Air Canada Jazz

Air Canada Jazz
Founded 2001
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Aeroplan
Airport lounge Maple Leaf Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 126 (+15 orders)
Destinations 82
Parent company Chorus Aviation [1]
Headquarters Enfield, Nova Scotia
Key people Joseph D. Randell, CEO

Air Canada Jazz, also known as Jazz Air, is a Canadian regional airline based at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Enfield, Nova Scotia,[2] operated by Chorus Aviation (TSX).

It is Canada's largest regional air carrier, operating as Air Canada Jazz for Air Canada to 82 destinations in Canada and the United States. Its main base is Halifax Stanfield International Airport, with hubs at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, and Calgary International Airport.[3]



Established in 2001, Air Canada Jazz was formed from the consolidation of the Air Canada connector carriers Air BC, Air Nova, Air Ontario and Canadian Regional Airlines shortly after the successful takeover of Canadian Airlines by Air Canada. As of April 2007, it employed 4,913 people.[4]

The airline successfully launched an initial public offering (IPO) in February 2006 – units of the income trust trade as JAZ.UN.

In February 2006, Air Canada announced that City Centre Aviation Limited (CCAL) had served a 30-day termination notice for Jazz's month-to-month lease of terminal space at Toronto City Centre Airport.[5] The Toronto Port Authority itself does not control any significant terminal space at the airport, but it extended permission for Jazz to continue using the airport; however, since the airline could not find terminal space, they cancelled service to the airport at the end of February 2006. CCAL had been bought by REGCO Holdings, (now Porter Aviation Holdings), the owners of Porter Airlines, which launched service from the airport later that year.

In 2006, ACE Aviation Holdings sold off all of their Air Canada Jazz assets. Air Canada Jazz was then an independent company known as Jazz Air Income Fund.

In August 2008, Air Canada Jazz removed all life jackets from its aircraft in order to lower fuel costs. According to the airline, passengers are to use floating seat cushions in the event of an emergency over water. The airline also stated that an event of a water landing on the regional airline routes was almost zero, as there is no operation over great bodies of water except for the Great Lakes and that in all circumstances, the airline always remains within from land, as stipulated in the law, which removes the obligation from carrying any flotation devices.[6]

On 15 November 2010, the airline was restructured and changed its name to Chorus Aviation, became a public corporation and will be traded as "CHR" at the Toronto Stock Exchange.[1]

Robbie Goldberg

In November 2009, it was reported that Jazz Air Income Fund was investigating a new partnership with Canadian tour operator Robbie Goldberg, providing flights to several sun destinations, to begin in November 2010. The venture could see a fleet of five Boeing 737-800 aircraft added to the Jazz fleet.[7] However, in June, 2010, Robbie Goldberg announced the cancellation of his venture, blaming protracted negotiations with hotel companies and the lack of enthusiasm by Cuban tourism authorities, among other reasons.[8][9]

Thomas Cook Canada

In April 2010 it was announced that Jazz Air had reached an agreement with Thomas Cook Canada Inc. to operate a fleet of at least six Boeing 757-200 aircraft during the winter 2010/2011 season.[10] The aircraft, which will be leased from UK operator Thomas Cook Airlines, will be used on flights to destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America for at least two winter seasons under an extendable contract, which allows for Jazz to operate up to 11 aircraft under the Thomas Cook branding.[10] On September 30, 2010, it was announced that the deal has been extended until 2015.[11] Sunquest charter service to sun destination operated by Jazz Air is scheduled to begin on November 5, 2010.

Flights will initially depart from the Canadian airports of Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax. Destinations include Aruba, Nassau, Liberia, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Montego Bay, Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Curaçao.

The deal followed the collapse of airline Skyservice, who previously operated aircraft for Thomas Cook during the winter season,[10] and is subject to regulatory approvals.[12]


In April 2010, Jazz purchased a 33 1/3% interest in the Latin American Regional Aviation Holding Corporation (LARAH). In turn, LARAH owns a 75% interest in Uruguayan flag carrier PLUNA, while the remaining 25% is owned by the Uruguayan government.[13]



Air Canada Jazz Fleet[14][15][16]
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
Bombardier Dash 8-100 34 0 37 2 aircraft are part of the charter fleet.
Bombardier Dash 8-300 26 0 50 2 aircraft are part of the charter fleet.
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 NextGen 0 15 74 Firm purchase agreement to acquire 15 Bombardier Q400 NextGen and options on an additional 15 Q400 NextGen aircraft
Bombardier CRJ100 ER 22 0 50 Older version of the Bombardier CRJ200 LR
Bombardier CRJ200 LR 25 0 50 1 aircraft is part of the charter fleet.
Bombardier CRJ705 16 0 75 Biggest aircraft in the fleet
Boeing 757-200 3 0 200 Leased from Thomas Cook Airlines UK in November 2010 for flights from Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Montréal-Trudeau to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America for Thomas Cook Airlines North America, with options for an additional 5 aircraft. C-GJZS is a former Skyservice aircraft. A total of six Boeing 757's will be leased for winter 2010/2011.
Total 126 15 Currently 123 aircraft are operated for Air Canada and 5 are part of the charter fleet. This does not include the DH8-400 aircraft with delivery dates starting in May 2011.

Bombardier Aerospace delivered the first of its new regional jet variant, the 75-passenger CRJ 705 to Air Canada Jazz on May 27, 2005. The aircraft was the first of 15 CRJ 705 and 15 CRJ 200 aircraft ordered in September 2004. The new aircraft undertook its first revenue earning flight on June 1, 2005 from Calgary to Houston. In mid-2006, the last Air Canada Bombardier CRJ 100 was transferred to Air Canada Jazz.

On February 9, 2010, Air Canada Jazz announced that it had finalized an agreement with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft for 15 Q400 NextGen aircraft with options for an additional 15 aircraft with deliveries to start in May 2011.[17] They will be configured in a 74 passenger, all economy layout. It is believed [who?] that they will be used to replace older CRJ-100/200 models on some routes.

Onboard services

Air Canada Jazz operates a buy on board Café Jazz service offering food for purchase.[18] Jazz offers meals on flights three hours and fifteen minutes or more in duration. Air Canada Jazz does not serve meals on Dash 8 aircraft.[19] Seatback PTV is available on Jazz flights operated with CRJ705 equipment.

See also


  1. a b () Change of name and CHR @ [[TSX])
  2. "Contact Us." Air Canada Jazz. Retrieved on May 19, 2009. "Head Office 310 Goudey Drive Halifax Stanfield International Airport Enfield, Nova Scotia, B2T lE4"
  3. . Flight International: p. 54. 2007-03-27. 
  4. Corporate fact sheet
  5. . CBC News. 2006-02-28. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  6. Winsa, Patti (2008-08-23). . The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  7. Deveau, Scott (2009-11-27). . National Post. Retrieved 2009-12-03.  [dead link]
  8. Travelweek (2010-06-14). . Travelweek. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  9. JANG, BRENT (2010-06-22). . The Globe And Mail. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  10. a b c Jazz Air in agreement with Thomas Cook Canada
  12. Jazz Air signs deal with Thomas Cook
  13. PLUNA Press Release
  14. Air Canada Jazz Fleet
  18. "" Air Canada Jazz. Accessed November 4, 2008.
  19. "Onboard Café In North America, Sun Destinations and The Caribbean." Air Canada. Retrieved on January 20, 2009.