Jazz Air Income Fund announces increase in the number of outstanding units as a result of exchange by ACE Aviation of units of Jazz Air LP for units of Jazz Air Income Fund
HALIFAX, April 2 /CNW/ - Jazz Air Income Fund (TSX: JAZ.UN) announced
today that ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. (ACE) has exchanged its 47,226,920 units
of Jazz Air LP for an equivalent number of units of Jazz Air Income Fund in
accordance with the terms of the investor liquidity agreement entered into at
the time of the initial public offering of Jazz Air Income Fund.
Further to such exchange, Jazz Air Income Fund will have
122,865,143 units issued and outstanding and will indirectly hold all
outstanding units of Jazz Air LP. ACE will hold 72,226,920 units of Jazz Air
Income Fund, representing 58.8% of the units issued and outstanding. In
connection with the exchange, ACE, Jazz Air Trust and Jazz Air Holding GP Inc.
have agreed to amend the terms of the securityholders' agreement dated
February 2, 2006 to reflect ACE's indirect interest in Jazz Air Holding GP
Inc. and maintain various rights of ACE thereunder on the basis of the
percentage of units of Jazz Air Income Fund held by ACE rather than on the
shares of Jazz Air Holding GP Inc. as is currently the case.
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About Jazz Air Income Fund
Jazz Air Income Fund is an unincorporated, open-ended trust established
under the laws of the Province of Ontario, created to indirectly acquire and
hold an interest in the outstanding limited partnership units of Jazz Air LP.
About Jazz Air LP
Jazz Air LP (Air Canada Jazz) is the second largest airline in Canada
based on fleet size and the number of routes operated. Air Canada Jazz
operates more flights and flies to more Canadian destinations than any other
Canadian carrier. Air Canada Jazz forms an integral part of Air Canada's
domestic and transborder market presence and strategy.
Air Canada Jazz and Air Canada are parties to a Capacity Purchase
Agreement (CPA) pursuant to which Air Canada currently purchases substantially
all of Air Canada Jazz's fleet capacity based on predetermined rates. Air
Canada Jazz provides all crews, airframe maintenance and, in some cases,
airport operations. In turn, Air Canada determines routes and controls
scheduling, ticket prices, product distribution, seat inventories, marketing
and advertising for these flights.
Air Canada Jazz is not a typical airline. Currently, over 99% of Air
Canada Jazz's revenues are derived from the CPA. Air Canada Jazz is isolated
from most of the risks typically associated with airlines such as fuel and
navigation costs since these costs are passed through to Air Canada.
Under the CPA with Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz provides service to and
from lower density markets as well as higher density markets at off-peak times
throughout Canada and to and from certain destinations in the United States.
As of April 1, 2007, Air Canada Jazz operated scheduled passenger service on
behalf of Air Canada with approximately 825 departures per weekday to
56 destinations in Canada and 29 destinations in the United States with a
fleet of 135 aircraft.
Air Canada Jazz is the focal point of Air Canada's regional passenger
strategy. Air Canada Jazz and Air Canada have linked their regional and
mainline networks in order to serve connecting passengers more efficiently and
to provide valuable feed traffic to Air Canada's mainline routes.