A New Canadian Airline takes flight… Flair Airlines!
There’s a new player in Canadian airspace, Flair Airlines. The new ULCC (Ultra Low Cost Carrier) is based out of Kelowna, British Columbia and is already starting to fly across the country.
Canada’s skies are getting pretty crowded with the likes of WestJet, Air Transat, Air Canada, Swoop, Jazz, and more ferrying the country’s 36 million people. But the folks over at Flair Airlines feel that there is still room to grow. The company has plans to carry over 1MM people in 2018, ambitious for sure.
Currently Flair Airlines is operating five (5) B737-400 with an additional two (2) 737-400s entering service in the next few months!
The company’s founder and CEO doesn’t seem worried at all. In a statement he 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.
Now that’s a first. I thought the idea of ULCC was to be an Ultra-Low-Cost… there’s nothing premium about your knees in your chin while the dude in front of you reclines, that is of course unless the seats don’t recline. :). The seat pitch is a shocking 34″. Most airlines consider 34 inches to be a Premium product, and Flair gives it away for FREE.
Flair Airlines will use Edmonton as their transfer hub and will service cities including Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton (think Niagara Falls) and Toronto. Fares start at CAD$59 (US$47) one way for what they call the “Loonie” fare. That’s the cheapest more restrictive fare, but it sure does save you a boat load of cash.
Interested in learning more about Flair? Their websites certainly has a lot of it. Not quite as much as Jennifer Anniston in Office Space, but it’s good. You can access their website here.