|Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. Photo: Bombardier
[Avionics Today 02-02-2015] Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Chorus Aviation, parent company of Jazz Aviation, have signed a firm purchase agreement whereby Chorus will acquire 13 Q400 NextGen aircraft with options for 10 additional aircraft. Once delivered, the aircraft will be operated by Jazz under the Air Canada Express banner. The firm order is valued at approximately $424 million, and could increase to $758 million should Chorus exercise all its options.
Additionally, the companies announced Jazz as the launch customer for the industry’s first Dash 8-300 aircraft Extended Service Program, which aims to extend the life of the Dash 8-300 turboprop to 120,000 flight cycles from the original 80,000 flight cycles. The agreement covers a minimum of 19 aircraft and the program will begin in early 2017.