Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Flair's fantastic load factor

The low-fare Flair, of Canada, has announced a busy summer which has seen the airline double its flying operations and score a high load factor.  More than 90% is far more than many in the industry had predicted for the friendly low-cost carrier.  

“It’s been a delightfully busy summer for us” stated David Tait, Flair’s Executive Chairman. “Since mid-June - when we more than doubled our capacity and expanded our network to 10 cities from Victoria to Halifax - our fleet of seven aircraft has carried more than a quarter million passengers and we’re currently enjoying load factors in excess of 90%.”

The airline is working closely with the local community around its new home base of Edmonton, as it truly becomes the city’s ‘hometown airline'. To further emphasise the point, already, some 75% of Flair's flights go through Edmonton International Airport EIA. Throughout the coming months, Flair will continue to relocate staff to its new HQ building at EIA, as well as hire new members of the team.  

David Tait said, “As one of the founders of Virgin Atlantic Airways, I’ve played the David versus Goliath role before – and won! The tenacity of the Flair team, their spirit and determination to ensure that air travel becomes an affordable reality for all Canadians is really quite remarkable. I am truly proud to be of a part of this dynamic team, and, as Yogi Berra would have said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” 

 Flair recently announced low fare service (starting in December) out of Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto (YYZ), to Palm Springs, Phoenix/Mesa, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater.  The airline is also moving forward with an impressive fleet expansion and renewal programme that should see up to 20 newer, more fuel efficient and longer-range aircraft in Flair's colours by the end of 2020. The first additions will start arriving in early 2019!