Chorus Aviation announces a sale-leaseback transaction with IndiGo, for six new ATR72-600 aircraft
Jun 13, 2019
Third-party leased aircraft fleet commitments reach US $1.1 billion
Delivering regional aviation to the world
HALIFAX, June 13, 2019 /CNW/ - Chorus Aviation Inc. ('Chorus') (TSX: CHR) announced today that Chorus Aviation Capital ('CAC') has entered into agreements to deliver six new ATR72-600 aircraft to InterGlobe Aviation Limited ('IndiGo') of India under a sale and leaseback transaction. Deliveries are anticipated in the second and third quarters of 2019.
"We are delighted to welcome IndiGo, as our 14th lease customer," said Steve Ridolfi, President, Chorus Aviation Capital. "The Indian aviation market is vibrant and dynamic with regional air transportation expanding rapidly to connect previously unserved communities. IndiGo is perfectly positioned to capitalize on this exciting growth. This is Chorus Aviation Capital's second leasing transaction this year in India, one of the world's fastest growing aviation markets."
"We're maturing and building scale as a worldwide regional aircraft lessor through the addition of yet another well-established lessee," commented Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus. "This latest transaction expands Chorus Aviation Capital's leasing portfolio to 561 aircraft worth some US $1.1 billion and with US $830.0 million in future contracted lease revenue."
Upon the completion of this transaction, CAC's announced portfolio commitments include 44 turboprops and 12 regional jets. When combined with the 47 aircraft leased under the Capacity Purchase Agreement with Air Canada, Chorus' fleet of leased aircraft comprises 103 aircraft valued at approximately US $1.7 billion.
About Chorus Aviation Capital
Established in 2017, Chorus Aviation Capital currently has relationships with 14 regional airlines based in 13 countries. CAC is focused on building a portfolio of new and mid-life regional aircraft, while leveraging the synergies inherent among its affiliated companies to provide a full suite of regional aviation services.
Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chorus was incorporated on September 27, 2010. Chorus' vision is to deliver regional aviation to the world. Chorus has been leasing its owned regional aircraft into Jazz's Air Canada Express operation since 2011, and established Chorus Aviation Capital to become a leading, global provider of regional aircraft leases. Chorus also owns Jazz Aviation LP and Voyageur Aviation Corp. – 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. Together, the Chorus group of companies can provide a full suite of regional aviation support services. Chorus Class A Variable Voting Shares and Class B Voting Shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol 'CHR'. www.chorusaviation.com
IndiGo is amongst the fastest growing carriers in the world. IndiGo has a simple philosophy: offer low fares and on-time, courteous, hassle-free service. With its fleet of over 200 aircraft, the airline offers around 1400 daily flights and connects 54 domestic destinations and 19 international destinations.
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1 Figure includes ten previously announced transactions pending completion.
SOURCE Chorus Aviation Inc.
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