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Swoop’s inaugural flight departs Hamilton, Ontario

Swoop has named their first aircraft #Hamilton as a nod to their first airport base at John C. Munro International Airport in Hamilton, Ontario. (CNW Group/Swoop)

Swoop on June 20, 2018 celebrated the debut of its ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) services in Canada with its inaugural flight between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) and Abbotsford International Airport (YXX), and precedes Swoop’s second inaugural flight pairing of the day, from Hamilton to Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), Atlantic Canada’s gateway.

Photos: Hamilton Airport.

“Our dedicated team of Swoopsters have worked tremendously hard to deliver exactly what we set out to. Today marks an important milestone for Swoop, and is equally as meaningful for Canadian travellers,” said Steven Greenway, President and Chief Executive Officer of Swoop. “Our inaugural journey on #Abbotsford is just beginning. We’ll be progressively rolling out new routes and destinations in the coming months and years to come.”

Steven will join media and travellers on the inaugural flight from Hamilton to Abbotsford, attending celebratory events in both cities.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the official launch of Swoop as its very first flight departs from Hamilton International,” said Cathie Puckering, President & CEO, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. “By providing economical and efficient services at Hamilton International, we are a low-cost gateway and a perfect fit for Swoop as their base in Eastern Canada. We are very proud to have one of the first aircraft named #Hamilton and to inaugurate Swoop’s first flight today. We look forward to a strong partnership celebrating many more milestones together.”

Photo: Hamilton International Airport.

“I’m very pleased about the partnership between YXX and Swoop as it will support a vibrant economy for our region, while offering regular service to many destinations within Canada and, hopefully in the near future, international flights from YXX,” said Mayor Henry Braun. “As one of the only ultra-low-cost airports in North Americawhere the airport business model aligns with ultra-low-cost carriers, YXX is a perfect fit for Swoop, positioning Abbotsford to continue to grow as the Hub of the Fraser Valley.”

“Halifax Stanfield is delighted to be a part of Swoop’s initial route network,” says Joyce Carter, President & CEO of Halifax International Airport Authority. “Experience shows that low-fares stimulate demand and we welcome opportunities that provide travellers with more options, while fostering visitation to our beautiful region.”

The excitement continues on June 25 when Swoop activates service in Edmonton, AB and Winnipeg, MB. Over the course of the summer, Steven will visit each of the inaugural cities, to share Swoop’s appreciation for the meaningful teamwork and effort it has taken to get off the ground. Swoop’s initial schedule offers service from Abbotsford, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Halifax as follows:                    

Departing

Arriving

Frequency

Hamilton

Edmonton

7 X Weekly 

Abbotsford

6 X Weekly

Winnipeg

5 X Weekly

Halifax

6 X Weekly

Edmonton

Hamilton

6 X Weekly

Abbotsford

21 X Weekly

Abbotsford

Hamilton

6 X Weekly

Edmonton

21 X Weekly

Halifax

Hamilton

6 X Weekly

Winnipeg

Hamilton

6 X Weekly

Service begins July 25, 2018.

Service between Winnipeg and Abbotsford begins August 16, 2018.

Photo: Swoop.

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Swoop unveils new uniforms

Swoop today unveiled their official crew uniforms. With only one week to go until Swoop’s June 20, 2018 inaugural flight from Hamilton, ON to Abbotsford, BC, the unveiling of the Swoop uniforms has been much anticipated.

“We set out to create a uniform that was comfortable, versatile and stylish, while keeping costs low,” shared Swoop’s Kellie Farrer, Sr. Leader, Inflight. “I’d describe the uniform as a modern take on classic styles. The staple uniform pieces have a monochrome palette that is accented with the signature Swoop magenta so you get a little bit of fashion and a lot of function.”

Who, what, wear?

Pilot Uniforms

Pilots will sport their choice of short or long sleeved collared grey shirts paired with charcoal pants and an optional black zip-up cardigan with button tabs for their epaulettes and stitched pin-holes for their pilot wings.

In the spirit of keeping it casual, the pilot uniforms will not include a hat or tie.

Cabin Crew Uniforms

Cabin Crew members have several uniform options including a comfortable charcoal grey dress, or pants that can be paired with a short or long sleeved white collared shirt. These options can be accessorized with a black or magenta belt, custom Swoop neck scarf, cut-away cardigan or zippered cardigan. A custom dress with a mandarin collar is currently in production and will be added and unveiled in the fall.

