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Flair Airlines to concentrate on Edmonton as its main home and hub

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Flair Airlines has announced that after extensive analysis, it will build on the success of Edmonton International Airport as its Main Transfer Hub and officially establish itself as Edmonton’s Hometown Airline. Flair will continue to expand its network to/from Edmonton by growing its frequency and network – both domestic and trans-border; announcing new low-fare routes in the coming weeks.  Flair will also progressively relocate its operations and executive base in Edmonton.

Flair’s Executive Chairman, David Tait, commented, “Just last week Flair doubled its frequency out of Edmonton and, as one of the fastest growing cities in the country, the community and the airport are uniquely positioned to support our ongoing growth: Already, of Flair’s almost 200 flights per week, 65% of them fly to/from Edmonton. We are also looking forward to tapping into Edmonton’sprofessional talent pool, as we progressively establish our headquarters here over the coming months.”

Copyright Photo: Flair Airlines Boeing 737-490 C-FLHE (msn 28889) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 942409.

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Flair Airlines expands its network

Flair Airlines: Flair, Canada’s only operating low-fare airline, on June 15 launched service from Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Calgary International Airport and Victoria International Airport. This marks Flair’s commitment to expanding its route network as was announced earlier this year. With this addition of Halifax, Calgary and Victoria – coupled with increased frequency on its existing routes – Flair has effectively doubled its flights and now has services stretching coast to coast.

Flair Airlines will increase its flights per week from 90 to 188 beginning June 15 – effectively increasing its direct, one stop and connectivity throughout its entire network.

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Flair Airlines to more than double its flights on June 15 under new leadership

Flair Airlines Boeing 737-490 C-FLRS (msn 28888) YVR (Rob Rindt). Image: 941106.

Flair Airlines has made this announcement:

Flair Airlines is delighted to announce that David M. Tait OBE has joined Canada’s only operating low fare airline in the capacity of Executive Chairman.

A Canadian, David brings a wealth of unique airline experience having worked with Wardair Canada in Toronto, Laker Airways in Toronto and Miami, Virgin Atlantic Airways in New York and Air Canada in Montreal.

In 1984, with the then little-known Richard Branson, David helped craft a business plan for what would become Virgin Atlantic Airways. He then became one of the nascent airline’s first employees. Starting out with a single Boeing 747, he then spent the next 18 years as Executive Vice President and a director building the airline into one of the industry’s most innovative and critically acclaimed carriers.

In May of 2001, David was awarded an OBE (Officer of The Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for “Services to British Aviation in North America.”

After leaving Virgin, David served as Senior Vice President, Customer Service for Air Canada. He is also a best-selling author and award-winning travel columnist.

Commenting on his appointment, David said, “Canadians have been denied the services of an independent, truly low cost, low fare carrier for way too long. With Flair, I am excited to join another airline that, like we did with Virgin, can shake up the status quo with innovative, quality, friendly air service at consistently low fares and – most importantly – get more people out of their couches and into the air.”

Jim Scott, CEO, Flair Airlines stated, “We are thrilled to have David join our team. His expertise, deep industry knowledge and unique experience in successfully leveraging the advantages the little guy has in an industry dominated by relative Goliaths, will be invaluable. The only way to build the best airline in Canada is to have the best people – and David certainly falls into that category.”

On June 15 Flair will more than double its present total of 90 flights per week with increased nonstop and direct connectivity throughout an expanded Canadian network that stretches from Halifax to Victoria.

Copyright Photo: Flair Airlines Boeing 737-490 C-FLRS (msn 28888) YVR (Rob Rindt). Image: 941106.

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Flair Airlines expands in the west

Flair Airlines Boeing 737-490 C-FLRS (msn 28888) YVR (Rob Rindt). Image: 941106.

Flair Airlines (Kelowna) is expanding in WestJet’s backyard.

The low-fare carrier has announced it will start a new route from Saskatoon to Edmonton starting on June 15.

The airline has also announced new nonstop flights between Winnipeg and Calgary and Vancouver along with Edmonton and Prince George and Victoria, and finally between Toronto (Pearson) and Halifax.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Flair Airlines): Flair Airlines Boeing 737-490 C-FLRS (msn 28888) YVR (Rob Rindt). Image: 941106.

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Flair Airlines’ new look, the first Boeing 737-400 is painted

Flair Airlines on December 19, 2017 issued this statement, photo and video:

Canada’s leader in ultra low fare travel is pleased to announce, its first aircraft with its new livery is complete.  This design was chosen in the summer of 2017 by Canadians during an online customer survey in which several options for the new livery were available to choose from for Flair’s aircraft fleet.

The recently acquired Boeing 737-400 in Flair’s new colors is one of two additional aircraft scheduled to enter service.  “We are excited to unveil our new livery to the public.  The aircraft will take its inaugural flight during the holiday season. We are very proud to showcase our new colours. As the only airline that operates as an ultra low cost carrier in Canada;  we know our passengers will be delighted to fly with us as they continue to enjoy the lowest fares in the country,” says Flair Airlines CEO, Jim Rogers.

Flair intends to make significant announcements early in 2018 about its expansion into Canada’s ULCC market.

Top Photo: Flair Airlines. Ex-Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-490 C-FLRS (msn 28888) is the first to be painted.


Flair Air becomes Flair Airlines, introduces a new livery

Flair Air (Kelowna) on July 25, 2017 officially changed its name back to Flair Airlines. The airline wanted a new look for its revised name and held an online “Paint the Plane” contest.

Renae Ferchoff-Ambler was announced as the winner with her winning design (above).

The airline has also introduced a new logo.

Flair Airlines is adding additional flights to Kelowna, Toronto (Pearson) and Vancouver.

Image: Flair Airlines.

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NewLeaf (Flair Air) to operate between Edmonton and Winnipeg

NewLeaf (Flair Air) to operate between Edmonton and Winnipeg

NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. has announced an expansion to its route map, with a new nonstop flight addition between Edmonton and Winnipeg. Flights can be booked anytime on the new YEG to YWG route, which will run on Thursdays and Sundays beginning August 21, 2016.

The new route expands NewLeaf Travel’s flight service out of Edmonton, which already runs direct flights from YEG to Hamilton, Kamloops and Abbotsford.

As an ultra‐low cost travel company, NewLeaf works with Flair Airlines to offer base fares that are significantly less than other Canadian carriers. It achieves this through cost‐saving measures such as operating out of smaller airports with lower landing fees; flying a simple point‐to‐point network with minimal time between flights; and offering customers à la carte purchase of options such as carry-on and checked baggage, priority boarding, and call centre assistance for a fee.

NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. is a privately-held Canadian company headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba that provides leisure travellers with low fares and travel options that are unbundled and transparent. See more at

Flair Airlines Ltd. is a Canadian airline with operations based in Kelowna, Calgary and Hamilton.

Copyright Photo: Flair Air Boeing 737-4B3 C-FLEJ (msn 24751) YUL (Gilbert Hechema). Image: 911647.

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