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Flair Airlines is a privately held scheduled low cost/low fare airline based in Edmonton, Alberta.[5] It operates scheduled passenger services in Canada and seasonally to the USA from its main hub at Edmonton International Airport.

Flair Airlines
Flair Airlines logo (2019).svg
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IATA ICAO Callsign
F8[1] FLE FLAIR
Founded2005
AOC #F8RF148F[2]
HubsEdmonton International Airport
Secondary hubsWinnipeg International Airport
Fleet size9[3]
Destinations15 (as of February 2019)
Company sloganPlane and Simple
HeadquartersEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
Key peopleJim Scott, president/CEO,[4]
David M. Tait, Executive Chairman
Employees300+
Websitehttps://flyflair.com/

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HistoryEdit

 
First logo, 2005–2017
 
Rebrand name and logo for launch of commercial service, 2017–2019
 
Flair Airlines' current logo revealed on February 13, 2019

The airline is privately owned and started operations on August 19, 2005. In January 2006, Transport Canada authorized the airline to operate scheduled all-cargo services between Cuba and Canada, on behalf of Cubana, until April 7, 2006. It also operates some passenger flights on behalf of Cubana.

2005–2006Edit

Flair Air operated two Boeing 727-200 aircraft, one for passenger movements and the other for freight services.

2007–2008Edit

Flair began providing workforce transportation services to several natural resources and major construction companies across Canada.

2009–presentEdit

 
A Flair Airlines Boeing 737-400 in the pre-2017 livery

Flair began adding Boeing 737-400s to its fleet in 2008 and 2010 to replace the 727-200s. In 2013, Flair added another 737-400 to its fleet, bringing the total fleet to five. In June 2017 Flair announced it had purchased the assets of Manitoba-based discount travel company NewLeaf - Flair had been the operator of NewLeaf's flights, as it was not licensed as an airline. Flair retained 85% of former NewLeaf staff in the acquisition.

In late 2017, Flair Air became Flair Airlines, unveiled a new livery, acquired additional aircraft and announced plans to add more in 2018 and 2019.

In August 2018, Flair's new Executive Chairman, David M. Tait OBE announced record summer passenger load factors in excess of 90%. Tait also stated that Flair would be acquiring "up to 20 newer, more fuel efficient and longer-range aircraft by the end of 2020." Tait went on to confirm that the first of the new aircraft will be delivered in 2019 as their current fleet of Boeing 737-400 aircraft is phased out.

In February 2019, Flair went through a "top to bottom" makeover changing its signature colours from purple and red to mint green and black. This is to reflect the airline’s new "plane and simple" branding. The brand makeover includes a new livery that will adorn all future aircraft that are slated to be delivered beginning in March 2019. A new flight attendant uniform will also be rolled out in May of 2019.

ChartersEdit

Workforce transportationEdit

Between 2007 and 2010 Flair was the exclusive supplier of large aircraft lift to Shell's Albian Sands project where, at its, peak, the airline was moving over 10,000 construction workers per month from 14 points across Canada into Shell's project site, north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

On October 7, 2013, Flair Airlines announced that it had entered into a ten-year agreement with Shell Energy Canada Ltd. to provide exclusive air charter transportation services within Canada. Flair will provide logistics planning, passenger reservations, and third-party charter aircraft procurement, all of which will be accomplished by a new workforce transportation services company called North Sands Air Services Ltd.

Around the world toursEdit

In September 2010, Flair Air was approached by an Ontario-based tour company to operate a world tour program. The program included travelling to 14 countries worldwide. Flair reconfigured one of its Boeing 737-400's from 158 Y class seats to 76 business class seats. Flair Air obtained international permits, over-flight permissions, and ground arrangements to operate in each of the 14 countries.

In 2011, Flair Airlines operated another world tour to 14 new destinations.

In October 2013, Flair Air operated a South American tour to 10 destinations.

Government chartersEdit

Flair Airlines has provided ongoing personnel movement for the Department of National Defence and other departments of the Canadian federal government.

ACMI chartersEdit

Flair also offers aircraft, complete crew, maintenance, and insurance (ACMI) charters which provide customers with a 'turn-key' aircraft package.

Passenger chartersEdit

Flair Airlines provides both single (ad hoc) and ongoing (series) charter flights. Flair operates a fleet of Boeing 737-400 aircraft capable of transporting up to 156 passengers worldwide. Flair operates flights on behalf of other Canadian airlines, including Air Transat.

DestinationsEdit

Flair was the operator of flights for Manitoba-based discount travel company and virtual airline NewLeaf from NewLeaf's founding in 2016.[6] In June 2017 Flair announced it had purchased the assets of NewLeaf and intended to expand destinations.[7]

The NewLeaf brand was retired on July 25, 2017 and flights are now operated under the main Flair brand.[8][9]

Flair Airlines operates flights to the following destinations as of May 2019.

Country City Airport Notes
Canada Abbotsford Abbotsford International Airport
Canada Calgary Calgary International Airport
Canada Edmonton Edmonton International Airport Hub
Canada Halifax Halifax Stanfield International Airport Seasonal (summer)
Canada Kelowna Kelowna International Airport Focus city
Canada Toronto Toronto Pearson International Airport
Canada Vancouver Vancouver International Airport
Canada Winnipeg Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport Secondary hub

FleetEdit

Current fleetEdit

 
A Flair Airlines Boeing 737-400 in the 2017-2019 livery

As of August 2019, the Flair Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[3][4][10][11]

Flair Airlines fleet
Aircraft Variants In service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737 400 series 7 4 737-400 to be phased out in 2019
Boeing 737 800 series 2 2 Entered into service in April 2019 and August 2019, respectively.
Total 9 2

Fleet developmentEdit

On Monday, September 11, 2017, Flair Airlines announced that as a part of their expansion, they would be acquiring additional aircraft in 2018 and 2019. Flair plans to have a fleet of 12 aircraft by Spring 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Airline and Airport Code Search
  2. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". av-info.faa.gov. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Flair Airlines". Transport Canada. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Founder of Canada Jetlines takes helm as CEO of rival Flair Airlines
  5. ^ "Buy Flair Airlines Flights".
  6. ^ Aumell, Christian (June 7, 2017). "Flair Airlines buys NewLeaf Travel to become one company". Global News. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "Flair Airlines purchases assets of no-frills flight service NewLeaf". CTV News Winnipeg. The Canadian Press. June 7, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "Airline turning over a 'NewLeaf' on anniversary". CTV News Winnipeg. July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  9. ^ McNeil, Shane (July 25, 2017). "NewLeaf begins 'new chapter' with name change". BNN. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  10. ^ "Canada's Flair Airlines to develop Edmonton hub". ch-aviation. September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  11. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 8. Retrieved October 4, 2017.

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