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Chorus buys 13 Bombardier Q400 turbos for $424M

Aircraft to be operated by Jazz under the Air Canada Express brand.


Bombardier'sQ400 NextGeneration turbo prop.  Photo: Bombardier

Bombardier’sQ400 NextGeneration turbo prop.
Photo: Bombardier

TORONTO — Chorus Aviation Inc., parent company of Jazz Aviation LP, is buying 13 Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft valued at US$424 million with options for 10 more, increasing the order’s potential worth to $758 million.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft said the aircraft will be operated by Jazz under the Air Canada Express banner.

Chorus and Jazz will also be the launch customer and operator for the first Dash 8-300 aircraft Extended Service Program that will extend the life of the 50-seat Dash 8-300 turboprop to 120,000 flight cycles from the original 80,000 flight cycles, which amounts to about 15 years.

The program will involve several structural and engineering analyses and the application of fatigue and test data accumulated on the Dash 8-300 aircraft.

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