Air Canada Jetz
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Air Canada Jetz is a charter airline, headquartered in Montreal, Quebec as a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Canada. Established and starting operations on October 31, 2001, it operates a premium business service for corporate clients and professional sports teams. The airline was originally headed by Robert Perrault, former president of Air Alliance. Currently, it is headed by Alain Boudreau.
Jetz is the official carrier for all seven Canadian teams of the National Hockey League (NHL). It has assumed this role for the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs since its inception, with the Winnipeg Jets added for the 2011-2012 season. Jetz has also been the carrier for several US-based NHL franchises, including the Boston Bruins for the 2008 season, the Anaheim Ducks for the 2009-2010 season, the Los Angeles Kings for the 2011-2012 season, and the Washington Capitals for the 2010-2011 season.
On March 31, 2014, the Ottawa Citizen reported that Air Canada "has made a decision to exit this segment of the market." However, service has not been terminated, and on March 17, 2015, the company announced a 6-year contract with several NHL teams starting from the 2015-2016 season.
Jetz was also the carrier of the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA) until 2016 when they switched to Delta Airlines, and since April 2010, the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). This was the first time Jetz operated sport charters during the summer.
In 2005-2006, Jetz carried U2 on their Vertigo Tour, and again in 2009 on their U2 360 Tour. Jetz also carried The Rolling Stones on their North American tour until the band felt the Jetz Aircraft was not large enough and transferred to a Boeing 747-400. Jetz has carried many other high-profiled rock bands (Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins, The Spice Girls) and business executives.
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- "Senators look for a new ride to road games as Air Canada exits charter business". Ottawa Citizen. PostMedia Network. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- World Airline News
- "Air Canada to Carry Canada's Top Professional Hockey Teams". Air Canada Media Centre. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
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