Jazz pilots ratify new collective agreement

Long-term deal runs until 2035: Chorus Aviation

Halifax-based Chorus Aviation announced on Jan. 31 that pilots of its subsidiary, Jazz Aviation, ratified amendments to the collective agreement that was tentatively agreed to on Jan. 14.

The Air Lines Pilots Association (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, Jazz Aviation president. “This long-term agreement takes us out to Dec. 31, 2035, and demonstrates our ability to work together for a common goal of continued success for Jazz.”

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 Jan. 14. The amendment and extension of the CPA remains subject to completion of Air Canada’s $97.26 million equity investment in Chorus. Chorus anticipates closing the equity investment by no later than Feb. 8, upon which the amendment and extension of the CPA will become effective, said the company.

Chorus has been leasing its owned regional aircraft into Jazz’s Air Canada Express operation since 2011.

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