HALIFAX, July 19, 2017 /CNW/ - Chorus Aviation Inc. ("Chorus") (TSX: CHR) announced today the acquisition of three Bombardier Q400 aircraft (the "Aircraft") currently on long-term operating leases to Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.1 The Aircraft are two years old and are incremental additions to Chorus Aviation Capital's growing regional lease fleet.
Commenting on the acquisition, Chorus Aviation Capital's President, Steven Ridolfi, said, "We are delighted to welcome Falcon Aviation Services to our growing portfolio of high-caliber lessees. We are building a leading regional aircraft leasing company with a truly global customer base."
Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus, said, "We are continuing to execute on our diversification and growth strategy, significantly broadening our customer base while remaining focused on the regional aviation sector."
Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chorus was incorporated on September 27, 2010. Chorus' vision is to deliver regional aviation to the world. Chorus owns Jazz Aviation and Voyageur Aviation – companies that have long histories of safe and solid operations that deliver excellent customer service in the areas of contract flying operations, engineering, fleet management, and maintenance, repair and overhaul. Chorus has been leasing its owned regional aircraft into Jazz's Air Canada Express operation since 2009, and recently established Chorus Aviation Capital to become a leading, global provider of regional aircraft leases and support services. Chorus Class A Variable Voting Shares and Class B Voting Shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol 'CHR'. For more information about Chorus and its subsidiaries, see www.chorusaviation.ca.
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1 The acquisition was completed through the purchase of the shares of certain special purpose entities (the "SPEs"). The SPEs hold head leases on the aircraft together with purchase option rights exercisable upon payment in full of existing term debt incurred to finance the original purchase of the Aircraft.
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For further information: Chorus Media Contacts: Teri Udle, Halifax, Nova Scotia, (902) 873-5047, [email protected]; Debra Williams, Toronto, Ontario, (905) 671-7769, [email protected]; Analyst Contact: Nathalie Megann, Halifax, Nova Scotia, (902) 873-5094, [email protected]