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Jetlines introduces a new brand, livery and tagline prior to launch

Jetlines has made this announcement:

Canada Jetlines Ltd. (Jetlines) is pleased to announce a new and playfully provocative brand identity to serve and stand up for Canadians nationwide. The rebranding comes in preparation for commercial launch targeted for December 17, 2019.

Canadians pay among the highest airfares in the world. The recently announced intent to acquire Air Transat by Air Canada, as well as the sale of WestJet to Onex will only reduce competition and increase prices further. Consumers are rightfully frustrated and fed up.

The timing couldn’t be better for Jetlines. With the intent of being in the air by mid-December, the Company has developed a cheeky, rebellious identity system, as well as a brand promise anchored in the unapologetic and honest truth: “Flying sucks less when you pay less”

Jetlines is firmly principled to offer the lowest airfares in Canada. Because Canadians should have the right to affordable travel. Because everyone deserves an airline that flies for them. Because any other way is a complete rip-off. Of course, flying will still suck. There’s not much anyone can do about manspreading seatmates or tiny toilet stalls. But it will suck less when you pay less.

Working with Cossette, the new identity system is authentic, accessible and deliberately distinct from the expensive goliath incumbents in Canada. The logo incorporates a face with a knowing smirk created from an upside-down plane. It includes an additional suite of expressive faces to capture every emotion of travel. The new system will cover every touchpoint of the brand experience from the livery to uniforms to signature luggage and humourous airsickness bags.

“Jetlines is fighting for Canadians by creating competition and rebelling against Canadian ultra high airfares. Our new brand promise and design reflect our core philosophy of pushing back against the status quo and giving Canadian travellers a brand that empowers them to make their own decisions,” noted Javier Suarez, CEO of Canada Jetlines. “I would like to thank the entire Jetlines commercial team for building such a strong brand identity that reflects our passion and values, as well as extend my most sincere gratitude to our partner, Cossette, for all of their hard work and raw talent that has brought us here today.”

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Jetlines is granted slots at Vancouver International Airport

Jetlines made this announcement:

Canada Jetlines Ltd. (Jetlines) is pleased to announce that it has been granted slots at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to operate its first Winter Schedule. This announcement follows Jetlines’ February 7, 2019 news release announcing YVR as its home airport and primary base of operations when the Company intends to launch operations in December this year.

The slots will permit Jetlines to operate up to ten flights per day and over 1,000 flights during the first winter season from December 17, 2019 to March 28, 2020 as the Company plans to grow commercial operations and offer service in time for the upcoming winter holiday season. The initial two Airbus A320 aircraft that Jetlines has secured through its partnership with SmartLynx will be parked at YVR airport nightly.

Jetlines selected YVR as their future base for operations due to it being the second busiest airport in Canada, serving more than 25.9 million passengers in 2018. It is also the busiest airport in British Columbia and the airport with the largest catchment area. The airport has more than 2.5 million people living less than 30 minutes drive from it. As well as it being the closest airport to Vancouver’s city center, the airport is also extremely well connected to the city by transit with a rapid transit rail.

Jetlines ability to sell tickets and launch airline service remains subject to the completion of the airline licensing process, the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and the completion of financing.

Jetlines announces a definitive lease agreement with SmartLynx for two Airbus A320s for December launch

Jetlines has announced that it has entered into definitive lease agreement with its partner, SmartLynx Airlines SIA, for two Airbus A320s that will be available for delivery in fourth quarter 2019 in line with the expected commencement of Jetlines’ operations.

Jetlines has set a launch of commercial service targeted for December 17, 2019 using Vancouver (YVR) as Jetlines’ home airport.

Jetlines’ operations department intends to conduct a familiarization inspection of the aircraft in the next few months to ensure the aircraft are in compliance with the Transport Canada A320 Type Certificate, and identify any additional equipment required.

The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by November 5, 2019 and as part of the AOC (Air Operator Certificate) process, they will be inspected by Transport Canada prior to launching operations.

