PRESS RELEASES 12/13/2013 5:00:00 AM | Canada News Wire

Chorus Aviation and GA Telesis sign letter of intent to form innovative joint venture providing support to the regional aircraft market


HALIFAX and FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Chorus Aviation Inc. ("Chorus") (TSX: CHR.B CHR.A CHR.DB) and GA Telesis, LLC ("GA Telesis") today announced that they have signed a Letter of Intent ("LOI") to form a joint venture to provide supply chain solutions, including component and spare parts support, to Bombardier Q400, DHC Dash 8, and CRJ aircraft operators and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) providers. The joint venture will leverage the considerable expertise of the two companies to form a world-class inventory support provider focused on regional aircraft operators. The business will initially focus on the Q400, and the parties expect to expand the joint venture's services and offerings to include other regional aircraft types.

"Our roots in aviation date back to the 1930s and today we are the world's largest Dash 8 operator," said Joseph Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus. "This collaboration leverages our unmatched experience in regional services and GA Telesis's leadership in inventory asset management to form a world-class service provider. As we continue to evolve with the industry, we believe this venture will provide Chorus a solid platform for future expansion and diversification."

"The addition of a dedicated regional aircraft support company will further enhance our world-class portfolio of service offerings to the aviation industry," said Abdol Moabery, President and Chief Executive Officer, GA Telesis. "Our decision to align ourselves with Chorus was clear given their extensive experience operating Dash 8 and Q400 aircraft," he added. Mr. Moabery concluded that "this transaction further demonstrates GA Telesis's commitment to Intelligently Defining Aviation™."

The LOI is subject to a number of conditions, including entering into a definitive agreement which is targeted to occur in the first quarter of 2014.

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Forward-looking statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and other uncertain events. Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are based on assumptions, including those described below, and are subject to important risks and uncertainties. Any forecasts or forward-looking predictions or statements cannot be relied upon due to, amongst other things, changing external events and general uncertainties of the business. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Results indicated in forward-looking statements may differ materially from actual results for a number of reasons, including without limitation, risks relating to Chorus' relationship with Air Canada, risks relating to the airline industry, energy prices, general industry, market, credit, and economic conditions, competition, insurance issues and costs, supply issues, war, terrorist attacks, epidemic diseases, acts of God, changes in demand due to the seasonal nature of the business, the ability to reduce operating costs and employee counts, secure financing, employee relations, labour negotiations or disputes, restructuring, pension issues, currency exchange and interest rates, leverage and restructure covenants in future indebtedness, dilution of Chorus shareholders, uncertainty of dividend payments, managing growth, changes in laws, adverse regulatory developments or proceedings, pending and future litigation and actions by third parties. There are no assurances that Chorus will enter into or implement new CPA amendments with Air Canada. The forward-looking statements contained in this discussion represent Chorus's expectations as of December 13, 2013, and are subject to change after such date. However, Chorus disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities regulations.

About Chorus
Chorus Aviation Inc. was incorporated on September 27, 2010, and is a dividend-paying holding company which owns Jazz Aviation LP and Chorus Leasing III Inc.

Chorus is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbols of CHR.A, CHR.B and CHR.DB.

For more information, visit www.chorusaviation.ca.

About GA Telesis
GA Telesis, LLC is a worldwide leader in providing support services to the commercial and defense aerospace industries. With financial, supply chain, component and heavy jet engine MRO businesses spanning the globe, GA Telesis is recognized as a pioneering leader in solutions-based services in its sector. As an innovator, GA Telesis is one of the few independent companies in the world capable of providing a total-support solution to its customers from its front door, with several fully integrated operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. GA Telesis also provides leasing and asset management services and maintains an extensive portfolio of leased assets exceeding $1 billion in value.

For more information, visit www.gatelesis.com.

SOURCE: Chorus Aviation Inc.



For further information please contact:

Chorus Media Contacts:

Manon Stuart  Halifax, Nova Scotia (902) 873-5054 mstuart@chorusaviation.ca
Debra Williams  Toronto, Ontario  (905) 671-7769  dwilliams@chorusaviation.ca

GA Telesis Media Contacts:

Rebecca Longo Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 958-1335 rlongo@gatelesis.com