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Formed and started operations in 2005. Domestic, regional, & international, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
5655 Airport Way
Kelowna, British Columbia V1V 1S1, Canada
CANADA WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1867, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 9,976,139 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 30 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS OTTAWA, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE ENGLISH & FRENCH.
Flair Airlines (FLV) was established to supply contract and ad hoc charter services with large commercial jet airplanes by Jim Rogers, a co-founder of Kelowna Flightcraft (KEL).
August 2005: 727-223F (21524, C-FLHR), ex-American Airlines (AAL), Kelowna Flightcraft (KEL) leased.
January 2006: The Canadian Transportation Agency authorized Flair Airlines (FLV) to provide scheduled all-cargo, jet airplane services between Cuba and Canada on behalf of Cuban flag carrier Cubana (CUB) until April 2006.
727-281F (21455, C-FLHJ), ex-Afrijet (FRJ), Finova (GRB) leased.
July 2006: 727-227F (20839, C-GNKF), Kelowna Flightcraft (KEL) leased.
August 2006: 727-227F (20839), returned to Kelowna (KEL).
October 2007: 727-243F (21270, C-GWKF), converted to freighter and leased by Kelowna (KEL).
March 2008: 737-46B (24573, C-FLER), ex-(N41XA), Kelowna Flightcraft (KEL) leased.
April 2009: 727-281F (21455), transferred to Kelowna Flightcraft (KEL) as (C-GKFJ).
September 2009: 737-4K5 (24769, OK-VGZ), ex-(CSA) Czech Airlines delivery.
December 2010: Flair Airlines (FLV) is a privately owned carrier providing passenger and cargo, jet airplane services between Canada and the USA. (ACMI) wet-lease services are also provided.
(IATA) Code: F8. (ICAO) Code: FLE - (Callsign - FLAIR).
Main Base: Kelowna International Airport (YLW).
September 2013: 737-408 (24804, C-FLDX), ex-(N737DX), delivery.
October 2013: Flair Airlines ((IATA) Code: F8, based at Kelowna) (FLV) is currently recruiting pilots (FC) and cabin crew (CA) for Do328-100 and EMB-175 operations, likely for its operations on behalf of Shell Canada ((SCL), Calgary. (FLV) currently operates four 737-400s on behalf of tour operators and the natural resource industry. Flair (FLV) has entered a ten year agreement with Shell Canada to become its exlusive air charter operator in Canada. Shell has so far been operating Do328-130 (3109, C-FSCO) and EMB-175 (0241, C-GSCL)) by itself.
January 2014: E170-200LR (0241, C-GSCL), ex-(PT-SFR) bought for operations by Shell Canada.
April 2016: Air Transat (AIJ) will supplement its summer capacity with the wet-lease of 737-400s from Canadian (ACMI)/charter specialist, Flair Airlines (FLV).
The contract will begin on May 6 and will see the twinjets connecting Vancouver International, Calgary, and Edmonton International in Canada with the Mexican resort towns of Puerto Vallarta, Cancún, and San José Cabo. Two Flair Airlines (FLV) 737-400s will operate for Air Transat (AIJ) each weekend until the end of October.
June 2018: News Item A-1: "WestJet (ULCC) Swoop Makes Inaugural Flight, Looks to Expand Quickly" by Sean Broderick (email@example.com) June 21, 2018.
WestJet (ULCC) subsidiary, Swoop (SWO) took to the skies June 20 with an early-morning inaugural flight from Hamilton to Abbotsford, marking the next major development in what is an expanding Canadian low-cost airline scene.
(SWO)’s other initial route links Hamilton to Halifax. On June 25, Edmonton and Winnipeg will be added to the network, and (SWO) will ramp up to a scheduled 90x-weekly departures by mid-August.
“Our inaugural journey is just beginning,” Swoop (SWO) President & (CEO) Steven Greenway said. “We’ll be progressively rolling out new routes and destinations in the coming months and years to come.”
(SWO) operates 189-seat Boeing 737-800s supplied by its parent WestJet (WJI). While the airlines belong to the same family and will soon share a group of pilots (FC) under a single, Air Line Pilots Association-negotiated contract, (SWO) is operated as a separate entity.
(SWO)’s launch puts WestJet (WJI) a step closer to its primary competitor, Air Canada (ACN). (ACN), the long-time Canadian flag carrier has a well-established (LCC) subsidiary, "rouge" that has a lower cost base designed to satisfy demand for low-fare travelers and still make money. (SWO) will serve a similar role in the (WJI) family, while the mainline carrier concentrates on more lucrative markets and, starting next year, an expanded fleet that will include Boeing 787s.
