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20 minutes ago, Ex 9A Guy said:

Lots of expansion but it is not like WJ and AC will stay out of these markets when air travel returns to viability.  I won't be long before there is overcapacity in many of these markets and then we will see who has the deepest pockets.

Maybe who has built up some loyalty Or perhaps just who has the best price .  

Region of Waterloo International Airport welcomes Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ for Charlottetown Airport

From CBC News – link to source story

‘It does give us hope’

Kevin Yarr · CBC News · Posted: Feb 10, 2021

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2 hours ago, Kargokings said:

Maybe who has built up some loyalty Or perhaps just who has the best price .  

 

There is no loyalty, or certainly not as in the past.

People will fly with anybody if it save them $5.

Jetsgo proved that.

 

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3 hours ago, Trader said:

Well, Flair pays more for a new FO than AC does. But I do love the arrogance that still exists among the pilot corps in Canada.

Seems to be a "World Wide" disease from what I read in PPrune etc. 

Evidently the starting wage is: 

 by tbaylx » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:26 am

FO Starting Pay

2019 year 1 $67.89/hour ~65174.40/year
2020 year 1 $69.93/hour ~67132.80/year
But those are not type rated would be subject to a 2 year training bond.  How does this compare to WestJet and Air Canada?
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  4 hours ago, Canoehead said:

Oh good- here I was afraid Pivot was going to get away with a YKF monopoly 😉

3 hours ago, Kargokings said:

And that would be wrong .... why?

It was my attempt at humour and in consideration of my thoughts about GGN 2.0.

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777 Partners and Flair Airlines Confirmed for Boeing 737 MAX

From Airline Geeks – link to source story

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The new Flair Airlines livery seen on one of the airline’s 737-400s. (Photo: Flair Airlines)

March 13, 2021 | By Ian McMurtry

As the Boeing 737 MAX works it way back into the sky, a steady stream of orders are starting to work their way into the Renton orderbooks. Boeing’s latest customer is 777 Partners, who was confirmed to pick up 24 737 MAX 8 models with an additional 60 more options after entering an originally agreement for the deal back in January. The airline company plans to lease the aircraft, with only Flair Airlines being confirmed to receive the aircraft type. The Miami-based investment firm hopes with the aircraft’s economics will bring forwards plans that it has with its growing list of low-cost carrier investments in the post COVID environment.

Flair Airlines is confirmed to take hold of 13 of the leased aircraft, who will be an inter-company movement as Flair is 25% owned by 777 Partners since 2019. Flair had previously operated over a half dozen Boeing models, but the current COVID market saw the Boeing 737-400 retired and the fleet cut to just three Boeing 737-800s. The airline operates hubs in Edmonton and Vancouver and focuses on low cost flying on inter-Canadian routes.

Formed in Miami in 2015 through means of a buyout from its previous ownership, the 777 Partners investment group has taken interest in aviation as part of the company’s portfolio. The company has a previously mentioned stake in Flair Airlines of Canada, as well as interest in the Air Black Box and World Ticket Solutions companies. The investment firm is also a player in the Value Alliance, an ultra-low-cost carrier alliance consisting of Cebu Pacific, Cebgo, Jeju Air, Nok Air and Scoot.

777 Partners had also previously planned to restart World Airways as a low-cost link between Miami and Los Angeles to Asia and Latin America using Boeing 787s, however, news of a start date or plans past the initial marketing idea have yet to be released. The company also does with in the commercial finance, insurance, litigation finance and entertainment industries.

The investment firm’s founder Joshua Wander commented on the transaction, saying, “the 737-8 aircraft are a fantastic addition to our aviation portfolio and will enable our partners to leverage the jets’ superior economic performance to deliver low fares for their passengers while reducing their carbon footprint.”

777 Partners joins the windfall of support for the narrowbody aircraft type as the Boeing 737 MAX begins its return to service. The aircraft manufacturer inked a 25-jet deal with United earlier this week and appears to be close to landing an additional deal with Southwest to expand its MAX fleet. Boeing currently lists that there are 3,955 undelivered Boeing 737 MAX orders to date with 39 models being confirmed for delivery in the first few months of 2021

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Flair Airlines plans European-style relaunch with its new 737 Max fleet

From The Globe and Mail – link to source story

ALLISON LAMPERT, MONTREAL, REUTERS | MARCH 18, 2021

4GQ6MRDT35KNXDBMRNW5ZO67K4.JPG Flair Airlines grabbed Boeing 737 Max planes at ‘a great price’ to accelerate a relaunch, its CEO Stephen Jones says.KAREN DUCEY/REUTERS

Flair Airlines, which made headlines by handing Boeing a crucial order for 737 Max jets last week, is forging growth plans inspired by the austerity that transformed Hungary’s Wizz Air into one of Europe’s largest carriers.

