“We are very pleased to have entered into an amended collective agreement with our pilots,” said Colin Copp, President of Jazz Aviation. “This long-term agreement takes us to December 31, 2035 and shows us that we are able to work together for a common goal of continued success for jazz.” The changes to the CPA include a number of significant benefits, including fleet upgrades with the addition of 14 large CRJ900 (76 seats) aircraft, nine of which will generate additional leasing revenue under the CPA. Air Canada will consolidate more of its total regional jazz capacity. Chorus also secures the status of preferred partner for the operation of aircraft that can accommodate up to 50 seats by a right of compliance with third-party offers. In addition, an enhanced pilot mobility agreement will provide jazz pilots with 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. HALIFAX, February 7, 2018 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (“Chorus”) announced that its subsidiary Jazz Aviation LP (“Jazz”) has ratified an interim agreement reached on January 9, 2018 with its Jazz Airport Services group. Unifor represents the Jazz Airport Services Group, which employs approximately 917 people. Join our team: flyjazz.ca/careersWatch us on YouTube: youtube.com/jazzaviationlpFollow us on Instagram: instagram.com/jazzaviationlpConnect with us on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/jazz-aviation-lp The 2015 collective agreement put pilots on a solid footing to seize the opportunities, which they did in January 2019, when Jazz Aviation and Air Canada reached an agreement to extend their CPA until 2035. The pilot page of the agreement, called MOS-4, was the only work obligation Air Canada needed to extend the CPA for the next 17 years.
Although the long-term deal was controversial, 72 percent of jazz pilots voted in favor of the deal and it became the biggest achievement of the year for the Jazz MEC. “Without the luxury of owning the flight and being a `contract holder`, this long-term agreement offers unprecedented stability and security in our industry,” he said. According to Buraglia, this type of job security is very difficult to achieve in the CPA world. Air Canada is Canada`s largest domestic and international carrier, serving more than 210 airports on six continents. The Canadian airline is one of the 20 largest airlines in the world and has served more than 52 million customers in 2018. Air Canada offers scheduled flights directly to 63 airports in Canada, 56 in the United States and 98 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world`s largest air transportation network for 1,317 airports in 193 countries. Air Canada is the only international airline in North America to receive a four-star rating from U.S. independent research firm Skytrax, which has also made Air Canada the best 2018 airline in North America. For more information, see: aircanada.com/media, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.
The ratification of this interim agreement was a condition for the implementation of the amendments and renewal of the Capacity Purchase Contract (CPA) between Air Canada and Jazz, as announced on January 14. The amendment and extension of the CPA is subject to the conclusion of Air Canada`s $97.26 million interest in Chorus. Chorus expects the participation to be closed by February 8 at the latest, after which the amendment and extension of the CPA will take effect, the company said. “We are very pleased to have secured this win-win agreement with Jazz and Chorus, which will give us long-term stability, greater security of competitive costs and the flexibility needed to modernize the regional fleet for the benefit of our customers.