Jazz Aviation recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the tenth year

HALIFAX, NS, March 2, 2021 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘Chorus’) (TSX: CHR) is proud to announce that its subsidiary, Jazz Aviation LP (‘Jazz’), has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the tenth consecutive year in an annual national employer survey by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

“We are honoured to have been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers each year for the past decade. Diversity is core to the culture all Jazz employees are proud of – one that values individual uniqueness and fosters safe spaces that empower employees to be their authentic selves,” said Randolph deGooyer, President, Jazz. “By encouraging inclusive work environments that build on the diverse perspectives, experiences, and abilities of employees, we are fostering innovation and positive change.”

Canada’s Best Diversity Employers recognizes the nation’s top employers who have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs. The competition recognizes successful diversity initiatives in a variety of areas, including programs for employees from five groups: women; members of visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Indigenous peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered/transsexual (LGBT) people.

Mediacorp Canada Inc. recognized Jazz for the many initiatives the airline has developed and supported, including working with a number of community partners to reach out to Aboriginal candidates and mentoring students from First Nations Technical Institute. Jazz encourages young women to consider careers in aviation by participating in annual events such as Girls Take Flight. Also, Jazz embeds diversity and inclusion into its supplier policy.

About Chorus

Chorus is a global provider of integrated regional aviation solutions. Chorus’ vision is to deliver regional aviation to the world. Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chorus is comprised of Chorus Aviation Capital – a leading, global lessor of regional aircraft, and Jazz Aviation and Voyageur Aviation – companies that have long histories of safe operations with excellent customer service. Chorus provides a full suite of regional aviation support services that encompassesevery stage of an aircraft’s lifecycle, including aircraft acquisitions and leasing; aircraft refurbishment, engineering, modification, repurposing, and preparation; contract flying; and aircraft and component maintenance, disassembly, and parts provisioning. Chorus Class A Variable Voting Shares and Class B Voting Shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol ‘CHR’. www.chorusaviation.com

About Jazz

Jazz Aviation LP has a strong history in Canadian aviation with its roots going back to the 1930s. As the largest regional carrier in Canada, Jazz has a proven track record of industry leadership and exceptional customer service and has leveraged that strength to deliver value to all its stakeholders. www.flyjazz.ca

Chorus Aviation Announces Revisions to the Capacity Purchase Agreement with Air Canada

Enhancing Jazz’s position within Air Canada’s network

  • 25 Embraer 175 aircraft to be added to the Covered Aircraft fleet, increasing the fixed fee margin.
  • Jazz to provide 100% of Air Canada Express 70+ seat regional capacity until 2025.
  • Dash 8-300 aircraft to exit the Covered Aircraft fleet.
  • Controllable cost guardrail receivable to be capped at $20 million per year, improving working capital.
  • All other material components of the CPA are unchanged.

HALIFAX, NS, March 1, 2021 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘TSX: CHR) (‘Chorus’), parent company of Jazz Aviation LP (‘Jazz’), today announced an agreement to revise the capacity purchase agreement (‘CPA’) between Jazz and Air Canada. The agreement addresses the dramatic and sustained reduction in air travel demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by optimizing the Jazz fleet. The revisions to the CPA are conditional on Jazz reaching an agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association, International which represents Jazz pilots. If this condition is satisfied, the CPA will be amended on a retroactive basis to January 1, 2021.

Chorus and Air Canada have a successful history of working together to adjust the terms of the CPA for mutual benefit. These proposed changes relate primarily to the Covered Aircraft, enhancing Jazz’s position in Air Canada’s network as the sole regional partner for 70+ seat regional aircraft until 2025 while providing Air Canada with greater cost efficiency and flexibility.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge the aviation industry. With the Jazz fleet operating at a fraction of the capacity it flew a year ago, now is the time to update the CPA to help preserve regional flying and Jazz’s place within it,” commented Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus.

