Flair Airlines says it will increase seat capacity in the ultra-low-cost-carrier market by 40% with the addition of two more B737-400 aircraft into its fleet.
The Kelowna-based carrier says it is currently finalizing a private financing arrangement and the new planes will begin service in spring 2018.
“By April 2018, Flair Airlines will be servicing the Canadian ULCC market in earnest with a total of seven B737-400s throughout our existing and future route network,” said Chris Lapointe, Flair’s VP, Commercial Operations. “Currently we operate between two and four aircraft in the market, this addition will increase seat capacity significantly.”
Flair Airlines purchased the assets of NewLeaf Travel Company earlier this year, and has flown more than 375,000 pax since the beginning of 2017. The airline is targeting more than one million pax in 2018.
“We are gearing up for a busy 2018 season by completing maintenance inspections and aircraft rebranding this winter,” said CEO Jim Rogers.
Without giving details, Flair says it will “emphasize an increased presence in servicing southwestern Ontario in 2018” with a focus on connecting the region with the rest of Canada and key U.S. cities.
“This expansion of both capacity and our route structure may require us to add larger aircraft to our fleet, such as the B737-800s as they have 189 seats,” said Lapointe. “We do expect to be making exciting announcements prior to year-end, regarding our ongoing expansion into the ULCC market.”
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