Jazz Welcomes Ottawa Aviation Services to Pilot Pathway Program

HALIFAX, Sept. 8, 2017 /CNW/ – Jazz Aviation LP ("Jazz") is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Ottawa, Ontario-based OAS Flight Centre Inc. ("Ottawa Aviation Services" or "OAS") for the flight training institution to become the fifteenth organization in the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program ("Jazz APP").

"Adding our first private flight school to the Jazz APP is an exciting and logical step in the evolution of the program. The addition of Ottawa Aviation Services, and its Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence program, provides a unique and exciting opportunity for Canadians to start a rewarding career as a professional pilot at Jazz," said Steve Linthwaite, Vice President, Flight Operations, Jazz.

This agreement is the first of its kind between Jazz and OAS. The Jazz APP is aimed at establishing a direct career path for qualifying graduates and the opportunity for OAS’s top-performing Canadian Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence ("iATPL") Program graduates to transition to first officer positions at Jazz.

The industry-leading Jazz APP program and Ottawa Aviation Services agreement also includes collaboration on training and curriculum to promote safety and professionalism, while providing relevant information on industry best practices.

"Ottawa Aviation Services is pleased to be the first private flight school in the Jazz APP program. This relationship will establish a direct career path for our qualifying iATPL graduates into Canada’s largest regional airline," said Cedric Paillard, CEO & President, OAS. "Our selection to the Jazz APP program speaks to the quality of the pilot training we provide and the professional pilots we graduate. Our inclusion in the Jazz APP further delivers on our vision of an aviation job for every graduate."

Since 2007, Jazz has been actively involved in shaping the curriculum and training of Canada’s future professional pilots through active engagement with aviation colleges and universities. In 2015, Jazz rebranded these efforts under the Jazz Aviation Pathway Program banner. To date, Jazz has announced agreements between the Jazz APP and the following institutions and organizations:

Aviation Colleges, Flight Schools, and Universities:
Algonquin College
Centre québécois de formation aéronautique at Cégep de Chicoutimi
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Confederation College
Mount Royal University
Okanagan College
Sault College
Seneca College
University of Waterloo
University of Western Ontario
Ottawa Aviation Services

Industry Organization Agreements exist with:
Air Cadet League of Canada
Air Canada
Bearskin Airlines
Wasaya Airways

For more information, visit www.flyjazz.ca/pathwaysprogram.

About Jazz Aviation LP – A Chorus Aviation Inc. company

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. (TSX: CHR). 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. Jazz operates more flights and flies to more Canadian destinations than any other airline, and has a workforce of approximately 4500 professionals, highly experienced in the challenging and complex nature of regional operations.

There are three divisions operated by Jazz Aviation LP: Air Canada Express, Jazz Technical Services and Jazz.

Air Canada Express: 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 North America, with a fleet of 117 Canadian-made Bombardier aircraft.

Jazz Technical Services: Established in May 2016 as a separate division, Jazz Technical Services (‘JTS’) is dedicated to heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of Bombardier aircraft. JTS provides MRO services to third parties while maintaining the dedication and commitment to its primary customer, Air Canada.

Jazz: Under the Jazz brand, the airline offers charters throughout North America with a dedicated fleet of 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.

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About Ottawa Aviation Services

Ottawa Aviation Services (OAS) has been offering flight training, maintenance and other aviation services for more than 15 years. OAS Flight Training division provides efficient, high quality professional pilot training with the vision to offer an aviation job for every graduate. For more information, visit www.ottawaaviationservices.com.


SOURCE Chorus Aviation Inc.