Chorus Aviation and inventory specialist GA Telesis plan to launch a joint venture focused on supply chain services and spare parts support for Bombardier Dash 8 turboprops and CRJ regional jets.
The two companies have signed a letter of intent to form the new venture and expect to firm the agreement in the first quarter of 2014.
"The addition of a dedicated regional aircraft support company will further enhance our world-class portfolio of service offerings to the aviation industry," says Abdol Moabery, president and chief executive of GA Telesis. "Our decision to align ourselves with Chorus was clear given their extensive experience operating Dash 8 and Q400 aircraft."
Chorus says the venture will “grow and diversify” its business and expects to include services for more regional aircraft types in the future under the company.
The parent of Jazz Aviation operates a majority of its flights under the Air Canada Express banner with an all-Bombardier fleet. Its fleet includes CRJ200 and CRJ705 regional jets as well as the Dash 8 Q400 turboprop and legacy De Havilland Dash 8-100 and Dash 8-300 turboprop models.
Chorus chief Joseph Randell told investors last May that about 40 of Jazz’s 64 Dash 8-100 and -300 turboprops are scheduled to reach the end of their useful lives by 2020. The carrier confirms it is working with Air Canada to evaluate a life-extension programme for the aircraft.
Chorus Aviation announced in July 2012 that it would consolidate its heavy maintenance activities in Halifax and close its London, Ontario maintenance facility. The carrier operated four lines of heavy maintenance at the two locations and now provides three lines at the Halifax facility. It is unclear whether Chorus will provide touch labour for components under the deal.