“The Jazz fleet is up-gauging to larger regional jet aircraft and replacing smaller turboprop fleet sooner than contemplated in the previous fleet plan. Bringing the Embraer 175 aircraft into the Jazz Covered Aircraft fleet makes Jazz the exclusive Air Canada Express operator of 70+ seat aircraft until 2025 and is a demonstration of our cost competitiveness and strong relationship with Air Canada. Further, quarterly reconciliation of the controllable cost guardrail receivable provides greater certainty in the timing of cash flows and improves our liquidity by eliminating potentially significant draws on working capital,” concluded Mr. Randell.

Revisions to the CPA include the following:

Consolidation of 25 Embraer 175s into Jazz’s Covered Aircraft fleet

  • Jazz will operate the 25 E175s under the CPA.
  • Jazz will become the exclusive Air Canada Express operator of 70+ seat aircraft until the end of 2025.
  • Fixed fees will increase by $46.0 million over the term of the CPA with annual minimum fixed fees increasing by $1.2 million per year from 2021 to 2025, and by approximately $4.0 million per year from 2026 to 2035.

Removal of 19 Dash 8-300s from Jazz’s Covered Aircraft fleet

  • 19 Dash 8-300s will be removed from the fleet in 2021. Removal of the Dash 8- 300s will reduce future aircraft leasing revenue under the CPA by approximately $56.0 million over the remaining term of the contract.
  • Chorus owns these Dash 8-300s, 15 of which have undergone the Extended Service Program (‘ESP’) which prolongs their useful life by approximately 15 years. Chorus has the ability to sell or lease these aircraft or convert them for cargo operations.

Controllable Cost Guardrail Receivable

  • Uncertainty in the flying schedule caused by the pandemic resulted in the accumulation of a $44.2 million controllable cost guardrail receivable from Air Canada at December 31, 2020.
  • The revisions to the CPA will cap the controllable cost guardrail receivable to a maximum of $20.0 million annually and provide for quarterly reconciliations to avoid the accumulation of a receivable in excess of the agreed maximum.
  • The 2020 guardrail receivable has been paid; however, without the proposed changes to the guardrail, the 2021 CPA guardrail receivable could be as high as $45 million.
  • Quarterly reconciliations against the new guardrail receivable cap will reduce Chorus’ financial exposure by capping the guardrail receivable and minimize draws on Chorus’ available working capital.

As a result of these revisions to the CPA, Chorus anticipates one-time costs, charges, and other fees to range between $90.0 million and $110.0 million, with approximately half of this range being non-cash in nature, and the cash portion paid over several years.

All other material components of the CPA are unchanged, including:

  • Contract expiring on December 31, 2035.
  • Minimum fleet guarantee of 105 aircraft until 2025, and 80 aircraft from 2026 and beyond.
  • Performance incentive compensation.
  • Pilot mobility program.

Upon becoming effective, these revisions to the CPA optimizes the Jazz fleet for Air Canada and makes it the exclusive provider 70+ seat regional capacity in the Air Canada Express network until 2025, while providing significant cost savings and network planning flexibility for Air Canada.

About Chorus Aviation Inc.

Chorus is a global provider of integrated regional aviation solutions. Chorus’ vision is to deliver regional aviation to the world. Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chorus is comprised of Chorus Aviation Capital a leading, global lessor of regional aircraft, and Jazz and Voyageur Aviation – companies that have long histories of safe operations with excellent customer service. Chorus provides a full suite of regional aviation support services that encompasses every stage of an aircraft’s lifecycle, including aircraft acquisitions and leasing; aircraft refurbishment, engineering, modification, repurposing and preparation; contract flying; aircraft and component maintenance, disassembly, and parts provisioning.

Air Canada Revises the Terms of its Capacity Purchase Agreement with Chorus Aviation for Regional Flying

Jazz Aviation to become sole operator of Air Canada Express Flights

MONTREAL, March 1, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – 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.

“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.

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.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline, and in 2020 was among the top 20 largest airlines in the world. It is Canada’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. In 2020, Air Canada was named Global Traveler’s Best Airline in North America received for second straight year. In January 2021, Air Canada received APEX’s Diamond Status Certification for its CleanCare+ biosafety program for managing COVID-19, the only airline in Canada to attain the highest APEX ranking.

