Flair Airlines has unveiled a major milestone in its expansion plans – its first leased Boeing 737-800NG aircraft in a mixed livery.
The aircraft is scheduled to enter service in January 2019. Two other leased 737-800s are scheduled to enter service in the next few days, mainly on services to the United States.
The -800NG is part of a significant transition for Flair. The airline currently flies seven older Boeing 737-400s. By late next year, Flair expects to be flying 11 aircraft, the majority of them -800NGs.
The -800NG model is longer, more modern and can fly farther than Flair’s current fleet. It also burns less fuel and costs less to operate per available seat mile.
The Edmonton-based ultra low-cost airline recently announced an ambitious expansion, concentrating on seasonal routes, including service from Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto to sun destinations in Palm Springs, Miami, Phoenix/Mesa, Las Vegas, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater.
The airline claims cities where it operates benefit from dramatically lower fares and see more first-time air travellers.
Flair has not yet released its summer schedule.