Jazz dispatchers ratify labour agreement

HALIFAX, June 3, 2015 /CNW/ – Jazz Aviation LP (‘Jazz’), a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc., announced today that its dispatchers, represented by the Canadian Air Line Dispatchers Association (‘CALDA’), have ratified their tentative agreement reached on May 27, 2015. The term of the agreement is just under 11 years; expiring on December 31, 2025.

“I sincerely thank our employees and representatives from CALDA for their hard work and professionalism during this process,” said Jolene Mahody, Chief Operating Officer at Jazz. “This agreement is another important step toward making Jazz a more formidable competitor in the regional airline industry.”

CALDA represents 62 dispatchers employed at Jazz. The term of the dispatcher agreement is consistent with the term of Jazz’s amended capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada announced January 13, 2015. The new collective agreement provides long-term labour stability, productivity enhancements and cost control measures.

About Jazz Aviation LP

Jazz Aviation LP has a strong history in Canadian aviation with its roots going back to the 1930s. Jazz is owned by Chorus Aviation Inc. and continues to generate some of the strongest operational and financial results in the North American aviation industry. As the largest regional airline 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. The Company operates more flights and flies to more Canadian destinations than any other airline, and currently has a workforce of approximately 4,100 professionals highly experienced in the challenging and complex nature of regional operations. Jazz employees are an integral part of communities across our nation with 20% of our workforce based in Atlantic Canada, 45% based in Central Canada, 34% based in Western Canada, and 1% in Northern Canada.

Under a capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada, using the Air Canada Express brand, 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. In June 2015, Jazz is operating scheduled passenger service on behalf of Air Canada with approximately 800 departures per weekday to 54 destinations in Canada and to 19 destinations in the United States. With a fleet of 120 Canadian-made Bombardier aircraft, Jazz flies more daily flights to more Canadian destinations than any other airline.

Under the Jazz brand, the airline offers charters throughout North America with a dedicated fleet of four Bombardier aircraft for corporate clients, governments, special interest groups and individuals seeking more convenience. Jazz also has the ability to offer airline operators services such as ground handling, dispatching, flight load planning, training and consulting.

For more information, visit www.flyjazz.ca.


SOURCE Chorus Aviation Inc.