Jetlines Confirms SmartLynx Commitment and Provides Commercial and Operational Updates

3 septembre 2019

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada Jetlines Ltd. (JET: TSX-V; JETMF: OTCQB) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) announces that SmartLynx Airlines SIA (“SmartLynx”) remains committed to Jetlines and has agreed to extend the funding milestone under the definitive subscription agreement. The new deadline is 30 septembre 2019, such completion date subject to further extension or waiver by SmartLynx based on its assessment of corporate progress (see update below on commercial and operational progress).

As specified in the Company’s press release of July 8, SmartLynx will provide $7.5 million in financing under the terms of a convertible debenture. The amended offering terms were set to match the financing terms agreed to with InHarv ULCC Growth Fund (“InHarv”). Please refer to the Company’s press releases dated 8 juillet 2019 and 30 juillet 2019 for further information on the SmartLynx financing.

Mark Morabito, Executive Chairman, commented “I am pleased that SmartLynx has elected to push out our funding milestone and would like to thank both SmartLynx and InHarv for their continued support as true partners of Jetlines. It is important to remember that SmartLynx specializes in full-service ACMI (Aircraft-Crew-Maintenance-Insurance) aircraft lease services and is the leading ACMI provider in Europe for Airbus A320 aircraft. SmartLynx aircraft have been utilized by major airlines including Norwegian, EasyJet, Thomas Cook and TUI and its partnership with Jetlines extends not only through SmartLynx’ s investment, but also through SmartLynx’ s ability to contribute its years of experience in airline operations, aircraft leases, maintenance operations and other matters to help Jetlines succeed”.

The Company is pleased to provide an update on significant recent commercial and operational developments.

Commercial

Jetlines has completed the build of its new website and it is ready to sell tickets. Following successful integration by Jetlines ancillary services partners, Booking.com and CarTrawler, the new website enables customers to rent cars and book hotels at very competitive prices, and the Company to maximize ancillary revenues.

In recent months, Jetlines has secured remarkable brand awareness thanks to our new tagline Flying Sucks Less When You Pay Less, and to our Protest in the Sky video-release, which has been viewed by thousands of Canadians. In partnership with award-winning marketing agency Cossette, Jetlines has developed and plans to deploy a launch campaign as soon as the Company receives permission to sell tickets.

Activités

Jetlines continues to advance its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) application with Transport Canada, having now submitted all but one of the required operations manuals. Once operational, the Company is confident that the processes it has defined will enable the airline to exceed the highest safety standards.

The Company has completed the incorporation of most of the required software systems, utilizing the latest in technological automation and cloud platform solutions. In preparation for launch, Jetlines continues to build-out its expert operational team, which now incudes a COO, VP Flight Operations, VP Maintenance, Head of Training, Chief Pilot, Flight Attendant Manager and Safety Manager. 

Jetlines believes that due to proposed consolidations resulting from a surge in M&A activity in the Canadian airline industry, the ULCC market opportunity has never been greater. The Company is looking forward to the Competition Bureau announcing its position on its ongoing investigation into WestJet’s alleged predatory pricing through its subsidiary, Swoop.

The Company continues to make progress on building out the airline and is now closer than ever to starting operations. The Company and SmartLynx are currently reworking the aircraft lease arrangements. However, the final date for airline launch is subject to meeting the financial requirements of Canadian regulatory authorities. The Company will provide further timing updates once the necessary funding commitments have been secured.  Please refer to the Company’s management's discussion and analysis for the six-months ended 30 juin 2019 for further information on the SmartLynx aircraft lease agreements.

À propos de Canada Jetlines Ltée.

Canada Jetlines est en voie de devenir la première véritable compagnie aérienne à très bas prix du Canada (transporteur à très bas prix), et l’entreprise envisage d’exploiter des vols à l’échelle du Canada et de fournir un service ininterrompu du Canada vers les États-Unis, le Mexique et les Caraïbes. La société prévoit commencer à exploiter la flotte d’Airbus A320, l’aéronef le plus utilisé par les transporteurs à très bas prix dans le monde. Le conseil et l’équipe de direction de Jetlines possèdent une expérience et une expertise approfondies dans les domaines des compagnies aériennes à bas prix, des jeunes entreprises et des marchés financiers. Le gouvernement du Canada a accordé une exemption sans précédent à l’entreprise, ce qui lui permettra de proposer des services de transport aérien locaux tout en étant détenue par des actionnaires étrangers jusqu’à concurrence de 49 %.

Jetlines ability to sell tickets and launch airline service remains subject to the completion of the airline licensing process, the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and the completion of financing.

For more information on Jetlines, please visit our website at www.jetlines.com.

AU NOM DU CONSEIL

"Mark J. Morabito"
Président exécutif

King & Bay logo   Canada Jetlines fait partie du groupe d’entreprises King & Bay. King & Bay est une banque d’investissement axée sur l’identification, le financement, le développement et le soutien d’occasions de croissance dans les secteurs des ressources, de l’aviation et de la technologie.

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This news release contains "forward-looking information" concerning anticipated developments and events that may occur in the future. Forward-looking information contained in this news release includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to (i) the commencement of operations and the success of expected future operations of the Company; (ii) the routes that Jetlines intends to service; (iii) the future benefits of the SmartLynx and InHarv agreements disclosed in this press release; and (iv) Jetlines ability to offer the lowest airfares in Canada.

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