has signed a definitive purchase agreement with Bombardier Aerospace covering firm
orders for 15 Bombardier CRJ700 Series 705 aircraft, and 30 Bombardier CRJ200
aircraft of which 15 are firm and 15 may be cancelled without penalty. The
purchase agreement also contains options for an additional 45 aircraft.
Deliveries of the 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 are scheduled to commence in
October 2004, with the 75-seat CRJ700 Series 705 deliveries scheduled to begin
in May 2005. These aircraft will be operated by Air Canada's regional airline
subsidiary, Air Canada Jazz, on short and medium haul North American routes.
"The addition of new Bombardier aircraft in the Air Canada Jazz fleet
will enable us to provide the flexibility and cost competitiveness to serve
customers on North American markets with high frequency, low cost jet service
on a financially viable basis," said Joseph D. Randell, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Air Canada Jazz. "This represents a major turning point
for Jazz and its employees. Together with Air Canada, one of the original launch
customers for the Canadair Regional Jet, we are proud to support the Canadian
aerospace industry as one of the world's largest operators of Canadian-built
Air Canada Jazz will configure the Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft in a single
Hospitality class of service with 50 all-leather seats, four seats abreast
offering 31 inches of legroom. The Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft has a cruising
speed of 860 km/h and a range of up to 3,547 km with a total payload of 5,942 kg.
The CRJ705 aircraft will be configured in two classes of service with 10
seats in Executive Class featuring three abreast seating offering 38 inches of
legroom, and 65 seats in Hospitality with four abreast seating offering 34 inches of legroom. Both cabins
will feature all leather seating. The Bombardier CRJ705 aircraft has a cruising speed of 880 km/h and a range of
more than 3,500 km with a total payload of 7,778 kg including a cargo payload
of 700 kg.
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