CEO, Javier Suarez commented, “I am thrilled with the favourable lease rates offered by our partner Smartlynx. I’m also very pleased to share that the aircraft will be delivered in flight-ready condition with no reconfiguration needed; keeping our turnaround time and costs down. The aircraft will be Jetlines branded with the previously defined ultra-low cost 180 seats with an all economy configuration. We are working hard to have these two aircraft flying right before the busy holiday season in December 2019.”

Executive Chairman, Mark Morabito commented, “I want to again express my appreciation to our partners at SmartLynx for working with Jetlines to conclude these definitive lease agreements on favorable terms. Jetlines continues to work on concluding the final component of its financing plan so that it can begin airline operations in time for the holiday season.”

The two Airbus A320’s have virtually identical conformity in design, features, and equipment, allowing Jetlines to expedite the necessary training and maintenance processes. The two aircraft will be configured with 180 ultra-light ACRO seats, helping the airline save fuel while increasing its payload.

Jetlines secures additional funding, to lease two Airbus A320s from SmartLynx Airlines

Jetlines has made this announcement:

Jetlines provides an update on recent corporate developments related to its planned launch of airline operations in 2019. Jetlines has made significant progress with respect to the airport agreements, commercial agreements and personnel additions required to launch operations.

It has also announced financing transactions with SmartLynx Airlines SIA for up to $15 million and a Korean special purpose fund led and established by InHarv Partners Ltd. for up to $14 million. As a result of the Company’s progress as well as the current status of financing initiatives, Jetlines has set a launch of commercial service targeted for December 17, 2019 using Vancouver (YVR) as Jetlines’ home airport.

As a result of this determination, Jetlines and AerCap have mutually agreed to terminate the leases for two Airbus A320 aircraft, and Jetlines has entered into a letter of intent with its partner, SmartLynx Airlines SIA, for the lease of two alternate Airbus A320 that will be available for delivery in Q4 2019 in line with the expected commencement of Jetlines’ operations. The two aircraft will have the same configuration as the AerCap aircraft, with 180 ACRO seats. The letter of intent is subject to executing a definitive lease agreement and other conditions customary to a transaction of this nature.

Executive Chairman, Mark Morabito commented, “I am pleased with the Jetlines strategy of launching for the winter peak, in time for the holidays. The leased aircraft are on favorable terms as a result of our partnership with SmartLynx and this decision is expected to help Jetlines deliver better results than originally anticipated. In addition to our financing announcements with SmartLynx and InHarv, the Company continues to work with other groups in effort to secure the rest of the capital required for our start-up.”

Jetlines announces planned routes out of Montreal Saint-Hubert Longueuil Airport

Canada Jetlines Ltd has announced that it intends to offer nonstop flights from Aéroport Montréal Saint-Hubert Longueuil (YHU) to several cities in Canada including cities in Quebec, as well as US destinations including Florida and New York.

Montreal Saint Hubert Airport is being expanded as part of a plan to position itself as a low-cost airport serving the Montérégie region of Quebec and Montréal. The airport’s location is closer to Montréal’s business and leisure core than Montréal’s main airport, Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Montreal Saint Hubert Airport is expected to be able to support ULCC airlines like Jetlines as early as the end of next year. The airport recently upgraded its runway, a project that received support from the federal government, who injected $13 million into the project. Montreal Saint-Hubert also has plans to build a new passenger terminal building.

The Company’s ability to service this airport is subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.

In other news, Canada Jetlines Ltd. and the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) have announced they have reached an agreement in principle. Canada Jetlines intends to provide future ultra-low fare service from the airport.

In 2017, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport doubled its capacity by opening a brand-new international terminal. Since its privatization in 2000, the airport has tripled its traffic going from 643,000 passengers to 1.8 million in 2018. YQB remains one of the fastest growing airports in Canada, with an annual compound passenger growth rate of 7.2% per year for the last 15 years.

Québec City has long been recognized as a premium tourist destination for Canadians, Americans, and international visitors. In 2016, Québec City had over 4 million tourists and that number continues to increase annually. Jetlines is excited about its plans to come into the market and provide a low-cost alternative to locals and tourists alike.

