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Flair Airlines launches its first US flight

Flair Airlines, Canada’s low-fare airline, on November 8 launched its first US-bound flight when flight 777 left Edmonton International Airport for Las Vegas, Nevada. As Edmonton’s ‘hometown airline’ Flair’s inaugural trip to ‘Sin City’ was sold-out with a crowd of excited passengers.

Flair’s Executive Chairman, David Tait, stated, “Today is a momentous day in our history as it the first of our multiple new trans-border services.” In December Flair will begin flying to Palm Springs, Miami, Orlando and Mesa.

Flair also announced that on the return flight from Vegas to Edmonton the airline will host some 30 Nevada delegates who will attend the Alberta-Nevada B2B Matchmaking Program, hosted by Alberta Economic Development and Trade, in cooperation with Edmonton International Airport, Edmonton Global, Calgary Economic Development, the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and the Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems.

The B2B Alberta-Nevada all-day meeting on Nov. 9th was inspired by the offer extended from Flair to fly US government and business delegates from Las Vegas to Edmonton – as the airline’s guests.  “We’re delighted that so many international trade delegates and State Senator James Ohrenshall have taken advantage of our offer to enhance the business relationship between Alberta and Nevada,” stated Tait.

Flair Airlines flight 777 was welcomed in Vegas to the salute of water cannons, Elvis, and Showgirls.  “We are pleased to welcome Flair Airlines to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and wish it great success with these new air service offerings from Edmonton,” said Chris Jones, chief marketing officer for the Clark County Department of Aviation.

All photos by Flair Airlines.

 

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Flair Airlines to add Boeing 737-800s

Flair Airlines (Edmonton) has announced it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to bring its first Boeing 737-800 NG into the fleet – the aircraft is expected to begin flying in January 2019.

The move marks the beginning of Flair’s transition from its current fleet of seven Boeing 737-400s to the larger 800 NG series.

In addition to this aircraft, the winter schedule calls for two leased Boeing 737-800s that will enter service in December.

“Our growth plans have always included the move to more fuel-efficient longer range airplanes,” stated David Tait, Flair’s Executive Chairman. “These aircraft will enable us to continue to offer ultra low fares by reducing our costs, while extending our network and offering greater frequency of service.”

Flair recently announced seasonal low fare service out of Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto (YYZ), to Palm Springs, Miami, Mesa, Las Vegas, Orlando and St. Petersburg/Clearwater.

The three Boeing 737-800s will primarily operate on Flair’s new southbound routes.

Flair will have replaced the majority of its current fleet with Boeing 737-800s by the end of 2019, by which time the airline expects to be operating 11 aircraft.

All images by Flair Airlines.

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Flair Airlines reports record breaking summer, will lease Boeing 737-800s

Flair Airlines has announced that, after doubling its summer flying, the privately-held Flair Airlines surpassed load factor projections.

“It’s been a delightfully busy summer for us” stated David Tait, Flair’s Executive Chairman. “Since mid June – when we more than doubled our capacity and expanded our network to 10 cities from Victoria to Halifax – our fleet of seven aircraft has carried more than a quarter million passengers and we’re currently enjoying load factors in excess of 90%.”

Having led the way as the nation’s first low fare airline, among other initiatives, Flair is working closely with Edmonton’s community at large to firmly establish its position asthe city’s‘hometown airline.’Already,some 75% of the airline’s flights go through Edmonton International Airport EIA.Throughout the coming months, Flair will continue to relocate staff to its new HQ building at EIA, as well as hire for new positions from the local labor pool.

Tait added that, “As one of the founders of Virgin Atlantic Airways, I’ve played the David versus Goliath role before – and won! The tenacity of the Flair team, their spirit and determination to ensure that air travel becomes an affordable reality for all Canadians is really quite remarkable. I am truly proud to be of a part of this dynamic team, and, as Yogi Berra would have said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

Flair recently announced low fare service (starting in December) out of Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto (YYZ), to Palm Springs,Phoenix/Mesa, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater.

Tait added that, “Going forward, our robust fleet expansion plans should see up to 20 newer, more fuel efficient and longer-range aircraftby the end of 2020. The first additions will start arriving in early 2019 as our current aircraft are rapidly phased out.”

Flair is intending to phase out its older Boeing 737-400s.

In other news, Flair will lease Boeing 737-800s from Air Transat to support its expansion.

Images: Flair Airlines.

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Flair Airlines adds new low-fare USA routes

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Flair Airlines (Edmonton, AB), Canada’s only independent low fare airline, today announced it is introducing nonstop flights to six popular U.S. destinations this winter.

The new routes will extend Flair’s rapidly growing network to Florida’s Orlando International Airport, St. Petersburg-Clearwater (Tampa Bay) and Miami as well as to Palm Springs, Las Vegas and Phoenix-Mesa Airport.

For the winter schedule, Flair has also announced increased domestic service with new routes between Toronto to Winnipeg (daily) and Calgary to Abbotsford.

Tthe majority of service begins on December 15, 2018. Edmonton to Las Vegas will start on November 9, 2018.

Schedule Highlights (new nonstops):

Departure

Destination

Edmonton

Las Vegas

Edmonton

Phoenix/Mesa

Edmonton

Palm Springs

Edmonton

Orlando

Edmonton

Miami

Winnipeg

Las Vegas

Winnipeg

Phoenix/Mesa

Winnipeg

Orlando

Winnipeg

St.Pete/Clearwater

Winnipeg

Miami

Toronto

Miami

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

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Aeroplan and Flair Airlines announce preferred partnership

Aimia Inc. and Flair Airlines have announced a preferred partnership that will see Aeroplan become Flair’s loyalty program. Starting July 2020, Aeroplan Members will be able to both earn Aeroplan Miles when booking flights on Flair routes and redeem for flights at fixed-rate fares.

When flying with Flair Airlines, a Canadian low-fare airline, Aeroplan Members will earn Aeroplan Miles for their flight and ancillary product purchases and have the ability to redeem for Flair flights at fixed-rate fares.  The relationship with Flair Airlines will give Aeroplan Members new redemption options, particularly those travelling out of Flair’s Edmonton hub, extending from coast to coast and upcoming southern destinations.

Images: Flair Airlines.

 

Flair Airlines targets Toronto in new domestic schedule, drops Hamilton

Flair, Canada’s low-fare airline, today announced its domestic service for October 28 to April 2019.  The schedule release is the precursor to Flair’s southbound, winter flying which will be announced early next week. New direct routes include, daily service from Toronto to Winnipeg, with connections to Calgary and Vancouver; this is an addition to the current daily service from Toronto to Edmonton which connects to Kelowna and Vancouver.  Calgary will also have new direct, daily service to Abbotsford.

Victoria and Halifax remain seasonal routes and, as planned, services there will conclude on October 27, 2018, with an expected return in the Spring of 2019.  After extensive analysis, Flair will withdraw service from Hamilton International Airport.

David Tait, Flair’s Executive Chairman stated, “The decision to move all of our Southern Ontario operations to Toronto was a difficult one for us. We have greatly enjoyed partnering with Hamilton Airport and anticipate a return.  Flair has grown the market by single-handedly adding capacity, more destinations and bringing ultra-low fares to the region.  We now look forward to serving our loyal passengers from the Greater Toronto area from Pearson International Airport.”

Flair will conclude service from Hamilton on October 27, 2018. Flights are now open for reservations on all domestic routes through the fall and winter.

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

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2017

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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