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Air Canada Jazz
Air Canada Jazz.svg
Founded 2001
Focus cities
Frequent flyer program Aeroplan
Member lounge Maple Leaf Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 133
Destinations 82
Parent company Jazz Air Income Fund
Headquarters Enfield, Nova Scotia
Key people Joseph D. Randell, CEO

Air Canada Jazz is a Canadian regional airline based at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Enfield, Nova Scotia,[1] that is operated by Jazz Air Income Fund (TSXJAZ.UN).

It is Canada's largest regional air carrier operating for Air Canada to 82 destinations in Canada and the United States. Its main base is Halifax Stanfield International Airport, with hubs at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, and Calgary International Airport. [2]



Air Canada Jazz

Established in 2001, Air Canada Jazz was formed from the consolidation of the Air Canada connector carriers Air BC, Air Nova, Air Ontario and Canadian Regional Airlines shortly after the successful takeover of Canadian Airlines by Air Canada. As of April 2007, it employed 4,913 people.[3]

The airline successfully launched an initial public offering (IPO) in February 2006 – units of the income trust trade as JAZ.UN.

In February 2006, Air Canada announced that City Centre Aviation Limited (CCAL) had served a 30-day termination notice for Jazz's month-to-month lease of terminal space at Toronto City Centre Airport.[4] The Toronto Port Authority itself does not control any significant terminal space at the airport, but it extended permission for Jazz to continue using the airport; however, since the airline could not find terminal space, they cancelled service to the airport at the end of February 2006. CCAL had been bought by REGCO Holdings, (now Porter Aviation Holdings), the owners of Porter Airlines, which launched service from the airport later that year.

In 2006, ACE Aviation Holdings sold off all of their Air Canada Jazz assets. Air Canada Jazz is now an independent company known as Jazz Air Income Fund.

In August 2008, Air Canada Jazz removed all life jackets from its aircraft in order to lower fuel costs. According to the airline, passengers are to use floating seat cushions in the event of an emergency over water. The airline also stated that an event of a water landing on the regional airline routes was almost zero, as there is no operation over great bodies of water except for the great lakes and that in all circumstances, the airline always remains within 50 nautical miles from land, as stipulated in the law, which removes the obligation from carrying any flotation devices.[5]


Other ventures

In November 2009, it was reported that Jazz Air Income Fund is investigating a new partnership with Canadian tour operator Robbie Goldberg, providing flights to several sun destinations, beginning in November 2010. The venture could see a fleet of five Boeing 737-800 aircraft added to the Jazz fleet.[6]



Air Canada Jazz Fleet[7]
Aircraft In Service Passengers
Bombardier CRJ100 24 50
Bombardier CRJ200 33 50
Bombardier CRJ705 16 75
Bombardier Dash 8-100 36 37
Bombardier Dash 8-300 28 50
Total 137

Bombardier Aerospace delivered the first of its new regional jet variant, the 75-passenger CRJ 705, to Air Canada Jazz on May 27, 2005. The aircraft was the first of 15 CRJ 705 and 15 CRJ 200 aircraft ordered in September 2004. The new aircraft undertook its first revenue earning flight on June 1, 2005 from Calgary to Houston. In mid-2006, the last Air Canada Bombardier CRJ 100 was transferred to Air Canada Jazz.

It has been rumoured that Jazz will be operating at least 10 Bombardier Dash 8 Series 400 (known as Q-400) by mid 2011. 10 CRJ 100 aircraft will also be removed from the fleet by June 2010.


On May 20, 2007, Air Canada Jazz Flight 8911, which originated in Moncton, New Brunswick, experienced the collapse of the main landing gear of its 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-100 as the plane turned from the runway onto the taxiway after landing at Toronto Pearson International Airport. There were no injuries reported.[8]

On September 18, 2008, an Air Canada Airbus A340 while taxiing out of the terminal, clipped the horizontal stabilizer of an Air Canada Jazz Dash 8 aircraft, at Vancouver International Airport. The Airbus, carrying about 300 passengers, was bound for Hong Kong and the Dash 8, carrying about 40 people, for Castlegar, British Columbia. Both aircraft sustained minor damage and there was "no threat to the passengers or crews."[9]

Onboard services

Air Canada Jazz operates a buy on board Café Jazz service offering food for purchase.[10] Jazz offers meals on flights three hours and fifteen minutes or more in duration. Air Canada Jazz does not serve meals on Dash 8 aircraft.[11]

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