Meanwhile, several Canadian upstarts are eyeing a (ULCC) market that accounts for very little of the 140 million annual passengers that use Canadian airports. Flair Airlines (FLV) recently doubled its weekly schedule to 200 flights, declaring Edmonton as both its new headquarters and primary hub in the process. Another startup, Canada Jetlines, planned to be airborne by now but has pushed back its start to sometime in 2019, and has lined up 2 Airbus A320s from Irish lessor AerCap (DEA) to get it off the ground.
August 2018: Newqs Item A-1: As the Canadian (ULCC) market heats up, Air Canada (ACN) said it is prepared to leverage the significant flexibility of its rouge subsidiary to ward off competition, from adding flights in major domestic markets to re-configuring aircraft to match rivals’ all-economy offerings.
“We have been preparing to ensure that we have all the tools necessary to offset [low-cost competition] and ensure that we are not negatively impacted,” (ACN) Passenger Airlines President Ben Smith said.
Set up 5 years ago as a leisure-destination operation, rouge’s network is heavily transborder and international, with only a handful of year-round and seasonal routes within Canada. None of them link any of the country's 6 largest metropolitan areas (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Edmonton) part of rouge’s strategy to preserve mainline margins.
Calgary-based WestJet (WJI) and its (ULCC) subsidiary, Swoop are following a similar network strategy, but unlike rouge’s 2-class aircraft, Swoop operates 189Y-seat all-economy Boeing 737-800s.
Fast-growing (ULCC) Flair Airlines (FLV) is taking the strategy a step further, operating single-class, 158Y-seat 737-400s on popular domestic routes such as Toronto to Calgary and Vancouver to Calgary. ( ), the Edmonton-based carrier’s recent announcement to move its Hamilton services to Toronto will make it even more prominent, and it plans to follow rouge and Swoop into transborder services.
News Item A-2: "Canada’s Flair Airlines Plans 11 USA Flights" by Mark Nensel, (ATW) (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 20, 2018.
Edmonton-based independent ultra-(LCC) Flair Air (FLV) stepped up its competition with the Canadian majors’ subsidiary (LCC)s on August 20 by announcing 11 new nonstop transborder USA flights for the upcoming winter season.
New nonstop routes out of (FLV)’s Edmonton International Airport (YEG) hub include Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS), Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA), Palm Springs International (PSP), Orlando International (MCO) and Miami International (MIA). (FLV) announced it will also fly to Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa, Orlando and Miami from Winnipeg International (YWG), along with a new Winnipeg to St Pete/Clearwater (PIE) pairing. A new Toronto to Miami route was announced as well.
Both of Flair (FLV)’s new Edmonton flights to Las Vegas and Phoenix/Mesa will compete directly with flights offered by WestJet (WJI) subsidiary (LCC) Swoop (SWP). (FLV)’s new Toronto to Miami flight will compete with Air Canada (ACN)’s rouge (LCC) subsidiary, though rouge offers 2x-daily service on the route.
(FLV)’s Edmonton to Las Vegas route is set to launch from November 9, while the remaining flights will roll out starting December 15.
Previously a charter carrier, (FLV) transitioned to scheduled passenger service in 2017. In June, (FLV) doubled its domestic routes from 90x- to 188x-weekly flights and expanded its reach across Canada with new flights serving Victoria International Airport (YYJ), Calgary International (YYC) and Halifax Stanfield International (YHZ).
While Flair (FLV)’s primary connecting hub is Edmonton International, the company’s recent domestic route moves brings it into ever more concentrated competition with Air Canada (ACN) and rouge, as well as Calgary-based WestJet (WJI) and Swoop (SWP).
Winnipeg International is (FLV)’s 2nd-largest connecting hub, connecting to Edmonton and Calgary but also to Abbotsford International (YXX) and Vancouver International (YVR) in British Columbia.
Earlier in August, (FLV) announced it will pull out of Hamilton’s John C Munro International Airport (YHM) in late October to consolidate its southern Ontario flying out of Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). (FLV) plans to launch new domestic routes between Toronto to Winnipeg and Calgary to Abbotsford for the winter season.
At present (FLV)’s fleet comprises 7 Boeing 737-400s. (FLV) has said it plans to add 2 additional airplanes in 2018, both 737-800s, and 4 more in 2019 as part of its expansion plans.