Jazz Aviation named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People for a ninth year

HALIFAX, NS, Jan. 19, 2021 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘Chorus’) (TSX: CHR) is proud to announce that its subsidiary, Jazz Aviation LP (‘Jazz’), was named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People for the ninth year.

“We are honoured to be recognized once again as one of the country’s Top Employers for Young People. It solidifies our commitment to provide young individuals with a meaningful and enjoyable place to start and grow their careers,” said Randolph deGooyer, President, Jazz. “While the pandemic has impacted many of our younger employees this past year, we look forward to welcoming them back as the airline industry recovers.”

Canada’s Top Employers for Young People is an editorial competition organized by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes employers that offer the nation’s best workplaces, programs and initiatives to attract and retain younger people entering the workforce.

In selecting this year’s Top Employers for Young People, the editors examined each employer’s mentorship and training programs as well as career management programs, looking for initiatives that can assist younger workers advance faster in the organization.

Jazz was selected as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People for programs such as the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program, which provides scholarships and direct employment opportunities to students enrolled in pilot and flight attendant programs at various post-secondary institutions. Jazz was also recognized for offering scholarships to students enrolled in Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) programs at local community colleges and for providing mentoring to apprentice AMEs.

Jazz Aviation Named as One of Nova Scotia’s Top Employers for the Tenth Consecutive Year

HALIFAX, NS, Jan. 14, 2021 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘Chorus’) (TSX: CHR) announced that its subsidiary Jazz Aviation LP (‘Jazz’) has been selected as one of Nova Scotia’s Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

“Jazz is proud to be headquartered in Nova Scotia, continuously working to create opportunities and provide a diverse and inclusive workplace where employees have the support they need to succeed,” said Randolph deGooyer, President, Jazz. “We are honored to receive recognition from Mediacorp for the tenth time.”

Nova Scotia’s Top Employers is an annual competition that recognizes employers leading their industries in offering exceptional workplaces. Mediacorp’s evaluation of the various candidates is based on the same eight criteria as the national competition: physical workplace; work and social atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

In selecting Jazz for the tenth year in a row, Mediacorp cited a number of employee programs offered by the company, including engagement, reward, retirement planning, internship, mentoring and training initiatives.

Passenger plane makes emergency landing at Moncton airport

From CBC News – link to source story

Air Canada Jazz flight to Toronto lands safely after smoke detected

CBC News · Posted: Jan 07, 2021

An Air Canada flight on its way to Toronto from Sydney, N.S., made an emergency landing round 6:45 a.m. Thursday without incident. (Ken Hébert/Radio-Canada)

Smoke in the cabin of a plane carrying 29 passengers from Sydney, N.S., to Toronto was forced to make an emergency landing at the Moncton airport Thursday.

The pilot realized during the flight that a smoke detector in the back lavatory was activated, said Manon Stuart, a spokesperson for Jazz Aviation, a regional partner of Air Canada. 

“Subsequently, the crew noticed a haze in the rear cabin,” Stuart wrote in an email.

With 33 people, including four crew onboard, the plane was diverted to Moncton, the nearest airport. The crew requested priority landing at about 6 a.m.

Stuart said the haze had dissipated by the time the plane landed. 

“The passengers deplaned normally.”

The CRJ900 aircraft landed safely around 6:45 am.

Julie Pondant, spokesperson for the Greater Moncton International Airport Authority, said a call came in around 6 a.m. about smoke in the cabin of the plane. (Pierre Fournier/CBC)

Julie Pondant of the Greater Moncton International Airport Authority, said 911 was called, which is standard procedure.

“They dispatch their regular emergency crews, which includes ambulance, police and fire and our fire crews as well are dispatched at that same time,” said Pondant.

“The initial inspection from the firefighters came clear, basically there didn’t seem to be any smoke or anything to be worried about at that moment.”

According to Stuart there was no fire. 

“Passengers will resume their travel on the next flight scheduled to depart Moncton to Toronto around noon today,” wrote Stuart. 

