October 28, 2019, which will complement the airline’s five times daily flights between Vancouver and Terrace.

Air Canada is also increasing capacity on key regional routes across Western Canada this winter with its flexible fleet including continued deployment of the popular Bombardier Q400 aircraft.

Increased services across Western Canada regional markets this fall and winter peak compared to last year include:

 

Route

Frequencies & Aircraft*

Capacity Increase

Calgary-Terrace

Daily with Q400s

new

Vancouver-Terrace

5 x daily with Q400s

+30%

Vancouver-Prince Rupert

2 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Smithers

2 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Fort St. John

4 x daily with Q400s

+20%

Vancouver-Kamloops

5 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Penticton

3 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Comox

3 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Sandspit

Daily with Q400s

+56%

Vancouver-Saskatoon

3 daily with CRJ900s offering Business and Economy Class

+44%

Vancouver-Regina

3 daily with CRJ900s offering Business and Economy Class

+44%

Vancouver-Whitehorse

2 x daily with A319s/A320s offering Business and Economy Class

+24%

Calgary-Kamloops

2 x daily with Q400s

+56%

Calgary-Winnipeg

3 x daily with A319s/CRJ900s offering Business and Economy Class

+40%

Edmonton-Fort McMurray

3 x daily with Q400s

+70%

Edmonton-Grande Prairie

2 x daily with Q400s

+56%

*Detailed schedules are available at aircanada.com

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GJZK (msn 4499) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 946862.

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Air Canada inaugurates service to Sydney, Nova Scotia from Montreal

Air Canada on June 27 inaugurated new, nonstop service between Montreal and Sydney, Nova Scotia. This arrival of flight AC7998 in Sydney marked the beginning of daily service between the two cities until October 26, 2019. The flight will be operated on a 78-seat Q400 turboprop aircraft. This connection will allow for travel between the two cities, or travellers can connect onward to other destinations from across Air Canada’s network through the hub in Montreal.

This arrival of flight AC7998 in Sydney yesterday marked the beginning of daily service between the two cities until October 26, 2019. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

 

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

AC7998

Montreal 13:20

Sydney 16:20

Daily

AC7997

Sydney 6:00

Montreal 7:05

Daily

 

All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at the Montreal hub, priority boarding and other benefits.

Air Canada inaugurates daily Montreal-Raleigh/Durham flights

Air Canada on June 3 inaugurated a new, nonstop service between Montreal and Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. The departure of Air Canada flight AC8178 marks the beginning of daily flights from Montreal to Raleigh-DurhamInternational Airport, which will operate with a 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ). Flights are timed to optimize connectivity from across Air Canada’s network through Air Canada’s hub in Montreal.

Air Canada Inaugurates Daily Montreal-Raleigh Flights (CNW Group/Air Canada)

 

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

AC8178

Montreal 13:35

Raleigh 15:45

Daily

AC8179

Raleigh 16:15

Montreal 18:21

Daily

The new MontrealRaleigh service is the only nonstop flight between these cities.

Jazz Air Bombardier Q400 collides with a fuel truck at Toronto

A Jazz Air Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) (C-FJXZ) operating as an Air Canada Express flight collided Friday morning (May 10) with a fuel truck while taxiing on the tarmac at Toronto (Pearson).

The flight was AC 8615.

Three people sustained minor injuries, including both pilots.

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Bombardier sells nine CRJ900 aircraft to Chorus Aviation, Jazz to become the first Canadian operator of the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) C-GDJZ (msn 15049) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 941182.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc. has finalized a firm purchase agreement for nine CRJ900 aircraft. These aircraft will be operated by Jazz Aviation LP, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation, under the Air Canada Express banner, making them the first Canadian operator of the new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin for CRJ Series regional jets.

Based on the list price of the CRJ900 aircraft, the order is valued at approximately $437 million U.S.

Jazz, under the Air Canada Express brand, will operate the CRJ900 in a dual-class cabin configuration with 76 seats. The airline intends to take delivery of their first aircraft with the latest enhancement to the CRJ Series regional jets – the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin in the first half of 2020.

About the ATMOSPHÈRE Cabin

The new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin (below) sets new standards of passenger experience in the regional jet market segment. Key features of the new interior are comprised of larger passenger living space, wheel-first roller bag capability, more spacious lavatory, increased cabin connectivity options, all integrated in a contemporary design and material choices. In fact, the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin design allows passengers to carry and store an “oversized” roller bag within the aircraft cabin bins which minimizes the need to check bags at the counter or the gate.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) C-GDJZ (msn 15049) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 941182.

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Air Canada and Chorus Aviation finalize amended and extended Capacity Purchase Agreement for Jazz

Air Canada and Chorus Aviation Inc., parent company of Jazz Aviation LP, today confirmed that all conditions have been met and the previously announced amendment and extension of the Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) between Air Canada and Jazz has become effective.  As announced on January 14, 2019, the improved CPA is effective retroactively as of January 1, 2019 and extends to December 31, 2035.

As part of the agreement to amend the CPA, Air Canada has also completed the $97.26 million equity investment in Chorus previously announced on January 14, 2019. Air Canada has acquired 15,561,600 Class B Voting Shares in the capital of Chorus, representing approximately 9.99% of the issued and outstanding Class A Variable Voting Shares and Class B Voting Shares of Chorus on a combined basis.

