Chorus Aviation has signed a firm purchase agreement to acquire five Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets, in a deal which also includes rights for five additional aircraft.
The five firm aircraft will be operated by regional carrier Air Canada Express as part of Jazz's capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Air Canada.
In a statement released on Tuesday (April 26), Chorus said the new CRJ900 aircraft will be leased into the CPA operation under similar terms to those of the Bombardier Q400 aircraft currently leased to Jazz’s CPA.
"The ongoing modernisation of the Jazz fleet is strengthening our ever-improving cost competitiveness in the North American market," said Joseph Randell, president and CEO of Chorus.
Chorus also confirmed Jazz's maintenance and engineering division will carry out seat retrofits on 16 CRJ705 and 21 Q400s currently in its fleet with work expected to be completed by the end of 2017.