February 2, 2015
Today Chorus Aviation Inc ordered 13 new Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft with options for 10 more from Bombardier. All aircraft ordered by Chorus will be operated by its Jazz Aviation LP subsidiary, which operates flights for Air Canada. The firm order is calculated to be valued at $424 million USD, based on list prices. The total possible value of the order is $758 million USD, if Chorus takes on the 10 options.
Capacity Purchase Agreement with Air Canada
The order was excepted as there were some noise regarding new capacity upgrades for Chorus with Air Canada. Also on the same day, Chorus announced that it had reached a deal for a new Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with Air Canada. In this deal Chorus will create a new, second, airline to handle flying the older Dash 8-100 & 300 (Q300). Jazz will continue to fly the larger and newer aircraft (Q400, CRJ705 & CRJ200). The agreement also calls for the increase of the Bombardier Q400 aircraft that will phase out the Dash 8-100 and the CRJ200 over 11 years. The Dash 8-300 or Bombardier Q300 will be kept operating at the company to 2025.
New Extended Service Program Launched by Bombardier for the Dash 8-300 (Q300) Turboprop
On the same day Bombardier also launched an Extended Service Program for the Dash-8-300, to help Chorus maintain its Q300 aircraft. More on this will be featured in a new article.