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April 2016

Air Canada extends maintenance in Manitoba bookmark

Air Canada has entered into an agreement with the Manitoba Government to help establish a Western Canada Centre of Excellence for certain aircraft maintenance activities in the province. The centre is expected to create 150 jobs starting in 2017 with the possibility of further expansion and job creation in the future.


Under the agreement, Air Canada will facilitate and support the establishment in Manitoba by three of its longstanding suppliers and partners:

  • Hope Aero Propeller & Components, which specialises in propellers, wheels, brakes and batteries
  • Airbase Services, which specialises in aircraft interior equipment maintenance 
  • Cargojet Airways – one of Air Canada’s cargo partners – to whom Air Canada has agreed favourable terms to lease one of its Winnipeg hangars, which will enable the company to establish its own maintenance activities.


Start up for all three is expected to commence in 2017.


Furthermore, Air Canada has agreed to encourage bidding by Manitoba suppliers for other services, including component work on aircraft to enter the airline’s fleet in the future, subject to several certification, price and quality considerations.


Subject to completion of final agreements, the Government of Manitoba has agreed to discontinue participation in litigation related to Air Canada’s obligations under the Air Canada Public Participation Act.

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