Chorus Aviation Inc. ('Chorus') (TSX: CHR) announced today that pilots of its subsidiary, Jazz Aviation LP ('Jazz'), have ratified the amendments to their collective agreement which was tentatively agreed on January 14, 2019. The Air Lines Pilots Association, International ('ALPA') represents Jazz's pilots based in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.
"We are very pleased to have finalized an amended collective agreement with our pilots," said Colin Copp, President, Jazz Aviation. "This long-term agreement takes us out to December 31, 2035 and demonstrates our ability to work together for a common goal of continued success for Jazz. My sincere thanks to all involved for their efforts in bringing this amended agreement to fruition."
Ratification of this tentative agreement was a condition of implementing the amendments to, and extension of, the capacity purchase agreement ('CPA') between Air Canada and Jazz, as announced on January 14, 2019. The amendment and extension of the CPA remains subject to completion of Air Canada's $97.26 million equity investment in Chorus, which contains customary conditions to closing. Chorus anticipates closing the equity investment by no later than February 8, 2019, upon which the amendment and extension of the CPA will become effective.
The pending amendments to the CPA provide for a number of significant benefits including fleet modernization with the addition of 14 larger-gauge CRJ900 (76-seat) aircraft of which nine new aircraft will generate additional lease revenue under the CPA. Air Canada will consolidate more of its overall regional capacity in the Jazz operation. Chorus will also secure preferred partner status on the operation of aircraft with up to 50 seats through a right to match third-party offers. Additionally, an enhanced pilot mobility agreement will provide Jazz pilots access to careers at Air Canada. The amended CPA will ensure that Chorus and Air Canada are well positioned to respond as allies to an ever-changing industry.
"I sincerely thank Jazz pilots for embracing this opportunity for an extended and mutually beneficial strategic partnership with Air Canada," said Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus.