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Air Canada expands its North American network with new transborder routes starting in the Spring of 2018

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ705 (CL-600-2D15) C-GLJZ (msn 15051) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 908281.

Air Canada has announced several new nonstop year-round transborder routes will begin in the Spring of 2018 from Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Vancouver-Sacramento

Daily

May 17, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 76
seat CRJ-705/900

Edmonton-San Francisco

Daily

May 1, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 76
seat CRJ-705/900

Toronto-Omaha

Daily

May 1, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Toronto-Providence

Daily

May 17, 2018

Summer seasonal

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Montreal-Baltimore

Daily

May 17, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

Montreal-Pittsburgh

Daily

May 17, 2018

Year-round

Air Canada Express 50-
seat CRJ

These new routes complement Air Canada’s previously announced new nonstop international services beginning 2018: VancouverParis; VancouverZurich; VancouverMelbourne, originally planned as winter seasonal now operating year-round starting June; Toronto-Shannon, TorontoZagreb; TorontoPorto; TorontoBucharest; TorontoBuenos Aires; MontrealTokyoNarita; MontrealDublin; MontrealBucharest; and MontrealLisbon.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ705 (CL-600-2D15) C-GLJZ (msn 15051) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 908281.

 

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Air Canada Express arrives in Austin, Texas

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Air Canada Express (Jazz Aviation) (Halifax) yesterday (May 18) officially launched its first flight to Austin, Texas. With Air Canada Express flight AC 8840 from Toronto (Pearson), Austin officially became part of Air Canada’s international network of more than 190 destinations on five continents.

Jazz logo (Jazz)

Daily Air Canada Express flights from Toronto to Austin are operated by Jazz Aviation LP with 75-seat Bombardier CRJ705 aircraft with a choice of both premium and economy cabins of service.

New Air Canada and Air Canada Express routes launched to date this year in addition to Toronto-Austin include: Montreal-Venice, Vancouver-Osaka, Vancouver-Comox, Calgary-Halifax and Calgary-Nanaimo. Upcoming new routes still to launch include: Toronto-Dubai, Toronto-Delhi, Toronto-Amsterdam, Toronto-Atlantic City, Toronto-Abbotsford, Montreal-Mexico City and Calgary-Terrace.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier CRJ705 (CL-600-2D15) C-GOJZ (msn 15053) taxies at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.

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Air Canada rouge arrives in Venice

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Air Canada rouge (Toronto) touched down at Venice Marco Polo Airport on May 15, marking the start of new nonstop seasonal service from Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Service between Montreal and Venice will be operated by Air Canada rouge twice weekly through October 11, 2015 with a 280-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft offering a choice of premium and economy cabins.

Air Canada rouge now serves Venice from both Montreal and Toronto during summer 2015 and offers the most seats of any airline between Canada and Venice during the peak summer season this year.

In other news, parent Air Canada, Air Canada rouge and Air Canada Express also inaugurated new services between Vancouver-Osaka, Vancouver-Comox, Calgary-Nanaimo and Calgary-Halifax.

Up to five times weekly Vancouver-Osaka flights are operated by Air Canada rouge this summer with 280-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft offering a choice of premium and economy cabins. Up to ten weekly, seasonal Halifax-Calgary flights are operated by Air Canada rouge with 136-seat Airbus A319 offering a choice of premium and economy cabins.

Daily Nanaimo-Calgary and twice daily Comox-Vancouver flights are operated by Jazz Aviation LP under the Air Canada Express brand with 74-seat Bombardier Q400 and 50-seat Bombardier DHC-8-300 aircraft respectively.

Upcoming new routes which will be launching by this summer’s peak include: Toronto-Amsterdam, Toronto-Austin, Toronto-Atlantic City, Toronto-Abbotsford, Montreal-Mexico City and Calgary-Terrace.

Copyright Photo below: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-333 ER C-FMXC (msn 25588) taxies at Toronto (Pearson).

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Chorus Aviation (Jazz Aviation) to buy Voyageur Airways’ holding company

Chorus Aviation Inc. (Jazz Aviation) (Halifax) has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of 519222 Ontario Limited, a holding company that owns Voyageur Airways (North Bay, Ontario) and its related companies, a leading provider of specialized aviation services with international operations.

Voyageur, a Transport Canada approved air operator, is an integrated provider of specialized aviation services, including contract flying operations both internationally and domestically, and offers advanced engineering and maintenance capabilities. Voyageur was founded almost 50 years ago in 1968, and is a private company headquartered at its 200,000 square foot facility in North Bay, Ontario. The company primarily operates within two aviation services sectors:

Specialized contract flying operations. The company operates medical, logistical and humanitarian flights serving blue chip clients comprised primarily of government entities and international non-governmental organizations. Voyageur has a total of 18 aircraft of which 13 are owned and 5 leased with the majority being Bombardier DHC-8-300 and CRJ200 aircraft. Voyageur currently operates in Canada, Africa and Central Asia.

Specialized engineering and advanced maintenance operations. As a certified Design Approval Organization by Transport Canada, the company has developed a number of Supplemental Type Certificates for modifications and improvements for Bombardier regional aircraft. The company is an ‘approved organization’ under Transport Canada, United States Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency regulations. The company has full in-house design engineering and aircraft modification capabilities for special mission integration and support requirements along with parts sales and manufacturing. The company also has storage and parking capabilities for up to 65 regional aircraft at its North Bay facility.
Voyageur also operates a small fixed-base operation at the North Bay airport providing services such as aircraft fueling, ground handling and aircraft hangar and storage facilities.

