Posted on: 03 February 2015 by Mark Howells
Chorus Aviation, the parent company of Jazz Aviation, has signed a firm purchase order with Bombardier for 13 Q400 NextGen aircraft with options for a further 10 of the type, which will be operated by Jazz under the Air Canada Express banner.
“The addition of these new Q400 NextGen aircraft will continue Jazz's fleet renewal programme that began in 2011, and provide unit operating costs that are amongst the lowest of any regional aircraft,” explained Joseph Randell, president and CEO of Chorus. “The addition of these efficient aircraft is an important component of our cost reduction plans and the amended Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with Air Canada. The Q400 NextGen has proven to be an outstanding complement to our exclusive fleet of Bombardier turboprops and regional jets.”
Chorus Aviation will also become the launch customer and operator of the Dash 8-300 aircraft Extended Service Program, extending the life of the Dash 8-300 turboprop to 120,000 flight cycles from the original 80,000 flight cycles (equating to 50%, or approximately 15 years more life).
Randell continued, “We are the world's largest operator of Dash 8 aircraft. Our collaboration with Bombardier goes back many years and we're very pleased to be the launch customer for this innovative programme that will keep this valuable asset in the Jazz fleet.”
The Extended Service Program will cover a minimum of 19 aircraft beginning early 2017. It will be accomplished through several structural and engineering analyses, applying fatigue and test data that has been accumulated on the Dash 8-300 aircraft. The programme will then be initiated through a Service Bulletin that will make reference to a new Maintenance Program Supplement. As launch operator, Jazz will incorporate the Service Bulletin and Maintenance Program Supplement and arrange for the replacement of some structural and systems components as identified by the Service Bulletin.
The Dash 8-300 ESP follows on from the Dash 8-100 aircraft Extended Service Program, introduced in 2009 with Wideroe's Flyveselskap AS of Norway as launch customer.