Stuart said a maintenance crew is on its way to Moncton to inspect the plane to determine the cause of the problem, and to make any necessary repairs.


Jazz Aviation Named One of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers for the Tenth Year in a Row

HALIFAX, NS, Jan. 7, 2021 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘Chorus’) (TSX: CHR) announced that its subsidiary Jazz Aviation LP (‘Jazz’) was recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers for the tenth consecutive year.

“We are pleased to be recognized as an organization that provides exceptional employee support and development programs as well as forward-thinking workplace policies,” said Randolph deGooyer, President, Jazz. “Making Jazz a great place for our employees to develop and succeed is something we’re very proud of.”

This special designation by MediaCorp Canada Inc. recognizes employers in Atlantic Canada that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Employers are evaluated on their physical workplaces; work and social atmospheres; health; financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development and community involvement.

Jazz was recognized for encouraging employees to keep skills sharp throughout their careers with formal mentoring, in-house and online training, as well as idea sharing initiatives which leverage employee experience to increase productivity and improve customer service and operational efficiency. The company helps employees prepare for the future with retirement planning assistance and contribution to a pension plan and seeks to develop an ownership culture through a share purchase program, available to all employees. Exceptional performance is recognized through the Jazz Ensemble Plus program, rewarding employees for achieving operational and customer satisfaction goals.

An Air Canada Jazz Dash 8 Took Off Without Receiving Clearance

From Simple Flying – link to source story – thanks to PN

Jake Hardiman, November 14, 2020

Pilots play a crucial role in ensuring aviation safety by adhering to instructions administered verbally by air traffic controllers. Departures are one such aspect that is regulated by an airport’s control tower. However, two weeks ago, a Canadian domestic flight took to the skies without having received prior clearance. But what was the reason for and outcomes of this incident?

Air Canada Jazz Dash 8 Getty
Jazz operates domestic and regional flights on behalf of Air Canada Express, a regional subsidiary of the country’s flag carrier. Photo: Getty Images

The flight in question

Air Canada Express flight AC8603 connects Toronto Pearson International (YYZ) and Sudbury (YSB). Both of these airports are situated within the Canadian province of Ontario. The flight is operated on behalf of Air Canada Express by Jazz, with a scheduled duration of just over an hour.

Jazz is one of two airlines under the Air Canada Express umbrella, which provides feeder flights between regional destinations and the mainline Air Canada network. It serves 89 North American destinations (59 in Canada, 30 in the United States).

What happened?

On October 30th, however, The Aviation Herald reports that flight AC8603 was involved in a minor incident upon departure from Toronto. Following a slightly delayed pushback (09:05 rather than 08:45, according to FlightAware), air traffic control cleared the flight during its taxi to line up for departure on runway 05 at YYZ.

Air Canada Jazz Aircraft
In addition to Dash 8 turboprop aircraft, Jazz also operates Bombardier CRJ regional jet airliners. The Dash 8 in the foreground was the aircraft involved in the incident on October 30th. Photo: Getty Images

The flight crew was also given a pre-clearance to make a left turn to a heading of 360 degrees once they were airborne. This instruction was read back correctly to air traffic control. However, shortly after, the crew announced that it had begun its takeoff roll on runway 05. It was only having become airborne and reached an altitude of 2,000 feet that the crew enquired as to whether the flight had actually received clearance to commence its takeoff roll.

At this point, the tower confirmed to the crew of flight AC8603 that no such clearance had been issued. However, they reportedly did not intervene in order not to disrupt the flight crew. In any case, the runway had been clear at the time, so there was no risk of a collision or operational impact, as reported by the Canadian Transportation Safety Board.Advertisement:https://0ebc8d121492fbab36e94f94ed1fe968.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

The flight continued as normal to Sudbury, where it arrived 17 minutes late. It was lightly loaded, with just 15 passengers onboard. This represents less than a third of its all-economy capacity of 50, according to SeatGuru.