Highlights of the CPA Amendment

  • With this amendment, the parties will effectively address increased domestic and international competition, changing market demand, and fluctuating fuel prices, through significant changes that will modernize and up-gauge the fleet.
  • In total, the 17-year contract will provide Jazz $2.5 billion in minimum contracted revenues, of which $1.6 billion, or 65%, will be generated from aircraft leasing revenue, supporting the continued transformation of Chorus’ business through the migration of CPA earnings to aircraft leasing. The amended CPA will provide for total incremental contracted revenue of $940 million; $310 million in fixed fees and $630 million in aircraft leasing under the CPA;
  • Projected annual savings to Air Canada of approximately $50 million in each of 2019 and 2020, and cumulative savings of approximately $53 million between 2021 and 2025, both as compared to the 2015 CPA frame-work (from both fixed fee and performance incentive reductions); Beyond 2025 – a market competitive fixed fee for the extension period. This supports Air Canada’s Cost Transformation Programs;
  • Chorus will secure preferred partner status on the operation of aircraft with up to 50 seats and Air Canada will consolidate its existing CRJ regional capacity into the Jazz operation;
  • Air Canada Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Michael Rousseau, will be appointed to the board of directors of Chorus.

In other news, Chorus Aviation Inc. has announced the pilots of its subsidiary, Jazz Aviation LP (‘Jazz’), have ratified the amendments to their collective agreement which was tentatively agreed on January 14, 2019. The Air Lines Pilots Association, International (‘ALPA’) represents Jazz’s pilots based in VancouverCalgaryToronto and Montreal.

Ratification of this tentative agreement was a condition of implementing the amendments to, and extension of, the capacity purchase agreement (‘CPA’) between Air Canada and Jazz, as announced on January 14, 2019. The amendment and extension of the CPA remains subject to completion of Air Canada’s $97.26 million equity investment in Chorus, which contains customary conditions to closing. Chorus anticipates closing the equity investment by no later than February 8, 2019, upon which the amendment and extension of the CPA will become effective.

The pending amendments to the CPA provide for a number of significant benefits including fleet modernization with the addition of 14 larger-gauge CRJ900 (76-seat) aircraft of which nine new aircraft will generate additional lease revenue under the CPA.

Air Canada will consolidate more of its overall regional capacity in the Jazz operation. Chorus will also secure preferred partner status on the operation of aircraft with up to 50 seats through a right to match third-party offers.  Additionally, an enhanced pilot mobility agreement will provide Jazz pilots access to careers at Air Canada. The amended CPA will ensure that Chorus and Air Canada are well positioned to respond as allies to an ever-changing industry.

Air Canada announces improvements to the Capacity Purchase Agreement with Jazz Aviation LP, Jazz will grow and get bigger aircraft

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) C-FEJA (msn 7983) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 944193.

Air Canada today announced an agreement to amend and extend the Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with Jazz Aviation LP, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc., under which Jazz currently operates certain regional Air Canada Express flights.

The amendments should provide long term stability for Chorus, reaffirming Jazz as Air Canada’s most significant Express carrier well into the future, as well as enabling growth on Chorus’ leasing business through Air Canada’s equity investment and the predictability of Jazz’s cashflow from CPA operations until 2035.  The amendments will bolster the strength and competitiveness of the Air Canada Express brand and its coast-to-coast regional network, and provide significant CPA savings for Air Canada, while optimizing network and fleet flexibility when compared to the current agreement.

Highlights of the CPA Amendments:

  • Extension of the CPA term by ten years from January 1, 2026 to December 31, 2035;
  • Simplification and modernization of the Jazz fleet with growth through more, larger gauge aircraft. The Amendments will include various minimum levels of covered aircraft at different points in time providing Air Canada the flexibility to optimize its fleet within its network strategy;
  • Continuance of a fixed fee structure, including new terms mitigating risk and market- oriented compensation to make the CPA more competitive given new competitors entering the market;
  • Projected annual savings to Air Canada of approximately $50 million in each of 2019 and 2020, and cumulative savings of approximately $53 million between 2021 and 2025, both as compared to the 2015 CPA frame-work (from both fixed fee and performance incentive reductions); Beyond 2025 – a market competitive fixed fee for the extension period. This supports Air Canada’s Cost Transformation Programs;
  • Continuation of a highly successful pilot mobility agreement that provides Air Canada Express pilots with access to pilot careers at Air Canada on a planned basis;
  • Air Canada will consolidate more of its overall regional capacity into Jazz’s footprint, thereby lowering Air Canada’s overall regional costs in the future;
  • The Amendments will be effective retroactively as at January 1, 2019, subject to a number of conditions, including completion of Air Canada’s equity investment in Chorus and ratification of a new tentative collective agreement between Jazz and the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), the union representing Jazz pilots.

Highlights of the Equity Investment:

  • Air Canada has agreed to subscribe for 15,561,600 Class B Voting Shares in the capital of Chorus, representing approximately 9.99% of the issued and outstanding Class A Variable Voting Shares and Class B Voting Shares of Chorus on a combined basis. This represents an investment of ~$97,260,000 by Air Canada;
  • The Chorus shares will be issued to Air Canada at a price of $6.25, representing a 5% premium to the five-day volume weighted average price of the shares as of the close of trading on Thursday, January 10, 2019;
  • Air Canada and Chorus will enter into an investor rights agreement under which, among other things, Air Canada will hold the investment shares, for a period of at least 60 months and will participate in Chorus’ dividend reinvestment plan and agree to customary standstill provisions, subject to certain limited exceptions;
  • On closing of the equity investment, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Air Canada, Michael Rousseau, will be appointed to the board of directors of Chorus.

Air Canada does not intend to provide further comment pending the ratification process in respect of the tentative agreement between Jazz and ALPA; a news release updating the market will be issued when all the closing conditions to the completion of the foregoing transactions are met.

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Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) C-FEJA (msn 7983) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 944193.

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