Chorus Aviation Inc.’s subsidiary Voyageur Aviation Corp. signed a contract to provide air cargo charter services for Purolator Inc. The term of the contract is for three years, effective April 12, 2021, following the successful completion of an initial six-month trial service.
“We have been active in air cargo through the conversion of several Dash 8 aircraft to package freighters, however, this contract with Purolator marks a meaningful step in the expansion of our capabilities in the cargo market,” said Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus. “For Chorus, the air cargo market is a growing area of focus. This is another example of our integrated offering of regional services, and evidence of our ability to utilize regional assets at various life stages.”
Under this new agreement, Voyageur will replace two Dash 8-100 Simplified Package Freighters (SPF) currently used for the trial service with two Dash 8-100 Package Freighters (PF). The Dash 8-100 PF was designed and developed by Voyageur, an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) and Design Approval Organization (DAO).
The Dash 8-100 PF is designed to carry a typical payload of 10,400 pounds/4,500 kilograms and a volume of 1,380 cubic feet/39 cubic metres. Chorus notes this gives the aircraft the largest payload in the class of medium regional turboprops (30 to 40 passenger capacity) that have been subject to cargo conversion programs and represents a 38 per cent increase in volume capacity over the Dash 8-100 SPF.
“These services demonstrate our ability to deliver solutions to customers with unique aviation requirements,” said Scott Tapson, President, Voyageur. “I am proud of the Voyageur team in securing this important contract.”