Flair Adds 13 Leased Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft to its Fleet
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Stephen Jones, CEO, Flair Airlines.
Flair Airlines is expanding its fleet with 13 new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, leased from one of its financiers, 777 Partners, a U.S.-based investment firm. 777 Partners recently entered into an agreement with Boeing for 24 new 737-8 aircraft, with options to purchase another 60.
The Edmonton-based ULCC expects delivery of the aircraft in early 2021. With this addition, the company says it hopes to grow its network across Canada.
The announcement comes shortly after Flair appointed a new management team, led by ULCC veterans Stephen Jones and new Chief Commercial Officer Garth Lund, both formerly with Wizz Air.
“Our efficient new aircraft will provide us the foundation to execute our ULCC business model. These planes will enable us to keep fares low while expanding our service to meet travel demand. As a ULCC, we have an extraordinary impact on the lives of Canadians and the communities in which they live by making travel across the country affordable and accessible,” says Jones.
The 737-8 aircraft will be configured to seat 189 passengers and fly 3,550 nautical miles (6,570 km). According to the company, the new aircraft will allow Flair to achieve “the lowest cost per seat mile of any Canadian airline.” The aircraft will deliver fuel savings and cut the airline’s CO2 emissions by 14 per cent.
“In advance of the new 737-8 aircraft joining our fleet of existing 737-800s, Flair’s team of pilots, maintenance professionals, flight attendants and safety officers will conduct extensive testing and training programs.We look forward to working with Boeing and our regulators to ensure a smooth entry into service for this fantastic aircraft,” says Jones.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.