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Press release from CNW Group

Chorus Aviation Inc. provides further update on benchmarking arbitration decision

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Chorus Aviation Inc. provides further update on benchmarking arbitration decision08:45 EDT Thursday, October 04, 2012HALIFAX, Oct. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Chorus Aviation Inc. ("Chorus") (TSX: CHR.B CHR.A CHR.DB) yesterday announced that Jazz Aviation LP ('Jazz') had received the decision in the arbitration relating to the benchmarking provisions within its Capacity Purchase Agreement ('CPA') with Air Canada to compare the rate of growth of Jazz's controllable costs to those of a specified group of comparable operators. The three-member arbitration panel, with one member dissenting, concluded the component unit cost driver ('CUCD') put forward by Air Canada is the appropriate methodology. However, the arbitration panel also agreed certain controllable cost adjustments have been made in Jazz's favour.Jazz availed of the arbitration panel's offer and sought clarification on a number of other issues.  The panel clarified that additional adjustments put forward by Jazz to achieve a reasonable comparison in the arbitration were determined to be appropriate.  The panel also concluded that another requested adjustment by Jazz requires further negotiations between Air Canada and Jazz, failing which, the parties will submit new proposals and analysis to the panel. As a consequence, the impact, if any, to the mark-up on Jazz's controllable costs cannot be stated at this time with reasonable certainty. Chorus will provide further information as soon as possible.Caution regarding forward-looking informationCertain statements in this news release may contain statements which are forward-looking. These forward-looking statements are identified by the use of terms and phrases such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", "plan", "predict", "project", "will", "would", and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions. Such statements may involve but are not limited to comments with respect to strategies, expectations, planned operations or future actions.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. The forward-looking statements contained in this discussion represent Chorus' expectations as of October 4, 2012, 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 Aviation Inc.Chorus Aviation Inc. ("Chorus") was incorporated on September 27, 2010 and is a dividend-paying holding company which owns Jazz Aviation LP, Chorus Leasing I Inc., Chorus Leasing II Inc., and Chorus Leasing III Inc. (the leasing companies own the Q400 aircraft) and 7503695 Canada 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.caAbout Jazz Aviation LPJazz Aviation LP has a strong history in Canadian aviation with its roots going back to the 1930s. Jazz is wholly owned by Chorus Aviation Inc. and continues to generate some of the strongest operational and financial results in the North American aviation industry.There are two airline divisions operated by Jazz Aviation LP:  Air Canada Express and Jazz.Air Canada Express:  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 over 860 departures per weekday to 84 destinations in Canada and in the United States with a fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier aircraft.Jazz:  Under the Jazz brand, the airline offers charters throughout North America with a dedicated fleet of five Bombardier aircraft for corporate clients, governments, special interest groups and individuals seeking more convenience.  Jazz also has the ability to offer airline operators services such as ground handling, dispatching, flight load planning, training and consulting.For more information, visit www.flyjazz.ca.SOURCE: CHORUS AVIATION INC.For further information: Media Contacts: Debra Williams  (519) 457-8071 London, Ontario   debra.williams@flyjazz.ca Manon Stuart  (902) 873-5054 Halifax, Nova Scotia  manon.stuart@flyjazz.ca Analyst Contact: Nathalie Megann (902) 873-5094 Halifax, Nova Scotia  nmegann@chorusaviation.ca