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Chorus Aviation's Jazz signs agreement with Exploits

2018-07-12 11:01 ET - News Release

Mr. Cal Purves reports


Chorus Aviation Inc.'s Jazz Aviation LP has signed an agreement with Gander-based Exploits Valley Air Services (EVAS) for the carrier to become the 19th organization in the Jazz Aviation Pathways program. The partnership was celebrated earlier today at an event attended by Jazz and EVAS employees at the Gander International Airport.

"We are pleased to expand the Jazz APP into Newfoundland and Labrador with the addition of EVAS to our program," said Cal Purves, director, flight operations, Jazz. "This agreement will provide an excellent opportunity for Gander-based pilots to progress their aviation careers and an incentive for those considering a career as a professional airline pilot."

There are two pillars of this agreement:

  • First, Jazz will refer to EVAS high-quality graduates who have progressed through the Jazz Aviation Pathways program at one of the company's affiliated aviation colleges and universities. Those graduates will have the opportunity to transition to first-officer positions at EVAS.
  • Second, the Jazz APP will provide a direct career path opportunity for qualifying high-quality EVAS pilots to transition to first-officer positions at Jazz. The career pathway could then continue for those EVAS pilots interested in future opportunities to fly for Air Canada through Jazz's pilot mobility program with the mainline carrier.

Through agreements with 13 colleges and universities, and six industry organizations including EVAS, the Jazz APP provides yet another pilot career pathway for aviation graduates with this latest agreement.

"EVAS is pleased to join the Jazz Aviation Pathway program," said Patrick White, president and chief executive officer, EVAS. "This agreement is a huge step for flight training in Gander. Benefits to our company are substantial, providing EVAS with qualified new entrant pilots along with furthering the careers of our existing pilots."

The Jazz APP/Air Canada connection

Jazz is Air Canada's largest and longest-serving regional partner and operates approximately 700 flights a day as an integral part of Air Canada's strategy and North American market presence. Jazz is a proud operator of Air Canada Express service to 77 destinations in Canada and the United States with a fleet of 116 aircraft.

Through Jazz's agreement with Air Canada, a professional pilot career with Jazz provides a faster track to flying for Air Canada mainline. Up to 80 per cent of Air Canada's pilots are hired from their Air Canada Express partners; with the majority coming from Jazz. To date, 450 Jazz pilots have transitioned to Air Canada under its Pilot Mobility program.

About the Jazz APP

For the past 11 years, Jazz has been actively involved in shaping the curriculum and training of Canada's future professional pilots through active engagement with aviation colleges and universities. In 2015, Jazz rebranded these efforts under the Jazz Aviation Pathway program banner. To date, Jazz has announced agreements between the Jazz APP and 19 institutions.

About Jazz Aviation LP -- a Chorus Aviation Inc. company

Jazz Aviation LP has a strong history in Canadian aviation with its roots going back to the 1930s. There are three divisions operated by Jazz Aviation LP: Air Canada Express, Jazz Technical Services and Jazz.

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