Customer Service Agent Uniforms

Customer service agents will wear their own black or charcoal pants with the same white collared shirts that cabin crew members wear. The white button-down collared shirts include details like a Swoop rondelle logo embroidered on the sleeve and grosgrain piping on the collar.

Swoop’s official uniform collection also includes:

  • Swoop branded Crew luggage and insulated lunch kit
  • A form fitted black jacket with embossed Swoop rondelle logo on the left chest, thumb hole sleeves, and small magenta accents including a logo zipper pull and neck tab.
  • A black down jacket for cold Canadian winters
  • A grey and magenta Swoop lanyard
  • Bronze pilots wings
  • Silver brevet-style name badges for cabin crew and customer service agents

Now that the Swoop livery and uniforms have been officially unveiled, Canada’s first true ultra-low-cost carrier is truly ready for the runway.

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Swoop is granted its AOC, will start on June 20

Swoop on June 12, 2018 was officially granted its air operating certificate (AOC) approval by Transportation Canada. With just over a week to go until Swoop’s inaugural flight from Hamilton, ON to Abbotsford, BC, the coming days are set to be filled with milestone moments for Canada’s first true ultra-low cost airline.

An AOC affirms that a commercial air service complies with detailed and complex aviation regulations, related to:

  • Aircraft airworthiness;
  • Personnel training and licensing;
  • Flight and crew manuals;
  • Base of operations and scheduled points of service.

“Receiving our air operators certificate ticks the last check-box,” said Steven Greenway, President and Chief Executive Officer of Swoop. “We’re immensely proud of the Swoop inflight, maintenance and operations teams for getting us here. And we’re ready for takeoff on June 20.”

Photo: Swoop.

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Arbitrator: WestJet pilots can now fly Swoop aircraft at Swoop terms and conditions

WestJet issued this statement:

On June 7, 2018, the arbitrator presiding over the arbitration between WestJet, an Alberta Partnership and Swoop Inc. and the Air Line Pilot Association, International (ALPA) issued a binding interim order regarding Swoop.

The binding interim order, issued June 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. directs, among other things, that existing Swoop pilots will remain in their current positions until directed otherwise by the arbitrator, and that WestJet pilots can now fly Swoop aircraft at Swoop terms and conditions. The interim order further directs that ALPA, WestJet and Swoop will make a joint application to the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) requesting the Board to amend ALPA’s bargaining certificate to recognize ALPA as the bargaining agent for pilots of Swoop in addition to the pilots of WestJet by September 1, 2018. The arbitrator has further directed that additional hearing dates are required through the summer and into September to properly address all outstanding issues.

“We recognize and respect the interim order which is in line with the WestJet Group’s original direction that WestJet pilots should have the ability to operate Swoop aircraft,” said Ed Sims, President and CEO of the WestJet Group of Companies.

Steven Greenway, Swoop President commented, “The order allows us to redouble our efforts and focus our attention on the rapidly approaching launch of Swoop on June 20, 2018 from Hamilton.”

Photos: Swoop.

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The first Swoop Boeing 737-800 is unveiled

Swoop is ready for takeoff with the first Swoop flight heading from YHM to YXX on June 20, 2018. (CNW Group/Swoop)

On May 22, 2018, the first Boeing 737-800 aircraft (C-GDMP) was delivered to Swoop, marking one of many exciting milestones as the airline prepares for the launch of operations on June 20, 2018. In the coming weeks and months, Canadians can look forward to many exciting milestone announcements, from Swoop’s official uniform unveiling to the launch of a range of international destinations.

The unveiling of Swoop’s livery has been much anticipated, prompting Swoop to share a first look teaser image on social media last week. Emblazoned with the eye-catching magenta Swoop logo, and magenta accented tailfin and winglets, this is the first of six Boeing 737-800 aircraft to be delivered this year.

Swoop has named their first aircraft #Hamilton as a nod to their first airport base at John C. Munro International Airport in Hamilton, Ontario. (CNW Group/Swoop)

About the Fleet
Swoop will operate a modern fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft which offer superior reliability and fuel efficiency and are equipped with blended winglet technology to improve aerodynamic performance and reduce fuel burn by up to four per cent. Optimizing efficiencies while minimizing maintenance and operating costs is an important cornerstone of Swoop’s ultra-low-cost business model.