Former Wizz executive Stephen Jones, brought in from Europe to run Flair last year, said the Canadian company had grabbed planes at “a great price” to accelerate a relaunch based on the imported recipe of extreme cost discipline.

“In many ways, the future of Flair will be a cookie-cutter of the success of Wizz,” the CEO said.

One difference? Flair is basing its growth on Boeing jets whereas Wizz shot up the rankings to become one of Airbus’s biggest customers.

In both cases, jet prices were key.

Shares in Boeing rose 6 per cent on Friday when one of Flair’s main backers said it would order 24 of the troubled Max jets, before leasing 13 of them to Edmonton-based Flair.

The Max is back in the air after regulators declared it safe in December, following a 20-month grounding in the wake of two fatal crashes. But Boeing has dozens of cancelled jets in storage and is seen as aggressively chasing deals to restore confidence.

“[That] we are actually able to order them this month and have them delivered in two months’ time is very unusual under normal circumstances,” Mr. Jones said. “You may have anything up to a two or three year wait.

“And also to get them at a great price,” he added, without giving details.

The Max sells for US$122-million at list prices, but market sources say 50-per-cent discounts were common across the industry before the crisis and may now be steeper.

That comes as Flair, originally a charter airline, is in the midst of reinventing itself as an “ultralow-cost carrier” (ULCC). Such airlines offer even lower prices than many budget rivals but charge for multiple extras.

They have made less headway in North America than in Europe, but analysts say that could change in the postpandemic era.

With one plane now flying, Flair is moving forward this summer with domestic growth plans at a time when the Canadian aviation sector is reeling because of the pandemic.

Air traffic was hit so hard that a British Columbia airport that largely serves corporate aircraft and flight schools eclipsed Toronto’s Pearson as the country’s busiest airport in 2020 by aircraft movements, according to Statistics Canada.

Such upheaval is synonymous with the rise of Wizz, one of the few airlines in the world to keep taking planes during the crisis at a time when many rivals are doing the opposite.

Founded in 2003, Wizz Air was originally focused on stimulating travel with its cheap ticket prices in central and eastern Europe. It increasingly competes with Europe’s two largest low cost carriers Ryanair and easyJet.

Like former bosses at Wizz, Mr. Jones and a commercial chief also recruited from the Hungarian budget giant are betting that travel will rebound quickly as COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up.

Flair plans to bring in eight Max jets over the summer and the remaining five before 2022. It will eventually add cross-border flights with a goal to get to 50 jets within five years.

But analysts warn the two Wizz veterans face one of the world’s hardest markets for airlines. Canada has high taxes and fees, and tough travel rules, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine for arrivals during the pandemic.

“Challenger businesses are often dismissed by the incumbent,” Mr. Jones said. “But piece by piece you have to prove yourself.”

Flair Airlines plans European-style relaunch with its new 737 Max fleet – Canadian Aviation News (wordpress.com)

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Flair Airlines Brings Low Fares to Montreal with first ever ULCC domestic flights

The growing ULCC will serve 19 cities by August, liberating the lives of Canadians with affordable travel

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EDMONTON, Alberta, March 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Flair Airlines, Canada’s only independent ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC), is expanding service to include Montréal–Trudeau International Airport (IATA code: YUL) starting July 1, 2021, with direct flights to Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and Abbotsford.

The addition of Flair’s service to Montreal marks an incredible milestone for the airline as it brings the first domestic ULCC service to the region. Flair’s network continues to grow within Canada as new aircraft are added to their fleet and preparation continues for the safe restart of travel. Flair’s ambitious expansion focuses on domestic markets first, ensuring all Canadians are connected with affordable travel options.

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“We are excited to bring ULCC service to Montreal and to provide our low fares to a region where Canadians have been paying far too much for far too long,” says Stephen Jones, President & CEO. “Providing affordable air travel within Canada is an essential first step in restarting travel and tourism. We know there is a need for ULCC service in Montreal and are thrilled to bring our low fares to the area.”

Flair was one of the first airlines to focus its network exclusively on essential domestic travel during the pandemic. Flair continues to operate only essential service through April and will begin increasing service in May as vaccinations continue and anticipation of travel returns.

“We know there will be a need for affordable airfare once it is safe for us to travel again. As a ULCC, Flair doesn’t have the overhead and costs associated with legacy organizations and networks. This allows our efficiencies to be passed along in our pricing. Families and friends are eagerly waiting to connect, and Flair is here to ensure they can afford to fly once it is safe again to travel.”

