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Determination No. A-2017-53

 
 
May 19, 2017
APPLICATION by Flair Airlines Ltd. carrying on business as Flair Air (applicant) pursuant to subsection 69(1) of the Canada Transportation Act, S.C., 1996, c. 10, as amended (CTA).
Case Number: 
16-04970

The applicant has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for a licence to operate a scheduled international service, large aircraft in accordance with the Air Transport Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America signed on March 12, 2007 (Agreement).

The Agency is satisfied that the applicant meets all the applicable requirements of subsection 69(1) of the CTA. The Agency also finds that the pertinent terms and conditions of the Agreement have been complied with.

Accordingly, the Agency issues the licence.

Pursuant to subsection 71(1) of the CTA, the licence is subject to the conditions prescribed by the Air Transportation Regulations, SOR/88-58, as amended, and the following conditions:

  1. The Licensee is authorized to operate a scheduled international service on the route(s) set out in the Agreement.
  2. The scheduled international service is to be conducted in accordance with the Agreement and any applicable arrangements agreed to between Canada and the United States of America.

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Flair Airlines Announces Expansion

  • Flair Airlines (CNW Group/Flair Airlines Ltd.)
    Flair Airlines (CNW Group/Flair Airlines Ltd.)

KELOWNA, BC, Sept. 11, 2017 /CNW/ - Flair Airlines today announced an expansion of their route network by adding service to three additional airports: Toronto Pearson Airport, Vancouver International Airport and Kelowna International Airport.

Today's announcement marks a significant milestone for Flair Airlines.  "The addition of these three airports directly extends our reach into some of Canada's larger and more popular destinations.  Flair is thrilled to expand and bring with us our low fares and welcome new passengers," stated Chris Lapointe, Vice President Commercial Operations.

Tickets are now on sale for flights beginning on December 15th, 2017 to these locations. In addition, people will now be able to book their flights right through to the end of 2018.  "This is just the beginning of many more announcements such as this," hinted Lapointe.  "We are adding more aircraft and as we do, our network will grow significantly."

Flair Airlines plans to be operating 12 aircraft by the spring of 2019.  Since last year, Flair has flown over 376,600 passengers on over 3090 flights.

Schedule Highlights:

 
 

Toronto to:

Edmonton, Vancouver, Kelowna 4 times weekly

 
   

Edmonton, Kelowna 3 times weekly

 
 

Vancouver to:

Kelowna,  4 times weekly

 
   

Edmonton, Toronto 4 times weekly

 
 

Kelowna to:

Edmonton, Toronto 3 times weekly

 
   

Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto 4 times weekly

 
       

 

Edmonton International Airport will be Flair's main transfer hub. The schedule offers travellers more options and flexibility with times and locations. 

SOURCE Flair Airlines Ltd.

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More flying for Flair, how fuel friendly are the 400s?  Seem that cost is on the increase.
November 7, 2017 11:36 am

Kelowna based airline increasing the size of its fleet; Okanagan flights coming

By Blaine Gaffney Global News"Kelowna based Flair Airlines is increasing seat capacity by 40 per cent with two jet purchases. " />;

Kelowna based Flair Airlines is increasing seat capacity by 40 per cent with two jet purchases.

 

A Kelowna based airline is increasing its overall seat capacity by 40 per cent.

Flair Airline says it’s completing private financing to add two jets to its fleet.

“By April 2018, Flair Airlines will be servicing the Canadian ULCC (ultra low cost carrier) market in earnest with a total of seven B737-400s throughout our existing and future route network, ” stated company spokesperson Chris Lapointe in a news release.

Flair Airlines bought NewLeaf Travel Company earlier this year and says it has flown more than 275,000 passengers so far in 2017.

The company hopes to increase that to more than one million next year.

“We are gearing up for a busy 2018 season by completing maintenance inspections and aircraft rebranding this winter,” said Flair Airlines CEO Jim Rogers. “We are continually analyzing cost-saving measures to keep our prices low.”

The airline currently services Abbotsford, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Halifax.

It plans to expand to Kelowna, Vancouver and Toronto in mid-December.

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1 hour ago, Malcolm said:
More flying for Flair, how fuel friendly are the 400s?  Seem that cost is on the increase.

Not terrible.

It just doesn't have the wing of the NG and significant performance improvements incorporated into the CFM56-7.

