Chorus Aviation Inc. announced today that Chorus Aviation Capital has entered into agreements to lease two Dash 8-400 aircraft to Waltzing Matilda Airlines, LP, doing business as (dba) Connect Airlines. CAC expects to deliver the aircraft in September and November 2021.
These two aircraft are the last two remaining Dash 8-400s previously operated by Flybe and repossessed by CAC in 2020. Inclusive of the previously announced transactions with Cobham and Sky Alps, CAC has now remarketed and successfully placed all the repossessed Dash 8-400 aircraft. All aircraft underwent reconfiguration and return-to-service work at Chorus’ subsidiaries, Voyageur Aviation and Jazz Technical Services.
Waltzing Matilda Aviation (WMA) will be launching Connect Airlines, a new airline starting operations in October 2021, connecting Toronto Billy Bishop City Airport with airports in the Northeast and Midwest United States.
Using the Canadian built Q400 turboprop aircraft, Connect Airlines will offer a premium service for day-tripping business travelers direct into Toronto’s downtown island Billy Bishop Airport (below).
Subject to regulatory approvals, the airline will provide a valuable alternative to business travelers as they start to fly between the United States and Canada again.
Connect Airlines will be the launch airline for IBS Software’s “Airline-in-a-box” set of solutions, enabling them to manage the airline on a single integrated platform, with a simultaneous and seamless implementation and integrated sources of data. The solution includes:
- iFly Res, a next generation, customer-centric passenger service solution; the first NDC natively compliant solution in the market, with advanced ancillary management capabilities,
- iFlight Lite, an integrated end-to-end fleet and crew operations platform to enable the airline to run efficiently from the beginning,
- iFlight MRO, a maintenance and engineering software solution that provides the foundation to implement best-in-class business process to control overall maintenance costs.
- IBS Software will also build and host Connect’s website and mobile app, using the latest technology to support personalization and serve the needs of the connected business traveler