Flair To Expand Fleet, Routes

Low-fare carrier Flair Airlines is set to expand its fleet, increasing seat capacity by 40%.

Flair Airlines is finalizing a private financing arrangement that will result in the addition of two more B737-400 aircrafts into its fleet. The aircrafts will begin service in the spring of 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, vice-president, Commercial Operations for Flair Airlines. “Currently we operate between two and four aircrafts in the market, this addition will increase seat capacity significantly.”

Flair Airlines purchased the assets of NewLeaf Travel Company earlier this year, flying over 375,000 passengers since the beginning of 2017.

In addition, Flair confirmed that it will emphasize an increased presence in servicing southwestern Ontario in 2018. The focus will be to connect the region with the rest of Canada and key cities in the United States.

“This expansion of both capacity and our route structure, may require us to add larger aircrafts to our fleet, such as the B737-800s as they have 189 seats,” said Lapointe. “As we head into the holiday season, we are focused on customer service and lowering airfares for Canadians. However, we do expect to be making exciting announcements prior to year-end, regarding our ongoing expansion into the ULCC market.”