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News Release -
Jazz to Expand Charter Services
HALIFAX, Dec. 14 /CNW/ - Jazz Air LP (Jazz) announces that it is
expanding its charter services with the delivery of the first of two Dash
8-300 aircraft into its charter fleet. This addition will bring the number of
aircraft dedicated to Jazz's Charter Division to three.
The Canadian-made Dash 8-300 is manufactured by Bombardier in Downsview,
Ontario, and is a large turbo-prop aircraft that can carry 50 passengers with
a comfortable 31 inch seat pitch. The aircraft has a cruising speed of
491 km/hr and a range of 1,295 km. Jazz currently has two 37-seat Dash 8-100
aircraft dedicated to its Charter Division.
"Jazz has a long history of operating charters for a wide variety of
customers throughout North America," said Scott Tapson, Vice President,
Business Development for Jazz. "Given our operating expertise the expansion of
our charter services with the addition of these two Dash 8-300 aircraft is a
logical step in Jazz's evolution as we seek to grow our business beyond our
current Capacity Purchase Agreement with Air Canada."
The Dash 8-300 delivered yesterday will be prepared for service and ready
to operate charter flights by March 2008. It is anticipated that the second
Dash 8-300 will be added to the charter fleet in January, and will also enter
service in March 2008.
"With the addition of these two Dash 8-300 aircraft to our fleet, Jazz
can now offer customers a charter product that can provide greater seat
capacity at a very attractive price," said Shelley Wilson, Jazz's Manager,
Charter Marketing and Sales. "This aircraft will be the perfect choice for
clients looking to carry up to 50 passengers for sport groups, entertainers,
corporate shuttle operations, or any customer who requires the flexibility and
convenience that a private charter can provide."
Jazz is the second largest airline in Canada based on fleet size and the
only airline serving all 10 provinces and two territories. Jazz operates more
flights and flies to more Canadian destinations than any other Canadian