One-way fares on several of the new Montreal routes start as low as $49 with taxes and fees included. In addition, Flair provides COVID Coverage which allows passengers to easily change their travel plans given the continued uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Bookings are now available for the newly announced routes for travel through October 30, 2021, at flyflair.com.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s only independent Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) and is on a mission to liberate the lives of Canadians by providing affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve 19 cities across Canada. For more information, please visit www.flyflair.com.

Flair Airlines Montreal Service (July 1, 2021 – October 30, 2021)

Route ● Service Begins ● Frequency

YUL-YVR ● 01-July-21 ● M, Tu, Th, F, Sa, Su

YUL-YYZ ● 01-July-21 ● Daily

YUL-YHZ ● 03-July-21 ● M, W, Sa, Su

YUL-YXX ● 03-Aug-21 ● Tu, W, Sa

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Flair Airlines expanding in Kitchener-Waterloo, hiring flight attendants

From Kitchener Today – link to source story

There are currently 24 positions available

By: Erin Anderson | 29 April 2021

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Flair Airlines is growing its base in Kitchener-Waterloo.

It’s expanding its workforce by hiring 48 flight attendants.

Half of the positions have already been filled, meaning there are still 24 job openings.

Flair Airlines operates out of the Region of Waterloo International Airport.

If you’re interested in applying to become a flight attendant, you can learn more by clicking here.

 
 
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Flair Airlines to start service in Waterloo Region this weekend

From CTV News – link to source story

Katherine Hill, CTVNewsKitchener.ca Digital Content Producer | Friday, April 30, 2021

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A Flair Airlines plane arrives at the Region of Waterloo International Airport (Dan Lauckner / CTV News Kitchener)

KITCHENER — Flair Airlines will start offering service to the Region of Waterloo International Airport on Saturday.

The company tweeted a photo of one of its airplanes arriving at the airport on Friday afternoon.

Flair Airlines announced plans to offer service at the airport in February. There will be non-stop flights to Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax multiple times a week.

Our first plane has arrived in @FlyYKF! Service to Waterloo starts tomorrow. @ExploreWR pic.twitter.com/scPL6Fie3W— flair airlines ⚫️ (@FlairAirlines) April 30, 2021

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2 hours ago, Kip Powick said:

I wonder if the individual who created the Livery for flair was conscious of the meaning of the BLACK SPOT,  as indicated in Robert Louis Stevenson's  famous novel,Treasure Island??😉

likely only a concern to an "ancient mariner" who was Captain with a crew 😀  Of course it likely does not resonate with anyone who did not read a certain novel by Robert Louis Stevenson 

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Flair Airlines Launches New Mobile App

Contactless & Green Customer Journey at Your Fingertips

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EDMONTON, Alberta, May 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Flair Airlines, Canada’s only independent ultra low-cost carrier, has launched a new mobile application to improve the passenger experience. From trip planning to in-flight entertainment, the new app enhances the entire experience for passengers seeking affordable, convenient travel options.

Available on both Android and iOS platforms, the new Flair mobile app enhances the process of booking and managing the travel experience with speed and ease of use. The app marks the beginning of a multi-year plan to bring new and exciting features and capabilities to Flair’s customers and can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.FlairMobileApp

App Store:
https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/flair-travel-app/id1524339766

“As non-essential travel begins to return this summer, Flair has been preparing to meet the needs of our customers who demand travel that is affordable, easy, and green,” says Sarah Riches, Vice President, Marketing and Customer Experience. “The mobile app is an important step for our passengers which simplifies many of the travel processes while removing physical touch points and reducing printed materials. As Flair grows to 50 aircraft in the coming years, the app provides the features our customers expect in making travel easy and affordable.”

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Features of the new Flair mobile app

The new app is designed with simplicity and ease of use at its heart and features beautiful graphics inspired by some of Canada’s best-loved landmarks.

Customers will be able to manage their own accounts within the app to allow for faster booking and boarding. Individual information is safely stored within the app and used for expedited booking, check-in, boarding, and in-flight experience.

The app can also be used to make booking changes and updates to itineraries with the new Manage My Booking module.

Once onboard the aircraft, customers will be able to access our brand new in-flight entertainment which includes short films from the National Film Board of Canada, behind-the-scenes videos, destination information and games.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s only independent Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) and is on a mission to liberate the lives of Canadians by providing affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve 19 cities across Canada. For more information, please visit www.flyflair.com

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Flair Airlines Extends Domestic Schedule into 2022

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The growing ULCC has released its Winter 2021/22 schedule for sale with fares starting from as low as $19

Edmonton, Alberta, May 27, 2021 – Flair Airlines, Canada’s only independent ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC), has expanded its schedule with flights to domestic destinations now on sale until March 2022.  With 24 routes and over 650,000 seats on sale, Winter 2021/22 will be Flair’s biggest ever winter schedule.

