HALIFAX, Nov. 9 /CNW/ – Jazz Air Income Fund ("the Fund") (TSX: JAZ.UN, JAZ.DB) today announced that at its special meeting held in Toronto, unitholders approved the previously announced proposed conversion from an income trust to a corporate structure pursuant to a court approved plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement"), with 99.9% of the votes cast in favour of the conversion. The Fund's new long-term incentive plan, under which participants may be granted restricted share units that vest over time or if specified performance goals are achieved, was also approved at this meeting.
"I sincerely thank our unitholders for their ongoing support, and anticipate the benefits of our corporate conversion will deliver ongoing value as we pursue our objectives of growth and diversification," said Joseph D. Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fund.
Subject to the receipt of certain approvals, units of the Fund will be exchanged for shares in the capital of a new public corporation, Chorus Aviation Inc. ("Chorus") and the Fund's obligations with respect to its outstanding convertible debentures will be assumed by Chorus.
The Toronto Stock Exchange has conditionally approved the listing of the Class A Variable Voting Shares, Class B Voting Shares and convertible debentures assumed by Chorus subject to the satisfaction of certain customary requirements under the respective stock symbols CHR.A, CHR.B, CRH.DB.
The Arrangement is expected to be completed on December 31, 2010.
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About Jazz Air Income Fund
Jazz Air Income Fund is an unincorporated, open-ended trust established under the laws of the Province of Ontario, created to indirectly acquire and hold an interest in the outstanding limited partnership units of Jazz Air LP.
About Jazz Air LP
Jazz Air LP ("Jazz") is indirectly wholly owned by the Jazz Air Income Fund, and has a strong history in Canadian aviation with its roots going back to the 1930s. Since Jazz became publicly traded in February 2006, it has generated some of the strongest operational and financial results in the North American aviation industry. Under a capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada, Jazz provides service to and from lower-density markets as well as higher-density markets at off-peak times throughout Canada and to and from certain destinations in the United States. Jazz currently operates scheduled passenger service on behalf of Air Canada with approximately 790 departures per weekday to 85 destinations in Canada and in the United States with a fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier aircraft.
Jazz began operating two B757-200 aircraft this month on behalf of Thomas Cook and to various sun destinations from Canada and will be operating a total of six B757-200 aircraft by December for the winter seasons.
For more information, visit www.flyjazz.ca.