Canadian Jazz Aviation, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation, started flying its first of 25 Embraer E175s on behalf of Air Canada on the morning of Monday, May 3.
According to Embraer, the flight left Toronto for Regina, both in Canada, under the banner of the regional subsidiary Air Canada Express. Jazz E175 seats 76 passengers, with 12 seats in business class and 64 seats in economy class.
Air Canada was Embraer’s launch customer for the E175. The Canadian airline received the first of 15 E175s in 2005.
Jazz is flying the E175s as Air Canada Express under a capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada. The E175 fleet will serve cities in central and eastern Canada, as well as cross-border routes in the Northeast.
The 25 planes that Jazz Aviation will operate previously belonged to Sky Regional, another company that, since it appeared in 2010, operated regional flights under contract with the major Canadian airline, initially with Bombardier Dash 8-400 turboprops.
Then, Sky Regional received in 2013 the 15 E175s from Air Canada, added in 2015 another 5 units that were taken out of operation by Azul Linhas Aéreas, and, finally, another 5 units in 2017, totaling the 25 jets that are now being passed on to Jazz.
With the start of the transfer of the E-Jets, Sky Regional had its operations officially closed on March 31, 2021.
Source: with information from Embraer