27-Apr-2016 7:00 AM

Chorus Aviation to acquire five CRJ900 aircraft, to operate under Air Canada Express brand

Chorus Aviation signed (26-Apr-2016) a firm purchase agreement to acquire five Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets, with firm purchase rights for five additional aircraft. As announced on 28-Sep-2015, the five firm 76-seat aircraft will be operated under the Air Canada Express brand as per the capacity purchase agreement between Jazz and Air Canada. Chorus has arranged financing in support of this acquisition to be drawn at the time of closing. The new CRJ900 aircraft will be leased into the CPA operation under terms and economics similar to those of the Q400 aircraft currently leased to the CPA.

  • As part of its fleet standardisation plan, Jazz will reconfigure its existing 16 75 seat CRJ705 aircraft to 76 seat configuration, thereby converting the CRJ705s to CRJ900 regional jets as agreed to with Air Canada. The aircraft will be configured in two classes of service with 12 seats in business class and 64 seats in economy class, including 20 preferred economy seats. Both cabins will feature seatback in-flight entertainment systems and Gogo wireless internet access;
  • Jazz will also reconfigure 21 Q400 NextGen aircraft currently in its CPA covered fleet with an additional four seats to a 78-seat configuration. The all-economy cabin will have 10 preferred economy seats;
  • The reconfiguration of the 16 CRJ705 and 21 Q400 aircraft currently in Jazz's fleet will be performed by Jazz's Maintenance and Engineering Division, with the assistance of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, and is expected to be completed by year end 2017. [more - original PR]

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