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43 minutes ago, Super 80 said:

Not terrible.

It just doesn't have the wing of the NG and significant performance improvements incorporated into the CFM56-7.

Thanks. Seems that the low cost Canadian Market in 2018 will be an interesting and crowded play ground.  

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Flooding seats for the winter season is not new. Not low cost but available charter flight seats in W1989/90 were supplied by C3, Wardair, Worldways, Holidair, Nationair, Vacationair & Odyssey. Three didn’t make to the spring time.   

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Kelowna’s Flair Airlines has announced a permanent 10 Per cent discount for members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans, RCMP members and their immediate families.—Image: Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines eliminates carry-on fee

Flair Airlines tinkering with ultra low cost model by eliminating carry-on fee

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Flair Airlines Ltd. is tinkering with the ultra low cost airline model used in the U.S. and Europe by eliminating carry-on luggage charges in response to consumer demand.

Effective immediately, the B.C.-based carrier will remove the $30 carry-on baggage fee.

Spokeswoman Julie Rempel says the one-month trial will likely be extended indefinitely because of strong passenger demand.

Discount airlines keep fares ultra low by charging a series of ancillary fees including baggage, seat selection and food.

RELATED: Flair Air adds flights in and out of Kelowna

Rempel says Flair is “redefining” the ultra low cost carrier model in Canada. The airline started last summer by taking over the operations of New Leaf.

WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) says it still plans to charge carry-on fees on its low-cost Swoop subsidiary that is scheduled to launch service next summer.

Spokeswoman Lauren Stewart says Swoop is aiming to cut fares by as much as 30- to 40-per cent the average full-service carrier by selling services according the needs of individual travellers.

Canada Jetlines couldn’t be immediately reached about whether it will follow Flair or Swoop for carry-on fees.

RELATED: Kelowna-based airline thank those who serve with a discount

So-called ancillary fees are generating increasing revenues for airlines around the world.

They are expected to generate US$82.2 billion this year, a 22 per cent increase in one year, compared to US$22.6 billion in 2010, according to IdeaWorksCompany, a U.S. research company that tracks airline revenue.

Air Canada (TSX:AC) ranked 10th in the world in collecting ancillary fees, bringing in US$1.179 billion in 2016.

European ultra low cost carrier Ryanair and Easyjet were 6th and 7th on the list at nearly US$2 billion and US$1.355 billion, respectively.

IdeaWorks says WestJet collected US$302.2 million last year.

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https://cupe.ca/cupe-welcomes-flair-airlines-flight-attendants

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CUPE is excited to welcome the flight attendants of Flair Airlines to its growing ranks of airline employees. “On behalf of all of us at CUPE, I’d like to extend our warmest congratulations to all 101 flight attendants at Flair who will now enjoy the strong representation and broad range of resources offered by Canada’s largest trade union,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock.

 

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January 16, 2018 10:00 am

Kelowna airline CEO stepping down

kelly-hs.png?w=55&h=55&crop=1&quality=60 By Kelly Hayes Video Journalist  Global News
Global Okanagan
 

There’s been a changing of the guard at a Kelowna-based discount airline.

Flair Airlines has announced that founder Jim Rogers is stepping down as president after selling his shares in the company.

The company says Jim Scott, a former pilot, will assume the position of CEO.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the transformation of how and what Canadians should expect from a premium ULCC.  We will drive forward significant improvements in customer experience, operate with reliability and execute with an impressive team in a competitive market,” Scott said.

Scott will be joined by Jerry Presley who will assume the position of Executive Board Chair.

Rogers is stepping down only six months after Flair Airlines purchased the assets of NewLeaf Travel company.

Flair Airlines flies to seven Canadian cities including Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Abbotsford, Vancouver and Kelowna.

It’s headquartered in Kelowna.

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Flair Airlines' new CEO targets 1M passengers, but WestJet's Swoop may 'blanket-bomb' rival with ultra-low fares

Flair is expected to compete with several new entrants that are gearing up to launch ULCCs in the summer

Flair Airlines has added service from Edmonton to Toronto, Kelowna and Vancouver international airports.Flair Airlines
 

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January 16, 2018
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January 16, 2018
4:19 PM EST

Flair Airlines' new CEO targets 1M passengers, but WestJet's Swoop may 'blanket-bomb' rival with ultra-low fares
 

Flair Airlines has hired the former chief executive of aspiring startup airline Canada Jetlines Ltd. to lead its operations as it braces for steep competition in the ultra-low-cost market. 