The winter schedule is part of Flair’s expansion of service to bring low fare air travel to more Canadians. The airline has 13 new aircraft on order joining the fleet in 2021 and 2022.

“We understand how keen Canadians are to travel again and our winter schedule will provide affordable air travel options to help connect the many families and friends who have been apart for the past year,” says Garth Lund, Chief Commercial Officer. “With fares available from as low as $19 and new aircraft joining the fleet, Flair will continue its expansion into the winter season.”

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Bookings are now available for travel through March 26, 2022.

https://flyflair.com/where-we-fly

 
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Flair Airlines Begins Service with the First of 13 New Boeing 737-8 Aircraft

The growing ULCC starts passenger service with inaugural flight from Edmonton to Toronto

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EDMONTON, Alberta, June 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Flair Airlines, Canada’s only independent ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC), begins service today with the first of 13 new Boeing 737-8 aircraft joining the fleet as the airline begins rapid growth to provide affordable, low fare air travel to 19 Canadian destinations.

“Today marks a huge milestone as Flair grows to bring affordable travel options to more Canadians,” says Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Flair Airlines. “Canadians have been paying too much for too long, and Flair is changing that thanks to the addition of the new 737-8 aircraft which provide us the efficiencies and ability to scale our service. Today’s inaugural flight kicks off our rapid growth.”

The inaugural flight of Flair’s first new 737-8 will depart Edmonton at 5:30pm MT and arrive in Toronto at 11:20 pm ET. Piloting the inaugural flight will be two veteran leaders at Flair: Captain Matt Kunz, Vice President, Business Transformation and Operations, and Captain Harold Knop, Regulatory Compliance and Certification Manager.

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The new aircraft allow Flair to achieve the lowest cost per seat mile of any Canadian airline. The aircraft will deliver fuel savings and cut the airline’s CO2 emissions by 14%. Lower per passenger emissions are a vital step in lowering Flair’s carbon footprint as it works to become Canada’s greenest and most sustainable airline.

Flair’s pilots, maintenance professionals, flight attendants and safety officers have been conducting extensive testing and training programs to prepare for the addition of the new aircraft. Flair’s team has been working closely with Boeing and been on-site throughout the testing and delivery phase of each aircraft.

Flair began taking delivery of the 13 new aircraft in May. The 737-8 aircraft are joining Flair’s existing fleet of 737-800 aircraft and deliveries continue throughout 2021. By the middle of next year, Flair will have a fleet of 16 aircraft and be well on the way to achieving its “F50” ambition of growing to 50 planes within five years.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s only independent Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) and is on a mission to liberate the lives of Canadians by providing affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve 19 cities across Canada. For more information, please visit www.flyflair.com

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Flair Airlines Begins Service to Ottawa

The fast-growing ULCC is adding service to 8 destinations from Ottawa

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EDMONTON, Alberta, June 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Flair Airlines, Canada’s only independent ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC), continues its growth with the addition of service to Ottawa International Airport (IATA: YOW) in Ontario starting today. The ULCC is adding low fare flights between Ottawa and eight Canadian cities.

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Ottawa flights in June will provide non-stop service to Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Calgary. In August, the schedule grows with the addition of service to Halifax, Kelowna and Abbotsford.

“We are delighted to start operations at our newest base in Ottawa,” says Garth Lund, Chief Commercial Officer. “Just in time for summer, we are bringing affordable travel options with one way fares as low as $49 on several routes. By August, we will have two aircraft based in Ottawa and provide non-stop, low fares to eight cities while creating more than 70 jobs in the community.”

Ottawa is among several new destinations Flair is adding to its network as the airline grows to serve 19 Canadian cities. Flair’s first of 13 new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft started passenger service on June 10 and more of the new aircraft are joining the fleet throughout 2021.

Listed below are examples of one-way base fares currently available. All base fares include taxes and fees, and there are limited seats and limited availability.

  • Ottawa to Halifax: $49 one way, travel on October 14, 2021
  • Ottawa to Abbotsford: $59 one way, travel on September 9, 2021
  • Ottawa to Toronto: $49 one way, travel on July 7, 2021
  • Ottawa to Winnipeg: $49 one way, travel on October 27, 2021
  • Ottawa to Edmonton: $49 one way, travel on September 10, 2021
  • Ottawa to Calgary: $49 one way, travel on November 11, 2021
  • Ottawa to Vancouver: $59 one way, travel on October 26, 2021
  • Ottawa to Kelowna: $59 one way, travel on October 23, 2021

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