Chorus, Jazz & Air Canada begin Dash 8 cargo-only services

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Chorus Aviation subsidiary Jazz Aviation are set to start cargo operations with reconfigured passenger Dash 8’s through Air Canada Cargo, on short- and medium-haul services.

And, adding to its existing cargo-only services, Air Canada Cargo is launching non-stop scheduled cargo flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and Toronto (YYZ). The service will tap Air Canada’s B787-8 aircraft which offers eight Lower Deck LD7 and two LD3 capacity with a 40,000 kg payload. The flights are timed to provide same-day import and export connections between Frankfurt, London, Paris, Shanghai and Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, the recently approved Dash 8-400 Simplified Package Freighter developed by De Havilland Canada will enable cargo uplift on short and medium haul markets under the Air Canada Express banner. These reconfigured aircraft will carry a total of 8,165 kg of cargo in the passenger cabin and belly.

The converted cabin, which can accommodate a cargo volume of 32.6 cubic metres is perfectly suited to loose load cargo like medical supplies, PPE and other goods needed to support the ongoing fight against COVID-19.” – Tim Strauss, vice president Air Canada Cargo.

“De Havilland Canada’s Dash 8-400 Simplified Package Freighter will allow us to redeploy aircraft, while contributing to the collective fight against COVID-19 by supporting our customer, Air Canada, in the delivery of essential cargo,” says Randolph deGooyer, president, Jazz Aviation.

“This aircraft will allow us to provide critical cargo lift on short and medium-haul routes that have been impacted by the reduction of passenger flights,” says Tim Strauss, vice president Air Canada Cargo.

“The converted cabin, which can accommodate a cargo volume of 32.6 cubic metres is perfectly suited to loose load cargo like medical supplies, PPE and other goods needed to support the ongoing fight against COVID-19.”

Under an agreement with De Havilland Canada, Jazz has ordered a Service Bulletin and conversion kit that will be applied to the first of 13 select Dash 8-400 aircraft. De Havilland Canada will be the exclusive supplier of all future Dash 8-400 aircraft Simplified Package Freighter modifications for Jazz’s fleet.

To facilitate the cargo-only flights, Air Canada Cargo has created five, segment-specific sales teams to focus on the unique needs of customers at different levels in the supply chain.

Through its cargo division, Air Canada has been using mainline aircraft that would otherwise be parked to operate cargo-only flights. The aircraft have been carrying time-sensitive shipments, including urgent medical supplies, and goods to support the global economy.

Air Canada has reconfigured the passenger cabins of three B777-300ER aircraft to give them additional cargo capacity, doubling the cargo capacity of those aircraft.

Air Canada is offering cargo-only services – including B777s with 14 PMC, 40,000 kgs of capacity – between key cities in its global network, with convenient trucking to and from points in the US like ORD, JFK, SFO, LAX and SEA. Flights can accommodate general and specialised freight.

Chorus Aviation is a global provider of integrated regional aviation solutions. Chorus is comprised of Chorus Aviation Capital a leading, global lessor of regional aircraft, and Jazz Aviation and Voyageur Aviation.

Jazz Aviation is the largest regional carrier in Canada. Jazz, under the Air Canada Express brand, operates more flights and flies to more Canadian destinations than any other domestic airline.

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