Kelowna, B.C.-based Flair Airlines announced Tuesday that founder and former president Jim Rogers, who sold his shares in the company will be replaced by Jetlines co-founder and former pilot Jim Scott. Rogers will remain on the company’s advisory council.

First on Scott’s agenda is to lower costs at Flair, which began operations as a privately owned charter service. Scott said he plans on decreasing costs by 20 per cent and improving the airline’s cost per available seat mile (CASM), an industry measure of how much an airline spends to fly a passenger.

During the peak summer season, the new chief executive said Flair’s CASM sits at about 11 cents and increases more during the winter season, well above the 6 to 8 cent target he has set for the airline going forward.

In an interview with the Financial Post, Scott said he plans on lowering Flair’s costs by negotiating with vendors to get better operating agreements on things such as fuel, as well as by improving scheduling so fleet usage is maximized and crews are flown more efficiently. 

“We spent $3 million a year moving flight crews around on other peoples’ airlines and on overnight (duty),” Scott said. “We need to bring that down.” 

The change in leadership comes as Flair faces the prospect of a more crowded ULCC market, as WestJet and Jetlines, the company Scott co-founded, gear up to launch their own ultra-low cost airlines in the summer.

While Scott says the company will be ready to compete with the new carriers, Raymond James analyst Ben Cherniavsky said that WestJet’s ULCC Swoop — which is expected to begin selling tickets in February and begin flying in June — will “make it very difficult for any ULCC to stay in the air or get off the ground.”

When it comes to Flair’s change in management, Cherniavsky said in an email that it “does not increase their chances against Swoop.”

“They lack the costs, aircraft type, and balance sheet to compete,” he said. 

Cherniavsky wrote in a detailed analysis sent to clients earlier this week that the launch of Swoop will serve as a defensive move for WestJet.

“By taking advantage of its established position, deep pockets, and strong understanding of the market, the company can quickly move in… blanket-bomb Canada with ultra-low fares and capitalize on the first-mover advantage,” he said. 

“Effectively, we believe this will neutralize any new entrant and put a nail in the competitors like Flair.”

Scott said he hopes the six-month head start Flair has on WestJet will help establish the airline’s market position in the ULCC space. 

“We have some time to get our costs in line, get our brand out there, and attract repeat customers,” he said.

Scott said the focus going forward will be on attracting more millennials to Flair, who make up 70 per cent of the airline’s customer base, by offering an improved website with a focus on smartphones, and partnering with vendors to offer unique services to passengers. He also said Flair will be a “premium ULCC” that will charge customers more for more spacious seats at the front of the plane.

“We’re missing out on ancillary fees left, right and centre,” Scott said. “We have 34-inch seat pitch (distance between seats), when most of what you’re seeing in the marketplace is 31. We’re not charging the customer any more for that seat selection, so we’re probably giving up $3 million in revenue just on that one item.” 

Flair took over the assets of airline reseller NewLeaf in June in the hopes of attracting new investors and expanding its commercial operations.  The deal saw Flair, which began and still operates a charter service, take over NewLeaf’s marketing, selling and distribution.

Flair said it has flown over 500,000 passengers since June 2016, and expects to hit the one-million passenger milestone in 2018. The airline also plans on expanding its fleet. The company said it will be operating seven Boeing 737-400 aircraft, outfitted with 156-seats each, in 2018 and will add two Boeing 737-800 jets at a later point.

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Low-fare airline expands with non-stop flights out of Prince George, Calgary and Victoria

Kelowna-based Flair airlines is expanding its offerings across the country, adding service to Victoria, Prince George, Calgary, Saskatoon and Halifax.

Kelowna-based Flair airlines more than doubling daily flights across Canada

Andrew Kurjata · CBC News · Posted: Apr 13, 2018 6:24 PM PT | Last Updated: April 13
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Flair Air is a charter service that operates a fleet of five Boeing 737-400s. (CBC)

Kelowna-based Flair airlines is expanding its offerings across the country, adding service to Victoria, Prince George, Calgary, Saskatoon and Halifax. 

The move more than doubles the airline's flights per week, something consultant Robert Kokonis called "a shot across the bow of WestJet."

