Saturday, 25 April 2020

Jazz Aviation and Air Canada Cargo to operate cargo only Dash 8-400



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Chorus Aviation's Jazz Aviation will be operating a special recently approved Dash 8-400 Simplified Package Freighter developed by De Havilland Canada to short and medium-haul markets under the Air Canada Express banner.   

Through its freight division Air Canada Cargo, these reconfigured aircraft will carry a total of 18,000 lbs [8,165 kg] of cargo in the passenger cabin and belly.

Under an agreement with De Havilland Canada, Jazz has ordered a Service Bulletin and conversion kit that will be applied to the first of 13 select Dash 8-400 aircraft. De Havilland Canada will be the exclusive supplier of all future Dash 8-400 aircraft Simplified Package Freighter modifications for Jazz's fleet. 

"De Havilland Canada's Dash 8-400 Simplified Package Freighter will allow us to redeploy aircraft, while contributing to the collective fight against COVID-19 by supporting our customer, Air Canada, in the delivery of essential cargo," said Randolph deGooyer, President, Jazz Aviation LP.  


"This aircraft will allow us to provide critical cargo lift on short and medium-haul routes that have been impacted by the reduction of passenger flights," said Tim Strauss, Vice-President Air Canada Cargo. "The converted cabin, which can accommodate a cargo volume of 1,150 cubic feet is perfectly suited to loose load cargo like medical supplies, PPE and other goods needed to support the ongoing fight against COVID-19."

Chorus is a global provider of integrated regional aviation solutions. Chorus' vision is to deliver regional aviation to the world. Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chorus is comprised of Chorus Aviation Capital a leading, global lessor of regional aircraft, and Jazz Aviation and Voyageur Aviation – companies that have long histories of safe operations with excellent customer service. Chorus provides a full suite of regional aviation support services that encompasses every stage of an aircraft's lifecycle, including aircraft acquisitions and leasing; aircraft refurbishment, engineering, modification, repurposing and preparation; contract flying; aircraft and component maintenance, disassembly, and parts provisioning.

Jazz Aviation LP has a strong history in Canadian aviation with its roots going back to the 1930s. As the largest regional carrier in Canada, Jazz has a proven track record of industry leadership and exceptional customer service and has leveraged that strength to deliver value to all its stakeholders. Jazz, under the Air Canada Express brand, operates more flights and flies to more Canadian destinations than any other airline and has a workforce of approximately 5,000 professionals, highly experienced in the challenging and complex nature of regional operations.

Photo Air Canada


With some of its bigger aircraft,  Air Canada Cargo has announced new scheduled cargo flights to/from Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Tel Aviv and Mexico and an additional flight to/from Frankfurt.

Toronto (YYZ) > Amsterdam (AMS) -   1 flight per week
Toronto (YYZ) > Copenhagen (CPH -    1 flight per week
Toronto (YYZ) > Frankfurt (FRA) -       3 extra flights per week + ongoing daily service
Toronto (YYZ) > Mexico City (MEX) - 3 flights per week
Montreal (YUL) > Tel Aviv (TLV) -       2 flights per week

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