Chorus orders 5 CRJ900s for Jazz to operate Air Canada Express services

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation has placed a firm order for five CRJ900s, with purchase rights for an additional five of the type.

Once delivered, the five will be operated by Jazz Aviation, also a subsidiary of Chorus, under the Air Canada Express banner.

“The addition of these new CRJ900 aircraft will continue Jazz's fleet renewal and growth programme that began in 2011, and provide unit operating costs that are amongst the lowest of any regional aircraft,” explained Joe Randell, president and chief executive officer, Chorus. “These efficient aircraft are an important component of our cost reduction plans and will be an outstanding complement to our exclusive fleet of Bombardier turboprops and regional jets.”

“Ensuring passenger comfort while maintaining cost efficiencies is a top priority for us, and the CRJ900 aircraft allows us to achieve both,” added Colin Copp, president of Jazz Aviation. “To support Air Canada's new fleet standard, the new 76-seat aircraft will be configured with three classes — business, preferred economy and economy.”

Additionally, with Bombardier's assistance, Jazz will reconfigure its current 16 CRJ705s into CRJ900s with 76 seats. Jazz will also reconfigure 21 Q400 turboprops currently in its fleet with an additional four seats to increase each aircraft's passenger capacity to 78. All 37 aircraft are operated under the Air Canada Express banner.

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