The new B.C. offerings include direct flights from Prince George to Vancouver and Edmonton and between Victoria and Edmonton. One-stop service will also be available from Prince George to Toronto, and connecting flights will be available to Winnipeg, Hamilton and Saskatoon. 

In Alberta, Calgary will now be connected with direct flights to Vancouver and Winnipeg.

flair-flight-map.PNG?imwidth=720Flair Airlines' new service adds flights from Prince George and Victoria to Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto. (Flair Airlines)

Flair communications manager Julia Rempel said the company has long viewed Prince George as an area for growth.

"Flair has always had their eye on it as a market of opportunity, as well as a market that is under-served," she said.

Billed as the country's only low-cost airline, Flair starts with a base rate for tickets with additional fees for checked and carry-on baggage, as well as priority boarding and other add-ons.

Rempel said it is modelled after European airlines that include a "seat and a seatbelt and a personal item."

The new direct flights begin June 15. In B.C. they are:

  • Victoria to Edmonton and Edmonton to Victoria daily;
  • Prince George to Vancouver Thursdays and Saturdays;
  • Vancouver to Prince George Wednesdays and Sundays;
  • Prince George to Edmonton Wednesdays and Sundays; 
  • Edmonton to Prince George Thursday and Saturday.

One stop service, which is when a plane lands in another airport but passengers do not have to get off before heading to their final destination will be offered from Prince George to Toronto Wednesday and Sundays with return flights on Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Very timely move from Flair! Pressure is on for Westjet as this (not to mention other ULCCs) present an existential threat. 

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6 hours ago, MD2 said:

Very timely move from Flair! Pressure is on for Westjet as this (not to mention other ULCCs) present an existential threat. 

What other ULCCs?  Jetlines can't raise enough capital to finance any aircraft and Enerjet has a clapped out Twin Otter on their OC and nothing else.

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11 hours ago, Ex 9A Guy said:

What other ULCCs?  Jetlines can't raise enough capital to finance any aircraft and Enerjet has a clapped out Twin Otter on their OC and nothing else.

Especially when Jetlines was eying the well maintained 10 738 lease returns from WestJet, only to have their plans thwarted with the start up of Swoop. WestJet has to protect the back door at all costs. Remember JetsGo?

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Flair Airlines Expands Route Map Alongside Incoming New Aircraft

April 15, 2018 Joe Pesek News

A Flair Airlines 737-400 (Photo: Flair Airlines on Facebook)
 

Flair Airlines, an ultra-low-cost carrier based in Kelowna, British Columbia, has announced service to five new cities, more than doubling its current route map.

The airline, which began operations in 2005, will add service to Calgary, Halifax, Prince George, Saskatoon and Victoria this summer. With a current fleet of seven Boeing 737-400 aircraft, the growth in new routes is expected to come from the two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft expected to arrive this summer, along with four additional aircraft in 2019.

Similar to other ultra-low-cost carriers across the globe, passengers will pay a base fare along with ancillary fees for carry-on bags, checked bags, food, beverages, seat selection and more.

Flair has grown quickly over the last year, fueled by the acquisition of virtual airline NewLeaf in June of 2017. NewLeaf had previously operated via an indirect operating license, effectively selling seats that would be operated by Flair’s aircraft. While NewLeaf had no issue selling tickets, it faced several legal challenges due to having to cancel scheduled flights and unpaid fees to several suppliers and consulting groups.

The news comes at an interesting time in Canadian aviation, as both incumbent and new airlines continue competing for travelers. In September of 2017, WestJet announced the creation of Swoop, its own ultra-low-cost carrier to be based in Hamilton. Jetlines, which will be based in Vancouver and provide service in Canada and the U.S., is another ultra-low-cost carrier that intended on starting service this summer, but has since been delayed.

While Jetlines battles to complete the licensing process and acquire the necessary aircraft and WestJet battles labor issues for starting Swoop, Flair is in a unique situation to test the waters on ultra low-cost service in Canada.

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23 hours ago, Ex 9A Guy said:

What other ULCCs?  Jetlines can't raise enough capital to finance any aircraft and Enerjet has a clapped out Twin Otter on their OC and nothing else.

Jetlines is not out yet, plus Norwegian, and others that are waiting in the wings to swoop in if there is an opening!....and the lure of being the one brings everyone in!

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