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Jazz Aviation LP, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc., announced that it has signed an agreement with Toronto Airways Inc. (TAI) for the carrier to become the 20th organization in the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program (APP).
“We are very pleased to welcome TAI to the Jazz APP, furthering our commitment to provide a clear pathway for flight instructors across Canada,” said Cal Purves, director, Flight Operations, Jazz. “TAI has a history of developing and promoting professionalism among its instructors and students. We are encouraged by their commitment to this new agreement, which will provide excellent opportunities for flight instructors to expand their careers and forge strong futures for the best and brightest in the aviation industry.”
The Jazz APP will provide potential employment opportunities for qualifying TAI instructors to transition to first officer positions at Jazz, providing a reliable, high quality source of new hire pilots. Jazz continues to work with industry partners, such as TAI, to find ways to promote the profession and establish career pathways for pilots.
“Toronto Airways is proud to be selected for the Jazz Instructor Pathway Program,” said Dave Lorbetskie, chief operating officer, Toronto Airways. “Jazz has supported the aviation training industry for many years. Their progressive approach, and support towards the training of future pilots sets a new industry standard. This agreement provides a clear direction for the future of our instructors, and a goal for them to work towards.”
Through agreements with 14 colleges and universities, including TAI, and six industry organizations, including TAI, the industry-leading Jazz APP provides yet another career pathway for aviation instructors with this latest agreement.
The Jazz APP/Air Canada connection
Jazz is Air Canada’s largest and longest-serving regional partner and operates approximately 700 flights per day as an integral part of Air Canada’s strategy and North American market presence. Jazz is a proud operator of Air Canada Express service to 81 destinations in Canada and the United States with a fleet of 116 aircraft.
Through Jazz’s agreement with Air Canada, a professional pilot career with Jazz provides a faster track to flying for Air Canada mainline. 60 per cent of Air Canada pilot employment offers must go to Jazz pilots and to-date, over 500 Jazz pilots have transitioned to Air Canada under the Pilot Mobility Program.
About the Jazz APP
Since 2007 Jazz has been actively involved in shaping the curriculum and training of Canada’s future professional pilots through active engagement with aviation colleges, flight schools and universities. In 2015, Jazz rebranded these efforts under the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program banner. To-date, Jazz has announced agreements between Jazz APP and the following aviation colleges, flight schools, universities and industry organizations:
- Collège Air Richelieu
- Algonquin College
- Brampton Flight Centre
- Centre québécois de formation aéronautique at Cégep de Chicoutimi
- Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
- Confederation College
- Mount Royal University
- Ottawa Aviation Services
- Okanagan College
- Sault College
- Seneca College
- Toronto Airways Inc.
- University of Waterloo
- Western University
- Air Cadet League of Canada
- Air Canada
- Bearskin Airlines
- Keewatin Air LP
- Wasaya Airways