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05/31/2011 10:33 EDT | Updated 07/31/2011 05:12 EDT

Jazz Planes Rebranded, To Fly Under Air Canada Express

(The Canadian Press) -- MONTREAL - Air Canada's (TSX:AC.B) regional service Jazz will begin flying under the Air Canada Express banner starting on Wednesday.

The name change is part of the airline's rebranding of all of its regional services.

The first Jazz planes to get the new stripes will be new Bombardier Q400 turboprops delivered to Chorus Aviation (TSX:CHR.B), a former Air Canada subsidiary that was spun off several years ago and recently renamed.

The remaining Jazz fleet will get the new name upon delivery of other Q400s or when the existing aircraft are repainted.

Sky Regional flights between Montreal and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport began operating under the Air Canada Express banner on May 1.

Three other regional airlines that operate flights on Air Canada's behalf -- Central Mountain Air, Air Georgian and EVAS -- will begin to use the Air Canada Express name in the near future.