Jetlines to be based in Vancouver

Jetlines made this announcement on social media:

Did you know that many of today’s most successful ULCCs fly out of primary airports while continuing to offer ultra low fares to their passengers? More travel and exploration are possible because of this!

Which ULCC’s you ask? Well, we’re talking about Spirit, easyJet, RyanAir, Vueling, Viva Aerobus, and AirAsia – to name a few.

We hear you Canada – convenience to get to and from the airport is important! But so is price. And we achieve both low-cost travel wishes by making YVR (Vancouver) home (above).

We can’t wait to welcome you onboard in the future.

The airline also issued this statement:

Jetline is pleased to announce that it has chosen Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to be its home airport and primary base of operations when it begins flight operations targeted for later this year. Jetlines has filed and received confirmation from YVR that all airport slots needed to operate their initial network using their first two Airbus A320 aircraft will be available.

Jetlines selected YVR as their future base for operations due to it being the second busiest airport in Canada, serving more than 25.9 million passengers in 2018. It is also the busiest airport in British Columbia and the airport with the largest catchment area. The airport has more than 2.5 million people living less than 30 minutes drive from it. As well as it being the closest airport to Vancouver’s city center, the airport is also extremely well connected to the city by transit with a rapid transit rail.

In addition to the desirable location and facilities, Jetlines was attracted to YVR due to their competitive rates and charges. The airport’s ConnectYVR program provides airlines a standard rate structure for landing and terminal fees. This program rewards airlines for efficiency and growing their services at YVR providing further incentive for Jetlines to build their base of operations out of Vancouver.

CEO Javier Suarez stated “I am extremely excited to be able to use Vancouver International Airport as our primary base of operations once we launch. The Greater Vancouver area population, cost to operate from the airport, and transit accessibility, linked with the enormous tourist attraction that Vancouver has, provides Jetlines with a massive business opportunity. Having launched more than 300 routes in my career with most of them out of primary airports, I have no doubt that the Vancouver Airport will offer Jetlines the opportunity to launch and profitably operate a large number of routes.”

“We welcome the news that Jetlines is planning to use YVR as their base of operations once they launch. It is great to hear that this Canadian-operated airline is making positive progress to begin offering service. We are excited that Jetlines intends to offer flights from YVR across Canada and to several sun destinations as this will provide added choice for our passengers in the future,” said Anne Murray, Vice President, Airline Business Development and Public Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority.

The Company’s ability to service this airport is subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.

The prospective airline also announced it intends to provide ultra-low fare service from both the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG).

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SmartLynx Airlines to operate Airbus A320s for Jetlines during the winter seasons

Jetlines has issued this statement:

Canada Jetlines Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has entered into a subscription agreement with SmartLynx Airlines SIA for financing commitments of up to $15 million.

SmartLynx specializes in full-service ACMI (Aircraft-Crew-Maintenance-Insurance) aircraft lease services and is the leading ACMI provider in Europe for Airbus A320 aircraft. SmartLynx aircraft has been utilized by major airlines including Norwegian, EasyJet, Thomas Cook and TUI.

The net proceeds of the Offering will be used to further the business objectives of Jetlines in launching an ultra-low cost airline carrier in Canada, including advancing the licensing process, augmenting the leadership team with operations and commercial personnel, branding and marketing activities, as well as advance internet, digital media and IT systems initiatives.

In connection with the Offering, Jetlines Operations and SmartLynx will enter into an agreement whereby SmartLynx shall provide ACMI (Aircraft-Crew-Maintenance-Insurance) services to Jetlines operations during the following eight winter seasons. This agreement will allow Jetlines to increase its capacity in the market during the very busy Canadian Winter Season.

In addition, SmartLynx and the Company will enter into a two-year agreement that will provide Jetlines with services and certain proprietary software meant to support Jetlines during the early stage of their operations.

It is expected that the Offering will close on or before December 24, 2018.