With 189 seats – including 39 extra legroom seats offering an additional 4-6 inches of space – the aircraft interior features -pop of colour- accents like embossed leather headrest covers, and bullnose strips. (CNW Group/Swoop)

With 189 seats – including 39 extra legroom seats offering an additional 4-6 inches of space – the aircraft interior features ‘pop of colour’ accents like embossed leather headrest covers, and bullnose strips. The aircraft interior is also outfitted with amenities including in-seat power, fully adjustable headrests, WiFi connectivity and in-flight entertainmenti.

(CNW Group/Swoop)

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft has three onboard lavatories: a single lavatory in the front and two in the back. And no, travellers will not be charged to use the bathrooms on board. Swoop’s Duty Not Free initiative was nothing more than a widely-shared April Fool’s Day prank, with most travellers catching on to the ruse quite quickly.

Swoop has named their first aircraft #Hamilton as a nod to their first airport base at John C. Munro International Airport in Hamilton, Ontario. Swoop plans to name the first four aircraft after people and places that have been integral in the journey to launch. With two more aircraft delivered in 2018, Swoop partners and travellers can expect an aircraft naming contest later this year.

About Swoop

Swoop has flown into the Canadian travel market to provide the country with a no-frills, lower-fare air travel option that will get more Canadians travelling. Swoop has the unique position of being the only ultra-low-cost carrier in Canada with a strong balance sheet, a modern fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft and a management team with deep knowledge of the aviation market.

All photo by Swoop.

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WestJet lays out its plans for Swoop

WestJet management commented on its plans for Swoop during its first quarter earnings call:

  1. WestJet has fully crewed the launch aircraft.
  2. Swoop will start operations on June 20, 2018
  3. The first aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, is being painted and will have 189 seats.
  4. Swoop will take delivery of two aircraft in June, a third in July. The fleet will grow to six aircraft by the fourth quarter 2018 and the full fleet of 10 aircraft by the the third quarter of 2019.
  5. Swoop aircraft are being transferred from WestJet as “excess capacity” that would otherwise be returned to their respective lessors.

Information via Seeking Alpha.

Swoop announces a new Winnipeg – Abbotsford route

Swoop announced a new domestic regional route, providing daily, direct service between Winnipeg and Abbotsford beginning August 16, 2018.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of Swoop’s recent announcement of a fourth aircraft being added for the peak summer travel season. This new route will double the weekly frequency schedule in Winnipeg, and add 7 flights to the Abbotsford weekly frequency schedule.

Swoop service officially begins on June 20, 2018, with an initial network that includes Abbotsford, Hamilton, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax.

With the addition of the new WinnipegAbbotsford route, Swoop will be operating 66 weekly flights as of August 16, 2018.

Starting today, Swoop is celebrating the latest route announcement and increased weekly frequency schedule with a system-wide seat sale detailed in the table below†:

Departing

Arriving

Air transportation
charges
Base fare
from

Taxes, fees
and
charges

Total one-way
price from

Abbotsford

Winnipeg

$87.17

$11.83

$99.00*CAD

Winnipeg

Abbotsford

$62.17

$36.83

$99.00*CAD

Abbotsford

Edmonton

$29.07

$8.93

$38.00*CAD

Edmonton

Abbotsford

$9.55

$39.45

$49.00*CAD

Hamilton 

Winnipeg

$28.94

$40.06

$69.00*CAD

Winnipeg

Hamilton

$33.59

$35.41

$69.00*CAD

Hamilton

Halifax

$55.49

$43.51

$99.00*CAD

Halifax  

Hamilton

$50.97

$48.03

$99.00*CAD

Hamilton

Abbotsford

$55.49

$43.51

$99.00*CAD

Abbotsford

Hamilton

$87.17

$11.83

$99.00*CAD

Edmonton

Hamilton

$57.17

$41.83

$99.00*CAD

Hamilton 

Edmonton

$55.49

$43.51

$99.00*CAD

 

†Book by April 24, 2018 (11:59 p.m. MT) for travel between June 20-June 27 and/or August 16-December 13, 2018. 4800 seats available. Some blackout dates and restrictions apply.

Image: Swoop.

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