C-GABO Air Canada Jazz Dash 8-300
Despite taking off without clearance, flight AC8603 (operated by C-GABO) was able to continue to Sudbury as normal. Photo: Eric Salard via Flickr

The aircraft involved

On October 30th, a De Havilland Dash 8-300 with the registration C-GABO operated flight AC8603. This aircraft is one of 23 Dash 8-300 in the Jazz fleet (of which 10 have been grounded), according to Planespotters.net. C-GABO is almost 30 years old, with Air BC originally having taken delivery of it in 1990. It moved to Jazz in March 2002.

COVID-infected flights fall sharply across Canada

From Toronto Sun – link to source story

Bryan Passifiume  •  Nov 23, 2020

Pearson International airport was practically vacant at Terminal 1  except for a few international flyers  on Thursday April 2, 2020. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network
Toronto Pearson International Airport on April 2, 2020. PHOTO BY JACK BOLAND /Toronto Sun

Only five international and six domestic flights with passengers infected with COVID-19 landed at Canadian airports last week.

That’s compared to 44 international and 60 domestic flights recorded the week previous, according to publicly available data from Health Canada.

Five of the six domestic flights occurred on Nov. 16 — Swoop 406 between Toronto and Abbotsford, PAL Airlines 1902 between Quebec City and Sept-Iles, Jazz 8280 between Vancouver and Prince Rupert, Air Canada 341 between Ottawa and Vancouver, and Air Canada 209 between Calgary and Vancouver.

The sixth flight was Air Canada 428 from Toronto to Montreal on Nov. 17.

Internationally, only two infected flights originated from the United States,  both from Chicago — United 4552 to Toronto on Nov. 16 and Air Canada 7596 to Montreal on Nov. 17

Other international flights include Air Canada 989 from Cancun to Montreal and Rouge 1994 from Mexico City to Toronto — both on Nov. 17 — and Turkish Airlines 17 from Istanbul to Toronto on Nov. 18, the only non-North American flight to carry COVID-positive passengers.

Calgary, home to the federal government’s pilot program testing international arrivals for COVID-19, recorded no infected passengers over the past week, down from two the week previous.

Turkish Airlines has carried the most COVID-19 infected passengers of any international carrier over the past two weeks — seven to Toronto and one to Montreal.

Health Canada only posts data online from the past two weeks, and does not list how many passengers on board tested positive, only — when available — listing ranges of row numbers of where the person may have sat.

Data on infections comes from a variety of sources, states Health Canada, including contact tracing and information from local public health authorities.

Thirty-six infected domestic and international flights landed in Toronto since Nov. 8, the highest in Canada, while 24 landed at Vancouver, 19 at Montreal and six at Calgary.

Since March, only four Canadian airports — Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver — are permitted to accept international flights, with some exceptions.

Jazz Aviation Takes Gold at Canada’s Safest Employers Awards

HALIFAX, NS, Nov. 2, 2020 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘Chorus’) (TSX: CHR) is proud to announce that its subsidiary, Jazz Aviation LP (‘Jazz’), was named among Canada’s Safest Employers 2020 winning gold in the Public Transportation category. Canada’s Safest Employers awards were announced at a virtual gala event held on October 22.

“We are honoured to be recognized once again as one of Canada’s Safest Employers. It is testimony to our strong safety culture, where all employees share the responsibility of supporting Jazz’s core value of safety first,” said Randolph deGooyer, President, Jazz. “Our collaborative approach plays a vital role in our pursuit of safety excellence.”

This is Jazz’s fourth consecutive year accepting awards at the Canada’s Safest Employers event. Last year, Jazz received the gold award in the Transportation category; in 2018, Jazz was awarded silver in the Transportation and Psychological Safety categories; and in 2017, Jazz won gold in the Transportation category.

Launched in 2011, Canada’s Safest Employers awards recognize companies from across Canada with outstanding accomplishments in promoting the health and safety of their employees. Companies are evaluated on a wide range of occupational safety and health (‘OSH’) elements, including employee training, OSH management systems, incident investigation, emergency preparedness and innovative health and safety initiatives.