The company has a track record of strong financial performance with solid revenue and consistent free cash flow generation. For the last fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, Voyageur generated adjusted EBITDA1 of approximately $16.9 million.

Transaction Details

The purchase price, on a cash free/debt free basis, represents a total enterprise value of approximately $80 million, subject to closing working capital adjustments. Utilizing cash on hand, $47.0 million will be paid at closing, along with the issuance of $8.0 million in Chorus Class B Voting Shares. Approximately, a further $25 million in deferred cash payments will be paid in separate installments over the 36 month period following the closing. The $80 million purchase price is supported by the appraised value of Voyageur’s owned aircraft, real estate and working capital.

The $80 million purchase price represents an attractive multiple of approximately 4.7 times 2014’s adjusted EBITDA1, and will be immediately accretive to Chorus’ consolidated earnings and free cash flow1. This transaction is expected to deliver a healthy return on investment to shareholders, and does not have a negative impact on the current dividend policy.

Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2015 and is subject to certain closing conditions, including receipt of TSX, regulatory and other third party approvals, and completion of certain remaining due diligence.

Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chorus was incorporated on September 27, 2010 and is a dividend-paying holding company with various interests including Jazz Aviation Holdings Inc. and Chorus Aviation Holdings II Inc. Chorus Aviation Holdings II Inc. is a holding company to facilitate diversification of Chorus’ business.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. De Havilland Canada DHC-7-102 Dash 7 C-GLOL (msn 39) arrives at Toronto (Pearson). Since this photo, the aircraft has been operating for the United Nations in Africa.

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Air Canada to launch flights to Atlantic City

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced it is launching nonstop service between its Toronto Pearson hub and Atlantic City, New Jersey. The seasonal service, to be flown by Air Canada Express, operated by Jazz Aviation (Halifax), will offer four roundtrips trips a week beginning May 22, 2015.

Air Canada’s service between Toronto Pearson and Atlantic City International Airport will be operated four days a week from May 22 to September 7, 2015, using a 74-seat Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) C-GGND (msn 4394) arrives at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.

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Air Canada extends the CPA with Chorus Aviation (Jazz Aviation), orders 13 additional Bombardier Q400s

Air Canada (Montreal) said today that its amended and extended capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Chorus Aviation Inc., parent company of Jazz Aviation LP (Halifax), has been concluded with all terms and conditions now met. The agreement provides both parties with greater stability and significant cost reductions through a better alignment of their interests.

The airline continued:

Air Canada estimates the new agreement will result in approximately $550 million in financial value over the next six years as compared to the previous CPA, of which two-thirds will be in network optimization benefits. The remaining benefits will be spread across several cost areas. Annual benefits in 2015 are expected to increase operating income by approximately $50 million as Air Canada implements the new CPA, increasing each year throughout the following five years.

The agreement also provides for long-term stability by eliminating the risks, uncertainties and set-up costs of a potential transition to alternative regional providers in 2021. Post 2020, Air Canada expects Jazz will provide competitive costs and continued high service levels.

The highlights of the new CPA include:

Extension of the term by five years to December 31, 2025;

Establishment of a pilot mobility agreement that provides Jazz pilots with access to pilot vacancies at Air Canada, thus allowing a significant reduction in Jazz operating costs;

Simplification and modernization of the Jazz fleet which will provide improved service and greater efficiency through the addition of 23 Bombardier Q400 aircraft;

Reduction in Air Canada and Jazz costs derived from a combination of improved fleet economics, greater network flexibility and reduced operating and labour costs. This supports Air Canada’s cost reduction initiatives; and

Modification of Jazz’s CPA fee structure, moving from a “cost plus” mark-up to a more industry standard fixed fee compensation structure. This will provide more cost certainty and better align the cost reduction goals of both Air Canada and Jazz. This eliminates non-value added costs and the necessity of the 2015 benchmarking exercise.

As a result,  Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Chorus Aviation Inc., parent company of Jazz Aviation LP announced today that they have signed a firm purchase agreement whereby Chorus will acquire 13 Q400 NextGen aircraft and options for 10 Q400 NextGen aircraft. Once delivered, the aircraft will be operated by Jazz under the Air Canada Express banner.

The Companies also announced Chorus and Jazz as the launch customer and operator for the industry’s first Dash 8-300 aircraft Extended Service Program that will extend the life of the Dash 8-300 turboprop to 120,000 flight cycles from the original 80,000 flight cycles.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Jazz Aviation’s Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) C-GGOI (msn 4381) arrives in Toronto (Pearson).

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Jazz Aviation’s 1,380 pilots ratify the new contract

Jazz Aviation LP (Air Canada Express) (Halifax), a wholly owned subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc., has announced that its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) have ratified their tentative agreement reached on January 13, 2015. The term of this agreement is 11 years expiring on December 31, 2025.

ALPA represents approximately 1380 pilots employed at Jazz. The term of the pilot agreement is consistent with the 11 year term of Chorus’ proposed amended capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada (that remains subject to the completion of certain terms and conditions), and therefore provides long-term labor stability. The new collective agreement also provides for productivity enhancements, cost control measures and incentives to grow at competitive rates.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation’s Bombardier DHC-8-102 C-FJMG (msn 255) is pictured parked at the gate at Toronto-Pearson International Airport.

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